Garrapata Beach – Shootout

Garrapata Beach | Photo by Rick Rasmussen

Garrapata Beach | Photo by Rick Rasmussen

Date: February 1, 2015 | Time: 5:00PM to 9:00PM

This night shootout at Garrapata Beach offers the chance to photograph the classic Big Sur coastline under an almost full moon. Right after sunset (approximately 5:32PM), a 96% waxing gibbous moon will have an elevation of approximately 18 degrees, which will offer the opportunity to photograph a fully moonlit beach as the sky darkens. There are two locations; a flat sandy beach [map], access subject to wave action, and a spot near Sobaranes Creek that has views of rugged coastal cliffs with sea stacks [map]. The locations we will be shooting in are about 60 miles south of Morgan Hill and about an hour’s drive (with no traffic). There is a short walk from the parking area(s) to the shooting locations – about a quarter of a mile for each location.

Equipment you should consider are; a camera that has the capability of manual settings and focus as auto-focus and exposure may have issues with low light levels, a normal to wide angle lens, and a sturdy tripod (a must for this shootout).

To capture sunset scenes we will leave Morgan Hill around 3:00PM in the afternoon or around 5:00PM for just the moonlit scenes (to be decided). We will spend approximately one hour shooting at each location and will leave to return to Morgan Hill no later than 09:00PM.

Contact Rick Rasmussen to RSVP, arrange carpools, or obtain additional information.

After the shootout club members can upload their best images to the club’s Shootout flickr® group pool. Title your images “Garrapata 2014” and tag or keyword them with the date “01FEB15“. If you are a club member but not a member of flickr® learn how to join here.

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