Sunset Photo Walk at Rodeo Beach

Sunset at Rodeo Beach

Landscape photographers have to accept whatever Mother Nature cares to share with us, and on Saturday it was all about wind! But that did not damper the spirits of 13 enthusiastic photographers who joined me on our Camera West photo walk at Rodeo Beach in Marin County.

Rodeo Beach has a picturesque trio of sea stacks just off shore and they were our main focus. We met shortly before sunset, and then keep shooting well into the night increasing our shutter speeds to get that magical look to the water that only long exposures can give you. I love this type of photography where you never know what you’re going to get -just letting the motion of the water paint your image and provide you with visual surprises.

A 5 second exposure just after sunset provides movement to the water.

Aisling sets up a photo on Rodeo Beach.

Rafael photographs the crashing surf.

Rafael and Richard use their hats to shade their lenses from the setting sun.

A 4 minute exposure using a flashlight to paint detail on the rocks.

Next month’s photo walk will be in Oakland where we will photograph the fireworks after an Oakland A’s game. I’ll demonstrate a unique way to shoot them to produce some very unusual affects.

Details here : http://www.camerawest.com/cwblog/2015/03/26/fireworks-with-a-twist-photo-walk-3/

 

New ZEISS Lenses Designed for the Sony A7 Series

The ZEISS Batis 2/25 and ZEISS Batis 1.8/85 are the first full-frame autofocus lenses for Sony’s E-mount cameras to be exclusively developed and distributed by ZEISS. This new family of lenses is particularly suited for the use with Sony’s alpha range of mirrorless full-frame system cameras. The two new lenses will be shipping in July 2015.

“The Batis family of lenses is the first time we have launched autofocus lenses for Sony’s full-frame E-mount cameras which are ZEISS through and through – in other words exclusively developed and distributed by us,” says Dr. Michael Pollmann, Product Manager at ZEISS Camera Lenses. The Sony alpha full-frame E-mount system, which currently consists of the a7 family of cameras, is one of the most innovative camera systems on the market and is becoming an increasingly popular choice for professionals and people considering switching from DSLRs. “The ZEISS Batis lenses are our way of acknowledging this trend and providing creative and ambitious photographers with the expert tools they need,” says Pollmann.

Available this summer – The ZEISS Batis 2/25 and 1.8/85 lenses will be available for purchase in April and start shipping in July 2015. Priced at $1,299 for the ZEISS Batis 2/25 and $1,199 for the ZEISS Batis 1.8/85.

Lightroom 6 Now Available

Adobe has announced today the release of Lightroom CC 2015 and updates to all of their mobile apps. Here’s a brief description of some of the new Lightroom CC features available today:

HDR Merge: Create natural-looking or surreal images from extremely high-contrast scenes. Using HDR merge, you can easily combine multiple shots taken with different exposure settings into a single high dynamic range image.

Panorama Merge: Stitch together multiple images, including raw files, to create stunning panorama shots.

Performance Improvements: Get more done, faster. Lightroom takes advantage of compatible graphics processors to boost its overall speed up to 10 times faster, especially in the Develop module.

Facial Recognition: Easily find and organize photos of family and friends with new Facial Recognition features in Lightroom CC.

Advanced video slideshows: Combine still images, video and music with professional effects like pan and zoom.

Improved web galleries: Showcase your work in more elegant, engaging and interactive web galleries. New HTML5-compatible gallery templates work with the widest range of desktop and mobile browsers.

Filter Brush: Precisely control which parts of your image are affected by the Graduated or Radial filters. Now you can use a brush to edit the filter’s mask, adding or subtracting filter effects wherever you want.

If you have Lightroom as part of a Creative Cloud subscription, you already have access to this update. You can download right away, with no additional cost.

All of these updates are available now and available as part of the CC Photography plan for $9.99/mo.

You can also purchase a traditional license of Lightroom 6 for $149 (for those new to Lightroom) and $79 (for previous Lightroom customers). Please note that this version of Lightroom does not have access to any of the mobile or web workflows supported by Creative Cloud, and only Creative Cloud members receive ongoing feature updates.

http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop-lightroom.html?PID=3485381

Anza Borrego Workshop

Join us Saturday May 2nd for a workshop in one of California’s most beautiful State Parks. We will be holding a workshop from 3pm-11pm in the heart of Anza Borrego State Park. This workshop will be broken up into 3 sessions. Ben will be there to give you tips, and techniques on how to capture some photos that will make it worth your while!

Photo by Ben Carpenter

First, we will head over to the Desert Garden’s area for some macro photography. We will explore various techniques of using speed lights and diffusers to capture the finer details of the desert landscapes.

Photo by Ben Carpenter

After we spend sometime shooting macro photography at Desert Gardens we will head over to Font’s Point. Font’s Point over looks the Anza Borrego Valley. Hopefully we will have a beautiful sunset to capture some unique shots from the point and the outstanding desert badlands.

Photo by Ben Carpenter

Following sunset at we will head into Borrego Springs to grab dinner, and then back out to shoot some night photography right outside of town. Outside of Borrego Springs there are many, rather large, iron sculptures that are great subjects for night photography. We will work on light painting and long exposure photography, and even lighting these statues with everyday items… like your cell phone!

Things to bring:

All you need besides yourself is your camera and a good tripod, but we do recommend that you bring some of the following items if you have them available.

  • Lens with Macro Capabilities
  • Cable Release
  • Diffuser, speed light, flashlight or light source for night photography
  • A Sweater (the desert gets cold at night!)
  • Good hiking shoes

Some of roads are dirt, so if you have a truck, SUV, or some vehicle with a little bit more ground clearance that would be recommended. We will have a truck there if anyone needs a ride to the specific locations.

Time: Sautrday, May 2nd 3pm – 11pm

Location: Anza Borrego State Park

Price: $185

For more info contact:

Ben Carpenter

Ben@camerawest.com

760-992-5422