2024 Field Trips

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    Tony Reynes


      SRPS January 2024 Field Trip

      Slow Slow Shutters

      January can be a very slow month: no more holidays, weight to lose, bills to pay and lots of cloudy skies.

      It seems to be a wonderful time to learn or relearn what a very slow shutter can do. There is a whole world beyond the few second exposure used for spun-candy waterscapes. Watch this video and get inspired and curious at the same time. https://www.google.com/search?q=very+long+exposure+photography&sca_esv=579945731&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS924US924&sxsrf=AM9HkKmeHI49GtEvbHdsrpw-T4Xuk37olA%3A1699310968344&ei=eG1JZfrDFMC90PEP08qWmAM&oq=very+long+exposure+photography&gs_lp=Egxnd3Mtd2l6LXNlcnAiHnZlcnkgbG9uZyBleHBvc3VyZSBwaG90b2dyYXBoeSoCCAAyBRAAGIAEMggQABiKBRiGAzIIEAAYigUYhgMyCBAAGIoFGIYDMggQABiKBRiGA0iHhAFQ6V9YznBwAXgBkAEAmAF4oAHvA6oBAzMuMrgBAcgBAPgBAcICChAAGEcY1gQYsAPCAgoQABiKBRiwAxhDwgITEAAYDRiABBixAxiDARixAxiDAcICBxAAGA0YgATiAwQYACBBiAYBkAYK&sclient=gws-wiz-serp#fpstate=ive&vld=cid:9073f589,vid:DUrnMRCLZ4M,st:0

      It looks easy, but it is not. But it is fun and challenging.

      Here is how we will learn as well as do a little socialization.

      –          We will meet at 10 am at Torches in Petaluma on Wednesday January 10th

      –          For the next 2 hours we will shoot in the downtown area

      –          We will then meet back at Torches for lunch

      –          At the end of February, we will have a zoom meeting for the January and February field trips.


      SRPS February 2024 Field trip

      Heartfelt Photography

      February has at least one very important date: Valentines Day. Guys tend to forget it; gals find ways to help them remember.

      For the field trip this month, you are to capture images of strangers making nice to one another. This means loving looks, holding hands, zipping up a snowsuit or even holding that bottle for the baby. This is street photography!

      You have the option of sniping with a long lens or striking up a conversation with the person you want to photograph.

      Here is how we will pull this thing off.

      –          We will meet at the Café Bellini at 10 am on February 23rd.

      –          We will spend the rest of the morning capturing lots of love in Petaluma.

      –          At noon, we will return to the Café for lunch.

      At the end of the month, there will be a Zoom meeting to cover January and February.


      SRPS March 2024 Field Trip

      San Francisco by Ferry

      Some of us are still emerging from Covid and continue to have our own individual sense of risk assessment. The flexibility built into this trip is to tailor it to your needs. If you are concerned, ride at off hours when the vessel is not as crowded.


      Others have the fear of robbery in the city. One of our own club members experienced that. The suggested route on city arrival should mitigate some fears by staying around the ferry building and only venturing forth into the financial district which abuts the ferry slips. You can also call around and form your own posse.


      The field event is scheduled for Friday March 23rd. The Larkspur ferry will allow participants

      to leave as early as 6:35 and arrive at the Ferry Building by about 7:10. For people who feel early hours are for the birds, please arrive later in the day.

      If you are an early arrival, it is suggested that you meet everyone in front of the main Golden Gate

      Transit Building in the rear of the ferry building, facing the street. From there, we can break into small

      groups and go off to explore the area. Later arrivals can check in with Tony to find out

      where the early birds have migrated to.


      It is truly a target rich environment:

      – meander the ferry building shooting the wares

      – sit across the street from the building and capture some of the local fauna moving by

      – walk the street and absorb the architecture

      – try shooting shadows or movement

      – and, when you are aboard, step to the ferry rail, and shoot the prisons,

      the bridges, boat traffic and the city from the water


      Around 11:30, we will all meet for lunch at Gott’s at the Ferry Building. Weather permitting, we can eat outdoors there. After lunch, people can either continue shooting or grab a ferry

      back home. The return ferries run pretty much hourly.


      Travel light; bring as little as possible so you walk longer and are less of a target for

      the occasional bad guy.


      Please let me know if you plan to attend.

      Information on the follow-up Zoom meeting will be posted later date.


      And please remember, if the fog is heavy, you are a winner. EVERYTHING is

      different and more dramatic. Just wear an extra layer of clothes.



      To Be Announced

      Flowers                            Ronny R               Private Park/Garden

      Seascapes                        Steve G                   Jenner Headlands

      The Wetlands                 Tony R                    Birds, critters & salt marshes

      Lodi Fest                         Trisha B                 Sandhill Crane Festival

      Macro Work                   Phil H                     Up close with extension tubes in the field

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