Price: $120 per person
Location: Kalbarri Skywalk (Google Map Link: https://bit.ly/36cJSnc)
Date: 15th of August
Time: 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm

This is our most awesome nightscapes workshop! on location at Kalbarri National Park and it’s 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. This workshop is for anyone from beginners to more experienced astrophotographers. We will meet you on location at the Kalbarri Skywalk so you can take advantage of the winter Milky Way at this fantastic dark location when the gorgeous Milky Way will be high in the night sky.

Car Parking and Access

Park at the Skywalk car park. If you don’t already have a Park Pass (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 into 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.

Schedule

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 by yourself putting into 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 and to do some longer focal length photography of the Milky Way.

Time Description
5:30 pm Arrive at 5:30 pm start at the Kalbarri Skywalk (Google Map)
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm: Welcome, general info, introduction to nightscape photography.
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm: Taking photos at the Kalbarri Skywalk
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 forecast 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 the day, 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.

What To Bring

Safety and comfort first – You MUST be well prepared:

  • You must have a head torch that has a 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 require, appropriate clothing layers
  • You must wear sturdy enclosed footwear
  • Bring any food or drinks you may require (no alcohol please)
  • Long pants and shirts are recommended
  • It could be very cold, dress appropriately with layers

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 the nighttime use of your camera’s controls.
  • Camera tripod
  • Cable release, intervalometer or remote trigger for your camera
  • Lenses to suit wide-field shooting (enquire ahead of time if you have questions)
  • Optionally, longer lenses up to 200mm to use on the tracking mounts, ideally fast lenses such as 100mm macro or 200mm f/2.8 or f/4.
  • 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 tolerant of others moving about the area in a safe manner, something we expect to be achieved in part through our small group size.

Note: This workshop is one of three we’re doing in the Mid-West Region of WA (Geraldton, Carnarvon and Kalbarri) in mid-August, you can receive 10% off your booking of two or all the workshops by using the coupon code shutterbug.