Field Trips

As a Photo Group member, you are welcome to join our field trips! All our field trips support all our photo group members, from the very experienced to the novice. Our more experienced members are glad to help beginners with all aspects of cameras and photography on our field trips.

Our trip experiences have consistently lead to award winning photographs at club meetings and local competitions.

Past field trips have included locations such as the Civil War Reenactment, LA Metro, Camarillo Airport Air Show, Underwood Family Farms, Huntington Gardens, Descanso Gardens, California Poppy Preserve, Anacapa & Santa Cruz Islands, Farmer’s Market, Hollywood Boulevard, the Getty Museum, the Getty Villa, San Pedro, Downtown Los Angeles, Lompoc, the Santa Barbara Zoo, Death Valley, Las Vegas and the Eastern Sierras.

Finally, we conduct training/critiquing field trips. In the morning, we go to a nearby location and shoot with experienced member/leaders. In the afternoon, we review and critique the images taken that morning.

meetup 200x100pxTo participate in any TOPG sponsored field trip, you must be an active TOPG member and register for each sponsored event. Find out more about specific field trips at our Meetup page.

If you have questions, please contact our Field Trip Coordinator, Karen Kohn, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Our past trips include:

  • Owens Valley (Overnight Trip)
  • Sepulveda Wildlife Basin
  • Renaissance Faire
  • Long Beach Aquarium – Photographer’s Night
  • Photographic Historic LA Downtown
  • Wings Over over Camarillo — Airshow
  • Getty Center
  • The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
  • Santa Anita Race Track
  • Renaissance Fair
  • Descanso Gardens

TOPG Street Sig Field Trip
Friday, October 25th, approximately 8:15 AM - 6:00 PM

Day Dead in the City of Angels

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Street photography on first day of Dia de los Muertos on Olvera Street in Los Angeles with the TOPG Street Gang SIG. Events are scheduled all day, but we will be fairly fluid. Group can decide about lunch, and everyone is free to do their own photographing anywhere to go to. Photograph Olvera Street, Union Station, streets around the area. Note: The Novenario Procession begins 7:00 PM. So you will have to choose another form of transportation if you want to stay for that event.

Suggested mode of travel is to take the Metrolink from Moorpark to Union Station @8:28AM and return from Union Station @5:10PM (Alternative mode of Transportation could be the LA Metro (subway) from North Hollywood. Take the Metro and meet with the the Metrolink group at 9:41 AM.)

For information about the annual Dia de los Muertos event, see their website: https://www.olveraevents.com/day-of-the-dead-olvera-street

For transportation information, see Metrolink and LA Metro:

Metrolink: https://www.metrolinktrains.com/globalassets/schedules/f_mlk_lft_alllines_spreads-web.pdf and https://www.metrolinktrains.com/schedules/

LA Metro: https://www.metro.net/

Bring extra memory cards, extra camera batteries, sun screen, and wear comfortable shoes. This Meetup Field Trip is open to ALL TOPG members regardless of experience or skill level so join us for this fun day of Street Photography. 

Directions and other information specific to this field trip can be found at our meetup 200x100px site.

meetup 200x100pxTo participate in this or any TOPG sponsored field trip, you must be an active TOPG member and register for each sponsored event. Find out more about specific field trips at our Meetup page.

 

TOPG Sunset at the Beach Field Trip
Tuesday, October 29th, 5:15 PM

Pete Scifres Malibu Sunset 125pxOn Tuesday, October 29 TOPG will host a field trip to photograph a Malibu beach at sunset. This is date is selected because there will be a low tide around sunset. Sunset on Oct 29 is 6:04pm, low tide is 5:17pm, -0.7 feet. Members have made some great images at this location over the years – hope you can join!

Meet at either the Park n Ride in SE corner of the 101/Kanan Road interchange at 4:30pm, across from Jiffy Lube, or at the the site at 5:15.

Look for a large, but un-named, pullout/parking area on the ocean side of PCH about 4000 feet north (west) of Deer Creek Road. If driving from the south (east) you will need to make a left turn across PCH and there is no separated turning lane. Be careful when you do this. Beach access is via an old, steep concrete stairway and then over about 10 feet of anti-erosion rocks. Please carefully consider your ability to do this safely when you decide whether or not to participate on this field trip.

Bring a tripod, wide lens, cable release, some type of filter to darken the scene (ideally a variable ND filter) so you can obtain a long exposure, and a graduated filter (if you use this latter).

Effective beach images are VERY dependent on photo friendly weather and TOPG will cancel the trip if this is not anticipated, possibly to the following day Wednesday October 30, or to a date in November. Confirm that the trip is proceeding via the MeetUp page. Updated information will be posted on Monday morning, October 28.
Pete  will work with members who want help with camera setup, composition, etc.


Your shoes will get wet and sandy so you may want to wear old ones and bring a 2nd pair for the trip home. A plastic bag to put the sandy ones in will limit the mess in your car.

Directions and other information specific to this field trip can be found at our meetup 200x100px site.

meetup 200x100pxTo participate in this or any TOPG sponsored field trip, you must be an active TOPG member and register for each sponsored event. Find out more about specific field trips at our Meetup page.