Late Night Milky Way Shoot - High Force

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The High Force Hotel

Alston Road

Forest-in-Teesdale

DL12 0XH

United Kingdom

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High Force is beautiful any time of the day, but it's absolutely stunning on a dark night. In 2019, the dark moonless nights return in late August. The core of the Milky Way is at its best, and visible at the start of the night (total darkness, after Astronomical Twilight).

At this event, we'll have private access to High Force, including free parking, gate access, use of the High Force Hotel's facilities, and access to the falls for 1.5 hours.

Just a note . . . I'm aware this is a Sunday night, but it's Bank Holiday Monday the day after :-)

I've been photographing the Milky Way as High Force for the last three seasons and was, as far as I'm aware, the first person to do a Milky Way shoot there. It's time for me to share the location, and my secrets for capturing and editing the perfect shot (after the workshop, you'll receive a link to a video of me doing a Photoshop edit on one of my shots, to help you with that side of things).

These events are suitable for all experience levels, from beginners to experienced photographers. We'll progress at your own pace, and I'll work with you individually to set you some achievable goals, given your current ability.

You'll need a tripod, a torch, and a camera (a DSLR or mirrorless) which can have the shutter speed, aperture, focus and ISO set manually. Wide landscape lenses get the best results, especially those with an aperture of f/2.8 or wider. However, it's possible with an 18-55 kit lens . . . just fiddly!

Some bridge cameras may be suitable, but you'll need to be sure you can use a slower shutter speed than 8 seconds, and that you can focus manually. Smartphones are challenging, so if that's your plan, talk it through with me first. If you'd like advice on any other equipment, please message or email me.

Numbers are restricted to 15 photographers. Please note that in order to keep prices down, bookings are non-refundable if you're unable to come (but it may possible to transfer it to someone else, upon request).

In terms of weather, if the BBC forecast is predicting heavy rain, with a 50% chance or greater - or winds over 30mph (although it's quite sheltered down there), you'll be given the chance to move your booking to another workshop, or will be offered a voucher for a different event. I'll make this decision two days before.

The good news is that in August, the conditions are usually good. However, by booking for the workshop, you're confirming you understand there's always a chance of partial or total cloud cover, in which case we'll get shots when we can, and will do some lightpainting and different illumination at other times.

Joining instructions will be sent to everyone around two days before the event.

Book early to secure your place.

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The High Force Hotel

Alston Road

Forest-in-Teesdale

DL12 0XH

United Kingdom

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Refund Policy

No Refunds

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