We will meet at the entrance of the Safari Park at 8:30 a.m. and enter the Park at 9:00 a.m. sharp. Please be punctual. The early start to the Safari Park Meetup is necessary to beat the crowds and to catch animals while they are more active in the morning.
I plan to lead a limited number of Safari Park meetups through May, before it gets too hot and the kids get out of school, keep an eye on PPS for those announcements. The Butterfly Exhibit opens in early April, PPS will be hosting several small-group Meetups during the Butterfly exhibit - This is NOT a Butterfly exhibit meetup.
We'll venture past the Flamingo Pond then down to the NEW - UPDATED Gorilla exhibit, through the new Lemur exhibit and then down to the big cats. After that our route is up for grabs, we might wander down to the lower pond past the Gibbon Island and back up through the Africa Walk. Note: Much of the upper part of the park is under construction due to the building of the Tiger exhibit which is due to open on Memorial Day 2014. Don't forget, the Safari Park plants and gardens are half the beauty of the Park.
Admission to the Park now costs $46.00 for non-members and is free for members. Parking is $8 per vehicle for members, $10 for non-members. Diamond members park free. Annual memberships for unlimited admission to the Park and the Zoo begins at $98. I suggest if you're going to attend more than one of our photo shoots at these venues that you buy a membership. There will be at least ten photo shoots at these venues this year.
As for lenses long macros 100mm+, medium zooms to 200mm or even long zooms to 400mm will work well at the exhibits. Remember you will be dealing with some low light, lots of fellow visitors and sometimes your minimum or maximum focusing distance will be limited. Monopods or handheld shooting should be fine, but there really won't be room for tripods.
While we wait in line the organizers present can discuss camera settings with those that need help.
Don't forget to bring a hat, sunscreen and other San Diego outdoor gear. During our last photo shoots at the Park, we walked an average of about six to seven miles, so comfortable shoes are a good idea. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, you can email me on my member profile, Jim Stone. My cell number is[masked]-6011. Only call if you have to.
Important announcements: If there are any members who have a pass and can get a non-member in for free, please indicate so in your RSVP, so that those needing a pass can contact you. Through the generosity of several members this has been very useful on numerous occasions.
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