Camera West Eastern Sierra Workshop

Aspen in full fall colors in the eastern Sierra

Hal Kam of Camera West in Walnut Creek reports that the fall colors in the eastern Sierra are in full swing and has the photos to prove it.

Hal is currently leading a five day Camera West workshop to the eastern Sierra hitting all the classic photo ops : Bodie, June Lake Loop, Lundy Canyon, Mono Lake, Alabama Hills and the Bristlecone Forest. Judging by his photos, it looks like the perfect time to be there. Of course the photos he’s sending back are just iPhone photos…we’ll have to wait until he gets back to see the “real” photos taken with the Leica S2. I’m sure they will be spectacular!

The Arch view of Mt Whitney from Alabama Hills.

Annamarie stands by a fallen ancient Bristlecone Pine

If you would like to join Hal next year, contact him when he gets back at Camera West in Walnut Creek.


Napa Valley Fall Colors Photo Walk

Photos by Michael Maloney

Join Michael as he leads us on a photo walk through the beautiful Napa Valley where we will photograph the splendid fall colors of the vineyards.

November is a great time to explore the vineyards of Napa Valley. There’s a crispness in the morning air which turns the vineyards into a multi-colored canvas of greens and browns and reds and yellows – a photographer’s playground.

Plan to spend the day! Aside from shooting at pre-scouted, colorful locations, we’ll visit the Ansel Adams Gallery at Mumm winery for some inspiration.

Saturday, November 23, 2013 – FILLED!

Sunday, November 24 – Just a few more spots left.

Cost : $25.00

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


Photo walkers shoot the fall colors in a vineyard near St Helena last year

Napa Valley Fall Colors Photo Walk

Canon 5D Mark II, Zeiss ZE 100mm F2.0 Makro with a gold reflector fill

A big thank you to everyone who participated in the Camera West Napa Valley Fall Colors Photo Walk last weekend. We had an enthusiastic group of photographers and plenty to shoot as the vineyards were just beginning to show their beautiful fall colors.

We actually held two photo walks – one on Saturday and another on Sunday. This was because our Saturday event filled up quickly and rather than turn people away, we just opened up another walk on Sunday.

I had asked everyone to bring a tripod and a reflector and demonstrated why both are important tools to improve your images. When I used the gold side of the Wescott 5 in 1 reflector disc on a cluster of grapes, it was an “aha” moment for many of the participants. The grapes magically came to life with the reflector, the gold surface lighting and warming up the grapes and vines.

After shooting at a few locations, we stopped at the Oakville Grocery for lunch and to socialize. That’s the beauty of our photo walks. Not only will you learn new tips and techniques, but it’s a great way to meet other like-minded photographers.

To sign up for our monthly photo walks, go to the Events link at the left of this page. Sign up early as they always fill up quickly.

Paul uses his long lens to isolate some vineyard leaves

Photo walk participants used all kinds of cameras...from point and shoots to a Leica S2. Steve even brought his vintage polaroid

Brian gets some help from his sister Lynn who holds a reflector disc

Susan and Steve shoot through the vineyard rows

One of our favorite customers, Anna Marie with a smile nearly as big as her camera

John K gets a birds-eye view of the vineyards as Anna Marie shoots low

I'm guessing that in another few weeks, the vineyards will be in prime fall colors!

Check out some of the great photos the participants captured here.