Pt. Richmond Environs

  • August 8, 2010 · 1:30 PM
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Pt. Richmond is a quaint town just north of Berkeley surrounded by industrial uses on 3 sides and the bay to the west. It's easy to miss driving along Hwy. 580 and you feel for people living next to an oil refinery but there are a few places of interest for photographers of the rusted, burnt, abandoned, etc. Checkout my photos in "Pt. Richmond environs" and you might agree with me that there is enough there for a meetup. I would start out with a visit to the SS Red Oak Victory. A steamship built in 1944 by “Rosie the Riveter” in Richmond for WWII. It was built for the US Navy as a cargo ship, then decommissioned to the Merchant Marine. Volunteers are currently restoring it and it’s available for public viewing. There are also warehouses and rusted shipping artifacts nearby, but more awesome is the long view of the bay to SF, Angel Island, sailing ships, sail borders, sea birds, etc. Next, is the historical Santa Fe ferry docks, now abandoned, burnt, and part of Miller -Knox Park. There are two abandoned buildings nearby, fenced-off of course. I’ll show those that are interested in my “tripod with release cord” technique for shooting over a 7-ft. chain-linked fence because I would never encourage anyone to cross into restricted property. Finally, we gather at the local pizza place in little downtown Pt. Richmond, to show-off the days catch, freshen up, drink/eat/rest, and tell tall stories about the photo(s) that got away. I suggest bring/share a laptop to show your digital shots. If I can get 8 urban explorers on-board, I would lead this meetup, tentatively estimate the schedule for a Sunday: meet at Pt. Richmond 1:30; leave for steamship 1:45; field shooting 2-5; show and tell 5-6p. More details later.

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  • Mike R.

    Digne -- we'll just have to keep on the ship idea. we can get past ms self-important. their reasoning on what is allowed is flawed. their fears easily assuaged. Usage rights is the hang up. should not be a prob for this group, nor costly. we just need to talk to the sane person(s) on board...
    or roll a keg of rum up the gangway!
    Fun day.
    thx again!

    August 10, 2010

  • Maxine C.

    Hey - If the trip was planned later in the day. The marina near by and the sunset at the abadoned building is very interesting. Last time I was there for sunset I was new and had no tripod. Love to do a sunset.

    August 9, 2010

  • Shobstr

    Awww man, i'm so bummed i missed it!! Darn work always gets in the way of having fun! :-( Let me know if anyone's game to shoot again; i live not 15 minutes away and would love to see firsthand what i missed the first time!

    August 9, 2010

  • Sandy C

    The two abandoned buildings were amazing. I'm glad we got kicked off the steamship. Anytime, anyone wants to repeat the shoot I'm game. Perhaps we could make a day of it and shoot the old part of town in the morning..

    August 9, 2010

  • Digne

    In hindsight, we were fortunate to get kicked off the steamship; it gave us enough time for the two abandoned buildings. Great group! Didn't give me a hard time about the steamship fiasco.

    August 9, 2010

  • Sandy C

    Excellent place to shoot. The buildings were amazing, great light!!!

    August 9, 2010

  • Michael Colin L.

    Thanks Digne for setting this up; this was my first meetup with the group and I enjoyed meeting all of you. Looking forward to seeing how my shots turned out.--Mike

    August 9, 2010

  • Maxine C.

    Great day. One location followed in easy transitions. Time alloted for each area was fine and meetup after sharing our photos and seeing each others work was great. Thanks Digne. Photographers were friendly and helpful.

    August 9, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've mentioned to a few folks in the meetup about for equip. rental in the Bay Area. Thought I might share their URL. I have nothing to do with their business. :)

    August 8, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    I lived there. It is pretty awesome- industrial, steel, rustic meets water. Earth tones.

    July 26, 2010

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