Field Trip Schedule and Info

 Festivals Acadiens et Creoles

October 14, 2017
Girard Park, Lafayette, Louisiana

Festivals Acadiens et Creoles, has been a favorite festival of mine for many years. The tradition and culture of Cajun people, food, music and crafts are on full display. It’s almost like traveling to another country. The folks are wonderful and friendly, always with a smile and many with beer in hand. Put the camera down if you wish, and dance the Cajun two step, no one minds if you miss a step, just pass a good time. Don’t forget to sample the vast variety of goodies.

Part of this popular festival is the music or “Festival de Musique Acadienne et Creole” showcasing the best of Cajun and Zydeco music. The festival features six stages and many bands. My all-time favorite is “Bonsair Catlin” look for them.

If you’re interested the festival dates are Oct 13, 14 & 15. The official club field trip is scheduled on Saturday, October 14. We will assemble on that date in the Drusilla Shopping center parking lot, in front of the Mary Lee Donut shop. (Just a stone’s throw from the McDonalds.) At 9:30 am. Carpooling is recommended.

In addition to your camera toys, you may want to bring folding chairs, sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses. Perhaps a pop up canopy as well. This event promises to offer many interesting photo topics, including the people at play and of course the musicians. The beautiful part about capturing images of the musicians is it’s done in natural light, you won’t have to compete with stage lighting. The colorful food and it’s preparation along with a variety of crafts will challenge your creative photo talent.

Join us, the event is a hoot and you can expect the best of the fall weather too! After the event I plan to dine at Prejean’s, please join me!

 Cinclare Sugar Mill-Paint It!

November 11, 2017
6:00 – 9:00 pm

Sitting near Brusly, Louisiana and nestled among acres of land lies a glimpse into the role of sugarcane in West Baton Rouge Parish history. The Cinclare Sugar Mill historic District, until a few years ago, was a hub of sugarcane production just across the Mississippi river from Baton Rouge. The nearly 200 acre site benefited from railroad access to move the industry forward for more than 100 years. In 2005 Cinclare had to make a decision. The company elected to enter a purchase agreement with Alma Plantation near False river. Alma would purchase Cinclare’s equipment and process the company’s sugarcane on it’s own site, but the mill would remain Cinclare’s.

This site will challenge photographers to test there light painting skills. Among this rustic setting you will discover a small train engine, sugarcane gears, worn sidings and gates.
If you participated in the “Light Painting Workshop’” presented by Mike Cooper back in January, you are familiar with the challenges and tools required. I recommend that you review your camera’s manual on Bulb mode. I also recommend reviewing the excellent article prepared by Mike on night photography.

Here are a few images provided by Dana Merrill taken at the previous workshop to get you thinking in the right direction.

In addition to your normal camera gear, you will need a firm tripod, remote shutter release, color gels and a strong flashlight. Please be aware of other photographers as they may be painting and your light could interfere with there masterpiece.

A couple other things, you will be walking in 6”-8” tall grass. You will want to spray for bugs. We have been granted permission to photo the site. While the grounds are nicely maintained, In the interest of safety we are not allowed to enter any of the buildings or structures. Numerous hazards exist.

The plan is to assemble at the McDonalds on Hwy LA.1 in Brusly. You will travel south passing the Sugar Mill and Brusly H.S. A couple miles on the East side of the Hwy, you will discover the McDonalds. Here we will take a head count and review some of the light painting tips and possible photo topics within the sugar mill.

Please register early, for a fantastic adventure in photography.

Many Thanks to Drew Maciasz and his staff for granting permission to “Paint Cinclare Sugar Mill with Light.

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