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Photography Workshop in Stargazing Paradise

Join a TWAN workshop on night sky photography, time-lapse imaging and processing, from September 26 to 30 on the beautiful island of La Palma in the Canary Islands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





2013 July 24: Modern, off-the-shelf digital cameras are easily capable of capturing twilight and night-time photographs. However creating spectacular and eye-catching night-time landscapes and astro-photos is much more challenging -- and much more rewarding.

A TWAN-style photographer often has to travel for starry adventures, which is part of the experience -- hence La Palma. But to make the best of these exotic locations, careful planning and a keen eye honed by years of experience help enormously. The instructors, award winning TWAN Photographers Babak Tafreshi (the founder and director) and Christoph Malin (dedicated timelapse photographer, TWAN-Austria) together have years of experience of night-time imagery under all conditions and in a wide variety of locations. Both Tafreshi and Malin are also a photo ambassador for the European Southern Observatory (ESO).

Eclipses, conjunctions and celestial surprises like bright comets and aurorae each bring new opportunities for unique images at TWAN locations. Geographic setting, altitude, the local landscape, light pollution and many more factors influence the end result. Techniques of night-time photography and planning based on knowledge of stargazing are also important elements. The TWAN instructors will unveil some of the secrets of landscape astrophotography in an elaborate 5-day workshop under the starry skies of La Palma, a Canary Islands paradise for nature and night sky enthusiasts. Named as "AstroMaster La Palma" the workshop is organized in collaboration with AstroLaPalma (the leading astronomy tour organizer on the island) and will be held from September 26 to 30, 2013. Registration is open to international participants (limited to maximum 30 entries). All sessions will be in English with more than half of the workshop planned for advanced imaging and processing topics suitable for photographers with basic knowledge of stargazing and some experience in nightscape photography (and not for absolute beginners).



La Palma is very well connected with mainland Europe by direct flights (from Spain, Germany, Netherlands) or with local flights and boat trip from the neighboring island of Tenerife.

Costs and Services
The workshop is offered by AstroLaPalma as a full board 5-day package of the educational program (over 50 hours of training), four excursions for imaging sessions, accommodation, food and all fees, insurance and assistance. The cost is 995 Euro for accommodation on a shared basis and 1195 Euro for single occupancy. The program also includes trips to various parts of La Palma such as the European Northern Observatory located on the top of the island with breath-taking views to the ocean and a giant volcanic caldera that shapes most of La Palma. The Roque de los Muchachos Observatory at 2400 meters above see level is home to about a dozen major telescopes, including the giant 10.4-meter GTC (Gran Telescopio Canarias), the famous 4-meter William Herschel Telescope, the Swedish Solar Telescope, and two 17-meter gamma ray detecting MAGIC telescope, all exploring the universe from this excellent observing site.



AstroLaPalma also offers longer stay accommodation and planning, optional nature or astronomy tours for extended visits and for accompanied friends and family during the workshop. There are also telescopes available to rent.

Registration is now open. For detailed information and registration visit the workshop page AstroMaster La Palma.





See more images of this starry paradise on TWAN's La Palma Gallery twanight.org/lapalma

   



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