Alabama Hills Field Trip - May 14-15 2021


On May 14 and 15, 2021, Lancaster Photography Association is hosting a field trip to the Alabama Hills. We plan on exploring the rock formations and arches of Alabama Hills with night photography and light painting thrown in. We also want to explore Whitney Portal, and Manzanar as a detour to the north on our way home.

Bring your photo gear for night photography, lighting for the rocks, and ND filter for possible long exposures at Lone Pine Creek and Whitney portal waterfall.

You can plan to camp at Tuttle Creek (with facilities) or in the Alabama Hills (no facilities) or check into a hotel in Lone Pine (the Dow Villa comes highly recommended).

We just want to enjoy the beautiful views and get some great photos while we are there!

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Death Valley Field Trip - April 8-9, 2021


We are planning a quick LPA field trip to Death Valley on April 8 and 9 th , 2021. We realize it is short notice, but we wanted to do some night photography during the new moon. We hope that you will be able to join us! Please make your hotel reservations ASAP. This is the busy season.

We will meet up on Thursday, April 8 th at 3:00 PM at the Stove Pipe Wells Store and Gas Station located in Death Valley California. We will going to the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes located near Stove Pipe Wells after the meet-up to get the Golden Light on the Sand Dunes at Sunset and some night photography in the Devils Cornfield. Think about bringing a tripod and intervalometer to get star trails/milky way shots, and a flashlight for light painting. We will then head to Beatty, Nevada to check into our hotels and dinner, and then meet up for a nighttime shoot at Rhyolite Ghost Town with light painting of the sculptures and old buildings, as well as milky way and/or star trails.

Friday, we will plan on shooting in the Valley at Borax Wagon, Artist’s Pallet, Bad Water Salt Flats, etc. We can decide those details based on the interests of the group. Our day will end late afternoon, giving us time for an evening drive home. You are free to stay an extra day, if you would like, but the field trip will officially end on Friday afternoon.

Make sure to bring plenty of drinking water and snacks! Check the weather and dress appropriately.

Please sign up for this trip below. If you have any questions call Steve at 720-436-9094 or Kathy at 661-256-8144 or 661-317-1884.

There is a $25 dollar entry fee to stay in Death Valley for a week unless you have the Parks Pass; then it is a free entry.

Camping and Lodging

Lodging: We are planning on staying in Beatty, Nevada, due to the night Rhyolite photo shoot. It has reasonable hotel accommodations:

  • Motel 6 (775) 553-9090
  • Stage Coach Motel and Casino (775)553- 2419
  • Death Valley Inn (775)553-9400
  • Exchange Club Motel (775)553-2333
  • Atomic Inn (775) 553-2250

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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. http://www.lagoldendragonparade.com/

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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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