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