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Dark Sky Photography Workshop with Jeff Bartlett & Jack Fusco

Join photographers Jeff Bartlett and Jack Fusco for an incredible dark sky photography workshop and the Jasper Dark Sky Festival.

Join us as we explore the Jasper Dark Sky Preserve and its stunning location in the Canadian Rockies. We will spend the workshop photographing some of the best dark-sky locations in Jasper National Park and we’ll wrap up just in time for the Dark Sky Festival signature weekend hosted by Tourism Jasper. Jasper is the world’s second largest Dark Sky Preserve and home to some of the best stargazing you will ever encounter. The stunning scenery and easy-to-access locations make it the ideal location to hone your skills – whether you’re just starting out or if you’re a seasoned night-sky photographer.

During the workshop, we’ll work together to create some truly spectacular images, while covering in-depth tutorials for photographing star trails, capturing the Milky Way or northern lights and post-processing techniques. The instructors, Jeff Bartlett and Jack Fusco, have combined experience leading workshops across North and South America, Europe and Africa! This will be our second workshop in Alberta and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have it line up with one of my favorite events of the year.

Jeff spent five years living in Jasper and there aren’t many people with better knowledge of its many landscapes. This will be Jack’s 7th consecutive year attending the Jasper Dark Sky Festival, so being out under the stars in Jasper feels like being at a second home. Their work from Jasper has been featured by National Geographic, NASA, the LA Times, and many other outlets.
The workshop ends on Thursday, October 24, but the Jasper Dark Sky Festival continues all weekend. We highly recommend our participants stick around, as there isn’t a better event for night sky enthusiasts. If you are staying in Jasper for a few extra days, plan to attend the Night Under the Stars at Lake Annette and book tickets for both the Keynote presentation and SpaceTalks.

A Workshop For All Levels
Our Canadian Rockies Dark Sky Photography Workshop is designed to maximize one-on-one learning, so we are including only ten participants along with two instructors. The excellent 5:1 ratio allow us plenty of flexibility, so we can tailor learning objectives and instructions to each photographer’s unique needs. We’re also adamant that it’s important to not just learn how to capture more compelling images but also how to edit them, so we’ll spend afternoon sessions covering beginner to advanced post-processing practices. Typically, we say our workshops are for everyone; however, this workshop has a few exceptions because we’re focusing strictly on the dark sky. Participants need to come prepared with requisite equipment. We hope everyone will come prepared to capture the night sky, meaning they’ll have at least one fast aperture lens, a sturdy tripod, a cable release, and be ready to stay out late! We do have several planned sessions, but our curriculum is never set in stone. Our experience allows us to quickly adapt to our clients needs. If there are specific photography skills you want to learn or improve, we are there to help.
If you’re unsure of your gear or need advice on what bring/rent, please feel free to reach out! I’m more than happy to help you select what you will need.

What’s included:
Welcome Session on October 20, 2019
4 nights shooting throughout Jasper National Park in a small group.
1 on 1 photography instruction opportunities
Farewell session and image presentation on October 24, 2019
Complimentary transportation during daily photography sessions
What’s not included:
Travel to and from Jasper
Accommodation in Jasper*
Meals while in Jasper

*Although our workshop does not include accommodation, we will be based out of The Crimson hotel in Jasper. We will host daily post-processing sessions at the hotel and use it as a meeting point for our nightly photography excursions. We also have a group rate available, so it’s the easiest place to stay during the workshop; however, participants are free to make other arrangements provided they’re able to provide their own transportation to and from The Crimson.

Contact person: Jeff Bartlett | 780-931-2962 | Jeff@Jeffbartlettmedia.com | www.jeffbartlettmedia.com

Project Black Hole, an installation by Scott Portingale

Project Description: Project Black Hole is a media art installation by Scott Portingale that is debuting at the 2019 Jasper Dark Sky Festival. Using mathematical models and theories of gravitation as inspiration, Scott has created a set of black hole sculptures for the gallery environment. These sculptures are brought to life by projected media that was photographed using in-camera cinematic techniques, giving the sculptures a visual dynamic of the light and matter surrounding the event horizon.

Artist Statement: Black holes are one of nature’s deepest mysteries. They are a cosmic boundary of both physical reality and knowledge. Similar to gravity, the mystery of black holes draws us closer and piques our interest at the potential that lays beyond the event horizon. The fact that we discovered these structures through mathematics a century before observing them brought to my attention that mathematics is not only a pursuit of measurement, it is an observational tool. A probe into the unknown, that carries our imagination to its limits. My background in experimental filmmaking, coupled with an obsession with science, led me to create this work inspired by one of the greatest examples of natural phenomena in the cosmos, the black hole.

Artist Bio: Scott Portingale is a director and animator living in Edmonton, Canada. Scott’s multimedia approach to making films blends in-camera techniques such as time-lapse and stop-motion animation into films with themes rooted in the natural world, the scientific pursuit, and the human experience. His short films have been programmed across multiple platforms including international film festivals, art galleries, and installations, and have won a handful of awards along the way. One of Scott’s more recent films, Infinitude, was curated as part of Vimeo’s “Staff Pic” collection and was featured by arts and cultural blogs such as Wired, Gizmodo, Petapixel, and Fstoppers. Scott’s commissions and collaborator list includes Panasonic, Change for Children, CUSO International, Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters, and the Alberta Treasury Branch.

More artist information here.

Gallery will be open to the public October 18 – 27 from 3:00pm – 8:00pm. Artist will be in attendance October 17th, 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th, 27th between 4:00 – 4:30pm.

Band: Reuben and the Dark

Reuben and the Dark are a Canadian indie folk band from Calgary, Alberta and have made monumental artistic statements with powerful imagery and lush sonic detail at the forefront of their sound. Come enjoy this exciting event!

Band: Del Barber

“Del Barber is a singer-songwriter from Manitoba, whose winsome balladry and wry wit harken back to country-folk traditions that remind the listener of the late greats of songwriting history.”

Mountain Galleries Presents: Dark Sky Painting Workshop

October 19th  1PM to 4PM 

Location: Mountain Galleries Warehouse Studio

Both beginner and seasoned painters are welcome at this Dark Sky Painting workshop.  Inspired by Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”  and taught by artist /filmmaker Wendy Wacko This class will be taught using water-based paints and explore experimental techniques used by Lawren Harris , Doris McCarthy and Emily Carr. Each Student will leave the class with a framed painting they will be proud of. All materials  are supplied and the event will be catered by one of  Jasper’s most loved cafes.

Please inquire with Mountain Galleries Jasper by email for tickets.


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