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    • October 26, 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
    • Mesa Arts Center
    • 1
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    What: Day of the Dead – Photo Shoot

    When: Saturday, October 26, 2019, departure time is planned for 10:30 am with arrival back in Sun City Grand at about 6:30 pm

    Where: Mesa Arts Center

    Photo Shoot Leader: Richard Coles

    Who: On a first come/first served basis, group size limit of 20 Club Members. This photo shoot is appropriate for photographers with cameras of all types including smartphones.

    All participants are expected to be able to carry their own camera, personal gear and water. Mesa temperature in October is expected to be about 85 F.

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

    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 footwear for standing walking on paved surfaces or floors indoors.

    Itinerary: Upon arriving in Mesa we plan to eat an early lunch at Blue Adobe restaurant near the Mesa Arts Center then proceed over to the Arts Center to enjoy an afternoon of vivid cultural expression with colorful costumes, dance and live entertainment. Photographers will be on their own to enjoy walking about the grounds and to return to their vehicles at agreed upon times for travel back to Sun City Grand.

    This magnificent festival (DIA DE LOS MUERTOS FESTIVAL - Spirits Connect) offers delicious food and a colorful market of crafts, jewelry and various items related to the Day of the Dead celebration. Visitors have been delighted each year with wonderful live performances and engaging family activities.

    Entrance Fees: Entry and parking are FREE. 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 to form car pools and depart at 10:30 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 $16.00 per vehicle.

    Review: TBD

    Registration Deadline: Thursday, October 24, 2019 and please indicate if you are willing to drive. We will draw from the waiting list if there are cancellations.

    Additional details will follow for those signing up.

    Registration: will be available starting Sunday, July 28, 2019

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


     

    • October 29, 2019
    • 1:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • 2757 E. Guadalupe Road, Gilbert, AZ 85234
    • 0
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    What: A late afternoon photo shoot to Gilbert Water Ranch Riparian Preserve in the East Valley.  We normally do this photo shoot in the early morning light, this trip will provide a unique perspective shooting with the late afternoon and golden hour light.   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.  

    When: Tuesday October 29, 2018, meeting at 1:30 PM and returning to Grand about 9:30 PM

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

    Photo Shoot Leaders: Bill Stuart and Mel Whaley

    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.  There are water fountains and restrooms in the preserve.

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

    Dinner: The good shooting end as the sunsets at which time we will retire to TBD South Gilbert Road, Gilbert, AZ 85234 for dinner before returning to Grand.

    Car Pools: We will meet in the parking lot outside of Angela's at 1:30 PM to form car pools and depart at 1:45.  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 dinner  Admission to the Water Ranch is free. Parking is free.

    Registration: Photo shoot will be available for registration starting Sunday September 8, 2019 - Friday October 25, 2019

    Photo Shoot Review: TBD

     


     

    • November 08, 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • South Mountain (Dobbins Point accessed from south Central Ave
    • 0
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    What: South Mountain Sunset/Twilight Panoramas I – Photo Shoot (overlooking Downtown Phoenix)

    When: Friday 8 November, 2019 departure time is planned for 4:00 pm with arrival back in Sun City Grand at about 9:00 pm

    Where: South Mountain (Dobbins Point accessed from south Central Ave.) with dinner planned for 7:45 pm at Los Dos Molinos – a Mexican Restaurant at 8646 S. Central Avenue.

    Photo Shoot Leaders: Richard Coles

    Who: On a first come/first served basis, group size limit of 16 Club members. This photo shoot is appropriate for photographers with cameras of all types including smartphones.

    All participants are expected to be able to carry their own camera, personal gear and water. Temperatures in this area in November are expected to be about 75 F to 50 F.

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

    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 footwear for standing/ walking on even and uneven paved and un-paved surfaces.  

    Itinerary: Enjoy a photo shoot with a breathtaking view of the ‘Valley of the Sun’ overlooking Downtown Phoenix

    Upon arrival photographers will be ‘on their own’ to wander about exploring the summit area to find suitable locations for sunset shots and/or twilight panoramas leaving the area at about 7:15 pm to drive down the mountain to Los Dos Molinos restaurant.

    Additional photo shoot details will follow for those signing up.

    Entrance Fees:  South Mountain Park is free.  

    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 to form car pools and depart at 4:00 pm. Use the parking lot on the south side of Remington drive farthest from the restaurant. Passengers will share actual fuel expenses; estimated total fuel cost for the entire trip is $15.00. This total cost is to be shared in equal amounts by dividing it by the number of passengers. (ie. 3 passengers would equal $5 each).

    Presentation Review:  TBD

    Registration Deadline: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 and please indicate if you are willing to drive. We will draw from the waiting list if there are cancellations so continue to sign up even if the shoot appears to be full.


    Additional details will follow for those signing up.

    Registration: will be available starting Sunday, August 4, 2019 

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


     

    • November 14, 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • South Mountain (Dobbins Point accessed from south Central Ave
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    What: South Mountain Sunset/Twilight Panoramas II – Photo Shoot (overlooking Downtown Phoenix)

    When: Thursday 14 November, 2019 departure time is planned for 4:00 pm with arrival back in Sun City Grand at about 9:00 pm

    Where: South Mountain (Dobbins Point accessed from south Central Ave.) with dinner planned for 7:45 pm at Los Dos Molinos – a Mexican Restaurant at 8646 S. Central Avenue.

    Photo Shoot Leaders: Dennis Hilgar

    Who: On a first come/first served basis, group size limit of 16 Club members. This photo shoot is appropriate for photographers with cameras of all types including smartphones.

    All participants are expected to be able to carry their own camera, personal gear and water. Temperatures in this area in November are expected to be about 75 F to 50 F.

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

    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 footwear for standing/ walking on even and uneven paved and un-paved surfaces.  

    Itinerary: Enjoy a photo shoot with a breathtaking view of the ‘Valley of the Sun’ overlooking Downtown Phoenix.

    Upon arrival photographers will be ‘on their own’ to wander about exploring the summit area to find suitable locations for sunset shots and/or twilight panoramas leaving the area at about 7:15 pm to drive down the mountain to Los Dos Molinos restaurant.

    Additional photo shoot details will follow for those signing up.

    Entrance Fees:  South Mountain Park is free.  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 to form car pools and depart at 4:00 pm. Use the parking lot on the south side of Remington drive farthest from the restaurant. Passengers will share actual fuel expenses; estimated total fuel cost for the entire trip is $15.00. This total cost is to be shared in equal amounts by dividing it by the number of passengers. (ie. 3 passengers would equal $5 each).

    Presentation Review:  TBD

    Registration Deadline: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 and please indicate if you are willing to drive. We will draw from the waiting list if there are cancellations so continue to sign up even if the shoot appears to be full.

    Additional details will follow for those signing up.

    Registration

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


     

    • December 02, 2019
    • 6:00 AM
    • December 06, 2019
    • 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, December 2nd and return Friday, December 6th.   

    Departure: Meet in the Photo Studio parking lot near the mail box at 5:45 AM and depart at 6:00 AM.  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 Leader: 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 December 2, 2019 and out on Friday December 6, 2019.

    Room rates for a single will be about $70.00/night plus tax.  AAA or ARP discount rates are about $60/night plus tax.

    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 December 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 11, 2019

    Registration: will be available starting Sunday, August 25, 2019


    What:
    • January 25, 2020
    • 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Goodyear Ballpark – 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear, AZ
    • 7
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    What: 9th Annual Hot Air Balloon Classic - Photo Shoot

    When: Saturday, 25 January 2020 (balloon events are subject to suitable weather). Departure time is planned for 3:00 pm with arrival back in Sun City Grand at about 9:00 pm

    Where: Goodyear Ballpark – 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear, AZ

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

    Photo Shoot Leader: Richard Coles

    Itinerary: At the 9th Annual Arizona Balloon Classic, photographers will be on their own to wander through the various displays returning to meeting spot at a predetermined time to return home.

    Event planners indicate that up to 25 hot-air Balloons, including special shapes, will participate. On Saturday and Sunday morning the sky will be filled with colorful hot-air Balloons participating in the thrilling “Hare & Hound” race from the grassy fields of the Goodyear Ballpark for a spectacular sight of mass and color. Spectators can walk on the field and experience the balloons inflation and lift off.

    On Friday and Saturday evenings, January 24th & 25th a field full of illuminated, tethered hot-air Balloons will glow in time to Music. On Saturday evening there will also be fireworks.

    There will also be Hot-Air Balloon “Tethered” Rides, live entertainment, Food Fest and many other exciting retail activities. Food trucks and street food vendors will be on hand to provide a variety of festival food favorites available to purchase all weekend.

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

    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 about $6.00 per vehicle.

    Event Admission: For any one day – $20 at the gate. General parking $5.00. DISCOUNT ticket promotion starts Friday, November 22, 2019 visit: The 9th Annual Arizona Balloon Classic website.

    Additional photo shoot details will follow for those signing up.

    Registration deadline: Thursday, 23 January 2020 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.


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