Point Reyes Excursion with Phil Kwong - long post

Discussion in 'Photojournalism, Candids and Street Photography' started by beaucamera, Jul 11, 2008.

  1. Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting our own Phil Kwong in person.
    He's here vacationing in the SF Bay area.
    This was a good excuse to take a day trip up and to show Phil some of the magic of the Point Reyes Peninsula.

    When we got to the Golden Bridge, though, much to our surprise, we couldn't even see the towers. "White out" Phil said!

    On the Marin County side things were a little better. One tower was visible!
    I'd recognize that cap anywhere!
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    I took him to the Marin Headlands area, but there still was a lot of fog.
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    What are you doing, Virginia? Taking me to prison? I'm sure this is what Phil must have been thinking as we drove through the ruins of the old battery installations.
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    We visited the Park Headquarter and Rodeo Lagoon.
    The Marine Mammal Center was closed there due to construction.

    Heading out to Point Reyes we stopped at picturesque Nicasio Reservoir.
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    Phil had a big smile on his face when he calmly told me about his new Nikon 600mm lens!
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    We stopped at Point Reyes Station to pick up some lunch and then headed out to the Peninsula. We didn't get far before Phil spotted this guy!
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    At Inverness we stopped to look at the old "Point Reyes".
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    Picnikers on the shore line.
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    Low tide along the shoreline.
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    Our big surprise, however, was finding an osprey along the road, a thrilling first for both of us!
    I was shooting with the D300 and 70-300VR. This shot's a huge crop!
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    What a magnificent bird in flight!
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    At North Beach we stopped to enjoy the fantastic wind and surf.
    Girls along the shore.
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    Great wind to fly a kite.
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    Incredible surf!
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    After our picnic lunch, we followed the road through wide open spaces, through the historic alphabet dairy farms and to the Point Reyes lighthouse.
    It's a long climb down!
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    The pounding surf below.
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    The views near the parking area are awesome.
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    Trail along the point.
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    Grasses in the wind.
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    The day wouldn't have been complete without a stop at Drakes Oyster Farm. Freshly shucked oysters are yummy!
    Along the dusty road in , there's a estuary where we saw this great egret.
    Even Phil said it was too far away, but I had to try a shot!
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    It was a fun, but exhausting day!

    Virginia
    aka beaucamera
     
  2. Great set Virginia.

    Thanks again for this wonderful trip. You're great.
     
  3. Nice series Virginia ........... you have some wonderful captures.

    regards,
     
  4. So nice that you and Phil could get together Virginia, thanks for sharing your pictues with us.
     
  5. MontyDog

    MontyDog

    Jan 30, 2005
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  6. Thanks, Phil.
    Our trip was fun and I was thrilled to be able to share the moment of our first osprey catch!

    Are you going to post your osprey too?

    Bob, meeting Phil was a kick.
    I happy you enjoyed this series.

    Thank you, Gordon.
    This travelog should help Phil remember the places we visited.
    He never once complained about the time difference between here and Hong Kong and kept going and going and going.
    I don't know how he does it!

    Thanks you, Paul.
    What a nice compliment!
    Wish you could have come along too.

    Virginia
    aka beaucamera
     
  7. Very nicely illustrated story, Virginia! We both showed Phil our 70-300VR lenses. I think there may be one in Phil's future ;-).
     
  8. Glad you enjoyed these, Frank, and that you had a chance to meet Phil too.
    I'm not sure about a 70-300VR in Phil's future though. He told me his "cabinet" was full...but, with your charm and influence, who knows!

    Virginia
    aka beaucamera

    P.S. He's trying to convince me to buy the D700!
     
  9. Sweet!

    I love Point Reyes. My parents hike there every once in a while. Interesting fact: There are a large number of great white sharks nearby and you can often see shark attacks from the lighthouse (on seals of course).
     
  10. Thanks, Jeffrey.
    Point Reyes is always a treat.
    It was especially lovely this trip.
    The wildflowers were abundant and the company couldn't have been better!

    Virginia
    aka beaucamera
     
  11. argross

    argross

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    May 22, 2008
    Sunnyvale, CA
    As I have been to Point Reyes, I appreciate the good photos. The shot of the boat, the picnikers with the dos, and the coastline fading off into the fog really capture the sense of that area. Good job.
    Tony
     
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