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:
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.