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Sky Photo Trip, An Astro Photography Workshop by Ajay Talwar

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  • 3 Days
  • 5th-7th Apr 2019
  • Majkhali, Uttarakhand
  • 10-12 People in Group

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Sky Photo Trip – 15th Edition

Chiiz invites you on an immersive journey of Celestial Discovery with Mr. Ajay Talwar. Travel to Majhkali, Ranikhet in Uttarakhand for a cosmic experience of 3 days of mapping and photographing the night skies in the realms of the lofty Himalayas. Admire the beauty of the night skies as you enjoy star gazing and study the stars and planets. Aperture Telescopes has been conducting practical astrophotography workshop in India since 2010.
The total duration of the workshop is for 8 weeks which includes online tutorials followed by an intense photography session amidst the sky in the Himalayas. At the start of the workshop participants become familiar with the equipment and the method of photography.
The participants are also provided with the tutorials on a daily basis and they have a chance to engage with co-participants online. Then they all meet at Majkhali, where they shoot the sky in multifarious ways, a variety of focal lengths and field of view. An immense amount of raw astrophotographs are collected which form the workshop repository. The entire workshop repository, which comes about 200 GB data, is provided to every participant. The repository forms the third part of the workshop – post-processing. Daily videos and tutorials (online) provide insights on how to effectively process the astrophotography data.

Mentor for the Workshop: Ajay Talwar

Ajay Talwar took up astrophotography in 1987 during a night when the Moon was occulting the Pleiades. Since then he has continued photographing the skies passionately. He is the most prolific transient sky events photographer in India. One of his early accomplishments was to produce an exhibition of all Messier objects along with three other Indian astrophotographers. Ajay travels with all his astrophotography gear to all across India, especially the Himalayas, places like high altitude Indian Astronomical Observatory at Hanle, Ladakh, high peaks in Himachal Pradesh. His interest in dark skies also takes him to the white desert in northwestern India.

Previous Workshop Videos

Rules and Regulations

• We reserve the right to cancel or modify any session in the Sky Photo Trip. No compensation or partial refunds will be made for any change. However if the entire workshop is cancelled, by reason of few registrations, full refund of the participation fee will be made. However, you will not be entitled to make any further claim for any injury, loss, expenses, travel expenses, cancellation of tickets or damage (either direct or consequential) or for any loss of time, or inconvenience which may result from such cancellation.

• The workshop itinerary mentioned in the brochure is subject to favorable weather and road conditions. In case of bad weather, we will do our best to make alternate plans which may include post-processing of previous images, indoors. The cost of the workshop or any part of it will not be refunded in the event of unfavorable conditions anytime during the workshop.

• We will provide enough security as per standard norms at the venue, however, you are expected to take care of all your personal, valuable belongings. You will be fully responsible for allowing any use of your personal equipment to any other participant in the workshop. We will not be responsible for any loss or damage to your equipment arising due to theft, negligence or any other cause.

• During the workshop & astrophotography sessions, you will be handed over all equipment such as telescopes, mounts, camera, laptop, and accessories. Ensure that all the equipment is at its designated place before the session starts. It will be your responsibility to return the same in good and working condition after completion of your astrophotography session. You will be responsible to make good any loss/damage to any equipment during the time it was under your control. A fair amount will be decided for the value of the loss. Our decision in this matter will be final and no other claims will be entertained.

• Participants need to carry a virus-free hard disk with about 200-250 GB free space for taking back the entire workshop repository. The hard disk must be handed over at the start of the workshop.

Inclusions

  • - Accommodation on twin sharing basis for 2 Nights and 3 Days
  • - All sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary
  • - Software and tutorials will be provided
  • - Special photography workshop with Ajay Talwar
  • - Carry camera batteries, back-up memory card and laptops
  • - Participant will get mentor and team assistance for 40 Days

Exclusions

  • - Expenses of a personal nature like laundry, beverages, telephone calls, internet, etc.
  • - Vehicle expenses to and fro from Delhi
  • - Sightseeing other than what is mentioned in the itinerary
  • - Pre and post tour stays
  • - Gratuities to the camp staff, porters, guides and drivers
  • - Travel and medical insurance

Terms and Conditions

Cancellations & Refunds: All cancellations will attract a 25% handling charge on the amount paid. In case of cancellation on or after 26th March 2019, no refund is possible. Reimbursement, refund of fee or rescheduling of the workshop is not possible in case of bad weather, clouds, rain or any other natural cause beyond our control, if we are not able to conduct the sessions. Sky Photo Trip is a package, no partial refund is possible in case of services not used. Joining the discussions in the yahoo group signifies participants’ start of workshop. Terms and Conditions: We reserve the right to cancel or modify any session in the Sky Photo Trip. No compensation or partial refunds will be made for any change. However if the entire workshop is cancelled, by reason of few registrations, full refund of the participation fee will be made. However, you will not be entitled to make any further claim for any injury, loss, expenses, travel expenses, cancellation of tickets or damage (either direct or consequential) or for any loss of time,or inconvenience which may result from such cancellation. The workshop itinerary mentioned in the brochure is subject to favourable weather and road conditions. In case of bad weather, we will do our best to make alternate plans which may include post processing of previous images, indoors. The cost of the workshop or any part of it will not be refunded in the event of unfavourable conditions anytime during the workshop. We will provide enough security as per standard norms at the venue, however you are expected to take care of all your personal, valuable belongings. You will be fully responsible for allowing any use of your personal equipment to any other participant in the workshop. We will not be responsible for any loss or damage to your equipment arising due to theft, negligence or any other cause. During the workshop & astrophotography sessions, you will be handed over all equipment such as telescopes, mounts, camera, laptop and accessories. Ensure that all the equipment are at its designated place before the session starts. It will be your responsibility to return the same in good and working condition after completion of your astrophotography session. You will be responsible to make good any loss / damage to any equipment during the time it was under your control. A fair amount will be decided for the value of the loss. Our decision in this matter will be final and no other claims will be entertained. Participants need to carry a virus free hard disk with about 200-250 GB free space for taking back the entire workshop repository. The hard disk must be handed over at the start of the workshop.

Day 1Arriving at location


1250 Hrs: Arriving at the location.
1300 Hrs: Lunch
1400 Hrs: Welcome Session briefing the methods of Astrophotography with all important Histogram.
1500 Hrs: Familiarization session with equipment namely
a) HyperStar on 14 inch
b) Atlas EQ6 for Deep Sky Photography
c) Nightscapes with Tripod & Camera
1900 Hrs: Group Photo Session
2000 Hrs: Light painting Session begins.
2130 Hrs: Dinner.
2200 Hrs: First Session on how to shoot and edit Star Trails and Milky Way.

Day 2Capturing Shooting Stars


0000 Hrs: Second session Star Trail Photography starts
0330 Hrs: Milky Way Photography Session
1400 Hrs: Post Processing session starts with software to handle raw images, examples of processing deep sky images, star trails.
0000 Hrs: Star Trail Photography starts

Day 3Memories of sky and star


0800 Hrs: How to pursue astrophotography beyond this workshop with Q & A Session,
0900 Hrs: Disburse with the distribution of Goodies, Participation certificates.

Majkhali, Uttarakhand

The location of the practical is a small Himalayan village – Majkhali. Here the sky is pristine and studded with stars, Milky Way is visible gloriously to the naked eye. The workshop is organised at a time when the sky is clear of clouds and haze. Even a small exposure with digital cameras captures numerous stars. Participants get a tremendous impetus when they see their efforts easily translating into spectacular sky images, astrophotography becomes a passion looking at the results.

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