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Huntington Beach Photowalk

We’ll meet at Lake Park, at the circle a few steps in from Main Street. There is plenty of free street parking on both 11th and 12th streets, which border both Lake Park and the adjacent Farquhar Park. We’ll walk South, South East along Main Street.

The first 5-6 blocks have beautiful older homes, many in the California Craftsman style. Once we past the old Main Street Library, we’ll be in the downtown area, with lots of boutiques, coffee shops, and side walk restaurants — and the best part — the people. Crossing Pacific Coast Highway, we’ll walk to the end of the pier. Total distance is just over one mile of flat, paved sidewalk.

There will be plenty of time to explore the beach, on either side of the pier, and maybe get some shots of surfers in action. There are a couple of blocks on 5th street, one block west of Main, anchored by The Strand Hotel and shopping complex, that offer some shooting opportunities, as well as a graffiti wall, behind The Electric Chair, on the 400 block of Main.

The Electric Chair just closed its doors, so I don't know how long the wall will be there.

About 1PM, some of you may want to gather at Fred’s Mexican Cantina, on PCH, across from the pier, upstairs, above the Huntington Surf and Sport.

Others will go Sertinos Cafe/Coffee Shop, on 5th - one block off PCH.

To get back to the cars, just reverse the route, going back up Main Street. If you aren’t shooting, it’s less than a 20 minute walk.

Any type of camera is welcome. I sometimes walk through this area with a DSLR, or a Nikon FM2 35mm film camera — and I always have my iPhone 4s, which seems ti have become my ‘go to’ camera, simply because I always have it with me. The walk is only a little over two miles, including the hike back to the cars, but there is the break at Fred’s or Sertinos so you won’t get too tired carrying your equipment. However, if you have zoom lens, that might be simpler than carrying several primes. The sun is normally bright, and since we will be walking in late morning, a fast prime probably won’t be necessary. I sometimes take a 17-35mm on my D700, but often take a[masked], f3.5 – 5.6. If you want to practice taking portraits of fellow walkers, on the beach, you might consider bringing a graduated neutral density filter, so you can shoot wide open, for that buttery boket.

Remember to shoot each image from several angles, taking advantage of different perspectives and light and shadow patterns.
I’ll send registrants a contact phone number a few days before the event.

I look forward to seeing you all.


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  • Larry S.

    Couldn't have picked a better day for a walk in HB! Great picture opportunities all over. Enjoyed myself and everyone's company at Sertino's afterward (I highly recommend their Mexican Mocha).

    January 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I lost everyone. I was so hungry...:(. I went back to the pier and looked at the coffee shop.

    January 12, 2013

  • Linda

    Great, there was a good array of photo opportunities

    January 12, 2013

  • Carolyn C.

    Sorry I have to drop out of this one. Just came down with the flu and don't think I will be up to doing the walk.

    January 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Paul......are you planning any sunset meetups?

    1 · January 1, 2013

    • Paul Edward R.

      Hey Lori,

      January 7, 2013

    • Paul Edward R.

      Whoops! Hit send too soon. Normally, I do the sunsets when the days are longer and its a little warmer, but I think I'll schedule on for Sunday, as I just realized that there is a negative tide, this week.

      January 7, 2013

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