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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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February - Safari Park Shoot

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Walter has to post this because it has to be done that way, but he won’t be going with us..... so sorry. The Safari Park Shoots will take place once a month on a Friday. TIME: 8:45 am - Meet at the gate and take the group picture and go in at 9:00 am when they open. GEAR: My gear is a Nikon d810 with two lenses a 24-70 and a[masked]. NOW the cool thing about the Safari Park is that everyone can bring what they have and everyone can get a good shot. Bring what you have and ask questions. We do seem to bring longer lenses to the the Safari Park so if you would like to try out your long lenses, this is the place to bring them. Monopods and Tripods are welcome, but remember - you have to carry them all over the park. Hats and Sunscreen are sometimes needed in the winter, but not often. If you bring a refillable water bottle, most of the vendors are not open when we get there but I can help you find the water fountains throughout the park. The Route: Top to Bottom. Kangaroos Condor Ridge Tigers Bats Nursery baby cheetahs elephants Lions Cheetahs 11:30 to 12:00 noon Eat overlooking the savannah Sonja’s Phone[masked] 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.

Morning Shoot at the Pacific Southwest Railroad Museum in Campo

Pacific Southwest Railway Museum

Join us for a morning shoot at the Pacific Southwest Railroad Museum in Campo. There is a wide range of steam and diesel locomotives on display. As well as freight and passenger cars and other equipment. Trains are free and the admission for the main museum is $12.00. You can also go for a train ride. See the link below for more info. https://www.psrm.org/ As for lenses, wide angle will work best. You may also want to bring longer or macro lenses for close up images. Carpooling is suggested. Please be aware of the Visitor Photography Policy: Still photography is permitted for private, noncommercial use only. Photographs cannot be published, sold, reproduced, transferred, distributed, or otherwise commercially exploited in any manner whatsoever. Photography is not permitted in certain special exhibitions or any areas designated “No Photography.” Personal video cameras are permitted unless otherwise stated and use is subject to the terms above. After our visit to the museum we can have lunch a Mexican Restaurant nearby. Those who want to can then go to the Motor Transport Museum which is also nearby. The suggested donation there is $10.00. Check out more here: http://www.motortransportmuseum.org/ 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.

Tour & Photo Shoot at Gemological Institute of America

Gemological Institue of America

PPS is excited to offer to its members another private tour of the Gemological Institute of America. Our tour guide will be Maxine Hesse, a co-organizer of PPS and yes, a docent at GIA. Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is the preeminent source of gemological knowledge in the U.S. and is respected internationally for its research, education and gem testing, having 13 campuses around the world. Founded in 1931, it has been at its Carlsbad location, overlooking the ocean, since 1997. This is a unique opportunity and a unique shoot. You will be able to see many gemstones, jewelry pieces and raw gem material. Most items will be in glass cases so flashes are not recommended. Bring your fast lenses and prepare to be challenged. Monopods may be helpful, but we cannot accommodate tripods due to space considerations. Consider WEARING BLACK to eliminate your reflection in the glass. There is so much more to shoot and to enjoy at GIA than just the gorgeous jewelry. The building has beautiful architectural lines and fun reflective surfaces to practice your architectural shooting abilities. Outside the lobby is a beautiful view of the ocean, and with the right weather, can offer wonderful landscape shots. Several areas along our tour have unbelievable photographs. Some depict the story behind the gems, and some are microscopic views of the gems. It is a virtual photo show. It is REQUIRED by the GIA that we give them the FULL NAMES of all attendees in advance of our shoot. The sign up for this event will close ON THE FRIDAY prior to the shoot. Please be considerate of fellow members if you are confirmed for the shoot and determine that you will be unable to make it, please change your RSVP in plenty of time to allow for others. • All attendees will have to provide their first and last name prior to the shoot. Picture Identification will need to be presented to the guard before you are allowed entry onto the campus. The guard will give you a parking pass. Please remember that if you car pool, all parties within the car must have a picture ID and be on the pre-submitted list. Once inside the building, you are also required to check in at the front desk to receive a pass to wear around your neck whilst you are on the premises. If you would like more information with regards to GIA & its location, please visit their website at: Gemological Institute of America (http://www.gia.edu) • Special Notes regarding all PPS Photo Shoots: Please only RSVP YES if you are sure you are going. Please avoid changing your RSVP just before an event as this deprives other members the opportunity to attend . • 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 voluntarily assuming all risks of participating in the event. If you RSVP yes, please show up! If you RSVP yes, and don’t show up, your name will be noted and you may be removed from the group if you are a repeat offender. We ask that new members attending their first PPS event introduce themselves to the organizer(s) present when arriving, and to the group. New members should familiarize themselves with PPS rules, etiquette and instructions for uploading etc. by going to the "Discussions" section of our site. As a courtesy to the organizers and for potential group sponsors, we ask all members attending a shoot to rate the shoot and leave feedback. Please do this before uploading images to the event albums.

Multi sport weekend in Anza Borrego

Anza Borrego Desert State Park

Join us for weekend camping in ABSP. Activities will include hikes to Kumeyaay pictographs and habitation sites and the remains of a survivalist's adobe from the 1930's. This is a dark weekend (new moon), so we will have the opportunity to see and photograph the stars at their best. I have invited my friend, Eric, to bring his telescope and laptop to find and track both near planets and distant nebulae. We will be doing some climbing and rappelling, but if you join us for that, I need to know your experience level and you need to bring the required gear. Saturday afternoon there is the option of visiting Agua Caliente hot springs, showers, several pools, small fee, bring your swim suit or shorts and top. This is a family friendly event, there will be children present. You must provide your own food and drink and necessary camping gear. Cell phone is iffy. There are pit toilets, but they are near the highway turnoff. We can make our own comfort stations. There are no charges for this event. Did I mention that it's free? Also, it's free form, meaning you are free to move about and free to do your own thing (guaranteed by your own good conduct). Tentative schedule: Sat. 9:00am hike to pictographs and optional rappel and ascent of Smugglers Canyon. Optional hike to Kumeyaay habitation site. Sat. 3:00pm Agua Caliente Hot Springs. Sat. night Star viewing with telescope and photographing Milky Way. Sun 9:00am hike to Marshall South's abandoned adobe and/or caravan with us for an exciting off road trip and hike to the mud caves . We will try to find a top rope site for climbing near our campsite (both Sat/Sun). 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.

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