Saturday 22 July
Location: Hills Road, Mt Sampson (between Samford and Dayboro)
Meeting time: 7.30 pm start (or thereabouts).
Outing theme: Astrophotography
The Outing will proceed only if there are clear skies (or nearly so) .... there is no point trying to shoot the stars if it’s cloudy.
Beginners and new members: Ray Shorter is hosting this night. You are very welcome to attend. It'll be a great opportunity to meet other BCG members.
From Samford, drive towards Dayboro on Mt Sampson Road. Turn right into Hills Road, about 800m after crossing Cedar Creek and after passing Jagera Court on the right. Drive up the hill and at the top, turn left along Hills Road (a good dirt track at this point) ... it is a dead-end track. Park towards the end and walk back to near the dead tree (a great foreground for light painting).
If you are unsure about the location, meet Ray in Samford Village in the parking lot in front of the Post Office and Alegria Cafe (39 Main Street, Samford ... on the left heading towards Dayboro, just before crossing the creek) at 7.00pm. We can then drive out in convoy to Hills Road.
What to bring:
• Camera with wide angle lens, or as wide as you have ... best for capturing wide sky shots and the Milky Way.
• Know how to operate your camera in Manual mode to adjust shutter speed, aperture and how to focus manually. Also, how to change ISO settings. Shutter speed – check what is the maximum shutter speed you can dial in (on my Nikon D800 it is 30 sec), in addition to “bulb” mode where you can leave the shutter open for as long as you want (with a cable release ideally so you don’t get camera movement).
• Tripod (essential), and a cable release if you have one.
• Intervalometer for taking star trail shots if you want to .... if your camera does not already have a built-in intervalometer (my Nikon D800 does). Know how to set it up, whether it is external or internal to your camera.
• Head-torch (so both hands are free to operate your gear), and a regular torch (for some light painting).
• Small notebook and pen in case you need to take notes.
• Mobile phone and calculator (in most mobile phones these days)
• Warm clothing (it could be quite chilly on a clear night) and maybe something to drink
On the internet, you will find many references and books on how to photograph the night sky.
One Ray has personally found very good is an e-book by Melbourne-based astrophotographer Phil Hart “Shooting Stars – How to photograph the Moon and Stars with your DSLR” ... see http://philhart.com/shooting-stars
An App that can help in planning Milky Way shots (and others) is http://www.photopills.com/.
Show us your photos: After the event we'd love to see a small selection of your 'best images' from the outing. Please post them in the Outings section of our Special Interest Groups Community on Google+. Here is the link to our Google+ Community "Brisbane Camera Group - SIG". You need to be a member to access this G+ Community.