Night Photography Workshop with Shawn Peterson

With Shawn's excellent guidance, I came up with this photo of the rocks off of Sutro Baths. I used the lights of the Cliff House restaurant and the full moon to help expose the rocks. Six minute exposure @ f9 with an ISO of 100

Thank you to all the participants who came out last night for the Camera West Night Photography workshop led by Shawn Peterson. After a slide show presentation by Shawn and his special guest Stu Jenks, where we saw their beautiful night images and talked technique, we hopped into our cars and headed to San Francisco to the historic and always fun to shoot Sutro Baths.

The weather was perfect – no fog and no wind – for night photography. We practiced shooting long exposures of the Sutro Bath ruins and the rocks just off-shore, lit by a bright full moon. Most of our exposures were in the 4-8 minute range. Some also practiced painting their landscape with flashlights to add some detail, a technique Shawn and Stu taught us.

For those of you interested in shooting at night, and who missed out on this workshop, Camera West and Shawn will be leading another night photography workshop in the near future. To keep up to date on all our events, visit the Events link on the Camera West website.

Check out some photos from the evening below. Also soon on our Camera West Night Photography Flickr site, you will see more of the images our participants came up with.

Workshop participant Ming Maa sets up his camera as the sunset fades at Sutro Baths

Shawn Peterson shows us how to light paint our exposures with a flashlight

Workshop participants appear as ghosts in this 5 minute exposure at the Sutro Baths

Note the two workshop participants - one leaves a trail of light along the sea wall at Sutro Baths