Golden Dragon Parade Field Trip

February 1, 2020 11:00AM - 5:00PM

Field Trips

The 121 st Golden Dragon Parade will be held in Chinatown on Saturday, February 1 st , 2020. We are planning a No-Host Field Trip to the parade with a photowalk afterwards. Anyone who wants to meet up is welcome to join.

The plan will be to meet in front of Ocean Seafood Restaurant (750 N. Hill St., Los Angeles) at approx. 11 am. We will watch the lion dancers perform in the alley before the parade, grab an early lunch, then find a spot on Hill St or Broadway to watch and photograph the parade. After the parade we will do a photowalk north on Broadway to Chinatown’s Central Plaza. The plaza should have lots of interesting things to shoot. We can then walk down to the southern end of Chinatown and photograph the Twin Dragon Gateway, grab some dinner, or just leave from there.

Check out the parade website link for more information.

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Death Valley Field Trip - Feb. 4-6, 2020

Field Trips

We are planning an LPA field trip to Death Valley from February 4 through 6. We will meet up on Tuesday February the 4th 2020 at 3:00 PM at the Stove Pipe Wells Store and Gas Station located in Death Valley California to start off this 3 day Death Valley Photo Trip. We will going to the Sand Dunes located near Stove Pipe Wells (after the meet up) to get the Golden Light on the Sand Dunes at Sunset and some possible night photography in the Devils Cornfield.

Wednesday will start off with a Sunrise Shoot at Zabriske Point for great morning light shots and then moving on down the valley to Artists Pallet, Borax Wagon, Salt Flats, Bad Water and end up at Dantes View for some great Sunset Images before Dusk. Those not interested in getting up before dawn can meet at Bad Water at 1:00 PM at the trail head parking lot and then join the group. Thursday we will meet up at Rhyolite Nevada at 10:00 am for some late morning light shots and move to the nearby Mine on the way back to Stove Pipe Wells. We will go to Scotty’s Castle if it is open or go to Ubehebe Crater and or the Race Track ending the day.

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Field Trip - Aquarium of the Pacific - 10/19/2019

Field Trips

LPA will be going on a field trip to Aquarium of the Pacific on October 19, 2019. Kathy Newman will be the point person for this trip. We will meet in front of the aquarium at 10:00 for a group photo and then spend the next few hours exploring the aquarium and its environs. It is open until 6:00. There are many great exhibits to photograph, including frogs, coral reef, sharks, jelly fish, sea otters, penguins, lorikeets and more!

Pictures taken will be eligible for the Nature competition in January as long as you cannot see any man-made objects in the picture.

Some photo tips are:

  • Bring a rubber hood for your lens, it will help reduce any glare you may get from the glass.
  • You shouldn’t use flash because of glass glare, so use the fastest lens you can.
  • Tripods are not permitted.
  • Focus on subjects nearer the glass. Water will diffuse and distort subjects farther away, resulting in a softer image.

If you purchase your ticket on their website, the cost is $29.95 for adults, $26.95 for seniors (62+). There is even an option for a combo ticket of the Aquarium and Whale/Dolphin Watch cruise for $54.95, which is totally up to you whether you would want to do that or not.
Feel free to arrange your own car pools down to save on gas costs. It takes about 1-1/2 hours from Lancaster to the Aquarium in Long Beach.

Hope to see you all there!

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Oak Creek Wild Horses - Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019

Field Trips

This herd of wild horses has been observed in the Tehachapi Mountains for at least 100 years. The herd size is varied as they roam throughout the meadows of Oak Creek Canyon. These horses are unbranded and free-roaming and found on Oak Creek Canyon Ranch range. The consensus is they may possibly be descendants of animals released by or escaped from early ranchers, miners, soldiers, or Native Americans. They do, however, have a strong resemblance to the Morgan horse breed.

The Club will need to bring four (4) bales of hay for the horses.

We will meet at the gate on Tehachapi-Willow Springs Road and Oak Creek Road. We recommend getting there at 10:00 a.m., because we will be entering the locked gate at 10:30 a.m.

Everyone will be required to sign a liability release at the meeting point.

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Randsburg Field Trip - Rescheduled to July 27, 2019

Field Trips

LPA is hosting a field trip on July 27, 2019 to scenic Randsburg Ghost Town located near the old 395 Highway.

We will all meet at the McDonalds in Mojave Saturday at 4:00 PM on July 27th, then carpool to Randsburg for Golden Light images from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  It should be a great half-day trip with lots of old buildings and an old fashioned soda shop located in the Randsburg General Store.  This Ghost Town is over 100 years old and has a great museum located in the middle of the town.

If you have any questions, call Steve Kochie at 720-436-9094.

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Trona Pinnacles Field Trip – June 29

Field Trips

On June 29th (Saturday), we’ll meet up for a few hours of night photography. The Milky Way core should be visible shortly after sundown so we can start shooting early. We'll only be 2 ½ hours from home, but camping is available at the Pinnacles, and inexpensive lodging is available in Ridgecrest.

We’ll probably meet up around 7:30 p.m. at the pinnacles. We need to allow adequate time to scout your location and set up your equipment before dark. There is likely to be other photographers, so running around in the dark with lights trying to set up will disturb others.

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Field Trips

Kathy Newman is leading a field trip to Calico Ghost Town on February 16, 2019 for their annual Civil War Reenactment. Calico will come alive with Civil War battles, the sounds of bugles and the thunder of cannon and musket fire. They invite people to come and witness historic presentations, troop inspections, artillery demonstrations, military battles, and much more.

The admission fee is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for youth (4-11).

Once we know who is planning on going, we can arrange carpooling for those who are interested. It takes almost 2 hours to drive there, but well worth it for the great photo opportunities.


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Field Trips

LPA is hosting a field trip to the Antelope Valley Indian Museum on January 26, 2019. We will meet in front of the Museum at 11:00 for a group photo and then head off to explore the buildings and environs. Cost is $3.00 per adult (cash and checks only). It should be a fun time. The address is: 15701 E Ave M, Lancaster, CA 93535.

The Indian Museum is a unique and eclectic folk art structure located on the far east side of Lancaster. The museum houses objects created by the American Indian cultures of the western Great Basin, California and the Southwest. There are trails around the museum with interesting rocky desert landscape and vistas as well.

Just up the road on 150th St. East is Club Ed, a popular movie and TV set, which is only photographable from the road, but is interesting to stop and see nonetheless. Check it out on your way to or from the Museum.


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