Photoshoot at Huntington Library in Pasadena

I set a meet-up at Huntington Library in San Marino on the 26th of January 2014 at 10:30 am.  We will meet at the entrance gate of the library at  10:15 am to give us time to assemble before we proceed to the ticket booth as a group to avail of the discount for entrance fee. 

This is a great opportunity for photoshoot,  and each photographer has a lot of subjects to cover.   

The Huntington Library and Botanical Garden is one of the world’s great cultural, research, and educational centers

A private, nonprofit institution, The Huntington was founded in 1919 by Henry E. Huntington, an exceptional businessman who built a financial empire that included railroad companies, utilities, and real estate holdings in Southern California.

Huntington was also a man of vision – with a special interest in books, art, and gardens. During his lifetime, he amassed the core of one of the finest research libraries in the world, established a splendid art collection, and created an array of botanical gardens with plants from a geographic range spanning the globe. These three distinct facets of The Huntington are linked by a devotion to research, education, and beauty.

Library

The Library’s collection of rare books and manuscripts in the fields of British and American history and literature is nothing short of extraordinary. For qualified scholars, The Huntington is one of the largest and most complete research libraries in the United States in its fields of specialization. For the general public, the Library has on display some of the finest rare books and manuscripts of Anglo-American civilization. Altogether, there are about 6 million items.

Gutenberg Bible

Among the treasures for research and exhibition are the Ellesmere manuscript of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, a Gutenberg Bible on vellum, the double-elephant folio edition of Audubon’s Birds of America, and a world-class collection of the early editions of Shakespeare’s works.

The Huntington also is among the nation’s most important centers for the study of the American West, with an unsurpassed collection of materials that span the full range of American western settlement, including the overland pioneer experience, the Gold Rush, and the development of Southern California.

The Munger Research Center, the newest addition to the Library structure, adds 90,000 square feet of space for scholars and staff, preservation, conservation, and storage.

Art Collections

The Art Collections are distinguished by their specialized character and elegant settings in three separate galleries on the Huntington grounds. A fourth space, the MaryLou and George Boone Gallery, hosts changing exhibitions. The Huntington Art Gallery, originally the Huntington residence, contains one of the most comprehensive collections in this country of 18th- and 19th-century British and French art. It serves as home to Gainsborough’s Blue Boy and Lawrence’s Pinkie. On display in the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art, The Huntington’s American art collection includes works from the 1690s to the 1950s, including important paintings such as Mary Cassatt’s Breakfast in Bed, Frederic Edwin Church’s Chimborazo, and Edward Hopper’s The Long Leg.

Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens are an ever-changing exhibition of color and a constant delight. Covering 120 acres, more than a dozen specialized gardens are arranged within a park-like landscape of rolling lawns. Among the most remarkable are the Desert Garden, the Japanese Garden, the Rose Garden, and the Chinese garden. The camellia collection is one of the largest in the country. Other important botanical attractions include the Subtropical, Herb, Jungle, and Palm gardens.

To the north of the Scott Galleries sits the Botanical Education Center, featuring the Helen and Peter Bing Children’s Garden, the Teaching Greenhouse, and The Rose Hills Foundation Conservatory for Botanical Science. The Conservatory provides children and families with exhibits designed to capture the imagination, engage the senses, and teach some of the fundamentals of botany. The Children’s Garden is most suitable for kids ages 2-7; the Conservatory is designed for middle-school-age students.

Research

Scholars come from around the world every year to conduct advanced humanities research using The Huntington’s collections. Through a rigorous peer-review program, the institution awards[masked] grants to scholars in the fields of history, literature, art, and the history of science. Through the Huntington Library Press, the institution produces the Huntington Library Quarterly and several books each year. Scholarly pursuits lead to best-selling books, Pulitzer Prizes, acclaimed documentary films, and many of the history and social studies textbooks that educate the nation’s school children. Research activities at The Huntington also include scholarly conferences and workshops, symposia, special lectures, and a multitude of collaborations.

Readers (as scholars at The Huntington are known) registered to use the collections have included Nobel Laureates (Richard Feynman), Oscar winners (Katharine Hepburn), Grammy winners (Ian Whitcomb), and Pulitzer Prize winners (some 20 Pulitzer Prize-winning historians and other major prize winners have used the collections). Their work has cut across many fields: literature (Wallace Stegner), history (James McPherson, Irving Stone, and Gordon Wood), film and television (George Cukor and Ken Burns), and astronomy (Edwin Hubble), among others.

Education

The Huntington’s education programs serve a broad audience and provide enrichment for members of the institution, casual visitors, school teachers, children, and adults. Programs range from lively activities for preschoolers to intensive five-week institutes for K-12 classroom teachers.

On average, The Huntington’s school programs serve approximately 12,000 children and 750 teachers each year. Students from throughout Los Angeles, San Diego, Ventura, and San Bernardino counties participate in 11 different school field trip programs, free of charge. Lesson plans in science, art, and the humanities, developed by Huntington educators and scholars, and that feature The Huntington’s collections, are put to use in schools nationwide.

Henry & Arabella Huntington

Henry & Arabella Huntington

Henry Edwards Huntington was born in 1850 in Oneonta, New York. In 1872 he went to work for his uncle, Collis P. Huntington, one of the owners of the Central Pacific Railroad. Twenty years later Huntington moved to San Francisco at his uncle’s request to share management of the Southern Pacific Railroad. Enroute to San Francisco he visited the J. DeBarth Shorb estate, “San Marino,” which he later purchased. Today the estate is home to his collections.

In 1902, Huntington moved his business operations to Los Angeles, where he greatly expanded the existing electric railway lines, creating an extensive inter-urban system providing the transportation necessary to encourage population growth. As a result of the railway linkages and the development of the property adjacent to the lines, the population of the region tripled between 1900 and 1910. Huntington’s business interests continued to grow particularly in the areas of water, power, and land development; at one time he served on as many as 60 corporate boards throughout the United States.

At the age of 60 he announced his decision to retire in order to devote time to his book and art collections and the landscaping of the 600-acre ranch. He operated the ranch as a commercial enterprise for several years, later selling more than half the acreage. In 1911 the large Beaux Arts mansion (now the Huntington Art Gallery), designed by architect Myron Hunt, was completed.

In 1913, Huntington married Arabella Duval Huntington, the widow of his uncle Collis. She was Henry’s age and shared his interests in collecting. As one of the most important art collectors of her generation, she was highly influential in the development of the art collection now displayed in the former mansion.

Huntington was one of the country’s most prominent collectors of rare books and manuscripts. In 1920 the library building was completed to house his outstanding collection.

In 1919, Henry and Arabella Huntington signed the indenture that transferred their San Marino property and collections to a nonprofit educational trust, creating The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, which hosts more than 500,000 visitors each year.

Henry E. Huntington died in 1927; Arabella predeceased him by three years. Both are buried in the mausoleum on the property, designed by John Russell Pope, who later designed the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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  • Susan J.

    Great time. I had forgotten how beautiful the place is.

    February 12, 2014

  • Maria M.

    Tks, for all the picts. You guys are posting.they are beautiful.

    January 26, 2014

  • Chris F.

    Thank you to all those who were able to make it and thank you to Gerard for leading on this meetup..
    Excellent job,,

    Remember guys,, the "street" is where you make it ,, More a way of seeing , thinking and reacting than a specific place or subject,, See you all at the next one .

    .................C

    January 26, 2014

  • joy

    I had a fun time. I forgot what it was like holding a camera.

    1 · January 26, 2014

  • Susan J.

    Really enjoyed my first ever Meet Up. Thank you to all in the group!

    1 · January 26, 2014

  • Gerard P.

    Had a great day with the group, we surely missed those who were not able to make it.

    January 26, 2014

  • Brewster

    So sorry Gerard I can't realy make it. My cough turns to flu. You knew how I wish to go. I intentionally didn't change my rsvp bcoz I still hope I will be ok.

    January 26, 2014

  • Maria M.

    I'm so sorry you guys but I'm not going to be able to make it on Sunday, I came down with the flu I apologize,have a good time for me.

    January 24, 2014

  • casey m.

    Sorry to bail, I just found out I have to work. So goes the life of a freelancer.

    January 24, 2014

  • Gary

    unfortunately, I have a funeral to go to that day and will not be able to attend. I am bummed!

    January 24, 2014

  • Susan M.

    Thanks Gerard, I look forward to meeting you in the future.

    January 23, 2014

    • Gerard P.

      You're welcome. Likewise Susan.

      January 24, 2014

  • jessica

    Hi Gerard, I will be at 10:30 as I have church on Sunday. If that's a problem, please let me know and I'll cancel my RSVP.

    January 23, 2014

    • Chris F.

      Not a problem....... You can catch up with the group inside. Make sure to get a contact number so you can hook up ,,.,

      January 23, 2014

    • Gerard P.

      Okey Jessica, see you there.

      January 24, 2014

  • Susan M.

    Wow Chris Farley, I am very jealous of you!

    January 23, 2014

  • Susan M.

    Hello Gerard and Chris, thank you for the invitation, but, I unfortunately cannot make it. Have a wonderful time everyone! If you have never been there before, you will love it!

    January 22, 2014

    • Gerard P.

      Hi Susan, thank you for the information, we sure will miss you there.

      January 22, 2014

    • Chris F.

      I used to work there in the 70s Susan..

      January 23, 2014

  • Calvin R.

    I have a membership, so someone can take my place. Will there be an actual class or presentation or will we be on our own?

    January 21, 2014

    • Gerard P.

      Hi Calvin, appreciate your offer, for the group. There will be no presentation but a sharing of ideas and experiences about photography. We can also assist new members who are new in photography if they have some questions.

      January 22, 2014

  • Gerard P.

    The signed-up members who will attend has a current total of 41, and all would be accommodated. I would suggest that another member should handle the other half of the group and I would coordinate with Chris Farley about it.

    1 · January 21, 2014

  • Gerard P.

    I would like to remind that those who signed up for the event has the responsibility to attend since this meet-up has to reach a certain amount of quota to avail of the discount. I will be there early to greet the members and check the names of the attendees.

    January 21, 2014

  • Gerard P.

    Hi Julia, Thank you for this information. Regarding the schedule, the 26th of January is already arranged.

    December 31, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      it'll be great if you can arrange group tickets so that we pay only $14.

      January 4, 2014

    • Gerard P.

      No reservation is necessary as long as the number of visitors in the group is more than 15 and we can avail the discount.

      January 21, 2014

  • Christina W

    I went with another Meetup group last year. In order to get the discount, the total # tickets had to be purchased in one transaction.

    January 19, 2014

    • Gerard P.

      Hi Christina, we will meet near the ticket office, this is to ensure that enough members will be there and will purchase the ticket in one transaction.

      January 21, 2014

  • Deyane

    Is there really a set number? Can I come even if I'm on the waitlist?

    January 20, 2014

    • Gerard P.

      Hi Chris, I set the limit to 25 persons, this is to have convenient conversation and exchanges of know how about the place and sharing of photography experiences within the group. With limited set of people leading them is easy and and the group can interact with the new member specifically those who are new in photography. I recommend that the group be divided into two and the other half should be handled by the other member.

      January 21, 2014

    • Gerard P.

      You can assign an additional event leader to handle half of the group.

      January 21, 2014

  • Maria M.

    I am excited to be part of this group, can't wait for sunday.See you all!

    January 20, 2014

  • Chris F.

    We still need more event leaders for the coming year . Imagine if everyone were to lead just 1 event? Its a good opportunity to learn , and to stretch to meet a challenge . In every group only a few are willing to step up .. Its your group... own it

    December 31, 2013

    • Chris F.

      Not enough people were showing up out of those that RSVP'd "yes" ... and I don't like having my time wasted.. Or having it disrespected. We are the only "Street" group.. the others are copy cats who jumped in after we created interest in street shooting..

      January 10, 2014

    • Chris F.

      I can do a Street Photography workshop, but I expect those who RSVP to show up.. Street Photography is more than just shooting things on the street. And shooting other members of the group is not street photography,, If enough people want to do it then I will consider it ,, Just be sure that you like my style of shooting, my images, because that's what I would be teaching ,,

      2 · January 10, 2014

  • Chris F.

    I used to work at the Huntington.. But unfortunately I cant attend,, I have a USFA fencing tournament on the 26th.

    Remember,, no tripods in the buildings and no flash in the buildings. Its a big place so pack light. The grounds are vast,, wear loose clothing and good shoes. I believe it is still $12 general and $8 for seniors.. They have a free day but I don't know what day that is ..

    December 31, 2013

    • SharonLeePhotography

      Isn't this place better in Spring ???

      1 · January 10, 2014

    • Chris F.

      Everyplace is better in Spring,, but Spring is only 3 months of the year.. What about the other 9 months?

      January 10, 2014

  • Ronald K.

    Let's go on photography safari to San Diego Safari Park for some animal photography.I will be glad to help with

    composition and a little Camera advice for beginner photographer as I'm lucky if I can turn

    my Camera on.Though I have won some photography awards and contests:-)

    This is about networking and sharing .

    Please share your best dates that you can go and the DATE that comes up the most we will go for.

    I was thinking we can car pool?

    Ronald Kenney

    www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C094BAFAC2CA6FA7-travel

    1 · January 4, 2014

    • Gina

      Ron, that is a great idea! Feb 1st Saturday is good for me. Thanks! Gina

      January 4, 2014

    • Chris F.

      Lets work this out on the discussion boards and then move it to meetup status,, While not street photography I'm pretty sure group members will be interested ..

      1 · January 4, 2014

  • Gerard P.

    We will go as a group to avail of the discount for entrance fee.

    December 31, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I think you need to call and RSVP to get the discount.

      January 4, 2014

  • Chris F.

    Take your camera and 1 lens,, don't go with a lot of equipment . Don't try to look like a pro. This is something I try to tell people in street shooting also,, But someone will always show up with 10 cameras and enough lenses to supply the "L.A. Times".

    1 · December 31, 2013

    • Chris F.

      Exactly,,

      December 31, 2013

    • Chris F.

      Just a bunch of folks who happen to have cameras and who hang out together..

      December 31, 2013

  • Gerard P.

    Here's my number for more information:[masked]

    December 31, 2013

  • Chris F.

    Date change is up to Gerard.. I cant do the 26th,,

    As I said previously I have a USFA fencing tournament on the 26th.
    I can do Feb 6th,, Weekends are difficult for me till july when the season ends..

    December 31, 2013

  • Alfredo T.

    Last time I went there we joined a big family to reach the minimum number for the group ticket.

    December 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    First Thursday in the month is a free day, and next available is February 6th. Can get free tickets on January 2nd. Group tickets are $14:
    Weekdays Weekends
    Adults $20 $23
    Seniors (65+) $15 $18
    Students (12-18, or with full-time student I.D.) $12 $13
    Youth (5-11) $8 $8
    Children (under 5) free free
    Groups (15 or more) $11 ea. $14 ea.
    Members free free

    1 · December 31, 2013

  • Gerard P.

    Yes Chris, Tks for the information. We will meet near the ticket counter of the library. The current entrance fee for adult is 23.00 but I will verify if they will give a discount for a group.
    Wear a comfortable walking shoes.

    December 31, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      i think there is a free admission day - can we go then?

      December 31, 2013

  • Gerard P.

    Tks. Marie for the advice.

    1 · December 31, 2013

  • Gerard P.

    You're right. I always tell my friends in the group to bring one camera and a one lens that can cover most of the shots. This will be easy to carry and to avoid the hassle of changing lens in the middle of the shoot.

    1 · December 31, 2013

  • Marie A.

    I would love to shoot at this location but the permit is to expensive. My advice is to spread your group out so you don't get noticed by security. And don't use tripods or lighting equipment.

    December 31, 2013

    • Chris F.

      I've taken the group there 4 other times. The only time you need a permit is for a commercial shoot. If they ask tell them that you are students or a photo club,, I have never had any problems ... The no tripod rules only apply to indoors,, outdoors just stay out of peoples way with them..

      December 31, 2013

    • Chris F.

      You're right,, they raised the admission earlier this year..

      December 31, 2013

  • Chris F.

    Also,, consider meeting on the steps at the ticket booth,, the front gate is a long walk from parking.. And there are 2 entrances . That may confuse some ,, it always does

    December 31, 2013

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