Club Field Trips

August 19, 2017

Auto Graveyard, August 19 - Take a trip to beautiful Modoc, Indiana (about 60 minutes from I-69/465), to photograph acres of rusted and wrecked vehicles of all types. If you like shooting automotive decay, this is the trip for you. The owner has received international visitors, as well as local clubs. Modoc is also close to a large wind farm, offering the opportunity for some interesting landscape photos. Bring a sack lunch and make a day of it. Meet at Shore's Junkyard, across from Shore's Gas Station at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19th. Expect to spend 2 - 3 hours wandering the property. Though there are paths, it is still pretty overgrown, so wear sturdy shoes, maybe long pants, and bring the bug spray.

Take I-69 North to the SR38/Pendelton exit; take 38 East through Pendleton to the junction with SR36; take a left, then right onto 36 East; follow 36 to Modoc. It's not big enough for a stop light, but there is a yellow caution light at the intersection where Shore's is. The junkyard is on the left.   Gary Hutchison is leading this trip, so please let him know if you plan on attending -

September 20 - 22, 2017

Art Prize, Grand Rapids, MI - Join other club members on September 20th for an overnight trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan for ArtPrize 2017. ArtPrize is an open international art competition which takes place for 19 days each fall. More than five hundred thousand dollars in prizes are awarded each year, which include a $200,000 prize awarded entirely by public vote and another $200,000 prize awarded by a jury of art experts. Any artist working in any medium from anywhere in the world can participate. ArtPrize was the most attended public art event in the world in 2014 and 2015. We will have an opportunity to attend a regular meeting of the Grand Rapids Camera Club the evening of the 20th. Visit for event information

September 30, 2017

Feast of the Hunters’ Moon: West Lafayette

The 50th Annual Feast of the Hunters’ Moon and the 300th Anniversary of the founding of Fort Ouiatenon will take place Saturday, September 30th and Sunday, October 1st, 2017. The Feast of the Hunters’ Moon is a re-creation of the annual fall gathering of the French and Native Americans which took place Fort Ouiatenon, a fur-trading outpost in the mid – 1700s. It is held annually in early autumn on the banks of the Wabash River, four miles southwest of West Lafayette, Indiana. Thousands of participants re-enact this event creating a feast for your senses. Smell the wood smoke, hear the report of the rifles, savor authentic food and more. It is a great place for photography, especially those who love re-enactments.

Free parking is available at the Purdue University Lot L-M north of Ross-Ade Stadium at the corner of Northwestern and Cherry Lane. This is the best place to park since shuttle buses run continuously from the Stadium to the Feast from 8 am to 6 pm (Saturday) / 5 pm (Sunday). Or, if you prefer you can just come to Rona’s house first, about-2 minutes away from Ross-Ade Stadium.

October 4 - 8, 2017

Fall Color Tour: UP Michigan with Rod Planck.  An intense, wonderful shoot with Rod Planck in the UP – a rich venue for fall color photography. Rod is a leader who knows the area intimately and has access to areas the public doesn’t. The colorful beech/maple forests of Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Hiawatha National Forest and Lake Superior State Forest will be a major focus of the tour. We’ll spend time at Seney National Wildlife Refuge photographing a diverse landscape that includes both deciduous and coniferous forests and an extensive wetland system of picturesque ponds and marshes. In addition to deciduous forests, we’ll explore other exciting habitats--from expansive tamarack-dotted peatlands carpeted with golden grasses to northern coniferous forests where mature stands of white and red pine tower over a colorful understory of young maples. This mingling of bright fall foliage with the deep dark greens provides a patchwork of color from which to seek out great compositions. Smaller bodies of water abound in the area. In the still of morning, the forests ringing the area’s many small lakes and ponds cast Monet-like autumn reflections upon the water's smooth surface, giving us a great opportunity to study the subtle effects of changing light. Other possible subjects include hidden streams, striking mushrooms and frosted wild blueberries.