Shutterbugs, night sky gazers, and National Park lovers take note: Key West Art & Historical Society has created a symposium just for you. The Society has partnered with B&H Photography and the National Park Services to welcome the public to a free “Night Sky Symposium”, featuring an astronomy talk about the Florida Keys night skies, a brief history and overview of the Dry Tortugas National Park by the Park’s Cultural Resources Specialist Kelly Clark, and a showcase of night photographs from National Parks throughout the country by “National Parks at Night” photographers Gabriel Biderman and Tim Cooper. (http://www.nationalparksatnight.com).
6:00 – 6:30 pm Kelly Clark will offer an introduction to the unique and special cultural and natural resources of the Dry Tortugas for all visitors and will provide those that camp there overnight with some what-to-expect details in regards to the lay of the land and access during night-time photography activities.
6:30 – 7:00 pm Gabe Biderman and Tim Cooper will share their nocturnal experiences in the many breathtaking National Parks they’ve visited under the dark skies, milky way, and surreal moonlight, inspiring visitors to “see these parks in a whole new way.”
7: 00 – 8:00 pm Florida Keys Astronomy Club members Jay Elliot and Elizabeth Moore will discuss the nature of Florida’s night sky in the summer months, the changes that occur, mapping the sky, and attributes of the stars and constellations.
An informal Q and A will follow each presentation.
The Symposium is a spin-off of a three-night, four-day full-immersion “Dry Tortugas by Boat and Night Photography” workshop offered by The Society in its new partnership with “National Parks at Night,” which is a series of night photography workshops taught by experts that take place exclusively in America’s National Parks. The “National Parks at Night” experts, who will visit it each park once as part of a goal to capture all of the national parks, craft a deep exploration into all aspects of night photography and light painting with the magnificent backdrop of the Milky Way, the sea, and the imposing Fort Jefferson. Only two spots remain for the July 27th-30th excursion, which can be purchased at nationalparksatnight.com/dry-tortugas-national-park-2017/.
Sponsored by the Dry Tortugas National Park Service, The Society, and B & H Photography. While the symposium at Eco Discovery Center is free, participants must advance register as seating is limited.