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FCDCC Outings for 2011

January 22, 2011 (Saturday)
Greeley Freight Station Museum
location: 680 10th St., Greeley, CO
focus: model train photography
admission cost: $6.00 general, $5.00 senior
meeting time & location: 9:30am at the Northeast corner of the Harmony Transportation Center or at the museum in Greeley at 10:00am.
map of museum: map
notes: Bring a tripod.
request from the museum: The Greeley Freight Train Museum was ecstatic to have our group visit on Saturday, Jan. 22. The museum is currently working on two projects: new web site, and a 2012 calendar. They were interested in having us submit any photos we would like to have considered for these projects. The executive director, who is the person to send the photos to (contact info below), has guaranteed the photographer will receive credit for the photos but no compensation. If you are interested in submitting photos for consideration, please e-mail your selections to: Michelle Kempema, Executive Director
February 12, 2011 (Saturday)
Macro photo shoot
location: CSU Natural Resources Building Room 316
focus: macro & tabletop photography (macro tips from Dawn)
meeting time: 9am to 3pm
notes: Bring 3 small objects to photograph, camera, macro lens (if you have one, but not necessary), extension tubes (if you have them), lights, flashes, extension cords, batteries, tripods, reflectors and small backdrops (cloth or paper).
March 19-20, 2011 (Saturday-Sunday)
Sandhill Crane Migration
location: Platte River Valley, Nebraska
focus: bird photography
meeting time & location: 3/18 10am at the Harmony Transportation Center (NE corner of lot)
More details
The Sandhill Crane Migration outing was a great success. Take a look at some of our pictures of the sandhill cranes.

April 16, 2011 (Saturday) CANCELLED
Model Shoot (with professional models and authors)
location: Lobby of CSU Natural Resources Building (This is the building where we have met lately for the club meetings.)
focus: portrait photography
time: 8am to 3pm
We are still looking for anyone who can help pose.
Contact Dawn or Tony if you plan to do the picture taking.
Tony is working on a schedule for the day.

Here are some helpful references that you might want to read over before the shoot:

May 19-22, 2011 (Thursday-Sunday) (details in PDF format)
Utah Region Field Trip
location: Moab, Utah, Canyonlands N. P., Arches N. P.
focus: light and dark, highlights and shadows, landscape photography
lodging: camp on BLM land, will find site when we arrive on May 19
photo spots: will determine next month; please discuss potential locations at coffee outing on Mar. 23
meeting time & location: TBD

    Where to stay:
  • Arches National Park, Devils Garden Campground is sold out
  • Dead Horse State Park Campground is sold out
  • Warner Lake Campground in National Forest is sold out
  • Canyonlands National Park: 26 sites are available in Needles District & 12 sites are available in Island in the Sky District, all first come first served
  • Negro Bill Camping Area: don't know much other than it is outside of Arches National Park
  • Drinks Canyon Camping Area: don't know much other than it is outside of Arches National Park
  • Many more options outside of Arches and a few down Colorado River towards Canyonlands National Park
  • Wing it or reserve ahead? If reserve, is there a price goal? Camping? RV?
    What to see and do: canyons, red bluffs...
  • Arches National Park, Devils Garden Campground is sold out
  • Arches National Park (I have a list of the best spots for sunrise and sunset)
  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Lavender Canyon (near Canyonlands National Park; 4WD; camp wherever buy to facilities)
  • Dead Horse Point State Park
  • Night time photography (full moon is the Tuesday before we arrive - May 17)
  • Along Colorado River (lots of movies filmed in this area)
  • Natural Bridges National Monument
  • Canyon Rims Recreation Area
  • Needles Overlook
  • Horseshoe Canyon
  • Goblin Valley State Park
  • Green River State Park
  • White Wash Sand Dunes
  • Sego Canyon Rock Art
  • Book Cliffs
  • Confluence Overlook Trail (Canyonlands; 10.4 flat miles round trip)
  • Mesa Arch in Canyonlands (good for sunrise)
  • Moab movie locations tour???
    Items to note:
  • Drive from Fort Collins to Moab is about 6.5 hours without stops
June 4, 2011 (Saturday)
Part 1/2 of the rescheduled Portrait Shoot (models)
location: Primrose Studio on Michaud Lane
Limited parking will be available
Photographers meet at 7:30am in the Foothills Mall parking lot, where Birds Unlimited was, then carpool to Primrose studio to minimize parking space requirements.
Models can park in the parking lot at the Primrose Studio building at the end of Michaud Lane, west of the Reservoir Ridge Natural Area parking lot. Map to studio
Photographers Set Up Equipment and Models Prepare: 8am - 9am
Photo Shoot: 9am - 1pm (no lunch break)
Cost: $10/photographer
June 18, 2011 (Saturday)
Roxborough State Park
location: Roxborough State Park - Littleton, CO
focus: landscapes, clouds
When: Saturday, June 18; 3:00 a.m. for sunrise
Note the time change!
Meet: NE corner of the Harmony Transportation Center parking lot; sunrise is at 5:32 a.m.; drive is 1.5 hours and then a ¼ mile hike to the Fountain Valley overlook; we will leave at 3:30 a.m. so please try to arrive a few minutes earlier
Cost: $7 per vehicle fee to enter park
Directions: Take I-25 S to exit #207B/Santa Fe Drive onto US-85 S; Head south on Santa Fe (Highway 85) to Titan Road. (4.2 miles south of C-470 intersection) Turn right (west) on Titan Road. Continue heading west on Titan Road. It will curve and begin to head south—becoming North Rampart Range Road (3 miles). Continue south on North Rampart Range Road past Roxborough Village and the Foothills Water Treatment Plant (3.5 miles). At the intersection of North Rampart Range Road and Roxborough Park Road, turn left onto Roxborough Park Road. Take the next right (about 50 yards away) to enter the park.
More info:
June 25, 2011 (Saturday)
Part 2/2 of the rescheduled Portrait Shoot (headshots for writers)
location: Northern Colorado Writers Association, 108 E. Monroe, near Foothills Fashion Mall
108 E. Monroe, Fort Colllins, CO (south of Foothills Mall, next to Chico's)
contact: NCWA Director: Kerrie Flanagan
Photographers Set Up Equipment and Writers Prepare: 8am - 9am
Photo Shoot: 9am - 12pm (noon)
July 16, 2011 (Saturday)
Brainard Lake and Indian Peaks
location: drive to Brainard Lake (~1.5hrs) and hike to Niwot Ridge (~2.7mi)
focus: wildflowers
meeting location: meet at the Harmony Transportation Center
meeting time: arrive before 7:30am and leave at 7:30am
note: be prepared for snow, rain, mud, hot, and cold. There will be a $9/car fee.
August 20, 2011 (Saturday)
Wyoming Territorial Prison
location: Laramie, WY
focus: historical and photo journalism
meeting time & location: arrive before 8:00am at the Northwest corner of the King Soopers' parking lot by Pobre Panchos restaurant (North College).
notes: The prison is open 9:00am to 6:00pm, and they charge $5 per person. There are many indoor and outdoor photo opportunities.
September 17, 2011 (Saturday)
Guenella Pass
location: Guenella Pass near Georgetown, CO
focus: fall colors
meeting time & location: meet before 6am in the northeast corner of the Harmony Transportation Center parking lot, we will carpool to Guanella Pass
October 15, 2011 (Saturday)
Elk Rut
location: Rocky Mountain National Park
focus: wildlife photography and Sunrise at Sprague Lake
meeting time & location: Meet before 5am at the SW corner of FRCC parking lot (Harmony and Shields). We will be leaving at 5am
November 12, 2011 (Saturday)
Big Thompson Canyon/River
location: Big Thompson Canyon
focus: ice photography
meeting time & location: TBD
December 17, 2011 (Saturday)
Holiday Lights
location: Denver, CO
focus: nighttime photography
meeting time & location: TBD