Field Trip Schedule and Info

2024 Field Trips

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2nd Quarter Field Trip Show & Tell

Sunday July 21, 2024
2:30 – 4:30pm

Jones Creek Library
6222 Jones Creek Rd
Baton Rouge, LA 70817

This will be for the April, May & June field trips and the May Mentor Portrait meet up. Be sure to upload a few pictures in the galleries.

All are welcome to come and enjoy discussing the field trips and images.

June Field Trip

Saturday June 15, 2024

Evangeline Downs
2235 Creswell Lane Extension
Opelousas, Louisiana 70570

Calling all Photo Jockeys: put on your silks and grab your camera because you are in for an exciting ride at the races. We are headed to Evangeline Downs for a night at the races in Cajun country. I have spoken to the marketing department and they are welcoming us to come to the races in June and photograph some fast-moving action on the racetrack. We will be allowed to photograph from the rail as long as we do not interfere with the horses or the riders. Also, there is a patio that overlooks the paddocks and we will be allow to photograph from that perspective. I am inquiring about the possibilities of getting into the paddocks—stay tuned. Photography would not be welcomed in the club house or around the betting windows (no surprise there). 

The races start at 5:30 PM and the drive is an hour and quarter from Baton Rouge.  I would suggest that we meet at 2:00 PM and depart at 2:30 PM. The best route is I-110 to Hwy 190 all the way to Opelousas. This will give us time to get organized and grab a bite to eat before the races start. Sunset is at 8:06 PM which should give us a couple of hours of afternoon shooting with the possibility of shooting under the lights.

As far as equipment, I would bring a D-SLR or Mirrorless camera with a telephoto zoom as well as a wide-angle zoom for a different perspective. It would be advisable to bring rain protection for yourself and your equipment. Monopod may be helpful but a tripod too cumbersome. Filtration could include a Circular Polarizer and a ND filter for a blurred effect or panning. ICM, intentional camera motion may come into play as well. I would dress for warm, humid conditions and a hat and sunscreen for protection from the afternoon sun.

July Field Trip

July 13, 2024, Saturday

Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library
9200 Bluebonnet Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70810

This Field Trip will be made in the shade because it will take place indoors at the Bluebonnet library where the air conditioner will keep us cool on this Saturday in July. The plan is to have a number of stations set up by club members to demonstrate various table top photographic techniques. Some of the techniques that will be presented are Macro, Lensbaby, Still Life, Still Life with ICM (intentional camera movement) included, Portraits, Water droplets on glass, Bokeh with lights and probably a few other indoor/tabletop techniques.

We have a room with a window reserved from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the library. We will plan to meet at the library and have a lot of fun with indoor photography.

To attend, please sign up in Visual Pursuits and plan to upload photos into the Field Trip Gallery and attend the Show and Tell on July 21st.

Please sign up in Visual Pursuits and plan to upload a few photos to the field trip gallery.

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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.