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Guided Photo walk at Pheasant branch park

Prairie Flowers and More – A Photo Walking TourThursday, July 21,[masked]:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Meet at the northern most entrance of the conservancy on Pheasant Branch Road Guide: Michael Knapstein, Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy board member and 35 year veteran photographer. 

Whether you are an amateur or esteemed photo enthusiast, you'll enjoy this walking tour with international award-winning
nature and landscape photographer Michael Knapstein. His
photo tips and suggestions will help you get the best images possible
-- just in time for the Friends of Pheasant Branch Photo
Contest! Learn more about the contest at www.pheasantbranch.
org and about Michael at www.knapsteinphotography.com

ROUTE:  I emailed some questions to the photographer leading the walk, Michael Knapstein.   Here is the route he plans.  There is no shade on this prairie route which may be a problem if it's hot:  " I will start off near the North parking lot so everyone can capture the prairie flowers. I'll do a quick introduction to the area, point out my favorite photo locations and give a few suggestions. We'll probably spend the first 30 minutes or more on the North end.   Then we'll walk East toward Frederick's Hill. There we may split into two group -- some people may feel up to walking up the hill, others may not.  Those who don't want to walk up the hill may go down to the springs area. Then we can walk through the prairie back to the North lot."

PARKING:  The North parking lot has room for only about 15 to 20 vehicles.  We have 30 rsvp's (25 members + 5 guests).  Add to that the people from outside our group who will be attending means there won't be  nearly enough parking spaces.  Michael suggest some of us park in other lots or the Copp's lot and car pool to the North lot.   Or there is a large parking lot in the Orchid Heights area at the East end of the park.  People could walk from there.  However, the extra walking could be a problem in the heat.  Maybe I should have capped our rsvp's at 10 but didn't think of the parking or heat problems.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Many thanks to Mike for his guidance and suggestions regarding the various things to think about while photographing the conservancy. Being able to converse one on one with him about issues was so helpful. Thanks to Brian and Colleen for organizing.

    July 23, 2011

  • Lauren

    I could have used a bit more guiding around the park. We all went tromping down to find the spring and then people started splitting off from there. It was nice because I felt like I got the chance to explore on my own, but a bit more structure would have helped. All in all though, a good meetup. :)

    July 22, 2011

  • Rachel

    Thank you to Michael Knapstein for a great walk and for all the tips and suggestions. And thank you to Brian for bringing this walk to our attention. Had a great time meeting new people and talking about photography. I hadn't been to Pheasant Branch Conservancy before, but I will definitely be back.

    July 22, 2011

  • Terry M.

    It was a very nice outing. I enjoyed talking with others in the group I hadn't met yet. ***I ended up with an unwanted passenger on my clothing(tick) so you may want to check you clothes from last night. I didn't come across it until this morning so it hung out all night on my shorts.

    July 22, 2011

  • Marlene J.

    Please upload photos to the meetup event - that way we can share!

    July 22, 2011

  • Hugh

    It was an inspiring experience. Thanks to organizers and participants. Will there be a way to share pictures and expertise? I would love to see what some people captured. I also caught some neat ones of participants taking pictures in the sunset light that they might like to have (of themselves).

    July 22, 2011

  • Brian S

    Yes the walk is Thursday, July 21, 2011, 6:30 PM. If Mike decides to do an additional one later I will let you know.

    July 20, 2011

  • Terry M.

    I'm still planning on going. It won't be as hot tomorrow and by 6:30 it will be almost cool at about 90 degrees.

    July 20, 2011

  • Marlene J.

    Clarification - we are going on Thurs, not today (Wed)?

    July 20, 2011

  • Brian S

    Even if some or most members of our rsvp's decide not to attend, there will likely be others from outside our group who do attend. He is aware that we have 32 rsvp's and I will let him know if that changes much. If you still want to contact him for some reason, his phone number and email form are on his site (I don't want to post them here):
    http://www.knapsteinphotography.com/contact

    July 20, 2011

  • Hugh

    Considering the level of interest, perhaps those of us who are less heat averse can attend today and Michael might be persuaded to lead it again. Also, those of us who attend today could pass along what we learned to others.

    July 20, 2011

  • Marlene J.

    From my perspective a cooler time of year would be better ( I am highly heat-averse). Does Michael have a personnel number that we should reach, so as to not waste his time, if folks drop out due to crazy weather?

    July 20, 2011

  • Brian S

    Michael sent this to me: "If the weather keeps many of your group away, perhaps we can do something later in the year."
    www.knapsteinphotography.com

    July 20, 2011

  • Marlene J.

    Sorry to miss you Brian. I hope it won't still be too hot out there, but it looks like despite the crazy weather, we will have great attendance! The pictures are gonna be great!

    July 20, 2011

  • Brian S

    I'm not going and changed my rsvp because it's too hot. Sorry about that since I'm the event organizer. But this event doesn't need me because Michael Knapstein will be the one leading the walk and discussion.

    July 19, 2011

  • Brian S

    I added some info to this meetup summary about the planned walking route, and the parking problems because the North parking lot has room for only about 15 to 20 vehicle. Please check the event page for this info:
    http://www.meetup.com/Photography-Meetup-Group/events/17734951/

    July 18, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Got it. Thanks Brian

    July 13, 2011

  • Brian S

    Coming from the beltline go East on Century Ave. Right after Copps, turn left (North) on to Frank Lloyd Right Ave At the stop sign near Copps and Prairie cafe go right on to Pheasant Branch ave. Continue down Pheasant Branch ave to the third parking lot.

    http://maps.yahoo.com/#mvt=m&lat=[masked]&lon=[masked]&zoom=17

    July 13, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where did you say How far down is Pheasant Branch if you exited from the Beltline onto Century Ave? Is it before Copps store or after? I am not familiar with it?

    July 13, 2011

  • Brian S

    If you prefer, you could park in one of the other lots and walk the path to the third parking lot. For example, I might park in Orchid Heights Park, just north of Century Avenue on Valley Ridge Road. There is a big lot there and then I can walk over to the Pheasant Branch Road lot.

    May 20, 2011

  • Brian S

    If you are coming from Middleton take Century Ave to Pheasant Branch Road. Continue North on Pheasant Branch and there will be three parking lots on your right. The third one is the Northern most one and largest, and is right before a hill. The third lot is past the Whittlessey rd intersection on the left. When driving out of that lot, be careful because it's hard to see traffic coming from the right due to the hill.

    May 20, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    For those of us not familiar with the Conservancy, where is the northern most entrance? thanks

    May 20, 2011

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