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.