• Exclusive Ecovivarium Shoot in Escondido
    The Ecovivarium is a Nonprofit museum dedicated to reptiles, amphibians & arthropods with hands-on encounters. This is a great opportunity to photograph these animals. You can use macro lenses or medium zooms. A $10.00 donation is requested. This is a walk through and handle photo shoot. There will be all types of reptiles. Be prepared. This facility is a Live Museum. These reptiles are used in the community for education, they have all been rescued throughout the San Diego area. The reptiles are gentle and are used to people. 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.

    Ecovivarium

    136 South Juniper Sr. · Escondido, ca

    Respond by: 11/15/2018
    3 comments
  • The Star of India sails once more
    Star of India sails for the first time in 5? years. Cost to enter National Monument is $15.00. Arrive early or you will be shut out. Bring lunch, H2O or beverage of your choice, sunscreen, long telephoto lenses, tripod. We will be walking. As she is towed out of the harbor by tugs, the back light will prove challenging, but, as she moves to blue water past Point Loma, there should be great opportunities, considering there will be many private and commercial crafts following her. Chance to capture our state ship, the California (top sail schooner), Jada, a yawl that has won many races, America ( schooner, my best fav always), San Salvador (replica of Juan Cabrillo's ship first to enter SD Harbor). If you don't know a dinghy from a bark, this is your chance to get some pics, learn something new and maybe become an old salt (bit of exaggeration that).

    Cabrillo National Monument

    1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive · San Diego, CA

    4 comments
  • Full Access to Del Mar Race Track #1 - Fall
    In honor of Pam, we are continuing the tradition she started with these great all day Del Mar Access tours. We have 2 photo shoots this Fall. Join me to see the horses and riders up close. The Fall meet is much less crowded than during the summer, so come see the horses close up and have a unique and fun day at Del Mar. I do want to ask if you had been many times please do not sign up for this one. I am not going to limit it to first timers only, but I would like people who have been many times to please let others do this. Please read through and be sure you can attend before you RSVP! We have been given another opportunity to have full access to Del Mar Race Track from the Media director of the DMTC for the 2018 Fall Race Season. This is 1st of 2 opportunities. We will be given photo credentials that will enable us to have an expended experience of the race track. We are allowing only 12 of us (including organizers) for this opportunity. 6:55 AM: We will meet at the east side parking lot of Milton's 2660 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014. Here you will be given your credentials and we will go over what to expect at this shoot. Please be on time! 7:10 AM: We will drive over to the Del Mar Race Track and we will start with the morning workouts until 9:15 AM. There is a place at the track you can get coffee and breakfast, there is usually a break on the track ~ 8ish. Bring Cash. 9:30 AM: We will meet in the paddock area and then go to the barn area. We will walk around taking pictures of the horses such as: getting a bath, grooming and shoeing. We will all need to stay together during this time period. I will see about getting access to a barn area from a trainer. 10:55 AM: We will have lunch at the Veranda Club House Cafe. If you can order and pay quickly, with cash, that will help us get to the paddock at a good time. https://www.dmtc.com/menus/clubhouse-summer 12 noon: We will meet at the Paddock to photograph the horses before the first race (post time 12:30 pm). We should have a chance to photograph from the Winner's Circle area, as well as the infield. We will also go up to the Press Box and be able to shoot a race from there. After this, you are free to watch and photograph the horses in the paddock and during the races. There are a few guidelines to keep in mind: • While in the Paddock, Race Track and Barn Area we are all to stay together and no wondering off, this could be dangerous to you and the horses and will be enforced. • This is a very long day and it can get very hot, or cold, please prepare by bringing water and dressing accordingly. • Please wear closed toe shoes there is a lot of things you can step in! • No Tripods (Mono-pods only in the Stands for Early Morning Workouts, not racing, paddock or barn area) Best to leave it at home. • No flashes around the horses. • We will not be going to the Turf Club. • I must have a list to Del Mar prior to our visit, therefore I will need your full name and address and cell phone # by 4PM on November 3rd. Please email to [masked]. If I do not get this information I will go to the first person on the waitlist. So please make sure you give this information as I need to turn it into Del Mar. If you are on the wait list 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 sent me this information. • Seating will be up to each individual and you can purchase a seat. We have access to walk around but after we are done if you decide to stay you can either sit in the general admission area or you can buy a seat. • Concessions will open once the track opens to the public at 11 am. Please only sign up if you can make it and be with us for the day from 7 AM until about 2 PM. This is a very popular shoot and there is a total of 2 Del Mar Racing photo shoots, therefore, we are asking you attend only 1, give a chance to someone who has not attended one of these full-day access tours previously. No guests, only photographers for this meet up. IMPORTANT NOTICE - Photographs CANNOT be sold for profit without permission from The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. You will have to make arrangements with the track photographer. We are guests of The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and they are giving us great access to an incredible event. Do not ruin it for us by selling these photos. If you have any questions in the meantime please email me: [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.

    Del Mar Race Track

    2260 Jimmy Durante Blve · Del Mar, CA

    2 comments
  • San Clemente Pier at Sunset - Thanksgiving Weekend Edition
    Finish out Thanksgiving weekend with a Sunday evening visit to the beautiful San Clemente Pier and sunset and low tide. Take images of the pier, the fishermen and sunset strollers on the pier, or turn and photograph the beachfront buildings, palm trees and train from the pier or the beach. Look for the area's pro and grom surfers near the pier and in the T-Street area, a short walk south down the beach. Watch for the elusive green flash - a possibility in the winter. We will meet on the pier, between the Fisherman's Restaurant and the bar. (Look for the blue umbrellas of the outdoor eating areas.) We will take the group shot on the pier and look for shots there, then move to the beach. Sunset is at 4:43 pm and nautical twilight ends at 5:40. Low tide (-.85 feet) is at 4:44 pm, and we will hope for good reflections of the pier. Several trains will pass through on the tracks at the base of the pier without stops. NOTE: This is the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend. Be sure to check traffic to allow yourself sufficient travel time. If you decide to arrive early, there are ample photo ops on the pier, and there are several food choices across the street, as well as the bar and restaurant on the pier. Parking is available on the street and plentiful in the nearby Pier Bowl parking lot. All parking is $1.50 per hour until 5 pm, free after that. If you use the lot, be sure to pay the parking machine and put the ticket on the car's dash. Car pooling is encouraged. Use the comment section to indicate where you would like to meet and how many passengers you can take. Tripods and remote shutter releases are recommended. Best lenses will be wide angle or short zooms. You may wish to play with a graduated neutral density filter to balance the bright sky and the darker water near sunset. Those who wish to stay will gather about 6:00 pm at the Fisherman's Bar to have a snack before the return trip. (Sorry, no happy hour specials on Sunday night.) In case of bad weather, the event will be cancelled or postponed to November 26. Notice of the cancellation or postponement will be given by 10 am on November 25. If you are late or have questions, text or call Janie Anderson at[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.

    San Clemente Pier

    Oceanfront at Ave Victoria & Ave Del Mar · San Clemente, CA

    1 comment
  • November Weekday Photo Shoot: San Diego Zoo
    Join us for a fun and exciting weekday Photo Shoot in the beautiful month of November at the San Diego Zoo! The lighting, temperatures and photo-ops should be better. The temperatures should be more comfortable and the crowds not too busy. Tourists are gone for the most part and the kids are back at school. We will meet to the right of the entrance in front of the membership booth at 8:30a.m. and do the group photo and get in line at 8:45a.m. We will enter the Zoo when it opens at 9:00a.m. sharp. Please be on time! If you are late or lost, do not worry, you can call me Walter on my cell phone at[masked], and I will tell you where we are, but try not be late. (As cell phone reception is not good in many areas of the Zoo, I may not answer) Maps are available at the entrance. If you're unfamiliar with the Zoo, take a map. Here is a link to the Zoo web site: San Diego Zoo (http://www.sandiegozoo.org/) Our Route. Our route will be determined a few days before the shoot and be sent out to you. If anyone has any requests for animals they want to photograph, send me an email and I'll try to work it in. All shoots for the remainder of this year will include the Hummingbird House as it will soon be torn down. :( Some special notes (Please read this too): If you RSVP YES, please show up, otherwise change your RSVP to NO. Bring walking shoes, water, hats and sunscreen etc. or whatever you need. A long telephoto zoom is the best lens to bring. You can also pack your lunch if you like. Correct etiquette for Zoo Passes: If you are a member of the Zoo and have a guest pass that can be used by a non-member, please indicate so when you RSVP. If you need a guest pass, please contact the person offering the guest pas via personal message. If your offered pass has been taken, please indicate so. By following this simple procedure we will avoid generating hundreds of emails. Thank you! This generosity has helped quite a few people in our photo shoots in the past, as the current admission for non-members is now (gulp) $52.00. Thank you. Members needing assistance or who have questions can ask me or any other Organizers present. We will be glad to help. There will also be other experienced photographers present willing to help out. It should be another great day out. If you have any questions, suggestions or ideas you can email Walter by going to my member profile. If you get lost or separated from the group, call my cell phone,[masked]. See you there! Please Note: By submitting a YES RSVP you agree that PPS, Organizers and Event Hosts are not responsible for your safety, or for any injury or accident of your person or your property. You agree that you have read the instructions of the announcement and that you are able to participate in the event at your own risk.

    San Diego Zoo

    2920 Zoo Drive · San Diego, CA

    Respond by: 11/28/2018
  • Full Access to Del Mar Race Track #2 - Fall
    In honor of Pam, we are continuing the tradition she started with these great all day Del Mar Access tours. We have 2 photo shoots this Fall. Join me to see the horses and riders up close. The Fall meet is much less crowded than during the summer, so come see the horses close up and have a unique and fun day at Del Mar. I do want to ask if you had been recently, please do not sign up for this one. I am not going to limit it to first timers only, but I would like people who have been many times to please let others do this. Please read through and be sure you can attend before you RSVP! We have been given another opportunity to have full access to Del Mar Race Track from the Media director of the DMTC for the 2018 Fall Race Season. This is the last opportunity of the year. We will be given photo credentials that will enable us to have an expended experience of the race track. We are allowing only 12 of us (including organizers) for this opportunity. 6:55 AM: We will meet at the east side parking lot of Milton's 2660 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014. Here you will be given your credentials and we will go over what to expect at this shoot. Please be on time! 7:10 AM: We will drive over to the Del Mar Race Track and we will start with the morning workouts until 9:15 AM. There is a place at the track you can get coffee and breakfast, there is usually a break on the track ~ 8ish. Bring Cash. 9:30 AM: We will meet in the paddock area and then go to the barn area. We will walk around taking pictures of the horses such as: getting a bath, grooming and shoeing. We will all need to stay together during this time period. I will see about getting access to a barn area from a trainer. 10:55 AM: We will have lunch at the Veranda Club House Cafe. If you can order and pay quickly, with cash, that will help us get to the paddock at a good time. https://www.dmtc.com/menus/clubhouse-summer 12 noon: We will meet at the Paddock to photograph the horses before the first race (post time 12:30 pm). We should have a chance to photograph from the Winner's Circle area, as well as the infield. We will also go up to the Press Box and be able to shoot a race from there. After this, you are free to watch and photograph the horses in the paddock and during the races. There are a few guidelines to keep in mind: • While in the Paddock, Race Track and Barn Area we are all to stay together and no wondering off, this could be dangerous to you and the horses and will be enforced. • This is a very long day and it can get very hot, or cold, please prepare by bringing water and dressing accordingly. • Please wear closed toe shoes there is a lot of things you can step in! • No Tripods (Mono-pods only in the Stands for Early Morning Workouts, not racing, paddock or barn area) Best to leave it at home. • No flashes around the horses. • We will not be going to the Turf Club. • I must have a list to Del Mar prior to our visit, therefore I will need your full name and address and cell phone # by 4PM on November 15th. Please email to [masked]. If I do not get this information I will go to the first person on the waitlist. So please make sure you give this information as I need to turn it into Del Mar. If you are on the wait list 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 sent me this information. • Seating will be up to each individual and you can purchase a seat. We have access to walk around but after we are done if you decide to stay you can either sit in the general admission area or you can buy a seat. • Concessions will open once the track opens to the public at 11 am. Please only sign up if you can make it and be with us for the day from 7 AM until about 2 PM. This is a very popular shoot and there is a total of 2 Del Mar Racing photo shoots, therefore, we are asking you attend only 1, give a chance to someone who has not attended one of these full-day access tours previously. No guests, only photographers for this meet up. IMPORTANT NOTICE - Photographs CANNOT be sold for profit without permission from The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. You will have to make arrangements with the track photographer. We are guests of The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and they are giving us great access to an incredible event. Do not ruin it for us by selling these photos. If you have any questions in the meantime please email me: [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.

    Del Mar Race Track

    2260 Jimmy Durante Blve · Del Mar, CA

    Respond by: 11/15/2018
    2 comments