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Upcoming Events

Portrait Photography Meetup

Portrait Photography Meetup

Saturday 25 May
Pancake Hollow Road - 1pm - 2 Hours
Lisa Olson
Whether you wish to up your selfie game or begin developing a portfolio, this workshop will help you learn the basics of portrait photography and push your creativity and technical understanding.

Learn which settings are best to use, how to select the best locations, and what lighting and poses highlight a model's best features. We will also learn how to build rapport to get the best reactions and genuine emotions from a person.
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$47      
Mastering Shutter Speeds: Showing and Stopping Motion

Mastering Shutter Speeds: Showing and Stopping Motion

Saturday 08 June
Pancake Hollow Road - 1pm - 2 Hours
Lisa Olson
Ever wonder how some images show the same waterfall two completely different ways and wondered what was the difference? How did Ansel Adams do it? Or you were attracted to the way a photograph can show a group of cyclists stopped dead in their tracks, or as one big colorful blur? Well, it's all in mastering your shutter speed which can be manipulated by several other factors such as ISO and lens speeds. This class will open up your creativity and your imagination to take your images to an exciting level. We will discuss how to stop motion dead in its tracks as well as the long exposures that capture it and how to manipulate them. You will have even more creative freedom after taking this workshop.
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$47      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 22 June
Pancake Hollow Road - 1pm - 3 Hours
Lisa Olson
Here it is! A 3-hour course to finally get you out of automatic mode on your camera and start taking control over the results you produce in turn giving you the best possible rendering of an image you found worth shooting. Why not do it right? If you are hooked on photography or just looking to learn how to use your camera this is the class for you. It is much more satisfying when you know you are fully responsible and it wasn't just a lucky shot or have all the disappointment when you can't seem to record WHAT YOU SEE!!! Just keeps coming out wrong no matter what you do and you Don't know what you're doing so it's fruitless and frustrating. So come join us for a 3-hour introductory class to manually setting your exposure to get EXACTLY the results you're trying for. We will discuss lighting, exposure, including teaching you about the light meter in your camera, about lenses, film speeds, and most importantly the step formula to taking a photo producing the results you want in all areas lighting, depth of field, controlling motion in your images (show or stop it) and much more with plenty of hands on experience.

  • To sign up simply go to Orble.com (link below) and search the class like this: Country first, then city and state (Poughkeepsie NY), class title and instructor.

    Hope to see you there!
  • book now
    $92      

    Landscape, Nature and Sunset Photography Class

    Landscape, Nature and Sunset Photography Class

    Saturday 06 July
    Pancake Hollow Road - 5:45pm - 3 Hours
    Lisa Olson
    Come join me for a 3 hour combination landscape/ nature photography class and outing that will conclude with us capturing the sunset, using all your 201cnewly gained knowledge 201d. No more washed out skies or grey snow scenes ever. Learn to properly exposure your film for high contrast scenes, of which landscapes often are. We will discuss composition and the 5 elements of design, that create a strong composition. With over 88 acres of ponds, hills, horses, flowers and even a tiny waterfall so I can show you how to record its movement, just like Ansel Adams did! We will conclude with recording the sunset at 8:33pm for high up on the same hilltop from which I have shot the photos below. If you like shooting landscapes, nature or both 2026 THIS is the class for you!
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    $92      
    Mastering Depth of Field Meetup

    Mastering Depth of Field Meetup

    Saturday 20 July
    Pancake Hollow Road - 11am - 2 Hours
    Lisa Olson
    Are you wondering how to control your depth of field (or as I say depth of focus for this we who are not familiar with the term). Learn how key factors such as aperture settings, focal length and focal distance all play apart. Then take creative control over your results! This is a 2 hour hands on workshop. So there will be both lecture and hands on exercises using your equipment. Not to mention plenty of Q & A so if you have questions bring them!!!
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    $47      
    Using Light & Shadow in Photography

    Using Light & Shadow in Photography

    Saturday 03 August
    Pancake Hollow Road - 11am - 2 Hours
    Lisa Olson
    Light and shadow photography is a type of photography that focuses on capturing the interplay between light and shadow in a particular scene. This style of photography often produces dramatic and compelling images that can evoke strong emotions in the viewer.

    Harsh light and the contrast between light and shadow can provide some interesting photo
    opportunities, as well as some challenges!

    In this meetup, we will be looking at how you can use your camera's settings to nail the exposure.
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    $47      

    Backlighting, Bokeh and Bursts

    Backlighting, Bokeh and Bursts

    Saturday 17 August
    Pancake Hollow Road - 11am - 2 Hours
    Lisa Olson
    In this hands-on two hour workshop, we will be exploring these three impactful lighting techniques. This class will be a combination of lecture, setting up and shooting a shot, using the Boken method of using your depth of field to create pleasing balls of light. If you have successfully unsuccessfully executed examples of any of these three techniques bring them for discussion!
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    $47      
    Food Photography Making Your Dishes Look As Good As They Taste

    Food Photography Making Your Dishes Look As Good As They Taste

    Saturday 31 August
    Pancake Hollow Road - 11am - 2 Hours
    Lisa Olson
    Ever wonder why that Quarter Pounder with Cheese looks so mouthwatering when you drove by the billboard, yet when you go to the drive-through right after to get one, it looks nothing in real life like it does in that photograph?

    Ever wonder how produce is made to look so fresh and colorful with water droplets that seem to last forever? And we all have looked at a menu and wondered how they got the items to look so outrageously delicious? You would be surprised how simple it is to manipulate food in photography. It's all tricks of the trade! Personally one of my favorite subjects to shoot because subjects are usually colorful, there's a lot of creative leeway on how you light it, depending on what the purpose your image will be meant to serve.

    Join me in a two hour, Hands-On creative workshop in the art of Food Photography!
    book now
    $47      
    Using Available Natural light for Still life and Portraits

    Using Available Natural light for Still life and Portraits

    Saturday 14 September
    Pancake Hollow Road - 11am - 2 Hours
    Lisa Olson
    It is a well-known secret of professional photographers since time began that the most beautiful light is naturally existing light but you must learn ‘How to use it properly' first. As with artificial light, it must be diffused and the shadows softened. However, you can save yourself the expense of professional photo lighting all why using the most beautiful light source there is, the sun. Whether it be indoors or out, a still life or a portrait, natural sunlight can be manipulated the same way we manipulate it's man-made cousin. Come to this two hour workshop and learn everything you need to know about manipulating the most gorgeous light source there is for literally pennies on the dollar in comparison.
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    $47      

    Beginner's Photography Class

    Beginner's Photography Class

    Saturday 28 September
    Pancake Hollow Road - 1pm - 3 Hours
    Lisa Olson
    Here it is! A 3-hour course to finally get you out of automatic mode on your camera and start taking control over the results you produce in turn giving you the best possible rendering of an image you found worth shooting. Why not do it right? If you are hooked on photography or just looking to learn how to use your camera this is the class for you. It is much more satisfying when you know you are fully responsible and it wasn't just a lucky shot or have all the disappointment when you can't seem to record WHAT YOU SEE!!! Just keeps coming out wrong no matter what you do and you Don't know what you're doing so it's fruitless and frustrating. So come join us for a 3-hour introductory class to manually setting your exposure to get EXACTLY the results you're trying for. We will discuss lighting, exposure, including teaching you about the light meter in your camera, about lenses, film speeds, and most importantly the step formula to taking a photo producing the results you want in all areas lighting, depth of field, controlling motion in your images (show or stop it) and much more with plenty of hands on experience.

  • To sign up simply go to Orble.com (link below) and search the class like this: Country first, then city and state (Poughkeepsie NY), class title and instructor.

    Hope to see you there!
  • book now
    $92      
    Portrait Photography Meetup

    Portrait Photography Meetup

    Saturday 12 October
    Pancake Hollow Road - 1pm - 2 Hours
    Lisa Olson
    Whether you wish to up your selfie game or begin developing a portfolio, this workshop will help you learn the basics of portrait photography and push your creativity and technical understanding.

    Learn which settings are best to use, how to select the best locations, and what lighting and poses highlight a model's best features. We will also learn how to build rapport to get the best reactions and genuine emotions from a person.
    book now
    $47      
    Night Photography

    Night Photography

    Saturday 26 October
    Pancake Hollow Road - 6pm - 2 Hours
    Lisa Olson
    Enter the exciting world of night photography. In this two hour hands-on workshop, set to take place after the sun sets, to give you the opportunity to put into practice the principles and techniques used to create dynamite images in the dark! Whether it be photos of the moon and stars or rendering images that appear to be daylit you're after, there is so much to explore in this workshop. It's not to be missed!
    book now
    $47      

    Nearby Photography Groups

    Shooting in Manual Mode Class

    Shooting in Manual Mode Class

    Saturday 01 June
    Allen St - 10am - 3 Hours
    Albany Photography Group
    Dexter Davis
    Discover the full potential of your camera by mastering Manual Mode in our specially curated photography class. Designed for those ready to move beyond Auto, this session aims to boost your confidence in manipulating camera settings for the perfect shot. Dive deep into the fundamentals of photography with focused lessons on essential camera functions and the critical elements of the exposure triangle: Shutter Speed, Aperture, and ISO. Unlock your creative potential and take control of your photography journey.
    book now
    $92      
    Street Photography

    Street Photography

    Saturday 15 June
    Lincoln Park - 10am - 2 Hours
    Yonkers Photography Group
    Raul Urena
    People, cafes, vendors, street merchants, buskers, historic buildings, art installations and much more. The power of observation underpins the art of great street photography. Learning to "see" interesting detail is a practised skill and we introduce you to easy methods that will open your photographer's eye and expose you to a world that is alive with detail.

    We will also go over settings, focusing techniques and lens choices common to street photography to help us capture those random chance encounters.
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    $43      
    Off Camera Flash!

    Off Camera Flash!

    Saturday 15 June
    Allen St - 10am - 2 Hours
    Albany Photography Group
    Dexter Davis
    In this class you will learn about:
    -The basic settings in an off-camera flash
    -The camera settings to be used when using an off-camera flash
    -How to balance ambient and flash exposure to get fantastic looking outdoor portraits
    -How to use an off-camera flash to do studio photography
    -The advanced functions in an off-camera flash like High Speed Sync, Zoom, Through the lens vs Manual Mode, Flash Exposure Compensation, etc.
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    $47      

    Beginner's Photography Class

    Beginner's Photography Class

    Sunday 16 June
    East Meadow - 12pm - 3 Hours
    White Plains Photography Group
    Harish Jaiswal
    Embark on a journey to discover the full potential of your camera by joining our Beginner's Photography Class. Move beyond automatic exposure and delve into the intricacies of shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and how these settings influence your exposure. Enhance your skills in a hands-on setting, expertly guided by a professional photographer.

    This event marks your initial step towards mastering the art of photography. Attend to unlock a new and exciting level in your photographic journey.
    book now
    $84       4 places left
    Beginner's Photography Class

    Beginner's Photography Class

    Saturday 06 July
    Lincoln Park - 10am - 3 Hours
    Yonkers Photography Group
    Raul Urena
    Ready to learn more about your camera and get out of automatic exposure? Now is your chance!

    Join us as we break down your camera to help you learn about shutter speed, aperture, ISO and how these settings affect your exposure.

    We will then put your new knowledge to the test with the guidance of a professional photographer.
    book now
    $92      
    Beginner's Photography Class

    Beginner's Photography Class

    Sunday 28 July
    East Meadow - 12pm - 3 Hours
    White Plains Photography Group
    Harish Jaiswal
    Embark on a journey to discover the full potential of your camera by joining our Beginner's Photography Class. Move beyond automatic exposure and delve into the intricacies of shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and how these settings influence your exposure. Enhance your skills in a hands-on setting, expertly guided by a professional photographer.

    This event marks your initial step towards mastering the art of photography. Attend to unlock a new and exciting level in your photographic journey.
    book now
    $92      

    Beginner's Photography Class

    Beginner's Photography Class

    Sunday 08 September
    East Meadow - 12pm - 3 Hours
    White Plains Photography Group
    Harish Jaiswal
    Embark on a journey to discover the full potential of your camera by joining our Beginner's Photography Class. Move beyond automatic exposure and delve into the intricacies of shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and how these settings influence your exposure. Enhance your skills in a hands-on setting, expertly guided by a professional photographer.

    This event marks your initial step towards mastering the art of photography. Attend to unlock a new and exciting level in your photographic journey.
    book now
    $92      

    Other Nearby Groups

    Painting Natural Landscapes with Watercolors

    Painting Natural Landscapes with Watercolors

    Saturday 25 May
    Troy - 10am - 2 Hours
    Albany Watercolor Group
    Shweta Shubha
    Explore the beauty of nature through the vibrant medium of watercolors in our Painting Natural Landscapes class! Join us for an immersive workshop where you'll learn essential techniques to capture rolling hills, tranquil lakes, and more. Bring your own materials and let your creativity flow as you master blending, depth, and light play. Perfect for all skill levels, details provided upon booking confirmation. Reserve your spot now for a journey into artistic serenity!
    book now
    $47      
    Exploring Basic Watercolor Techniques

    Exploring Basic Watercolor Techniques

    Saturday 08 June
    Troy - 10am - 2 Hours
    Albany Watercolor Group
    Shweta Shubha
    Dive into the mesmerizing world of watercolors with our Exploring Basic Watercolor Techniques class! Unleash your inner artist as we journey through the fundamentals of watercolor painting in a fun and supportive atmosphere.

    Whether you're a beginner or looking to brush up on your skills, this class is perfect for anyone eager to explore the endless possibilities of watercolor. From mastering washes to experimenting with blending and layering techniques, you'll learn it all!

    Bring your own materials and get ready to immerse yourself in creativity. Full details of the event will be provided upon booking confirmation. Don't miss out on this artistic adventure - reserve your spot today and let your imagination run wild!
    book now
    $47      
    ABOUT POUGHKEEPSIE
    PHOTOGRAPHY
    GROUP
    Come along to our photo sessions to dust off your camera and get snap-happy with a professional photography instructor.

    Brush up on your camera skills and learn new photography techniques whilst on a photo walk class with other local keen photographers!

    We run two hour photography sessions based on a photography theme/technique/style and they take place in various locations in Poughkeepsie .

  • New to photography? We also run a popular 3 hour Beginners Guide to Photography Class once a month. And once in a while we will run special niche 3 hour classes, for example, Astrophotography - so do subscribe to our newsletter to know when the next on is!

  • Who can attend? Open to all skill levels, from beginners to keen amateurs. The photography instructor is there to help you with camera settings and provide any advice you need.

  • What to bring? We recommend bringing a camera that has full manual mode or semi-manual modes (Aperture or Shutter Priority). Compact cameras and smartphones also welcome!

    The meeting point and full details for the day are sent in the booking confirmation email to the email address you provide at time of booking.

    Join the Poughkeepsie Photography Group on Facebook to share your photos after the session.

    Got a question? Try our FAQ.
  • REVIEWS
    Very good- very helpful
    5/5
    Jack
    2024-02-25
    Great topic. Lisa, our instructor, was perfect for the subject. She created an interactive environment, merging concepts with practical advice. Her experience helped us understand better, the concepts and applications. The actual photo shoot was an unexpected benefit. She showed us real life situations and problem solving.
    5/5
    Bob
    2024-02-25
    Another amazing class from Lisa. And I loved that we practiced with each other!
    5/5
    Dee Dee
    2024-02-09

    I learned a lot from this course and I can't wait to start shooting and apply what I learned. Thanks Lisa.
    5/5
    Dee Dee
    2023-12-03
    The Teacher, Lisa, is just wonderful and she is obviously very talented and knowledgeable in the photography field. Because the weather was bad the other students who had signed up cancelled so I had Lisa all to myself!! I really enjoyed the class with Lisa as my teacher.
    5/5
    Sara
    2023-10-22
    Lisa was very helpful throughout, explained everything in simple terms, hands one and honest critique of photos taken during class, gives explanation of what to do difeerent. Only good vibes
    5/5
    Jesse
    2023-09-10

    Educational
    4/5
    Carol
    2023-08-13
    They event was hands on learning with the instructor coaching, guiding and aiding throughout the process. The basics of photography was also explained and how to incorporate the basics to capture varying images of the set and props.
    5/5
    Giovanni
    2023-08-13
    good ideas to have props and lights in background to learn as hands on experience
    5/5
    kapil
    2023-07-16

    Excellent teacher. Speaks in simple and plain English.Does not use any technical jargon. Very practical. She can help you understand your own camera and how to use it. She transformed my theoretical knowledge of Physics into a practice. She experience with film and digital cameras. She deciphered the alphabets, symbols, numbers and, codes on my camera screen. Highly recommend. Her methods appeared erratic and random, and I realized later, that she has rearranged my thought process for day to day use of your camera. All the new camera enthusiasts should attend her classes.Thanks Lisa.
    5/5
    Simha
    2023-07-09
    The instructor was friendly, informative and professional. Will definitely book another in the future.
    5/5
    Beatrice
    2023-02-05
    PHOTOGRAPHERS
    Lisa Olson
    Lisa Olson Has been a professional photographer and photo stylist for the past 36 years. In her many years of experience she has handled projects from all photographic genres. She has vast experience in Advertising / Commercial product photography, Portraiture, Real Estate, Acting/ Modeling Portfolios, Headshots and more. In addition, she has been teaching the subject at several local colleges and trade schools since 1998, giving her 26 years experience as a Photography Instructor. Lisa states that, she enjoys teaching even more than shooting... There is nothing like seeing the lightbulb go off in somebody s eyes when they get the concepts and principles that is going to render them images they can be proud of!
    Lisa uses comprehensive language and hands on exercises pertaining to each lesson, to explain all the ins and outs of what can be an extremely confusing subject. Open to teaching students of ALL levels from beginner to advanced, who may be specifically interested in a more in depth look into a certain genre.

    Lisa Olson is available for private bookings

    Jody Borhani-D'Amico
    Jody is a photographer and filmmaker in the Hudson Valley. Since 2013, she has taught art, photography and filmmaking around the tri-state area. She has worked with established artists seeking new photo-based expertise, and with many underserved communities such as justice-involved youth and English language-learning immigrants to build photo and art-making skills from the ground up. Jody often teaches basics like how cameras actually work, how to shoot in manual mode, how to tone and retouch images, how to utilize 3-point lighting and other cinematic lighting set-ups. She especially enjoys workshopping how to move a narrative forward with intent, via choices made on content, color, lighting, camera angles and shot order. Since 2019, Jody has produced and filmed work for others. She is currently in post-production on a feature documentary about how land use decisions reshaped a NY community. Jody holds a certificate in Cinematography plus a degree in Film, and she can be found at jodyborhanidamico.com.
    PHOTOS
    Poughkeepsie Photography Group
    2024-05-22
    Title or Location: Zion Episcopal Church, Wappingers Falls
    Such a simple subject but everything about this grabbed my attention on a mundane walk with my dog after a rainstorm- the fresh bright green, the softness of the brand new needles... perfectly cradling this drop of water as if it were a gemstone.I'm thankful we have phones to capture unexpected beauty, and always in awe of the level of clarity my Google Pixel 6 can capture.
    Credit: Jeness Klaproth
    Instagram: jeness.maresa

    Poughkeepsie Photography Group
    2024-05-22
    Title or Location: My home
    I did a little experimenting by placing Dogwood flowers in a container that I filled with a mixture of water and milk. I removed some flowers from the stem and placed them around to create what I felt was a pleasing composition. I like the somewhat ethereal affect that the flowers have where they are partially submerged in the water/milk mixture.Taken with a Sony A6700 Tamron 28-200mm.
    Credit: Nancy Mangiameli
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sable._.photography/
    Poughkeepsie Photography Group
    2024-05-15
    Title or Location: East Fishkill Recreation Center
    Taken with a Sony A6700 Tamron 28-200mm.
    Credit: Nancy Mangiameli
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sable._.photography/

    Poughkeepsie Photography Group
    2024-05-10
    Title or Location: My home
    This is part of my 52-Week Photography Project where I'm capturing images of coffee in various settings and forms. The trick is going to be coming up with 52 unique ideas. While working on this project, I'm also trying to become better at using off-camera flash and light modifiers.This image was taken with a Sony A6700 Tamron 28-200mm and Godox V1.
    Credit: Nancy Mangiameli
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sable._.photography/

    Poughkeepsie Photography Group
    2024-05-06
    Title or Location: East Fishkill Library
    Dogwoods are my favorite flowering trees. Each year, I wait for them to bloom at the East Fishkill Library. As soon as they were out this year, I headed over to capture some images.Taken with a Sony A6700 Tamron 28-200mm.
    Credit: Nancy Mangiameli
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sable._.photography/
    Poughkeepsie Photography Group
    2024-05-05
    Title or Location: Adams Fairacre Farms - Garden Center
    This photo was taken at the local garden center floral shop, a place I love to visit to see all the orchids. They are just so beautiful, and always willing to pose. The photo had to be extensively edited to remove all the clutter and distractions around the orchid. After all, it is a shop with as much as possible contained in a limited space. It was taken with a Samsung Ultra S23 and processed with On1 Photo Raw.
    Credit: Joseph S Insalaco

    Brisbane Photography Group
    2024-05-22
    Title or Location: Charlies Hut, Carneys Creek
    As anyone who chases milkyway photos will tell you, they take some careful planning and often a lack of sleep. Charlies Hut is in the Scenic Rim. It's about a 2hr drive from home, and with the help of Photopills, we could see that the moon would have set with the milkyway still visible at about 4am. So alarms were set for 1.30am, coffee was made and off we went. I use the intervalometer on my Canon 6D mark ii to shoot between 15-20 images of the sky. The lens I used was a Samyang 14mm, set
    Credit: Lisa Pritchard
    Facebook: Lisa Pritchard
    Instagram: lisa_pritchard_photography

    Oshawa Photography Group
    2024-05-21
    Title or Location: Just north of Brechin on Hwy 169.
    May 10 the northern lights hit a G5 storm, a KP index of 9, the highest it will go, and the best storm we've seen in over 20 years. I drove my 10 year old son north to see them, this was a chance of a lifetime. I managed to get several amazing photos. Canon R6M2, RF10-20mm lens at 10mm, 30sec at f4, iso 1000, manual focusing. This was looking more north-west as most of the bright colours could be seen to the south, west and just north of us.
    Credit: Diane Schlichting
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61558842215195
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/littlebearphotographyca/
    Sydney Photography Group
    2024-05-21
    Title or Location: Cremorne Point
    Cremorne Point is always a favourite choice to capture the southerly sunsets with the Sydney Opera House and the city skyline in the frame. This isn't a long exposure shot but a motion blur added to the water in post production.
    Credit: Oindrila Mitra
    Instagram: oindrilaclicks

    Tucson Photography Group
    2024-05-20
    Title or Location: San Rafael Valley, AZ
    Taken on a backroad photo trip through the San Rafael Valley of Southern Arizona. I shot the image with a Sony A6000 converted to 830nm infrared. Some editing in Lightroom.
    Credit: Andy Baldwin
    Instagram: @abaldwinphoto
    Portland Photography Group
    2024-05-20
    Title or Location: Stub Stewart State Park Hilltop area
    This was the day of famous Northern Lights visible in most of the North America. Stubs Stewart is the most ideal dark area for star gazing so I reached there around 11pm. As expected, it was full of enthusiasts. The lights were predicted to be at peak between 10pm - 2am. Around 2pm, when we though the "show was over", the lights started getting incredibly bright, and that is when this picture was taken. Interestingly, the lights were bright in some regions and other regions were faded enough to
    Credit: Ashish Kushwaha
    Sydney Photography Group
    2024-05-19
    Title or Location: Curly dick Rd ,Meadow flat
    It's a famous road for Golden Poplars, but I wanted to capture the Milky way passing over trees that have lost their leaves. it was early evening, but the Milky Way was already high up, so I quickly took some photos and returned to Sydney.
    Credit: eric

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