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Balboa Park - MOPA Exhibit Followed By Park Hike & Photography - Hosted by Dan

We will meet and socialize at the large fountain in front of The Reuben H Fleet Museum, located in the eastern side of the park at 9:30 AM and then set out at 9:45 sharp.

Our first stop will be MOPA (The Museum of Photographic Arts) on The Prado where we will view the current exhibits on a self-guided tour (see below).  Doors open at 10 AM.

Face to Face: Works from the Bank of America Collection

Face to Face explores one of the largest corporate collections of photography in the United States, illuminating the rich historical diversity of photographic portraiture. The exhibition includes some of the earliest techniques, including a salt paper print from the 1840s by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson, and a half-plate daguerreotype by Albert Southworth and Josiah Johnson Hawes. Other works include portraits by masters of the medium such as Yousuf Karsh, Lisette Model, Tina Barney, Rineke Dijkstra, Walker Evans and Richard Avedon.

Inside Out: Portraits from the Permanent Collection

Almost from its invention, photography was an ideal medium for portraiture. But what is a portrait? As the author Richard Brilliant writes, "Making portraits is a response to the natural human tendency to think about oneself, of oneself in relationship to others, and of others in apparent relation to themselves..." Inside Out explores this question by looking at the many varieties of photographic portraiture, ranging from daguerreotypes to the interpretive portraiture of Arnold Newman, including the experimental approach of Man Ray and a view of Marilyn Monroe through time.

Imagine That!

Imagine That! showcases the historic pursuit of photographers seeking to capture unique perspectives, unknown realms and phenomena inaccessible to their eyes and immediate senses. This exhibition from MoPA’s permanent collection examines a desire in photography to create images of the unseeable and asks the viewer to examine photography not as an extension of the human eye, but as a pursuit of discovery, observation and technology driven by the imperceptible.

NOTE:  If you'd like to join MOPA as a member, they are offering our group members the special student rate. Inquire about it during the tour.

Afterwards we will venture out into the park to begin our shoot. (approximately 10:30AM)

Newbies and seasoned pros are encouraged to interact with one another so that everyone can benefit from this event by sharing their photographic insights and skills. 

Tripods not necessary but can be useful for any slow exposures or macro photography you might be interested in trying.


For those interested in getting together for lunch afterwards, we will formulate a plan to meet at a designated location at a specific time before we set out to the museum.

Please be on time. You can exchange numbers prior to the event so that if you wander off, you can find the group again.

Balboa Park Map:  Balboa-Park-Map.jpg 2,200×1,700 pixels

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  • Dan C.

    Whoops! Forgot to send out my number to everyone and I hope that wasn't the reason that a lot of people didn't make it. Otherwise, I think we had a pretty good time and lunch at Sicilian Thing in North Park was tasty!

    September 11, 2011

  • Dan C.

    12 attended from the 26 that were signed up. Not sure if the big power outage 2 days before had an effect. Enjoyable tour of the MOPA gallery and a pleasant stroll around the park taking photos.

    September 11, 2011

  • Robin R.

    Always a good time and Dan knows some very photogenic spots in the park.

    September 11, 2011

  • Shannon

    The park offered a lot of different opportunities to take pictures and it was nice to be able to go off on your own a bit and then come back to the group.

    September 10, 2011

  • Priscilla M.

    Thanks Dan for hosting this fun photo meetup at the Park and MOPA.

    September 10, 2011

  • Jeremy M.

    I found you!

    September 10, 2011

  • Dan C.

    I'll send my phone number to everyone before the event so anyone who's late can catch up to us.

    September 3, 2011

  • jamie m

    in case someone (i.e., me) can't get there until the park hike/shoot begins around 10:30, where will the group meet to start that portion of the day?

    September 3, 2011

  • Dan C.

    We will be joined by members of the Northern San Diego Photography Meetup.

    August 22, 2011

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