Field Trip Schedule and Info

Upcoming Field Trips in 2022

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2022 Field Trips

Afton Villa Gardens Field Trip, Saturday May 21, 2022

Show and Tell Sunday June 5, 2022 3:00pm to 5:00pm at the Jones Creek Regional Branch Library

“The Gardens of Afton Villa rest on the terraced ruins of the palatial home built by Susan Barrow in 1849. They were restored by the Lewis family in 1915 and maintained by the Percy family until the home burned down in 1963. Following the fire Morrell and Genevieve Trimble often drove past Afton Villa, traveling from New Orleans to Natchez. There Mrs. Trimble picks up the story: “So one hot August day in 1972, ten years after it burned, we pushed open those gates and came in, and I cannot describe the devastation here. Vines covered all these azaleas. Grass, of course, was grown sky high, and the ruins of the old house were literally a snake pit.” The gardens should be rebuilt, they figured, before someone turned the land into a subdivision.”

“Although a fire in 1963 destroyed the gothic antebellum mansion, the gardens at Afton Villa are among the most famous and picturesque in the state. Beginning in 1972, Genevieve and Morrell Trimble undertook the task of restoring the grounds. Today the estate contains over 20 acres of formal gardens and pleasure grounds, including the famous ruins gardens, a formal parterre garden, a daffodil valley, a historic family cemetery, and more.”

The Spring Season is from March 1 though June 30th and the gardens are open from 9:00am to 4:30pm. There is an admission charge of $5.00.

This will be a wonderful opportunity to use your macro lenses with the assistance of a tripod to capture beautiful flower and insect photos. Also remember to bring a wide-angle lens and a circular polarizing filter to get landscape photos of the gardens with the sky included. A neutral density filter for long exposures of a water features is another good choice.

There are other interesting sites in historic St. Francisville as well as placed to eat lunch.

Please see the LPS Newsletter for more information. Registration is required.

New Orleans French Quarter Field Trip, Saturday June 4, 2022

Show and Tell, Sunday June 26, 2022 from 3:00pm to 5:00 pm at the Jones Creek Regional Branch Library

Who is ready for a guided tour of the historic French Quarter? Well, we are all in luck in that Richard Vallon will be our tour guide for a day in the French Quarter.

During the field trip, Richard will demonstrate the Digital Camera Obscura that he constructed out of a 14” by 14” box with a white board inside and a mounted 300 mm Industar-37 Zeiss F/4.5 lens with a port for a modern digital camera to capture the image created inside the box.

A fee for the guide will be collected prior to leaving. Attendees should note that there will be a parking lot fee in the French Quarter, which could range from $30-40 depending on the amount of time parked. Carpooling is suggested.

This is an opportunity to take great architectural photographs with wide-angle and tilt-shift lenses to capture interesting angles of the historic buildings.  With deep shadows and people strolling along the sidewalk and streets the additional drama is limitless. Also, people photography is always phenomenal in the quarter and a telephoto lens is never a bad idea.  

Please see the LPS Newsletter for more information. Registration is required.

July 30, 2022 – Indoor Field Trip

July 30, 2022 is an indoor field trip at the main branch of the East Baton Rouge Library on Goodwood in the large meeting room. We will meet at 9:00 and go until 3:00 pm. There will be a number of stations set up to give hands-on experience with various types of photography. This would include water droplet photography of both static and moving, macro photography, high key, still life plus other techniques.

Show and Tell August 14, 2022

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August 27, 2022– Night Photography and Light Painting

September 10, 2022– Audubon Zoo

Can’t make it to a field trip? Let us know so someone else can grab your spot!

Field trip dates may be subject to change depending on several factors, including – but not limited to – weather, illness, site closure, etc. The field trip coordinator will keep registrants apprised of any changes that occur. Please refer to the Newsletter, Calendar, and this page for reference.