October Photo Walk : Full Moon over the Bay

Photo by Michael Maloney

Join us as Michael leads another full moonrise photo walk, this time from the Embarcadero in SF where we will shoot the moon as it rises over the bay bridge and the eastbay hills.

On Monday, October 29, conditions should be perfect as the moonrise is close to the same time as the sunset. This gives us the ability to capture detail in both the full moon and the landscape. And after the sun sets, we’ll keep shooting, capturing the lights of the bay bridge reflecting off the SF Bay waters. Michael will be on hand to help with proper exposure and offer his tips on using a tripod effectively.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to get a beautiful full moon photo rising above the SF Bay and learn more about shooting after the sun goes down.

Monday, October 29
Cost : $25.00

Call or email Michael at Camera West in Walnut Creek for more info or to sign up.



Photo by Michael Maloney

New from Canon : Powershot G15

Canon has added a new model to their long-running G-Series line of high-end compact cameras, the 12-megapixel PowerShot G15. The G15 is a bit smaller and lighter than its predecessor, the G12, but the most exciting feature is the upgraded 5x 28-140mm (equivalent) zoom lens, which now has a super-fast f/1.8-2.8 aperture. The G15’s ISO 12,800 maximum sensitivity (two stops better than the G12) will make a real difference in poor lighting conditions, too. The G15 also has improved auto focus, 1920 x 1080 full HD video and it can shoot 10 frames per second at full resolution in High-Speed Burst HQ mode.

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Key Features And Specs

  • New 12-megapixel 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor
  • 5x 28-140mm f/1.8-2.8 zoom lens
  • Canon HS System for low light image quality
  • DIGIC 5 image processing
  • Sensitivity range: ISO 80 to 12,800
  • RAW shooting
  • 10 frames per second in High-Speed Burst HQ mode (2.1 FPS in Program)
  • Dual-axis electronic level
  • 1920 x 1080 full HD video
  • 3-inch 920k-dot LCD display
  • Optical viewfinder
  • Pop-up flash
  • Flash hot shoe

New KLYP from Manfrotto

Camera support maker Manfrotto has announced the launch of KLYP: a stylish solution designed to allow you to quickly attach a tripod or lighting accessory to your iPhone 4 and 4s. You simply slip the phone into the KLYP and attach your tripod or accessory. No word on a KLYP for the new iPhone or other phones at this time.

Price will be approximately $36.

New Changes to Adobe Photoshop & Premiere Elements

Adobe’s Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements, just got a face lift today. Both apps are the baby sisters to the full versions of Adobe Photoshop and Premiere.

One of the big changes in the new Photoshop Elements is the ability to organize shots according to person, event or place, with the latter option coming through Google Maps geo-tagging. Full Photoshop sells for $999, yet most of the most popular photo editing features are included in Elements. Adobe is selling the upgrade for $119.99.

For Premiere Elements, the company touts a new interface and a host of new effects, transitions and themes. Premiere is the only budget video-editing program that works with both Windows and Macintosh computers.The new Premiere Elements sells for $99 or $79 for an upgrade. Meanwhile, the full-featured Premiere Pro sells for $600.

One Lens fits All : Tamron 24-70mm f2.8

If I had to choose just one lens to shoot with on a full frame 35mm camera body, the decision would be a no brainer for me.

Give me a 24-70mm f2.8.

This lens takes care of easily 90% of all the photos I shoot. Not so great of course for wildlife, or shooting the interiors of small rooms, but you get my point. This lens is my “go to” choice when I’m traveling and shooting light.

At 24mm, you get a moderately wide field of view perfect for most landscapes and the 70mm slight telephoto offers a pleasing focal length for portraits. That and the fast f2.8 maximum aperture throughout the focal length range allows for low light shooting and beautiful bokeh. I rarely need anything more than this versatile lens.

I recently had the chance to try out the Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 lens on a Nikon body. I have never shot with a Tamron lens, and this one did not disappoint.

The Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD features a constant aperture of f/2.8, fast autofocus and built-in image stabilization (which Tamron markets as “VC” for “Vibration Compensation”). Featuring 17 lens elements in 12 groups, 3 of which are aspherical and 3 with low-dispersion qualities, and a barrel diameter of 3.5 inches and weighing a total of 825 grams, it is by no means a small or lightweight lens, but it balances quite well on heavier pro bodies like the Nikon D800/D4.

Similar to other 24-70mm lenses, the length of the lens extends when the focal length is changed. At the wide end @ 24mm, the lens is at its shortest length. As you zoom in, the length of the lens increases, reaching its longest length at 70mm. The Nikon 24-70mm behaves completely different – its shortest length is at 50mm, while zooming out to 24mm extends the lens quite a bit.

This lens is sharpest at 24mm, softening just a tiny bit at 70mm, but you will probably not even notice this. I had to look hard! And as with many wide angles, there is some vignetting on the Tamron at wide open, however as the focal length increases and the lens is stopped down, the amount of vignetting is reduced substantially. This vignetting by the way is rarely an issue with most post processing software which reads the lens profile and automatically can get rid of the vignetting.

All in all, I was quite impressed with this lens, both in build quality and in performance. It focuses quickly, has a smooth zoom, a locking lens hood and a thoughtful zoom lock to keep the lens compact when not in use. It also features vibration reduction which Nikon and Canon does not in their 24-70 zooms.

Check out some of my photos below, on a recent visit to historic Fort Point under the Golden Gate Bridge. I kept it light on this trip with just a tripod, one body and one lens – the Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD – it was all I needed!

Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Mount Type: Nikon F-Bayonet $1299. (also available for Canon and Sony mounts)

A weather worn chain leads to the historic Fort Point, built in 1854 to defend San Francisco Bay against hostile warships. Tamron 24mm 1/30@f22 ISO 200

What's left of a weather worn gun turret, exposed to the elements on top of Fort Point. Tamron 70mm 1/250 @f2.8 ISO 200

The intersection of one of Fort Points many brick hallways. Tamron 24mm 1/8 second @ f2.8 ISO 200

Inside what I call the bugle room where an art piece of two bugles, one flattened hang suspended under a harsh light to create a shadow on the floor. Tamron 24mm 13 seconds @f22 ISO 200

A wagon wheel inside the courtyard of Fort Point. Tamron 24mm 1/400 second @f2.8 ISO 200

The courtyard of Fort Point is framed by the Golden Gate Bridge which did not exist when Fort Point was built. Tamron 24mm 1/2000 second @f2.8 ISO 200