Photo Walking Tour of San Francisco with Ralph Velasco
Event on 2013-06-09 08:00:00
We'll start by walking over the bridge to the Marin side, taking our time to shoot along the way. We'll then double back, allowing us to shoot from a different perspective and most likely in some different light and cloud/weather conditions.
Then, assuming there's time, we'll grab our cars, or better yet carpool, down to Fort Point National Historic Site, which is just below the south end of the bridge. There are some spectacular views from Fort Point, and the interior is extremely interesting and will offer some truly unique angles of the Golden Gate Bridge and a myriad of photo opportunities.
PLEASE BE FLEXIBLE
Because of the unpredictability of San Francisco weather and the fact that we have no control over parts of the tour that may be under construction or temporarily closed for whatever reason, I'd like to ask that everyone be flexible with the exact itinerary of this tour. We have some indoor options if the weather turns really bad, but the goal is to get up and hopefully over the Golden Gate Bridge and back, but in order to do so, we're going to have to move rather quickly, and the idea of this tour is to provide you with a really good overview of this area so that you can come back and shoot at your leisure whenever you have an opportunity to do so.
WHAT TO EXPECT
There's an old saying that "in photography, there's no such thing as bad weather, just varying degrees of good weather," so be prepared for any kind of conditions. Unusual weather typically makes for unique photo opportunities, so we'll shoot rain or shine! However, check the weather as close to tour time as possible in order to have an idea of what to expect, but, as you know, San Francisco weather can change on a dime, so you'll want to wear the correct clothing, and that typically means LAYERS! I'm going to wear lots of layers, have water repellent clothing and even bring a hat and gloves, just in case, because I want to shoot no matter what and I like to be comfortable. Please come prepared. You may also want to bring a towel and lens cleaning kit for your gear, a small umbrella probably wouldn't be a bad idea, either.
WHERE TO MEET
We'll be meeting just down the hill from the Golden Gate Bridge Parking Lot which is just east of the toll entrance to the northbound lanes of the bridge. It's along Battery East Road where there's a free, dirt parking lot with excellent views of the bridge. The tour will begin at 8 am sharp, but arrive a few minutes early if possible. If you're running late, start over the bridge and you should be able to catch up.
* There are bathrooms located at several spots along the way, but prepare in this department, too!
WHAT TO BRING
Camera (a point & shoot or DSLR is fine. This is about learning to see like a photographer, not about who has the best equipment, and all of my classes and tours, and even MY BOOK , are about developing your photographic eye so that you learn to notice and take advantage of more and better photo opportunities)
* Lens or lenses (I travel very light, I would recommend that you do, too – this may not be a great environment for changing lenses in and out, so keep that in mind. I'll be using a single 18 – 200 mm zoom so I can cover the whole range)
* Filters (a polarizer could come in handy, and doesn't weigh much, so have it if your camera can support one)
* Tripod? (it's completely up to you if you want to carry it all the way we'll be walking, but I'll have my simple Gorillapod only, not a standard tripod for this outing, again, think about traveling light)
* Extra batteries (charged and ready to go)
* Plenty of memory cards so that you don't run out
* Drinking water to remain hydrated throughout
* Snack bars and/or any other munchies you might want to have along for sustenance, we'll potentially be burning a fair amount of calories along the way
* GOOD, broken in walking shoes (your most important piece of photographic equipment! We may even be getting down on the wet sand or walking on dirt paths, so keep this in mind).
Skill level: Beginner to Intermediate
About the Instructor
Ralph Velasco is a native Chicagoan and an award-winning photographer, international tour guide and author, whose images have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register and Chicago Tribune. He has traveled throughout five continents and belongs to the Circumnavigators Club, a unique group of travelers whose charter requires that its members have traveled around the world, in a single journey, having crossed every one of Earth’s meridians. Calumet is proud to present a wide range of classes and tours with Velasco including Travel and Adventure Photography, Capturing the Essence of a Place, a Photo Tour of Joshua Tree National Park, and walking tours of San Diego, San Francisco and Orange County.
This is what past tour participants are saying about tour leader and instructor Ralph Velasco:
“I was reluctant at first..not being very knowledgeable in the ‘tech’ part of taking pictures…but found it very easy to fit into the [tour]. Didn't feel rushed or intimidated…would definitely do it again…thank you! The tour was absolutely awesome…down to earth & approachable…great qualities in an instructor!!” Delia Coker
“Thank you for a great walking tour last Sunday. That was my first time over the [Golden Gate] bridge and I have lived in the Bay Area for most of my life. It was great to meet you and absorb all of your Photography knowledge.” Jamie S.
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Santa Rosa, Calif. (PRWEB) March 04, 2013
Think Tank Photo announces the release of a limited edition of their popular Pixel Pocket Rocket CF memory card wallet. Made of two-tone rip-stop nylon, the Limited Edition Pixel Pocket Rocket holds 10 CF cards while keeping them safe and organized.
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Maine Osprey & Seascape Photo Tour!
Event on 2013-05-18 13:00:00
Join us for 2 days of photographing Maine's breathtaking coast!
Fly in to Portland (Airport code PWM) or Boston's Logan Airport (Airport code BOS) and grab your rental car!
We'll meet and caravan (linked by hand-held radio) as we visit my favorite site to photograph the incredible Osprey as they dive on fish returning from the sea to spawn.
We continue along Maine's coastline visiting scenic villages and seascapes, including several lighthouses. You're sure to come home with some great images for your portfolio and memories to last a lifetime!
I have a hotel and B&B that I recommend, but you're free to stay wherever you like. We've built in some time for visiting some of the area's great shops too!
Saturday evening, we'll meet to review some of your best images and to answer questions about how to improve your results. I'll cover some basic post-processing in Apple's Aperture program as well.
Registration is limited to 10 and the cost is 5 plus your own expenses, which include your car, lodging, meals and incidentals.
For questions, please feel free to call Charlie on his cell (Eastern USA Time Zone) at 781.470.9111 or e-mail.
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Nokomis, FL (PRWEB) November 06, 2012
RV World believes that making an RV purchase is more than a one-time transaction. Entering into the RV community is a big deal, and as the official Home of the Happy Camper they go the extra mile to make newcomers feel welcomed. They are hoping to make a stronger connection with these RV lovers through the launch of a brand new blog.
Some of the topics that will be featured in the new RV World blog include tips and tricks from experts for new RV owners, news on upcoming RV shows and special events, as well as general maintenance advice and information about living the RV lifestyle.
We work hard to offer our customers only the best products, features, benefits and prices when it comes to purchasing new and used RVs. That is why we hope to extend this relationship past the sales cycle through our new blog said, Ed Davidson, VP / GM of RV World Inc.
For customers who are looking to make an RV purchase in the future, they can easily follow or subscribe to the RV World blog to learn about discounts, specials and upcoming promotions on their wide selection of used and new RVs. For customers who are not interested in buying new RVs or who have recently made a purchase, the company hopes they will still find value in the social interaction, education and relationships the blog will provide. The ultimate goal is to help develop and maintain long-term relationships with all their valued RV customers.
Whats the first thing visitors can expect to see upon visiting the new RV World blog? The company is currently hosting a contest to help keep the memories of summer lasting all winter long. Visitors can upload their memorable summer RV photos to the RV World Facebook page for a chance to win a brand new Apple iPad.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) May 17, 2012
Is it possible to become a much better photographer in just a week? Yes, it is, and the Digital Photography Workshop Cruise has been using its unique teaching methods to make that happen for the past ten years.
Once again, this fall, the workshop will sail from Boston to Halifax and St. John in Canada and then to Bar Harbor and Portland, Maine on October 21-28, 2012 aboard Royal Caribbeans luxury liner Jewel-of-the-Seas.
Attendees will capture images available only once a year during the colorful fall season in locations that have remained virtually unchanged for centuries. On the itinerary are tucked-away fishing villages, country churches surrounded by brilliantly-hued foliage, powerful tidal surges that reverse river flows, bagpipers, lighthouses, a U.S. National Park and one of the worlds largest Titanic memorials.
The workshop has become known worldwide for its visual awareness training that enables attendees to become better photographers in a very short period of time as they are taught to quickly recognize critical visual elements that all great pictures have in common. Images shot by past workshop participants have appeared in national magazines and books and some former attendees have even become professional photographers.
Instructors will give lectures, demonstrations and answer technical questions in the workshops private, high-tech, conference room and will also review images that attendees have made that day. Past participants cite those sessions as the reason for being able to rapidly improve their photographic skills and begin shooting pictures that they had never seen before.
The give and take at the review sessions is one of the most valuable parts of the experience, says Elizabeth Phillips, from Pennsylvania, who attended last years workshop. I could see my pictures getting better each day as a result of the excellent feedback from the professional instructors on board.
Another former workshop participant from California, Chris Nelson, agrees. I took this workshop a few years ago not expecting very much except a chance to see a few new places and shoot some pictures. But soon I realized I was experiencing a whole new way to quickly grasp the key elements of seeing which, of course, is what making great images is all about.
The workshop is limited to 20 attendees to assure individual attention in a relaxed and enjoyable learning environment. All-inclusive costs begin at $ 2,195, with non-attendee companions paying less. For further information visit: http://www.dpcorner.com/cruise.
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New York, NY (PRWEB) March 13, 2012
CanvasPop is fighting back in the battle against the demise of analog photos. As they continue to cement their position as the global leader in personalized digital art, today the company announced the launch of its ground-breaking new service that allows users to print Facebook photos.
Were empowering Facebooks community of over 800 million users to do something that was not previously possible to enlarge even the tiniest of files into large format art for their walls, said Adrian Salamunovic, co-founder. The market opportunity for this is huge.
Facebook is the largest online repository for photos on the planet, bigger than all other photo sharing sites combined. Its 10,000 times larger than the photo catalog in the Library of Congress; there are over 150 billion images stored on Facebook and more than 100 million additional images are uploaded daily.
“We learned a lot from Kodak’s failure to innovate in an ever-changing market, said Salamunovic. We want to make sure we never stop listening to major trend changes in our industry and will continue to take advantage of new exciting opportunities in the marketplace.”
With some of peoples best and most cherished photo memories being stored on Facebook, the biggest problem from a printing perspective has been dealing with the very low resolution the files are stored at. CanvasPop spent the last two years developing a process that allows customers to print Facebook photos at virtually any size without having to worry about anything technical. The images are guaranteed to look great.
As a bonus, Facebook users will also now be able to give a photo gift without spoiling the surprise. This new service will allow people to access their friends Facebook photos directly on the CanvasPop web page as well as their own. As long as they are tagged in the picture or have permission to view the photo, they can create the perfect gift of highly personalised art without the headache.
Were focused on continual innovation and developing amazing products and services that our customers absolutely love, said Nazim Ahmed, co-founder. We build everything around the needs of our customers by listening to them. Now, they can enjoy their images as art no matter where they are stored.
Behind the scenes, CanvasPop focused on developing 8 unique studio-grade filters that are specifically designed to look amazing when you print Facebook photos on canvas. These range from artistic Sketch and Oil Painting looks to lo-fi inspired effects like Polaroid and Lomo.
CanvasPop cares about great results as much as their clients do and offers a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. This includes being sent a free digital proof before orders are printed. No surprises, just amazing art.
For those who help spread the word about CanvasPops amazing new Facebook print service, the company will be awarding a 16×20 canvas print to one winner each day as a thank you during the initial launch period. Fans can also use promo code FACEBOOK20 for 20% off Facebook orders for a limited time.
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New York (PRWEB) January 12, 2012
With millions of photos taken of the Statue of Liberty, how could one single image stand out and be special enough to win a photo contest? EarthCam, the exclusive provider of webcam camera technology for the Statue of Liberty, is proud to announce that they did just that. An image captured by its CrownCam is a winner of the ENR Annual Photo Contest and features an unmatched view of Lady Liberty from the famous golden torch.
The image was captured by EarthCam’s new 16 megapixel construction camera. This cutting-edge system offers live streaming video and is programmed to automatically capture large 4,928 x 3,264 pixel images continuously 24/7. A custom version of this remarkable camera system was installed on the torch balcony of the Statue of Liberty as a gift for the 125th anniversary celebrations. This high definition camera invites viewers to experience a unique look from a part of the Statue that has been closed off to the public since 1916. The Statue is currently closed to the public while its pedestal undergoes a year-long renovation.
A lot of hard work and innovation went into the concept and creation of the CrownCam, said Brian Cury, CEO and Founder of EarthCam. The development of the CrownCam was truly a team effort and it was a pleasure working side by side with everyone at the National Park Service and the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation. To be recognized by the leading construction industry magazine for our achievements in photographing this national icon is a sincere honor, and enhances this rewarding experience.
With numerous applications in the construction, education and entertainment industries, EarthCam’s professional-level network camera systems give users various advanced photography solutions. EarthCam’s 16 MegapixelCam offers clients remote access to important camera settings, including white balance, exposure compensation and High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging. With this setting, the camera will take multiple photographs at various exposures and compile them to produce an image that most accurately represents the human eye. Creative imaging effects are made available, including Architectural Miniature, Artistic Color Sketch and Cinematic Black & White. This new system captures not only high quality images, but also creates artistic renderings that are perfectly suited for the web, print and theatrical-quality time-lapse movies.
The CrownCam is only one out of a total of 5 webcams that are located on the torch balcony. The webcams received a great deal of media attention when launched on October 28, 2011 as part of the 125th anniversary of the Statue and the National Park Service’s Distant Learning Programs. This collection of special webcams continue to generate buzz due to their unprecedented views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the New York and New Jersey skylines.
EarthCam is the recognized global leader in providing webcam content, technology and services to business and government agencies. The company, which started in 1996, offers construction webcam technology and services to some of the largest international construction companies and developers in the world. 36 State Departments of Transportation and 80 of the Top 100 construction companies rely on EarthCam’s expertise to monitor and document their projects. Projects documented by EarthCam include: Flight 93 National Memorial, National September 11 Memorial & Museum, Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, The Panama Canal Expansion, Smithsonian Institution Restoration, San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, Madison Square Garden, Hong Kong Disneyland, Los Angeles International Airport, Denver Union Station, George W. Bush Presidential Library, National Institute of Health, The Guggenheim and The Louvre Museum.
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