Field Trips

Field trips are opportunities for members to get out and take some pictures locally. They are educational and social opportunities, not competitions. It doesn’t matter if you’re highly experienced or a novice – we will all enjoy and learn from each other’s vision. 

Participants are encouraged to submit several images from each field trip for a slideshow.  Images can be color, black & white or creative. The submission instructions are below, and images may be used for future competition.

Lia Hotchkiss

E-mail up to five digital images to the slideshow manager. Images should follow the standard competition format:

  • The maximum image size should be 1400 x 1050 px.
  • The image file should be saved as a .jpg and should be no larger than 2 MB.
  • The color space should be sRGB.

1: Scarecrows & witches in Old Wethersfield CT along Wells Road and Main Street. A bonus is the opportunity to photograph the charming old historic homes along these streets. Explore the north end of Main Street, near the Wethersfield Cove.

2: Halloween decorations at and around the Pond House in Elizabeth Park, West Hartford CT.

We plan to have an “on your own time’ Field Trips photo presentation later in the season, to share your photos with our members.

Meet up at Hubbard Park in Meriden CT at 9:00 am. After Hubbard Park, we’ll travel a short distance to Hanover Pond, also in Meriden, with hopes of photographing the resident American Bald Eagle. Rain date will be Sunday, Oct 22. We’ll be photographing scenics, fall colors and water fowl. If interested, please email Gretchen at to sign up or for questions. Details of the Field Trip will be provided in a reply back.

Join Tamron professional photographer, Jeff Allen, for a fabulous day at the Hartford Yard Goats! Through a wonderful collaborative effort, Camera Bar, Tamron Lenses and the Hartford Yard Goats are delighted to bring to you a sports photography seminar at the park! Live shooting from your seats outside the dugout suite where you’ll actually be closer to Home Plate than the pitcher! Tamron loaner lenses available at no charge to shoot during the game. To purchase tickets follow the link below. Hope to see you there!
Tickets include prime seating at the exclusive Dugout Suite, one hour seminar, all-you-can-eat buffet, free soft drinks until the 8th inning, welcome bag from Tamron, bonus lens rebates, access to the indoor batting cages and other areas in the park to take pictures, access to the finely appointed, climate-controlled indoor area behind the seats, and additional access to the Yard Goats Club by Frontier.

Cost: $79.99 per person

Contact Camera Bar for more information and to register:

The Nutmeg State Orchid Society is having their annual judged orchid show “Come See Our Bloomers!” The Show and Sale is at the West Hartford Meeting & Conference Center located at 50 South Main Street, West Hartford. This event is an American Orchid Society sanctioned show. Beautiful orchids from all over the world will be on display from hobbyists, commercial growers, and other sister societies. There will be five major orchid vendors, and nine artisans.

On Sunday, March 19th; an early 2-hour session from 8 am – 10 am is open to photographers only, allowing tripod use. Tripods must be removed at 9:45 am, but participants can stay as long as they wish.

Admission is $10.00, children under 12 – free. Free parking in the adjacent parking lot ONLY. Enter your license plate # in the Lobby Kiosk next to the Admission Table.

Further details will be announced as the event draws nearer. A flyer for the event can be downloaded here: NSOS_Flyer.doc

This Field Trip will be devoted to portraying subjects that are hidden until fall reveals them. This theme lends itself to a variety of indoor and outdoor settings. 

  • Photos must be taken from November 1-December 31.
  • They may be in color, monochrome, or creative.
  • Strive for a good composition and placement.
  • Any time of day or night is fine.  
  • Up to five jpg images may be submitted for sharing.
  • Some ideas are: holidays, time change lighting, bare trees, stone walls, open pastures, county lanes, and anything “hidden” until fall comes and exposes it!

I have set up two photo shoots this fall at Wingmasters in Leverett, MA (near Amherst) to photograph birds of prey outside in trees. We will be within 10 feet of about 8 raptors (various hawks, falcons and owls) and this is open for those with dslrs, point and shoot and phone cameras too. The website for Wingmasters is here and they rehabilitate birds of prey for release or if non releasable they are used for their educational programs.

The trip will be on Saturday, October 29th from 9:00 – 11:00 am and 1:00 – 3:00 pm. The back up date is Saturday, November 5th (same times) and it will again be at Julie’s home (address will be provided closer to our photography date). We will meet at Julie’s house no earlier than 15 minutes before the photoshoot times to allow them to set up (8:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.).

There will only be 10 people and the cost will be $65 per person if we fill two sessions of 10 people each or $75 per person if we fill one session with 10 people. The fee for two sessions is $650 per session, one in the morning and one in the afternoon and each session had less than 10 people, the session fee would still be $650 for the morning and $650 for the afternoon. If we had one morning session only and there were less than 10 people, then it would still be $750 for the one morning session. Jim and Julie have increased their prices and as with so much else in this COVID world, the food for their birds has drastically increased. No matter what even the $65 or $75 per person cost is an amazing opportunity and we personally help Julie and Jim continue to rehabilitate birds and educate the public.

Please let me know if you are interested and which time slot you want me to hold for you. I only have a 2 afternoon slots open and 5 morning slots. As with prior trips, I will have you send prepayment to me and your spot will be confirmed once your payment is received.

Please also note: if for some reason you are unable to attend as you have signed up/prepaid, it is your responsibility to find an alternate person and work out the funds with that person. I must be provided the alternate person’s contact information and if you can not find an alternate, your $65 or $75 cost will be a donation to Wingmasters. I always have a waitlist so I may be able to provide possible alternates to anyone that can’t make it as intended but I can not guarantee it.

Please email me at or call me at 203 558-2372 to sign up.

Thank you,
Debbie Koundry

The slideshow presentation of member images from “The Summer of ’22”. This is an IN PERSON meeting at the First Baptist Church, 90 North Main Street, West Hartford, CT 06107, starting at 7:15 pm. Doors open at 6:45 pm.

Members were busy photographing over the summer. Enjoy this presentation of member images from close to home and abroad, nature to architecture, wildlife to flowers, and more. The summer of 2022 has inspired some wonderful
photography! We hope to see you there.

Durham Fair Grounds, 70 Maple Ave #64, Durham, CT. This is Connecticut’s largest Agricultural Fair! Four stages of entertainment, animals, Monster Truck Rally, Demolition Derby, and Instagram photo contest!!! Meet Gert at the Green Stage from 10:30-12 enjoying the music of: Liz Reed and Time of Day.

Nomads Adventure Quest, Connecticut Classic Car Show. 100 Bidwell Road, South Windsor, CT
Presented by South Windsor American Legion Post #133 and the CT Military Corvette Club, Inc.
All years, makes and models are welcome. Free admission.
Trophies, music by a DJ, and raffles.

Pam Hastings