San Rafael Twilights Photo Walk

Thank you to everyone who joined me Saturday evening to photograph the San Rafael Twilights bicycle race in downtown San Rafael. I hope you all had a good time, and learned something new in the process.

We had a good group of shooters and ample opportunity for action photos as the peloton sped around the 1 mile downtown race course multiple times at speeds up to 45 mph.

For those of you who missed out on this photo walk, we will hold it again next year. To keep up to date on the all the photo walks and events Camera West offers, check out the Events link on our website. Sign up early as they all fill up.

As evening sets, the peloton races down a small hill in front of the Mission San Raphael Church.

Some of the Camera West photo walkers waiting for the peloton

George shares his images with Amanda during a break in the action.

We practiced a favorite technique of mine for shooting action sports called panning. Using a slow shutter speed and trying to follow the movement.

As darkness fell, shooting became more of a challenge. Here I used a slow shutter speed on a stationary camera to expose the church, while firing a flash on rear curtain sync.

July Photo Walk : San Rafael Twilight Criterium

Please join Michael for this photo walk on Saturday, July 27 to San Rafael where we will photograph the exciting, fast paced sport of criterium racing. The San Rafael Twilight Criterium features a series of races right in downtown San Rafael. Races are held throughout the afternoon with the men’s pro race held under the lights at twilight.

Shooting fast moving subjects is a challenge and our July photo walk will certainly test our skills with bike racers tearing around the street corners of downtown San Rafael 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
  • How to use a gray card

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

Cost : $25.00

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


Saturday, July 27,2013