Photography Field Trip Opportunities

Photography Field Trip Suggestions

We are very lucky that in our area there are a multitude of opportunities and locations for photography field trips.

First on the list are the outings planned by our own club. Last Saturday six of our members participated in the Clark Gardens trip and a good time was had by all. We will be showing a sampling of our shots at the upcoming meeting this Monday, June 23rd.

The next outing on the schedule will be Light Painting on July 20th at 8pm. The location for that trip has not been decided upon as of yet.

Our Field Trip chairman, Tracy Del Favero, has told me that in the future she will be posting our field trips on Facebook, our club web site,, and will send out a reminder via our competition site prior to the trip. We will also remind you at the meeting prior to the trip.

Other than our club trips, there are meetup groups all over the metroplex. To access them, just go to You will see all the different cities and meetup groups listed there and their planned workshops and field trips.

An example that I noticed as I wrote this was “Super moon over Dallas at Margaret Hunt Bridge”. I definitely wish I had taken notice and signed up for that one. There are new events each week.

If you are shy about joining a meetup group by yourself, call one of your Trinity Arts Photo Club buddies, or mention at a meeting and see who you can get to join you.

And lastly, I would encourage you be proactive and plan your own field trip. Last January, on the spur of the moment I gathered a group of ten together to shoot the Fort Worth Stock Show. We really had a good time.

Free Stuff! No, Really.

OK, let’s see who is reading the blog.

I have the following items available free to the first member(s) of TAPC who sends me an email at . It would probably be courteous if no one person took it all but I’m not going to be a referee. If one person wants it all it’s theirs.

I do ask that no one just take this stuff and then try to SELL it. This is free stuff. Let’s keep it that way.

– Davis and Sanford (Tiffen) with pan/tilt/rotate head and quick release plate.  Metal, 2-section legs. Center column.  Peg and cushion feet. This is a sturdy but kinda heavy tripod that is pretty long when collapsed. If you have a cheap, wobbly tripod this might be better but it’s not one you will backpack with.

– Manfrotto 676B DIGI, 1/4×20 thread mount (typical mount).  No head, just the usual mounting screw.  Look it up on line for more info.

– Slik with tilting head and quick release plate.

It is Friday night, June 29th.  These will go to Goodwill or other charity within a few days.


Amazing glass art at the Dallas Arboretum

Scott took me on another great date recently to the Dale Chihuly exhibition at night. We enjoyed the amazing colors and shapes. For more information you can check out
From the Dallas Arboretum: Artist Dale Chihuly creates free-standing sculptures, large-scale artwork installations and drawings, which have been exhibited at museums, gardens, architectural environments and galleries throughout the world. Ninety-seven exhibitions in seven countries have presented Chihuly artworks during the last decade, which have been enjoyed by more than 10 million visitors.
Chihuly’s lifelong affinity for glasshouses has grown into a series of exhibitions within botanical settings. His Garden Cycle began in 2001 at Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago. Chihuly also exhibited at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, near London, in 2005, and at nearly a dozen sites in the United States through 2010. Meanwhile, he has continued to have major indoor exhibitions at venues including the de Young Museum in San Francisco, 2008, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2011. The Dallas exhibit will be Chihuly’s twelfth outdoor garden exhibition and is expected to attract several hundred thousand visitors.
Where has Chihuly been displayed?
Chihuly’s work is included in more than 200 museum collections worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Corning Museum of Glass. Expansive Chihuly collections are held by the Tacoma Art Museum, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, and the Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, Florida.

What awards has Chihuly received?
He has been awarded ten honorary doctoral degrees, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, a Fulbright Fellowship, and two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships.

What will happen in the event of inclement weather?
Chihuly exhibitions have been up during all sorts of weather conditions throughout the years in various parts of the country. Over the years, the exhibits have faced everything from heavy rains to wind, hail, snow and even a hurricane. While the artwork is well secured during installation and quite sturdy, it is glass and can break with a good amount of force. Should any damage from inclement weather occur, the Studio will immediately work with the arboretum to replace any damaged artwork.

Oakwood Cemetery statuary aMused me

Well, it’s interesting isn’t it what different people decide to photograph?  Even more interesting may be WHY they decide on a particular subject.  Before I arrived at Oakwood I really didn’t know what I wanted to shoot.  No muse was whispering in my ear but I thought “What the heck, I’ll just wander around and find something.”  I knew it would be a good time to see photo-friends and the rain was holding off; the cloud cover actually providing some nice diffused light.

When I pulled up to the chapel off to the right under some trees I saw a statue of an angel that made me think of the cover of the novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and it was then that my muse got my attention – “Get some shots of the statues and practice off-camera flash while you’re at it.”

That’s exactly what I did.  For my statue shots I used manual mode, metered the scene, dropped the exposure by 2 or 3 ev (whatever it took to darken the background appropriately), set up off-camera flash, placed the strobe at a location that I thought would give good coverage, took a shot, checked the results and dialled the flash output up or down as needed from within the camera menu.  (Wireless flash is a great thing.)

For the crypt shot I wanted the texture of the stonework to be an important element in the image so I set the flash at camera-right to graze the face of the structure.

The photos below show the results. Be sure to click on an image for a larger version and to be able to comment.

Oakwood Cemetery

On Saturday, May 12, members of the Trinity Arts Photo Club went to the Oakwood Cemetery in Fort Worth.  This is another mostly unknown gem in the DFW area for photography.  The cemetery was founded in 1879 by John Peter Smith.  It is on a beautiful plot of  land covered with large oak trees overlooking the Trinity River providing a great view of the Fort Worth skyline.

It was a quiet morning, cloudy and cool, allowing for excellent photography of the grave markers in soft light.  The grave markers were of all sizes, from modest flat stones to large mausoleums with bronze doors, with every size in between.  Several of the bronze doors were held closed by padlocked chains.  I was wondering whether that was to keep people out, or to keep people …..

I noticed headstones that looked like a tree stump with the words “Woodmen of the World” on them.  I had never heard of the organization and looked it up when I returned to my home.  They are a fraternal organization based in Nebraska that provides insurance to their members.  I found the following  information.

“One enduring physical legacy of the organization are distinctive headstones in the shape of a tree stump. This was an early benefit of Woodmen of the World membership, and they are found in cemeteries nationwide. This program was abandoned in the late 1920s as it was too costly.

Typically the headstones would include a depiction of the WOW relics—symbols of the organization. These include most notably a stump or felled tree (inscribed into a more generic monument in some cases, rather than the more noticeable instances of the entire monument being in the shape of the log or tree-stump); the maul and wedge; an axe; and often a Dove of Peace with an olive branch. As Woodmen “do not lie” a common inscription: “Here rests a Woodman of the World”.

There are many historical markers and the cemetery has a driving tour that will take you past most of them, including a former Texas governor, a soldiers row for confederate soldiers, and the grave of “Goose Neck” McDonald.  The website address is

Here are a few photos taken during our excursion.

Wonderful Works of D’ART

The next time you take a trip to Dallas and ride the DART Rail, look out the window as you approach each station.  There is art at every station – from the station canopies and columns to the pavers and landscaping.  Each station depicts artwork for that area.

Paul and I decided to take the day to explore (and photograph) some of the art work that is along the DART Green Line Stations.  We caught the TRE at the Hurst Station at 10:00am and switched to the DART Green Line at Victory Station.  Originally, we thought we could do the entire Green Line in one day but soon decided we needed to split it into 2 or more days.  We had 20 minutes at each station before the next train came along and that allowed plenty of time to get all the shots we wanted.  We stopped at 9 of the 13 stations between Victory Station and Buckner Station.  About 2:00pm, we stopped at the West End and had lunch.  We made it back to the Hurst Station about 4:00pm.  It was a long and hot day.

Below are some of our photos from our adventure.


HIll Country trip in Llano Texas

Scott, Matt and were blessed to go down to Llano April 6-8. We did see fields of bluebonnets; however, I am enthralled by the variety of wildflowers also growing for our enjoyment. We stayed in a wonderful house in the country, front porch with rockers, hummingbirds and sunrise. The back porch was screened in and views of the sunsets. A horse and burros grazed in the fields and barn wrens sat on the rail fence.