Rodeo Beach Sunset Photo Walk

Photo by Michael Malobey

Join Michael on this photo walk to Marin County where we will take a short walk along Rodeo Beach to photograph the sea stacks just off shore. These unusual rock formations rise out of the shore break and are the perfect focal point for a beautiful sunset photo.

We will shoot as the sun sets, (keeping our fingers crossed for lots of color!) and then continue shooting into twilight, increasing our exposures to get that silky smooth look to the water.

Michael will be on hand to help you get photos you’ll be proud of. You will learn how to choose just the right shutter speed to convey motion, how to use graduated neutral density filters, how to determine proper exposure at night and also how to effectively light foreground objects with light painting.

Only requirements for this photo walk are a solid tripod, a remote shutter release and a flashlight. Also bring along neutral density filters and graduated ND filters if you can.

Photo by Michael Maloney

Sunday, December 22, 2013


Cost : $25.00

This photo walk is limited to just 12 participants so sign up soon. Call or email Michael at Camera West in Walnut Creek if you would like to join us.

Fort Point Photo Walk

Bob and Amanda shoot down one of the many brick-lined hallways at Fort Point.

What a great day we had yesterday at Fort Point in San Francisco! Thank you to all the participants for coming out and joining me on this photo walk. In order to accommodate everyone, we held two sessions – one in the morning and another in the afternoon.

The historic fort which at one time guarded San Francisco Bay offers many challenges and rewards to photographers trying to capture it’s beauty. Dark, brick- lined corridors with splotches of bright sun challenged us and the dynamic range of our cameras. Participants learned how to overcome that by using tripods, putting their cameras in manual metering modes, and using flash to help fill in the shadows.

A lookout tower on top of Fort Point and beneath the Golden Gate Bridge is seen through a weather stained window.

Laurie and Rudy check out the courtyard of Fort Point.

It seemed everywhere you looked, there was a photo waiting to be taken. Fort Point is truly a photographer's playground.

If interested in joining us for future photo walks, check out the Events link on the left side of this page. We have some great ones coming up including the fall colors in Napa Valley, fiireworks in SF and waterfalls in Marin County, just to name a few. You must sign up early for all of these because they fill up quickly.

See you on the next one!


Monterey Bay Aquarium Photo Walk

The Weedy Sea Dragon - appropriately named I'd say.

Thank you to everyone who joined me Thursday for our Camera West Photo Walk at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. We had a small, enthusiastic group of shooters and the aquarium did not disappoint us as there were plenty of colorful fishes and unusual sea creatures to photograph. Plus, we learned how to shoot in some challenging situations – dim light, glass reflections and quick moving jellyfish. Never realized how quickly some of them could move!

Anyway, a good time was had by all and when we were done with our shoot, many of us gathered for dinner at a great Cannery Row restaurant. Fish of course was on the menu. The perfect finish to a beautiful day!

If you are interested in joining us for another photo walk, please click on the Events link on the left of this page.

Photos by Michael Maloney

Lois and Cathy shoot in the jellyfish exhibit

Bob waits patiently to shoot the murres and puffins swimming underwater

Backlit, this jellyfish looks like an alien creature floating through the galaxy

This delicate semi-transparent jellyfish fascinated me

Lois & Gene shoot the jellyfish display

April Photo Walk : Shooting Lacrosse

Photos by Michael Maloney

Join Michael as we shoot America’s first sport : lacrosse.

For this photo walk, we will visit the campus of Acalanes High School in Lafayette where we will have sideline access to shoot a girl’s varsity game against Dougherty Valley.

Lacrosse is fast-paced and full of action. A real challenge to photograph! Shooting soccer is easy compared to this sport! The athletes sprint up and down the field with abrupt starts and stops, while making precision passes with the crosse. It’s a combination of basketball, soccer and hockey, and one of the fastest growing team sports in the United States.

Michael will be on hand to help you set up your camera and give you valuable info to help you come up with some great action shots. What you learn in this photo walk, can be applied to any other action sport or just to capture images of your kids running through the park.

Although we will have sideline access, a long telephoto lens is highly recommended.

Sign up early for this photo walk as it will be limited to just 12 participants.

Tuesday, April 30th

6:30 PM

Cost : $25.00

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


Fort Point Photo Walk

A big thank you to everyone who participated in today’s Camera West Fort Point Photo Walk. Despite gray skies and a threat of rain, 11 shooters showed up to explore the photogenic fort beneath the south anchorage of the Golden Gate Bridge.

The brick architecture and symmetry throughout the historic Fort Point offered everyone a great opportunity to work on composition and the study of light and shadows. Below are a few photos from our morning photo walk. All photos taken with a Canon 1D-X, 24-70 f2.8 L, processed through Adobe Lightroom 4.0 and Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2.

Paul shoots in the turret house on top of Fort Point

Rafael shoots inside one of the dark brick-lined corridors of Fort Point

Augie and Dave set up their tripods for a low angle shot

Dave gets low to shoot a closeup of a weather-worn iron rail

DIck shoots the Golden Gate Bridge from the roof of the fort as a tanker ship enters SF Bay

Next month’s photo walk is at De La Salle High School in Concord where we will have sideline access to shoot a night soccer game. Contact Michael at Camera West in Walnut Creek to sign up.

As always, check the Calendar or Events link at the left of this page for all of our photo walks, events, and workshops.