It is no secret that winter is my favourite season, and there are few places in the world that rival the Canadian Rockies for winter photography. As a night sky lover, winter marks the setting of the Milky Way core, and the rise of the Orion Constellation.
Never has the winter night sky held more allure to me, then when using the star tracker. Shooting longer exposures, at lower ISOs helps to preserve colour in the stars, and enables shooting at narrower apertures, and thus capturing sharper stars.
For this workshop we will be working with star trackers to help us capture the nebulosity around Orion, and the amazing colour of the stars. Although astro modified cameras are not necessary for the workshop, they are amazingly fun to use!
I’m beyond excited to have Clarence Spencer from Spencers Camera join us for the week. Clarence is a pioneer in the field of star tracking, and modifying cameras for astro photography. In fact, his team modified NASA’s cameras for the International Space Station! Clarence will have astro modified cameras available for us to try out, as well as star trackers capable of photographing deep space constellations.
What to expect
We will shoot from sunset to sunrise, and sleep during the day. If we do not get clear nights we will explore the wintry beauty of the Canadian Rockies during the day.
And as always, we will have an eye on the skies to the North watching for Aurora. Last November we had Kp6 and Kp8 conditions! At this latitude (51 degrees North), a Kp5 level aurora can be seen when looking north, and is often seen as dancing pillars of light. At Kp6, the aurora can be seen overhead and in any direction. At Kp8, you can film the dancing lights with your cell phone; it’s an utterly breathtaking experience!
Accommodations & Transportation
The Chasing Orion photography workshop includes lodging and transportation. We will use the iconic Emerald Lake Lodge as our home base. It is a great location for shooting the northern lights, just steps away from your cabin!
Online Night Shooting Course
I want you to feel confident in your night shooting skills before you arrive on location. We will schedule two online classes in advance of the workshop to cover the basics for capturing the sharp stars and aurora so you are well prepared when you arrive.
The weather in November is typically mild, with temperatures dipping just below freezing. November weather is the perfect combination of fresh blankets of snow, and open water for reflections. There is also the possibility of seeing early season methane bubbles on some of the shallow lakes as they begin to freeze.
We have six nights and seven days to fill your memory cards!
Date: November 16-22, 2022
Maximum group size is 8 participants.
*Before Covid, deposits were non-refundable. However, I’m trying to be as flexible as possible. In the event that you cannot attend, deposits can be credited toward another workshop at a later date.
There is little that inspires me more than a sky full of stars! Last year I embarked on a personal project to spend 100 nights under the stars. That project really opened my eyes to the incredible beauty of the night sky, in ways that I had never anticipated. I had always thought about night shooting as getting out on the darkest nights to shoot the Milky Way or aurora. However, I soon learned that moonrise and moonset can be completely captivating, that moonlight is an ally to capturing the aurora, and that winter nights are most captivating, even in the absence of the Milky Way core.
I am a passionate educator. It is my goal to ensure you leave this workshop with the skills and confidence to shoot in any low light situation.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!