On July 17th everyone in the area is invited to join us for a night sky photography event at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park in Dawson Springs, Ky. Our backup date in case of bad weather is July 18th.
For those that would like to join us for dinner we’ll gather at the lodge dining room at 6pm and plan to leave for the shooting field at 7:30pm. Note: This is a dark field area!
Be sure to like this event page so you can keep up with any changes to the event.
We will have several photographers on hand that have experience in photographing the night sky and are willing to help those that never have done this before.
The location of the area where we’ll setup is on Pennyrile Forest State Park Road, which is just off Bainbridge Road (Hwy 398) which is the main road through the park.
There is a map included in the timeline below.
We’ll also post a lot of information and videos about photographing the night sky here on the timeline so again, be sure to like this event to keep updated on everything.
If you pull into the event area after dark we ask that you please turn your headlights off when you turn off of 398.
It’s just a short drive from there and you’ll be able to see fine with your parking lights. This will insure that your headlights won’t mess up everyone’s night vision or photos. You should see cars parked on your left just after you get past the fence row on your left.
Be sure to bring a good sturdy tripod, or whatever you have. Also we’d recommend a small flashlight with a red gel over the front of it. This will come in handy after it gets dark and you want to preserve your night vision. We’d also suggest bringing a bag or similar type chair as you’ll be waiting for awhile as your cameras are making exposures.
There is only a sliver of a moon on this night so it should be nice and dark.
The Milky Way should be in a nice area of the sky to photograph by 9:30 pm or so. Getting there early makes things much easier for setting up your shot and getting things in focus while there’s still some daylight!
We look forward to seeing everyone there!
Below is one of many videos you’ll find on the subject on YouTube.
Here’s a gallery of the 2015 winning entries for the Spring Photography Weekend at Pennyrile Forest, which included several of our members! Congratulations to all the winners!
The monthly first place contest winners from 2014 were judged during our January 2015 meeting and the membership voted for their favorite photo. The three pictures with the most votes were selected 1st – 3rd place and awarded cash prizes of $100, $50 and $25 respectively. The only way your photo can be a part of the POY Contest is by you winning a first place in one of our monthly contests. So enter!
The other entries: