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PACIFIC ORCHID EXPOSITION ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22

PACIFIC ORCHID EXPOSITION

This is the largest Orchid Show in the United States and, if you love flowers, it is an event you will not want to miss.

Although the show is held from Friday to Sunday, the problem is that it is very crowded on the weekend. The best day to go is on Friday because it is much less croweded so you have room to do all the photography that you want and you can also bring a tripod. On the weekend, it is much harder to get clean images because there are so many people in the way. On Friday, the people are much more polite and will even more out of the image to help you get the shot you want. Another plus is that the exhibitors not super busy and are more friendly and willing to talk about their orchids. Finally all the orchids will be fresh which means they will be looking good and ready to be photographed.

Date: Friday, February 22 starting at 10 am. Even on Friday, I suggest that you arrive early and pay the fee to park in the Fort Mason lot. Street parking has a 2 hour limit and the meter maids are very active and tickets expensive. I am planning to arrive at 9:30 am to be sure to get a good parking spot.

Location: Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion, San Francisco.

Cost: This is a Free Event - the only cost for this Meetup is your admission ticket to the show and parking.

You can get more information, ticket prices and even purchase advance tickets on their website:

http://www.orchidsanfrancisco.org/poe.html

What to bring: Your camera of course and a macro lens if you have one, external flash and a monopod or tripod. I have gotten good results taking pictures hand held but a monopod would probably be a good idea. A tripod is more stable but harder to use when it gets crowded later in the day.

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  • Astroid P.

    Thank you Ed for organizing this event! I enjoyed the show and took a lot of pics.

    February 24, 2013

  • Michael

    Although I didn't get to take pictures with everyone else, I had a wonderful time.

    February 23, 2013

  • George A.

    Turned out to be a great event where I walked away with some fantastic photos. Thanks to Edward Woods for organizing this event.

    February 23, 2013

  • David Wallac w.

    How much are tickets? They are $10 - 15.
    Friday, February 22: 10 am – 6 pm
    Saturday, February 23: 9 am – 6 pm
    Sunday, February 24: 10 am – 5 pm

    February 22, 2013

    • Edward W.

      Ticket prices were listed on their website.

      February 22, 2013

  • Edward W.

    We were supposed to meet in line at the opening of the expo. Several did join us there and I met a few others inside. Once the doors opened, everyone seemed to want to go off on their own to shoot orchids rather than stay together as a group. It was not very crowded so it was easy to get around and take photos. The vendors were very nice and informative. A really pleasant event but sorry that we did not see more of you. I did walk around the building several times looking for people with cameras and met quite a few photographers - some with our group and others that were not. Look forward to seeing some images from everyone.

    February 22, 2013

  • Gwen

    I'm here

    February 22, 2013

  • Gwen

    Still in route. Should arrive a little after 11:00

    February 22, 2013

  • James D.

    will be late for 10am.

    February 22, 2013

  • Virginia A.

    Plans changed, will be able to join you.

    February 21, 2013

  • Serisha N.

    Cannot get away from work.

    February 21, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Would love to go but my kids get out at noon on Friday's. No way I could make it back in time.

    February 21, 2013

  • Virginia A.

    I've been going to this special event for the last 8 years or so on either a Saturday or Sunday because I and my friends/family worked. I've always found the "crowds" to be most considerate and soft spoken. Yes, I guess there are more people and more photographers with equipment ranging from cell phones to DLSRs with tripods and strobes. I've never gotten "tangled" up in equipment. Everyone I've encountered was thoughtful regarding their and others' photographic space. Just be patient. Vendors, though busy, always answered my questions and even go into detail in rare instances. But, I'm there to shoot photos. I won't be able to go with the group as I've already made plans with friends to go on Saturday. I just bring payment for entry fee, parking and an orchid or two; my camera with a zoom lens, tripod, and lunch. You can see my past orchid photos in my website. Have fun!

    February 8, 2013

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