The weekend of March 23, 2018, was fun, educational, and chilly for the BPW – it was our third astrophotography workshop at the beautiful Pemaquid Point Light in Bristol, Maine!
Eight creative, motivated students made the trek north—some with supportive family members in tow—to stay in the gorgeous Bradley Inn and make some memories (and great photos) under the starry skies.
Day 1: The Adventure Begins
After a wonderful dinner on Friday provided by the Inn’s talented chef, the crew bundled up and headed out late at night to be met with gray skies. However, we were soon delighted when the clouds parted and we were blessed with two hours of starry skies and no wind.
Early morning low clouds obscured the sunrise, but, knowing that the weather isn’t always going to cooperate, we focused on creativity, practicing long exposures and using neutral density filters to make alien landscapes on the shoreline.
Day 2: Editing, Napping, and More Photography
After sneaking in a little sleep and a late breakfast with homemade (and gluten-free!) blueberry muffins, on Saturday it was time for Lightroom class. Editing your photos provides crucial feedback on your technical choices that can help you in future situations; students all echoed how beneficial it was to get their photos off of the camera and onto the computer to see the real-time effects of what they learned the night before.
That afternoon, some students caught a bit more shut-eye, some went on small hikes, and some wandered down to the shoreline together to swap equipment and practice some more. We all met back up for another excellent family-style dinner at the Inn, where both spirits and camaraderie were high.
Saturday evening, some students chose to rest in their cozy rooms at the Inn, while others came out and experimented with more creative ways to make photos using the technical skills they used the night prior. A light snow had just fallen, so the serene scene seemed to be dusted in powdered sugar.
See You Next Time!
After a goodbye brunch and wishes for safe travels, the crowd headed back home. It was another successful and social event for the BPW, and a wonderful weekend adventure for students and staff alike.
Astrophotography Student Gallery
Check out some more of our talented students’ work from the spring 2018 astrophotography weekend!
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