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Night Photography in the Kansas Flint Hills
Lower Fox Creek School House, the foreground element of the planned night shoot
Craig McCord Photography workshops :: The night skies of Kansas
June 23, 2017 - Sold Out
July 21, 2017 - Sold Out
The Milky Way and Star Trails Above Lower Fox Creek School House
Join Craig as he hosts this photography workshop of the Kansas nights at the Lower Fox Creek School House at the Tall Grass Prairie National Preserve in the Flint Hills of Kansas. We will photograph this popular location during a near new moon phase, providing an ideal conditions for photographing the night sky. To get warmed up we will catch a flint hills sunset. As the sky darkens we will continue to work photographing star trails above the school house and engage in some light painting fun. Craig will provide hands on assistance to help ensure all come away with meaningful and rewarding captures of star trails and Milky Way images.
Fee and Accommodations: $89. This will be a late/all night opportunity. Not much sleep guaranteed. However, there are nearby hotel accommodations in Cotton Wood Falls, KS. More economical accommodations may be found in Emporia, KS about 25 min away. Accommodations, meals, and/or snacks for the evening are on you. I would recommend bringing along a cooler with water/beverage and any snacks you prefer. A rag/lawn chair also recommended.
We will meet up in the parking lot of the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve on Hwy 177, just north of Strong City, KS. Additional details will be emailed upon registration.
Payment: Payment may be made through "Pay Now" using the PayPal button on the right panel of this page. Alternatively, you may mail personal check to Craig McCord Photography, 917 NW 1751stRd, Bates City, MO 64011.
Makeup Date: Of course the weather and sky conditions are critical factors in the success of this event. At this time there is know way to predict the conditions for the scheduled shoot. However, as our date approaches we will closely monitor the weather forecast. if conditions are not conducive to a successful shoot I will plan a makeup based on the predicted weather. Any decision to reschedule or cancel will be made in sufficient time to minimize impact on participants. If one cannot make a scheduled makeup, the workshop fee will be refunded.
Recommended Equipment: Night and low light photography benefits most from the use of fast lenses with apertures of f2.8 or f1.4. Wide angle lenses are best as well since our emphasis will be on the sky. I often use a focal length range between 14 mm and 35mm on a full frame sensor camera. If your camera is not a full frame, take you crop factor and multiply that by your lens focal length to get the full frame equivalent.
Of course a tripod is a necessity as is some form of cable release. An intervalometer is most useful for making consecutive exposures for the image stacking method of creating star trails.
Contact: For additional information contact Craig McCord at 816-690-4896; cell 816-668-3602 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org