Spend a weekend shooting and enjoying the stunning dark skies at “34 South,” located 160km northwest of Canberra between Cowra and Young with expert astrophotographer, Joe Cali. In addition to some fixed tripod nightscape photography, tracking devices will be available ranging from entry level tracker devices to a $10000 Takahashi EM-200 high precision mounting. The workshop will focus on use of these devices. Joe will demonstrate the set-up of these devices including all important polar alignment techniques. Bring your own tracker or take turns on Joe’s trackers. Requirements: DSLR, Tripod, remote release or intervalometer, sleeping bag and towel, own transport. 34 South is Joe’s private home, a bit less than 2 hours drive from Canberra. In addition to camera gear and warm clothes, you will need a sleeping bag and towel. Bedding, pillow and linen plus meals provided. Expected temperatures – night-time -2 oC to +3oC, daytime +7 to +14oC. Car pooling can be facilitated if required.
Astrophotography is dependant on clear skies and, unfortunately, controlling the weather is beyond our capability. The workshop field trip is scheduled for the Reconciliation Day long weekend but in the event of cloud we may need to postpone this session. We’ll give you 24 hours notice if the field trip needs to be re-scheduled.
In Wiradgiri astronomical dreamtime mythology, the dark lanes of the Milky Way form the figure of an Emu. This interpretation is repeated in the dreamtime of most first Australian nations. It was also interpreted as an ostrich by Southern African peoples and as a rhea by the first peoples of South America.
You’ll need to bring:
* We recommend that you purchase an intervalometer, which costs less than $30 on Ebay (https://tinyurl.com/y6qy9w25). Please make sure to purchase the cable adaptor/connector appropriate to your brand and model of camera.
** Red cellophane held over a white torch by elastic bands works fine.
You’ll be shooting outside in early Autumn Winter, so you’ll need to dress very warmly! You may also be working alongside country roads at night, so a Hi-Vis outer layer is recommended. There will be some Hi-Vis vests available for loan.
A PhotoAccess notebook and pencil for note keeping. Mattress, sheets, pillowcase and pillow provided. Please bring your own sleeping bag, blanket or doona.
Saturday (Br, D,T,C)
Sunday (Br, D,T,C)
Br-Brunch, D-Dinner, T-Tea, C-Coffee
*Please inform us after enrolment, if you have any special dietary requirements.
Note: Transport to the property (160km each way) is not included. Car sharing between participants may be facilitated.
Friday 27 May 2022 (arrive mid-afternoon)
Saturday 28 May 2022
Sunday 29 May 2022
Monday 30 May 2022 (depart after brunch)
Enrolments for this workshop close at 12pm on Friday 20 March, 2021. PhotoAccess reserves the right to cancel the workshop if there are insufficient enrolments. If we have to cancel, you’ll receive a full refund.
PhotoAccess will happily refund or transfer workshop fees up to 7 days prior to the start date of the workshop. If less than 7 days notice is given PhotoAccess will transfer fees to another workshop but will charge a transfer fee of either 25% of the workshop cost or $50, whichever is less. No refunds or transfers can be given once a workshop has started. Please see Terms and Conditions for further details.
Joe Cali has been taking photographs for more than 40 years. He’s worked extensively in most film and digital media and has had an active interest in astronomy and astrophotography since 1978. Joe began teaching with Photoaccess in 1996 and over the years has taught a wide variety of workshops in Black and White Darkroom & Camera, Photoshop, Lightroom, Camera Skills, Travel Photography and a range of boutique workshops. His photographs have been published in feature stories in large circulation glossy magazines such as Australian Geographic and Sky and Telescope and his work has been exhibited in over thirty solo and group exhibitions.
You can visit Joe’s website to discover more about his photography practice.
Image credit: Joe Cali, by Terry Cuttle.