Fireworks with a Twist Photo Walk

Photo by Michael Maloney

Join Michael for a new twist (literally!) on shooting fireworks. The technique we will practice is a unique one. Rather than just letting the fireworks paint our image, we will change our focus during the exposure, getting the unusual effects you see in these photos. We will be shooting the fireworks show after the Oakland A’s game at the Coliseum. You will not need to buy a ticket for the game as we will not be in the stadium. The fireworks show happens after the game.

What to bring :

  • A digital camera that will allow you to shoot in bulb and manual focus mode
  • A manual focus lens – wide angle to 50mm range
  • A tripod
  • A remote release
  • A neutral density filter – 3 stops would be ideal. A polarizer can work in a pinch.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

8 – 10 pm

Oakland Coliseum

Cost : $50.

Participation will be limited to only 12 participants so sign up soon! Call or email Michael at Camera West in Walnut Creek for more info or to sign up.


Photo by Michael Maloney

Photo by Michael Maloney

Camera Obedience School with Gary Faye

Please join us at Camera West Rancho Mirage for a beginning photographer seminar dedicated to bringing a clear understanding of the digital cameras many options including menus, modes, lens choices, f stops, iso, histograms and assorted buttons that some avoid like the plague. Each topic is illustrated with pictures resulting in understanding craft and moving toward the pictures you intend. We will finish with a tamer camera. You will also be introduced to editing software. Remember, some of the most important photographs in history were made with just one button.

This casual presentation is especially appropriate for beginning photographers. There will be time for open conversation, questions and refreshments. Please RSVP early as each monthly session is limited to 12 participants.

Thursday, April 9th, 7-8:45 PM.

Cost is $50. per person.

Please call or email Camera West Rancho Mirage for more info or to sign up.


Rodeo Beach Sunset Photo Walk

Photo by Michael Maloney

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.

Saturday, April 25, 2015


Cost : $50.

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.


Pioneer Town Workshop with Gary Faye

Pioneer Town Workshop
A Sunday Field Workshop with Gary Faye

Please join us for a Camera West hands-on field workshop in and around the western movie set village of Pioneer Town, 4 miles from Yucca Valley. There is an abundance of subjects to photograph. We can practice HDR, B&W, panoramic, still life, focus stacking, landscape and people photography. We will learn to manage light, mood, composition and design by increasing our visual awareness.

We will begin with a 1pm seminar. There is a staged gunfight at 2:30pm followed by picture scouting and coached photography until a 4pm progress review. Free photo time continues until 7pm. Food and facilities are available.

Please RSVP soon. We are limited to only 10 participants.

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

1:00 – 7:00 PM

$185. per person

Please call or email Camera West Rancho Mirage for more info or to sign up.


Atomic Mirrors : Exploration of an Imagined Universe

Please join us at the Camera West Walnut Creek Gallery and Leica Boutique for a very special gallery opening featuring the dynamic photographic works of Jay Tyrell. Often large in scale and visually tantalizing, this body of work is a visual experience that has a very strong gravitational pull. For more about the artist, please visit Jay’s website at

50% of the sales proceeds of this evening will be donated to Lazarex Cancer Foundation. This Danville, CA based nonprofit is improving the outcome of cancer for end stage cancer patients by helping them identify, and participate in, potentially lifesaving treatments through FDA clinical trial participation. More information about Lazarex can be found at

Thursday, April 2, 2015
6 – 8 pm


Valet Parking