Night Sky over Lower Fox School House, Flint Hills of Kansas
September 3rd, 2021

The Milky Way and Star Trails Above Lower Fox Creek School

Join Craig as he hosts a  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  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.

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Fee and Accommodations:  $195.  A non-refundable portion of the fee in the amount of $75 will apply to cover administrative and and preparation for this event. Also, please review the cancellation policy below.


This will be a late night opportunity.  If you will not be traveling back home after our workshop, 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.

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Payment:   Payment may be made through "Pay Now"  using the PayPal button on this page, choosing the desired date(s).  Alternatively, you may mail personal check to Craig McCord Photography, 395 NW 1851st Rd, Kingsville, MO 64061 

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September 3rd, 2021

Sept 3rd, 2021

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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 of now conditions forecasted look favorable.  if conditions are not conducive to a successful shoot, a 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:  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me:


Ph: 816-668-3602