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philbond
19-Apr-2007, 11:30
Well, I've got a new lens due to be delivered today and I am dying to get out this weekend to run some light through it.

Of course it's due to rain in the bay area this weekend. I'm not yet sure of the extent of the rain - perhaps if I head south or towards the central valley I might be able to escape it, but I doubt it.

I'm trying to think of some decent indoor photographic ideas around here. but can't think of any. Fort Point by the bridge is good, but I was there last weekend.

Anyone have any ideas?

Thanks,
Phil

Terence McDonagh
19-Apr-2007, 11:34
If it's not a heavy rain, Muir Woods usually gives enough cover. And the subdued light is great for bringing out the various shades of color and varieties of texture.

philbond
19-Apr-2007, 11:37
Ok, that's not a bad idea, Terence.
In that case I would just have to judge the rain the morning of.

Any more...?

Robert Brummitt
19-Apr-2007, 11:47
Rain? RAIN? Come to Oregon if you want to deal with rain. Get a plastic trash bag and make a coat for your camera and lens.
It's the wind thats bothersum!

Jack Flesher
19-Apr-2007, 11:51
If the rain is light -- and misty like it probably will be, GG park has some relatively remote areas that make great misty landscapes...

The other option is to head south -- like to Carmel and Point Lobos and escape the rain altogether.

Or head up to Yosemite and be there as the storm clears :)

philbond
19-Apr-2007, 11:58
I'd sure consider Point Lobos if the rain doesn't make it down that far. I can never get enough of that park. (Anyway, different lens, different day - always something new, right?)

And to Robert: Point taken from the Oregonian. Of course I'm not complaining about the rain so much as I'm trying to escape it! ;-)

keep going...

Louie Powell
19-Apr-2007, 12:30
Muir Woods would be fabulous in the rain, especially in color. Some of the fortifications in Marin Headlands would be neat (Battery 129 in particular).

What about Alcatraz?

Or just spend the afternoon in the DeYoung being inspired by what other people have done.

Scott Davis
19-Apr-2007, 12:51
There's also Point Reyes National Seashore. I bet you could get some spectacular stuff even if or especially if the weather is really stormy and lousy. I was also going to suggest the batteries in the Marin Headlands, but Louie beat me to it. There's some nice ocean scenes on the beaches near San Gregorio. Drive down to San Gregorio, and cross over the mountain on La Honda road. There's some great scenery on both sides of that ridge. Stop off at Alice's Restaurant for lunch, and shoot the bikers and their bikes in the parking lot.

philbond
19-Apr-2007, 13:10
These are all great suggestions. In fact, Scott, Point Reyes then south to San Gregorio, over the hill to Woodside is my normal "loop" (Point Arena, when I have the time!)

I guess what am looking for are ideas of where to go when the weather is such that outdoor photography would be all but impossible. For example, something with a good deal of character and out of the elements (sort of like Fort Point, as I mentioned). I imagine there are plenty of places like that that I am simply not aware of (of not thinking of).

Of course if the weather allows I'll certainly be in one of the above mentioned places...

Aggie
19-Apr-2007, 16:06
Everybody forgets the delta area. Shorter distances, and great opportunities. The east bay has lots to offer. Nye canyon for the Railroads, Lindsay museum for the outdoor farm stuff, Mt. Diablo, Black Diamond mine, The Naval graveyard storage area on the way to Benicia, Old town Pittsburg and Antioch. plenty of places. Sutro Gardens and the old abandoned bath area are excellent as well on the peninsula

Kirk Gittings
19-Apr-2007, 16:12
When it is heavily overcast or raining I look for detail shots. Significantly boosting the contrast under these conditions can give an eerie unearthly quality of light.

James Walker
21-Apr-2007, 14:49
Hi Phil,

I visited Muir Woods Friday morning, as I had half a day to kill before flying back to the UK on a business trip - fantastic, although it had stopped raining... Sadly I just had my Mamiya 645, no room for my 4x5 kit and my work laptop in the single carry on I was allowed to take :-( Looking forward to getting the Velvia back from the lab...

Hope you found a good location...

James

philbond
21-Apr-2007, 15:00
Hey James,

Sorry you couldn't port the 4x5. I understand. One of my biggest problems is that I try to take all of my "toys" with me wherever I go - dslr, laptop, 4x5, every lens I own for each kit... pathetic, isn't it?

I was headed to Muir Woods this morning but ended up just goint to the Marin headlands, trying to stay ahead of the rain. Hasn't started raining yet - naturally...

Phil

Louie Powell
21-Apr-2007, 15:19
Hasn't started raining yet - naturally...


Yeah, but the Bay Area desperately needs rain. The reservoirs are far too low, and they are facing the prospect of having to reserve the limited supply of water for washing. Which means that they will be drinking wine and beer instead this summer.:)

C. D. Keth
2-May-2007, 10:59
Why don't you go with it and shoot in the rain? I think you could get some beautiful shots in the rain with some longer exposures and everything all reflective and shiny.

Scott Davis
3-May-2007, 06:25
Christopher-
the weather out there, especially in the rain, even in high summertime, can be bone-chilling. People take jackets with them to outdoor events even in August, on sunny days because of the unpredictable nature of San Francisco weather. I lived out there for a half a year, mostly in the summertime, and they had a "heat wave" of three days that exceeded 90 degrees farenheit. Here, we wouldn't even call that a "heat wave". Out there, it induced rolling brownouts and I actually got two days off of work because they couldn't run the A/C in our building. The average wintertime temp is 50 F. The average summer temp? 58.

Louie Powell
3-May-2007, 06:34
Christopher-
the weather out there, especially in the rain, even in high summertime, can be bone-chilling. People take jackets with them to outdoor events even in August, on sunny days because of the unpredictable nature of San Francisco weather. I lived out there for a half a year, mostly in the summertime, and they had a "heat wave" of three days that exceeded 90 degrees farenheit. Here, we wouldn't even call that a "heat wave". Out there, it induced rolling brownouts and I actually got two days off of work because they couldn't run the A/C in our building. The average wintertime temp is 50 F. The average summer temp? 58.

Tough life, ain't it.:)