The studio, formerly known as the Record Plant, where Fleetwood Mac recorded “Dreams”.

While I’m waiting for my old camera to be fixed, I’m using a FujiFilm X-T30 to take some photos and get back in the swing of using a camera. One of the tips I picked up this week was to take pictures using a digital camera’s automated settings and see what ISO, Aperture, and shutter speed that camera chooses based on its sensors. The idea is that you can start to train (or in my case, re-train) yourself on how those settings are used in different environments.

Today I got to shoot a legendary music venue after Kevin Moran invited me to check out his new project. That project is rebuilding the iconic recording studio The Record Plant in Sausalito. Artists like The Grateful Dead, Prince, Rick James, Journey, Huey Lewis & the News, Santana, and Dave Matthews all recorded music there over the years. However, it’s the recording that Fleetwood Mac did there for their album Rumors in 1976 that may be the most famous. Supposedly (and there’s a lot of that word used with stories told about this studio), Stevie Nicks wrote and recorded Dreams there.

There’s still a lot of work that needs to be done to restore the studio back to where Kevin and his partners want to get it, which is being a premier, cutting-edge studio that honors its historic past. Kevin wants to build an immersive audio recording studio that also streams Dolby Atmos-enabled live events, which is more than a nod to the studio’s past “Live from the Record Plant” broadcasts from the 70’s and 80’s. It is an exciting project and it will be fun to watch Kevin try to fulfill his latest dream.

Here are some more of the photos I took today without processing and all taken with the X-T30’s automated settings in place. The woodwork here is just amazing as is all the old equipment.






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