While I tend to shoot every day, I also try to get out on a more intensive photo shoot every so often. These shoots are either by myself (more rare actually) or with some friend or a group. On Saturday March 9th, I attended a Dawn at China Camp photo shoot with the West County Photo Group. Over the past year I’ve attended a number of events with this group and it’s always interesting to meet some new folks and also to see what a group of photographers do with the same subject opportunities. For this meet up there were nine of us. The plan was to meet at the parking lot just on the edge of China Camp State Park near San Rafael, California at 6am. If you don’t know this spot, I suggest you visit it. It’s historical significance is quite interesting and while it’s a low key spot, it’s good for picnics and local hiking.
A thin crescent moon was hanging over the dawn sky. While San Pablo Bay wasn’t perfectly calm, it was close enough. I wanted to get a shot of first light on a little island just to the west of the park called Rat Island so I headed off to a viewing spot about 100 yards from the island and got a number of images including these:
We were done about 8:30am and took off for some coffee and breakfast. Fun morning shoot.
I will return here from time to time in different light. Some fog would have been an awesome element to this, but…sometimes as a photographer, you make do with what’s available.