If you are just starting out in photography or have been in it for a while, you'll fit in just fine shooting with us in the South Bay and beyond.
Our group is intended for members of all experience levels, and all photographic mediums. Our goal is to have a good time enjoying our hobby, meet new people who share the love of photography, go to places near and far, further ignite and explore the creative spark within ourselves and learn some new tips and techniques along the way. We will be scheduling photo trips to shoot nature, landscape, fine art, themes, and other genres using our local areas, cities, beaches, open spaces, industrial sites, some field trips and more.
Some of the recurring meetups will involve moderate hikes, nature walks and photography discussions over coffee. Almost all events will be free; though some events may have fees to cover the costs of renting a venue, hiring a guide, getting permits etc. Event details will be in the descriptions and any fees payable to the meetup group will be announced upfront. Occasionally, an event may be free, but the member would have to pay for their own ticket, parking etc.. We will try our best to anticipate such costs and include details in the event descriptions.
We can photograph many beautiful buildings and wineries such as “The Beringer Winery”, “Robert Mondavi Winery”, “Opus One Winery”, “The Chateau Montelena Winery”, “The Castello di Amorosa”, and “The Culinary Institute at Graystone” to name a few. Every winery have a tasting room and even if you are not planning to taste wine, there are lots of great artifacts and works of are to photograph.
Also, we can take a short drive to Calistoga to photograph the “Old Faithfull Geyser” ($ 14 Entrance fee) and the Tennessee Fainting Goats (mini goats) that habit the park.
The drive to Napa is about 2.5 hrs from San Jose so we can organize some carpooling to save on gas.
I would like to leave the bay area early enough to catch some of the morning light in at least one of the buildings (not sure which one yet). But you can arrive there later and meet the rest of us there.