West Virginia Photography Network will kick back in action this spring with a tutorial on photographing star trails hosted by one of the group's online administrators, Martin Unrue.
It will take place at his home on April 21. Members can find directions and a list of required gear for the star trail shoot under the event calendar posted in the group documents or by emailing email@example.com.
In addition, changes will possibly be made to the group outing set for May 5 at Valley Falls. Currently, all information regarding the Valley Falls photography group shoot is unofficial and will likely be revised.
The issue is simply finding the best time of day to host a presentation by Ronald Buckton, a member of WVPN, Buckhannon Upshur Camera Club and Stonewall Jackson Photo Club.
"Valley Falls is a dawn-to-dusk park, meaning that at dusk, they make everyone leave, and close the gates," Buckton explained.
Waterfalls are best photographed in the early morning hours or around sunset.
Organizers are in the process of determining a meeting time that will allow Buckton to give his presentation, as well as allow time to photograph the falls. It's possible the presentation and the group shoot will be divided into two events.
The original time set for May 5 was 11:30 a.m., and the group would meet up at Ryan's in Clarksburg where Buckton would give his presentation and the group would host a competition with 4-by-6-inch prints.
If lunch, the presentation, competition, and traveling time to the falls took three hours, members would arrive at the falls at 2:30 p.m., which would allow plenty of time to take photos, but may result in overexposed images of the waterfalls unless it happens to be a nice, cloudy day. Unless it's cloudy, the sun could prove damaging to the photos of members who want to practice or learn how to take dreamy photographs of waterfalls, where the water is appears smooth and soft.
They also have to be mindful of traveling times for out-of-town members who may wish to travel from Charleston and other locations two or more hours away from Ryan's and Valley Falls.
WVPN is an online group dedicated to aiding amateur photographers just becoming interested in photography, a place to share photos and get or give feedback and helpful criticism.
WVPN encourages members to give feedback and suggestions. The group can be found on Facebook by searching for West Virginia Photography Network. Pending a quick review to prove that all potential members are real people, new members are always approved.