“Meet and ‘Shoot'” – By Robert W.  Bone

Accompanied by the music of distant foghorns, and surrounded by the smell of the sea, members of BATW gathered in a unusual marine atmosphere for their July meeting.

Attendees first climbed high up to the loft of the century-old visitors center for the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, which once served as a boathouse for the former US Life Saving Service. The historic structure is next to Crissy Field in the Presidio and seemingly an ocean away from metropolitan San Francisco.

There they were welcomed by Courtney Buel and Alisa Bellamy representing the marine sanctuary, which covers the Farallon Islands and more than 3,000 square miles of the ocean along the coast north of the Golden Gate. They explained tha,t among other things, the area serves as a breeding ground for more seabirds than any other area in the continental United States.

The main program was conducted by photographer and BATW board member Bill Scull, who emphasized the compositional importance in travel photography. Following the lecture, Bill led several camera-carrying members in a stroll along the beach toward the Golden Gate Bridge in a quest to put some of his visual recommendations into practice.

Many thanks to Bill for arranging the venue and presentation, and for his own, excellent presentation on photography!