2022 NORTHERN LIGHTS AND MILKYWAY MADNESS

LAKE SUPERIOR | NORTH SHORE AND APOSTLE ISLANDS

 

 

 

LOCATION    Lake Superior, MN & WI

DATE           September 22nd - 27th, 2022

INVESTMENT       $1,650.00  /  $1,320.00

LIMIT         3 of 6 spots remaining 

ACTIVITY LEVEL    Easy / Moderate

DURATION       6 Days / 5 Nights

 


ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP

The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore consists of a stretch of shoreline and 22 islands in the southwestern portion of Lake Superior at the tip of northern Wisconsin. We will be spending a couple nights there after spending a few days along Minnesota's "north shore" photographing waterfalls, fall colors, lighthouses and starry night skies all while hunting for the elusive Northern Lights.

During this workshop we will be on the lookout for the northern Lights each night in addition to milky way photography, and some daytime excursions. 


I am beyond excited to explore these area's with you while helping you learn to master the art of night sky photography. Our workshop dates have been carefully selected for many reasons including moon phases, meteor showers,  rise and set times, weather, temperatures, geographical location and current space weather events. We will be in the northern US where the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) are often seen close to the autumn and spring equinoxes. Like all of our workshops here, this has had great potential in the past for many amazing photo opportunities, and I am sure many more are in store for us in 2022.

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Most of the shooting will be done along the lakeshore,  which has plenty of interesting areas for night sky photography. Not only will we learn how to capture the milky way, star trails, panoramas, time-Lapse video, and meteor showers, we will also have plenty of time to cover the post processing workflow and techniques used to finalize your images along the way.


One of the most important things to think about is how you will process your images after you create them. Processing your images is a very important part of photography. We will spend time each day to go over processing techniques when we are catching up on sleep!


This workshop will leave you with a better understanding of the night sky, your camera, your computer and yourself, not to mention some new friends. I look forward to experiencing the endless possibilities of night sky photography along the north shore and  Apostle Islands with you in September 2022.


WORKSHOP INCLUDES


- Milky way photography every night  (weather permitting) 
- Light painting techniques and demonstrations
- Time-lapse photography / star trail photography
- How to illuminate a scene for time-lapse photography at night
- How to photograph night sky panoramas
- How to focus at night
- How to find the milky way all year long
- Multiple shooting locations
- Full day post production work in Adobe Lightroom and Adobe CC
- Daily critiques on our images
- Commercial permits
- Online video tutorials on how to process your images, star trails, time lapse and panoramas
- How to find and predict the Northern Lights
- Maps and PDF packets on camera settings and tips on Night Sky Photography

 

WORKSHOP LOCATIONS
-Hollow Rock 
- Falls of the Pigeon River
- Split Rock Lighthouse
- Gooseberry Falls State Park
- Two Harbor Lighthouse
- Grand Marais Lighthouse
- Duluth Harbor Lighthouses
- Apostle Islands / Madeline Island
- Big Bay State Park
- Big Bay Town Park
- Town of Bayfield, WI / La Pointe, WI


WEATHER

Weather this time of year is usually really comfortable in the 60's or 70's during the day and 40's at night. During our workshop, we will be here for the autumn equinox, so we will start the workshop in the "summer" and end it in the "fall". A weather outlook will be sent out 1 week from our start date.

LODGING

Lodging is Available on Madeline Island, WI and along the north shore of Minnesota. Please contact with any questions about where to stay. I will be staying at Hollow Rock Lodge the first 2 nights (22nd and 23rd), After that I suggest getting a place near Split Rock Lighthouse like the Grand Superior Lodge, or Split Rock Cabins / campsite for the night of the 24th.The morning of the 25th we will head to Madeline Island and spend the last two nights there (The nights of the 25th and 26th). Workshops ends the morning of September 27th, 2022.

CAMERA GEAR

A full list of camera gear will be supplied to upon registering, the basics are a DSLR camera , wide/fast angle lens, a tripod and a cable release. Most gear that is used can be found on the workshop overview page.

 

ABOUT THE NORTHERN LIGHTS

The northern lights love the equinoxes and in 2022, we will be there for it. Being so close to the equinox will give us a better chance at seeing the auroras. It's not a given, but our chances are much higher than normal. Northern lights were visible here the same week in 2018 and in 2019, 2020, and 2021, maybe 2022 will be even better?! The northern lights were magnificent in September 2019 and in 2021, and were visible a few nights up in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. There was 3 nights of aurora potential and it delivered for us every time. 

 


ABOUT THE MILKY WAY

In the spring as you might know. the milky way rises in April around 1:00 am and around midnight by May. That means no waiting around for us once the Sun sets. In September, the milky way is already visible by 8:00pm! Most nights we will end shooting by 1:00am - 2:00am(depending on weather) except for our overnight shoot on Wednesday night.

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ABOUT THE MOON

The moon phase will be approaching the “New Moon” Phase.  The moon will not affect our shots of the milky way at any time. Even with the moon rising close to sunrise, it is not bright enough to wash out the milky way at any point. 

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DURING THE DAY

During the day we will have time to recharge our inner batteries as well as our camera batteries. We will also have time to edit our images and scout our locations for the night shoots that night. Thursday is scheduled to have an editing session for the entire afternoon where we will review, critique and edit down our favorites before heading out for our final night shoot Thursday evening.

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. You will need to put your car on the Ferry to get to Madeline Island from Bayfield, WI.  It's is a short 20 minute ride over.

This workshop does not include travel to, from and during the workshop.

SIGN UP AND RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY!

 

2022 Great Lakes Night Sky and Northern Lights

 


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