Greetings members,

New on the calendar is information about an upcoming meeting on May 12. See below or see the calendar.

This is not a regular EPS meeting; it is a planning meeting for the field trip on June 3: Fort Rock Star Trails and Night Sky shooting.

There is a Doodle Poll to complete if you are attending this planning meeting.

If you have shot start trails and Milky Way images and light painted, you may not need to attend–unless you have questions and wish to come. This meeting is meant as an educational session for those who are new to this and to discuss what we will be doing at Fort Rock.

Important considerations for the field trip.

If you plan to shoot star trails, you will need an intervalometer (or an in-camera app.) If you don’t have one, plan to purchase that soon and also to learn how to use it. On line sources and local camera stores are both great places to look. Plan also to bring the intervalometer to the planning meeting on Thursday, May 12, at 7 pm at our normal meeting location–Willamalane Adult Center. It would be best to gain some background orientation and experiment with your intervalometer before May 12.

This shows a step by step of the star trail process.

How to Create Dazzling Star Trail Photos, From Start to Finish

And, below are two tutorials on star trail shooting–but there are many others if you wish to look.

Photography will be available at Fort Rock itself for star trails and Milky Way, and at Fort Rock Museum for Milky Way and light painting. We will also be shooting in late afternoon, evening, and morning light.
Fort Rock is approximately 3/4 mile north of the Fort Rock Museum. Fort Rock will be reserved for star trail photography from sunset until approximately 1:00 am. If you wish to do light-painting, that will be available at the Fort Rock Museum from dark till 1:00 am. After 1:00 am, you can do light-painting at Fork Rock–if you wish. Light-painting can ruin star trails so that is why no light painting at Fort Rock until 1:00 am.

Fort Rock Museum is reserved for us. There are nearly a dozen different structures and it’s all ours! If you are wondering–yes–you can set up a camera for star trails and also scoot over to the museum for light painting. There are several different interpretations of light-painting but for our purposes it means selectively lighting an object within the frame so that other distracting elements do not show up. Because this is a dark night, there may be opportunities to include the Milky Way along with your subject.

If you are a KelbyOne member, Dave Black has an amazing set of light painting tutorials there. This is one small segment of his training.

On this field trip it will be really important to have a red headlamp. Not a white one but a RED one. Low power is even better but we have a solution if you don’;t have a low power headlamp–Band Aids. More on that later. The reason for red is that we’ll be doing a lot of work in the dark and our eyes take time to adjust to the dark. Red is less affective than white–which blows the whole adjustment period. White lamps or flashlights are not conducive to star trail photography. There are several local and online options for red headlamps so check around.

So–once again, complete the Doodle Poll and practice with your intervalometer!

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