Sutro Baths Photo Walk

Seal Rocks just below the Cliff House Restaurant. If you look carefully (click on the photo), you'll see a few star trails in the top right. Eight minute exposure at f8, ISO 100.

Thank you to all the participants who joined us on our Camera West Photo Walk out at Sutro Baths in San Francisco last night. We had a good group of enthusiastic night shooters and fortunately the infamous SF fog was a no-show. We concentrated on photographing the rocks just off shore, lit by a full moon with a little bit of help from the lights of the Cliff House Restaurant.

Like ghosts in the night, we patiently waited for our long exposures to record the moonlit seascape.

And check out this beautiful photo below by participant Dan Mauk. He stayed late into the night shooting and it showed as he came up with some incredible images.

Photo by Dan Mauk

If interested in joining us on one of our photo walks, please check out the events link on the left of this page. Hope to see you on one of them soon!

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