Price: $120 per person
Location: Kalbarri Skywalk & Natures Window
Date: 20th of September
Time: 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

This is our most awesome nightscapes workshop yet! on location at Kalbarri National Park. How amazing is this going to be!

Are you interested in nightscape photography and want to take it to the next level? Well, what better location than at the Kalbarri Skywalk and Natures Window. This workshop is for anyone from beginners to more experienced astrophotographers. We will meet you on-location at the newly opened Kalbarri Skywalk and then later move to Natures Window. At these fantastic dark locations you will be taking advantage of the Spring Milky Way season when the gorgeous Milky Way starts high in the sky at the beginning of the night and moves into the western sky to take beautiful photos.

In the first hour Roger Groom of Astro Photography Australia (and Perth Observatory volunteer) 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 the grounds putting in to practice what you have learned, or stay with Roger Groom and be taken through the steps of setting up a tracking mount and camera. You can borrow Roger’s ultra-portable tracking mounts during this time to test drive before you buy.

Schedule

Time Description
5:15 pm – 5:30 pm: Arrive at the Kalbarri Skywalk (Google Map)
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm: Welcome, general info, introduction to nightscape photography.
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm: Taking photos at the Kalbarri Skywalk
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm: Taking photos at Natures Window

Car Parking and Access

If you don’t already have a Park Passes (Buy here) or have a DBCA volunteer pass, you’ll need to pay $15 per car at the entry of the park.

When driving to and especially from (at night) drive carefully to avoid coming in to contact with local wildlife (i.e, hitting a kangaroo!). Please drive carefully back to your accommodation at the end of the night taking extreme caution.

What To Bring

Safety and comfort first – You MUST be well prepared:

  • You must have a head torch that has white light and dim white or red light, well charged/new batteries.
  • You must have a backpack or bag with at least 1L water bottle, snacks you may recquire, appropriate clothing layers
  • You must wear sturdy enclosed footware
  • Bring any food or drinks you may require (no alochol please)
  • Long pants and shirts are recommended

Camera gear:

  • A camera (preferably a DSLR or similarly capable mirrorless camera) that you are familiar with and
    comfortable with its operation. We strongly recommend that you practice using your camera in a pitch dark room if not already familiar with night time use of your cameras controls.
  • Camera tripod
  • Cable release, intervalomter or remote trigger for your camera
  • Lenses to suite wide-field shooting (enquire ahead of time if you have questions)
  • Camera batteries and appropriate storage cards

Safety First

This workshop is located in a national park with natural rock formations and landscapes that can present trip hazards and other dangers. While we are there to photograph dark skies and minimal light is required for that, participants will be encouraged to use what light they deem necessary to move about in safety. Participants will be encouraged to spread out in the allocated areas and required to stay well clear of cliffs and areas that may present a significant hazard. Participants will need to be tolorant of others moving about the area in a safe maner, something we expect to be achieved in part through our small group size.

If Bad Weather

Clouds are our mortal enemy as they can decide to roll in a ruin a night. On the night if it’s completely cloudy and we don’t get any clear skies, we’ll refund 25% of your booking, but we’ll still go ahead with the night as we can still get some awesome photos of the night landscape, light painting, and clouds, and we’ve learnt over the years that clear skies can surprisingly show up at any moment.

If it is forcast to rain in the 3 hour window of the event with a chance greater than 25% or there’s a severe weather warning in place at 2 pm on Sunday, the 20th of September we’ll cancel the night and fully refund your booking. In this case we will call and email you to say the night is cancelled and we’ll fully refund your booking.

About The Presenter – Roger Groom

This course will be presented by Roger Groom, an experienced photographer, amateur astronomer and active participant in the astronomy community in Perth, Western Australia. Roger started astronomy with his first telescope in the 1990s and since then has expanded to a broad range of astronomy activities mostly focused around photography. Roger not only hosts Night Tours at the Perth Observatory but was also a past chairperson of the Perth Observatory Volunteer Group and gives astrophotography workshops and presentations at various club and organization events in Perth.

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