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April 2019
April 2019
April 2019
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Competition: Color, Monochrome, Travel (7:30 PM PDT)
Judge: George Ziegler  Refreshments: Richard Ingles; Boyd Jones; Mary Ellen Kaschub
Program: Photographing the Alabama Hills and the Bristlecone Pines (7:30 PM PDT)
No Refreshments
Field Trip: Condors at the Pinnacles (9:00 AM PDT)
Field Trip:  Condors at the Pinnacles Date:  May 4, 2019 Hosted by: Kent Bossange Description This is a trip to the Pinnacles National Park, a 1 hr 45 min drive south of San Jose.  The goal of the trip is to photograph condors in the wild. The condor, a carrion eater, is the largest vulture in North America. Several decades ago it was almost extinct due to the use of DDT.  Since the 1980’s the bird population has slowly been re-established with one of the largest colonies being at the Pinnacles.   The condors are often seen soaring above and around the Pinnacles.  There may also be opportunities to photograph other birds.  And depending on the weather in April, wild flowers may still be abundant. Location We will meet in the Chaparral Parking lot on the West side of the park.  This is a 98 mile drive from the intersection of Hwy’s 85 and 17, south to Soledad via 101.  From Soledad one takes state road 146 to the Chaparral Parking lot which dead-ends at the trail head.  There is an entrance fee of $30 per vehicle (not per person). Website of the park is: Logistics Meet at the Chaparral parking lot at 9AM. Each person should have at least 2 liters of water, some snacks and a lunch.  We will have lunch at the high Peaks.  How long we stay after lunch will depend on the photo opportunities. The trail to the High Peaks is short, about 1.8 miles, and has an elevation gain of 1,150 feet.  We will be primarily in the shade on the west side as we hike to the High Peaks area. Hiking pants are recommended to keep bugs away. Photography Tips A telephoto zoom is recommended as sometimes the condors will surprise you by soaring directly overhead making use of a prime lens a frustration. A range of 200 to 500mm is suggested. Since there is no guarantee of the condors’ presence, be prepared to take advantage of other photographic opportunities:  wild flowers, smaller birds, reptiles, rock formations, etc. N
Deadline for Entering Projected Images for May Club Competition (11:29 PM PDT)
Projected Image Entry Deadline is 11:30pm.

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