Activities

Photo Trips

Photo by Lisa Snider

What's the best way to become a better photographer? Honestly it's really quite simple - take more pictures. The more photographs you make the better you will get as a photographer. There is no better way to get out and take picture than taking a photo trip. The Calvert Photography Club organizes photo trips to get members out taking pictures at many of the beautiful spots around the region. Photo trips provide an excellent opportunity for camera club members to find new subject matter to photograph, and perhaps even more important, to share with others their passion for making great photographs. After all the experience of a photo trip with other photographers in a picturesque setting should be stimulating as well as educational.

We are currently planning out our schedule of photo trips for the coming year. Many great ideas have been shared with the group and we will be posting our schedule here once it has been finalized.

September Photo Trip - Club Annual Picnic at Jug Bay (September 08, 2018) - We will be having our annual photo club picnic at the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary in Lothian, MD on Saturday, September 8, 2018. This is a great event and a great way to hang out with your fellow club members. There is a $6 fee (per car). You can pay with cash or check only.

The picnic will go from 3:00 PM to 8:30 PM. Once the sun sets, we will have the opportunity to practice astrophotography. If you are concerned about getting locked out of the park, fellow club member, Nick Iascone, will be the "gatekeeper" and will be able to let us out of the park.
Important Information
If you are planning to attend, please state what you will be bringing in the comments section on the Whoozin invite so that the picnic organizers can compile the list and avoid bring duplicate items. If there is a duplicate item, someone will contact you and ask that you bring something else.
What to bring a = camera tripod bug spray (highly recommended) hat flashlight (highly recommended as the park is not very well lit at dark) chair - for comfort

Sunflower Fields Photo Trip (August 04, 2018) - Sunflower Fields Photo Trip

June Photo Trip - Annapolis Irish Festival (June 02, 2018) - Due to a conflict at our original location, Longwood Gardens, it was decided by some members of the trip committee to change the location to the Annapolis Irish Festival.

About the Festival
“Since the inaugural Annapolis Irish Festival in 2011, the festival has become an Annapolis tradition and a regional attraction thanks to the support of the business community and the people who share our passion for the Emerald Isle and the magical Celtic traditions and music we hold so dear.”

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (May 05, 2018) - Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1933 as a waterfowl sanctuary for birds migrating along the Atlantic Flyway.

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is home to an incredible amount of plant and animal diversity in its three significant habitats forest, marsh, and shallow water. The refuge contains one-third of Maryland's tidal wetlands, which makes it an ecologically considerable area within the state. These wetlands also provide storm protection to lower Dorchester County, including the town of Cambridge. Blackwater NWR is recognized as a Wetland of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention and was named a priority wetland in the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. Also, Blackwater NWR has been designated as an Internationally Important Bird Area. Blackwater NWR is home to the largest natural population of formerly endangered Delmarva Peninsula fox squirrels and is also home to the largest breeding population of American bald eagles on the East Coast, north of Florida. The refuge has been referred to as the Everglades of the North and has been called one of the Last Great Places by the Nature Conservancy.
Visitor Center Hours: Mon to Fri 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.; Sat and Sun 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. In addition to being a prime viewing spot for bald eagles as they soar over the center and forage in the nearby marsh, the Center has exhibits specific to the refuge, an upstairs observation area and library, an authentic eagle's nest, and TV monitors for watching live video from the osprey and eagle cams and the Eagle’s Nest bookstore and gift shop. Outside the Center, visitors can enjoy our Butterfly and Beneficial Insect Garden with walking paths, and utilize one of our picnic tables for a meal.
Wildlife Drive Open: Dawn to dusk every day. The Wildlife Drive takes visitors along the Blackwater River and offers excellent views of the Refuge. Visitors can drive, bike, or walk the approximately 4-mile paved road, and turnouts are available at different points to safely stop and observe the scenery. Brief stopping outside of the turnouts is permitted only when there are no other vehicles on the Drive. Walking and biking on the Drive is permitted in both directions; however, visitors must remain on the paved road and should abide by standard road etiquette. The Drive may be closed during and after severe weather for safety reasons. Download the Wildlife Drive brochure.
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge currently has four land trails: the Marsh Edge Trail, the Woods Trail, the Key Wallace Trail, and the Tubman Road Trail. Trails Open: Daily, dawn to dusk. The Marsh Edge Trail is typically closed January through early August to limit disturbance to nesting eagles and herons. Other trails may be closed periodically for refuge hunts. Trail closures will be listed on the refuge alert page. Tips for those using the trails: Anyone who visits during warm weather is advised to bring insect repellent. Also, the three unpaved trails can get soggy in wet weather, so visitors should wear appropriate footwear if it's been raining. The Marsh Edge Trail is closed from mid-winter through mid-summer to limit disturbance to nesting eagles and herons. During the fall hunting season, the Key Wallace Trail may be closed periodically for safety reasons. Please remember that pets are not permitted on trails, even if on a leash. Pets must remain in vehicles while on the Wildlife Drive. If needed, pets may be walked in the area around the Visitor Center.

April Photo Trip - Cherry Blooms at the Tidal Basin (April 07, 2018) - The location of our April trip has been changed to the Cherry Blossoms / Tidal Basin. We will be meeting in the morning at 8 AM in front of the paddle boat location then walk around the Tidal Basin and capture the blossoms which are expected to be near full bloom.

After the walking around the basin, we can meet up for lunch as a group at one of the area restaurants. Metro is recommended for traveling to the tidal basin. You can get off at the L'Enfant Plaza (Orange/Blue/Green/Silver line) or Smithsonian (Orange/Blue/Silver line) Stations.

March Trip - Baltimore Inner Harbor (March 03, 2018) - Join us on Saturday, March 3 as we tour the Baltimore Inner Harbor for some street, landscape, and sunset photography.

The Inner Harbor is home to the National Aquarium, World Trade Center building, and Fort McHenry where Francis Scott Key wrote the Star-Spangled Banner. Baltimore is also a major port for ships.

Photo Trip: National Museum of the American Indian (February 03, 2018) -

Further details will be provided.

January Photo Trip: Who, What, When, Where? (January 06, 2018) - Join us on for our annual “Who, What, When, and Where” event. The goal of this event is to learn from fellow club members. Several of our members will be presenting various photography related topics. Please be sure to bring your camera. There will be some hands-on activities. Feel free to bring a guest or someone who maybe interested in joining the club. If you are interested in our club please feel free to attend. Members will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

December Photo Trip - Annapolis Chocolate Festival (December 03, 2017) - The December Photo Club trip will be going to the Annapolis Chocolate Festival. Club members should expect more information about the trip on the Whoozin invite.

PHOTO TRIP - Wintethur Museum, Garden, and Library in Winterthur, DE (November 04, 2017) - Join us on Saturday November 4th, 2017 for our trip to Winterthur, DE With nearly 1,000 acres and 10 miles of roads, Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library located in Winterthur, Delaware offers landscape and architect photographers a wonderful opportunity this Fall. The property also boasts and "Enchanted Woods" which is a 3-acre plot magical landscape for children of all ages! The house at Winterthur contains 175 rooms where Henry du Pont entertained family and friends, and the ever changing Gallery is full of selections from Winterthur curators full of furniture, ceramics, glass, metals, textiles, paintings and prints.

8th Annual Potluck Picnic (September 09, 2017) - Join us as we gather in September for the Annual Potluck Picnic. This year’s celebration (our 8th!) will continue our tradition of fabulous food and photographic opportunities!

We will meet at Piney Point Lighthouse and Museum in Piney Point, Maryland where we will share each other's company, enjoy some great food, experience nature, and have an opportunity to have some photography fun!

August Trip - Sunflower Farm (Location to be determined) (July 29, 2017) - Learn more at July's meeting and watch for your Whoozin invite!

See calendar for event details