Sunday, March 20, 2016

Point Reyes Shipwreck & Bolinas Ridge Trail (Part 1) - 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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Parts: 1 | 2 | 3

The photos for today will be from the Bolinas Ridge Trail in Lagunitas, CA and Point Reyes Shipwreck in Inverness, CA.

Message From the Photographer: You guys are probably wondering, all these vlogs, where are the DSLR photos?! We are waiting! If you have been following my blog, you will know I recently got a photography UAV from my parents as a late Christmas gift. I've been spending time practice flying that thing, as I do have video and photo shoots planned for the future. The UAV is not the only reason for the photo processing delay though. I've been dealing with a few other things... This could not have came at a better time, but I just caught the flu and I'm feeling sick as heck. I barely have much energy to get up, but I have been pushing myself a bit to get up and get some work done even though I'm feeling sick as heck. The second thing that has been delaying and slowing down my work is my 10 year old computer is starting to fail on me! You might be saying, 10 year old computer? How are you processing those HD videos? I process my videos on a family shared computer next to the TV which is only around 4-5 years old, so it is a lot faster, but back on the topic of my 10 year old PC... My 10 year old PC is so old, it still has a floppy drive on it... No joke, you can check my Instagram... Anyways, while a few parts was upgraded like a new graphics card (replaced like 7-8 years ago) and new hard drives (added several in the past few years), the rest of the components inside is starting to get too out of date for current technology. Not only do I constantly experience lags from photo processing, or opening too many Chrome tabs due to the limited 4 GB of RAM inside, one of the DVI ports on the graphics driver has failed. I'm down to using 1 computer monitor, and if you are a photographer, you'd know how useful a 2nd monitor is in photo editing work, or any other work really. With that said, after talking to my parents, they did get me a computer, but as for new peripheral accessories because my old ones won't be supported on Windows 10, that is coming out of my own pocket. I hate doing this, but 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 when something crappy like this turns up in my life. 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 first passed by this beautiful grass patch and mountain, which later checking my photo locations, I found the location to be the Bolinas Ridge Trail in Lagunitas, CA. I thought this location was very beautiful, and there were a lot of cars parked on the side of the road I decided to check it out. I spent around half an hour at this location half running and half walking up and down the mountain. I wanted to run the whole thing, but you know how unfit I am. I'm quite surprised I managed this in half an hour.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 38 02 45 N 122 46 11 W

Another photo from the trail further up the mountain. There were beautiful clouds in the sky that day too.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 38 02 43 N 122 46 06 W

I thought the hill off in the distance looked pretty nice so I decided to get a photo in that direction.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 38 02 40 N 122 45 52 W

Black and white process of the photo above. 

This was the highest I hiked up on the mountain. I thought that slight valley looked okay, but I ended up having to shoot somewhat against the sun. It took me a lot of energy to get to this point so I would have felt bad not taking a shot, even though the angle of light was less than ideal.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 38 02 39 N 122 45 49 W


After running back downhill, I continued my trip to the Point Reyes Shipwreck in Inverness, CA. Here is my first photo of it. I then went over that small creek right in front of the shipwreck. Getting across was a pain. It was very muddy, and the creek was wider than I thought. My shoes did get muddy and wet.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 38 05 52 N 122 51 03 W

Black and white process of the photo above. 

Here is a photo of the stern of the boat (back of the boat). This is the part that got burned really bad.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 38 05 53 N 122 51 03 W

Black and white process of the photo above. 

Another photo of the Point Reyes Shipwreck. The waters behind the boat is Tomales Bay.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 38 05 52 N 122 51 03 W

Black and white process of the photo above. 


A photo of Tomales Bay as seen from near the Point Reyes Shipwreck.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 38 05 53 N 122 51 03 W

Another photo of the shipwreck. As you can see, there is a lot of marshland near the shipwreck. Navigating it was a pain.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 38 05 52 N 122 51 02 W

Black and white process of the photo above. 

I crossed back across the creek and took another photo of the Point Reyes Shipwreck.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 38 05 52 N 122 51 03 W 

Black and white process of the photo above. 


A photo of the tourists at the Point Reyes Shipwreck. As you can see there are tourists who are climbing on the shipwreck. I did warn the ones I saw on the shipwreck while I was there, as it was noted on several news sites that the structural integrity of the shipwreck was severely compromised during the fire and could easily break under your body weight causing you injury or death. Sadly a few irresponsible college students decided to dismiss my warnings and continued playing on it. Honestly part of me was hoping to see one of them fall through and get hurt to teach them a lesson... I mean if people stopped climbing on it, maybe the NPS would decide to keep this iconic shipwreck there with a warning sign telling you not to climb on it. I feel it was pretty irresponsible for these tourists to be climbing and breaking down the shipwreck even more.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 38 05 52 N 122 51 03 W 

Black and white process of the photo above. 

Another more zoomed out shot of the tourists around the Point Reyes Shipwreck. This shot was take at the exact same spot as the photo above. 

Black and white process of the photo above. 

This is all the photos for today! I hope you have enjoyed the photos! In the next blog post, you will get to read another restaurant and food review from Sunny as the next blog post will be on Hog Island Oyster Farm in Marshall, CA. 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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