It's always nice to discover a new area to walk your dog, but even nicer when it's so close to home. We live about 10 minutes up the road from Berkeley so lately we've been dodging the heat by heading over to the campus in the evenings to enjoy the shady pathways. Saturday morning I decided to bring my camera along after scoping out several areas for potential photo shoot locations and capture Hazel in some hidden corners and historic buildings; there are so many nooks and corners of the campus that every where you turn you can find fun, new places to photograph! Plus, when do you ever see real brick in California? Due to the structural restrictions in California, architects are not allowed to use full sized brick so what you mainly see is brick veneer when it is used. So I tend to get a little giddy when I come across an original brick building for photographs because it seems so rare.
I feel like I have a bit of a routine already, but it is something I look forward to every night or early on the weekend mornings. During the week we head over after dinner, and on the weekends we stop off at Brewed Awakening for a coffee and the most amazing scones before we head out for our walk. That is what is so nice about walking with your dogs, it's a routine that gets you outside and breathing fresh air after being stuck in an office all day, your thoughts are able to wander into more pleasant spaces, and you get a chance to meet new people and see impromptu performances! It's a great way to start or end a day. Plus there is so much rich history and political controversy related to the campus and each time we go we get to see a part of that culture acted out in the squares and public areas! People dancing, performing, filming....it's history in the making every night!
I need to remember to bring a map of the campus with me next time I go so I can start marking down places that I want to photograph or do more research on when I get home. I read a great article this week, 6 Elements to Look for in a Photography Location so I've been using those tips to scope out great places for future sessions. The photographs above and below were taken behind a building where the light was filtered and the bouncing off of the white walls creating nice, soft light that contrasted nicely with Hazel's black coat.
So now I have my own personal challenge for the fall- to photograph more of the Berkeley campus and to learn more about the history of the development and the architecture! If you are in the East Bay and looking for a new place to walk your dogs (granted it is on leash) then head over to the Cal campus and check it out. There's enough hills, stairs, and pathways that you can get quite a workout and free entertainment every night!