Vans US Open of Surfing Field Trip - August 3 2018

The LPA will be hosting a field trip to the Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach. Sarah Osenga is the trip leader and coordinator.

The field trip will be held on Friday, August 3rd, 2018. We will meet at the front of the pier at 9:00AM.

Participants should bring water, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat and other necessities. You may also want to bring a beach chair or towel to sit on. There are plenty of restaurants and a Starbucks nearby.

Preferred lenses for Surfing are the 100-400 but any long lens will work. If using a larger lens (70-200, 300, 100-400), a monopod might be helpful. Preferred lenses for BMX Bikes and Skateboarding 24-70 or 70-200, as you are pretty close to the action.

For surfing you can shoot from the top of the Pier or the sand.

Address: 315 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Parking: There are several parking garages located near the pier, costs is somewhere around $15-$20.

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Polo Match Field Trip - Saturday, June 16

On Saturday, June 16, LPA will have a field trip to the Will Rogers State Park Polo Grounds. The polo field is located at:

Will Rogers State Historic Park
1501 Will Rogers State Park Road
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272 

The polo match is between 2 and 5 pm. Bring a picnic lunch and gather around 12pm to find a good spot from which to photograph the match. Admission is free although there might be a $5.00 parking fee collected by the park. Consult for complete information including directions, parking information and how to watch a polo match. There is ample access and action for all. Allow about 2 hours to get there. Bring your longest lenses and your whole family to enjoy the day watching and photographing the “ultimate sport”.

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Cinco de Mayo Field Trip - May 5 2018

Kathy Newman will lead a field trip to the 24th annual Cinco De Mayo Charro Parade and Festival which will be held on Saturday, the fifth of May 2018 at Stephen Sorensen Park, 16801 E Ave P, Lake Los Angeles, CA 93535. The parade will begin at 10am on East Ave O and 170th St E and will run down 170th St until Lake Los Angeles Ave where the festivities will continue at Stephen Sorenson Park beginning at 12:30pm. Entry is free. There may be a $5.00 fee for the Music & Food Vendor Area. There will be dance groups, choral groups and vaqueros in colorful costumes.

Kathy will e-mail participants with details of a place and time to meet.

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Beach Vollyball Field Trip - July 27

The LPA is hosting a field trip to the Association of Volleyball Professionals Hermosa Beach Open beach volleyball tournament.

This trip will be held on Friday, July 27th at 8:30 am. Carpooling is encouraged. We will meet in front of Good Stuff Restaurant (on the beach just north of the pier). Participants should bring water, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, and other necessities. You may also want to bring a beach chair or towel to sit on. There are plenty of restaurants nearby.

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Red Rock Canyon, Aug 19 2017

Sarah Osenga
On 19 Aug, LPA lead a field trip to Redrock Canyon SP to test our astrophotography skills Most of the group met up at the Denny’s in Mojave then caravanned together up to the park campground. Several other members met the group at the campground. In addition to LPA members, we had a large number of non-members who heard of the event and came along as guests to join us for the night. In total, we had about 18 people. The experience range of the group spanned the range from folks that had never tried to shoot the Milky Way, to very experienced.

We performed a short briefing regarding some of the basics of shooting the Milky way and star trails, to help those that had less experience. After the brief, everyone split up and chose shooting locations, then at dark, those that were still relatively close by gathered for a group photo under the Milky Way. As the shooting started, everyone offered advice, comments, and advice to each other. After some initial photos, people started experimenting with light painting. The group worked together, with everyone synchronizing their shots such that one person painted while everyone else took their picture.

By 11 PM, most people headed home. Four diehards stayed around and set up to shoot some star trails. We took about 75 minutes of exposures before everyone packed up and finally headed home.

From looking at everyone’s LCD displays, it looks like there are going to be many nice pictures coming out of this trip.

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Big Turnout at Joe Davies Heritage Airpark Field Trip

By P. Dale Ware
Great fun! That’s what we had on our recent airpark field trip on February 24th adventure to Palmdale. According to Christine Wilkins, the event planner and leader, about 30 club members showed up dressed for the brisk weather. The temperature was quite pleasant when I arrived. However, when the sun started going down, it got b-r-r-r, bone-chilling cold. By 6P.M., my hands felt like two blocks of ice. I took gloves, but I worked with my camera more easily without them.
The airpark is located at Plant 42, just off Ave. P in Palmdale. It was named after Joe Davies, a well-loved community-spirited man who was a former Plant 42 commander. He was a great friend who used to greet Pat, my wife, and me with a hearty handshake and hugs. We worked together on several Palmdale community projects, including a fundraiser for the Palmdale Playhouse.
There are 21 retired military aircraft on display at the park, including a 1/8 scale model of the B-2 Spirit, an AGM-28 Hound Dog missile, a B-52, a C-46 and other fighter, bomber and transport type planes. I looked for the famous SR-71 spy plane I had photographed years ago, but it had been moved to the Blackbird Airpark next door.
It was a hoot working with my new Rokinon fisheye lens! I managed to get pretty close to the variety of vintage aircraft on display to try out a few distortion shots. I got one or two images I liked, but I really had to move around for better angles. Because the airplanes are positioned so close together, you have to be really alert for parts of wings, rudders and fuselages and power lines in the background. I found that working very low gave me the most acceptable results. If you visit the airpark in the future, it would be a good idea to take along knee pads or garden kneeling pads so you don’t get sore knees.
I took wide angle lenses mostly, since it’s pretty difficult to include much of the sky for sunset shots. When I left, I noticed several brave souls waiting around for the sun to go completely down. They might have been able to get some good color, but I was too cold to join them. I had to run to the bathroom on my way out. When you’re my age, and your body tells you gotta go, you better do it. Or else.



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