As a Photo Group member, you are welcome to join our field trips! All our field trips support all our photo group members, from the very experienced to the novice. Our more experienced members are glad to help beginners with all aspects of cameras and photography on our field trips.
Our trip experiences have consistently lead to award winning photographs at club meetings and local competitions.
Past field trips have included locations such as the Civil War Reenactment, LA Metro, Camarillo Airport Air Show, Underwood Family Farms, Huntington Gardens, Descanso Gardens, California Poppy Preserve, Anacapa & Santa Cruz Islands, Farmer’s Market, Hollywood Boulevard, the Getty Museum, the Getty Villa, San Pedro, Downtown Los Angeles, Lompoc, the Santa Barbara Zoo, Death Valley, Las Vegas and the Eastern Sierras.
Finally, we conduct training/critiquing field trips. In the morning, we go to a nearby location and shoot with experienced member/leaders. In the afternoon, we review and critique the images taken that morning.
To participate in any TOPG sponsored field trip, you must be an active TOPG member and register for each sponsored event. Find out more about specific field trips at our Meetup page.
Our past trips include:
- Owens Valley (Overnight Trip)
- Sepulveda Wildlife Basin
- Renaissance Faire
- Long Beach Aquarium – Photographer’s Night
- Photographic Historic LA Downtown
- Wings Over over Camarillo — Airshow
- Getty Center
- The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
- Santa Anita Race Track
- Renaissance Fair
- Descanso Gardens
at the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve
March 23, 2019
7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Join other TOPG members in photographing birds at the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve. The Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve is one of the few areas on the Los Angeles River specifically set aside for wildlife. The Wildlife Reserve is a 225-acre site within the larger approximately 2000-acre park complex of the Sepulveda Basin. The reserve features a lake with a bird refuge island, and extensive native plant re-vegetation.
Directions to the wildlife reserve and other information specific to this field trip can be found at our site. Also, for trail maps and a history of the reserve, refer to the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve website.
Anacapa Island Field Trip
April 6th via Island Packers
Once again the TOPG will try to go to Anacapa Island to photograph the birds, flowers and amazing seascapes. We have tried this the past two years and have been thwarted by bad weather. Hopefully, our third time out will work just fine! Our trip leader, Pete Scifres, has put together a very detailed description about the trip including cost and departure information. Rather that repeat all that information here, please refer to Pete's Anacapa Field Trip Description.
Island Packers has put together some points which you should also think about when planning your expedition. They are included below:
To prepare for the best day possible you will need to:
- Pack food and water for your time on the island. A small cooler with a single handle or a back pack will help to protect your food from the birds that populate the island year round. There are no shops or restaurants on the island. Be prepared to hike out all your trash.
- Anacapa Island has little shade, so sun screen and a hat will help to protect you from UV that is present even on overcast days.
- Weather conditions can change rapidly in the Santa Barbara Channel and it is always best to dress in layers and bring a jacket along (even in the summer months).
- Flat shoes with rubber soles are best for both the boat and the island. We recommend hiking sandals or sneakers. We suggest that you do not wear loose or leather soles sandals or flip flops on your island adventure.
- Camera and binoculars will add to your trip and this island offers some spectacular photo opportunities.
- Please arrive at your harbor of departure 45 minutes before your schedule mainland departure.