Workshops & Photo Tours - Chris Cook Photography

2019 - Milky Way Photography Workshops - Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard & Nantucket

Spend a night learning to capture the beauty of Cape Cod, Nantucket & Martha's Vineyard's dark night skies with award winning photographer Chris Cook. Chris' work has been published worldwide including National Geographic, Canon USA, Caltech, Astronomy magazine, Sky & Telescope magazine, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a 11x NASA 'Astronomy Picture of the Day' (APOD) recipient.


Testimonials

"Your course June 3 was wonderful--we loved every minute of it! We had taken one other night sky course in UT/AZ last spring and it was NO comparison to what we learned with you. Thank you for your instruction, patience, the insights you gave to us...and I'm sure to the others too. You know, after we got home, we looked further on your website pages and saw so much more of your marvelous work. Wow. We will one day definitely come back for more, and of course we will recommend you to others!" - Jo & Tom


"Spent a great night with Chris Cook's workshop shooting stars, star trails and light painting. Chris is one great educator and photographer. Highly recommended if you want to learn night photography." - Ted Heath


Thanks for the class tonight Chris....I highly recommend anybody contemplating taking a class with Chris to do so!!....Great fun and super informative..." - Jeff Smith


Locations, Dates & Schedules

May 7-8th  |  Martha's Vineyard  

Spend the night on the beautiful island of Martha's Vineyard.  Located just 4 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, the skies here are darker than those found on the MA mainland.  We will meet in Vineyard Haven on May 7th (August 26th) by 4pm to meet each other, talk gear and techniques and also have an early dinner before heading out for the night. Meeting location TBD.

first stop of the evening will be East Chop Lighthouse, a classic New England maritime beacon that would be good for star trail shooting.

second stop will be Edgartown Lighthouse.  The well know light will be a great foreground object just as the Milky Way starts to rise in the eastern sky.

third stop is going to be Gayhead Lighthouse in Aquinnah where the Milky Way will be getting higher in the eastern sky and the galactic core of Sagittarius clears the horizon.

final location of the night will be Lucy Vincent Beach.  Famous for its beautiful water and sand during the day, the beach also contains some amazing cliffs and rock formations which will make for some spectacular foreground objects in our Milky Way photos.  Dawn will begin to break the horizon around 5am ending our workshop.  You can catch an early morning ferry back to the Cape or you could chose to spend the rest of the day touring on island on your own. 

*Note* - the workshop will require you to bring your car over to the island via ferry from Woods Hole.  Dinner, ferry costs and transportation on island is not provided as part of the workshop.


June 3-4th  |  Nantucket 

Spend the night on the spectacular island of Nantucket.  Located 23 miles off the coast of Cape Cod in the North Atlantic, the skies here are the darkest you will find anywhere in Massachusetts and Southern New England. We will meet in Nantucket Town on June 3rd by 6pm to meet each other, talk gear and techniques and also have dinner before heading out for the night.  You could do some sightseeing and photography of the harbor and quaint streets in town if you were to arrive earlier in the evening.  Meeting place TBD.

the first location will be Great Point Lighthouse.   Located at the very NE tip of the island, Great Point is only accessible over sand via 4WD vehicles.  A 4WD Jeep or similar will be provided for all four participants.  Once the sky is dark around 10pm, the Milky Way will be well placed in the eastern sky from this location.  We will be spending many hours here.

After Great Point, we will drive south to Santaky Head Light located in the village of Siasconset.

*  The sky begins to brighten around 3:30am signaling the end of our night.  We will drive back into town to photograph Brant Point Lighthouse in the approaching dawn.  This well known lighthouse guards the entrance to Nantucket Harbor.

*NOTE* - the workshop will require you to take the ferry to/from Hyannis or Harwich Port. Dinner, ferry costs, transportation to/from the island is not provided as part of the workshop.  4WD jeep rental while on island is provided.


August 26-27th  |  Martha's Vineyard  

Spend the night on the beautiful island of Martha's Vineyard.  Located just 4 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, the skies here are darker than those found on the MA mainland.  We will meet in Vineyard Haven on May 7th (August 26th) by 4pm to meet each other, talk gear and techniques and also have an early dinner before heading out for the night. Meeting location TBD.

*  first stop of the evening will be East Chop Lighthouse, a classic New England maritime beacon that would be good for star trail shooting.

*  second stop will be Edgartown Lighthouse.  The well know light will be a great foreground object just as the Milky Way starts to rise in the eastern sky.

*  third stop is going to be Gayhead Lighthouse in Aquinnah where the Milky Way will be getting higher in the eastern sky and the galactic core of Sagittarius clears the horizon.

*  final location of the night will be Lucy Vincent Beach.  Famous for its beautiful water and sand during the day, the beach also contains some amazing cliffs and rock formations which will make for some spectacular foreground objects in our Milky Way photos.  Dawn will begin to break the horizon around 5am ending our workshop.  You can catch an early morning ferry back to the Cape or you could chose to spend the rest of the day touring on island on your own. 

*Note* - the workshop will require you to bring your car over to the island via ferry from Woods Hole.  Dinner, ferry costs and transportation on island is not provided as part of the workshop.


August 30-31st |  Cape Cod 

Spend the night under the dark skies of the Cape Cod National Seashore.  Jutting 30 miles out into the Atlantic, the night skies found within the CCNS are some of the darkest in Massachusetts.  We will begin our night of photography at Highland Lighthouse in Truro at 7:15pm.  This iconic beacon stands watch over the outer Cape and offers tons of creative Milky Way compositions.  After several hours, we will travel down the road to the towering dunes of Long Nook Beach in Wellfleet to round out the night of shooting at around 2am.


Techniques Covered

You will learn to photograph the Milky Way and stars, including correct exposure/camera settings, composition and painting with light.


Workshop Requirements

- DSLR. Each participant must know how to work their DSLR.  MILC (mirrorless cameras) welcome.  No point & shoot, tablets or phone cameras.

- Wide angle lens or lenses between 14mm and 35mm with a 'fast' f/ratio... f/4 or f/2.8

- No film cameras (we want to be able to review the images on the spot and adjust our settings, composition etc. as needed)

- Tripod. Must be sturdy enough to hold your camera's weight in a slight breeze without shaking.

- Multiple memory cards (at least 16GB each)

- Extra camera batteries that are fully charged.

- Remote cable release

- Flashlight and/or headlamp capable of both red and white light.

- USB powered Lens heater (try PROTAGE lens heaters to reduce dew on the lens, if needed)

- Very soft cloth to wipe dew off lenses if needed

- Sturdy shoes/boots

- Warm clothes, jacket (winter hat and gloves for Martha's Vineyard in April)

- Bug spray for Nantucket in June (a must for mosquitoes and no-see-ums)

- Food, snacks, water, drinks (no alcohol)

- Beach/camp chair (optional). You'll be on your feet a lot.

- Beach buggy cart to carry tripods, camera bags, food, drinks, camp chair etc. (optional)


Workshop Size

Each workshop is limited to 4-5 participants


Equipment Rental

If you wish to rent equipment for the workshop, I would suggest Lens Rentals.com


Price

$350pp - Martha's Vineyard

$450pp - Nantucket

$200pp - Cape Cod


Payment

Payment may be made via PayPal, check, money order or cash. Please contact me at chris@cookphoto.com for payment details and workshop availability.


The Fine Print

All payments are non-refundable. If the weather looks to be a washout (rain and/or total cloud cover), I will reschedule the workshop for a rain date TBD. This decision will be made by 11am the day of the workshop. The weather on The Islands can be unpredictable. If the workshop is canceled because of poor weather, your payments can be applied towards a future workshop (dates TBD). If you are unable to attend the rescheduled workshop because of personal reasons, you may attend another one at a later date (based on availability).


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