Blackhawk Plaza Photo Walk

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Camera West photo walk at Blackhawk Plaza near Danville. We actually held two photo walks since the first one filled up quickly.

Blackhawk Plaza is a shopping center so you would think that the photo opportunities would be quite limited, but not so at this complex. Located in the interior courtyard is a series of small waterfalls, not so shy ducks, and whimsical sculptures.

We met at dusk, set up our tripods and learned how to get that silky smooth look to moving water. As night fell, we then concentrated on shooting the beautiful reflections of multi-colored lights shimmering off the water.

We had a good, enthusiastic group each night and I thank everyone for joining me on this shoot.

On our next photo walk, we will shoot a bicycle race in San Rafael. Sign up while you have a chance as this one is almost filled. Details here.

August Photo Walk : The Oakland Zoo

Photo by Michael Maloney

For our August photo walk, we will visit the Oakland Zoo. No need to fly to Africa to go on a photo safari! We go on our own mini safari right here in the bay area. Michael will lead us on a photo walk thru the Oakland Zoo where we will photograph all kinds of interesting, unpredictable animals.

This photo walk is ideal for the novice photographer, or for those who want to brush up on their photography techniques. With Michael’s guidance, you’ll get a chance to sharpen your skills, get very comfortable with your equipment, and work with a variety of composition, lighting and outdoor conditions…all while enjoying the company of some amazing animals.

Whether you want to prepare for an African safari or an Alaskan adventure…or just photograph your pets, this photo walk will give you the techniques and confidence to make photos you’ll be proud of.

Photo by Michael Maloney

Saturday, August 31

10am -1pm

Cost  : $25.00 + Zoo admission

 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.


Full Moon Photo Walk from Kirby Cove

With tripods ready, Sandy, Jane and the rest of the group wait for the rising moon .

Thank you to everyone who participated in our moonrise over San Francisco photo walk Friday evening.

The weather was almost too perfect for our full moon shoot as I much prefer having some interesting clouds in the photos but at least the fog stayed away!

Our tripods were set up on Kirby Cove Beach, a beautiful vantage point just west of the north tower of the Golden Gate Bridge where we had a breath-taking water’s edge view of the bridge and the city skyline.

Conrad aims his Canon 300mm f2.8 with a 1.4 converter at a passing container ship.

Right on schedule, the moon made its appearance, here rising above the Bank of America building.

Most of us continued shooting well into the night as the moon rose above the Golden Gate Bridge.

Come join us for future photo walks! Michael from the Walnut Creek store leads one a month which you can access through the Events tab on the left of this page. Sign up early as they all fill up very quickly.

Lacrosse Photo Walk

Thank you to all the participants of our Camera West Photo Walk at Acalanes High School in Pleasant Hill. We shot the girl’s varsity lacrosse match against Dougherty Valley. Think everyone learned just how challenging shooting a fast-paced sport like lacrosse can be. Using the right equipment and correct technique however makes it easier. Below are a few photos from the evening.

Although we had sideline access to the game, telephotos from 200mm to 400mm helped bring the action closer.

David concentrates on the action through a 400mm f2.8 lens.

Robin and Holly during a break in the action

If interested in attending future photo walks, check out the Events link on the left of this page.

Sutro Baths Photo Walk

Seal Rocks just below the Cliff House Restaurant. If you look carefully (click on the photo), you'll see a few star trails in the top right. Eight minute exposure at f8, ISO 100.

Thank you to all the participants who joined us on our Camera West Photo Walk out at Sutro Baths in San Francisco last night. We had a good group of enthusiastic night shooters and fortunately the infamous SF fog was a no-show. We concentrated on photographing the rocks just off shore, lit by a full moon with a little bit of help from the lights of the Cliff House Restaurant.

Like ghosts in the night, we patiently waited for our long exposures to record the moonlit seascape.

And check out this beautiful photo below by participant Dan Mauk. He stayed late into the night shooting and it showed as he came up with some incredible images.

Photo by Dan Mauk

If interested in joining us on one of our photo walks, please check out the events link on the left of this page. Hope to see you on one of them soon!