Photographing the Point Reyes (boat) in Inverness, CA

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Mary and I spent the week between Christmas and New Year’s in Point Reyes National Seashore and Healdsburg, CA wine country.  This is the first of a few blogs on the many subjects you can see north of San Franciso and Marin.

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Point Reyes National Seashore is about 90 minutes north of San Francisco and Oakland.  It is pretty easy to find by following CA 101 and then CA 1.  There are really no major hotels or chain restaurants, but a lot of small local places to stay, as well as local fare.

As you drive into Inverness on Sir Francis Drake Blvd, you will see the Inverness Store on your right with a small parking lot.  The Point Reyes boat is right behind it.  Though I have seen better photos at high tide, unfortunately we could only photograph it at low tide with a lot of mud about and mid-morning sun.

Here is a pretty straight forward color "post card" shot

Here is a pretty straight forward color “post card” shot

Mary made a few more creative monotones using her infrared camera and converted them into black and white.

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I like this angle.

1412_MFA_California Infrared_0021-EditWith an old battered subject like this, grungy black and white seems like a perfect fit.  It also masks the imperfections of the mud and colorless grass.

We both used Nik SilverEfx Pro and Analog Efex Pro on several of our compositions.

One last hint, the outhouse at the Market is awful.  Walk across the street and use the restrooms behind the Saltwater restaurant.

More to come next week about Point Reyes National Seashore.

To see (and buy) our photos, please go to www.pamphotography.com.

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