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 - ghutch1019@sbcglobal.net


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 ArtPrize.org 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.


November 26, 2017

Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, Seymour IN (Approx 1 hour’s drive from Indy) The refuge is a very scenic and accessible mix of hardwood forest, wetlands, brush-land reverting to forest, cropland, and grassland habitat. It includes 7,724 acres near Seymour and a 78-acre parcel, known as the Restle Unit, near Bloomington. Nine miles of refuge roads that are open sunrise to sunset seven days/week attract approximately 185,000 visitors to the refuge each year. Wildlife-viewing opportunities are excellent at Muscatatuck, and the refuge is known as an exceptionally fine bird watching site. We would probably go to best coincide with the annual Fall Migration.


January, 2018

Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, IN  - Spend a brisk winter afternoon taking in the sights of Crown Hill cemetery, a national historic site. Visit the memorials of Benjamin Harrison, James Whitcomb Riley, and other notable individuals. It could offer the opportunity for some nice black & white photos.


April, 2018 

Dayton Air Force Museum - This will be a one day trip with a full day at the museum followed by a dinner at a local pub. There are no end of photographic opportunities.

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force galleries present military aviation history, boasting more than 360 aerospace behicles and missiles on display – many rare and one-of-a-kind – along with thousands of historical items and powerful sensory exhibits that bring history to life and connect the Wright brothers’ legacy with today’s stealth and precision technology. See http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Visit/Museum-Exhibits/ for examples of aircraft included in the exhibits.


May, 2018

Architectural Downtown Walking Tour: Lafayette-West Lafayette - Founded by William Digby in 1825, Lafayette was a river town and prospered because of the development of the Wabash River, Erie Canal and the railroads, improved transportation allowed for the importation of goods to what had once been an isolated settlement. Soon Lafayette became a trading center for the area, often with up to 15 boats docking in a day’s time. This prosperity fostered the construction of significant commercial and public buildings which are still largely intact and architecturally cohesive. The craftsmanship of many of the buildings is excellent. There are also a lot of beautiful churches in the downtown area.