Sunday, March 27, 2016

Dillon Beach & SR-1 Sunsets (Part 3) - SF North Bay Trip

Due to the news last month of the historical Point Reyes Shipwreck being burned down, suspected to have been done by an irresponsible photography, I decided to take a trip up the San Francisco North Bay to see the historical shipwreck, and get a few last photos before NPS hauls off the boat and have it destroyed. The trip was taken on 2/27/2016. The photos will be split into 3 blog posts. If you are looking for my vlog, you can find it here.

If you have not heard the news, here is practically what happened. The incident seems to have happened sometime during the night between Feb. 21st to 22nd. Very early in the morning of Feb. 22nd, someone reported a fire at the iconic shipwreck, and it took the fire department 2 hours to put out the fire, and most of the stern of the boat (back of the boat) was destroyed. The next day, locals searching the internet found a long exposure light painted photo posted by Instagram user @imonlyjames that showed someone (possibly @imonlyjames himself, an assistant, or friend) spinning steal wool on fire to generate sparks to create light trails in the final shot. The photo seems to have been taken before the fire. While there isn't any proof (as Instagram does not keep EXIF data of photos), the locals and the photography community (after the news spread) suspect that it was the Instagram photographer who irresponsibly set the shipwreck on fire. The Instagram photo has since been deleted due to media attention (which in my opinion, is a sign of admitting to guilt). While this ship is considered by many locals to be a historic landmark, by tourists as a tourist attraction, and by photographers as a both an important landmark and photo subject, the fire department has said they will not further investigate this incident and won't be holding anyone responsible. Their reason? Apparently "something already damaged and abandoned can't really be damaged even further". It is rumored that NPS is currently considering hauling this shipwreck out to be destroyed as it is now structurally unsafe and people tend to go climbing on it.

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After Hog Island Oyster Farm, I headed to Dillon Beach and then started to head home. For today, there are photos from Dillon Beach, sunset photos from SR-1, and Nicasio Reservoir. 

Message From The Photographer: If you have been following my blog posts recently, you can probably already know there has been a ton of stuff happening in my life, and about half them them not good stuff. Good news is I am sort of getting back on a regular schedule and getting back to work on the photos and videos I've had to put off due to the other things that has happened in my life. As always, you know that Amazon link I've been sharing on my other blog posts? I participate in the Amazon Associates Program, so Amazon pays me a small commission for every sale I help them make when someone uses my link. It won't cost you anything extra, and it helps support my photography, or during times like this, replace stuff that broke (like my computer if you read my past posts). I'm a college student, and this is my only source for a little bit of spending money. Thank you so much for your support and thank you so much for reading my little personal update on my life. I hope you enjoy the photos in this post.

I was going to visit the beach at Dillon Beach, but it has gotten to the point in the day where the sun's angle didn't allow for any good shots from the beach as I would be shooting against the sun (you can hear me mention this in the vlog). Anyways, on my drive out from Dillon Beach back to SR-1, I found a really nice scenery spot on the side of the road. I pulled out at a turn out, walked a bit down the road (while watching for cars), and took this photo. It is of cows grazing on the hill. The spot is still considered to be in Dillon Beach. In my opinion, this is one of the best photos I've taken. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 38 15 08 N 122 56 58 W 

Black and white process of the photo above.  

 A photo of Keys Creek shot on the side of SR-1 in Tomales, CA. Keys Creek is connected to Tomales Bay. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 38 13 24 N 122 55 05 W


This is the beginning of sunset. This is a sunset photo of Tomales Bay shot at Miller Boat Launch near SR-1 in Marshall, CA. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 38 1 59 N 122 55 19 W 

Black and white process of the photo above.  

I pulled out on the side of SR-1 and went down to this tiny beach in Marshall, CA. This is a sunset photo of Tomales Bay. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 38 08 37 N 122 52 51 W 

Here is another sunset photo of Tomales Bay from the same tiny beach near SR-1. In my opinion, this is one of the best photos I've taken. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 38 08 38 N 122 52 53 W 

 Black and white process of the photo above. 


A sunset photo of Tomales Bay shot on the side of SR-1 in Point Reyes Station, CA. On the other side of Tomales Bay is Inverness, CA where the Point Reyes Shipwreck is (I will show you a touched up 100% zoom later in the blog post). 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 38 06 23 N 122 50 23 W 

Black and white process of the photo above.  

Here is a touched up 100% zoom of the photo above so you can see the Point Reyes Shipwreck in Inverness, CA. I shoot my photos in RAW so it is possible for me to bring back the details in the shadows of the image. I only noticed that I should be able to see the Point Reyes Shipwreck from this location after I got home and checked my GPS data. 

I walked down a tiny bit on SR-1 to a spot with a bit less foliage to get a wider shot of the sunset scenery at Tomales Bay. This is still at Point Reyes Station, CA.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 38 06 24 N 122 50 23 W 

Black and white process of the photo above.  

A long exposure sunset photo I shot on the drive home. This is of Nicasio Reservoir shot on the side of Nicasio Valley Road in Nicasio, CA.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 38 05 31 N 122 43 53 W 

Black and white process of the photo above. 

This is all the photos for today and for this series! I hope you have enjoyed the photos! Please don't forget to share with your friends and family members! Also, if you want to get notifications when I post up more photos, "Like" us on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Google+. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

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