2021 WEST VIRGINIA MILKY WAY MADNESS
AND FALL COLORS

 

LOCATION         West Virginia

DATE       September 29th - October 3rd, 2021

INVESTMENT       $1,250.00 / $1,000.00

LIMIT     FULL

ACTIVITY LEVEL    Easy 

DURATION          4 Nights / 5 Days

 


 

ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP

We will spend 5 days and 4 nights photographing the darkest night skies in West Virginia amongst the changing falls colors. We will spend the first night in the Seneca Rocks area where we will photograph the wind swept highlands of the Dolly Sods as the the fall colors begin to explode over the higher terrain and capture stunning night sky images from the highest point in West Virginia, Spruce Knob. The following day we will head south to the Glade Creek Gristmill in Babcock State Park and spend the remainder of the day /night there. The following morning we will head back north to capture the waterfalls, canyons,  fall colors and dark night skies of 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, we will be here a little on the early side so area's like the Glade Creek Grist Mill may not be peaking at this time, but is always worth a visit when we are in the area. Other areas at higher elevation like Spruce Knob, Dolly Sods and Blackwater Falls will have the better chance at seeing better color. We will also check out a couple covered bridges and lakes on our travels.

 

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NIGHT SKY CONDITIONS

Most of the night we will have moon free skies. The slender crescent moon will rise after midnight giving us excellent shooting conditions for our milky way and night sky sessions. Most nights we end by 1-2 am.

 

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CURRENT CAMPING / HOTEL INFORMATION

Please make hotel reservations in advance, limited lodging can book up fast during the fall season!  If you wish to camp during this trip please select the Spruce Knob Lake Campground the first night. You can stay at the Comfort Inn New River in West Oak, WV the second night, or camp at Babcock State Park the second night. The last 2 nights you can make reservations at Blackwater Falls Lodge or at the Blackwater Falls Campground.

 

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WEATHER

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.



 

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]

 

GLADE CREEK GRIST MILL IN AUTUMN | WEST VIRGINIAGLADE CREEK GRIST MILL IN AUTUMN | WEST VIRGINIA

 

DRONE PHOTOGRAPHY

We will also have the opportunity to fly a drone at some of the locations during the workshop. This will allow us to capture some amazing shots from both the land and air.

 

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WHATS INCLUDED

  • Commercial Permit Fees at all Parks
  • Night Sky Photography - Milky Way, Star Trails, Timelapse and Star Tracking demonstrations
  • Drone Photography at some of our locations
  • Light Painting Techniques
  • Dolly Sods Wilderness and Spruce Knob, Babcock State Park and Blackwater Falls State Park
  • Babcock State Park - Glade Creek Gristmill sunrise, sunset and night sky photo ops + Drone Photography
  • Blackwater Falls State Park - Night Sky , Waterfalls, Fall Colors, Drone Photography and more!

 

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, 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. Thanks!

SPRUCE KNOB

 

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 West Virginia Milky Way Madness

 

Blackwater Falls State Park