Scenic Aperture’s 2014 line up of photography workshops includes exciting opportunities for wildlife and landscape photographers. We start the year on a boat for a special Florida Birds workshop where we will shoot nesting activity at mangrove island rookeries off the west coast of Florida. After Florida, we move to Nebraska Birds where we will shoot Sandhill cranes during what has been called one of the world’s great migrations. While in Nebraska, we will venture into the vast interior sandhills to shoot the mating rituals of the rare Greater Prairie Chicken and Sharp-tailed grouse. In December we visit Bosque del Apache for the sunset fly-in and sunrise blast-off of thousands of sandhill cranes and snow geese in the desert light of New Mexico.
In addition to our birding workshops we have three really nice landscape photography workshops on the schedule. In May we go into the backcountry of Monument Valley with our favorite . . .
I’m looking forward to our Sandhills Weekend shoot for a number of reasons but one in particular is because I want to try my hand at star trails. I’m told the Nebraska sandhills is a great place for astro-photography because there is very little light pollution out there. If you’ve studied the itinerary, you see we are planning an early start on Saturday well before the sun comes up.
Star trails are new to me so I’ve been doing some research. It sounds like it takes a bit of pre-planning, visualization, and a lot of patience. Also, you have to do some post processing to stack multiple images to get the best effect. So if you want to give star trails a try, here’s the basic equipment you’ll need :
DSLR with bulb mode
Wide angle to normal focal length lens
Cable release or timer remote
Something to sit on for two to three hours
Photoshop or other “stacking” software
Here are a couple informative pieces I’ve found on-line: