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

Bird Photography at Rancho Simi Community Park
February 22, 2020 in the morning (Time is TBD)

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This is a local venue that offers an excellent opportunity to photograph wild and domestic waterfowl. The Field Trip will be led by Paul Abravaya.

Paul Abravaya, one of best bird photographers, will be on hand to provide pointers and instruction to those who need a bit of a brush-up or are new to bird photography. Since the sunrise is not so great at this venue, we don't have to meet quite so early. The meeting time is still TBD, but will not be 6:00 AM! The Duck Pond at Rancho Simi Community Park was completely renovated during the summer 2016 and offers a local spot to shoot birds.

We suggest that you bring an extra pair of shoes that you don't want to bring into house after shooting. We are not responsible for you getting in trouble for messing up your house!

Ranch Simi Community Park is located at 1765 Royal Ave, Simi Valley CA 93065. There is NO admission fee. For more information about the park, see the Rancho Simi Community Park web page and the Acon article published on June 24, 2016.

Directions to tRancho Simi Community Park can be found at our meetup 200x100px site.

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LA Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
March 7, 2020 at 9:00 AM (approximate timinig)
Note: NEW Event Date* 

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Photography at the LA Arboretum and Botanical Gardens will be an excellent opportunity to practice your skills of plant and flower photography.

Our field trip to the LA Arboretum and Botanical Gardens gives us an opportunity to photograph 127 acres of plants, peacocks, and peahens, natural wildlife, and historic buildings. On the site of Rancho Santa Anita, Elias Jackson “Lucky” Baldwin built “Baldwin’s Belvedere,” today known as the Queen Anne Cottage and other buildings. Today, there are theme gardens, water features including lakes and waterfalls, and way too many peafowl. It is an excellent place to photograph.

We will meet a little before 9 AM at arboretum entrance. The admission fee is $9 for adults and $6 for seniors 65 and up. We will shoot pictures in the morning and meet for lunch at the Peacock Cafe which has burgers, sandwiches, soups, and salads.

Directions to the LA Arboretum and Botanical Gardens 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 or contact our Field Trip Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

*This Field Trip was originally scheduled for February 22, 2020. The date has been changed to accomodate other activities occuring on that date.

 

Anacapa Island Field Trip
March 21 via Island Packers
Boat Departs at 9:30 AM (be ther at least 45 minutes early)

anacapa island 150x100pxOnce again the TOPG will try to go to Anacapa Island to photograph the birds, flowers and amazing seascapes. We have tried this the past two years and have been thwarted by bad weather. Hopefully, our third time out will work just fine! Our trip leader, Pete Scifres, has put together a very detailed description about the trip including cost and departure information. Rather that repeat all that information here, please refer to Pete's Anacapa Field Trip Description.

Island Packers has put together some points which you should also think about when planning your expedition. They are included below:

To prepare for the best day possible you will need to:

  • Pack food and water for your time on the island.  A small cooler with a single handle or a back pack will help to protect your food from the birds that populate the island year round.  There are no shops or restaurants on the island.  Be prepared to hike out all your trash.

  • Anacapa Island has little shade, so sun screen and a hat will help to protect you from UV that is present even on overcast days.

  • Weather conditions can change rapidly in the Santa Barbara Channel and it is always best to dress in layers and bring a jacket along (even in the summer months).

  • Flat shoes with rubber soles are best for both the boat and the island. We recommend hiking sandals or sneakers.  We suggest that you do not wear loose or leather soles sandals or flip flops on your island adventure.

  • Camera and binoculars will add to your trip and this island offers some spectacular photo opportunities.

  • Please arrive at your harbor of departure 45 minutes before your schedule mainland departure.

 

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 or contact our Field Trip Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Special Note: YOU must purchase your own tickets from Island Packers. Please read the full trip description.

Time Traveler Day at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire
April 18, Time TBD

43Open Kit Wang 2 Red Fan PrincessTravel back in time and travel through time to Time Traveler Day at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire. Lots of opportunity to get great shots for human interest, pomp and color. The Renaissance Pleasure Faire is always a great place to photograph. For details and advanced ticket purchases see the Renaissance Pleasure Faire website.

 

 

 

 

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 or contact our Field Trip Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest

Despite the fire that destroyed Western Town, the Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest lives on!

May 17, 2020 at 9:00 AM

2019 Topanga Fiddle Contest 250pxThe Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest will take place at Paramount Ranch, 2903 Cornell Road, Agoura Hills, CA 91301, on May 20, 2020 from 9AM to 6PM. There will be bands, contests, dancing, and plenty of opportunities to take pictures. Tickets at the gate cost $25. Purchse tickets online at the Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest website. See our Meetup Site for details. 

Directions to theParamount Ranch 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 or contact our Field Trip Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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