Photo Shoot at the San Diego Safari Park

We will meet at the entrance of the Safari Park at 8:30 a.m. and enter the Park at 9:00 a.m. sharp. Please be punctual.  The early start to the Safari Park Meetup is necessary to beat the crowds and to catch animals while they are more active in the morning.

I plan to lead a limited number of Safari Park meetups through May, before it gets too hot and the kids get out of school, keep an eye on PPS for those announcements.

We'll visit the Elephants on the way to the Lions and Cheetahs. Then Journey through Africa where there are a number of photo ops. Afterwards we will walk to the main bird pond, then flamingo pond and the ever popular Meerkats then make the obligatory trek to the Eagle and Condor Exhibit. Don't forget, the Safari Park plants and gardens are half the beauty of the Park.

Admission to the Park now costs $46.00 for non-members and is free for members. Parking is $8 per vehicle for members, $10 for non-members. Diamond members park free. Annual memberships for unlimited admission to the Park and the Zoo begins at $98. I suggest if you're going to attend more than one of our photo shoots at these venues that you buy a membership. There will be at least ten photo shoots at these venues this year.

As for lenses long macros 100mm+, medium zooms to 200mm or even long zooms to 400mm will work well at the exhibits. Remember you will be dealing with some low light, lots of fellow visitors and sometimes your minimum or maximum focusing distance will be limited. Monopods or hand held shooting should be fine, but there really won't be room for tripods.

While we wait in line the organizers present can discuss camera settings with those that need help.  

Don't forget to bring a hat, sunscreen and other San Diego outdoor gear. During our last photo shoots at the Park, we walked an average of about six to seven miles, so comfortable shoes are a good idea. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, you can email me on my member profile, Jim Stone. My cell  number is[masked]-6011. Only call if you have to.

Important announcements: If there are any members who have a pass and can get a non-member in for free, please indicate so in your RSVP, so that those needing a pass can contact you. Through the generosity of several members this has been very useful on numerous occasions.

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  • Ryan W.

    Finally got into my new place and have my inet up and running. Uploaded some photos here and on my FB business front.

    February 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I look forward to more photo shoots in the mornings. Thanks Jim Stone!!!

    February 1, 2014

  • Cindy B.

    Thanks, Jim, for being a great leader and not rushing us through. One thing I learned is I have to go back again soon because my photos didn't turn out as well as I hoped. I really enjoyed meeting new members to the group.

    February 1, 2014

  • Dave J.

    I had a great time. I enjoyed meeting everyone. Thanks for showing us around Jim.

    February 1, 2014

  • Ryan W.

    Jim, thanks for the great day at the Safari Park! Look forward to shooting with you all some more here soon!

    February 1, 2014

  • Kate T.

    Jim, is there a chance I can join the group in the morning, since there are spaces! I did not sign up at first, I thought I was doing something else!

    January 31, 2014

    • Jim S.

      Kate. If it's not too late feel free to join us.

      February 1, 2014

    • Kate T.

      Thanks Jim, I ended up with my Granddaughter, who decided the mall and not the Zoo, love that girl! I did get her to go on a short hike at Mission Teails! All good and I will try for the next one!

      February 1, 2014

  • Stephan B.

    nice day at the animal park, I had a great time. thank you Jim

    February 1, 2014

  • Gaurav

    Something came up

    January 30, 2014

  • Winn K

    I'm dropping out as my car is acting a bit funny and not sure I want to chance driving down from LA.

    January 30, 2014

  • Jeff B.

    Sorry but something came up

    January 29, 2014

  • Cheryl D.

    Sorry, I can't make it this weekend.

    January 29, 2014

  • Stephanie H.

    Sorry to drop out, but I have a opportunity to go to a track with some of my motorcycle buddies

    January 26, 2014

  • Victoria B.

    So sorry to drop out but something has come up and I can't make it. This is one of my favorite things to do. Have fun!

    January 24, 2014

  • Marilyn H.

    I need to change my RSVP...I will be with grandkids that day.

    January 19, 2014

  • Roy A.

    Cheetah run is at 3:00 or 3:30pm'ish. Good challenge since their body is all over the place as they run towards you. I use them as a good test if I tweak my AF settings.

    :-)

    1 · January 16, 2014

  • Gaurav

    Would need a pass in case someone can spare one

    January 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will need a pass please, as I've been unable to renew my membership. Thanks!

    January 13, 2014

  • Winn K

    Getting to the bird area during feeding presents great photo opps.

    January 13, 2014

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