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THIS PAGE IS STILL CURRENTLY UNDER HEAVY REVISION AS OF 3/23/16...please check back as details are continuing to be added to the new trips. - The 2015-16 Spring Field Trips will be held either during each class or outside of school time so as to limit the amount of time students our of other classes. Recent regulations, stipulations, rules, and challenges with pulling off a trip have dictated this change. Simply put, administration has made it almost impossible to do an extra curricular trip. But, I think I have come up with a plan that those who want to participate and learn more about photography will have the chance to do so.
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Several trips are offered during the course of the year. MOST are outside of school hours.
Painting with Light - Klein Park - Early November, after the time changes so that it is dark earlier.
Christmas Lights - Alters Gem Jewelers
Phelan Railroad - This trip is being planned as a brief excursion off campus.
Hike and Bike - This trip is being planned
ATPI Winter Conference - This weekend trip is currently for 3rd or 4th year students.
Tyrrell Park - Sunset, shooting the waterfall, portraits in the park. Meet in front of the Greenhouse Garden Area.
Fair Lights - South Texas State Fair Night Time Meeting - Tuesday during Fair Week
Skating Motion Photos - Mannings Skating Rink
Neches River Sunrise - River Front Park and Tyrell Library - Sunset
End of Year Contest and Display - The show is typically the first weekend of May and runs Friday - Sunday. Students are needed for Friday setup and Sunday take down.
- Meet at the 4:30 pm in front of the Warren Loose Conservatory. http://beaumontbotanicalgardens.org/ - We will then make our way through the park, shooting at different locations. Students are encouraged to bring a model to photography if they would like to practice outdoor portraiture. We will conclude with slow motion photos of the waterfall at 6:00 to 6:30.
- Meet at the Main Gate just before 7:00pm for admittance into the Fair. We will immediately had to the back area with the Ferris wheel for the setting sun at about 7:30. We will take pictures before and after the sun sets, slowing down the shutter as the light drops. After some great shots, we will practice taking flash pictures with slow shutters...a VERY neat effect.
Skating Motion Photos
- Meet at Mannings Skating Rink
Neches River Sunrise
- Meet in the lower section of River Front Park for this special shot of a top icon in SETx. Time of this shot will be very important as the sun will rise at 7:14 on 4/9/16. Arrive early to get PRE-sunrise photos, but at about 7:20, the sun will be in its best position. At about 8:00, we will move to the Tyrrell Library and Julie Rogers Theater area.
Shooting a Park/Hike Tips
What to bring and general tips -
Two cameras, if you have two - useful for going back forth between settings like flash and no flash or two different lens. Like if you have a DSLR, bring a point and shoot also....serves as a good back up.
Extra batteries - MAKE SURE ALL BATTERIES ARE FULLY CHARGED! If you have a lithium, you should really buy a 2nd one ASAP. If U Ebay...and find a cheap generic. Order in advance from a place like Amazon.
Consider buying an external battery pack $10-30 depending on the 4000 mAh for Cell Phone
Water bottle - you can refill it inside parks. If they a place won't let you in with a water bottle, like an airplane, most will allow you to empty it, and flatten it, then fill it up when you get on the other side.
Backpack with your lunch...watch out for mayo based products. There is a store at Shangri La...but YOU CAN NOT GO IN IT!!! YOU MUST BRING YOUR OWN FOOD.
Prepare for the weather
Sunscreen - You WILL be out in the sun for a couple of hours. It only takes 15 minutes for a fair skinned person to get burned.
Waterproofing your gear - If there is a chance of rain, bring Plastic Grocery Bag (i.e. Krogers) for your camera and a ziplock bag for your cell phone.
Comfortable shoes - between the park, the museum, and the Stark House, you are going get some pretty good walking in.
Comfortable clothing - cool when we arrive at the park, warm by the time we leave. Wear MUTED, earth colors, NO RED or BRIGHT colors. You may inadvertently show in somebody's picture, and somebody who is dressed in green is going to be a lot easier to clone than somebody in a RED Bruin shirt.
Get plenty of rest the night before. You will need more energy for these special days than a normal day of sitting around at school all day.
Other Tips and Info
Exposure compensation - you will probably need to either dial in a +1 or -1 depending on where the subject is front lit or back lit. But try to shoot for evenly lit subjects unless a contrasty scene works for you. 2nd year students will be on the trip to be able to help.
Get it right in the camera - you know you could remove a person...or a piece of trash...in Photoshop. But if you can get it done at that the time of capture, that is better.
No Tripods on this trip (Shangri La provision restricts tripods, but does allow monopods. This is consistent with most gardens like Moody Gardens, etc.)
Stay out of the gardens...stay on the path.
Things to shoot -
Scenics - wide views of things. Trees hanging over lakes.
Wildlife - from insects to alligators and everything in between.
Close-ups - if you like flowers how many different kinds can you find....think about the lighting on and behind the flower.
Other plants - what kind of effect does the light filtering through leaves, especially those with fresh growth
Art work - generally, I avoid ...but if you shoot some body else piece of work, be sure to involve other aspects that make more about your photography. One thing you can do is to include a person shooting the art work.
People - shoot the event...people shooting...it helps tell the story and allow you to capture touristy shots with out taking the same old shot as everybody else. If people look at you in a questioning way...offer up who and what you are doing before questions are asked. Shoot from the hip if you something really amusing. You do have the right to take pictures of people in the public.
Composition - think about your framing, leading lines, thirds, colors, patterns, shapes. Shoot the wide scene and the close-up.
Shoot some video clips.
Contests - we have EOY - End of Year coming up next such that even if you have shot a similar topic, you can reshoot for it. Or, even other contests after the school year is over.
Other class use - you could show us a slide show of your day for your PowerPoint pres due at the end of May.
Personal - wall art blown up nice and big, calendars for your self or others, etc. Social Web Sites
Web Portfolio Building - Add various pictures to your Web Gallery. These
are pictures you will show case your work to others.
Limited Use for PDP
Pictures taken during school day trips or taken at the FAIR NIGHT MAY eligible for your Print Display Project as long as you haven't used the topics before (like landscape, wildlife, Special Effects and/or Current Event). It may be possible to cover another topic, like Portrait, or Abstract, etc. from shots taken during Fair Night.
Be on the look on in particular for what you HAVEN'T covered already. So, if you shot flowers, maybe this time you could should some abstract.
Also keep in mind that you need 12 pictures of whatever you shoot. So, if you intend for your PDP to come from Shangri La, be sure you shoot 12 of the same thing.
Groups photos from prior years: