What we're about

We welcome all levels of digital photographers from beginners to professionals.

Our club is associated with the Photographic Society of America and active in the Southern California Council of Camera Clubs. You will find our club and these organizations offer you tremendous opportunities to develop your photographic skills through sharing photographs, tips and techniques. We also arrange field trips, workshops, and photo shoots for our members,

We meet the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month in the Parish Hall of the Episcopal Church of Ascension at 25 E. Laurel Ave in Sierra Madre. On the 2nd Monday of the Month, we project members' digital photos and have them critiqued by various experts in the field. Take a look at Pages for Image Submission Guidelines. On the 4th Monday of the Month, we have a variety of presentations, workshops, speakers, photo shoots, and other special events.

We also have a new website with additional information http://www.photochromers.com and a Photochromers Photography Club Facebook page.

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Marvelous Morocco!

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November 15 - November 27, 2022

Our friends at PhotoFly Travel Club (http://www.photoflytravel.com/) have invited us to a one of a kind adventure throughout Morocco!

E-mail [masked] for the DAILY ITINERARY!
Sign up at: https://photoflytravel.org/tour/morocco-group-tours/

  • 12 nights/13 days throughout Marvelous Morocco
  • Private local English speaking guides throughout
  • Breakfast Daily
  • 4 Lunches, 8 Dinners

Tangier (2 Nights)

There is still an air of mystery about the city, going back over 2,000 years to the time of the Phoenicians, and after WWII when it was made into an international zone attracting eccentric expats, colorful artists & hippies, and even spies!

– Mountain Road Trip: Pass splendid villas & gardens en route to Cape Spartel and it’s striking lighthouse.
– Hercules Cave: Continually inhabited since the Neolithic period
– The Medina (Old Walled City): Privately guided tour through the labyrinth of paths

Chefchaouen (1 Night)

Chefchaouen is an otherworldly escape nestled in Morocco’s Rif Mountains and founded in 1471 by Moorish exiles from southern Spain. Known as the “blue” city due to its picturesque blue-glazed houses & buildings, they are a tradition that comes from the town’s former Jewish population.

Volubilis

Leaving Chefchaouen en route to Fes, we’ll spend the morning exploring the UNESCO World Heritage site, 2000-year-old Roman ruins of Volubilis and get a picture of life during the Roman Empire.

Meknes

Two UNESCO World Heritage sites for the price of one: Bab el Mansour, the grandest of all imperial Moroccan gateways and Moulay Ismail’s massive Heri es Souani, his personal stable & granary for his 12,000 horses.

Fes (2 Nights)

One of the largest medieval cities in the world and an UNESCO World Heritage site, Fes is Morocco’s oldest imperial city and the religious, spiritual, intellectual, and cultural center of the country.

– Guided City Walk with stops at the various craftsmen quarters
– Unique Family Dinner in Traditional Home: dining at a traditional house with a host family

Erfoud & the Sahara Desert (2 Nights)

Erfoud is perched on the edge of the Erg Chebbi – a 30 mile long and 3 mile wide set of sand dunes that reach up to 170 ft high.

– Ifrane, the Swiss Alps of Morocco: This small mountain town located at an altitude of 6,000 ft above sea level is unlike any other city in Morocco with heavy European influence.
– Scenic Cedar Forest & Barbery apes: We’ll drive through and stop to photograph a beautiful cedar forest and encounter a tribe of “apes”.

Erg Chebbi Desert Camp

All luxury tents at the camp have air conditioning, en suite bathrooms w/ showers, and are beautifully decorated in the local Berber style.
– Camel ride into the desert

Boumalne Dades: Land of Valleys & Gorges (2 Nights)

This remote town is sought after for it’s proximity to the stunning Dades Gorges & Valleys.

– The Route of 1000 Kasbahs: En route to Boumalne Dades we’ll have en epic road trip along one of the most beautiful drives in the entire country.
– Todra Gorge: Lush palm trees cover 30 miles of wide tracts along this giant natural creation.
– Ait Ben Haddou: On our way to Marrakesh we’ll visit this world famous Ksar (fortified village), now an UNESCO World Heritage site.

Marrakesh (3 nights)

Referred to as “The Jewel of the South”, the city reached its prominence when it became the epicenter of trade for slaves, gold, ivory, and leather along the ancient caravan routes.

–Bahia Palace: With its lush, Moorish style gardens, the structure was erected by the countries top artisans in the 19th century to be the greatest palace of its time.
– Koutoubia Minaret and gardens: With perhaps the most stunning minaret in the country, this mosque is the largest in Marrakesh and a great site to photograph.
– Majorelle Botanical Gardens: A truly enchanting place, the gardens were designed by French painter Jacques Majorelle over the course of 40 years and are reminiscent of the famous Generalife gardens
– Jemaa el Fna Square: Wander around and photograph this UNESCO site and the heart of Marrakech.

Lots of free time to explore the city on your own or sign up for a number of different optional tours:

– Hot Air Balloon Ride:
– Quad Biking in the Desert
– Full Day Trip to Essaouira
– Cooking classes, hammam (Spa), horse cart rides, and others available

  • Tour Leader and photographer to help those who want to learn more about using their camera’s, taking better pictures
  • International Airfare is not included - Flying into Tangier (TNG) & flying out of Marrakesh (RAK)
  • All Taxes, Fees, & Transfers Included

E-mail us at [masked] for daily itinerary!

Join Us!

*For our solo travelers I will pair you up with someone of the same sex unless single occupancy is requested.

Price: $2,795.00

*Single Supplement: $650.00

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Deposit: $600.00

Go Here to Sign Up: https://photoflytravel.org/tour/morocco-group-tours/

Colorful Cuba

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Colorful Cuba

January 16th - January 24th, 2023

Join Here: https://photoflytravel.org/tour/cuba-small-group-tours/

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Our friends at PhotoFly Travel Club are relaunching their Colorful Cuba tour. It is an excellent program full of surprises, fun, and off the beaten path sights - and it is 100% legal! Take this once in a lifetime trip to this undisturbed Caribbean gem!

* 8N/9D throughout the best of Cuba with amazing off the path experiences!
* One-of-a-kind "casa particulares" (small converted homes & guesthouses!)
* Privately guided adventures and local experts throughout
* Breakfast every day
* 3 Dinners, 5 Lunches INCLUDED
* Legal, licensed & permitted program with all USA compliance requirements met under the SCP Program

Email us directly at [masked] to receive a detailed daily itinerary!

Havana

* Old Havana: Privately guided walking tour including many of the historical sites
* Fusterlandia & Jaimanitas Fishing Village: Colorful fishing village made famous by local artist, Jose Fuster, outside Havana

Soroa

* Unesco Biosphere Reserve
* Callejon de Hamel: Street art project where resident Salvador Gonzáles Escalona has decorated and painted in vibrant colors a pedestrian alleyway with scrap objects
* Las Terrazas: Mountain community was built as a reforestation project in the 1960s and is now part of the same UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
* Orchid Garden: Specialized botanical garden, with a collection of 20,000 specimens and more than 350 species of orchids

Viñales

* Sustainable Farm Discovery: Cuban farmer and his family who'll show us around their organic farm and explain the methods they use to grow their produce without pesticides or artificial fertilizers
* Valley Walking Tour & Tobacco Plantation: A beautiful walk through the valley to a local tobacco farm to learn about the making of Cuba’s famous cigars
* Cuban Cooking Class: Learn to cook Cuban-style with a cooking demonstration of 'platos tipicos'.

Cienfuegos

* Bay of Pigs: Scenic drive along the site where the Bay of Pigs occurred in 1961.
* Sinkhole or Ocean Snorkel: Stop for a swim and snorkel in the ocean or by a sinkhole which resembles a huge natural tropical fish tank.
* Guided Orientation Walk & Palacio de Valle : A short walk to see and learn the local landmarks followed by a visit to the Palacio de Valle, an "Arabian Nights" like aspiring restaurant with a fantastic terrace bar.

Trinidad

* Guided Trinidad Walk: Cultural tour of numerous churches, museums, and many colonial buildings
* Learn to Bartend: Bartending demonstration and discussion of the history behind Cuba’s most popular cocktails.
* Salsa Lesson: Visit a local dance school for a demonstration and lesson in the dances of Cuba
* Salto de Javira Waterfall: An easy hike to this beautiful waterfall, perfect for photos and a dip to cool off.
* Dinner on the Beach: Weather permitting, we'll celebrate this amazing journey together with a feast on the beach!

E-mail us at [masked] for the daily itinerary!

Price: $2,295.00

Single Supplement: $695.00

Check out our club's official trip page: https://photoflytravel.org/tour/cuba-small-group-tours/

Ultimate Vietnam

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Our friends at PhotoFly Travel Club ( https://www.photoflytravel.com/ ) have planned an amazing cultural and visually stunning adventure through Vietnam!

January 26 – February 3, 2023

Go here to sign up: https://www.photoflytravel.org/vietnam-group-tours/

PLUS, don’t forget to check out our Best of Vietnam’s Tropical Paradise Optional Extension! Coming Soon…

E-mail us at [masked] for the daily itinerary!

This time we’ll be exploring both the South & North, which in many ways are like two different countries (visually and culturally)! From the one-of-a-kind floating markets along the Southern Mekong River Delta, to the world famous natural wonders at Halong Bay in the North, to the countries best beaches and tropical waters, we’ll show you our favorite parts (on & off the path!) that this striking country has to offer on our Vietnam small group tour.

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  • 8 nights/9 days throughout this unimaginably diverse country:

– 3 nights/4 Days of unforgettable Southern Vietnam (Saigon & Mekong Delta)
– 5 nights/6 days of stunning Northern Vietnam (Halong Bay & Hanoi)
– 4 nights/5 days Optional Extension to Vietnam’s tropical central coast with the best beaches in the country! (Da Nang & Hoi An)

  • Charming hotels throughout
  • Breakfast daily
  • 8 Lunches & 4 Dinners Included

Southern Vietnam (4 Nights):

  • Tour of Ho Chi Minh City (Notre Dame, Hotel d’Ville, Ben Thanh Market, & Dong Khoi street)
  • Cu Chi tunnels (Visit the vast underground network of tunnels built first as a defense against the French, and later expanded during the American war)
  • Floating Markets of Cai Be & Cai Rang (Sampan ride through the floating markets colorfully congested with women and children jostling for space and vying to sell their wares)
  • Khmer Pagoda in Can Tho City (The most beautiful Khmer pagoda in the Mekong Delta!)

Northern Vietnam (5 Nights):

  • Hanoi highlight city tour (Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Presidential Palace, One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh Museum, Temple of Literature (Awesome photographs of the grounds and architecture here!)
  • Unique Street Food Experience (Lunch and privately guided tour of the hidden but true taste of Hanoi on a discovery walk-through of Vietnamese street cuisine and culture)
  • Explore the Old Quarter- (Right outside our hotel, lots of great photos to be taken along the old streets, each well-known for a specialized industry. Silk clothing ready-made and tailored, embroidery, silver products, and so much more can be found at the different merchants.)
  • Hill Tribes & Rice Paddies (A full day adventure to Hoa Binh province filled with bright green rice paddies and colorful lowland ethnic minority tribes, mostly of nomadic Thai origin. We’ll visit the “White Thai” Minority village of Mai Chau. Amazing cultural and landscape photos to be captured here!)

Cruise Halong Bay!

A great way to see spectacular Halong Bay is a slow cruise through the seemingly never-ending bay of islands. Lay in the sun, enjoy a selection of the freshest seafood, and take photograph after photograph.

  • 2 night/3 Day all inclusive cruise of the best & off the path destinations in Halong Bay
  • Deluxe cabins w/ ensuite bathrooms and air conditioning on traditional Vietnamese style “Junk Boat”
  • Explore Bai Tu Long Bay (The largest part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, most beautiful, off the path, and by far least crowded!)
  • Explore, kayak, and swim among hidden beaches, lagoons, and magical sea caves!
  • As always this entire trip will be amazing for photography and one photographer will be on hand to help those who want to learn more about using their camera’s, taking better pictures, etc. (PhotoFly Travel Club adventures are laid back when it comes to photography. They are not workshop style based tours and you do not need to be an avid photographer to join. All are welcome!)
  • All transfers & taxes Included
  • Domestic Flight Included from Saigon to Hanoi (SGN–>HAN)
  • International Airfare is not included. We are happy to help you find a good flight as always! (Flying into Saigon (SGN) on January 26th 2023 and departing from Hanoi International Airport (HAN) on February 4th 2023)

*Don’t forget to e-mail us for the daily itinerary of Vietnam small group tours ( [masked] )

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Join Us!

*For our solo travelers I will pair you up with someone of the same sex unless single occupancy is requested.

Price: $2,495
*Single Supplement: $620

Deposit: $600

Go here to sign up: https://www.photoflytravel.org/vietnam-group-tours/

PLUS, don’t forget to check out our Best of Vietnam’s Tropical Paradise Optional Extension! Coming Soon…

Astounding Antarctica

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February 20 - March 4, 2023

Our friends at Photofly Travel Club ( https://www.photoflytravel.com/ ) have planned an unbelievable adventure to Antarctica!

Go here to sign up: https://photoflytravel.org/tour/antarctica-group-tours/

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This "lost world" truly is like traveling to another planet! The unbelievable landscapes, animals, colors, and light make Antarctica a premiere destination for photographers, adventure travelers, nature lovers, history buffs, & just about every other type of traveler out there! Our travel club has partnered with the best specialized operator in the industry taking groups to the Arctic and Antarctic for over 25 years!

P.S. It's obviously quite expensive getting to the most remote place on earth, but we encourage you to research other options out there so you can see how incredible our value is!

Getting There...(~3 nights)

  • Night 1: We sail the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the remainder of the evening.
  • Day 2-3: Crossing the Drake Passage. Along the way we'll enjoy fascinating lectures by experts in marine biology, mountaineering, Antarctic research, & more.
  • Wildlife Along the Way: Wandering albatrosses, grey-headed albatrosses, black-browed albatrosses, light-mantled sooty albatrosses, cape pigeons, southern fulmars, Wilson’s storm petrels, blue petrels, and Antarctic petrels are a few of the birds we might see.

Exploring Antarctica...(~5-6 nights)

"Antarctica’s surreal remoteness, extreme cold, enormous ice shelves and mountain ranges, and myriad exotic life forms invariably challenge you to embrace life fully...Antarctica is home to some of the world’s most extraordinary species. Some, such as the enormous whales, migrate from afar, while others, including the Weddell seal and emperor penguin, remain close to the continent. Antarctica possesses an unnameable quality. Call it inspiration, call it grandeur…it is simply the indescribable feeling of being a small speck in a vast, harshly beautiful land. To let our minds soar in a place nearly free of humankind’s imprint: this is magic." -Lonely Planet

Neumayer Channel: Great for multiple basecamp activities from the protected waters around Wiencke Island. We can enjoy the splendors of this alpine environment at sea with Zodiac and kayaking trips, possible snowshoe hikes, and soft-climb mountaineering options farther inland.

Pléneau & Petermann Islands: Sail through the stunning and world famous Lemaire Channel in search of Adélie penguins and blue-eyed shags. Also a good chance we'll encounter humpback, minke whales, & leopard seals here! Kayaking, glacier walks, and more ambitious mountaineering trips are the potential activities of this location.

Neko Harbor: An epic landscape of mammoth glaciers and endless wind-carved snow, Neko Harbor offers opportunities for a Zodiac cruise and landing that afford the closest views of the surrounding alpine peaks.

Paradise Bay: We have the chance to make camp here like a true polar explorer enjoying a supreme overnight Antarctic adventure!

Activities & Adventures

*Shore excursions and Zodiac cruises to enjoy wildlife and nature experiences
*Overnight camping opportunity with gear provided
*Hiking
*Kayaking (optional)
*Photography workshops
*Mountaineering (optional)
*Onboard interactive workshops
*International airfare not included

*Don't forget to e-mail us for the daily itinerary for our Antarctica small group tours ([masked])

Available rooms:

Quad Cabin (4 twin beds/both bunk beds; 2 portholes)
Twin Cabin Porthole (2 twin beds; 2 portholes)
Twin Cabin Window (2 twin beds; 2 windows)
Twin Cabin Deluxe (2 twin beds; small sofa; 3 windows)
Superior Double (1 double bed; 1 sofa bed; 2 windows)

*For our solo travelers, we will pair you up with same sex UNLESS single occupancy is requested to have your own room. Prices begin at $9,395, please message directly for pricing and availability.

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