Category Archives: Field Trip

2019 Feb 23: Studio Outing

Photo by Ron Peiffer

On Saturday February 23, club members will converge on Chip Bulgin’s studio in Baltimore where we can shoot table top still life, portraits of each other, models, discuss post processing, and do lighting tutorials.

We will be doing studio photography with strobe lighting. We will have several stations/sets available for photographing both human and still-life type objects. Feel free to bring your own lights if you have them. Also feel free to bring stuff and/or people to photograph. You will need a camera with a hot-shoe and a short prime (fixed) or telephoto lens. Something like an 18-55mm, 50mm, 85mm, 18-135mm, and the like should be perfect.

For tabletop club members will bring their cameras and stuff to photograph. Flowers and food are always popular. If you have strobes bring them. Also backdrops and tablecloths can be useful. Unlimited members will work with novice members to share tips and tricks to improve their still life and macro photography.

The address is 3500 Parkdale Ave. Baltimore, MD 21211. The building is on the right-hand side of the street. It’s an old 3 story brick building that used to be a mill. There is a parking lot just past the building up a concrete ramp that has approximately 10 spaces. There is also parking on the street. Go in the blue doors from the street. Take the elevator up to the 3rd floor. Chip’s studio is on the left.

If you are attending or have any questions, please send an email to our club Chip at

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2019 Mar. 9: Field Trip – Anita C. Leight Estuary Center, Otter Creek Component

Located on the shores of Otter Point Creek, the Estuary Center is open to the public seven days a week, year round, except for holidays. 2 miles of hiking trails through dappled upland forests of black gum and maple trees.

One of the few remaining large freshwater tidal marshes in the upper Chesapeake Bay accessible to the public. Otter Point Creek is a shallow tributary located at the headwaters of the Bush River in southern Harford County, MD. The Otter Point Creek Component consists of two land areas (Leight Park and the Melvin G. Bosely Conservancy) connected by 261 acres of shallow open water. Leight Park is 93 forested acres owned by Harford County Parks and Recreation and home to the Estuary Center. The Bosely Conservancy is 350 acres of tidal marsh and wooded wetlands owned by the Izaak Walton League of America – Harford County Chapter.

Hours of Operation

The Anita C. Leight Estuary Center Building is open to the public:
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Leight Park
Open daily dawn to dusk
(Gates close at dusk)

To reach the Anita C. Leight Estuary Center:

Get Directions

The Anita C. Leight Estuary Center is located in Leight Park in Southern Harford County, just 18 miles north of Baltimore, and is easily located from Interstate 95.

  • Take Exit 77A off of Route I-95, Route 24 South to Edgewood
  • Turn left onto the Route 40 access road
  • Turn left at the T onto Route 40 East
  • Proceed east 1.5 miles
  • Turn right at the stop light onto Otter Point Road
  • Proceed 1/2 mile, then turn right into the driveway at the Anita C. Leight Estuary Center entrance sign, 700 Otter Point Road

Get Directions from Google Maps.

Source: Anita C. Leight Estuary Center, Otter Creek Component

2019 Feb. 18: Field Trip – Library of Congress

Photo by Michelle Barkdoll

The Library of Congress Reading Room has been described as the most beautiful room in Washington, DC (The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown), but unless you have a researcher card you’re not allowed inside.  It’s not difficult to get a researcher card but they discourage people from getting them just to check out the room because they are nice, plastic-printed, photo IDs.  With that said, most people don’t get a chance to see this beautiful room except for a small overlook.  Worst of all, photography isn’t even allowed from the overlook so you have no chance to capture the room’s amazing architecture.

However, twice a year, on Presidents’ Day (in February) and Columbus Day (in October), the Library of Congress opens up the Reading Room to visitors and photographers. The Main Reading Room will be open to the public on the federal Presidents Day holiday, Monday, February 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Main Reading Room is located on the first floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.   American Sign Language interpreters will be available during the open house.

The Jefferson Building will open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In lieu of the normal tour schedule, docents will be available to talk with visitors about the Jefferson Building, its history, art and architecture and the Library’s collections and exhibitions between 9:30 am. and 4:30 p.m.

Parking in Washington D.C is free on holidays.

Source: Semi-Annual Main Reading Room Open House on Presidents Day | Library of Congress

2019 Jan. 19: CANCELLED – Field Trip – Bombay Hook NWR

Bombay Hook Fox


On January 19th the club field trip will be to Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge which protects one of the largest remaining expanses of tidal salt marsh in the mid-Atlantic region. The refuge, located along the coast of Delaware, is mostly marsh, but also includes freshwater impoundments and upland habitats that are managed for other wildlife.

Wildlife can be seen year round at Bombay Hook. Mammals can be seen year round, particularly in the early morning and evening hours. These include white tailed deer, beaver, muskrat, red fox, river otter, woodchuck and opossum. Fall and spring offer the best opportunity for observing peak concentrations of migratory birds. Waterfowl populations are at their peak in November and December. More than 150,000 ducks and geese use the refuge at this time. It is primarily a refuge and breeding ground for migrating birds and other wildlife.

Entrance fees are $4.00 / car. The refuge is open 1/2-hour before sunrise until 1/2-hour after sunset. The visitor center is closed on weekends in January. The drive to the refuge takes approximately 1.5 hours. The closest place to get food and gas is in Smyrna, Cheswold, or Dover depending on your route. Click here for directions.

Please email if you would like to attend.

2019 Jan. 12: CANCELLED Field Trip – Blackwater NWR

Blackwater Eagle


On January 12th the club field trip will be to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, which is home to an incredible amount of plant and animal diversity in its three major habitats – forest, marsh and shallow water. The refuge contains one-third of Maryland’s tidal wetlands, which makes it an ecologically important area within the state. These wetlands also provide storm protection to lower Dorchester County, including the town of Cambridge. Blackwater NWR is recognized as a “Wetland of International Importance” by the Ramsar Convention and was named a priority wetland in the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. In addition, Blackwater NWR has been designated as an Internationally Important Bird Area.

The best time to view waterfowl is November through February. In addition to its extensive list of birds, Blackwater supports a variety of mammals, including bats, raccoons, rabbits, otters, opossums, skunks, and red fox. The marshes are home to large numbers of muskrats. Sightings of eagles are fairly common as Blackwater is the center of the greatest nesting density of bald eagles in the eastern United States north of Florida.

Entrance fees are $3.00/car. The visitor center is open 9 Am to 5 pm. The wildlife drive opens dawn to dusk every day. The drive to the refuge takes approximately 1.5 hours. The drive to the refuge takes approximately 1.5 hours. The closest place to get food and gas is in Cambridge. Click here for directions.

Please email if you would like to attend.

2018 Oct. 8: Field Trip: Library of Congress

Mike Thomas Photos: Architecture & Buildings &emdash; 2015 All Rights Reserved

Twice each year, the Library of Congress opens its magnificent Main Reading Room to share information about how the public can access the Library’s resources year-round. The Main Reading Room will be open to the public on the federal Columbus Day holiday, Monday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Main Reading Room is located on the first floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C.

Reference librarians will be on hand to demonstrate services, offer instruction on obtaining a reader-registration card and answer questions. They will be available to demonstrate the Library’s online resources and discuss access to the Library’s vast on-site collections and electronic resources, including services and collections for use in family history research. No other reference services will be available, and all other Library of Congress reading rooms and buildings will be closed. Photography is allowed; however, visitors may not use selfie sticks, mono-, bi- or tripods.

The Library’s Young Readers Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with activity stations and programming for visitors. Young people under 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Exhibition tours will be available to visitors on the second floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building.

Send email to Michelle to let her know if you are going on this field trip.

2018 Nov. 3-4: Overnight Field Trip – Penn’s Cave, Naturem Farm and Wildlife Tour

This photo of Penn’s Cave is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Saturday will consist of Penn’s Cave, Nature, Farm and Wildlife Tour – – You can choose which one or two or all of the adventures that they offer – prices listed on website.

Saturday evening = Bowling at Bellfonte Lanes (as long as they are not pre-booked for a party- will know closer to time) This is an older bowling alley.

Sunday will consist of Hershey Gardens Butterfly Atrium and Bug Zone.

Please RSVP here to this email so that I may book for reservations.

2018 Oct. 13 – Field Trip – “A Time Of Learning” – Cunningham Falls Photo Hike

October 13, 2018 (Rain Date October 14, 2018) –  9AM – “A Time Of Learning” – Cunningham Falls Photo Hike – This learning event is Free for Arundel Camera Club Members in good standing – All others, $10 donation the Arundel Camera Club. – Topics of Discussion and Hike led by John Milleker Jr.- 1. Pre-trip planning. Using online resources to plan your trip and shots from the comfort of your couch. 2. Choosing which photography gear to bring depending on the subject, location and weather. 3. Pre-set for your situation. Learn to anticipate your camera settings (aperture, shutter) for your subject. 4. Increasing your ‘keeper’ rate with shooting discipline. 5. Basics of composition to make your photographs more visually appealing. 6. And all other questions asked.

There will be hiking, bring comfortable hiking shoes. Bug spray, sunscreen and a hat. Also bring a camera with clean memory cards and charged batteries in a camera bag that you don’t mind hiking with. You’ll need your normal walk-around lens, if you have a telephoto lens we’ll talk about those as well. We highly recommend bringing a tripod, but if you don’t have one we’ll discuss other stabilizing techniques. If you are unsure about how your camera works, please tuck the instruction manual in your camera bag. It makes it easier to help you dial in the settings on your brand of camera!  Water will be provided, please bring a pack lunch and a picnic blanket or chair. At this time, Cunningham Falls parking fee is $3 per person with Maryland License, $5 for all others.

Please email if you would like to attend.

2018 Sep. 22-23 – Field Trip – Antietam National Battlefield

Reminder there is a field trip this weekend. Here is the info. Happy Shooting! September 22-23, 2018 –  Antietam Battlefield – Aftermath weekend AND Antietam National Cemetery – Events around and inside the visitor center are free – along with activities next to Dunker’s Church provided by the Sanitary Commission out of NY. Antietam will also offer hikes through battlefield that weekend. Keep an eye on link as it will update.  If people want to drive through the driving tour – it is $10 per car load or $5 per person.

Source: Event Details – Antietam National Battlefield (U.S. National Park Service)

2018 Jun. 29 – Jul. 1: Field Trip – 155th Gettysburg – A Living History Event

155th Gettysburg

Join us at the 155th Gettysburg, “A Living History” event at the historic David Stewart Farm. This event is reenactor coordinated with all new historical presentations.

During this three-day event you can:

  • Meet the generals from both armies.
  • Visit the living history camps.
  • Hear civilians tell of their experiences – watch out for soldiers searching for food!
  • See the artillery, infantry and cavalry.
  • Check out the large tent of activities for kids of ALL ages.
  • Watch medical demonstrations.
  • Join us for a Saturday evening camp dance.
  • Attend education and preservation programs in the speakers tent.
  • Visit our Sutlers, food vendors and have your tintype photo taken by the one and only John Milliker!

Spectator admission fee is just $20 per carload and payable at the entrance.

ALL proceeds from this event will be donated to battlefield preservation. Backpacks and coolers are prohibited. All persons entering the event are subject to search for the safety of us all. For further Information:

Michelle Barkdoll will be there all 3 days – if club members get in contact with her prior to coming – she will be able to get them to different photo advantages during the day along with the battle. Email Michelle at


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