La Palma Astrophotography Workshop 

“Paradise under the Stars”
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July 21st-26th 2022

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What to Expect

This 5 night workshop will literally be a paradise under the stars! This is an ideal trip to mix a bit of sun and stars. La Palma is a small, hard to reach Island off the coast of Tenerife and is part of the Canary Islands. It is one of the best places in the world for stargazing and astrophotography. La Palma also has the biggest observatory in the Northern Hemisphere.

La Palmas skies during summer months are almost guaranteed to be clear, although on low ground there tends to be low cloud, onve we make our way to the mountains we will get above the cloud to crystal clear skies. Access to the mountains is easy with the car and walking to the locations can vary from just 5 minutes to 30 minutes. The paths are easy followed with very little incline. 

The plan will be to shoot in the mountains four out of the five nights with one night spent at the villa where seeing the Milky Way is just as good as from the mountains. I would highly recommend a midnight swim under the stars. La Palma really is a paradise under the stars.

The Villa is also very close to a nearby town with plenty of restaurants and supermarkets. We will have plenty of time to relax during the day although one or two afternoons we will spend time scouting in the mountains for our milky way compositions.

This workshop is limited to just 3 people to ensure maximum space and comfort both in the villa, bus and while out photographing.

Please note: Should Covid19 prevent us from running this workshop, we will reschedule or you will be issued with an online voucher for the full amount paid, including deposit to use on any future tour or workshop.

 

The Villa

Our accommodation for this entire workshop will be a remote, private villa just 30 minutes from the main area to photograph the stars. The villa consists of 2 rooms and sofa bed. Room 1 is a double room for single occupancy or couple sharing, room 2 is a twin room with two single beds for sharing. The twin room will be male/male or female/female sharing only, unless two people booked as friends. There is also a comfy double sofa bed in the dining room. I will use this unless anyone decides they want it when we get to the villa. the cost of the sofa bed is €100 extra on top of shared occupancy price.

The villa is very spacious with two big bathrooms, lots of cooking facilities, washing facilities and storage etc. Inside is beautiful but outside is where it shines brightest. The property is huge and we have our very own private, heated infinity pool 1,000m up overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

My Flights to La Palma

July 21st 2022

Ryanair FR7126

Dublin – Gran Canaria

Depart 7.30am Landing 11.55am

Binter Canaries NT311

Gran Canaria – La Palma

Depart 5pm Landing 5.50pm

(Please be at La Palma Airport no later than 7pm on July 21st)

My Flights back to Dublin

July 26th 2022

Canaryfly PM215

La Palma – Gran Canaria

Depart 2pm Landing 2.50pm

Ryanair FR7127

Gran Canaria- Dublin

Depart 7.40pm Landing 11.50pm

(We will arrive back to La Palma Airport at 10.30am on the 26th of July so please book flights no earlier than 11.30am)

Transportation

Once in La Palma you will be transported around for the duration of the workshop. I will have a 9 seater rented for the full 5 days. Although this workshop is limited to just 3 people, a 9 seater ensures plenty of comfort and space.

Please be at La Palma Airport no later than 7pm on July 21st. We will end the workshop at La Palma workshop at 10.30am on July 26th. Please see my flight details in the description for guidance while booking your flights.

Learnings & Weather

You will learn everything that will help seriously improve your astro photography like manual focusing in the dark, setting up your equipment in the dark, take multiple images to stack for noise reduction purposes, long exposure foreground images and even using a star tracker.

You will also learn the use astro planning apps to help you plan your own astro adventures in the future. With plenty of down time during the day we will also be able to work on some post processing. If you don’t want to bring your own laptop, I will have mine

Weather in La Palma during the summer months is beautiful with temperatures generally in the mid 20s. Although there can be plenty of low cloud around we can easily get above that cloud once we drive up to a height of 2,500m in the mountains. Clear skies at night are pretty much guaranteed. At night the temperatures can drop down to the mid-high teens.

Equipment

You will need a DSLR with manual mode, a sturdy tripod, grad, polariser & ND filters.

I would strongly recommend a wide angle lens with minimum an aperture of 2.8 or less and zoom lens (24-105 and/or 70-200) lens for this workshop.

Full frame Wide Angle: 12-24mm or 16-35mm etc…

Crop sensor Wide Angle: 10-20mm or 11-16mm etc…

You will also need good walking shoes, warm clothes and thermals because nights under the stars can get cold when your standing around.

Included/Not Included

We include: 5 nights self catering accommodation in a villa with the finest views in La Palma, our very own private heated infinity pool with plenty of poolside lounges to have some down time, full transportation throughout the workshop, full tuition and good craic with a bunch of like minded people.

We do not include: flights, travel insurance, food and drink.

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Why book with us?

YES YES, The rumours are true… We do have a knack of getting our groups in the right place at the right time, ensuring you capture a truly memorable shot you can cherish for the rest of your life. To us, capturing “the shot” is important but just as important is to enjoy the experience, when we get to a location take a minute to breath in the fresh air and really appreciate the views around us.

Not convinced?

When you book a trip with us, you get to sit back and relax. while we do all the driving. For our Irish workshops we have our very own Volkswagen 9 seater shuttle bus. The bus is a long wheel base, full air conditioned, extremely spacious and has ample USB charging points. On our tours abroad we also mostly book 9 seater buses and with groups no bigger than 5 or 6, ensures plenty of space and comfort!

Still not convinced?

Thanks to our amazing sponsors Whelan Cameras, 53 Degrees North & Formatt Hitech Camera Filters we have spare equipment like tripods, gore-tex jackets and pants and plenty of spare filter holders, filters and even shower caps to keep the camera dry during showers. All this equipment is readily available on our Irish workshops, should you need anything on an international trip, please just email us here to arrange this.

Where I buy my equipment.

NOTE: Use code BERN10 for a 10% camera filters discount at www.formatt-hitech.com

Camera equipment: Whelan cameras, Limerick city.

Clothing & footwear: 53 Degrees North, Carrickmines & Blanchardstown in Dublin, Cornmarket centre, Cork.

(Email me for a 20% Discount with 53 Degrees North)

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