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.

Photo trip to Annapolis (June 01, 2019) -

Nick and I went Saturday to scout out for our next CPC photo trip to Annapolis. We went to the Annapolis Visitor Center (26 West St) where we took an hour guided tour on a gulf court. It was great. Learned a lot about the architecture and etc. We also found out Paint Annapolis starts June 1

Paint Annapolis is a week-long, juried, plein air painting competition held each year that brings plein air painters to Annapolis from around the world. The event is designed to explore in paint the special colonial architecture, marine atmosphere and overall energy of Maryland’s capital city. You’ll see dozens of artists spread across the city painting right on the street demonstrating their talents. Visit the Maryland Federation of Art online to learn more about this countywide event. This should provide many photo ops.

From the visitor center it is not far to the church circle (going to the right from West St.), The forth street is Main Street and the fifth Street is the School Street where you pass the the Governor's Mansion to the state circle surrounding the State House which is the oldest State House in continuous legislative use in the nation.

Going down Main Street is beautiful, you see the water and boats from the beginning of the street. You turn right onto Compromise where we will go to the Eastport Bridge that has sidewalks where we will be taking sunset pictures. When the club last went to Annapolis we managed to get some shots of an ok sunset but it was still beautiful due to the boats and architecture of the buildings in the background. If you think it is too much walking a taxi costs around $6:00 to the bridge from Gott's Garage.

Scheduled Meet-Ups

  • 2:00 PM Visitors Center 26 West (parking at Gott's Garage next door at 25 Northwest St.)
  • 2:30 PM MEET AND EAT for a late lunch/early dinner at Rams Head Tavern across the street on West Street (recommended by the Visitor Center). Nick and I had an excellent lunch there.
  • 3:30 PM or whenever we can start down to Main St, taking pictures, not only of the buildings and people but also of the painters painting. The lighting will be better at this time as well as cooler if it is a hot day.
  • 7:30 pm meet at the Eastport bridge for the sunset

Free Parking on Saturday at the State Parking Garage on corner of Calvert and St Johns Street. Gott's Parking Garage, 25 Northwest St is just around the corner from the Visitor Center; 4 hours $9, all day $15.

Please let Sharon know if you plan to attend and if you are going to the Meet and Eat so I can make reservations.

Dumbarton Oaks Trip (May 04, 2019) -

Dumbarton Oaks is an historic estate in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. It was the residence and garden of Robert Woods Bliss and his wife, Mildred Barnes Bliss. The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection was founded here by the Bliss couple, who gave the property to Harvard University in 1940. The research institute that has emerged from this bequest is dedicated to supporting scholarship in the fields of Byzantine and Pre-Columbian studies, as well as garden design and landscape architecture, especially through its research fellowships, meetings, exhibitions, and publications.

Garden Tour Admission to the garden in the regular season is: $10 regular, $8 military and senior. Open 2 P.M. – 6 P.M. on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, weather permitting. For the garden tour, meet at 2:10 p.m. in front of Gardens.This 30-minute introductory tour shows visitors select areas and introduces them to the design and development of the garden . No tripods allowed. Nick will see whether that can be waived for our group and will let us know before we leave.

Museum admission is free Open 11:30 – 5:30 p.m. Sign up for museum tour at the museum. No tripods, backpacks or large bags allowed.

Special Exhibition Written in Knots: Undeciphered Accounts of Andean Life
April 2–August 18, 2019 | Long before the arrival of the Spaniards, the people of South America had a system of recorded information that was portable, precise, and so complex that it remains undeciphered today.

Dumbarton Oaks Conference In the late summer and early fall of 1944, at the height of the Second World War, a series of important diplomatic meetings took place at Dumbarton Oaks, officially known as the Washington Conversations on International Peace and Security Organization. Delegations from China, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States deliberated over proposals for the establishment of an organization to maintain peace and security in the world. Their meetings resulted in the United Nations Charter that was adopted in San Francisco in 1945.

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Oriole Park at Camden Yards Tour (April 06, 2019) - Tentative trip, depending on the number of members who commit to it by Wednesday March 20, 2019. Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by that date to indicate your interest.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards Tour

Take a stroll through the ballpark that forever changed baseball! Come see Oriole Park at Camden Yards from a whole new perspective. Enjoy the charm of the ballpark from club level suites, the press level, and even the Orioles dugout. Oriole Park revolutionized baseball when it debuted on Opening Day 1992. Now, here's your chance to go behind the scenes of this historic ballpark and learn more about how it has continued to change the baseball fan's experience ever since.

Each Public Tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. Tickets can be purchased online at Tours proceed rain or shine, subject to snow / ice conditions in the ballpark.

What do we visit on a tour?

  • The Orioles dugout
  • The Press Levels
  • The Scoreboard Control Room
  • Our exclusive Suite Level
  • Orioles Legends Park
  • Eutaw Street

Private Group Tours can be scheduled throughout the year. Call (410) 547-6234 to schedule a private group tour. Pricing: Group Tours - $75 for up to 20 persons; Adults - $9; Children (14 and under) - $6; Seniors (60 and over) - $6; Children 3 and under - free

Trip to Riversdale House Museum TIME CHANGED (March 02, 2019) -

Riversdale, a National Historic Landmark in Riverdale (between College Park and Hyattsville), is a restored five-part stucco-covered brick plantation home built between 1801 and 1807. Construction of this elegant manor house was begun by Henri Stier, a Flemish aristocrat, and was completed by his daughter Rosalie and her husband George Calvert, grandson of the fifth Lord Baltimore. The Federal style mansion has particularly fine interior decorative detail. Numerous nationally significant figures later lived there. Further information about the property at Riversdale Historical Society | PG Parks

Also known as Baltimore House, Calvert Mansion or Riversdale Mansion, Riversdale House Museum is located at 4811 Riverdale Road in Riverdale Park, Maryland, between College Park and Hyattsville.

This is an opportunity to practice photographing architecture and interiors. Our group will enjoy a private guided tour of the mansion starting at 12:30 pm sharp. There will be ample time to wander and take pictures before and atfer the tour – the grounds are open until dusk. In early March they expect bulbs to be in bloom. There will also be an exhibition of photographs of Riversdale taken by members of the Goddard Photo Club. This exhibition should inspire us to explore new approaches to architectural and garden photography.

Reserve your spot with Aliza Goldman by Thursday February 21st!

December Photo Trip - Flat Iron Farm (December 08, 2018) - Join us on Saturday, December 8 as the club visits Flat Iron Farm located in St. Mary’s County. For those not familiar with the farm, the farm is beautifully decorated for the holiday, and there is a drive-through light display.

The admission to the farm is free.
The farm opens at 5 PM. It is recommended to get there early to get a good parking spot.
Meetup Location
We’ll meet in front of the village. From there we can walk around as a group or visit different locations independently.

November Photo Trip - Wilmington & Western Railroad (November 03, 2018) - Surround yourself with the beauty and splendor of Autumn during the most colorful time of the year. On weekends, we offer a 2½-hour round-trip to Hockessin. Bring your camera and behold the best that the Red Clay Valley has to offer.

HOCKESSIN 2½-hour round-trip On our trips to Hockessin, you'll travel the entire length of the railroad (a 17-mile round-trip) to the town of Hockessin. You'll spend a ½-hour layover in Hockessin, where you can browse the local shops or purchase food for the return trip from one of several eateries near the tracks.
Time 2:30 the train leaves

October Trip - McFadden Art Glass (October 06, 2018) - Our October trip takes us back to the McFadden Art Glass studio in Baltimore, MD ( The club went to this studio several years ago and there are some really unique photo opportunities.

The club's appointment is set for Noon. You'll get a tour of the studio and see how the glass is made. Club members can also make there own glass for a small fee.
If members are interested, we can meet for lunch to discuss the photos taken and tour the Inner Harbor. There are some great places for a sunset shoot.
Members are encouraged to carpool with other members.

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.

See calendar for event details