Blue Ghost Photo Tours

Overview

Photography lovers will enjoy this curated, semi-guided experience allowing both amateur and experienced photographers the opportunity to practice and perform long exposure photography of Blue Ghost Fireflies at a comfortable pace along the Cradle of Forestry’s paved trails.

Location

Cradle of Forestry

11250 Pisgah Hwy.
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
Dates

Sunday – May 29
Monday – May 30
Sunday – June 5
Monday – June 6

Cost

$200 per person
No discounts

TICKETS
capacity

6 per evening

Event Details

The photo guide, Bobby Bradley, will start the night off with a sit down and equipment overview with the participants as well as review some images Bobby has made over the years and discuss techniques to achieve similar results. After discussing goals and equipment strategy, the group will go out on the trail to scout out locations and also learn about Blue Ghosts with a FIND Outdoors Naturalist. Once dark, the participants will split into pairs at 3 locations (2 participants at each location). The photo guide will rotate along the 3 locations to offer tips, tricks, and advice as well as set up his own cameras to shoot alongside and do show and tell. At approximately 11pm we will wrap up shooting and return to the building to review images and celebrate the night of shooting. Each participant will hopefully leave with a memory card full of images. 

Bobby Bradley is a Brevard, NC based Photographer specializing in fine art landscape and nature imagery. He enjoys practicing techniques such as long exposure, multiple exposure blending, and creative post-processing techniques to get the most out of camera tools to achieve new and unique images in otherwise low light situations. 

Please note there is a minimum number of 3 people required for this tour to proceed and a maximum of 6 participants per night. If this number has not been met, we will reach out to you to reschedule. 

Schedule

8pm — 12am for each event

7:40pm: Gates open (guests can check in)
8:00pm: Event starts indoors
8:30pm: Head outside onto paved trails to scout locations and learn about blue ghosts
9:30pm: Start shooting
11:30pm: Head inside to review and share shots
12:00am: Event ends & gates close

What to Bring

Required Equipment (no exceptions): 

  • DSLR or Mirrorless Camera capable of 30 seconds long exposure (no mobile phones)
  • Lens 14mm – 100mm (35mm equivalent) at least f/4-5.6
  • Steady Tripod
  • Headlamp/flashlight
  • Spare Camera Battery

Cancellation Policy

Customers will receive a full refund with 72 hours’ notice of cancellation prior to your event. E-mail cradleprograms@gofindoutdoors.org to cancel or inquire about a cancellation. Please include your booking name & date of program in your e-mail.

No-shows will be charged the full price.

In case of operator cancellation due to severe weather or other unforeseen circumstances, customers will receive a full refund.

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