I just published a new online class with Skillshare on how I use The Photographer’s Ephemeris. The first 25 people to use this link can watch it for free: http://skl.sh/20ovlvt
The Photographer’s Ephemeris is an application that uses Google Maps to predict where the sun and moon will rise and set on any date, anywhere on earth. I demonstrate how to use TPE to align the sun or moon for a photo shoot, take you on location and process the images.
The idea is to focus on photo opportunities unique to the San Mateo County coastline. There are many (200+) bay area photo related groups in Meetup, none centered in Half Moon Bay. I know plenty of coast side photographers that travel over the hill to attend lectures and photo walks (myself included) and I want to help us get together locally.
For now, I will organize photo walks as natural alignments and community events occur. Long term plans include regular meetings to talk and learn, but finding a venue to accommodate the group, which has grown to over 150 members as of this writing, is the challenge. A few local coffee shops have offered their services, but I have yet to take them up on those offers. The library has no meeting rooms for us and only allow library sponsored activities, at least until the new library is built. The Recreation Department charges a hefty fee unless you are a certified non-profit.
But the future is promising. We have already had 4 successful meets since we started at the end of January and membership grows everyday.
Surprisingly, we have members from all over the bay area. For those that must travel, I try my best to update scheduled meets as to changing weather and traffic conditions.