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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

Blast off with astronomy experts from The Jasper Planetarium for an exclusive dining and stargazing experience atop the Jasper Skytram. Your SkyTram flight will take you nearly 1 km closer to the stars above, to the Skytram Upper Station. Next, enjoy a 3-course dinner with the best view in Jasper from high on a mountaintop! Then, you’ll have the chance to look through the most powerful telescopes in the Canadian Rockies, under the darkest skies in the Rockies. Join a guided tour of the Solar System, learning about planets, galaxies, and constellations, and if you’re lucky, you might even see a meteor or the Northern Lights! You’ll also have a chance to attend a special talk on Canada’s dark skies or a quick workshop about how to photograph objects in the night sky with your DSLR camera.

*Weather-permitting. In the event the skies are clouded-over, an extended indoor portion will take place at the Upper Skytram Station and we’ll have the chance to explore the Athabasca River Valley (including the town of Jasper) through our telescopes on the mountain. Being 1,000 metres higher than Jasper, the Skytram upper station is usually 10° cooler than in town. So bring warm layers to enjoy the outdoor star gazing portions of the evening.

NOTE** RETURN FLIGHTS RUN AT BOTH 9:30 and 10:30 pm.

Blast off with astronomy experts from The Jasper Planetarium for an exclusive dining and stargazing experience atop the Jasper Skytram. Your SkyTram flight will take you nearly 1 km closer to the stars above, to the Skytram Upper Station. Next, enjoy a 3-course dinner with the best view in Jasper from high on a mountaintop! Then, you’ll have the chance to look through the most powerful telescopes in the Canadian Rockies, under the darkest skies in the Rockies. Join a guided tour of the Solar System, learning about planets, galaxies, and constellations, and if you’re lucky, you might even see a meteor or the Northern Lights! You’ll also have a chance to attend a special talk on Canada’s dark skies or a quick workshop about how to photograph objects in the night sky with your DSLR camera.

*Weather-permitting. In the event the skies are clouded-over, an extended indoor portion will take place at the Upper Skytram Station and we’ll have the chance to explore the Athabasca River Valley (including the town of Jasper) through our telescopes on the mountain. Being 1,000 metres higher than Jasper, the Skytram upper station is usually 10° cooler than in town. So bring warm layers to enjoy the outdoor star gazing portions of the evening.

NOTE** RETURN FLIGHTS RUN AT BOTH 9:30 and 10:30 pm.

Symphony Under the Stars

Join us in one of the world’s largest Dark Sky Preserves for a truly celestial experience – Jasper’s celebrated Symphony Under the Stars. Cozy up with a blanket and hot chocolate and witness the magic of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Strings, amplified by the Rocky Mountains, under thousands of twinkling stars.

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge package includes: Two nights accommodation Friday night, welcome reception and concert Saturday night, three course dinner, and tickets to Edmonton Symphony Orchestra – Symphony Under the Stars. More information here.

Find ticket only prices here.

Concert: Doors at 7:00 PM | Concert at 8:00 PM

Beyond the Stars

Sometimes the stars don’t align. Due to an unfortunate weather forecast, this evening’s (October 25) stargazing program at Lake Annette is cancelled. We’ll see you lakeside for Saturday’s event (which is still on!) for a night of amazing exploration of the skies.

The following activities will be available TONIGHT ONLY at the Jasper Junior/Senior High School from 8-10pm:
-National Geographic Night Sky Odyssey
– TELUS World of Science Edmonton: “Over the Moon” displays and planetarium programming
– Storytelling by Warrior Women
– Indoor telescope demonstration and slideshow by RASC

“Power down. Look up.”

Join us along the shores of Lake Annette for one of the most memorable star gazing experiences in the world. Offering people of all ages a variety of free, intimate, and interactive programming with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Edmonton Center, Dark Sky Photographers, Parks Canada Interpreters, and other special guests. No charge !

Shuttles: Please note that there will be no parking permitted at the event. A complimentary shuttle service is provided. Busses will depart every 15 min from the Visitor Information Centre Lawn between 7:45pm-10:45pm and return from 8:00pm-11:15pm.

ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF CANADA – EDMONTON CENTRE
Join us along the shores of Lake Annette for the one of the most
memorable stargazing experiences in the world. Offering people of
all ages a variety of free, intimate and interactive programming with
Telus World of Science – Edmonton, The Royal Astronomical Society
of Canada – Edmonton Centre, Parks Canada Interpreters and other
special guests.

TELUS WORLD OF SCIENCE – EDMONTON

The TELUS World of Science – Edmonton will have telescopes and
science activities related to light and optics set up for this evening’s
star gazing event.

WARRIOR WOMEN

Warrior Women showcase haunting melodies and harmonious
song writing that gives you an experience of a lifetime. Performing
songs written in both English and their native tongue, Cree.

DYLAN TOYMAKER

Having worked his way through a variety of Craft- and Communitybased
practices, he currently focuses on lighting design, lantern art,
and light sculpture. You can engage him to light up a small space,
or as large as a week long multi-stage festival, as permanent as
your street lights, or as temporary as a Lantern Walk.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC NIGHT SKY ODYSSEY

A Dark Sky Augmented Reality Adventure
Come and see how we use the innovative technology of augmented
reality to juxtapose the classical 17th century depictions of the
constellations over actual stars in the night sky in real time. Sit back
and let yourself be transported by an awe-inspiring soundtrack
as you listen to the stories of our ancestors told from a singularly
enchanting perspective. Presentations take place at 8pm, 8:45pm,
9:30pm, and 10:15pm.

 

PARKS CANADA

Join us on a 2.4 km Easy Guided Hike. Immerse yourself and
experience the moonlit skies of Jasper National Park and learn all
about some of the nocturnal adaptations that help the animals of
the park (including us!) see in the dark. Bring a flashlight and meet
by the red lit up box.
8:15pm-9:15pm / 9:30pm-10:30pm

 

 

 

Come join Joy and Sean on this family-friendly night hike up on Pyramid Bench. You will have the opportunity to learn all about our nocturnal wildlife while we hike this scenic 4km loop. There will be great views of our Dark Sky Preserve from the trail as well as the town lit up at night. We will finish in time for Trivia Night at The Legion.

Meet at the Activities Centre P3 lot. Everyone is required to bring a flashlight (fully-charged phone is fine) for safety; however, we plan on not using them for the hike. We will rely on our eyes adjusting to night vision instead. A dim, red light or red cellophane wrap is acceptable and if you have a headlamp that can switch between the two settings, that’s ideal. Good hiking shoes will be mandatory as we will be out there in the dark, in potentially snowy conditions. Expect an elevation gain of around 100m.

Tickets: $25.00

Book now as there are only 20 spots available!

Moon Viewing

Sidewalk astronomy in the town of Jasper! A Park Interpreter will have an assortment of telescopes and binoculars set up for moon viewing. Drop by for five minutes or stay for an hour.

“Animals of the Night” Evening Hike

Come join Joy and Sean on this family-friendly night hike up on Pyramid Bench. You will have the opportunity to learn all about our nocturnal wildlife while we hike this scenic 4km loop. There will be great views of our Dark Sky Preserve from the trail as well as the town lit up at night. We will finish in time for Trivia Night at The Legion.

Meet at the Activities Centre P3 lot. Everyone is required to bring a flashlight (fully-charged phone is fine) for safety; however, we plan on not using them for the hike. We will rely on our eyes adjusting to night vision instead. A dim, red light or red cellophane wrap is acceptable and if you have a headlamp that can switch between the two settings, that’s ideal. Good hiking shoes will be mandatory as we will be out there in the dark, in potentially snowy conditions. Expect an elevation gain of around 100m.

Tickets: $25.00

Book now as there are only 20 spots available!

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