ASSATEAGUE ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE

GEMINID METEOR SHOWER MADNESS

 

LOCATION  Assateague Island , MD Park

DATE       December 12th - 14th,2020 

INVESTMENT   $850.00 / $675.00

LIMIT             2 SPOTS REMAINING

ACTIVITY LEVEL    Easy

DURATION        3 days / 2 nights

 


 


 

 

 

ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP

Let's send 2020 out with a BANG! 

This is our last chance to get out before the long, dark, and cold winter months hit. With the a year like we have had, you will need this amazing experience to help you get through the next couple of months. We will enjoy 3 days and 2 nights with hundreds of meteors and thousands upon thousands of stars overhead during the annual Geminid Meteor Shower. This 2 night workshop will also have an additional date if we need it.. So if the weather is bad Saturday or Sunday night, we will be able to use Friday the 11th as well. This workshop is based around the annual Geminid Meteor Shower. It is the best meteor shower out of all meteor showers. They often produce large fireballs and meteor rates exceed 125 per hour!! Yes 125 per hour! We will shoot from at least 5 - 7 separate locations at night with in depth discussions on composition, light painting, post processing your images and much more. I have spent the last 20 years observing and photographing all meteor showers and this one is by far the best. The colder winter months will never keep me in for this and it shouldn't keep you in either!! For the last workshop of the year, everyone will receive a FREE dimmable lite panel for light painting!  a custom walnut Jeff Berkes Photography 8GB flash drive!  a Nikon Lens Cloth!  and 10 Nikon Lens wipes as a small thank you!

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WORKSHOP INCLUDES

  • Commercial Permit Fees
  • Picking my brain the entire time
  • Geminid meteor shower observation and photography
  • Milky Way , star trail and light painting photography
  • Several shooting locations, each night will have different locations
  • Some locations are Zabriskie Point, Badwater Basin, Dantes View, Mudcracks,  Devils Golf Course, Artist Drive and more
  • How to plan your shot and where to look for the Milky Way throughout the year
  • Understanding, shutter speed, f/stop, ISO, white balance and other custom settings in your camera for night sky photography
  • How to illuminate a scene for timelapse photography and how to focus at night
  • Maps of where you can find the milky way in the sky every month. Some months you can't even see the brightest part of it so,  yes, it moves around a bit and you will know where and when to look at any time during the year.
  • In additional to our night sky photography we will also be capturing the sweet light at sunrise and sunset each day!
  • Huge Beach fire every night
  • FREE Video Tutorials on post processing, panoramas, star trails and timelapse photography!
  • FREE NIKON TRAVEL LENS CLOTH!
  • FREE DIMMABLE LITE PANEL FOR LIGHT PAINTING
  • FREE 8GB JEFF BERKES PHOTOGRAPHY CUSTOM WALNUT FLASH DRIVE!
  • FREE NIKON LENS WIPES!

 

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KEEPING WARM AT NIGHT

We will have a large campfire on the beach only feet away from the ocean both nights! We will also be near our cars the entire night so if you need to warm up a little bit do not worry. You can camp on the island with me (Yes I will be camping) or you can stay only 15 minutes down the road at the Comfort Suites in Ocean City, Maryland. I will reserve a campsite and set up a couple tents for us to use in the  foreground as subjects for some of our shots. They will be set up the entire weekend for everyone to enjoy. You are allowed to have a beer or glass of wine on the beach if you wish, but not too much! We don't need blurry pictures!:)

M42A part of the constellation Orion taken with the start tracker

STAR TRACKERS

I will bring a star tracker out so that anyone who does not already have one can track with the stars and capture some photos of the Andromeda Galaxy, the Pleiades star cluster,  and other celestial objects in the night sky. 

There are so many interesting compositions inside Assateague Island National Seashore to photograph at night, and during the day. We will certainly take full advantage of them while we are there. There are so many locations that you would spend a week there and not get to every spot.  In addition to the night sky photography, we will also shoot sunset each night, and possibly some sunrise shots if we do not get much sleep those nights. We will not have the Geminids under a NEW MOON until 2023 and there is not way you should pass up this amazing opportunity..3 years is a long to wait!

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TENT AND GEMINIDSTENT AND GEMINIDS, 20185 Geminids in 30 seconds!

WEATHER

I have had pleasant nights in the 40's and 50's, and also some colder nights that are in the 20's and 30's.  It is what it is, once you see your first fireball, you will forget about the temperature! Wool retains heat even when wet, so bring / wear a nice pair of wool socks with you and remember that cotton items do no retain heat well.

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LODGING

As mentioned above, there are campsites available,  and ARE included in the workshop. I will get a group campsite which can hold a ton of tents and a fire it burning all night long.  You can also stay at the Comfort Suits about 15 minutes down rt. 611.

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CAMERA GEAR

A full list of camera gear will be supplied to upon registering, the basics are a DSLR camera, wide angle lens, a tripod and a cable release. Please check out the "Workshop Overview" page for more information on gear.

 

GEMINID METEOR SHOWER 2017 & TENTGEMINID METEOR SHOWER TIDE POOL REFLECTIONS

 

DEPOSIT

A non refundable deposit must be paid in full or partial to reserve your spot on this tour. If for some reason you need to cancel, you will be credited that amount towards any future workshop with us. Cash refunds can not be made once your payment has been accepted.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Jeff Berkes Photography reserves the right to make changes to the schedule, dates if need be. We are not responsible for bad weather, delays or cancellations. We are also not responsible for lost or stolen items, injuries, sickness, death or damages to personal equipment and lost of personal travel expense. Failure to comply to park rules, regulations and will result in you being ejected from the workshop.

This workshop does not include travel to, from and during the workshop, meals or overnight accommodations. However campsites are included.

Kind Regards,

Jeff

 

 

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2020 GEMINID METEOR SHOWER | ASSATEAGUE