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  • Beaver Island Landscape and Milky Way Photo Safari 

  • #314

  • Photo Safari Instructor: Lynne Ellyn and Bryce Denison
  • $1,500.00

     Join us for this five-evening - three-day photo safari to travel to Beaver Island (just off the coast of Charlevoix Michigan). The first evening (August 12 at 6:00PM) is a three-hour orientation at the MPW Wildbrook Campus to provide information about what equipment to bring, dark sky shooting etiquette and the techniques of using computer and cell phone apps to plan your shoot by knowing where in the sky the milky way will be and when there will be no light pollution from the moon. We will also provide the recipe of camera settings of shutter speeds, f/stops, ISO and lens selection to maximize your shoot. A light meal (bar-B-Que) is provided during both the orientation meeting and the follow up processing meeting a few weeks after our return.

     The actual shooting begins on Beaver Island on Friday August 26, 27 and 28. The first night starts with dinner on the island then a sunset shoot leading to a milky way shoot (weather permitting). Plan on taking a nap during the day as you will be up until 1:30-2:00AM shooting the Milky Way.  Sleep late the next day and students will meet for Lunch and an afternoon of Landscape photography. Beaver Island has lighthouses, marinas, beaches and wildlife photography opportunities.  The second night will be shooting more sunset and milky way photos from a different location; and if fortune smiles upon us, the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) will be included. (Weather Permitting). We will catch the last ferry or airplane to the mainland on Sunday August 28 and head back home to process our images.

     On Friday September 16, Students meet again at the Wildbrook Campus to prepare for an evening of processing the images caputured on Beaver Island in the MPW computer lab.  Starry Night and Landscape Stacker software will be available for students to process the images captured. Again; a small bar-B-que is included.

Class size is limited to 12 students and travel, lodging and meals are not included to or from Beaver Island. There is a car ferry and an airplane access to Beaver Island. Call (313) 804-9266 for details! Non Shooting spouses are welcome to attend at no extra charge. Beaver Island is only six miles long, but has jet ski, ATV, Bicycle and kyack rentals available for the family members not wishing to join us for the photography. We have booked eight rooms on the island during the busiest part of their season. Meetup acknowledgments will not be considered until a deposit is placed upon the class.

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