Bike Racing Photo Walk

John gets a low angle view of the racers.

Thank you to everyone who joined me for the Wente Criterium Photo Walk in Livermore yesterday. We had a good group of shooters and plenty of bike racing action to photograph.

We mostly practiced a technique called panning, which gives you a real sense of movement in your photos. By using a very slow shutter speed and following a bike racer’s movement with your lens, you get a sharp image of the bike racer, against a backdrop of a streaking blur. When you’ve nailed the shot, it works beautifully, but it takes quite a few tries to get one sharp image!

Using a panning technique with a shutter of 1/10th of a second at f32 with a 200mm lens to get motion blur.

James uses his Nikon Speedlites triggered by Pocket Wizards to flash fill his subjects.

Rebecca and Tom focus on the men's pro race.

Using a panning technique with a shutter of 1/10th of a second at f29 with a 200mm lens to get motion blur.

Our next Camera West Photo Walk will be on May 10th where we will photograph a fireworks show with a new method involving focus shift which produces very unique images. There are just a few more spots left so if interested, be sure to sign up soon. Details here : http://www.camerawest.com/cwblog/2014/03/02/fireworks-with-a-twist-photo-walk-2/

 

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

 

 

Altamont Pass Moonrise Photo Walk

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our photo walk in the Altamont Pass Saturday evening where we photographed the rising full moon above the windmills.

The weather was almost too perfect! Emerald green hills, thanks to the recent rains, mild temperatures, no wind, and not a cloud in the sky. Would have actually preferred some clouds to add to the scene but you have to accept what Mother Nature gives you!

We had a good group of shooters – the moon showed right on schedule – and everyone (hopefully) had some great images.

Our next photo walk will again be in the Livermore area on April 27th where we will photograph the Wente Criterium – a series of fast action packed bicycle races. Michael will show us how to effectively shoot action sports, concentrating on a technique called panning to add fluid motion to the photos. Details on this photo walk can be found by clicking the Events link on the left of this page.

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

Bike Racing Photo Walk

Please join Michael for this photo walk on Sunday, April 27 to Livermore where we will photograph the exciting, fast paced sport of criterium racing. The Wente Criterium features a series of races held throughout the afternoon finishing with the super-fast men’s pro race.

Shooting fast moving subjects is a challenge and our photo walk will certainly test our skills with bike racers tearing around the street corners of Livermore at 35-45 miles per hour. We will get ample opportunity to shoot the racers as they ride the same loop numerous times during a 45 minute to 1 hour race.

What you will learn :

  • How to capture fast moving subjects
  • How to maximize the focal length of your lens
  • How to use a fun technique called panning, or dragging your shutter
  • How to use flash fill

The techniques you learn on this photo walk can be applied to any sport, not just bike racing.

Cost : $25.00

Limited to just 12 participants.
Call or email Michael at Camera West in Walnut Creek for more info or to sign up.
michael@camerawest.com
925-935-1424