Our Members go on field trips to hone their skills and have fun with photography.
2017-2018 March Beaufort Field Trip
On March 14, 13 Members traveled to the Beaufort Historic District, Santa Elena Museum and National Cemetery. After stopping at the Visitor center at Claret St. for maps and restrooms, they took a two hour walking tour of the downtown and Bay Street area where commercial and residential historic buildings are in abundance for good architectural detail photography. After a wonderful lunch at The Lowcountry Produce Market and Cafe on Carteret St, they visited the Santa Elena History Center and Museum where the story of the first settlement on the east coast in 1566 is told. The final stop was at the Beaufort National Cemetery to photograph the thousands of graves of soldiers of conflicts from the civil war to today. Thanks again to John and Gerry for putting this together. Enjoy the show!
2017-2018 GA RR Museum and Bonaventure Cemetery Field Trip
On February 13th, 18 members traveled to Georgia State Railroad Museum in Savannah. We enjoyed a 2 hour “back stage” tour that incorporated the many interesting buildings including a roundhouse that was built in 1855; we also saw the paint shop, mechanical shop, and a number of restored locomotives along with classic rail cars. After lunch at the wonderful Crystal Beer Parlor, we went to Bonaventure Cemetery. The 160 acre cemetery has notable burials such as singer Johnny Mercer, Poet Conrad Aiken and the famous statue of six year old Gracie Watson. Thousands of ornate headstones, statuary and wrought iron fences made this a wonderful opportunity to photograph details and practice depth of field.
Not the warmest weather, but certainly the warmth of our group kept us enjoying the venues. What amazing spots for unique photography. I know I could probably go back daily for a week and find more things to snap an image of. Can you image some of those outside scenes with a Carolina blue sky and clouds?
Thank you to John and especially Gerry for arranging this one!!
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2017-2018 January Marine Corp Air Station and Beaufort Field Trip
Nearly 20 members traveled to the Marine Air Station, Beaufort in January. We went behind the scenes at the air base to see a demonstration of the capabilities of their guard dogs, and visited the hangar where they were servicing the aircraft. We each got to climb a ladder and look in the cockpit of an F-18 Fighter Jet. We had a lovely lunch at the Officers Club. We were allowed to take pictures with permission and as long as we did not take open panels on the planes or flight line images as they had lots of take offs and landings going on.
After lunch we traveled to Beaufort where we took a two hour walking tour of the Point which is the very historic residential area where many of the best homes are located. The weather dried up and a fine time was had by all. A big thank you to George Kops, former Marine, who helped put this trip together! Semper Fi! Enjoy the show!
2017 -2018 Fort Pulaski and Tybee Island Field Trip
Following the War of 1812, construction of Fort Pulaski to protect the port of Savannah was completed in 1833. In 1862 during the Civil War the Union Army successfully tested a rifled-cannon against the fort which rendered brick fortifications obsolete. Twenty members enjoyed photo opportunities including the fort’s external and internal architecture, a moat, artillery and wildlife. After a 2 hour stay at the fort, we went to Tybee Island where we had lunch at The Crab Shack at 40 Estill Hammock Rd.(912-786-9857). After lunch we toured the Tybee Island Light House and Museum and the Fish Art Gallery. It was a fun day as you will see from our photos!
2017-2018 Harbor Island Field Trip
We visited this gated community as guests of John Albert. John guided us to view the birds of the fall migration on the beach. According to John,the best time to see the birds is one hour either side of high tide which is at 11:30. We did search and hike on the beach. The weather was beautiful and you will see images of the Piping Plovers! A great lunch at Foolish Frog in St. Helena was enjoyed by everyone.
2017-2018 September Georgia Southern University Raptor Center Field Trip
We visited the trail where eight stations house live birds of prey, such as Eagles, Owls, and Hawks. These birds are extremely photograph-able as you will see in the slide show. We attended a lecture on reptiles with live specimens, and a flight show featuring Owls and Hawks. The birds were flying 5-10 feet over our heads in the amphitheater. Great shots and lots of fun! This was one of our largest group outings! See you at the next one. Enjoy the slide show.
2017-2018 September Angel Oak, Tea Plantation and Firefly Distillery Field Trip
Our first stop was the 1400-year-old Angel Oak on John’s Island. This Oak is 66 feet tall, 28 feet in circumference, has a limb-spread of 187’ with numerous branches drooping to the ground. Wide angle lenses are important and panoramic shots are worth trying. Our next stop was The Charleston Tea Plantation which was established in 1985. Here they grow tea trees and process the leaves for tea. The trees should be in bloom which attracts butterflies. We took a 45-minute trolley tour through the plantation and visited the orchards, the processing plant and the sales facility. We ate a box lunch in their picnic area. The drinks were, of course, iced tea. Our last stop was the Firefly Distillery to see their legal moonshine being crafted. Tastings of their vodkas were enjoyed by several! An added bonus was the Deep Water Vineyard, located right next door. Wine tasting was sampled, too. A very fun trip!
2017 May Field Trip to Savannah, GA
Noted photographer Joshua Dunn, a Washington DC based artist, had a one week exhibit at the Welmont Gallery 1930 Montgomery St. in Savannah. Dunn creates visually striking, multiple row, high dynamic range panoramas, highlighting the grandeur of architectural forms and their importance to society we were invited to view the exhibit.
While in Savannah, we visited the historic district to take photographs and have lunch at 12:30 at the Gryphan, which is a beautifully restored historic pharmacy at 337 Bull St. I’m sorry to have missed out on this trip, but I certainly enjoyed seeing images from the day. Thank you John and Gerry for coordinating this activity. While not a regularly planned field trip, it’s nice they will also take advantage of a unique opportunity and get a group together!
2017 Donnelly WMA and Bear Island May Field Trip
Check out the images from the trip to Donnelly Wildlife Management Area and Bear Island. Twenty two club members enjoyed exploring the area. Some gathered for a picnic lunch. Both areas offer a variety of photographic opportunities, as you will see in the slide show. Enjoy!
2017 Francis Beidler Audubon Forest April Field Trip
Audubon Society’s Francis Beidler 17,000 acre forest is part of the Four Holes section of the Black Swamp and home to the largest stand of 1000 year old Cypress in the world. The site’s slow moving Blackwater is highly reflective for great photos. April is the best time to see birds, animals, and reptiles getting prepared for spring along the mile and 3/4 boardwalk. Nineteen members took advantage of this trip. Unfortunately, our current dry weather hindered the opportunity for photographs. Still a fun time and lunch worth the wait.
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2017 Nemours Wildlife Foundation Field Trip
Nineteen members took a guided wagon ride to shoot pictures at Nemours Wildlife Foundation Near Yemassee, SC. Unfortunately due to the heavy rain storm the night before, a few areas were not reachable, but we always find interesting things to photograph. We saw an eagles nest that was active but the babies wouldn’t peek over the side for us. The parents, though, had an “eagle” eye on us. We each brought our own picnic lunch. Check out the slide show. Thanks to all who sent images.
Eyes on Main Street Wilson Outdoor Photo Festival
Six members went to Wilson, NC, Friday, April 8th through Sunday, April 10th to participant in the opening ceremony and activities. Wilson is a wonderful opportunity for photography, and the people were great. Visit www.eyesonmainstreetwilson.com for information about the event. The lectures and Saturday party were all free and unbelievably good. Make a plan to go next year!! Enjoy the images.
Images From the March Old Sheldon Ruins and Tomotley Field Trip
Seventeen members went to the Old Sheldon Ruins and Tomotley Field Trip. Despite a few no-seeums, some great shots were captured and the Dogwoods were still blooming. Lunch was at a fun spot called Fletcher’s Finds, and was very enjoyable. The owner, Paula, sent the group down the road in search of a couple of more photo ops.
Images From the February Wormsloe Historic Site Field Trip
Twenty members went of our February 3rd trip to Wormsloe Historic Site at the State Park in Savannah. It was the opening day of the Colonial Faire and Muster. We joined the school children and saw a lot of fun being had and great photo opportunities. We had a great lunch at Driftaway Cage. Enjoy these submitted images.
Images From the January Sun City Rail Road Club
There were 8 of our club members who participated in this field trip. It was a fun day! I had no idea model trains were that interesting. The Sun City Rail Road Club were the most gracious hosts and kindly welcomed us and provided a coffee cake and coffee snack! We barely had room left for our lunch at the Okatie Ale House. The club have trains that run inside and outside. This layout is being torn down and a whole new project will be under way in a couple of weeks. It may take as long as four years to complete so our timing was spot on.
Images From the December 2016 – 2017 Parris Island Field Trip
Fifteen hardy souls braved the cold and metal bleacher seats in the shade to attend the Marine Graduation on Parris Island. There were many photo ops with a visit to the museum and lunch in Beaufort. Enjoy the slide show of submitted images from club members.
Images from the November 2016-2017 Mepkin Abby Field Trip.
Ten Camera Club members traveled to the Mepkin Abbey in Moncks Corner. During the week before and after Thanksgiving , dozens of Crèches are on display which come from all over the world. They are displayed in the wonderful gardens of the Trappist Monastery. We left Lowes at 9 for the 2 ½ hour trip and stopped for lunch at The Tail Race Tavern at 418 Barony Drive, Moncks Corner, SC. After lunch, we toured the nativity scene display, and then the grounds. Here are members images from the trip.
Images from the October 2016-2017 Brookgreen Gardens Field Trip.
Images from the September 2016 Field Trip to Middleton Place.
Images from the May 2016 Filed Trip to Sumter Swan Lake and Iris Garden.
Images from the April 2016 Field Trip to Edisto Memorial Gardens.
Images from the April 2016 Overnight Trip to St Augustine, FL
Images from the April 2016 Field Trip to Port Royal Cypress Wetlands Park.
Images from the March 2016 Field Trip to Newhall Preserve.
Images from the March 2016 Field Trip to Hunting Island.
Images from the February 2016 Field Trip to Harris Neck.
Images from January 2016 Savannah Field Trip. It was lots of fun!!
Here’s a few shots from our St. Helena December Field Trip. Enjoy!
On October 23 CCHHI members headed to the Savannah Speed Classic to capture the “motion” of the historic races.
CCHHI Members work to prepare for Octobers grass competition
12 CCHHI members honed their photo skills on a beautiful sunny day while working on an assortment of photo techniques. The Botanical gardens offer a large diversity of objects such as bamboo, waterfalls, reflective pond, butterflies, orchids, and many other interesting photo opportunities.
9 CCHHI members experience macro training and photography with master wildlife photographer Robert Rommel http://www.robertrommel.com along with discovery house chief naturalist Carlos Chacon on September 18th. Here are some photos from the event.
Fourteen club members took the opportunity to go on a Field trip to Spring Island and experience a great photo opportunity by exploring a private 3,000 acre nature preserve with a rich diversity of habitats. Benefiting from the leadership and knowledge of a professional naturalist who lead the nearly 3 hour tour members were treated to a wagon ride making frequent stops for taking photos and learning about the area on a beautiful sunny day in late May. Participants shared stories and relaxed together over lunch at the Okatie Ale House following the outing. Here are some of their favorite images!
Members of the club went to The Center for Birds of Prey and Cypress Gardens in Avendaw, SC, just north of Charleston. Raptors included varieties of hawks, eagles, owls, and other raptors. The group enjoyed a flight demonstration and lunch at Sewee Restaurant. From there they headed to Cypress Gardens in Monks Corner. Cypress Gardens has been featured in numerous national magazines, popular television shows and motion pictures. Thanks to Jim Smeltzer for guiding this trip! Here are some results!
View our slide show of images submitted by members who attended the Field Trip to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens and the Angel Oak near Charleston, SC in March 2015. We avoided the rain and had a fun time. Be sure to view the Candid shots in the slide show on the home page.
Here are images from the Night Sky Imaging field trip last Thursday. Thanks to trip leader Zach Grether for putting this outing together. The images were shot at the beach near Fran Hubbell’s home. It was a VERY cold night and rumor has it Hot Chocolate was enjoyed by all after the shoot!
Images from our recent club field trip to Beaufort – February 2015
GSU Raptor Center – March 2014