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Upcoming Photo Shoots

    • March 17, 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • March 18, 2018
    • 4:30 PM
    • Kartchner Caverns State Park, Benson, AZ.
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    What: A photo shoot to Kartchner Caverns State Park featuring a show cave with 2.4 miles of passages. Normally cameras and photo equipment, including cell phones, are not allowed in the caverns.  Twice a year the park service sets up a special tour for a limited number of participants with cameras and tripods.

    The park is located 9 miles south of the town of Benson, AZ.

    Note, this photo is from the park's website.


    When: Saturday March 17, 2018 and return Sunday March 18, 2018.   


    Where:  Kartchner Caverns State Park, Benson, AZ.

    Photo Shoot Leader: Dan Barthel

    Important follow the following steps immediately:

    Go to Arizona State Parks

    Click on Cave Tours

    Click on Big Room tour

    Select March 17, 2018 and click on available tours

    Select 4:30 Photo Tour and follow instructions to pay $125.00 to state parks.

    There are no more tickets available from the park service for the photo tour.

    Who: On a first come/first served basis group size limit of 12 Club Members if tour tickets are available.  Note this is a popular tour and the park only sells a limit number of tickets, we can not reserve tickets for you.


    Camera Equipment Requirements:  Cameras with wide angle and/or medium telephoto zoom lens and/or prime lens, good tripod and cable release are recommended. A flash is not useful unless you want to shoot closeups of some of the formations.


    Lodging:  Comfort Inn, Benson, AZ.  Once we have a count, I can check on a group rate at the Comfort Inn. If we have 10 or more people the rate will be $89 plus taxes. If there are less than 10 of us, the rate increases to $109 plus taxes.


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


    Additional Information: We will return thru Tucson on Sunday the 18th and can vote on what to do there.


    Entrance Fees:  The park's photo tour fee is $125.00 that you will pay when you reserve your ticket online.

    Car Pools: Passengers will share fuel expenses; estimated fuel cost for the round trip is $75.00.  We will meet in the parking lot near the mail box at 9:45 AM and depart at 10:00 on Saturday March 17, 2018


    Review:  TBD


    Registration Deadline: Monday December 4, 2017


    Registration: This photo shoot is available for registration anytime after you purchase your Kartcher Caverns tour ticket.








    • March 27, 2018
    • April 12, 2018
    • South Korea and Japan
    • 24
    Registration is closed

    What: South Korea and Japan: Temples, Shrines & Seaside Treasures Photo OP



    March 25 - April 13, 2018 - Full

    March 27 - April 12, 2018 - Space available

    Visit during cherry blossom bloom. Small group, 16 travelers maximum.

    Ancient kingdoms and modern cities await adventurers exploring South Korea and Japan.  From Seoul, where the “Miracle of the Han” buzzes with life, to Gyeongju, the lakeside resort where the mountains meet the sea, South Korea offers treasures both man-made and natural.

    Imperial Japan boasts gems of its own, from glittering Tokyo to maritime Toba, as well as graceful temple-filled Kyoto.

    Whether it’s a peek into North Korea from the Demilitarized Zone or a bullet train ride through the Japanese countryside, exploring these two empires in one journey offers an experience like no other.

    Information: Contact Mel Whaley for information about this photo shoot opportunity.








    • April 13, 2018
    • 6:00 AM
    • April 16, 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Cave Creek Ranch, Portal, AZ
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    What: Located in the Chiricahua Mountains of Southeastern Arizona, Cave Creek Ranch occupies 7 secluded acres alongside famous Cave Creek, and offers spectacular views of the rhyolite cliffs of Cave Creek Canyon. Our hummingbird feeders, seed feeders, water, shrubs and trees attract many Arizona specialty birds, including the Elegant Trogon, Montezuma Quail and 12 species of hummingbirds. Besides having an opportunity to photograph many exotic birds you may see deer, javilina and possibly a coatimundi.

    When:  Leaving Early 6:15 AM on April 13-driving 302 miles, 5 hours, arriving to Cave Creek Ranch approximately 2 PM for afternoon photography, staying at Cave Creek ranch nights of April 13, 14 and 15, enjoying bird photography, deer, javelin, and the nearby scenic mountain range.  After, early morning photography shoot, on April 16, we will  journey back home arriving about 5 pm.

    Where: Cave Creek Ranch is located in Cave Creek Canyon, about a mile west of Portal, in the Chiricahua Mountains of southeast Arizona. By car it's 2-1/2 hours southeast of Tucson


    Photo Shoot Leader: Bill Stuart

    Who: Maximum of 12 people including the photo shoot leader and trip organizer.  Participation is limit due to sleeping accommodations. 

    Lodging: We have reserved the Ranch House and the Stone Cottage.

    Ranch House: Main Floor: Has full kitchen, Lounge area /,  Dining area for 6 -7 maximum persons

     Main Floor-Bedroom has 2 twin beds, with bathroom across the hall

     Upstairs Bedrooms: 2- bedrooms with one queen bed in each,

     Upstairs Bedroom:  1 - bedroom with two twin beds. 

     There are bathroom facilities on the upper floor.

    Stone Cottage: Sleeps up to 4 (2 twins in bedroom - can be converted to a king); 1 queen and 1 twin in main room), fireplace. One bathroom in hall between main room and bedroom.

    There are additional cabins and a bunk house at the ranch but no guarantee of availability.

    Meals:  There are very limited restaurant options in the area, so participants will need to plan and carry in food to prepare meals. 

    Breakfast-Cereal, oatmeal, muffins, coffee, etc.

    Lunch- Sandwiches, soup, cookies, yogurt, etc.

    Dinners – Family style Dinner at table: Main meal, salad, mostly prepared type meals, or meat, vegetable, and desert. Just like home, we all will help with evening meal, take turn with food preparation, cleaning dishes, after dinner meals. 

    Camera Equipment:  Telephoto zoom lens (70-300, 100-400, 200-400) and/or prime telephoto lens, good tripod and cable release are recommended. A wide angle lens is also recommended for landscape shoots. Have extra camera batteries & charger and plenty of memory cards.  Any type of external flash to help with some of the birds that traditionally stay in the shadows and deeper bushes would be a definite asset but not a necessity . Laptop is optional.

    Additional Information:

    1- Limited Wi-Fi, and internet is available.

    2- There is no cell phone service in this remote area of AZ,

    3- Be sure to include all medications, with possibly an extra set, in case, misplaced or lost.

    4- Personal drinks, liquor, beer, personal snacks, and food, etc. 


    Cost: Cost for lodging will be approximately $142.00 per person plus the cost groceries and gas.  There will be a $71.00 deposit required to register and hold a spot on this photo shoot.  The deposit is refundable if you cancel prior to Feb 9, 2018/

    Car Pools: We will need 2 or 3 cars, all depends on space for clothing, camera packs and camera gear, and all the food needed for breakfast, lunch, dinner for 6-7 persons.

    Cutoff date for registration: February 9, 2018.  The photo shoot will be available for registration starting August 1, 2017



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