2021 BLACKWATER FALLS STATE PARK
MILKY WAY | FALL COLORS AND WATERFALLS

 

LOCATION       Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia

DATE       October 8th - October 10th, 2021

INVESTMENT       $850.00 / $680.00

LIMIT      ONLY 1 SPOT REMAINING!

ACTIVITY LEVEL    Easy 

DURATION          2 Nights / 3 Days

 


 

ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP

We will spend 3 days and 2 nights photographing the darkest night skies in West Virginia amongst the changing falls colors in Blackwater Falls State Park. We will learn to photograph star trails, the milky way, timelapse, and we will also learn to use a star tracker for capturing deep space images like galaxies and nebulas. Fall Color is hard to predict, but we will be here at the average peak time, we will certainly have lots of color in the park. With some of the darkest skies in WV meshed with majestic waterfalls to vibrant fall color, this is one trip this fall that you simply can not pass up!

 

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NIGHT SKY CONDITIONS

With the slender crescent moon setting at sunset, we can expect some great earthshine photo ops to start the night in the sunset glow. The moon won't be bright enough the first hour to wash out the milky way. So as the moon quickly sets, we will enjoy moonless skies the rest of the night!

 

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BLACKWATER RIVER | WEST VIRGINIABLACKWATER RIVER | WEST VIRGINIA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENT CAMPING / HOTEL INFORMATION

You can find lodging inside the park at Blackwater Falls Lodge in Davis, West Virginia. If you love to camp like me, you can also camp inside the park. I will be camping and taking in every second of the outdoor here, because it is worth every second of our time there.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEATHER

Temps can be colder and breezy along the higher elevations, I suggest bringing a warm pair of clothing, but in 2020, it was in the 70's during the day and the mid 50's at night, we had incredible weather. I will send out a weather update approx. 7 days before the start of the workshop.



 

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.  For more information, questions or to register please contacts us here at [email protected]

 

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DRONE PHOTOGRAPHY

We will also have the opportunity to fly our drones (if you have one) at some of the locations during the workshop. This will allow us to capture some amazing shots from both the land and air. There will be no fee for us to do this.

 

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WHATS INCLUDED

  • Commercial Permit Fees 
  • Night Sky Photography - Milky Way, Star Trails, Timelapse and Star Tracking demonstrations
  • Drone Photography at some of our locations
  • Light Painting Techniques
  • Scenic Fall adventures during the day
  • Picking my brain 24/7
  • 2 Star trackers to use to captured deep space objects and high quality images of the Milky Way

GEMINID METEOR AND ORION | 2020GEMINID METEOR AND ORION | 2020Barnard’s loop, the rosette nebula, the witches head nebula, running man and m42, and the horse head with a Geminid Meteor. December 13th, 2020

COVID-19 PROTECTIVE MEASURES

We ask everyone to be honest and upfront before the workshop to keep the instructor and the other photographers safe. If you are feeling sick within the 14 days leading up to the workshop, or have been in contact with a positive case, we ask you to let us know and potentially sit the workshop out. (If you need to sit the workshop out, you will receive full workshop credit towards another upcoming workshop of your choice,) You can also get tested before the workshop to make sure you are good to go and will not transmit and sickness to other workshop attendees. Masks may also be required to be worn within 6 feet of one another. The nice thing is we will be in lots of wide open spaces, we have a great time here in 2020 and look forward to another great experience in 2021.  I have been fully vaccinated.

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PAYMENTS

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 unfortunately.

 

 

Blackwater Falls State Park

 

PAYMENTS

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 unfortunately.

2021 BlackWater Falls Night Sky Photography Workshop

 

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