Moonrise Over SF Photo Walk

Photo by Michael Maloney

Join Michael as he leads a photo walk to beautiful Kirby Cove Beach in Marin County where we will photograph the rising full moon over the city and the Golden Gate Bridge.

This photo walk is open to photographers of all abilities. Only requirement is a camera and a tripod. Michael will be on hand to help you to set up your camera and give you guidance to come up with a beautiful photo you’ll be proud of.

On Thursday, June 12th at sunset, the full moon will rise directly over the city and the Golden Gate Bridge allowing you to get detail in both the moon and the landscape.

Thursday, June 12th
7:00 PM
Cost : $25.00
Call or email Michael at Camera West in Walnut Creek for more info or to sign up.
michael@camerawest.com
925-935-1424

Photo walk participants shoot the rising moon over the Golden Gate Bridge during last summer's Camera West Photo Walk from Kirby Beach. - Photo by Michael Maloney

The view from Kirby Cove in Marin County. - Photo by Michael Maloney

Two-Toned Moonrise from Kirby Cove - Photo by Michael Maloney

 

 

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 10, 2014
9 pm
Oakland Coliseum
Cost : $25.00

Participation will be limited so sign up soon!

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

michael@camerawest.com

Photo by Michael Maloney

Photo by Michael Maloney

Moonrise over the Altamont Pass Photo Walk

Join Michael on this photo walk in the Altamont Pass near Livermore where we will photograph the rising full moon over the windmills. The Altamont Pass is home to the largest concentration of wind turbines in the world. On Saturday evening, March 15th, we will see the moon among the windmills just as the sun is setting giving us a rare opportunity to have detail in both the landscape and the moon. This only happens one day a month and on this particular day, we will be lined up perfectly to get an image similar to the photo above.

There are a few tricks however to get clarity in a moonrise photo so Michael will be on hand to help guide you to come up with photos you will be proud of.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Cost : $25.00

We must limit this to just 12 participants so sign up soon!

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

michael@camerawest.com

925-935-1424

Rodeo Beach Sunset Photo Walk

It was a great day for taking your shoes off and walking barefoot along the beach.

Thank you to everyone who joined me on Rodeo Beach in Marin County for our photo walk to shoot the sunset and into twilight after. We had an enthusiastic group and a pretty decent sunset to shoot. Of course photographers usually prefer clouds to add drama to a sunset but that was not to be yesterday, other than a few wisps of orange clouds.

Once the sun set however, we learned how to shoot long exposures to get that creamy, smooth look to the moving water. Some of us even stayed late to try our luck at light painting.

Our group shoots the trio of sea stacks as the sun sets, staying pretty still during a 5 second exposure.

Paul climbed a cliff to get a bird's eye view of the beach as the sun set.

George and Tom shoot the setting sun.

Waves over rocks during an 8 second exposure.

We offer photo walks once a month. Our next one in late January will be along Cataract Creek in Marin County where will will shoot the waterfalls. For details on this photo walk and other events, click on the Events link on the left of this page.

Our Substitute Photo Walk

Thank you to everyone who joined me this weekend for our substitute photo walk. I appreciate your flexibility as Mother Nature threw a wrench into our planned shoot in the vineyards! Due to a very dry summer, the fall colors in the Napa Valley peaked early, so we had to cancel the planned photo walk in the vineyards. So, as a substitute, we turned our attention and cameras to a trio of unique sea stacks located off the Marin County coast at Rodeo Beach.

Tom and Phil get their cameras set up on Rodeo Beach.

We met just before sunset, giving us time to set up for some long exposure photography. The weather was too nice however!  There was not a cloud in the sky, so the sunset was not as spectacular as it could have been, but no worries, as we were still able to practice shooting long exposures after the sun set – getting that unique slow shutter look to the moving water.

For those of you who missed out, we will repeat this same photo walk on December 22. There are still a few more spaces available so if interested in joining us, call or email Michael at Camera West in Walnut Creek. Details here.

Trudy and Phil as the sun dropped below the horizon.

Not a cloud in the sky unfortunately at sunset, but still a beautiful way to end the day!