San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Join us and instructor Stan Moniz for an evening at one of the darkest night sky locations in all of California. This alien landscape has been home to many a movies and television series such as Star Trek, Planet of the Apes, Lost in Space and Battlestar Galactica. With its towering 20-40 foot tufa formations aged 32,000 to 100,000 years old, the pinnacles make a perfect back drop for the beauty of the Milky Way and heavens above.
Instructor Stan Moniz, a recognized professional photographer and Sony ambassador, will lead you on your way to the proper techniques in capturing the Milky Way and night sky above.
A variety of techniques will be taught and explained in a very easy to learn manner for any beginner photographer who is interested in the art form of astrophotography.
The explanation of the 500 rule, light painting, star trails, nightscape portraits, time-lapsing, and on sight post-editing images in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop will be covered on this fun-filled night under the blanket of the night sky.
Students will also have an opportunity to photograph the sunset and sunrise side by side next to Stan as he explains his techniques in capturing those precious moments in time.
Hoya filters and Tokina lenses will be on hand for you to test out. This variety of new glass and filters will surely enhance the clarity of the Milky Way.
We will meet at 6pm at the bathrooms in main pinnacle location. You can’t miss it. Stan will be having his sunset instruction here at this time. After the sunset instruction, we will focus on full night photography, using different areas for change in background and scene. Lastly we will focus on sunrise photography.
Things to bring and know – Bring sturdy hiking shoes as the terrain can be a bit slippery as we walk and climb about. Dress light but do bring a jacket. Temps in the day can be in the 100’s this time of year and drop into the low 70’s right before sunrise.
Some water and snacks will be provided but you are responsible to bring your own adequate water and food for the night. The road also is a bit bumpy getting out to the central pinnacles. Be sure to drive carefully and slow if you have a vehicle with low ground clearance.
Bring your own camera and lens. “ALL CAMERAS WELCOME” Do bring a wide angle lens ranging from 11mm to 35mm. Headlamp and tripod. Cable releases, interval meter, memory cards, and extra batteries are other great things to bring as well.
Optional – Laptop with Adobe Lightroom and or Photoshop. Stan will be teaching on sight post techniques to improve your Milky Way and nightscape images.
And last but not least. Let’s not forget an awesome attitude! Hope to see you all out at the mighty Trona Pinnacles.
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