Category Archives: Field Trip

2018 Feb. 17: Field Trip – Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America

Mike Thomas Photos: Architecture & Buildings &emdash; Mike BMT_2837_AuroraHDR2018-edit

On Saturday February 17, club members will go to the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America.

Located in Washington, DC, the historic Monastery is the U.S. home of the Holy Land Friars who, for 800 years, have cared for the sacred shrines and the Christians in the Holy Land. Visit the monastery to explore the full-size replicas of Holy Land shrines, beautiful church and contemplative gardens.

Visitors are welcome to enjoy the main church and gardens on their own, but you can also go on a guided tour, which includes an introductory video, “behind the scenes” information and access to places not visible without a guide including the catacombs.

Reservations are not required for groups of 6 or less. You may take photos for personal use in church. You may take photos during the tours, but without tripods. (Tripods require advance permission.) When taking photos during tours, you may not disturb the tour guide or other visitors, or you will be asked to stop taking photos.

Plan to arrive about 10 AM get a the lay of the land and aim for the 11 AM tour. Click here for directions.

There are other tours as follows:
Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.

At all times, regardless of where you are in the Monastery, be respectful of others who might be praying and/or in confession. Eating and drinking are not allowed in church. Cell phones must be silenced, put on vibrate or turned off. Photography for personal use is allowed. Commercial photography, video recording and/or tape recording must request special permission. Personal belongings must remain with visitors at all times. No items may be left in the lobby, such as umbrellas, lunch bags, backpacks, strollers, etc. The Monastery is not responsible for lost or stolen belongings. There are no eating facilities on the premises. There are, however, several restaurants and an organic market located nearby on 12th St., N.E.


Russ has give us a selection of local eating places near the Franciscan Monastery

  • Monroe St between Michigan & 7th are a couple of fast food places:  Potbelly Sandwiches, &Pizza and Chipotle
  • Monroe St between 7th and 8th: Brookland Pint (great pub food)
  • 12th between Monroe & Newton: Wings to Go, Subway and Brookland Grill (there’s also a couple other places but I’ve never been to any of them)
  • 12th between Randolph & N Quincy: San Antonio Bar & Grill (great TexMex)

If you are attending or have any questions, please send an email to Bob and Susan Webber our field trip chairman at

2017 Mar. 18: Field Trip – Studio Outing

Photo of Brandon from last studio outing

Here are the details for the studio day on March 18th:

Date: Saturday, March 18th.
Time: 10am until ???
Address: 3500 Parkdale Ave. Baltimore, MD 21211 Studio M.

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.

We will be doing studio photography with strobe lighting.We will have 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. Email me if you have any questions regarding equipment.

2016 Dec. 18: Studio Outing Cancelled

Greetings all,

I just received a message from my studio partner. We have no power in the building where our studio is located. The landlords don’t expect it to be back on until Monday afternoon, so we’ll need to cancel our outing tomorrow. We’ll reschedule at our earliest opportunity.


2016 Nov. 5: Field Trip – Chesapeake Wildlife Heritage

Our Saturday, November 5 our club  field trip is to a wildlife habitat located in Chester, MD about 40 minutes from Severna Park. My work colleague and her ecologist husband care for and reside on the property, living  in a home built in the 1600s.  Today my husband and I went to scout out the property for photo opportunities which include:

  • Waterfowl (especially at sunrise and sunset) – have waterfowl blinds
  • Ponds
  • At least 2 eagle nest on the property, we saw an eagle this morning
  • Beaver dam – To get a good shot will need a zoom
  • Old wooden working barn that we can shoot inside of – would work well with HDR photography. Only equipment in the barn, no animals
  • Small forest area  – although the leaves will be down in Nov
  • Fields – No blooming in Nov (they have sunflower fields which were in bloom last week)
  • Some old rusty farm equipment (decay shots)

The best time to shoot the wildfowl is either sunrise or sunset. I would recommend sunrise because of the lack of light after sun fall.

They have kindly requested that they have some copies of the photographs to post on their website.

Location: Chester, off of Parsons Road – Workman’s Hazard Road

Distance from Severna Park: 40 minutes

Source: Chesapeake Wildlife Heritage

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2016 Oct. 20-22: PhotoPlus Expo

PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo is the largest photography event in North America, attended by over 21,000 professional photographers and enthusiasts.

Source: PhotoPlus International Expo + Conference Trade Show | October 19-22, 2016



The nation’s largest and best known historic commemoration of the life and times of America’s “Greatest Generation”…

The 26th Annual WWII Weekend airshow will feature many familiar friends as well as some exciting new additions.  Among the returnees are FIFI, the only flying B-29 Boeing Superfortress in the world, leading a squadron of a dozen bombers.  Nine fighters will scream around the Reading sky including two first-timers: the rare Messerschmitt Bf-109 and the De Havilland DH-98 Mosquito, the fastest  piston-driven aircraft of the war, both from the Military Aviation Museum.  A bevy of transports, trainers, utilities, and “L-birds” round out the roster of airshow performers.

For the second year, The World War II Airborne Demonstration Team will be jumping from the Curtiss C-46 “Tinker Belle”  on Saturday and Sunday.  Don’t miss this opportunity to witness an authentic WWII paratroop drop right before your eyes on the KRDG mid-field.


Gates open at 8:30 AM* each day RAIN or SHINE!


ADULTS: $26  ($28 AT THE GATE)
CHILDREN 6-12: $10  ($12 AT THE GATE)



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2016 May 19-21: Maryland Preakness Celebration Balloon Festival

The Long Running Preakness Celebration Balloon Festival is one of many events planned during the week-long series of special events celebrating the annual running of the Preakness Stakes, Baltimore’s “Super Bowl” and the 2nd jewel in thoroughbred racing’s prestigious Triple Crown. The Hot Air Balloon Festival has a long and colorful tradition going back 40 years.

We are looking at going to the balloon Glow Friday evening.

Source: Maryland Preakness Celebration Balloon Festival at Turf Valley Howard County Maryland

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2016 Feb. 27: Field Trip – Fire Museum of Maryland

Fire Museum of Maryland

1301 York Road
Lutherville, MD 21093

The Fire Museum of Maryland is one of the largest fire museums in America.  Located in Lutherville, just north of Baltimore City, the Museum is a leading institution in preserving, restoring, and interpreting the history of the urban fire service in the U.S.

The Museum, which was founded in 1971, houses a world-class collection, comprising more than 40 pieces of fire fighting apparatus, dating from 1806 to 1957. The collection also includes over 1,700 smaller 3-dimensional objects, an extensive working telegraph system,  and a large archive and library with over 13,000 documents, catalogues, photographs, negatives and books. These objects are used for research in order to help tell a more complete story of the history of the fire service.

The non-profit 501(c)(3) Fire Museum of Maryland grew from a collection of fire engines, apparatus and fire related materials that had been amassed over more than 40 years by the Stephen G. Heaver family. It now exists to tell the complete story of the history of the urban fire service in America. Since its founding in 1971, the Museum has expanded the depth of its collections to become a professionally run institution that is open to the public 4 days a week during the summer, and on weekends during the rest of the year. It is also available year round for both school and adult tour programs.

Meet to the at the Fire Museum at 10 AM when they Open.

Admission Prices: $14 = Adults, $12 = Seniors & Firefighters, $6 = Children (Ages 2-18), Free = Children (Under Age 2).

Tripods and Flash Ok.

Lots of shiny Brass for interesting reflection from curved surfaces.

2016 Mar. 6: Field Trip – Insect Museum at National Museum of Natural History in DC

Meet at 10:30 AM at the

National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution
10th Street & Constitution Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20560-0135

Click here for Directions


  • Atrium Café, our largest cafeteria with a wide range of culinary specialties
  • Café Natural, Illy espresso, sandwiches, salads, desserts, ice cream and more

Insect Museum

The O. Orkin Insect Zoo is a special exhibit hall on the 2nd Floor of the Museum where visitors can observe live insects and their many-legged relatives. Volunteers conduct tarantula feeding demonstrations, work with live insects that visitors may touch and hold, and answer questions about the many-legged creatures that live in the Insect Zoo.

Hours: Open daily 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM.

Admissions: Free


11:30am Live Tarantula Feedings 2nd floor, West, O. Orkin Insect Zoo,
12:30pm Live Tarantula Feedings O. Orkin Insect Zoo, 2nd floor, West
1:30pm Live Tarantula Feedings 2nd Floor, West, O. Orkin Insect Zoo

Butterfly Pavilion

Take a stroll among live butterflies and exotic plants! Located adjacent to Partners in Evolution, this tropical oasis offers visitors a rare opportunity to get close to a variety of living butterflies from all over the world.

Hours: 10:15am – 5:00pm

Tickets: Adults $6, Seniors $5.50, Groups (10 or More) $4.50.

Tickets can be purchased at the National Museum of Natural History Box Offices, any other Smithsonian Theater Box Office, on the internet, or by phone at 866.868.7774. Please note that non-refundable handling charges apply for tickets purchased via the internet and telephone. Purchase tickets online to avoid sold out time-slots. They are also available at the Museum on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are timed-entry at 15-minute intervals, 40 tickets per interval. You can find instructions on buying tickets here.

Sorry No Tripods in Butterfly Exhibit.

2016 Jan. 23: Field Trip Orkin Insect Zoo CANCELLED

Just in case it’s not obvious, our field trip to the Orkin Insect Zoo Saturday has been CANCELLED due to incoming blizzard.

Turns out it was closed for maintenance anyway.

“The Live Butterfly Pavilion and the O. Orkin Insect Zoo will temporarily be closed for maintenance January 11 thru January 31 and will re-open February 1.”