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 200x100pxeventbrite 200px  To participate in any TOPG sponsored field trip, you must be an active TOPG member and register for each sponsored event. You must also file an Waiver and Release of Liability annually. See the membership page for details. 

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 Field Trip

Olivas Adobe Field Trip
Sunday, October 9 (Rescheduled)

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This field trip will be led by Scott HarrisonScottHarrison Composite

Members of the TOPG are being granted exclusive access to the Olivas Adobe to photograph after hours. The site includes gardens, an exterior plaza, a bell tower, and many late 1800s artifacts. We are staying past the estimated 6:20 pm sunset to get evening images of the adobe. This will be an excellent opportunity to photograph the adobe without crowds and in the better late afternoon and evening light. More details are provided in you weekly club email.

The Olivas Adobe historic site features the restored two-story adobe home of Don Raymundo Olivas. Built in 1847, this Monterey-style adobe home, Historical Landmark No. 115 from the Rancho era, celebrates Ventura’s Rancho and Latino heritage.

To sign up, refer to links in our latest club email message where you will see our eventbrite 200px link for the Olivas Adobe Field Trip as well as other club activities. Full details and maps are provided on the eventbrite 200px site. Please note: Attendance at all TOPG field trips require that a TOPG Waiver and Release of Liability be on file.

TOPG Field Trip

Morro Bay Field Trip
Sunday, November 6-8, 2022

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This field trip will be led by Pete ScifresScottHarrison Composite

Once again, the Thousand Oaks Photo Group is going to Morro Bay!. Due to distance and the variety of things to photograph, this will be a multiday trip, our first one in several years. Join fellow TOPG members on Sunday, November 6, and stay through Tuesday. November 8!

There are excellent photography opportunities including Morro Bay, Morro Rock, Montana de Oro State Park (seascapes and tide pools), surfers on north side of Morro Rock and possibly the San Simeon elephant seal rookery. The specific itinerary will be set as we get closer to the date.

To sign up, refer to links in our latest club email message where you will see our eventbrite 200px link for the Morro Bay Field Trip as well as other club activities. Full details and maps are provided on the eventbrite 200px site. It is essential that you sign up for this trip as Pete Scifres will be sending detailed itineraries to field trip participants only. Please note: Attendance at all TOPG field trips require that a TOPG Waiver and Release of Liability be on file.