Today, January 15th is my last day at Camera West. I have decided to retire and move up to a small town in the Sierra foothills. It has always been my dream to retire in a small close-knit community, and the opportunity to do so at this time magically came together.

It has been a wonderful 5 years at Camera West. I want to thank Sean and Diana Cranor, owners of Camera West and Dan Leto my manager for taking the chance in hiring this San Francisco Chronicle photojournalist of 30 years but with zero sales experience. I have learned so much and I am forever grateful for the opportunity I was given.

I will continue to lead a few workshops and photo walks for Camera West. I will also contribute to this blog and our Camera West Walnut Creek Facebook page during this transition period.

My plans in retirement are to get out and shoot more – I’ve really missed that. I will also have plenty of time for hiking, biking, kayaking and taking road trips on my motorcycle. I’m already planning a year-round organic vegetable garden and to build a chicken coop for fresh organic eggs. Fun times ahead!

I can be reached by email at sixbikes@gmail.com.

Best regards,
Michael Maloney

Cataract Creek Waterfalls Photo Walk

Take a hike with Michael from Camera West in Walnut Creek on this photo walk alongside beautiful Cataract Creek on the north slope of Mt Tamalpais in Marin County. This winter’s rains have provided plenty of water for tiny Cataract Creek producing a series of small waterfalls that drop through a forest canopy of redwood, Douglas fir, oak, and maple trees.

This photo walk is for photographers of all abilities. Only requirements are a camera that will allow you to manually set the shutter speed, and a sturdy tripod. Michael will show you how to best photograph moving water and offer some tips to get that silky smooth look to the water.

This photo walk is limited to just 12 photographers so sign up early!

Saturday, February 6, 2016
10 AM
Cost : $50.00

Call or email us at Camera West in Walnut Creek to sign up.



Nikon Announces the D5 Flagship DSLR

Nikon today officially announced the new D5 flagship DSLR. It features a new autofocus system, 4K video recording, and an extended ISO range of up to 3.28 million.

inside the camera is a full-frame 20.8-megapixel CMOS sensor that can shoot stills at 12 frames per second (14fps with the mirror locked) and video at 4K resolution and 30fps. Backing the sensor is a new Expeed 5 image processor.

A revamped autofocusing system uses 153 autofocus points that cover a large portion of the frame. Nikon says this is its first DSLR with a dedicated AF processor. Of those 153 points, 99 are cross-type.

There will be 2 different versions of the D5 : a dual XQD card slot version and a dual CF card slot one.

The Nikon D5 will be available in March 2016 for $6,500 for the body only.

Features :

  • 20.8MP FX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 5 Image Processor
  • 12 fps Shooting for 200 Shots with AE/AF
  • Native ISO 102400, Extends to ISO 3280000
  • 3.2″ Touchscreen LCD
  • 4K Video Recording at 30 fps
  • Multi-CAM 20K 153-Point AF System
  • 14-Bit Raw Files and 12-Bit Raw S Format
  • 1000 Base-T Gigabit Wired LAN Support

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.



Monterey Bay Aquarium Photo Walk

Reach Out & Touch - Photo by Michael Maloney

You are invited to join Michael on this very special Camera West Photo Walk where we will explore the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Located at the ocean’s edge, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a window to fascinating marine life. It is home to sea otters, penguins, sharks, jellies and thousands of other marine animals and plants.

A three-story, 335,000-gallon tank with clear acrylic walls offers photographers stunning views of leopard sharks, sardines, anchovies, and other creatures swimming through a towering kelp forest. There is also a 1.2-million-gallon Outer Bay tank that houses open-ocean life, including yellowfin tuna, large green sea turtles, barracuda, sharks, giant ocean sunfish, and schools of bonito.

Shooting through acrylic and getting proper exposure and sharp images can be challenging but Michael will be there by your side to help you produce photos you’ll be proud of.

Unlike past photo walks, only 6 participants will accompany Michael for this one giving you the opportunity to work closely with him to hone your photographic skills.

Sign up early for this photo walk as it will fill up quickly. Note that it is on a Thursday, to take advantage of less crowds.

Thursday, April 18, 2013
Cost : $50.00 plus admission to aquarium.

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