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Introductory Astrophotography Course – Fall 2014
Presented by Drs. Ian Shelton & Tuba Koktay
Learn to Photograph Stars, Constellations, Planets, Lunar Eclipses and Get the Most Out of Your “Point-and-Shoot” or DSLR Camera in Low-Light Situations
This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of how your camera works and teach you how to take beautiful pictures in low-light situations like twilight and at night without using your flash. You’ll learn about the nighttime sky and how to capture pictures of stars, constellations, aurora, the Moon and other celestial objects.
Each class consists of a short presentation followed by a hands-on tutorial to help you learn basic skills needed for astrophotography and to give you more confidence and control with your everyday picture-taking. Some optional assignments will be provided so participants can practice their newly learned skills at home during the course.
The workshop begins by discussing the minimum in terms of camera and accessories you will need to succeed. Participants are encouraged to bring their own camera and an assessment of each camera’s suitability will be provided during the first class. Those without a sufficiently capable camera will be encouraged to partner with participants that have suitable hardware so everyone can get first-hand experience with what is being taught. Today’s inexpensive “point-and-shoot” cameras can often deliver surprisingly detailed nighttime photographs. Classic non-digital film cameras (new and old) are also generally suitable for low-light and astrophotography. So bring whatever camera you have. A telescope will be provided during the course for use with your own camera to photograph the Moon, planets and dark-sky objects, as weather permits.
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We would like to take this opportunity to say Thank You to all of those who participated at our Birthday Bash on June 7th 2014! Our daytime program of Solar Observing and our evening program at Cold Creek Conservation Area was awesome and we had some great views of the Sun, Saturn, Mars, The Moon and a handful of deep sky objects!
Stay tuned for further details about Canada Day, July 1st!
Drs. Ian Shelton & Tuba Koktay will take you on a weekly exploration of our Universe.
No prior knowledge of Astronomy or Physics is assumed. Each week, we’ll use pictures, videos, lively discussions and classroom demonstrations to help explain a few key concepts and reveal the beauty and majesty of the distant Universe. As weather permits, we’ll also step outdoors to show you some of the celestial objects we talk about in class, both using your unaided eyes and via a telescope. You are invited to request specific celestial objects to examine and discuss during the course using the Reservation request form linked below.
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This seems to be a topic that elicits an opinion from birders whether you are a seasoned pro or a beginner. There also doesn’t seem to be much in the way of a “grey” area; you are either for it or against it. Fortunately (for me), this blog is not being written to try to ‘convert’ anyone from one side or the other; it is just a brief dissertation of personal experiences (and, since I am writing this, it will by my personal experiences).
Before I begin, I will let you know that I am a bird photographer and I do wear camouflage clothing, including pants, shirt, gloves, mitts, hat, toque, and coat. Also, I have camouflage on my main lens.
I believe that the necessity to wear camouflage depends both on the type of birding you are doing and the location of your birding.
Type of Birding
There are 2 specific types of birding – watching and photographing.
Bird watchers typically have a good pair of binoculars, or a strong spotting scope, that they can use to find, observe, and identify the birds. Some will note in their book the bird they saw, whether it was male or female, in breeding plumage, where they saw it, etc… whereas others are just happy to be able to find and see the bird. Generally they do not stay in the same place a long time unless there are a large number of different birds there; they will observe and then move on. Also, and here is the salient point, they generally do not have to get very close to the bird. With the binoculars and spotting scopes, they can stay a fair distance away and still get some extraordinary views of their subject; they do not have to try to blend in with the surroundings; and bird watchers do not need to have the bird out in the open; then can identify it even if it is deep in the foliage. For bird watchers, then, camouflage is probably not necessary; they can get just a good a view without it.
Bird photographers, on the other hand, have a different raison d’être. They are trying to get as good a picture of the bird as possible and are not happy just to have seen the bird. A lot of photographers try to sell their pictures (writer included) and therefore need to get clear, clean shots of the bird in its’ natural environment, hopefully not distracted by the photographer. The picture always looks better if the bird is doing what comes naturally and not trying to hide or fly away because it was spooked. To do this, there is a necessity to try to hide from the bird and blend in with the surroundings. Birds see us differently than we do; to them we are a big, dark mass approaching, very unnerving and quite scary to a very small bird. What camouflage will do, besides allowing the photographer to blend in, is break up the big, dark mass into smaller pieces that does not frighten the bird (as much). Camouflage will not ‘hide’ the photographer, nor will it do too much if they are tromping through the bush and making a lot of noise (movement is still movement, no matter what you are wearing) but, if they are still enough it might allow the bird to come to the forefront and take some great pictures.
Location also will factor into whether camouflage is necessary. If you are out in the wilderness, or a conservation area, where there are generally not very many people, then camouflage could help. If, on the other hand, you are at a well attended park (such as Colonel Sam Smith Park or Humber Bay Park) the birds are a bit more acclimatized to humans and are more accessible.
I know photographers who swear by their camouflage, and I know photographers who swear that it is never needed. I also know watchers who wear camouflage and those who don’t. In the end, it is a personal choice; there is really no ‘wrong’ or ‘right’ way to do it. It is how you feel about it that matters.
Personally, I wear camouflage because I find that, where I do most of my birding, it does help me get closer to the birds and get better shots. I have done it with and without and prefer with.
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Man must rise above the Earth—to the top of the atmosphere and beyond—for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives.
If there is anything that can bind the heavenly mind of man to this dreary exile of our earthly home and can reconcile us with our fate so that one can enjoy living—then it is verily the enjoyment of the mathematical sciences and astronomy.
~ Johannes Kepler