SANTA ROSA: Walk on the wild side
Safari West will celebrate Father’s Day and World Giraffe Day with a barbecue and pairing of burgers and beer from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the wildlife park.
The afternoon also features lawn games for the family, a guided aviary walk and a few Nairobi Treks, safari excursions that last for 40 minutes. The treks depart at 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 1 p.m., 1:45 p.m. and 2 p.m.
The cost is $50 adults, $25 for kids 4 to 12. The first beer is included, but additional beers cost $4, to benefit the Giraffe Conservation Foundation.
Reservations: 707-566-3667. 3115 Porter Creek Road. safariwest.com.
SONOMA: Some pigs and pinot
Meadowcroft Wines will celebrate fathers from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday with roasted suckling pig paired with wine at the Sunset Test Kitchen at Cornerstone Sonoma.
Guests will enjoy live music by Adam Traum and the Straw Waddles, a bourbon and brandy tasting from Prohibition Spirits along with a feast of roasted pig and potatoes, baked beans and pasta salad, broccoli slaw, cornbread with honey butter and peach shortcakes,
Cost is $60, including Meadowcroft wines.
To reserve: 707-934-4090. 23574 Arnold Dr. meadowcroftwines.com.
GLEN ELLEN: Mahalo to Dad
Get out the Hawaiian shirts and whisk dad off to the islands from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday for a Father’s Day Luau feast at B. R. Cohn Winery.
Along with the traditional roast pig and fixings, there will be a Polynesian dance performance and live music. Tickets are $45. To reserve: brcohn.com. 15000 Sonoma Highway. brcohn.com.
JENNER: Coast Kitchen barbecue
In honor of Father’s Day, Coast Kitchen and Timber Cove on the Sonoma Coast will host a Father’s Day barbecue from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday on the North Deck next to the Outdoor Living Room overlooking the water.
The menu includes grilled sausage, pork ribs, chicken and tri tip, with sides such as corn on the cob, cornbread, coleslaw and a raw bar serving oysters and ceviche. There will also be several beer selections.
The cost is $45 adults, $20 for kids 12 and under, for all-you-can-eat. Reservations: 707-847-3231. timbercoveresort.com.
HEALDSBURG: Order out from Shed
Healdsburg Shed’s Larder has launched a new menu of prepared foods that can be ordered in advance for all kinds of summer parties, picnics and other gatherings.
You can order platters and meals for a dinner party, with entrees and side dishes; picnic baskets for two with cheese, meats, bread, salad, olives, fruit and pastry; boxed lunches of sandwiches, side salad, fruit and cookie for office meetings; and large platters of cheese, charcuterie and preserved fish ideal for entertaining at home.
There are also daily dinners available at 4 p.m. on a first come-first served basis. The dinners come in an earthenware cazeula and serve from two to four people. (The cazuela is refundable.)
To order online, go to healdsburgshed.com and click on eat/larder. 25 North St.
ST. HELENA: La Merica released
V. Sattui Winery is launching a new wine, La Merica, a pre-Prohibition blend of petite sirah and zinfandel, to honor the winery’s Italian heritage.
Tips for photographing the Firefall
Use a tripod, the best one you can afford. Since you will be shooting this scene in low light from a few thousand feet away, you will need to stabilize your camera if you want to come away with sharp results. I often weight my tripod down with my camera bag or a sandbag to prevent a breeze from moving the camera once it’s mounted.
Use a low ISO. Ideal is 100, or if your camera will do it, 64. This will require a longer exposure but will yield less grainy results as long as your tripod is stabilized and your camera is properly focused. Using the self-timer setting or a shutter release cable is always a good idea when taking low light photos.
Consider using a “critical aperture.” All lenses have a sweet spot. As a general rule, two stops from the widest aperture of your lens is the sharpest. If you have an f/2.8 lens, two stops would be f/5.6. If you have an f/5.6 lens, two stops would be f/11. A great way to find out what aperture is the sharpest is to test it. Google, “What is the sharpest aperture on a lens?” to find out how to test your lens.
Shutter speed will be determined by the light meter’s reading once you set your ISO and aperture; go with whatever properly exposes the scene. Every camera will be different based on the sensitivity of its sensor and the available light.
Metering. I used “spot” metering as opposed to “matrix” metering because I wanted to properly expose the waterfall light, not the whole scene as you would normally do in a landscape situation. The result of metering the falls rather than the whole scene means that the surrounding rock of El Capitan will be darker, which makes the waterfall light pop off the rock face.
To find out more technical information about the celestial positioning involved in taking photographs, check out the Photographers Ephemeris smartphone app.