Club Camera Tucson sponsors field trips in and around southern Arizona – and sometimes even father afield. We go just about anywhere there are interesting photographic possibilities. It’s a great opportunity to socialize, share your knowledge, learn new stuff and, above all, take pictures.
Upcoming Field Trips
Field Trips 2019-2020
Eastern Sierra Fall Color – Sept. 30, 2019 – Oct 4/6. Leaders Barbara Woolford, Steve Dell.
We will meet in the Travelodge in Bishop, Ca, checking in on Monday, Sept. 30. We will photography aspens along Bishop Creek, Convict Lake, Magee Creek, and Mammoth Lakes. We’ll also visit Mono Lake, the ghost town of Bodie, and the Alabama Hills. Those staying an additional day or two can visit the Manzanar National Historic Site, the Eastern California Museum, the Mt. Whitney Portal, and the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest.
Bosque del Apache, White Sands: Dec. 1 – 4, 2019 Leader Steve Dell
This annual trip to the national wildlife refuge on the Rio Grande provides incredible opportunities to photograph thousands of snow geese and sandhill cranes. Then on to White Sands National Monument for incredible dunes.
Ruby Ghost Town – Leader John Szafranski
An old mining town with lots of buildings and machinery to shoot. (Admission)
Downtown after dark – Leader TBD
People, buildings, and signs after dark. Street scenes.
Barrio architecture – Leader Cynthia Shoemaker
Cynthia and John Szafranski have identified a different set of buildings than we’ve visited the last few years for this year. Architecture, color, history, idiosyncratic décor.
Sells Rodeo February Leader TBD
Tohono O’odham Nation sponsors an All-Indian Rodeo and Pow-Wow. You can get a lot closer to the events and participants than at the Tucson Rodeo. (Admission)
Tohono Chul Wildflowers – mid-March Leader Barbara Woolford
Get up close to lots of wildflowers in a garden setting. Also, lots of desert landscape with adobe buildings and water features. (Admission)
Bisbee – fall 2019 or spring 2020 – Leader Tom Anderson
Mining town turned artistic colony. Fantastic buildings straight up the hillsides. You want stairs? We have stairs.
Phoenix Zoo / Tempe Town Lake?? – Winter – Leader Barbara Woolford
A new trip under consideration. Shoot the Phoenix Zoo (admission) in late afternoon when hopefully the animals are active. Dinner, then on to Temp Town Lake for some great lights and reflections in the water.
April 18, 2018 at 6 PM: Tucson Night Downtown Photowalk.
April 24, 2018: St. Anthony Monastery and Boyce Thompson Park.
May 2: Reid Park Zoo and lunch.
We’ll meet at the zoo at about opening time and shoot for a couple of hours before heading for lunch at Cheddars–or other nearby restaurant. Here’s your chance to see the newly added Red Pandas at the zoo if you’ve not yet seen them. Leader: John Szafranski
Please email John whether you would like to attend any of the other field trips: ‘email@example.com‘
May 9: Wilcox, Chiricahua Nat’l Monument and Portal, AZ.
This will be a full day trek and a repeat of a very successful one we did last year for those who couldn’t make it and our new members. Leader: John Szafranski
Please email John whether you would like to attend : ‘firstname.lastname@example.org‘
Ruby Arizona – Ghost town Photowalk
Thursday April 18, 2017
CCT Secretary and co-chair Photo Treks
Barrio Viejo (Historico) – Tucson – Photowalk
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Cynthia Shoemaker will lead a photo trek to on Saturday, December 16 we will offer a photo trek to explore Tucson’s oldest neighborhood, Barrio Viejo, sometimes referred to as Barrio Historico. The area we will be visiting lies south of the Tucson Convention Center, bordered by Cushing Street on the north, 18th Street on the south, Stone Avenue
to the east, and the I-10 freeway on the west side.
There you will discover the original Tucson with colorful old adobes homes in various stages of restoration along with small businesses. If you are into architectural details this is the place with colorful buildings, doors, windows and gates. Many are decorated, often expressing the resident’s unique personality. Since it is the holidays we hope to find some seasonal decorations along with beautiful metal art work, flowers, cactus, and strings of chile peppers.
Some points of interest include Teatro Carmen, San Cosome Church and Park, La Pilita, El Tiradito, and the Elysian Grove Market.
We will spend about three hours exploring the neighborhood followed by an optional lunch at El Minuto Mexican restaurant located at Main and Cushing Streets.
Meet up time will be 9:00 a.m. on Convent Street just south of Cushing Street (Where Church street ends). There should be plenty of free parking on a Saturday morning as no permits are required on this block.
Please note that restrooms are scarce and if you need one you may have to walk a ways or drive. We are looking into and will provide the options.
Please reserve your spot with Cynthia at email@example.com 520-327-9740 home phone. Please leave a message and let me know if you are interested in attending and in lunch so that I can check with the restaurant for reservations.
Earlier Field Trips
Bosque Del Apache and White Sands Monument
Sunday, November 26, 2017
Steve Dell will lead a photo trek to Bosque Del Apache in New Mexico and White Sands National monument on November 26.
- Leave Sunday November 26th AM from Tucson to arrive Socorro mid-afternoon.(We’ll assemble carpools as we get closer to the date.)
- Shoot Sunday afternoon
- Shoot Monday morning blast off and crane ponds after blast off
- Return to Socorro for breakfast. (free time to explore or go to VLA)
- Shoot Monday afternoon
- Dinner at Buckhorn in San Antonio NM
- Shoot Tuesday AM
- Return to Socorro for breakfast and check out
- Drive to Alamogordo with a “retail therapy” stop at the pistachio place
- Shoot Tuesday afternoon White Sands
- Shoot Wednesday AM White Sands
- Leave from White Sands or Alamogordo for Tucson
Contact Steve Dell for more information or to sign up. Steve’s email: ‘firstname.lastname@example.org‘ PH: 520-990-4118
Bisbee and Lowell AZ
Wednesday February 22, 2017 – Tom Anderson will lead the trek
Bisbee Arizona PhotoWalk
Method 1: Meet at 8 AM at Starbucks at 9525 E. Old Spanish Trail, Tucson, AZ 85748 and we can grab a hot beverage and/or juggle people around. I’m open to carpooling and can accept one other person in my little Prius if you’d like to leave your car at Starbucks till we return.
Method 2: Drive from your own location to Bisbee without stopping at Starbucks over here on the east side in Method 1.
We will meet at the Bisbee Coffee Company, 2 Bisbee Rd, Bisbee, AZ. (89 miles, 1 Hr 41 Minutes) Via I-10 E and AZ-80 E through Benson and Tombstone. There is parking behind the shop and to the side. We’ll be leaving our car there.
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We plan on leaving Bisbee for Tucson at around 7 PM or earlier depending on your preferences.
Arrival time back at Starbucks 9525 E. Old Spanish Trail, Tucson, AZ 85748 in Tucson: 9 PM or earlier (open ended)
Arrive at Bisbee around 10 AM: We will all meet at the Bisbee Coffee Company in Bisbee at around 10 AM for a briefing before our PhotoWalk. Should you get delayed getting here, please give me a call on my cell at 408-221-8726. We can go over some photo opportunities and ideas at this time.
Lunch/Snacks: We can discuss when to meet for lunch and maybe coffee in the afternoon back at the Bisbee Coffee Company. I expect many of you have been here before and may have some favorite luncheon and dinner places in mind too.
Dinner:I’d like to stay till nightfall and have dinner at Santiago’s Restaurant . I’ve fallen in love with their Chili Rellenos and Fish tacos, but we can all decide where to eat.
What we will see: The sun will be up when we arrive but should be good for architecture and street scenes on the west side of the north bound streets and as the day progresses the east side of the streets will be in sunlight.
Bisbee is an old mining town and home of the famous Bisbee Copper Queen Hotel ( a great spot for photography inside and out) and there are lots of little winding streets, old store fronts, unique signage, and many many stairs. Every year they have their 1000 Stair Climb challenge so stairs, railings, landings, etc. are there for us to try and make look unique. Remember those old buildings with unique facades and symbols on top. Well Bisbee has lots of them. Use shadows to bring out the 3D look of those unique shields.
Color is everywhere. Old cars abound and old sourdoughs with grey beards are often available to take pictures of. Be sure to bring a few dollar bills in your pockets. Sometimes you can ask them to pose for you. Couldn’t hurt.
In addition to Bisbee I plan on leading those who wish just a mile further south to Lowell AZ. It’s a fun “1 street” town right in the rim of the Dodge-Phelps Lavender pit. It’s good for an hour of shooting all by itself.
What to wear: There are hills so wear appropriate footwear. Tennis shoes (do they still call them that?) are very appropriate as are hiking boots. The town is a mile high city so if altitude bothers you please take that into consideration. Remember we are at around 2,400 feet here in Tucson, and Bisbee is around 5,400 feet. It will be getting cooler around mid afternoon and according to the weather channel 49 degrees is predicted for the low (probably long after we leave though). Layer is the way to go. I’ll probably bring a fleece vest and possibly a long sleeve shirt at most.
Weather: It’s predicted to be 70 degrees and sunny with no rain on the 22nd, but we all know that changes day to day so you best check a day or two ahead of the 22nd and be sure. We are going to go no matter what the weather is because…well because photography is fun in all kinds of weather. Just bring a raincoat/umbrella with you.
Camera Equipment: Don’t plan on carrying your entire camera kit with you i.e. a huge backpack. Leave that in the car trunk and select just a couple of lenses, a wide angle and possible a long lens for those l-o-o-n-g street compressing shots. The lighter the better. Remember you can always hike back to the car and get more gear if you need it. The town is quite small.
Remember to HYDRATE.…we used to call it drink a lot of water but hydrate sounds so “in” these days don’t you think? I’ll have a case of water in my car for anyone who wants to grab a bottle or two and take it along on your walk. ——————————————————————————-
Help: I know there is great diversity in our club and that we have many brands of camera equipment, but how to get the most out of your particular camera is what these workshops are all about.
Don’t be afraid to ask a photo partner for help. I’ll be going up one street and down the other and would be happy to assist anyone with questions concerning composition, rule of thirds, leading lines, etc. to the best of my ability. Time to brush up on using Aperture priority? Manual Mode? Maybe try some HDR shots or Panorama’s. Just flag me down and I can help with what mode would be the best for your shot.
Cell Phone Numbers for Everyone: I will need your names, cell phone numbers and email address before we go down the road. ——————————————————————————-
My info is:
Tom Anderson– email@example.com 408-221-8726 and I drive a 2003 light blue Toyota Prius with Custom Photo Tours and Desert Dreaming Photography sign on the sides.
Please contact me with the above address or phone if you wish to attend this fun event.
Death Valley-Valley of Fire-Cloride
Friday March 31 – April 4, 2017
CCT Trek to Death Valley that Cynthia Shoemaker and John Szafranski will lead. It is a proposed a 4 night stay version, but would welcome input whether this or a 3 night version would be preferable.
Here’s the pro-forma itinerary:
o Leave Tucson about 7 AM and drive to Oatman, AZ to photograph the burros and the town, and have lunch.
o Drive to Las Vegas area and stay overnight in Enterprise at Holiday Inn Express or equivalent. Arrive about 5:30 to 6 PM
o Evening open for dinner and possible tour downtown Las Vegas for photography or other.
o Drive to Death Valley via Southern entrance. Tour southern DV: sights like Badwater, Devils Golf Course, the natural bridge, Artist’s Palette, Museum at Furnace Creek, Dunes.
o Lunch at Furnace Creek
o Overnight at Longstreet Inn & Casino, Amargosa Valley, NV (website:
o Dinner either at Longstreet Steakhouse or back at Furnace Creek
o Up early sunrise to photograph Zabriskie Point in DV at Sunrise
o Tour northern portion of DV: sights like Rhyolite Ghost Town, one way drive to Titus Canyon, Titus Canyon, Ubehebe Crater, plus other as time allows
o Lunch again in Furnace Creek—-or bag lunch from hotel
o Overnight at Longstreet Inn & Casino. Dinner there, at Furnace Creek or up to Beatty, NV
o Drive to Valley of Fire State Park, NV for photos
o Drive to Chloride, AZ—stopping for photos at Hoover Dam as wanted & time allowing
o Lunch in Chloride—-semi ghost mining town & touring for photography
o Drive to Kingman, AZ for overnight stay. Tour Hackman & Kingman sights on Rte 66 as time allows.
o Overnight at La Quinta Motel or equivalent, dinner in Kingman
o Drive Rte 66 to Seligman for photos
o Drive to Prescott, AZ. Lunch in Prescott and photography at Watson Lake, time allowing
o Drive back to Tucson
The alternative for a 3 night stay would be to eliminate the Kingman overnite and drive directly back from Death Valley on Monday, April 3. There may be sufficient time to visit Chloride, but probably not Valley of Fire. It would be a long drive/day back to Tucson.
Let us know if you are definitely interested in going and we will work out details as we find out how many might be going. If you have thoughts about the 4 night vs 3 night, as well as other thoughts/ideas for the trip, do please pass them along.
For more information please contact mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Bosque del Apache and White Sands National Monument
Sunday November 27-30, 2016
Steve Dell plans to leads a photo trek to Bosque del Apache and White Sands National Monument in New Mexico.
Tentative dates are:
November 27 – 30, 2016
· 11/27 AM – Enroute Tucson to Socorro NM
· 11/27 late afternoon shoot
· 11/28 early morning and late afternoon – shoot
· 11/29 early morning shoot
· 11/29 morning enroute Socorro to Alamogordo
· 11/29 afternoon shoot – White Sands
· 11/30 early morning shoot – White Sands (This will require a special permit that I will arrange for.)
· 11/30 late morning depart Alamogordo for Tucson
Other shooting opportunities –
· various junk yards (“vintage tin”)
· Very Large Array (VLA) in and around Socorro
· White Sands Missile Range
For more information please contact email@example.com
Center for Creative Photography: Tour of the current exhibit
Feb. 20, 2016
Center for Creative Photography tour of the current exhibit: The Lives of Pictures: Forty Years of Collecting at the Center for Creative Photography. Saturday February 20th. Meet in the lobby of the CCP at 2:00 p.m. This exhibition is an interesting one. It commemorates the CCP’s fortieth year with a selection of some of its most treasured objects and stories from the Center’s past and present. Brian Ganter will once again be our guide. Admission is free but donations are always appreciated. The CCP is located in the arts complex in the southeast quadrant of Speedway and Park at 1030 North Olive Road. On Saturdays there should be free parking north of Speedway in the surface lots east of Park on Helen across from the parking garage. From there you can walk the underpass which comes out right in front of the museum. Another option is to go south on Mountain, turn right on 2nd St. and then the next right which leads to the parking lot behind the CCP. Our guide wants to know how many will be in the group so please let Cynthia know. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Cell Phone: 481-9740 Home Phone: 327-9740 – leave a message.
Tucson Rodeo Field Trip
Feb. 23, 2016
Tucson Rodeo Field Trip lead by Ted Fleming. Tuesday, February 23rd. We will meet at the main entrance on the east side of the rodeo grounds at 8:00 a.m.
The grounds are located at S. 6th Ave. and Irvington. Please note that new restrictions are in place for what you can bring with you. No bags, including backpacks and camera bags, are allowed. Visitors are limited to one gallon clear bags. Ted will provide further information. If you plan on participating in this photo opportunity please let him know you are attending. Email: email@example.com Cell: 343-4196.
Wildflower Photography Tour at Tohono Chul
March 3, 2016
Barbara Woolford and Miriam Otte will lead a tour of Tohono Chul on March 3, 2016. We will meet at the Tohono Chul admissions gate at 8 am. Admission is free, but members are encouraged to make a donation to the park. The emphasis will be on wildflowers, but the tour will include an overview of the park. Specifically, besides “hot-spots” of flowers, we will see the various water features, architectural features, prime bird-spotting locations, and the Peggy Leggett Memorial Garden sponsored by her friends and family. We will point out the Exhibit House where the art show “In Full Bloom” will be.
Annotated maps will be available. The tour will last about two hours. We will stop at several places to allow time for photography, and people are welcome to drop behind the tour to focus on particular spot for a while. At 10:00 am, we will visit the Hummingbird Garden in the Bistro. Anyone who wants to stay for coffee or brunch at the Bistro can do so. Tohono Chul would appreciate receiving photos from anyone willing to share them. They will give credit to the photographer, but they do not pay for photos.
If you plan to attend this tour, please notify Barbara Woolford, firstname.lastname@example.org, 989-1519, by March 1. Tohono Chul is at 7366 N. Paseo Del Norte, Tucson, 85704 (Northwest of Ina and Oracle.) Please Note: Google GPS Directions are inaccurate; they lead to the administrative offices instead of the garden entrance. Please take first entrance off Ina for easy access. We are working to correct this problem.
Old Tucson Mescal and Gammon’s Gulch
Saturday March 19, 2016
John Szafranski leads a photo trek to the Benson, AZ area on March 19. We’ll visit “Old West” towns Old Tucson Mescal and Gammon’s Gulch—both built as movie sets, but quite different in structure, history, and memorabilia. Both facilities will have tour guides providing color and history. Frank Brown has been a tour guide at Mescal for over 10 years and is indeed a colorful character with loads of insights into the movies filmed there. We are hopeful Jay Gammon will be our guide at Gammon’s Gulch. Jay and his wife Joanne built the complex, and he has been involved in movie making for many years.
Costs/entry fee will be $10 for Mescal and $8 for Gammon’s Gulch—cash only.
We will also visit the Forever Donkey Sanctuary adjacent to Gammon’s Gulch, where you will be able to mingle among 15 to 20 curious and affectionate donkeys. There is no fee for this but donations are appreciated.
Lunch is a bring-your-own-box-lunch and beverage. We will likely have lunch in the saloon at Gammon’s Gulch before our afternoon tour.
Tour leader John Szafranski will be sending more specific information about timing and ride sharing when we know who will be coming. You can contact John at:’email@example.com‘ Please let John know if you’re coming by March 12.
Flower and Photography at Sabino Canyon
March 23, 2016 at 2:00
Fred Fisher will lead a trip to Sabino Canyon on Wednesday, March 23 at 2:00. Fred is a photographer, amateur biologist, and volunteer at Sabino Canyon. The trek will begin at 2:00 in the Sabino Canyon visitor center with a powerpoint presentation of the flowers and pollinators of the park. That will follow with a walk from 3:00-5:30 to photograph and learn about the flowers in bloom. Tripods are welcome. There will be a limit of 12 people so that everyone can hear and have room on the trail.
To make reservations please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Previous Field Trips – 2010 to newest date
|Wildflowers – March 2010|
|Ruby – April 2010|
|Tucson Barrio – May 2010|
|Hoodoos – June 2010|
|Bisbee – January 2012|
|Tucson Rodeo – February 2012|
|Tohono Chul Park – April 2012|
|Center for Creative Photography, Private Tour – November 2012|
|Bosque del Apache, New Mexico – November 2012|
|Gerson’s Salvage and Recycle – January 2013|
|White sands National Park, New Mexico – March 2013|
|Private Viewing, Center for Creative Photography – April 2013|
|Sharon Pairman’s Gardens, Stables, Outbuildings, Etc. – April 2013|
|All Souls Procession/Parade – November 2013|
|Armory Park, Tucson – January 2014|
|Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden, Chihuly Glass Exhibit – February 2014|
|St. Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Monastery, Florence, Arizona – March 2014|
|Classic Cars & the Open Road, Tohono Chul Park – May 2014|
|Avalon Gardens Eco Village, “Earth Harmony Festival” – October 2014|
|Reid Park Zoo – October 2014|
|Bosque del Apache, New Mexico – November 2014|
|Death Valley & Beyond – February 2015|
|Tucson Rodeo – February 2015|
|Astronomical: Photographs of Our Solar System & Beyond – March 2015|
|Bisbee – November 2015|
|Bosque del Apache & White Sands National Park, New Mexico – November 2015|
|Wildflowers at Tohono Chul Park – March 2016|
|Old Tucson Mescal & Gammon’s Gulch – March 2016|
|Ruby AZ Ghost Town 2016|