Starry Skies Adventure:
Yosemite and the Eastern Sierra

• June 30 – July 3, 2024 (three-and-a-half days)
• Yosemite high country and the Eastern Sierra
• Focus: Field and classroom
• Level: Intermediate and Advanced
• Maximum 8 Participants
• Tuition: $1450
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Few sights can match the beauty of a sky full of stars, with the Milky Way stretching from one horizon to the other. During this workshop you’ll learn how to capture the magic and mystery of the night skies by combining vivid images of the Milky Way, or swirling star trails, with light-painted trees, rocks, and tufa formations.

The Yosemite high country and eastern Sierra are perfect places for night photography. The skies are typically clear and dark, and the beautiful trees and rock formations provide great subjects for light-painting. The workshop is timed for just before the new moon – the ideal time to photograph the Milky Way and star trails.

Here are some of the things we’ll cover:

– Equipment for nightime photography
– Exposure for stars and star trails
– Focusing and composing in the dark
– Reducing noise during long exposures
– Star-stacking to reduce noise
– Light-painting techniques
– Planning nighttime photographs
– Image-stacking for star trails
– Processing nighttime photographs, including noise-reduction techniques, blending star-stacks, and assembling star-trail sequences

This promises to be a really fun workshop – I hope you’ll join us!

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Legal Stuff:

This workshop is conducted by Michael Frye Photography and is operated under special use permit with the Inyo National Forest. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)

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