2016 Alumni Night Sky Photography Workshop
Have you already taken a workshop with Goldpaint Photography? This workshop is just for you! We’re going to skip the typical introduction and hammer through 3 nights of non-stop shooting and top it off with a 4 hour post processing session on Friday afternoon. This workshop will begin around 5pm on June 29th and finish at 4am on July 2nd. This workshop will cover iconic locations at Mono Lake, the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, and Convict Lake in the Eastern Sierra. This extensive and magnificent region, where the desert meets the high granite mountains, was created by a series of ancient glaciers, massive earthquakes, and erupting volcanoes. The salty region of Mono Lake lies just below the Sierra Crest to the east. Eerie skeletons of petrified stones called tufa’s, lurk between the shadows and provokes comparisons to a lunar landscape. At almost 10,000 feet above sea level, an ancient grove of Bristlecone trees have been surviving since the great pyramids were being built (almost 5000 years). Home to the oldest living organisms on the planet, these gnarly grandfathers give one a vastly different sense of time and space when compared to the shortness of human life.
June 29 – July 2, 2016: SOLD OUT
A total of 10 alumni may participate in this workshop. This larger class size will provide greater opportunities for teamwork participation and collaboration. This workshop is tailored towards reviewing and expanding your skill set in order to refine learned techniques.
This is a 3.5-day workshop, shooting 3 nights at numerous locations within the Bristlecone Pine Forest, Mono Lake, and Convict Lake, followed by a 4-hour post processing/image critique session located in an indoor facility in Mammoth Lakes. During this alumni workshop, we will concentrate on advancing your skills of mastering the art of capturing the Milky Way, creating star trails, light painting, moon-lit landscapes, and panoramas. In addition, for those of you desiring to learn more about time-lapse, I’ll be happy to provide instruction while out in the field. However, because of time constraints, time-lapse we will not be covered during our post processing class. Our updated 50+ page post-processing booklet will be provided to all participants. As always, during all field work we will follow ‘Leave no Trace’ principles to minimize any impact on the desert environment.
• A DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera with at least 2-4 extra batteries (depending on your camera body) and a minimum 32gb memory card. We will be shooting in RAW format all night so you will need a large memory card and additional batteries.
• A wide angle lens, at least 24mm or wider, and f/2.8. Note: You can rent lenses and camera bodies at www.borrowlenses.com for the workshop if needed.
• Intervalometer (Click HERE for an example)
• A sturdy tripod
• Headlamp (Must include a red light. Click HERE for an example.) and flashlight
• Warm/Layered Clothing (it can get very cold)
• Extra food and/or necessities you may require (coffee and teas will be provided during the workshop)
• You will not need your computer during the shooting portion, but I recommend all participants bring a laptop to the post processing tutorial with a copy of Bridge/Photoshop installed. You can install a 30 day trial from Adobe. Click HERE for more details.
$895 per person – You must have taken a previous workshop with Goldpaint Photography
* Must be 18 or older to participate. Prices do not include meals, accommodations, gear, transportation, or incidentals. You are responsible for supplying your personal necessities.
Booking and Refund Policy
A 50%, non refundable deposit is required to reserve your space for the workshop via Paypal using the button ‘Add to cart’ above. Sorry, because we’re on-assignment, checks cannot be accepted. The remaining balance is due 60 days prior to the scheduled workshop start date. If the remaining balance is not paid in full by April 30, 2016, your space will be forfeited. Please read our terms & conditions for cancellations and transfers before signing up.
Moderate to Strenuous. This workshop will require approximately 1 mile of hiking throughout each night with varying elevation gains. Please be prepared for uneven terrain and rough surfaces. *The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest sits above 10,000 feet. All participants should arrive in Bishop 1 day before we begin the workshop on June 29th. Altitude sickness varies with each person. The earlier you can arrive for this workshop and acclimate to the elevation the better.
Ultimately, weather is an uncontrollable factor with night sky photography. Regardless of the conditions (for example, a freak blizzard) we will stay out and shoot as long as it is safe to do so. I suggest all participants attending my workshops to arrive one day prior and stay one day later (if possible). If weather becomes an issue, we may need to be flexible and shoot the night before/after the scheduled workshop dates. Clouds play a significant role while capturing the night sky. However, even during completely overcast conditions, I promise you will come away with beautiful images, knowledge, and capabilities of capturing the night sky.
Accommodations & Transportation
Accommodations and transportation are not included in the workshop fee. We understand each person has different needs and may want to stay in a hotel or campsite. For those who prefer to stay in a hotel, we recommend arranging your accommodations in the city of Bishop, CA for the first night and Mammoth Lakes, CA for the remainder of the workshop. The group will meet for introductions and at that time, arrange to carpool, exchange information, etc. We generally try to arrange our classroom instruction in hotel meeting rooms similar to a Best Western or Holiday Inn Express, when available. You will receive a detailed itinerary in early 2016, well before the workshop date.If you have additional questions or would like to be added to the waiting list, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Fill in the contact form below and I will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.
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