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Joshua Tree Camping/Hiking/Nigh­t Sky Photography


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Friday, June 12, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

to Sunday June 14, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

Indian Cove Campsite - Joshua Tree National Park

Nearest Address: 7299 Indian Cove Rd, Twentynine Palms, CA


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We will be spending 2 nights learning the fundamentals of low light photography, nightscape photography, Milky Way photography and even try out some Astrophotography by mounting Canon or Nikon DSLR's directly to our group telescope.


Day 1 - June 12: 

Arrive at Campsite. Set up camp. Enjoy afternoon and go over the fundementals of low light photography, learn how to use your DSLR. Continue into the night doing widefield imaging, nightscapes, light painting, milky way photography and time lapse photography. 


See examples of Nightscapes.


Day 2 - June 13:

Get ready for an early morning photo hike, doing still life, landscape, pland and wildlife imaging. Later learn about different types of telescope, how to operate and set them up, learn about optics. That evening will focus on astrophotography. Imaging by mounting Canon or Nikon DSLR's directly to the group telescope. Venus, Jupiter, Saturn as well as many deep sky object will be imaged. 


See examples of Astrophotography.


Day 3 - June 14:

Do sunrise and golden hour photography. Group photos and take down camp. Camp check out is 12:00pm. End of land portion of workshop.


Learn how to process your milky way and astro images by joining us next weekend on the classroom portion of the workshop. Full Details Here.



Full Camp Description:


Joshua Tree National Park, viewed from the road, only hints at its vitality. Closer examination reveals a fascinating variety of plants and animals that make their home in this land. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features add to the attraction of this place.


These features are what first attracted to me camp there. My first successful stargazing session occurred there during the 2012 Thanksgiving weekend. It was the event that I consider to be the moment when I transitioned from an enthusiast to Landscape & Astro-photographer.



















Be part of this awesome event as we take a look at night sky objects like Jupiter, the Orion Nebula, the Whirlpool Galaxy and even the planet Saturn!!


Time to take your DSLR off the automatic setting! Together we will be going over the exposure triangle and how to use these setting to best capture the night sky.


Next, members will try out their hand in Astrophotography by directly attaching their DSLR camera to a 4" Stellarvue Refracting Telescope. Together we will capture amazing images of Deep Sky Objects (DSO's) in the night sky!


Have an object of interest you would like to capture? Let's do it!


Contact Information:


Maxwell Palau


Cell & Text: (619) 770-5255




Important Notes:


Because of the limit of cars for the campsite we will need to carpool. Those with bigger vehicles that can accommodate more people are kindly asked to help. Thank you!

During the summer, expect high temperatures, intense sunlight, and low humidity. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration in the arid desert environment. Drink at least one gallon (4 liters) of water per day to replace loss from sweat.


Recommened Items to Take:


WATER! (It will be hot in the day)



Hiking boots

Daytime clothes

Warm clothes for the night 
Sleeping bag  
Sleeping pad  

Camping knife

Logs for burning

DSLR camera & extra batteries!  
Notepad & pen/voice recorder  
GPS Unit  
Hiking Poles

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