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Date(s) - 03/01/20
8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Saddlebrooke HOA2


Save the date: New field trip to photograph the poppies and other wildflowers that are blooming.  Everyone is invited, bring your camera and get some shots of the beautiful sights.  Close ups and wide landscapes are there for the taking, we can help you decide which and how to get them.

Picacho Peak State Park Field Trip – Sunday, March 1, 2020
This is a perfect time for shooting wildflowers with great surroundings in
the nearby Picacho Peak State Park. Also perfect— for new members or
who have not been on any of our field trips to learn in how to use their
equipment including phone for getting the most out of your photograph.
Time: We will meet at 8AM and leave sharply at 8:15 AM from Mountain View
Blvd parking lot on the right and car pool to our location.

Your trip co-coordinators, and leader Bernie with Linda Nagy
Directions: Take right on Hwy. 77 north, then left on Hwy. 79, Pinal Pioneer
Parkway, towards Florence.
Turn left on E. Park Link Drive till the dead end. Next turn right on Camnio
Adelante Frontage Rd and stay on it till you reach Picacho Peak Rd.

Turn left and follow the road to the entrance parking lot–Visitor Center.
Please make sure to park in front of the entrance to the state park so we can
coordinate the groups taking pictures at

the various loops and avoid any crowding.
PS: Around 10 miles in on E. Park Link Rd. there should be abundant purple
Lupine fields on both sides of the road and we may stop
on our way to photograph them in the morning sun.
Total drive time-One Way, less than 1 hour.
There is a $7.00 entrance fee for each car unless you have a AZ State Park
permit (please bring one along so we have one for each car)
We will go to 3 locations to walk along trails and into meadows. First Harrington
Loop, second Barrett Loop, third Anza Loop. All loops have parking lots and

Around 11:30- 11:45 AM we all will meet at Sunset Day Use Area ( at the end of
the park road) for our picnic — Bring Brown Bag Lunch & Beverage


What to bring:
Please wear name club or Saddlebrooke tag
Be sure to dress with layers, it may be cool in the morning.

Hat, sunglasses, hiking boots,
Camera with short Zoom lens,

Phone pictures are welcome, too
Polarizing filter- optional
Picacho Peak State Park Field Trip – Sunday, March 1, 2020
Small reflector or just white card board to fill in shadows, spray bottle – optional
mono pod- tripod optional, picnic lunch, water, gardening pad- remember get
low for shooting the flowers and the ground is rocky.
Assigment – Optional
Important: Pre-visualize the scenery of flower/cactus shot before shooting
Stay low for shooting at the flowers at their height
When making landscape pictures , remember last shot of scene should be
a vertical one- if possible!
Make sure if shooting a landscape shot, your horizon should be level.
Close up of flower- background out of focus
Flower shot into the sun light
Field of flowers with background, cactus or mountains- all in focus
Group of flowers with background out of focus
Photo of Mix of flowers of different colors

Macro photo of open flower- optional
New March Photo assignment- shoot high contrast Black/White or convert one
of your color pictures from the past by editing.
Black /White photo of flower possible into the sunlight to show high contrast but not blow out the highlights- optional

PS: I will ask our advanced photographers to help our novice photography
members with camera settings or help to get the perfectly composed picture.
Also we recommend to go with a partner so you can help each other with
equipment and or making shadows behind flowers or use a cardboard or small
Further: Please make sure to have paid your annual dues to the club before
going on this outing — thank you.
See ya on Sunday, March 1.
Bernie Nagy