I have always been fascinated by what I see when I look up into the night sky. Being in the city limits,you are limited to thousands of stars. My goal is to see millions in one of the best places in the US to do that, Mt Rainier. The project is to create a series of photos from this experience, and at some point create a gallery set. I have been in photography for many years and have been actively shooting. In 2008 I wen't to all digital. I love photography and always have been interested in shooting the stars, and what an opportunity that Dave Morrow is providing through this unique workshop. This is more than just a project, its a great learning experience! As a photographer you must know that you are NEVER done learning! We are constantly evolving our style and technique.
There is a little more to this project though than just Mt Rainier. The plan is to shoot the region for about a week hitting the many lakes and mountains. Places that I will be making a stop at are as fallows; Reflections lake, Louise lake, Mowich lake, Bumping lake, down town Seattle, Pike's market, etc... So there will be more than just Mt Rainier Milky Way Galaxy shots taken. I will hit as many places that permit night time photography. SOUNDS GREAT RIGHT!!
I need your help though!!! By backing the Galaxy Project I will ensure a spot in the workshop, as well as be able to stay a few more nights to get some additional shots at spots that are not listed in the workshop! I take great pride in all my photos and think being able to learn a new way of shooting the stars will only help me in the long run! Here is some of my personal photos so you can kind of get a feel of my photography style!
Here is a little information on the workshop provided by www.davemorrowphotography.com
"Mount Rainier is one of my favorite places to capture the night sky and other various beautiful landscapes. There are endless compositions to shoot and a million and one beautiful places to visit. This workshop will take you to some of my favorite spots and provide 1 on 1 and group instruction along the way. We will meet Friday at Tipsoo Lake and start our adventure with sunset. After that it's on to an array of great locations to photograph the night sky, followed by a sunrise shoot, then a 3-4 hour post processing session. I will cover everything I know about night sky photography, provide beginners with a strong foundation to build upon, and give already knowledgable star photographers more information and new views to work with. I will also cover my post processing techniques that will make your night sky photos stand out in print or on the screen. Join me for a night of adventure, learning, and star photography in the wilderness of Washington State's Mount Rainier National Park."
Sunset shoot at Tipsoo Lake
Review camera settings and other pre-shoot details to ensure everyone is informed and ready to get the best shots possible of the night sky.
Shoot the our first Milky Way shots at Tipsoo Lake learning and reviewing various different “field” techniques for capturing the most of the night sky. There are so many different possibilities for shots at Tipsoo Lake, including views and reflections of Mount Rainier. This is one of my favorite places to shoot stars!
Drive to Sunrise Visitor Center (The highest parking area on Mount Rainier).
Capture the night sky with Mount Rainier in the foreground! ( The shot above was taken there )
Snap off some more star shots getting various different compositions at the location and learning tons of great info on how to capture the most out of every star shot. Along with shooting and learning you can throw questions my way at any time during our adventure.
Drive 30-45 minutes to Reflection Lakes.
We will grab a few more star shots at the lakes. This is a great spot capture Mount Rainier, the Milky Way, and even some star reflections in the lake.
For anyone that is still awake, let's watch the sunrise. Reflection Lakes is an amazing place to watch the sun peak over the top of Mount Rainier.
After sunrise we will pause for a 5-6 hour nap and then set up for our star photography post processing adventure. I personally sleep in the back of my car. There are options for tents as well.
Upon joining back up I will cover my complete star photography post processing workflow and any other questions you may have about Lightroom, Photoshop, or star photography in general. If we have extra time any questions concerning post processing are always welcome:)
I really do not have many Risks or Challenges, I always work very hard in over coming anything that is thrown in my path. But if I HAD to choose a challenge I am facing, it would have to be getting funded! I have this project well thought out. I picked a date for the workshop when the night sky should be as clear as day ( for Washington that can be a trick :)) Also have a great detailed schedule. If you have any questions please ask me I would love to give you as much information that you need!
Thank you again for all the care, support, and encouragement with my Kickstarter!
A 21x14 signed print from the project on archival paper with archival ink with the print of their choice. And a special thank you on my website, a hand written card thanking you for your donation. And a 5x7 paperback book with 8-10 photos from the project signed with a thank you note inside.