Each ocean wave is unique and changes shape as it rises and rolls into shore. Sometimes unimpeded, often smashing into rocks and cliffs, creating spectacular visuals along with a booming sound. There is no doubt about it, waves are a great force of nature and capturing their essence photographically can be both exhilarating and challenging.
In this mini workshop, you will learn the techniques to both freeze the motion of a wave to show every fleeing water droplet, as well as how to unveil it's more hidden nature with other techniques, including long exposures and creative double exposures.
Our chosen location is at Mile Rock Beach at Lands End. It is a very special place with large rocks and washed up wooden logs and a spectacular view north along the coast. To reach it you must be able to hike one mile (roundtrip) comfortably and descend (and then climb back up) around 300 steps lugging your camera gear and tripod. If you are not sure you are up for this challenge, catch one of my next outings.
The sun sets at 5:20 pm, but we will stay until the last bit of color disappears from the sky which can be up to an hour later. With the right winter clouds this provides the opportunity for interesting long exposures with and without the Golden Gate Bridge in the background.
Who should come?
All experience levels welcome. However, you will benefit most, if you have a camera with manual mode, that is can set your shutter speed and f/stop manually. If you only own a Point & Shoot, there are ways to work it. If you load a pdf of your camera manual onto your mobile device I can help you figure it out.
I will be charging $11.00 to RSVP to avoid the usual no-shows, HOWEVER, I will give a $5 note back to you when you show up. (I have no interest in devising a complicated tracking system and "penalizing" folks for not showing up for free events.) This means that after the Paypal fee I am "earning" $5 per person for a workshop that others charge a couple hundred dollars for. Why am I doing this? Because I would like to give you the opportunity to get to know me better, so you can then sign up for one of my regular workshops knowing what to expect. By the way, if you are not going to come, there is no need to RSVP. I'll get it. Comments, on the other hand are very welcome!
What to bring?
camera with manual mode
medium to telephoto lens
layered warm clothes (think hat, gloves, winter jacket)
major plus points for anyone bringing a thermos with a hot drink
Where to meet?
We will meet at 3:30pm at the Japanese Holocaust Memorial next to the Palace of the Legion of Honor. The street parking can get a bit crowded from museum visitors, but if you keep driving down El Camino del Mar you'll eventually find something. If you are running late, walk down through the golf course until it intersects with the hiking trail. The stairs down to MRB will be just around the corner to your right. You won't be able to miss us at the beach. I recommend wearing sturdy shoes for this outing.
Public transport: The 18 bus goes directly up to the Legion of Honor. You can transfer to this bus via the 1 California, the 38 Geary and the 31 Balboa bus.