• Salton Sea Exploration

    Salton Sea State Recreation Area

    Photo: Bombay Beach airplane tail. Not mine, but an example of interesting subjects we might find. The Salton Sea was created by accidental flooding from Colorado River water in 1905. The extreme salt levels create a unique marine ecosystem that many birds feed on. We start in a state park in northeast corner of the sea to photograph the white "sand" beach, distant mountains, blue water and birds. We continue south on Grapefruit Blvd to Bombay Beach where there are leftover art projects (see photo above), ruins, "marina", and the Ski Inn. Next up is Salvation Mountain/Slab City. Lots of funky desert images to get get, limited only to your imagination (plus you can donate your old, used paint.) My #: No guarantee of coverage out there,[masked]. I expect to spend 1 - 1.5 hrs at the first stop. Bring: Sunscreen/hat, desert shoes, wide to tele for the birds, and macro for the white "sand". Snacks and lunch (or we can eat at the Ski Inn.) 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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  • Private Tour of the Taylor Guitar Factory

    Taylor Guitars

    Join us for a private tour at the Taylor Guitar Factory in El Cajon makers of world class quality instruments. On our guided tour you will see the making of a Guitar from drying wood to final quality control. You will see luthiers create instruments in all the different stages. When: We will meet at 9:45 AM in the lobby of the Guitar Factory. The tour begins at 10:00AM. There are many guitars on display there that you can photograph. The tour will take about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Parking: There is ample visitor parking in the factory parking lot. The Tour: You will be issued a set of headphones and protective eyewear. You are free to photograph everything in the factory. You have to stay together with the group and can not wander off by yourself. Tripods, monopods and flashes will not be permitted. Due to the lack of space backpacks are not a good idea. What to bring: Medium Zooms will probably best. The lighting is not good in many places, so you will be changing your iso a lot. As this is a factory closed toed shoes are probably a good idea. Lunch: To be determined Without a doubt this will be a very popular shoot, so only RSVP YES if you're 100% sure you can go. Avoid changing your RSVP within 48 hours before the shoot. 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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  • Evening Stroll Through DTLA

    Joe's Parking

    With sunset just before 8:00pm, this month’s walk will be a little different. We’ll start an hour before sunset and head down Broadway, LA’s old theatre district. A few of the old theatre marquees will be lit up. Bring a long lens if you want to capture the architectural details up high. As it gets dark, we’ll head west to Figueroa and eventually find ourselves over the 110 capturing some light trails. Parking Parking will be approx. $10. There are 2 parking lots at that intersection, (NW corner of Hill and 3rd) a small one on the corner and a larger one next to it. Park in either one. Street parking is also available. Please read the signs before leaving your car. What to Bring Lens - Wide and medium zooms, i.e. 12-24mm, 24-70mm,[masked]mm. All in one zooms such as[masked]mm or[masked]mm. Long lens for architectural details. Tripod Remote shutter release walking shoes flashlight extra batteries and memory cards water PLEASE DO NOT RSVP UNLESS YOU INTEND ON COMING. 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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  • Dictionary Hill with the California Native Plant Society

    9500 Eucalyptus St

    This meetup will be led by the Native Plant Society on a easy hike of 1-2 miles. Dictionary Hill is an ecological preserve with many rare plants and animals. Afterwards, there will be an optional backcountry drive thru Proctor Valley. Vernal pools and an interesting variety of wild flowers are some of the highlights that we will explore. Finally, time permitting, we will visit a winery situated on an historic ranch. Tasting optional and $. Bring lunch, sunscreen, plenty of H2O if doing the optional drive. Zoom lenses, wide to telephoto might be best. 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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  • River Days with the San Diego River Park Foundation

    PPS has been working with the San Diego River Park Foundation since 2014 in providing photos for the many events they hold every year. River Days is an event in which they have over 50 events in different parts of San Diego. This is a great opportunity to practice your portrait and event photography and to help out a wonderful organization at the same time. They have asked if we could provide volunteer photographers for the events listed below. Please when you RSVP indicate which event(s) you will attend. A link to an event album for posting your images will be sent out to you just before the events take place. Please note that there are multiple locations and that some events take place simultaneously. Outdoors Indoors: Collaborative Art Project (Part 1) https://sdriverdays.org/activity/outdoors-indoors-collaborative-art-project-2/ May 11 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Parkway Plaza (Space L19 in the mall, next to Windsor Fashion) 415 Parkway Plaza, El Cajon, CA 92020 Check-in person: Marina Varano Clean & Green River Clean Up https://sdriverdays.org/activity/clean-green-river-clean-up/ May 11 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm SDCCU (Qualcomm) Stadium 9449 Friars Rd San Diego, CA 92108 The event will be staged in the south-east corner of the lot. Parking attendants will guide you to your parking location. Check-in person: Jenn Frey Outdoors Indoors: Collaborative Art Project (Part 2) https://sdriverdays.org/activity/outdoors-indoors-collaborative-art-project/ May 12 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Parkway Plaza (Space L19 in the mall, next to Windsor Fashion) 415 Parkway Plaza, El Cajon, CA 92020 Check-in person: Laurel Kelly Habitat Heroes @ Anza Native Schoolyard Habitat https://sdriverdays.org/activity/habitat-heroes-anza-native-schoolyard-habitat/ May 18 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Anza Elementary School 1005 S Anza St El Cajon, CA 92020 Check-in person: Marina Varano Coastal Habitat Restoration https://sdriverdays.org/activity/coastal-habitat-restoration/ May 18 at 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Dog Beach in Ocean Beach 5156 W Point Loma Blvd San Diego, CA 92107 Please arrive early to find parking. We will meet on the grassy spot just east of the Dog Beach parking lot. Check-in person: Laurel Kelly Point Loma Native Plant Garden Workparty https://sdriverdays.org/activity/point-loma-native-plant-garden-workparty/ May 19 at 9:00 am - 11:00 am Point Loma Native Plant Garden 4444 Greene St. San Diego, CA 92107 This is an approximate address. Street parking is available in the surrounding neighborhood. Check-in person: Joel Kalmonson If you have any questions, please contact Walter via email. Thank you! 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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  • May Shoot at the San Diego Botanic Garden

    San Diego Botanic Garden (Formerly Quail Botanic Gardens)

    After the rainy winter and a month of mostly sun, this is a wonderful time to shoot at the SDBG. Come join PPS as we visit the San Diego Botanic Garden on the first Tuesday of each month, FREE (for San Diego County residents) TUESDAY. We're going back to our usual time of 9:15am. Parking is only $2 and exact change is appreciated. This 37 acre garden has something all year round: succulent gardens, bamboo gardens with a lily pond, waterfalls, fruit orchards, CA native plants and more. The lily pond usually has 'critters' sunning themselves in the morning. A route will be suggested when we gather at the Visitor Center for a group photo. Important Notice! The policy of San Diego Botanical Garden is that you need to show ID that you are a resident of San Diego County in order to get in for free (or show your membership card). If you are not a county resident, you have to pay admission (Adults-$18; Seniors-$12). New members in particular will love the opportunity to discover their macro shooting talents. If you have a macro lens, bring it. Another good choice is a fast telephoto lens like the[masked] f/2.8; you can get nice blurred backgrounds with the aperture wide open and you also have the reach to get the eye of the frogs & turtles. You may wish to bring an off camera flash for lighting effects in shady spots. Monopods and tripods are allowed in the Garden. We will meet in front of the Plant & Gift Shop (Visitor Center) to take the group photo promptly at 9:15 a.m. The gates officially open at 9 a.m. although you can usually get in line earlier. Here is a map: GARDEN MAP (http://www.sdbgarden.org/garden_map.htm). SPECIAL NOTES ABOUT ALL PPS SHOOTS If you RSVP YES, please show up or be courteous and change your RSVP to NO. If you must change your RSVP to NO, please do so as soon as possible so that others may make plans to attend. We ask that new members attending their first PPS event introduce themselves to the organizer(s) present when arriving and to others in 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 and consulting the PPS Reference Guide. 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. 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. Thanks and happy shooting :)

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  • Spring Renaissance Faire in Escondido Photo Shoot

    It's Ren Faire time again! You can see from the images that were uploaded that there is a huge range of photo-ops at this event: Ren Faire 2016 Images (http://www.meetup.com/pacificphoto/photos/26936242/). We have been shooting this event twice a year since 2010 (missed Spring 2017 due to rain) and it always provides us with many photo-ops and a most enjoyable time as well. There will be many reenactors in period costumes and much fun will be had by all. What: We will meet at the entrance at 9:45AM, enter at 10:00 AM sharp and do the group photo. Be on time, we won't wait. As it will be difficult to stay together as a group. We can while waiting line line decide where to meet up again for lunch if that is what the group wants to do. We can either shoot in small groups to explore the Faire, or those who want to explore the Faire on their own can do so as well. There is much to do and see! This is a perfect venue for practicing your portrait photography as there will be many willing subjects! No limit on RSVP, bring your spouses, significant others, friends, etc. When: Sunday, May 5, 2018 - 9:45 AM - The Faire closes at 6:00PM. Cost: Adults: $19.00 - Seniors 62+: $14.00 (I often get the group in for free or get a discount as long as they go in as a group with me. Can't guarantee it, but I'll try) Parking: $3.00 per car (This is the price in the past. It is not on their website this year) Parking is a short distance away and the site has many picnic tables and shaded areas. The faire site is handicap accessible. It is level and mostly grass covered. Alcoholic beverages may not be brought in the event; however, visitors may bring food and soft drinks. All backpacks and coolers are subject to search. This web site has all information you may need: Renaissance Faire Escondido (http://oldetymeproductions.com/) What to bring: Medium to Long Telephoto Zooms will probably be best ,i.e. 24-70mm and/or[masked]mm or also lenses such as[masked]mm and[masked]mm. Be sure to bring appropriate footwear etc. as we will probably be on our feet most of the day. Special Announcements: As usual only RSVP YES if you are absolutely sure you can attend. Any questions, comments to suggestion, please email Walter. 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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  • Yosemite Valley, the Ultimate Ultimate

    Yosemite Valley

    With above average snow fall so far this year, Yosemite's waterfalls will be booming. Yes, it can be crowded in May, but we will explore some of the lesser known areas for their special, uncrowded overlooks with plenty of opportunity to take our photos. Some are easily accessible, others require moderate or longer hikes. Most of the lodging and campsites in the Valley are taken, but there is lodging available in nearby towns. Don't hesitate if you're thinking this is good for you, just do it. Rooms fill up long before you'd think. You don't need to stay the whole week, but after the first day, you'll want to. I have reserved a campsite just outside the park in El Portal. If that appeals to you, message me for more info, space is limited. More details will be posted here in the near future. For general info, get the Yosemite guide, downloadable from the net. Message me with questions. For equipment, put all your toys in your mobile and then select your gear appropriate to what we will do that day. 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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  • Ecovivarium Photo Shoot

    EcoVivarium

    EcoVivarium is a 501c3 nonprofit Living Museum featuring reptiles, amphibians, and arthropods. www.ecovivarium.org Founded in 2008 as a mobile education outreach program serving schools, community and special events as well as birthday and corporate parties. The Animals Ambassadors are mostly rescue animals with personality. Each animal has a story and Director Susan is fantastic at telling everyone how each animal got to the Ecovivarium. The Animal Ambassadors are primarily rescues (98%) with approximately 2% of our Ambassadors being donated to our organization. Number: 10 photographers: if you have been before, please wait for a spot to open closer to the date so that we can introduce everyone to this reptile shoot. No guests please, it is just too small. Meeting Place: Right inside of the doors. Price: $10 dollars Gear: Whatever camera you have. We have found the animals do not like a flash so please bring a lens that can go to a lower light. If we need to we can bring a light. I do have one extra Nikon body and I am willing to bring that with a user friendly lens for someone to try. What to wear: It is warm in the museum because of the need of the reptiles. Please wear dark clothing and something light. TRAFFIC: it is a FRIDAY and you will be leaving at 2 pm so keep that in mind:) Ugh.

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