DRY TORTUGAS NATIONAL PARK / KEY WEST,FL

 

MILKY WAY MADNESS  AND METEOR SHOWER TOUR

 

 

LOCATION           Key West / Fort Jefferson

DATE                   April 4th  - April 8th, 2022

INVESTMENT        $1,799.00 / $1,440.00

LIMIT                   4

ACTIVITY LEVEL    Adventurous 

DURATION            5 Days /  4 Nights

 

 

ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP

Are you ready to spend 3 days and 2 nights at Dry Tortugas National Park / Fort Jefferson and have the experience of a lifetime? If so, then this is the workshop for you!  Fort Jefferson is an extremely isolated island 75 miles west of Key West, FL. Fort Jefferson is actually closer to Cuba than Key West. The first day/night will be spent in Key West, followed by 2 incredible nights camping at Fort Jefferson / Dry Tortugas. The annual Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower is underway during our stay and we will be rewarded with meteor's both nights! A bonus will be our special access inside Fort Jefferson at night and in other restricted areas on the island with a Range would can also pose for some "human element" shots. Fort Jefferson is only accessible by ferry or by seaplane. The price includes the ferry ride out to the island, and back! 

During the day, we will be explore the Fort and it's amazing architecture, beautiful crystal clear waters, wildlife and much more. Snorkeling gear is included with the ferry ride and it is a ton of fun. We will also have time to relax. and soak up that beautiful Floridian Sun while we enjoy one of the best kept secrets in the National Park Service. Each Night we will shoot sunset and get ready for another night filled with the zodiac light, milky way, and thousands of stars! 

ETA AQUARID METEOR | FORT JEFFERSONETA AQUARID METEOR | FORT JEFFERSON

We will be self sufficient the ENTIRE time on the island, with camera gear, food, water, etc. An entire camping list, photo gear list, packing tips, maps and all specifics will be sent out to all participants. If you don't like the beach, camping, or incredibly dark skies, this probably isn't the right workshop for you. If you love stars and want to see something every few people do, this is the place to be, trust me! The Moon will set around midnight giving us opportunity to photography the island in a variety of lighting conditions. You will just need to buy your water, food, and ice to put in the cooler for the duration of the stay. 

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WORKSHOP INCLUDES

  • Commercial Permits & Special Use Permit Fees                  ($600.00 value)
  • Park Fees / Camping Fees for 2 nights on Dry Tortugas        ($50.00 value)
  • Ferry ride to Ft. Jeffersona and back to Dry Tortugas          ($200.00 value)
  • Milky Way & Meteor Shower photography and observation
  • Sunrise and Sunset Shoots
  • Zodiac Light photo ops
  • Star Trail Photography
  • Timelapse Photography
  • Post Processing in Adobe CC/CS,  Adobe Lightroom and Nikon Capture NX/DX
  • Snacks and a Cooler on the island
  • Weather guards for your cameras
  • 1 FREE lunch on the Ferry / 1 FREE breakfast on the Ferry
  • Dinner at the World Famous Sloppy Joe's Bar                    ($40.00 Value)
  • Maps and trip details
  • Post processing help even after the workshop is over

FLORIDA KEYS MILKY WAYFLORIDA KEYS MILKY WAY

PHOTO EQUIPMENT LIST

  • DSLR
  • Fast Wide Angle Lens for Night Bky and Architecture Photography
  • Mid Range and Telephoto for wildlife and nature (optional)
  • Sturdy Tripod for night sky photography
  • Cable Release
  • Headlamp with a " RED LIGHT"   (INCLUDED IN THIS WORKSHOP)
  • A back up flashlight is always a good idea.
  • If you want to rent a lens check out www.borrowlenses.com  They have some great deals there
  • Bring your laptop if you wish to go over post processing tips and techniques with me on the island

DRY TORTUGAS MILKY WAY STORMDRY TORTUGAS MILKY WAY STORM

CAMPING EQUIPMENT RECOMMENDED 

  • Tent ( If you do not have one, let me know and I will try to help you out with one
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Camping Pillow
  • Towel / swimsuit / suntan lotion
  • Hat / glasses
  • A decent photobag to carry everything for 2 nights. includes, cameras, food, clothes, tent. Most items can be attached to the bag.
  • A full checklist will be supplied to all registered photographers. I have done this 5 times and I always pack way to much, a suggestion list will be sent to all registered patrons, but really just one change of clothes is all you need to bring with you to the island and a swimsuit.

ZODIACAL ISLAND LIGHTZODIACAL ISLAND LIGHTZodiacal Light

SOME THINGS YOU WILL SEE

 

WEATHER

The weather is typically gorgeous here in April, but we never know what the weather will bring though. The only way to stay overnight at Fort Jefferson is by camping. Rain or shine, we will battle through whatever it is we are faced with and come away with amazing images during the day and at night. We will spend 2 night on the island to make sure we maximize out chances of getting those amazing pics. I have been on the island 12 nightn April and have always had great weather, one time, we had a storm around midnight and then it clear up right after for the rest of the night! But we got some nice storms shots!

HEAVY SKIESHEAVY SKIES

MOSQUITOS / WILDLIFE

My experiences at Fort Jefferson have been amazing. Matter of fact, I have never seen a mosquito there in my days camping. I have seen some nice hermit crabs, but they never bother anyone. Mosquitos like standing water, you will not find that here at Fort Jefferson since you are completely surrounded by ocean and a constant breeze blows away any insects that could be around. Odds are we will see no bugs at all, well... maybe a fly!

THE FORTTHE FORT

TRANSPORTATION

Transportation to and from the workshop is not included. Your ferry ticket to the island and back, is included in this tour.. I will need to supply you with a reservation # which will attach you to my trip plan.

TROPICAL MORNINGTROPICAL MORNINGDry Tortugas National Park, Fort Jefferson, Florida

LODGING

Lodging is provided at Dry Tortugas in the form of tent camping for 2 nights. There are no hotels there or food shops, just a Fort, Sand and beautiful waters and millions of stars. The first 2 nights hotel accommodations are not included in the workshop. Please make a reservation in Key West April 4th and 5th, 2022. Our meet up time will be 6:00am to depart for Fort Jefferson at 8:00am.. We will return to Key West around 5:30pm after our 2 night stay.

FORTIFIEDFORTIFIEDSunset at Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida BROKENBROKENBahia Honda State Park, Florida, 2015

DEPOSIT

A non-refundable deposit of $800.00 is due to reserve your spot on the trip. If you need to cancel at any point, you will be credited the amount paid towards a future workshop. We are sorry, but due to the nature of this workshop, no cash refunds can be issued once you commit to this adventure. The remaining balance is due no later than 4 months before departure

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  please contacts us here at [email protected] or here


 

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