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.

Flat Iron Farm trip (December 07, 2019) - Flat Iron Farm in Great Mills features Christmas lights, feeding the goats; it's a great place to take children. Check back for exact time and other details.

Solomons Island trip (November 02, 2019) - Meet in Solomons Island for dinner and sunset photography. Check back for exact times and other details.

Maryland Renaissance Festival trip (October 05, 2019) - Our October trip will take us to the Maryland Renaissance Festival, 182 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, MD, the second largest renaissance festival in the United States. It is set in Revel Grove, a fictional English village of the 16th century. This is a chance to take a lot of pictures. The Festival has a photo contest with cash prizes. See pics of last year's winners here), and click here for details of this year's contest and the entry form. There have been a few people wanting a contest, well, this is a great chance for a contest.

Rennfest is open from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM. You can purchase tickets at . We will meet at the gate at 2:00 PM, then decide where to meet, eat and greet. You can email Sharon with ideas which she will send on to the Club.

This could really be a fun day, weather permitting. Please let Sharon know if you can make the trip.

Annual Picnic, Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary (September 07, 2019) - The Calvert Photography Club annual picnic this year is a chance for the members to enjoy each others company and expertise, food, walking the JBWS trails, and getting some photography in, all without being trapped in a meeting room. This is a potluck affair. Bring food to share, as well as sunscreen and bug repellent for your own comfort.

Visit to Franciscan Monastery DC (August 03, 2019) - Franciscan Monastery 1400 Quincy Street, Northeast Washington, DC 20017

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.

See calendar for event details