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    • September 22, 2018
    • 2:45 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 East 2nd Street, Scottsdale
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    What: Brazilian Day Festival Photo Shoot


    When: Saturday 22 September 2018, departure time is planned for 3:00 pm with arrival back in SCG at about 9:30 pm

     

    Where: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 East 2nd Street, Scottsdale
           

    Photo Shoot Leader: Richard Coles


    Who: On a first come/first served basis group size limited to 16 Club Members. 


    Itinerary: “Brazilian Day” is a 1 day festival-event celebrating Brazil’s Independence Day. Each year, the event creates an open window to discover Brazilian Culture past and present through Music, Dance, Performance, Martial Arts, Food, Drinks and more! This event provides an opportunity to learn more about Brazilian culture through entertainment and education while exploring the traditional customs of Brazil and its many cultural influences. Brazilian Day Arizona is the largest, most authentic Brazilian Festival in Arizona, drawing more than 25,000 people since its inception.


    More information can be found at this link: http://www.braziliandayarizona.com/


    Upon arrival at each location photographers will be ‘on their own’ to wander about exploring and photographing, returning to their vehicles at agreed upon times. Additional stops of opportunity will be made along the way.


    Camera Equipment Requirements:  Any and all cameras including cell phones you would like to use for street photography.

     

    Additional Information: Additional photo shoot details will follow for those signing up.


    Costs: Tickets: $15 (currently are discounted online)


    Food/drinks: Food from vendors = $ individual preference


    Car Pools:   We will meet in the parking lot outside of Angela's at 2:45 PM to form car pools and depart at 3:00 PM. Use the parking lot on the south side of Remington drive farthest from the restaurant. Passengers will share fuel expenses; estimated fuel cost for the round trip is $16.00 per vehicle.

     

    Registration Deadline: Wednesday 19 September, 2018 and please indicate if you are willing to drive. 

    Review: TBD




    • October 02, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Photo Studio
    • 20
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    Photo Shoot Meeting;


    • Do you have an idea for a photo shoot?

    • Would you like to help plan photo shoots?

    • Would you like to help lead a photo shoot?


    When Club members come together to plan photo shoots, their individual creative energy is multiplied. Meeting participants will share information and ideas for future photo shoots. This is a session not to be missed if you enjoy photo outings with friends.


    Like photo shoots, planning photo shoots are open to those of all skill levels. Just register for the meeting and bring your creative ideas and you'll be warmly welcomed by friendly Club members.


    Meeting facilitators Mel Whaley and Richard Coles


    Experience Level: Beginners/Intermediate/Advanced


    Registration: REQUIRED





    • October 18, 2018
    • 5:15 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Cottonwood
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    What: Dead Horse Ranch State Park/ Sycamore Canyon/ Historic Old Town Cottonwood - Photo Shoot


    When: Thursday 18 October, 2018, departure time is planned for 5:30 am with arrival back in SCG at about 4:30 PM

     

    Where: Dead Horse Ranch State Park/Sycamore Canyon/Historic Old Town Cottonwood
           

    Photo Shoot Leader: Richard Coles


    Who: On a first come/first served basis group size limited to 16 Club Members. 


    ItineraryCottonwood is named for the beautiful Cottonwood trees that grow along the Verde River and is surrounded by mountains on the south and west, and to the north and east by mesas and buttes. The town grew from a small farming community to the Verde Valley's population center by the late 1920s. Come visit the Historic Old Town that supported residents and workers of the many mines that operated in nearby communities.


    Dead Horse Ranch State Park got its name from the Ireys family of Minnesota who were shopping for Arizona land in the 1940s. When Calvin Ireys asked his kids which parcel they liked, one replied, “The one with the dead horse.” Dead Horse Ranch became a state park in 1977.  The park is at an elevation of 3,300 feet so you won’t find saguaros or pine trees. It’s the high desert and the park lies along the fertile rich soils of the Verde River. The main features of the park are three large man-made ponds with excellent accessible trails weaving along a waterfront that is lined with massive shade trees.


    Sycamore Canyon is the second largest canyon to emerge from Arizona's ‘Red Rock Country’. It is a lesser known, but just as scenic, cousin of famous Oak Creek Canyon. It comprises 55,937 acres of wilderness marked by colorful cliffs, soaring pinnacles and one of the world's rarest habitats, a desert riparian area. The wilderness encompasses all of Sycamore Canyon from its forested rim near Williams, Arizona to its desert canyon mouth in the Verde Valley where we will enter it. 


    The plan will be to spend a couple of hours at Dead Horse Ranch State Park and then go to Sycamore Canyon for another couple of hours topped off with an outdoor picnic lunch before we depart for a shorter visit, of about an hour or so, in Historic Old Town Cottonwood.


    Upon arrival at each location photographers will be ‘on their own’ to wander about exploring and photographing, returning to their vehicles at agreed upon times.

    Additional stops of opportunity may be made along the way.

       

    Camera Equipment Requirements:  Any and all cameras including cell phones you would like to use for a fun outing.

     

    Additional Information: Additional photo shoot details will follow for those signing up.


    Costs:  Dead Horse Ranch State Park Fees: $7 per vehicle


    Food/drinks: Bring your individual picnic lunch & drinks as well as camp chairs to sit on for picnic


    Car Pools:   We will meet in the parking lot outside of Angela's at 5:15 am to form car pools and depart at 5:30 am. Use the parking lot on the south side of Remington drive farthest from the restaurant. Passengers will share fuel expenses; estimated fuel cost for the round trip is $40.00 per vehicle.

     

    Registration Deadline: Friday 12 October 2018 and please indicate if you are willing to drive. High clearance vehicles only for this shoot.


    Review: TBD


    Note: This shoot is dependent upon good weather and may be cancelled if inclement weather is forecast or if there is insufficient interest.



    • October 30, 2018
    • 5:15 AM - 1:30 PM
    • 2757 E. Guadalupe Road, Gilbert, AZ 85234
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    What: A photo shoot to Gilbert Water Ranch Riparian Preserve in the East Valley.   The Preserve is organized into various vegetative zones ranging from marshlands to native riparian and upland vegetation areas. Approximately 298 species of birds have been identified on the site, and many insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals have found homes there as well. Over 4.5 miles of trails weave through the park.



    Registration: Photo shoot will be available for registration starting Sunday July 29, 2018 - Friday October 26, 2018

     

    When: Tuesday October 30, 2018

     

    Departure: Meet in Angela/Desert Spring parking lot at 5:15 AM and depart at 5:30 AM in order to navigate the traffic and get there by sunrise.  Return mid-afternoon.

     

    Where: 2757 E. Guadalupe Road, Gilbert, AZ 85234

     

    Photo Shoot Leader: Bill Stuart

     

    Who: On a first come/first served basis group size limited to 12 including photo shoot leaders.

     

    Additional Information: Gilbert Water Ranch is a series of impoundments of treated wastewater from the city of Gilbert.  The water has been treated in the Gilbert wastewater treatment plant and released into several large impoundments to allow it to percolate into the soil for purpose of recharging the aquifer.  The ponds are filled with fish and other aquatic life making it a mecca for water birds of all types.  The usual sightings include great egrets, snowy egrets, night herons, green herons, great blue herons, ospreys, cormorants and a large variety of puddle ducks such as mallards and pintails.  There are also generally a goodly variety of smaller birds such as flycatchers, red wing black birds and hummingbirds along with many shore birds of different types.  It is quite common to see the coyotes also.  With the right conditions the large birds can be quite active catching fish and frogs as well as fighting and displaying to each other.  The setting, although in the middle of the city, is quite removed from the street life and bustle presenting a quiet and peaceful atmosphere for observation of the wildlife and scenery.

     

    Camera Equipment: Telephoto zoom lens (70-300, 100-400, 200-400) and/or prime telephoto lens and a good tripod are recommended.


    Brunch: The good shooting is until 10-10:30 at which time we will retire to The Gilbert House Restaurant at 397 South Gilbert Road, Gilbert, AZ 85234.

     

    Car Pools: We will meet in the parking lot outside of Angela's at 5:15 AM to form car pools and depart at 5:30.  Use the parking lot on the south side of Remington drive farthest from the restaurant.

     

    Cost:  Passengers will split $20 for gas.  You will also need money for your breakfast or lunch as the case may be.  Admission to the Water Ranch is free. Parking is free.


    Photo Shoot Review: TBD

     


     

    • November 13, 2018
    • 5:45 AM - 1:30 PM
    • 625 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008
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    WhatPonds at Papago Park photo shoot. To quote Bruce Taubert “Urban pond photography, at least in Phoenix metropolitan area, can yield rewarding opportunities. The Ponds at Papago Park are a great example. Located between the Desert Botanical Garden and the Phoenix Zoo, the ponds are surrounded by a limited amount of vegetation and adjacent to parking lots, restrooms, and picnic areas. However, this metropolitan vibe does not stop a variety of waterfowl including canvasback, redhead, ring-necked duck, pintail duck, scaup, American coot, Canada geese, wigeon, gadwall, little green heron, and others who come here lounge in the warmth of the desert southwest during the winter months.”


    Registration: Photo shoot will be available for registration starting Sunday July 29, 2018 - Friday November 9, 2019.

     

    When: Tuesday November 13, 2018

     

    Departure: Meet in Angela/Desert Spring parking lot at 5:45 AM and depart at 6:00 AM in order to navigate the traffic and get there by sunrise.  Return mid-afternoon.

     

    Where625 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008

     

    Photo Shoot Leaders: Bill Stuart

     

    Who: On a first come/first served basis group size limited to 16 including photo shoot leaders.

     

    Additional Information:The early morning light and vegetation around the ponds create beautiful reflections and background for photographing the variety of waterfowl, small songbirds and woodpeckers found in Papago Park.  In order to make best use of the light we will depart Grand early in the morning to arrive at the park at sunrise.  The setting, although in the middle of the city, is quite removed from the street life and bustle presenting a quiet and peaceful atmosphere for observation of the wildlife and scenery. After several hours photographing at the ponds we will go for a late breakfast along the Tempe Town Lake waterfront and following breakfast spend another hour looking for photographic opportunities around the town lake.

     

    Camera Equipment: Telephoto zoom lens (70-300, 100-400, 200-400) and/or prime telephoto lens and a good tripod are recommended.  A wide angle lens can be used to photograph the landscape.  You may also want a ground cloth to lie or sit on so you can photograph the waterfowl at eye level.


    Brunch: The good shooting is until 10-10:30 at which time we will go Matt's Big Breakfast, 400 E Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, AZ 85281.

     

    Car Pools: We will meet in the parking lot outside of Angela's at 5:45 AM to form car pools and depart at 6:00.  Use the parking lot on the south side of Remington drive farthest from the restaurant.

     

    Cost:  Passengers will split $15 for gas.  You will also need money for your breakfast or lunch as the case may be.  Admission to the park is free. Parking is free.


    The quote is from Bruce Taubert's  book Wild in Arizona: Photographing Arizona's Wildlife 

     

     Photo shoot Review: TBD

     

     

     


     

    • November 26, 2018
    • 6:00 AM
    • November 30, 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Socorro, NM
    • 4
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    What: During the normal winter about 87,000 ducks, 43,000 geese, 9,000 Sandhill Cranes and a variety of eagles, hawks, owls and herons call the National Wildlife Refuge at Bosque del Apache home.  The refuge allows for amazing photographs with a variety of backgrounds and unique lighting during sunrises and sunsets.  You will also have a chance to capture photographs of small herds of mule deer, coyotes, and other wildlife that visit the refuge.

      

    When: Monday, November 26th and return Friday, November 30th.   

     

    Departure: Meet in the Photo Studio parking lot near the mail box at 5:45 AM and depart at 6:00AM.  Daily departure time from the hotel will be announced by the photo shoot leaders.

     

    Where:  National Wildlife Refuge at Bosque del Apache near Socorro, New Mexico 
       

    Photo Shoot Leaders: Mel Whaley

     

    Who: On a first come/first served basis group size limit of 12 Club Members.

       

    Camera Equipment Requirements: Telephoto zoom lens (70-300, 100-400, 200-400) and/or prime telephoto lens (400, 500, 600), good tripod and cable release are recommended. A wide angle lens is also recommended for predawn and landscape shoots.  Extra camera batteries & charger and plenty of memory cards (anticipate more than a 1,000 images).  Laptop is optional. 

     

    Lodging:  Super 8 Socorro  - Information TBD

      

    Meals: There are several good restaurants in Socorro that can handle the group needs for meals. 

      

    Additional Information: Cold weather gear; dress in layers. Winter coat, liner, rain/wind pants, long underwear, thermal socks, Insulated boots, warm hat, neck warmer, warm gloves with finger access.  Average temperature in Socorro during November lows around 20 F and highs in the 55 F with possible rain and/or snow.  We will be out well before sunrise..

        

    Entrance Fees:  No fee is required if an occupant of a private vehicle has a Interagency Annual, Senior, or Access pass or current Federal Duck Stamp (these may be purchased at the Visitor Center).  Otherwise, a fee of $5 for private passenger vehicles is payable at the Tour Loop entrance station.

     

    Car Pools: Passengers will share actual expenses; estimated fuel cost for the round trip is $150.00.  We will meet in the parking lot near the mail box at 5:45 AM and depart at 6:00. 

     

    Review:  TBD

     

    Registration Deadline: Monday November 05, 2018

     

    Registration: will be available starting July 15, 2018

     

     

     

     

     

     


     

    • November 27, 2018
    • 5:45 AM
    • December 01, 2018
    • 8:00 PM
    • Various iconic locations in Arizona & New Mexico
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    What: Turquoise Trail & Red Rock Balloon Rally - Photo Shoot


    When: Tuesday 27 November 2018, departure time is planned for 6:00 am with arrival back in SCG Saturday 1 December 2018 at about 8:00 pm

     

    Where: Various iconic locations in Arizona & New Mexico
           

    Photo Shoot Leader: Richard Coles


    Who: On a first come/first served basis group size limited to 12 Club Members. 







    Itinerary: A five-day photo shoot is planned comprising visits to the following locations:

    • Petrified Forest National Park 
    • El Morro National Monument
    • Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway - The Turquoise Trail is synonymous with Native American spirituality, Spanish explorers, adventurous mining, and brave pioneers. A major Western gold rush occurred there around 1825, years before the California Gold Rush. The Turquoise Trail encompasses 15,000 square miles and is located in the heart of central New Mexico. It links Albuquerque and Santa Fe and its name comes from the blue-green turquoise first mined by the early Pueblo people, an agrarian based society dwelling along the Rio Grande as early as 900 A.D. The stone has become nationally recognized as a precious stone to be set in silver and gold. The Spanish arrived here as early as the 1500s. Francisco Vazquez de Coronado was the first of many explorers in New Mexico. Missionaries. Spanish settlers and Anglo-Americans all followed and joined the native American Indians already here. Today the National Scenic Byway is home to many modern-day settlers and host to tens of thousands of visitors a year.
    • Santa Fe 
    • Bandelier National Monument 
    • Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument 
    • Jemez Mountain Trail Byway 
    • Bisti Badlands
    • and Red Rocks Balloon Rally 

    Taking full advantage of early morning and evening light in a compressed time frame, you will experience a diverse range of subjects and very dramatic landscapes unique to this region.


    For those who have not been on an overnight photo shoot before it is truly one of the highlights of Grand Photo Club membership. We will be seeking optimum light which means long days. If you cannot or do not wish to arise at 5:30 am for four days in a row to get an early start on a full day of photography at interesting locations then do not sign up for this shoot, it’s not for you. The dates coincide with that of a crescent moon for added nighttime drama at any location.


    This photo shoot is appropriate for photographers of moderate fitness levels who can readily handle long days, moderately activity such as being able to walk without difficulty at least 1.5 miles over loose or uneven surfaces with occasional slopes. Walks typically last for 1 or 2 hours at a time. Altitudes can range up to 7,500 feet.


    All participants are expected to be able to carry their own camera, personal gear and water. Temperatures at these locations in late November are expected to be about 20F to 60F.


    Upon arrival at each location photographers will be ‘on their own’ to wander about exploring and photographing, returning to their vehicles at agreed upon times.


    Additional stops of opportunity may be made along the way.

       

    Camera Equipment Requirements: Any and all cameras including cell phones you would like to use for a fun outing. Besides your camera, you will need, tripod, wide angle, telephoto, macro lenses suitable filters, lens cleaning supplies and extra batteries. Sufficient flash memory cards to handle the capacity for all photographs taken during a five-day shoot. A red night light to allow you to see your camera in the dark without flashing white light into someone else’s open shutter. A headlamp to see by in early morning or at night in the dark.


    Accommodation: Suitable motels and locations will be communicated to participants immediately after registration for this shoot closes and should be booked by individuals right away to avoid having to cancel out of this shoot.


    Food/drinks: Bring your individual snacks and drinks to maintain your energy level and hydration through long days. 


    Additional Information: Additional photo shoot details will follow for those signing up.


    Costs:There are no fees for El Morro, Jemez Mountain Trail Byway, or Bisti Badlands. Fees for Red Rocks Balloon Rally, if any, are not known at this time. Fees for Petrified Forest are $20 per vehicle, Bandelier National Monument $25 per vehicle, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument $5 per vehicle. It would be wise to carry your lifetime Senior National Park Pass if you have one.  There will be cost for your hotel accommodations and meals.


    Car Pools: We will meet in the parking lot outside of Angela's at 5:45 am to form car pools and depart at 6:00 am. Use the parking lot on the south side of Remington drive farthest from the restaurant. Passengers will share fuel expenses based on actual fuel cost per vehicle which is roughly estimated to be about $235.00 per vehicle.


    Registration Deadline: Friday 3 August 2018 and please indicate if you are willing to drive. Most of the driving will be on good paved roads or freeways suitable for all types of vehicles.


    Review: TBD


    Note: This shoot is dependent upon good weather and may be cancelled if inclement weather is forecast or if there is insufficient interest.



    • February 19, 2019
    • 5:45 AM
    • February 22, 2019
    • 8:00 PM
    • Death Valley National Park, California
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    What: Death Valley in Winter II - Photo Shoot


    When: Tuesday 19 February 2019, departure time is planned for 6:00 am with arrival back in SCG Friday 22 Feb. 2019 at about 8:00 pm

     

    Where: Death Valley National Park, California
           

    Photo Shoot Leader: Richard Coles


    Who: On a first come/first served basis group size limited to 11 Club Members. 


    Itinerary: A four-day photo shoot is planned comprising visits to over a dozen iconic locations within the Park taking full advantage of early morning and evening light. During this shoot, in a compressed time frame, you will experience a diverse range of very dramatic landscapes unique to this Park.


    For those who have not been on an overnight photo shoot before it is truly one of the highlights of Grand Photo Club membership. We will be seeking optimum light which means long days. If you cannot or do not wish to arise at 4:00 am for three days in a row to travel and catch pre-sunrise & sunrise images at interesting locations then do not sign up for this shoot, it’s not for you. The dates coincide with that of the full moon over the Park for added nighttime drama.


    This photo shoot is appropriate for photographers of moderate fitness levels who can readily handle long days, moderately strenuous activity such as being able to climb 50 stairs consecutively, plus walk without difficulty at least 2 miles over loose or uneven surfaces with occasional steep slopes. Walks typically last for 2 or more hours at a time. Altitudes can range to 6,000 to feet.


    All participants are expected to be able to carry their own camera, personal gear and water. Park temperatures in February are expected to be about 46F to 74F.


    Upon arrival at each location photographers will be ‘on their own’ to wander about exploring and photographing, returning to their vehicles at agreed upon times.


    Additional stops of opportunity may be made along the way.

       

    Camera Equipment Requirements: Any and all cameras including cell phones you would like to use for a fun outing. Besides your camera, you will need, tripod, wide angle, telephoto, macro lenses, suitable filters, lens cleaning supplies and extra batteries. Sufficient flash memory cards to handle the capacity for all photographs taken during a four-day shoot. A red night light to allow you to see your camera in the dark without flashing white light into someone else’s open shutter. A headlamp to see by in early morning or at night in the dark.


    Accommodation: Motel rooms are expensive, limited and must be booked many months in advance. A block of rooms has been set aside 4 rooms with king beds and 3 rooms with 2 queen beds in each room. The group of rooms is not large enough to trigger a group rate discount but they must be booked by individual participants. The rooms are $228 per night. Hotel advises that all funds will be returned to you if the room is cancelled more than 48 hours prior to arrival. Telephone 1-505-573- 1768, ask for Mak and she will book your room from the block of rooms she is holding for Grand Photos under Richard Coles' name.


    Please do not cancel your room before checking with the shoot leader to see if there is a shoot waiting list (ie. someone who will take over your room payment). Only those participants with rooms booked prior to 30 November 2018 (or substitutes thereafter) will be included in this shoot.


    Other Details: Most of the Park does not have cell phone service and other services are quite limited, it’s a wilderness area and gasoline is currently priced at about $5.00 /gallon.


    Food/drinks: Bring your individual snacks and drinks to maintain your energy level and hydration through long days. The micro climate in the Park is very dry.


    Additional Information: Additional photo shoot details will follow for those signing up.


    Costs: The National Park Service currently charges $30 per private vehicle, for 7 days. Fees may be paid at Furnace Creek Visitor Center. There is also an individual fee unless you have a lifetime Senior Pass. Please visit this site for any information on fees to National Parks: https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/senior-pass-changes.htm


    Car Pools:   We will meet in the parking lot outside of Angela's at 5:15 am to form car pools and depart at 5:30 am. Use the parking lot on the south side of Remington drive farthest from the restaurant. Passengers will share fuel expenses; estimated fuel cost for the round trip is $40.00 per vehicle.

     We will meet in the parking lot outside of Angela's at 5:45 am to form car pools and depart at 6:00 am. Use the parking lot on the south side of Remington drive farthest from the restaurant. Passengers will share fuel expenses based on actual fuel cost per vehicle which is roughly estimated to be about $250.00 per vehicle.


    Registration Deadline: Sunday 30 September 2018 and please indicate if you are willing to drive. Only high clearance vehicles are appropriate for this shoot.


    Review: TBD


    Note: This shoot is dependent upon good weather and may be cancelled if inclement weather is forecast or if there is insufficient interest.



 

 

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