Mid August of 2014, I went with a meetup group from Fairfield to do an all day shoot first at Fort Ross State Park (SP) and then to Salt Point State Park both on the Sonoma Coast. I’ve been to both places numerous times and each has its moods and beauty. As it turned out the coastal weather was its usual gray overcast which made for somewhat less than exciting photography. However, the landscape photographer has quite often the task of making the best of the conditions and pulling out the images from it. Regardless, off we went to see what we could see. Here are some selected images from Fort Ross SP.
#1 – Cute seal on the rocks
Been awhile since I posted some of my photo activities. I do get out and shoot very often but, as it takes more time to process, arrange, and display my images, I do tend to be behind in sharing them here. Let’s go back to August 15, 2014. I attended a meetup of the West County Photo Group. The plan was to do a late afternoon shoot of downtown Petaluma culminating in a brief bit of lightpainting near the Petaluma River footbridge. The late afternoon light was hard and bright and my HDR tendencies came out in full force. Here are some of the better images.
#1 – The classic Petaluma downtown building
#2 – Another view of the same building – although the lens has made the building look a bit weird, I like this one that way just for fun.
Every year or so. I try to attend the Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic in Windsor. When I can get up early enough, I try to get to the launch of the ‘dawn patrol’ group (around ‘O’ dark 5am something or other) because the flames from the balloons and lighting (blue hour stuff) of the balloons is – to me – the best photography this event has to offer. Fog and wind can screw up this event but fortunately I’ve been luck more often than not. Here are a few image from the event.
Dawn Patrol with running lights.
Friday morning it was time to leave the Washington DC area and head east to Chincoteague Island on the Delmarva peninsula. With my typical dumb luck, while rushing around to load the car, I managed to seriously twist my ankle (for the second time in month) a problem that I’m still recovering from. This injury kept me from being greatly mobile the rest of the trip. Anyway, I still had a great time in spite of this.
Part 2 – Washington DC Day 2
We began our second day in DC heading for the Museum of Natural History. This was always a favorite of our children when we lived in Maryland and upon our return with grandchildren it continued to be a favorite. This time we took the Metro in to town and rode the escalators up out of the depths to the mall again.
In February of this year, our daughter Jocelyn came to us with some news.
“I’m planning a trip to Washington, D.C. this May with Kyra,” she said.
“Great,” we said then she said, “but I need you to come along…”
“Oh?” we said.
Well to make a long story shorter here, the plan was to spend 10 days in the Maryland (MD), Washington, D.C. (DC), and Williamsburg, Virginia (VA) area as an enrichment for our 11 year old granddaughter, Kyra. As we had lived in MD in the 1980’s we were all quire familiar with the destinations although we hadn’t really been back in close to 25 years. So…that started the wheels turning for our visit. Over several months we hatched out a plan to fly from SFO to BWI (Baltimore Washington International airport, my favorite in the DC area) in mid May, get a car, spend about 6 days in the DC area visiting the Mall and museums, travel to Chincoteague Island, VA, then to Williamsburg, VA and depart from Norfolk, VA. Over the next few posts I’ll tell the story of this neat trip. I won’t share all the images I took as these can be found on my Flickr album but…I will show the highlights.
In early March this year, with one of my photo meetup groups, I journeyed early in the morning to west Marin County to Toluma Farms to photograph their goat and sheep ranch operations. They are a Marin County dairy, organic farm and creamery. Just twenty minutes west of Petaluma, in the town of Tomales.
Late in January of this year, I did a meet up with some other photogs on Treasure Island (TI), located in San Francisco Bay. I’ve shot here before a few times mostly at the very large weekend flea market and last fall with a friend I did a sunrise shoot. Sitting in the middle of San Francisco Bay, TI offers excellent views of the San Francisco and East Bay skyline, views of the Bay Bridge, and the assorted older buildings left from the original 1939 fair and the Navy. On this trip though, we were due to arrive at 4pm and with sunset around 5:30pm That meant sunset and skyline were definitely on the agenda.
Recently, we attended the last demonstration day of 2013 at Sturgeon’s Mill for a photo shoot. Sturgeon’s Mill is located between Sebastopol and Graton in western Sonoma County and is a restoration project being undertaken by a local nonprofit group. Their goal is to restore this historic steam powered sawmill. Here is a bit of background info from their website:
Considered one of the last great mills of its kind, this mill has survived since 1914. It was originally built in the 1880s on the Korbel property near the Russian River. It was passed to Mr. Michael Sugarman, of the hardware store on 4th Street in Santa Rosa, and later to Mr. Meeker, for whom Camp Meeker is named.
It was purchased from Meeker by Wade Sturgeon in 1913 and was dismantled and moved to Sturgeon’s Coleman Valley site where Sturgeon began his lumber business in 1914. The mill was moved again to its current site in Occidental in 1924 where it has since remained. In 1943 Wade’s son Ralph Sturgeon and his friend James Henningsen bought and ran the mill. Now, in an effort to preserve this wonderful piece of history, this restoration project has been born.
I first learned of this mill last year when a photo group I follow did a similar shoot there. Somehow this facility had completely missed my attention and as I tend to like old rusty things, this seemed like a great place to have some photographic fun. We arrived just after opening time at 10am and were greeted with this view:
Recently, I visited once again the Tin Can Rally held in Petaluma at the local KOA.
My visit to this event last year had impressed me with several facts: 1. old trailers can be fun, 2. people who fix them up are weird but also fun, and 3. one can get great photos from one of these deals. It’s all a bit of Americana and hobbyist coming together. The exhibitors are proud of their restorations and love to dress up in the period (usually 1950’s or 1960’s).