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    • January 25, 2020
    • 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • Goodyear Ballpark – 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear, AZ
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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 25 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.


    • February 01, 2020
    • 6:45 AM - 4:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • AZ State Fairgrounds (1826 W McDowell Rd, Phoenix)
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    What“Heart of the Desert Classic” AKC sanctioned All Breed Dog Show, with Conformation and Obedience competitions. If you are a “dog person”, this photo shoot is for you!

    When: Saturday, February 1, 2020.  Depart SCG at 6:45 AM. Judging begins at 8:00 am and runs throughout the day. Return to SCG around 4:00 PM.

    Where:  AZ State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix. Judging rings and grooming areas will be in the Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum. Additional judging rings and vendors will be outdoors in a grassy area adjacent to the Coliseum. Ample parking available in several parking lots. See a fairgrounds map 

    Photo Shoot Leader: Peggy Boike

    Who: Registration open to all Club Members. 

    What to expect: There will be over 1,700 dogs of all breeds competing in conformation (like dog shows you have seen on TV), and about 150 dogs running through obedience exercises (heeling, retrieving and jumping over hurdles) and Rally competitions (navigating an obstacle course).

    Vendors will be selling everything imaginable related to dogs. There will also be food vendors (hamburgers, hot dogs). Although the Coliseum has tons of bleacher seating, people won’t be sitting there. You will be standing or sitting right next to the show rings or wandering around the grooming area and talking to the breeders of your favorite breeds, or checking out the amazing variety of doggie merchandise that the vendors are selling. There will be folding chairs available if you choose to just sit in one place and watch the hounds, or the sporting dogs or the terriers or ….

    Camera Equipment is optional, but if you do bring your camera, photo ops include lots of people shots, dogs being groomed, breeders walking around with their dogs in their arms or on leash or waiting at ringside chatting with their competitors, then showing their dogs to the judge in the ring, and spectators young and old. Action shots include dogs jumping over hurdles with dumbbells in their mouths or sniffing articles for scent retrieval exercises in the obedience rings. Camera lens suggestions - medium range telephoto, wide angle, normal lens.

    Costs:  $18 for gas and parking fee shared among riders.  Participants will be responsible for costs of their own food and beverages.

    Car Pools: Meet in the parking lot on the south side of Remington Dr. furthest from Angela’s at 6:45 am to form carpools and depart by 7:00 am.

    Registration Deadline: Monday, January 27, 2020 and please indicate if you are willing to drive. 

    Review: TBD

    This photo shoot will be available for registration starting Sunday November 24, 2019.



    • February 22, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • Steele Indian School Park, 300 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix
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    What: Matsuri Festival of Japan - 36th Anniversary, photo shoot.

    When: Saturday, 22 February, departure time is planned for 9:15 am with arrival back in SCG at about 3:30 pm

    Where: Steele Indian School Park, 300 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, access off Indian School between Central Ave. & 7th St., Phoenix.

    Who: On a first come/first served basis group size limited to 24 Club Members.

    Photo Shoot Leader: Richard Coles

    Itinerary: Upon arrival photographers will be on their own to enjoy a Japanese cultural experience and exceptional photographic opportunity including non-stop entertainment on multiple stages with dance, music, costume displays, Japanese exhibits, and a host of Japanese food, sweets and spirit vendors. Photographers will return to their vehicles at agreed upon times to return to SCG.

    The theme of this year’s Festival is Samurai.

    The samurai (or bushi) were the warriors of pre-modern Japan. They later made up the ruling military class that eventually became the highest-ranking social caste of the Edo Period (1603-1867). Samurai employed a variety of weapons such as bows and arrows, spears and guns, but their main weapon and symbol was the sword.

    Samurai lead their lives according to the ethic code of bushido ("the way of the warrior"). Strongly Confucian in nature, bushido emphasized concepts such as loyalty to one's master, self-discipline and respectful, ethical behavior. Many samurai were also drawn to the teachings and practices of Zen Buddhism.

    Visit the Matsuri Festival website for more details.

    Car Pools & Costs: We will meet in the parking lot outside of Angela's at 9:00 am to form car pools and depart at 9:15 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 $3.00 per person.

    Entrance is Free with parking available onsite

    On Site Japanese Food & Sake Garden Vendors = $ as you wish

    Registration Deadline: Thursday, 20 February, 2020 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.

    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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