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    • November 26, 2018
    • 6:00 AM
    • November 30, 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Socorro, NM
    • 6
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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  - participants will make their own hotel reservations the photo shoot. We will again be staying at the Super 8 Socorro, 1121 Frontage Rd, Socorro, NM 87801. Phone number is (575) 835-4626.  We will be checking in on Monday November 26, 2018 and out on Friday November 30, 2018.

    Room rates for a single will be about $75.00/night plus tax, with a AAA or ARP discount rate ARE about $10.00 cheaper.

      

    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
    • 4
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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 16 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 16 November, 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.



    • December 14, 2018
    • 4:15 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Glendale (58th Ave. & Glendale Ave.)
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    What: Glendale Glitters '18 – German Beer, Food & Holiday Lights.  A Grand Photos holiday light photo shoot,


    When: Friday, 14 December 4:30 pm departure time is planned with arrival back in SCG at about 9:15 pm

     

    Where:  Glendale (58th Ave. & Glendale Ave.) with dinner reserved at 7:15 pm at Haus Murphy - German Restaurant at 5739 W. Glendale Avenue.

           

    Photo Shoot Leader: Richard Coles


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


    Itinerary: Enjoy a photo shoot holiday party.  Holiday lights are on display over a 16 block area during “Glendale Glitters”, featuring two million lights, live music, arts, crafts and horse drawn carriage rides.

    Upon arrival photographers will be ‘on their own’ to wander about exploring and photographing, returning to 58th Ave. & Glendale Ave. by 7:00 pm in order to arrive at Haus Murphy for our dinner reservation.

    Sample a wonderful assortment of German food and beer in a holiday party setting with your photo shoot friends at Haus Murphy:

       

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

     

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


    Costs:  Participants will be responsible for costs of their own food and beverages.


    Car Pools:  We will meet in the parking lot outside of Angela's at 4:15 pm to form car pools and depart at 4:30 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 $5.00 per vehicle.

     

    Registration Deadline: Friday Friday 30 November 2018 and please indicate if you are willing to drive. 


    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.


    This photo shoot will be available for registration starting Sunday October 21, 2018.



    • January 07, 2019
    • 5:45 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Prescott, AZ
    • 16
    Registration is closed

    What: Granite Dells at Watson & Willow Lakes and Historic Prescott - Photo Shoot

      

    When: Monday, 7 January 2019, departure time is planned for 6:00 am with arrival back in Sun City Grand at about 4:00 pm

     

    Departure: 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.

     

    Where:  Watson Lake Park, Willow Lake Park, Historic Courthouse Square Prescott
       

    Photo Shoot Leaders: Dennis Hilgar & Richard Coles

     

    Who: On a first come/first served basis group size limit of 16 Club Members.


    Degree of Difficulty: This photo shoot is appropriate for photographers of moderate fitness levels who can readily handle a long day, moderately strenuous activity such as being able to climb 50 stairs consecutively, have good balance, plus walk without difficulty at least 2 miles over loose or uneven surfaces with occasional steep slopes. Altitudes will range to 5,200 feet.


    We will be walking over various trails and rock formations on a rugged trail through the Dells, over granite rock outcrops, and along the north edge of Willow Lake. All participants are expected to be able to carry their own camera, personal gear and water. Park temperatures in January are expected to be about 35F to 55F.


    Photographers will be expected to follow a white dot trail behind leaders at Willow Lake to maintain group cohesion and schedule. At other locations there will be opportunities to be ‘on your own’ to wander about exploring and photographing, returning to your vehicles at agreed upon times.


    Food/drinks: Bring your individual snacks and drinks to maintain your energy level & hydration though the day.

       

    Camera Equipment Requirements: Any and all cameras you would like to use for a fun outing. Smartphones, point & shoot, DSLR’s, opportunities for a variety of lenses (telephoto, wide angle, etc.)


    Clothing: Weather/temperature appropriate, layered clothing, sturdy shoes/boots with good traction required along with sunscreen, hats, gloves, sunglasses. Walking poles could be helpful if you have them/ use them regularly.


    Itinerary: Enjoy a trail walk through Granite Dells a series of remarkable and huge weather shaped, 1.3-billion-year-old, granite boulders adjacent to Watson and Willow Lakes – two man made reservoirs that attract lots of interesting water birds.


    Afterward a visit to the Courthouse Plaza Square Historic District of Prescott for lunch at the Palace Restaurant and Saloon.

         

    Afterward a short ‘photo opportunity’ walk around the Square bounded by Cortez, Gurley, Goodwin and Montezuma Streets and perhaps ice cream cones for some!


    Upon leaving Prescott for the return trip there will be at least two additional “surprise” stops for photo opportunities at interesting locations along US 89 through Wilhoit, Peeples Valley, and Skull Valley


    Downtown Historic Area in Prescott is home to some of the oldest buildings in the area. In fact, many of the city's buildings that are in the National Register of Historic Places reside in the downtown area, so it's a great place to go to indulge in some true Old West history.  Many buildings in the area date back to the 1800s, and most have been beautifully restored to reflect the era. One of the most famous parts of the downtown area has got to be Whiskey Row. Whiskey Row dates back to 1864 and was frequented by many well-known figures of the time, including the Earp brothers and Doc Holliday, who were made famous thanks to the gunfight at O.K. Corral in 1881. It was home to numerous saloons and breweries, before fires destroyed most of the buildings in 1883 and again in 1900.  Whiskey Row has been restored and today it stands as a monument of days gone by, with old-style saloons, bars and restaurants filling the street. The Palace is one such place that has been beautifully restored and is now Arizona's oldest saloon, and the Hotel St. Michael, dating back to 1891, is also one of the oldest hotels in the area.

      

    Entrance Fees:  Watson Lake/Willow Lake Entrance Fees: $3 per vehicle. Participants will be responsible for costs of their own food and beverages.

     

    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; estimated fuel cost for the round trip is $33.00 per vehicle.


    Review:  TBD

     

    Registration Deadline: Friday, 29 December 2018 and please indicate if you are willing to drive. We will draw from the waiting list if there are cancellations.

     

    Registration: will be available starting November 18, 2018

     

     

     

     

     

     


     

    • January 15, 2019
    • 8:15 AM
    • January 16, 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Bisbee, AZ
    • 8
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    What: Photo Shoot to Whitewater Draw in SE Arizona.  Experience the thrill of viewing thousands of Sandhill Cranes - and a host of other birds, too - without leaving Arizona!

      

    When: Tuesday, January 15th, returning on Wednesday, January 16th 2019.

     

    Where:  White Water Draw is a State Wildlife Area in SE Arizona, several miles from the town of Bisbee. In the winter, thousands of Sandhill Cranes inhabit the reserve and migrate daily to feed in the local farm fields. Along with the cranes, flocks of Snow Geese also winter in the reserve. The area is home to many other species of birds, from ducks and shore birds to hawks and eagles. 

       

    Photo Shoot Leaders: Audrey Pavitt

     

    Who: On a first come/first served basis group size limit of 8 Club Members.

       

    Camera Equipment Requirements: Any and all cameras, including smartphones. A telephoto lens is a must to photograph birds. A tripod and cable release are recommended, though not a necessity. Binoculars might be considered a necessity by birders!


    Additional Information: Average January temperatures are highs of 63 and lows of 31 degrees, so dress appropriately with warm clothing and layers. Additional photo shoot details will follow for those signing up.


    Itinerary: An overnight photo shoot close to the town of Bisbee in S.E. Arizona. After checking in to our hotel, we’ll drive to White Water Draw for a late afternoon bird walk and sunset – think reflections in beautiful light. Dinner will follow back in Bisbee.

    The next day we’ll have breakfast in town, then head to the preserve to see the cranes fly in from the fields and settle on the water. This will provide a wonderful opportunity to photograph birds in flight and as they come in to land. Lunch will be back in Bisbee before returning to SCG, arriving home at approximately 7:00 pm.

     

    Lodging: One night’s accommodation at Gymclub Suites varies from $110:00 to $130:00. Individual cost will vary depending on number of people sharing (Suites have various configurations).

      

    Meals: There are several good restaurants in Bisbee that can handle the group needs for meals.   Participants will purchase their own meals. Brings snacks and drinks to keep energy up as time between meals is quite long.

      

    Entrance Fees:  There is no cost for White Water Draw State Park.

     

    Car Pools: We will meet in the parking lot outside of Angela's at 8:15 am to form car pools and depart at 8:30 am. Use the parking lot on the south side of Remington drive farthest from the restaurant.  Gas costs will be approximately $82.00 to be shared among passengers.

     

    Review:  TBD

     

    Registration Deadline: Friday, December 21st, 2018. Please indicate if you are willing to drive.

     

    Registration: will be available starting November 18, 2018

     

     

     

     

     

     


     

    • February 19, 2019
    • 5:45 AM
    • February 22, 2019
    • 8:00 PM
    • Death Valley National Park, California
    • 1
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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 14 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: Friday, January 4, 2019 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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