California Dreaming

Without a doubt filming nature and wildlife is my passion. So when my wife and I travelled to San Francisco to attend a good friend’s wedding, I made sure I packed my video gear to get in a bit of filming while we were there.

My wife being a California girl loves the ocean. Growing up in Monterey, California, she could look out her classroom window and see the ocean. So it wasn’t to hard to talk her into doing a little traveling along the coast to shoot a little bit of video footage.

The key to getting good footage is to get out early. Oftentimes during this trip I’d rise before sunrise and set up on the beach to catch the first light of day. The added benefit to this is you hardly ever encounter people. By the time most people would be getting up and making their way to my location I’d be headed back to the hotel to have breakfast.

Sadly the weather didn’t cooperate as much as I would have liked this trip. Every afternoon I’d scope out a location to film the sunset only to have the clouds move in, ruining any hope of seeing the sun.

Luckily on our last evening there it looked like there might be a break in the clouds just long enough for the sun to make a brief appearance. We happened to be driving past the Pigeon Point Lighthouse at the time so I thought that would make a great backdrop for my final attempt at getting the California sunset this trip.

I could see rain clouds developing in the distance so I knew it wouldn’t be much of an opportunity but I thought I would replay regret it if I passed this chance by. So I grabbed my gear and headed down to the edge of the cliffs.

Finally on our last evening there I was able to film my sunset. On our way to Half Moon Bay the rain finally settled in but I had captured my sunset.

And as always, shoot the ordinary and make it extraordinary!

Kevin J Railsback is a wildlife and nature filmmaker

About the Author:

Award-winning filmmaker Kevin J Railsback has traveled as far as Africa to test HD cameras for Panasonic.
His stunning nature and wildlife footage has appeared in productions on National Geographic, Animal Planet, Discovery Channel as well as in commercials for such corporate giants as AT&T.


  1. Billy January 21, 2012 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    I love this footage, so beautiful. From your post, I gather you took all of this? Did you have to charter an aircraft of some sort for the aerial shots?

    • Kevin J Railsback January 30, 2012 at 2:10 pm - Reply

      Hey Billy,
      Sorry I missed your comment earlier. I was out in Montana filming and Internet is hit and miss out there in spots.
      Actually, the aerial stuff is just sticking the camera up to the window on the commercial flight we were taking out to California.
      By filming at 60fps, I can smooth out a lot of the bumps so it looks like a nice aerial shot that many people don’t guess was just on my United flight. 🙂

      My wife is a Cali girl so I always try to put something together whenever we go out to visit her friends. I usually put a lot more waves in then I would normally but she loves them so I do it for her. 🙂

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