LOCATION West Virginia
DATE Oct.13th - 16th, 2020
INVESTMENT $825.00 / $660.00
ACTIVITY LEVEL Easy to Moderate
DURATION 3 Nights
ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP
We will spend 3 nights photographing the darkest night skies in West Virginia amongst the changing falls colors. Our first night will be at highest point in West Virginia at Spruce Knob, our 2nd night will be at the Dolly Sods Wilderness and our last night will be in Blackwater Falls State Park.
We will capture star trails, the milky way, timelapse, and also learn to use a star tracker for capturing deep space images like galaxies and nebulas. We will meet October 13th, 2020 at Spruce Knob for a wonderful night under the stars. The next day we will explore the Dolly Sods and Bear Rock Preserve and scout our locations for our night sky shoot. After an amazing night at the Dolly Sods Wilderness, we will travel 1 hour to blackwater falls state park to capture some incredible waterfalls surrounded by fall colors. We will end that day photographing the milky way and sunset from Lindy Point in Blackwater Falls State Park.
CURRENT CAMPING / HOTEL SCHEDULE
OCTOBER 13TH, 2020
Reservations can be made at Seneca Shadows Campground which is about 25 minutes from the Spruce Knob Overlook. You may also be able to find a hotel in Seneca Rocks, WV as well. If the weather looks bad for the night of the 14th, we may opt to stay at Spruce Knob most of the night to get in that extra night sky time!
OCTOBER 14TH, 2020
The only close campsite to Dolly Sods in less than 1 mile down the road called “Red Creek Campground”. The campground is a First Come, First Serve campground, so we will need to arrive there early this day to try and snag a spot. The cost is $11.00/ a night. Since this is in the middle of the week, I would expect to have some openings there, but with it being around the fall color season, it may be full, but I am optimistic. In case we can not get a campsite there, We could just car camp at the Dolly Sods overlook all night and shoot all night long! We could make our own site there at least 300 feet off of the main road as well. It is a 45 minute drive to Seneca Rocks, or try Hopeville, WV which is closer and you may be able to get a room at Harman's luxury Cabins or search more options in the area. The area is somewhat remote so lodging options are that abundant.
OCTOBER 15TH, 2020
I thought… why not just hang another night and have some fun. This day we can travel to Blackwater State Park. It is about 1 hour WNW from the Dolly Sods overlook. There are plenty of campsites there and I have already reserved one for myself. Check-in is after 1:00pm. We can get set up and take a waterfall hike, and then go to Lindy Point for sunset photos, and for a milky way shoot. After that, we can head back to the campsites and may have a campfire and talk photo! You can also find accomodations in nearby Davis, WV.
OCTOBER 16TH, 2020
I have no plans for a sunrise shoot. We will see if anything looks good while we are there, Maybe back at Lindy Point, otherwise we will wrap it up after sunrise since we may be tired after 3 nights of milky way madness!
Temps can be colder and breezy along the higher elevations, I suggest bringing a warm pair of clothing for the nights at Spruce Knob and at the Dolly Sods.
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. For more information, questions or to register please contacts us here at [email protected]
Payments are non-refundable, if you need to cancel at any point, you will receive full workshop credit for any future workshop with us. Some workshops are conducted with Art school across the country, and that credit will not be able to be applied to those unfortnately.
|2020 West Virginia Milky Way Madness