Category Archives: Field Trip

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

Fire Museum of Maryland

Address
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

Dining:

  • 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

Schedule:

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.”

2016 January Schedule

There are still openings in our 2015-16 schedule. If you have any suggestions for 2016, please send Ron Peiffer and Chuck Gallegos an email at programs@arundelcameraclub.org.

January 2: Exhibit Setup – At 10:00 AM we will meet at the Glen Burnie Regional Library to setup our annual exhibit. Each member can bring three to four images matted, framed, ready to hang with wire on the back. We will need a ladder and t-pins or drapery hooks to hang the art work. Work cannot be listed for sale. Business cards may not be displayed with the exhibits. It is appropriate to display the photograph’s title, the name of the photographer, and their town of residence. (For example: “Still Life” by Janet Jones of Crofton.)

January 6: Program: Macro Tabletop Night – Club members will bring their cameras and stuff to photograph. The challenge will be macro photography. Good items to bring include anything but flowers 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 macro photography.

January 13: Contest – We will hold our January Digital contest for both novice and unlimited members. Only paid members may compete. Members may submit up to three digital images. The theme will be “Open” so anything goes. The rules for competitions are available at http://arundelcameraclub.org/rules-summary/

January 20: Program: How Did You Do That? Part II – Part I went so well back in November, we have decided to give it another go letting other photographers show us how they post processed their images to get the final works of art.

January 23: Field Trip – Smithsonian Insect Zoo – We will drive down to D.C. to visit the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, O. Orkin Insect Zoo and Butterfly Pavilion. The museum is open from 10:00 AM until 5:30 PM daily. Tarantula Feeding Demonstrations Sat-Sun 11:30, 12:30 & 1:30

January 27: Contest – Color/Monochrome – We will hold our January color and monochrome print contests for both novice and unlimited members. Only paid members may compete. Members may submit up to three color prints and up to three monochrome prints. The theme will be “Open” so anything goes. The rules for competitions are available at http://arundelcameraclub.org/rules-summary/

January 31: Exhibit Take Down – At 1:00 PM we will meet at the Glen Burnie Regional Library to take down our exhibit. Each exhibitor is expected to come and pick up their photographs.

Also posted in Contest, Exhibit, How To, Meetings, Programs, Tips, Tutorials

October Schedule

October 3: Photo Opportunity – Scott Kelby Photo Walk

October 7: Program – Bill Conway – Bill, a Maryland photographer who is well known for his creative techniques, recently leading local groups participating in national Kelby Photo Walk events. The October 7 topic is How to Photograph Panoramas. Bill will walk through the technical steps needed to plan and photograph a panoramic image, including the post processing steps needed to prepare the final product and make it appealing to viewers.

October 12: Photo Opportunity – Photographing the Library of Congress Reading Room

October 14: Competition – We will have our monthly competition for digital images. The theme is Street Photography.  Paid members may participate in the competition. The public is welcome to attend and observe the judging to learn from the judge’s critiques. During judging, the individual identities of the photographers are kept secret to allow the judge to give helpful feedback without embarrassing the photographer. These contests are particularly good learning experiences for all photographers on composition and exposure and is useful for photographers at all skill levels.  The rules for competitions are available at http://arundelcameraclub.org/rules-summary/

October 17: Field Trip – Renaissance Festival – Currently we are planning a field trip for Saturday October 17th. Rain date Sunday October 18th. The Festival opens at 10 AM runs till 7 PM. We can meet at the gate at 10 AM. The address is 1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, Maryland 21401. Tickets are: Free Little ones 6 or younger, $10 Children 7 to 15, $24 Adults 16 to 61, $20 Seniors 62+. If we have 20 or more we could get a group rate for $20 a head.

October 21: Program – Middleton Evans – Middleton will talk about his most recent project, The Miracle Pond, a study of the broad range of wildlife found in a rather unexpected urban oasis, Baltimore’s Patterson Park. He has published several books and pictorial calendars in recent years on topics from wildlife to landscapes.

October 24: PhotoPlus Expo

October 28: Competition – We will have our monthly competition for monochrome and color prints. The theme is Street Photography. The rules for competitions are available at http://arundelcameraclub.org/rules-summary/

October 30-31: Photo Opportunity – Downrigging Weekend Fireworks & Ship Illumination, Chestertown

Note the North County Library Exhibit has been postponed until the spring.

Also posted in Contest, Photo Opportunity, Photowalk, Programs

2015 Oct. 3: Worldwide Photo Walk

social_blog_banner_850x213Welcome to the 8th Annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk! Each year, photographers around the world gather together on the same day to explore an area, photograph, share those photos with one another, and hopefully make some new friends! …

Source: Worldwide Photo Walk – Worldwide Photo Walk

Also posted in Photo Opportunity

2015 Sep. 13: Field Trip Lanaconing Silk Mill

Mike Thomas Photos: Lonaconing Silk Mill &emdash; Mike DSC_2606_HDR-Edit

We have the Lanaconing Silk Mill Field Trip Sunday 13 Sept

Where: 60-68 E Railroad St, Lonaconing, MD 21539, Lonaconing, Maryland 21539. Located about 6 miles south of Frostburg in Western Maryland. It will take around 2.5 hours to get there. Click here for directions.

So far I have:

  • Mike Thomas & Dawn Grannas
  • Jackie Colestock Plus friend
  • Russ Zaccari
  • Ann Hickman
  • Bob Webber

If anyone else can come this would be fine. There is no maximum, just a minimum (5)

We meet at at the Lanaconing Silk at 2:00 PM and follow with dinner at around 6 PM at one of these places:

  • D’Atri (Italian) – Rt 40 LaVale
  • Eastern Express – (301) 689-5370 109 E Main St, Frostburg, MD
  • El Canelo (Mexican) – Main St Frostburg east side of town
  • Gianni’s Pizza and Wings –  (301) 687-1000 1 W Main St, Frostburg, MD
  • Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant – (301) 689-2220 11 Bowery St, Frostburg, MD just behind El Canelo.
  • Henny’s (aka Gehaufs)– Rt 40 in LaVale
  • Princess Restaurant – (301) 689-1680 12 W Main St, Frostburg, MD
  • Ruby Tuesday’s – Rt 40 LaVale
  • Sand Springs Saloon & Steakhouse –  (301) 689-8085 188 W Main St, Frostburg, MD
  • Texas Grillhouse – Rt 40 LaVale
  • Wasabi (Hibachi grill) – Country Club Mall LaVale

Let me know if there are any preferences or non-preferences. We can fine tune this at Wednesdays meeting.

Thanks to Charlie Floyd and Russ Zaccari for the list.

Cost is $100 person. It’s ok to pay cash on the day. Session lasts 4 hours. Tripods are Ok. You will need to sign a release.

Email Bob Webber if you would like to go.

September Schedule

Sep. 4: Photo Opportunity – S.S. JOHN W. BROWN, Calling All Photographers

Sep. 5: Photo Opportunity – Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse Tours

Sep. 7: Photo Opportunity –  Skipjack Race & Festival | Deal Island

Sep. 9: Competition – This is the first contest of the new year. The theme is open so anything goes. Paid members may participate in the competition. The public is welcome to attend and observe the judging to learn from the judge’s critiques. During judging, the individual identities of the photographers are kept secret to allow the judge to give helpful feedback without embarrassing the photographer. These contests are particularly good learning experiences for all photographers on composition and exposure and is useful for photographers at all skill levels.  The rules for competitions are available at http://arundelcameraclub.org/rules-summary/

Sep. 12: Photo Opportunity – Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse Tours

Sep. 13: Field Trip Lonaconing Silk Mill On September 13 2:00pm we will be meeting at the Lonaconing Silk Mill. It is like a time capsule located about 6 miles south of Frostburg in Western Maryland. Cost is $100 person. Session lasts 4 hours. Tripods are Ok. You will need to sign a release. Ok to pay cash on the day. Next we will figure out a place to Dinner in the area after the trip.

Sep. 16: Program Greg Holden We will have a special program featuring Greg Holden, a Washington area photographer who is known for his website, www. imagesunderfoot.com. Greg travels widely and has a variety of creative photographs in his portfolio from many of his outdoor adventures. He has exhibited his work across the Washington and Northern Virginia areas and has won many awards for his macro, abstract, and landscape photographs. He has spoken before many photo groups in the area.

Sep. 18-19: Photo Opportunity – Maryland Lighthouse Challenge

Sep. 19: Photo Opportunity -Watch Log Canoe Races Aboard Winnie Estelle

Sep. 19: Photo Opportunity – Andrews Air Force Base Air Show

Sep. 23: Photo Walk – Since the school will be closed for Yom Kipper, we will meet in Annapolis for a photo walk. We should be able to catch the sunset.

Sep. 26: Photo Opportunity – Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse Tours

Sep. 30: Competition – We will have our second competition of the year. The category is open. Club members may submit three monochrome prints and three color prints. The rules for competitions are available at http://arundelcameraclub.org/rules-summary/

Also posted in Contest, Photo Opportunity, Programs

2015 April 18: Field Trip – Shenks Ferry Wildflower Preserve

On April 18 we will go to Shenks Ferry Wildflower Preserve near Conestoga Pennsylvania.

A place where Bluebells and Dutchman’s breeches cover hillsides. Trilliums abound in the millions in the ‘Rich ravines of the lower Susquehanna River’. Hard to find and off the beaten path, with bumpy dirt roads and an ancient stone tunnel that you must pass through to reach the other side. Once you make it through this tunnel, the landscape is transformed, and you are in a primordial world, with ancient trees and wildflowers abundantly growing.

You can find Shenks Ferry Wildflower Preserver on a map here. But unless you have four wheel drive you must approach from the north.

 Mike Thomas Photos: Flowers &emdash; _DSC2729

Shenk’s Ferry Wildflower preserve (Pequea, PA) on TripAdvisor: Address, Reviews
We make time to visit Shenk’s Ferry at least once every spring… there are many attractive small ravines in the “river hills” part of Lancaster County, but this one really…

Antietam Field Trip Postponed

The Memorial Illumination has been rescheduled for Saturday, December 13 due to impending rain in the forecast. So we will check to see if there is enough interest to reschedule our field trip. We have permits for two cars.