Attendee: $120 per person
Location: Walkaway Wind Farm Lookout (https://bit.ly/3AASbHB)
Date: 12th of August
Time: 6:00 pm – 10 pm
This workshop will be on-location at Walkaway Wind Farms Lookout, half an hour out of Geraldton in the mid-West region. This is the first stop on our 4-night tour doing workshops and night sky viewing.
Roger Groom and Ken Lawson will join forces to give you a fantastic night under the stars, shooting stars! Get involved early by dropping by The Provincial for a casual chat while we have dinner before heading to the wind farm. Once at the wind farm, we’ll take you through the technicalities of widefield & nightscape astrophotography, answer your questions, delve into topics you want to know more about. Then it’s cameras out and shooting wind turbines.
For this workshop that the Milky Way will be high in the sky, and some turbines are very close – so you will want your super-wide angle lenses. However it is also worth considering the unique more distant view of the night sky and turbines, using short to mid-telephoto lenses (eg 50-150mm, ideally fast lenses) for a different perspective.
Car Parking and Access
Walkaway Wind Farms Lookout is located 39 km southeast of Geraldton. The lookout car park is located on Nangetty-Walkaway Rd and has toilets on site. The roads to the lookout are sealed but you do have to be careful of kangaroos. We will photograph the wind farm from the car park and nearby track.
In the first hour (starting 6 pm), two of WA’s most experienced astrophotography workshop facilitators, Roger Groom of Astro Photography Australia (and Perth Observatory volunteer) and Ken Lawson of Astro Star Tours and Ken Lawson Photography will take you through the technicalities and how-to information of astrophotography for the session before then starting the night’s practical. During the night practical, you can choose whether you wander by yourself putting into practice what you have learned, or stay with Roger and Ken and be taken through the steps of setting up a tracking mount and camera. You can borrow Roger’s ultra-portable tracking mounts during the practical time to test drive before you buy and to do some longer focal length photography of the Milky Way.
|4:30 pm – 5:15 pm||OPTIONAL: Join us at the Provincial in Geraldton for dinner (Google Map)|
|6:00 pm||Arrive at 6:00 pm start at the Walkaway Wind Farms Lookout Car Park (Google Map)|
|6:00 pm – 7:00 pm:||Welcome, general info, introduction to nightscape photography.|
|7:00 pm – 10:00 pm:||Taking photos at the Rocky Pool|
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