What we're about

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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Oceanside: Downtown, Murals, and the Pier

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Join us for a Sunday morning stroll through Oceanside!

We will meet on the corner of Coast Highway and Civic Center Drive, across the street from the Star Theater. We'll shoot at the city complex for a bit before meandering toward the pier. Photo ops include murals, street scenes, and storefronts. Once at the pier there will be surfers, fishermen, and great street photography options!

There is free public parking in the library parking garage across the street from the meeting place. The entrance off Civic Center Drive will be closest. If you are running late, text Barb at[masked].

A variety of lenses will work for this shoot, depending what you prefer to photograph. I will probably bring a 28-70 zoom for the street walk, and a long zoom to shoot from the pier.

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.

Santa Catalina Island Day Trip

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Please read the entire description and rsvp only if you have purchased a ticket and are sure you're attending.
We're going to Catalina for a day trip. Purchase a round trip ticket from Dana Harbor to Avalon from www.catalinaexpress.com.
The cost for an adult ticket is $87.50
Senior 55+ is $80.50

  • Passengers must be checked in, with tickets in hand, ready to board, at least 30 minutes prior to departure.
  • If you are not checked in 15 minutes prior to departure, your seats will be forfeited and your credit card will be charged for the full amount of the round-trip fare.
  • The crossing to Avalon takes about 90 minutes

It is about an hour and a half drive to Dana Point from central San Diego. Pay for your parking when you pick up your ticket and they will give you the directions to the parking lot. Do not park in the lot in front of Island Packers. Check in time is 9:00am. Departure time is 9:30am from Dana Point. Return from Avalon is at 5:00pm.

We are planning several hikes. First up a stroll along the harbor out to the Casino. If it's not hot, we will hike to Buena Vista Point (see pic above), about a mile one way per Google with some elevation gain. Alternatively and for those who can't get enough of a good thing, additionally, we will hike to the Chimes Tower, 1/2 mile per Google. Bring sunscreen, snack, good walking shoes, zoom lenses from wide to telephoto. There are many restaurants to choose from for lunch. Take-out available along the pier in the harbor.

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.
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.

The Water Conservation Garden

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Join us for a Wednesday morning walk through the Water Conservation Gardens. The garden has nearly six acres of displays that showcase water conservation through a series of beautifully themed gardens, such as a native plant garden and a vegetable garden, as well as how-to displays such as mulch and irrigation exhibits.

The exhibits cover all aspects of water-smart gardening for the Southern California region; other regions represented include the rest of California, South Africa, Australia, Chile, and the Mediterranean. Water-efficient gardening tips and techniques are demonstrated throughout the garden. Additionally, there is a small butterfly garden enclosure.

Adult admission is $8, but is discounted to $5 for seniors (55 years and older.) It will be helpful to have exact cash to speed up the admission payment.

We will meet at the entrance gate at 9:30, take our group photo and then head on into The Garden (they open at 9 am.) The parking lot is small, but be should adequate.

More information on the Water Conservation Garden can be found here: https://thegarden.org/about/about-the-garden/

A macro or fast 50mm will work great for this shoot, as well as wide to medium zooms (10-70). Tripods are allowed, but be respectful of other visitors when carrying them.

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.

Exploration at Cabrillo National Monument

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Please join us at the Cabrillo National Monument where we can photograph fabulous views of San Diego, the Point Loma tide pools,
the Old Point Loma Lighthouse, as well as the statue of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo.

We will meet at 9:30 in front of the Visitors Center to review the morning and to take our group photo. After that, you can take a self-guided tour of the Old Point Loma Lighthouse; visit three different exhibit rooms; see the tidepools; hike the Bayside Trail; see a film or slideshow in the auditorium, or enjoy spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and the city of San Diego.

There is an Entrance Fee -$20.00 per vehicle. For more information regarding fee options and passes please check their website:
https://www.nps.gov/cabr/planyourvisit/basicinfo.htm

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 shoot 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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