Photographing the sunset from Rockaway Beach in Pacifica.

Attention participants:

Due to the cloudy weather forecast for this Monday Jan. 7, the sunset shoot at the Rockaway Beach has been rescheduled to Thursday, Jan. 24. Although there is a slim chance the weather will improve we don't want to end up cancelling at the last moment and ruining people's plans. Please update your RSVP if you can't make it on the new date.

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Let's start the New Year by getting together to shoot the sunset on the beach. This will be a self guided photo shoot with no instructors. We will learn from each other.

This outing has been suggested by one of our group members Greg Edwards. He also helps to organize this photo shoot.

When:
January 24. The sun sets at 5:26pm. Most people will make their best sunset shots between 5:10 and 5:30 pm. Those who stay later may find their most colorful shots between 5:26 and 6:30pm.
Suggest arrival by 4:30pm.


Where: Rockaway Beach in Pacifica. (map)
Per TPE (The Photographer's Ephemeris) the sun will set between 3 big offshore rocks if you are at the end of Rockaway Ave.

Directions from San Francisco:
-- Highway 1 south
-- At light in Rockaway, turn right at Rockaway Beach Ave (left is Fassler) towards beach.
-- Take first left for South beach, or first or second right for North beach (see map)

Directions from San Jose:
-- Highway 280 north to Westbrough Blvd and go west.
-- It turns into Sharp Park Blvd, continue west to Highway 1
-- South to Rockaway Beach Ave, then turn right (towards ocean)


Reasons:
-- Between north and south beaches there is lots of parking
-- Interesting rocks offshore for foreground objects
-- Sometimes surfers in waves as foreground objects
-- No cost for parking or going to beach
-- A number of restaurants in area for afterwards
-- No curvy roads for access

-- No key restrictions on dates as the exact location of the sun does not matter much here
-- Public bathrooms at south beach, maybe at north beach


Equipment:
Tripod is a must. Cable release will be helpful. Your choice of lenses. Suggested reading before event:

-- http://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-photograph-sunrises-and-sunsets

-- http://digital-photography-school.com/tips-for-great-hdr-sunsets

-- http://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-photograph-sunrises-and-sunsets
-- http://www.diyphotography.net/tutorials/sunset-photography-guide
-- http://www.lightstalking.com/how-to-photograph-sunsets

Additional notes:
-- If using a foreground object/silhouette, focus on that and not the much more distant sun/clouds
-- Clouds make interesting objects and add color, especially after the sun actually sets
-- Split/Graduated ND filter may be helpful

Recommendations:
-- Don't point directly at the sun long enough for the sun to burn out your sensor
-- Manual focus
-- Manual exposure and vary it widely. Check results on LCD panel
-- Use a tripod
-- Suggest setting White Balance to Shadow unless your camera has a Sunset WB (a few do)
-- Try to insure that there are details recorded on the darkside of foreground rocks/objects (a good use of HDR)

Post Processing Notes:
-- If you spend an hour taking the pictures, plan to spend at least an hour processing your best photos
-- Black Point control can add drama
-- HDR is sometimes used. Note that some people  object to overuse of HDR and others love the results

Software for Planning:
-- The Photographer's Ephemeris's (free for Mac/Windows, ~$9 for iOS and Android)
-- LightTrac - similar to TPE


Weather:
Rain or Fog -- cancel. Please check the message board before leaving. If weather is not good, we'll post an update up to one hour before the event starts. Make sure you ware warm closes.

If we have to delay due to weather the sun angle will just improve for the following few days.


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Liability Disclaimer:
Bay Area Photography and Exploration Society does not provide liability insurance for the protection of individuals, groups, organizations, businesses, spectators, or others who may participate in the Bay Area Photography and Exploration Society outings and/or workshops.
By participating in this event you agree to indemnify the Bay Area Photography and Exploration Society and its organizers, joint and severally from any and all actions, causes of actions, claims and demands for, upon or by reason of any damage, loss or injury, which hereafter may be sustained by participating in the Bay Area Photography and Exploration Society outings and workshops.

 

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  • Pamela D.

    1st time attending, great opportunity to get some awesome photos!

    January 25, 2013

    • David S.

      Fantastic photo you posted. Makes me wish I went!

      1 · January 27, 2013

    • Pamela D.

      thank you, I appreciate the compliment. I'm looking forward to more of this kind of photo opportunity. Hope you make it to the next outing.

      January 27, 2013

  • Cathy

    Looks like I didn't miss anything...not!

    January 26, 2013

    • Nicholle {.

      I was thinking the same thing Cathy! Such amazing pictures! Wish I would have taken off from work early!

      January 26, 2013

    • Cathy

      Maybe a less forbidding opportunity will come up in which we can participate.

      January 26, 2013

  • Pamela D.

    first time attending, and i had a great experience. met Sam and i'm looking forward to more adventures.

    January 25, 2013

  • Judy

    Sorry! Park in the parking lot and best place to snap pics is up on the rocks.

    January 22, 2013

    • Judy

      Better distance and angle on the sun and Pedro Point.

      January 22, 2013

    • Greg E.

      North end was great and I still like the south end. Two places for sunsets!

      January 24, 2013

  • Wayne

    Perfect first Meetup

    January 24, 2013

  • James A.

    How is the weather there?

    January 24, 2013

    • James A.

      Thanks Judy... Very overcast here in the North bay too...

      January 24, 2013

    • Judy

      The sun peaked out just beneath the clouds at the last instance. The waves I thought were the unexpected big hit.

      January 24, 2013

  • Bhupesh "Butch" P.

    It was great! Got to meet a few people in my first meetup in this group. Thank you Sam.

    1 · January 24, 2013

  • Pamela D.

    How is the weather in Pacifica? I'm wondering if the meet up is still a go?

    January 24, 2013

    • Sam

      The weather is OK, so it's still a Go

      January 24, 2013

  • Judy

    FYI I live in Rockaway and current skies are overcast but it looks like it may clear up some by this afternoon. Not ideal but don't believe it would be a total loss either.

    January 24, 2013

  • Wayne

    I hope we find each other, seems a little confusing. I'll be keeping a close eye out for a mob with cameras dangling from their necks.

    January 22, 2013

    • Judy

      Either place you're sure to get a great shot!

      January 23, 2013

  • Wayne

    Thank you and thank you :-)

    January 22, 2013

  • Greg E.

    There is room for about 50 cars in the south parking lot and over 100 cars in the north parking lot. I think the best location for an interesting sunset (against the big rocks) would be a bit south of Rockaway Beach Ave. Watch out for large waves! They can break over the seawall and on to cars parked too near the edge.

    January 22, 2013

  • Judy

    North parking lot off San Marlo Way in between the BestWestern Lighthouse Hotel and the entrance to the quarry up on the rocks to the right.

    1 · January 22, 2013

  • Wayne

    Where's the best place to park for this event?

    January 22, 2013

  • jane c.

    too bad for the weather reschedule-we may head on over anyway if skies look good

    January 5, 2013

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