2017 Field Trips

  • Blue Ridge Mountains - Fri–Mon, Aug. 18-21, 2017


    Our club has a tradition of visiting the North Carolina mountains for a long weekend every couple of years.  This year's highlight, for Monday August 21, will be the once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse.  (Unfortunately, the Blue Ridge Breakaway, a 100+mile bicycle event, originally scheduled for Sat. 8/19, has been cancelled.) 

    Solar Eclipse Path - Western North Carolina & North Georgia (map from Xaiver M. Jubier: http://xjubier.free.fr/en/indexen.html )

    The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina feature beautiful vistas, numerous trails, splendid waterfalls, incredible cultural and historical sites, and, always a highlight, incredible views and photo opportunities along the highest elevations of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

    The Path of Totality Overlaps the Highest Elevations on the Blue Ridge Parkway (map from Xaiver M. Jubier: http://xjubier.free.fr/en/indexen.html )

    We will scout good locations for the eclipse while taking in, and photographing. all the mountains have to offer.  Check out these two great resources for planning photos of the eclipse: 

    On-line Eclipse 2017 Mapping

    and The Photographer's Epheremis.

    Safe Eclipse Viewing

    Eclipse glasses and eye protection filters are mandatory to protect your vision while viewing and photographing the eclipse!! Please be sure to review this warning from NASA to insure that you have fully protective eclipse glasses and filters.


    August is a great time to get out of the heat and head to the mountains.  Club Secretary (past President) Jim Harrison will host ~6 members at his house in Waynesville, NC. Others can reserve local lodging or camping spots.

    Recognizing that not everyone can take a whole long weekend, this is a show up when you can activity - Friday 9/18 thru Monday 9/21.  The whole group will meet daily for meals, and for planned excursions to many photographic locations of interest.

    The Eyes of God by Jim Harrison - From Waterock Knob off the Blue Ridge Parkway

    Photographic highlights for the weekend will include all that Western North Carolina has to offer: forests, waterfalls, cultural sites, the Blue Ridge Parkway and many others.

    Please contact Jim Harrison by July 27 with your interest, and your ideas for photo opportunities.  He will provide directions, lodging options (reserve early!) and other details.

    Fern and Falls by Jim Harrison - At Arch Falls off Hwy. 215

  • Zoo Atlanta - Sunday, June 11, 2017

    Zoo Atlanta Field Trip

    Zoo Atlanta features a wide variety of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians, and is one of four zoos in the U.S. currently housing giant pandas. The Zoo also features a variety of unique plants and horticulture specimens. 

    Whats'up by Marc McElhaney

    Bring your tripod and big lens - long telephoto capability is very helpful - and be prepared to walk the 40 acre property.

    Bonding by Shekar Narayanan 

    We'll meet at the front gate at 9:15 AM, Sunday, June 11th, for a brief discussion of the plan and enter together at 9:30 AM when the Zoo opens. We'll meet back at the front gate (inside the Zoo) at noon and head over to Six Feet Under for lunch.

    Location: Zoo Atlanta, 800 Cherokee Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30315

    Date: Sunday, June 11, 2017

    Time: 9:15 AM – Noon (then lunch)

    Host: Chris Handley

    Look at Me by Paiboon Srikanchana

    Note: All the above images were ribbon-winners from our last trip to the Atlanta Zoo during 2015.

  • Alligator Farm Shoot: April 28-30, 2017

    Alligator Farm Shoot - April 28-30, 2017

    St. Augustine, FL

    Alligator Farm

    The Alligator Farm is an elevated board walk through the rookery with alligators below. According to the park's web site: "The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park is the only place in the world where you can see every living species of crocodilian! But that’s not all. We also host a wide range of other animals, as well as birds, reptiles, fossils, and more!"  The park boasts a wide range of attractions, exhibits and shows.

    Rosette Spoonbill by Janerio Morgan

    While the middle of the day with it's harsh lighting can sometimes be difficult for photography, lot's of mid-day shows at the park can be great photography opportunities. Check this link for their wildlife shows, including alligator feeding.

    Additional Alligator Farm Information

    Park Map

    Alligator Farm Web Site

    Egret by Janerio Morgan


    This is a great chance to shoot beautiful birds, ocean scenes and surrounding St. Augustine. The shoot takes place on Saturday April 29. Once entry to the Alligator Farm is paid you can leave and return all through the day.  The adult entry fee is $25. (10% discount for AAA members and senior citizens.)

    Ten rooms have been blocked off at the Quality Inn for the 28th - 30th.


    Quality Inn & Suites
    901 A1A Beach Blvd.
    Saint Augustine Beach, FL, US, 32080
    +1 (904) 471-1474

    We have a block of 10 rooms reserved.
    Discount code:   

    DY9SJ7, Atlanta Photographic Society

    Cutoff date for booking a room:  April 7th. (After that date the rooms will be released.)

    Other St. Augustine Photography Locations

    This link provides a lot of good information on additional photography options around the St. Augustine area.

    Contact and Questions

    Janerio Morgan

    Subject Line: Alligator Farm

  • Shady Dale Rodeo: June 2-3, 2017

    Shady Dale Rodeo

    The Shady Dale Rodeo, now in its 34nd year, has been voted the #1 Outdoor Rodeo in the Southeast many times. Shady Dale is located 50 miles southeast of Atlanta about 15 miles south of I-20 at the intersection of GA Hwy 83 and GA Hwy 142.


    The Rodeo occurs over 2 nights: Friday, June 2nd and Saturday, June 3rd. The rodeo each night begins at 8pm, with doors opening at 5:00pm. On Saturday, there is a “Roundup Festival” during the day, with arts and crafts and music from 11am until 4pm, with a parade starting at 3pm.

    Bronc Riding by Marc McElhaney

    The organizers of the rodeo have welcomed us as paying guests, and as such, it is important not to interfere with the views of other attendees or with the operations of the rodeo staff when we are taking photographs. We have informally indicated to the rodeo organizer that our members would be glad to share some of our photos with the rodeo for their future advertising. Sometimes, your best photos may be found before the rodeo during the preparation process (and while it is still light).

    At this time, it is not clear where, or if, we will meet as a group each night. We will probably meet up at some point at the beginning, but photographing will be accomplished individually, to minimize disruption with the event. More information will be forthcoming.


    The entrance fee is $15 for adults.

    More Information


  • Atlanta Botanical Garden - Sat July 22, 2017

    Atlanta Botanical Garden

    When: Saturday, July 22. Start time 9:30 AM.

    Where: Begin at APS President Mike Shaefer's home. His address will be provided upon request. Contact Mike via Email  for his address in Ansley Park. ("Right-click" to copy email address.)


    Starting at 9:30 AM, enjoy a yummy, filling brunch at Mike's place. Prior to our 10:30 AM departure we will discuss photography tips specific to the Botanical Gardens.

    Tulips by Mike Shaefer

    It takes about 10 minutes to walk to the Botanical Gardens from my home. We will walk to the entrance, departing from my place at 10:30 AM. The program is a go rain or shine. It is OK to meet us at the Garden entrance at 10:30 AM if the 9:30 AM start time is not desired or possible.

    Macro Opportunities

    The Botanical Garden offers an abundance of macro photography opportunities. A macro lens is recommended. (Mike uses the highly rated Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Lens.) A similar lens will be fine.  Tripods are permitted and encouraged for macro shots.

    Starting to Bloom by Jim Harrison


    Atlanta Botanical Garden admission for non-members is $21.95 for adults. Garden members get in free.

    More Information

    The current exhibit is the Curious Garden. See the Botanical Garden's web site  for details. This is a delightful and colorful exhibit which offers the photographer ample opportunities for creative images.

  • Field Trip #6

    Additional field trips are being planned for 2017.  Please check back.

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