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.