Cataract Creek Waterfalls Photo Walk

Thank you to all the participants who joined me this past weekend to shoot the beautiful waterfalls along Cataract Creek in Marin County.

This photo walk was so popular that I led two groups, one on Saturday and another on Sunday. SInce we’ve had such a dry winter, the waterfalls were at less than ideal flows, but we still had plenty to shoot and everyone seemed to have a great time.

If you want to go out and shoot some waterfalls, check out this earlier how-to blog post from last year, and if you are interested in joining us on our next photo walk, click on the events tab to the left of this post.

James sets up a low angle shot along Cataract Creek

Martha and John shoot the upper pool falls - top photo of this post

Ernie checks his stop watch as he shoots a long exposure

Randy composes his shot near a wall of ferns

New From Nikon : D 7100

Nikon has just announced the D7100 DSLR, a $1200. 24 MP DX sensor with improved speed and focusing, placing it at the top of their DX lineup.

Nikon D7100 Key Features & Specs:

  • 24.1-megapixel DX-format (APS-C) CMOS sensor
  • EXPEED 3 image processing
  • 51-point AF system with 15 cross-type sensors
  • 2,016-pixel RGB metering sensor with Scene Recognition System
  • Sensitivity: ISO 100 to 6400, expandable to ISO 25,600 (Hi-2)
  • New 1.3x Crop Mode
  • 6 FPS high-speed burst at full resolution
  • 7 FPS in new 1.3x Crop Mode
  • 3.2-inch 1.2-million-dot RGBW LCD display
  • New, “i” button provides quick access to key functions in Live View
  • 1080p full HD video with built-in stereo microphone and headphone jack
  • Full HD video at 60i in 1.3x Crop Mode
  • Uncompressed HDMI output video
  • Full time auto focus in video mode
  • Dual SD card slots – UHS-1 and SDXC compatibility
  • New viewfinder with 100% coverage and new OLED info display
  • Shutter assembly rated for 150k actuations
  • Magnesium alloy top and back plates
  • Weatherproofing equivalent to the D300S

Available in late March.

The M Monochrom Leica Akademie

Join us for a full day of black and white photography in Palm Springs, CA with the unique M Monochrom on April 27, 2013 from 9am to 6pm.

Many of the world’s most memorable images were shot in black and white, and as any experienced black-and-white shooter can attest, there is still something unique, compelling, and beautiful about this traditional medium.

This one-of-a-kind workshop will let you explore this fascinating monochromatic world using the unique M Monochrom camera. This program combines a class lecture with real world shooting experience. Under the guidance of a seasoned Leica Akademie instructor you’ll gain a more profound understanding of the nuance of the M Monochrom and its ability to capture light, texture, contrast, and tonal gradation.  This workshop will focus on capturing images and getting the most out of the unique sensor used in the M Monochrom.

Topics covered include:

  • Pros and Cons of shooting M Monochrom vs. M9 and converting.
  • Test Shoot with the M Monochrom.
  • Maximizing capture from the M Monochrom, resolution and tonal range.
  • What makes a good B&W image?
  • Developing a new way of seeing.

Cost is $249 and participants will receive a $150 voucher that can be used toward the purchase of a brand new serial numbered Leica M product.

Contact us here at Camera West for more info.

760-992-5422 (Rancho Mirage store)

925-935-1424 (Walnut Creek store)