Photo Shootouts

Field Trips

A popular activity of the club is the periodic photography field trips or Shootouts. Comprised primarily of day trips to local locations, Shootouts provide members and guests with practical photographic experience, a way to expand their vision and creativity, and a source of fun and socialization.

After shootouts club members upload a few of their best images to the club’s Shootout flickr® group pool. Only photos taken on location during a scheduled shoot-outs may be posted. Only photos taken on location during a scheduled shoot-out are posted so others can see what variety can be achieved under the same circumstances. If you are a club member but not a member of flickr® learn how to join here.

Nothing happens when you sit at home. I always make it a point to carry a camera with me at all times…I just shoot at what interests me at that moment. – Elliott Erwitt

The use of drones for photography has become increasing popular. Along with that popularity many locations have instituted guidelines for the use of drones or have prohibited their use entirely. Once a drone is airborne the operator must follow the guidelines established by the FAA. Therefore participants that intend to use drones for any club activity are responsible for making sure that drone photography is permitted before taking pictures at any location and to ensure they have the required permits and licenses necessary for such photography. The club will not be responsible for fines imposed by authorities for flying drones illegally or without required licenses and permits.

Upcoming Shootout – Capitola Town and Pier

Capitola | Photo by: George Ziegler

Saturday, November 4

This is your opportunity to photograph the scenic town of Capitola and its pier. The pier is adjacent to Soquel Creek and the quaint colored cottages lining Capitola Beach. The combination of a low tide, sunset, and nearly full moon, present an excellent opportunity for sunset, “blue hour,” and night photography. We will meet at the pier at 3PM and, for those interested, you can enjoy dinner and conversation with other shootout participants at a nearby restaurant.

Carpools are available and will depart from the Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center, 17000 Monterey Road at 1:45 PM; returning later in the evening. To signup, request to be a carpool driver or passenger, or need additional information, please contact Mark Grzan – include your cell phone number.

More information is available here.

Upcoming Shootout – Golden Gate Adventure

Golden Gate Bridge | Photo by: George Ziegler

Monday, December 4

Join us for an all-day adventure in the Golden Gate. The day will begin at Rodeo Beach in the Marin Headlands, then on to either Red Rock Beach or the Stinson Beach Boulders along Shoreline Highway. We will gather somewhere between Steep Ravine Canyon and Stinson Beach, to photograph powerful waves of up to 20 feet high coinciding with a high tide of +6.5.

In the afternoon we will travel to San Francisco’s Marshall Beach. We will be hiking down from the bluffs (1/2-mile; approx. 300 feet decent) to take advantage of an extremely low tide. At low tide the Golden Gate Bridge’s south tower can be safely accessed, where you will be able to take a truly rare shot of the bridge.

You need to act quickly since this all-day event is limited to the first twenty (20) club members who signup. Detailed information will be provided to those who RSVP. Car pools will be arranged. To signup, ask for more information, or request to be a carpool driver or passenger contact Mark Grzan – provide your cell phone number.

More information is available here.


Recent examples of shootout images taken by club members:

See more Shootout Photos images on flickr®.