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Welcome to the Pacific Photographic Society of San Diego. We are an active hands-on photography group for all levels of photographers and for photographic expertise from novice to expert.

Our emphasis is on photography in the field and in the studio, as well as photo finishing, education and networking.

We offer our members a wide range of photography related events including several monthly photo shoots at various locations, seminars, classes, educational shoots and networking opportunities with other photographers.

We welcome all photographers from beginner to professional and seek to provide an environment that is friendly, professional and enriching for all.

We actively seek the input of our members to ensure that the group provides the activities that are both beneficial and enjoyable to participating photographers.

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Access to Del Mar Race Track #2

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Please read through and be sure you can attend before you RSVP!

Only RSVP yes if you are 100% certain you can and will attend.

Fantastic news! PPS is able to go to the Del Mars races this summer! This is the second of two opportunities we will have this summer to access the Del Mar Race Track. We are allowing only 12 of us (including organizers) for this opportunity.

Join me to see the horses and riders up close and have a unique and fun day at Del Mar.

If you can and will attend, RSVP on Meetup. Additionally, I (Gary) need the following from you, via email, as soon as possible and no later than Monday, August 8th at 3 pm.
• A confirmation email back to me (Gary) with your full name, your home address, and cell phone number. My email is: [masked]

If you do not email this information to me, I will go to the next person on the list or waitlist. Please make sure you email me this information as I need to turn it in to Del Mar. If you are on the waitlist please send me this information also. If I am able to take someone from the waitlist I will go with the first person who has emailed me this information.

Below is the tentative schedule.

6:50 AM: We will meet at the east side parking lot of Milton's 2660 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014. Feel free to show up early, please don't be late. I'll review the day and some do's and don'ts for our time at the track. I'll also pass out parking passes, lunch vouchers, as well as our one-day credentials.

7:05 - Car Caravan to the parking lot, park, and then walk in together stopping at the Paddock. We will photograph morning workouts until they end around 9:30. Below is a link (Thank you Walter) that shows the route we will take to the parking area if the Main Gate is locked.
http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7671083

10:00 - Meet Mac McBride near the paddock for a brief visit to the backstretch.

11:00 - Be around the Paddock, not in it, and watch and photograph the horses as they get schooled. You will have time to photograph horse, Del Mar architecture, or just get some rest.

12:00-1:15 - Lunch at the Veranda Cafe

1:30ish - Meet Mac near the Paddock, go in the Paddock (maybe for a couple of races) and take photos. Then take photos at the rail for 2 or possibly 3 dirt races, and then go up to the press box for one race.

Photos taken at Del Mar cannot be sold!

There are a few guidelines to keep in mind:

• While in the Paddock area and near the Race Track we are all to stay together and no wandering off, this could be dangerous to you and the horses and will be enforced

• Please wear closed-toe shoes there are a lot of things you can step in!

• No Tripods

• No flashes around the horses.

Please read through and be sure you can attend before you RSVP! Only RSVP yes if you are 100% certain you can and will attend.

If you have any questions, please email Gary: [masked]

Special Notes regarding all PPS Photo Shoots:

Please Note: By submitting a YES RSVP and participating in any PPS event, you agree that PPS, Organizers, and Event Hosts are NOT responsible for your safety or for any injury or damage to your person or your property, or that of your guest(s). You agree that you have read the instructions of the announcement and that you and your guest(s) are assuming all risks of participating in the event.

The main mission of PPS is for its members to take photographs at a wide variety of venues practicing many different types of photography together, learning from each other and having fun in the process. The choice of venues for PPS events does not indicate that PPS either supports or does not support a particular venue. PPS is strictly neutral in this matter and merely offers photographers different venues in order to provide them with the opportunity to practice various types of photography.

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Historic Downtown Vista Walk Around

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Join us in wandering around historic downtown Vista on Sunday, August 21. There are lots of murals and a few unique street art installations as well as general downtown shops, restaurants and theatres. We'll meet at the corner of South Citrus Ave and East Broadway. There is a free public parking lot at that corner as well as plenty of free street parking nearby. We'll start out as a group until we get to the mural in the posted photo where we'll take our group photo. After that, you'll be free to spread out to capture what may be most interesting for you.

A wide angle or short zoom lens would be best for this shoot. A hat, water and sunscreen are suggested. While this is a flat walk of about two miles, comfortable walking shoes will be helpful.

Please Note: By submitting a YES RSVP and participating in any PPS event, you agree that PPS, Organizers, and Event Hosts are NOT responsible for your safety or for any injury or damage to your person or your property, or that of your guest(s). You agree that you have read the instructions of the announcement and that you and your guest(s) are assuming all risks of participating in the event.

Tuolumne Meadows and the Eastside

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PLEASE READ THE WHOLE DESCRIPTION CAREFULLY. I WILL OPEN RSVPS ON SATURDAY JUNE 18 AT 8:00 AM (so that you have time to get your hall pass, yaay!). I have a three day timed entry for Yosemite (required this year). Barb Levi also has a three day entry, so we can take a total of six additional members in our carpool/caravan. Each day we will explore and photograph a different location. I will be posting a detailed itinerary here in the near future. I also have another three day timed entry for August 22-24, which we can use. You can also get your own timed entry to ensure your attendance. There are no facilities in T. Meadows, no gas, no food service, no camping/accommodations. I will be camping near Lee Vining and will be getting a permit for camping at Mono Lake for a Milky Way shoot. See pic below for some info, but actual location may change. You can get a motel in Lee Vining, or June Lake or Mammoth, but the later two require a further drive each day. I will be canoeing Mono Lake with local guides who will discuss the history and ecology of the lake on Saturday (27) or Sunday (28). Cost is $35. I will arrive and camp in Mammoth on August 20. My plans are to shoot a sunrise on the sierra crest and then take the gondola to the top of Mammoth Mtn. ($30) and hike down along the Dragon's Back, a double black diamond run for skiers with great views of the Mammoth Lakes basin. Message me if you are interested in that. There will be opportunity for birding, including bald eagles and a side trip to the Sonora Pass with a stop at a natural hot spring before the T. Meadows main meetup.
A full itinerary including hiking distances, elevation gain/loss will be added shortly. There will be easier, shorter hikes with little elevation change as well as longer routes, one with some exposure (handholds in a rock or a handline will be provided).

NOTE: By submitting a YES RSVP and participating in any PPS event, you agree that PPS, Organizers, and Event Hosts are NOT responsible for your safety or for any injury or damage to your person or your property, or that of your guest(s). You agree that you have read the instructions of the announcement and that you and your guest(s) are assuming all risks of participating in the event.

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A Shot In The Dark - Introduction To Night Photography

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Interested in shooting after dark, but aren’t sure how to begin? Having trouble getting your night photos to look great? Want to expand your photographic horizons? Just want to brush up on your night shots? Join us for an informative evening and hands-on night shoot at Balboa Park.
Learn the basics in a short information sharing session and then put them into practice.

We will meet at 6:30 PM on the steps of the Museum of Us (formerly, the Museum of Man) for an approximate 30-minute information sharing session. We will then walk along El Prado and practice night shots on the many well lit buildings and the city lights.

Parking At Balboa Park: There are multiple free parking lots in the park. The nearest ones to the Museum of Us are behind the Alcazar Gardens, behind the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, or behind the Fleet Science Center.

What to bring: Any adjustable camera, medium range zoom (24-70mm,[masked]mm, 24-85mm, etc.) and a tripod. If you have one, bring a remote shutter release. Walking shoes and a light jacket are encouraged.

Contact Info: Call Larry at[masked] if you're lost or have a question.

Please Note:
If you RSVP “YES”, please show up, otherwise you will be marked a No Show. If you need to change your RSVP, please do so in a timely manner. Unless for an emergency, changing your RSVP on the day of the event will also count as a No Show. Be considerate of those on the waitlist.

By submitting a YES RSVP and participating in any PPS event, you agree that PPS, Organizers, and Event Hosts are NOT responsible for your safety or for any injury or damage to your person or your property, or that of your guest(s). You agree that you have read the instructions of the announcement and that you and your guest(s) are assuming all risks of participating in the event.

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