Waterfalls Hike up Cataract Creek

Thank you to everyone who joined me yesterday for the Camera West Walnut Creek photo walk to shoot the waterfalls along Cataract Creek in Marin County. We had an enthusiastic group of 14 shooters who learned how to get that perfect look to moving water in their photographs. Although the water flow could have been better, I’m grateful that it was still flowing! Last year I had to cancel this same photo walk due to a lack of water.

For those of you who would like to join us next time, I’ll be leading this same photo walk next year so get in the habit of checking our events tab on the Camera West website for our upcoming events.

http://www.camerawest.com/cwblog/events/

Towering redwoods dwarf tiny Cataract Creek.

Participants relax alongside the upper pool at Cataract Creek.

A 2 second exposure provides a fluid movement to the water.

Moonrise over Alcatraz Photo Walk

400mm ISO 500 1/2 sec. f10 Photo by Michael Maloney

A big thank you to everyone who joined us last night for the Camera West photo walk in San Francisco!

Last evening Michael from Camera West Walnut Creek led a group of 20 enthusiastic photographers to Fort Point in San Francisco for the Camera West Walnut Creek photo walk to shoot the rising full moon over Alcatraz Island. Conditions could have been better as there was quite a bit of haze, but we were thankful that the rain and fog stayed away.

With our long lenses, it was tough to cut through all that haze to get clarity and contrast, but just witnessing such a beautiful moon rise above the bay waters made it all worthwhile. We are so fortunate to live here in the bay area.

Photo by Michael Maloney

Photo by Michael Maloney

Photo by Michael Maloney

400mm ISO 500 1/6 sec. f10 Photo by Michael Maloney

The next photo walk that Michael will lead is a hike up Cataract Creek in Marin County where we will photograph a series of waterfalls. Details as always can be found on our Camera West website events link.

http://www.camerawest.com/cwblog/2014/12/05/february-photo-walk-cataract-falls-hike/

 

Fireworks with a Twist Photo Walk

Zeiss ZE 50mm, .9ND, bulb, f2.8, ISO : 100 - Photo by Michael Maloney

Thanks to everyone who joined me last night on our Camera West photo walk where we shot the fireworks show after the Oakland A’s game.

For something different, we put a literal “twist” to our photos. The technique we practiced is a unique one. Rather than just letting the fireworks paint our image, we quickly changed our focus during the short bulb exposure, getting the unusual effects you see in some of these photos.

Zeiss ZE 50mm, .9ND, bulb, f2.8, ISO : 100 Photo by Michael Maloney

Zeiss ZE 50mm, .9ND, bulb, f2.8, ISO : 100 Photo by Michael Maloney

Our next photo walk will be Thursday, June 12th out at Kirby Cove in Marin County where we will shoot the rising full moon over water, the Golden Gate Bridge and the city. More info here : http://www.camerawest.com/cwblog/2014/04/11/moonrise-over-sf-photo-walk/

Altamont Pass Moonrise Photo Walk

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our photo walk in the Altamont Pass Saturday evening where we photographed the rising full moon above the windmills.

The weather was almost too perfect! Emerald green hills, thanks to the recent rains, mild temperatures, no wind, and not a cloud in the sky. Would have actually preferred some clouds to add to the scene but you have to accept what Mother Nature gives you!

We had a good group of shooters – the moon showed right on schedule – and everyone (hopefully) had some great images.

Our next photo walk will again be in the Livermore area on April 27th where we will photograph the Wente Criterium – a series of fast action packed bicycle races. Michael will show us how to effectively shoot action sports, concentrating on a technique called panning to add fluid motion to the photos. Details on this photo walk can be found by clicking the Events link on the left of this page.

Bike Racing Photo Walk

Please join Michael for this photo walk on Sunday, April 27 to Livermore where we will photograph the exciting, fast paced sport of criterium racing. The Wente Criterium features a series of races held throughout the afternoon finishing with the super-fast men’s pro race.

Shooting fast moving subjects is a challenge and our photo walk will certainly test our skills with bike racers tearing around the street corners of Livermore at 35-45 miles per hour. We will get ample opportunity to shoot the racers as they ride the same loop numerous times during a 45 minute to 1 hour race.

What you will learn :

  • How to capture fast moving subjects
  • How to maximize the focal length of your lens
  • How to use a fun technique called panning, or dragging your shutter
  • How to use flash fill

The techniques you learn on this photo walk can be applied to any sport, not just bike racing.

Cost : $25.00

Limited to just 12 participants.
Call or email Michael at Camera West in Walnut Creek for more info or to sign up.
michael@camerawest.com
925-935-1424