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November 2019

Native American Pow Wow EXCURSION

November 10, 2019 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
$30

The Native American Championship Pow Wow is an annual event with colorful tribal dance contests, an arts & crafts show, teepees, honoring ceremonies, singing and much more. Several hundred Native Americans, representing dozens of tribes from across the United States, will celebrate their culture and heritage. The drums will beat for the dancers in full regalia of feathers, buckskin, bells and bead-work competing for prize money and awards in eighteen different dance categories. This will be an amazing opportunity to take some unique action & event photos. You can test out a range of zoom from wide-angle (below 50mm) to telephoto (above 50mm). You can also experiment with shutter speeds for dancers and aperture for crafts & exhibits. It may be useful to bring a monopod to take the weight off your arms when photographing dancers. A circular polarizer filter can also be helpful to cut down on glare. Plan on meeting near the children's rides in the back end of Traders Village. Since this is an outdoor event there is always a chance of bad weather. If we are rained out, this excursion will be rescheduled. Please arrive 20 minutes early to discuss camera settings.

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January 2020

BAPS Mandir Temple EXCURSION

January 26, 2020 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, 1150 Brand Ln, Stafford, TX 77477, USA, 101 Brand Ln United States
$30

The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir of Houston, Texas is a traditional Hindu temple built by the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha which is a denomination of the Swaminarayan branch of Hinduism. The architecture of the temple is breath taking and exquisite. It is hard to believe such an beautiful and unique place exists in Houston. This is a great opportunity to test out your architecture photography skills. A polarizer filter can be extremely helpful to reduce glare from the bright white temple and make your skies pop. Please do no bring a tripod with you so as to not disrupt the daily religious activities taking place at the temple.

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February 2020

Raptors EXCURSION

February 22, 2020 | 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Houston Audubon Raptor & Education Center, 3997 River Dr, Houston, TX 77017, USA United States
$30

Get ready to experience an avian adventure with Houston Audubon at Houston Audubon’s Raptor and Education Center in Southeast Houston. We will take a 90 minute tour which includes up-close encounters with the raptors at the center, presentation in the Bayou Barn, and guided hike to Sims Bayou. This is a one-of-a kind opportunity to take some amazing close-up images of rehabilitated owls, ospreys, falcons & hawks who were unable to return to the wild due to their injuries. Bringing along a 50mm lens will be helpful when taking photos of the birds of prey. However a telephoto lens may be helpful as we take a hike to Sims Bayou.

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March 2020

Motocross MX EXCURSION

March 14, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
3 Palms Action Sports Park, 15100 Interstate 45 S, Conroe, TX 77384, USA, 15200 I- 45 United States
$30

Be prepared for some amazing fast action pictures which means you get to experiment with Shutter Speeds! This will be a great opportunity to test out your action photography skills, with some dynamic pictures of motorcycles tearing up the track. You should definitely expect to use a telephoto lens (above 50mm) to give you the flexibility to zoom closer. You can also bring a circular polarizer filter to cut down on glare in your outdoor photos. We will meet in the parking area near the Dealership onsite. You MUST WEAR A FLORESCENT T-SHIRT or a bright safety vest that can easily be purchased from an Academy or Walmart. If you are not wearing one of these two things you will not gain access to the track. Instead you will have to stand on the side-lines. If an event is taking place we will not be allowed inside the track area. You will also be asked to sign an accident liability waiver before you can gain access to the track. Since this is an outdoor event there is always a chance of bad weather. If we are rained out, this excursion will be rescheduled. Please arrive 20 minutes early so we can all talk about our camera settings and sign the necessary release forms beforehand.

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May 2020

Brazos Bend Alligator EXCURSION

May 2, 2020 | 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Brazos Bend State Park, 21901 FM 762 Rd, Needville, TX 77461, USA, 17401 FM 762 United States
$30

We are headed to Brazos Bend to take pictures of the Birds and Alligators. This is perfect timing for nesting birds and active alligators. Make sure to bring your long telephoto lenses with you on this trip so you can stand at a distance to photography your subjects. A macro can also be helpful for any small detailed subjects you come across. You can also bring a monopod which will help you stabilize yourself when you zoom in really far or get really close to the subject. Another suggestion would be to bring along your Circular Polarizer. Depending on the conditions you may use the Polarizer to remove water reflections or reduce washed out skies. We will meet at Brazos Bend in the parking area near the restroom facility at Elm Lake. Please arrive 20 minutes early so we can all talk about our camera settings beforehand. Since this is an outdoor event there is always a chance of bad weather. If we are rained out, this excursion will be rescheduled. Please arrive 20 minutes early so we can all talk about our camera settings and sign the necessary reslease forms beforehand.

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Haak Winery EXCURSION (CANCELLED)

May 30, 2020 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Haak Vineyards & Winery, Inc., 6310 Avenue T, Santa Fe, TX 77510, USA United States

Let's tour the Haak Winery/Vineyard! This will give you a chance to see the beautiful craft of wine making from the vines to the barrels. Take your time exploring the vineyard grounds. You will discover a variety of photo opportunities including landscapes, intricate nature, dark indoor cellars, etc. You will also have the choice to take part in a wine tasting. You must be at least 21 years old to attend this Excursion. If you plan on tasting wine be sure to make arrangements for safe transportation. Additional Fees (Not Included): If you wish to take part in the wine tasting the cost is $10 per person. You are welcome to bring a non-participating guest with you to this excursion. Please arrive 10 minutes early so we can all talk about our camera settings beforehand. Since this is an outdoor event there is always a chance of bad weather. If we are rained out, this excursion will be rescheduled.

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June 2020

Buffalo Bayou at Night EXCURSION

June 28, 2020 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sabine Street Bridge, Buffalo Bayou Walk, Houston, TX 77019, USA, 2001 Buffalo Ter United States
$30

This Excursion begins at the famous Sabine St. Bridge where we will have a gorgeous view of downtown Houston at sunset. Here we will encounter the challenges of photography at sunset at the light contstantly changes into dark. Once the sun is below the horizon, we will begin a stroll through the beautiful sidewalks along buffalo bayou. Photographying the nicely lit waterway, bridge ways of I-45 above us and the Aquarium Farris wheel. You will benefit from bringing a Wide angle lens (below 50mm), a tripod to help stabilize the camera for slow shutter speeds, and a remote if you own one. Parking at Sabine St. Bridge is limited so you should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early to find parking and so we can all talk about our camera settings beforehand. Please arrive 20 minutes early to discuss camera settings. Since this is an outdoor event there is always a chance of bad weather. If we are rained out, this excursion will be rescheduled.

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July 2020

Kemah Fireworks EXCURSION

July 10, 2020 | 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
$30

Let’s head down to the Kemah Boardwalk and take pictures of fireworks! The Kemah Boardwalk is a 60-acre Texas Gulf Coast theme park in Kemah, TX. Every Friday night in July, the Boardwalk presents a spectacular firework show over the Galveston Bay! We will use slow shutter speeds for stunning photos of Fireworks, so a tripod is a must have for this Excursion. Learn how to balance your shutter speed and exposure, overcome focus difficulties at nighttime and capture the best firework pictures. If you have a remote for your camera, this will be a great opportunity to test it out. A zoom lens with telephoto (above 50mm) is ideal, so you can adjust the zoom to fine tune the shot. Entrance onto the boardwalk is free. However you will most likely need to pay for parking. Please arrive 20 minutes early to find parking and so we can all talk about our camera settings beforehand. Since this is an outdoor event there is always a chance of bad weather. If we are rained out, this excursion will be rescheduled.

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