Photo Outings for 2019

Each month MAPS selects a location around the Chicagoland area to go for a Photo Outing. The major theme for these outings is nature. We select one outing per month and you can see when and where we go in the Calendar.  Please note that you can sign up for each event as listed below by following the specified link, and also note that by signing up for each event you are agreeing to the MAPS Photo Outing Waiver of Liability.


Photo Outing – Saturday March 23, 9:30am – 1:00pm, PROCAM
PROCAM has offered the use of their studio for MAPS again this year! Lighting, tables, chairs and pizza will be provided by PROCAM. Bring your cameras, tripods, backdrops, your own lighting if you desire, and your own props to share. MAPS will provide some of the props.

PROCAM opens their doors at 9:00 to allow time for you to browse their store or purchase that macro lens you always wanted! View Map & Directions

PROCAM Photo & Video Gear
4300 Westbrook Dr,
Aurora, IL 60504
(630) 631-0907

This outing will be rapidly filled soon so, sign up for this outing

Photo Outing, Wednesday March 27, 9:00am – 12:00pm, Rock Run Rookery
This will be a fantastic opportunity to photograph many species of birds. Also, the area does provide many other photographic opportunities!

Rock Run Rookery Preserve is located on Youngs Road south of Rt 6 Eames St.  Joliet, IL

Date: Wednesday – March 27, 2019
Time: 9:00 – 12:00
Meet: After you turn into the preserve from Youngs Road, drive to the 3rd parking lot. (See map)
Hosted by: Mark Hanna

As of today 3/12/18 the ice is about 90% gone from the large lake at Rock Run Rookery and the small lake is about 50% ice free. It should be great by March 27. Today there were about 50 great blue herons getting their nests ready and putting on mating displays. There were three adult and one young bald eagle in the trees along the river, two king fisher’s, one muted swan, three trumpeter swans, and lots of diving ducks of different kinds and as well as other water fowl. There were two white pelicans that have been there all winter. This is a stopover for the white pelicans and the large pods of them should be here soon. There can be hundreds at a time when you hit it on the right day. There were three turkeys along the river and a coyote.

Birds will change daily but you will always find something to photograph. It may be possible to do a side trip afterwards to lower Rock Run and I&M Canal Trail (Lockport, Joliet). It’s not far away. You will need your biggest lens, and I suggest boots if you are going down by the river. Dress for the weather; it is open and can get very windy.  There is a clean and well stocked outhouse, two shelters and overlooks as well as a paved trail and board walk. Rock Run is located on Young’s Rd. just south of route 6 in Joliet IL. There really is no place to eat afterwards except a McDonalds at Route 6 and I-55. Any questions you can call me Mark at 779-227-3209. I always have good luck here. I hope the weather is on our side!

We look forward to your joining us! Sign up Here

The MAPS Outings Team

Photo Outing – Saturday April 13, 8:00am – 10:00am, Hausermann’s Orchid Nursery

Location: Hausermann’s Orchid Nursery
Date: Saturday – April 13, 2019
Time: 8:00 am– 10:00 am
Address: 2N134 N Addison Road, Villa Park, Illinois, just north of North Avenue.
Hosted by: Hester Bury

Join MAPS for a unique outing to Hausermann’s Orchid Nursery and greenhouses.
Hausermann’s is the oldest and largest orchid grower in the Midwest. There are 3.5 acres of beautiful orchid and tropical plants available to photograph. Approximately 400,000 Cattleya blooms are produced annually and will be on display. Exquisite and unusual orchid plants are grown from seed or acquired from many growers throughout the world. You will see superior plants of both jungle origin and of hybrid creation.

Some of the aisles are narrow, so you may want to bring a monopod instead of or as well as a tripod. We also suggest bringing black or white backdrops to reduce both the business of the background you will experience as well as to address any lighting challenges you may find, especially if the sun is out. Cloth or hardcover backdrops will work well. The use of an LED light or a flash may be helpful as well.

Hausermann’s has generously offered to open early so that we will have the greenhouses
pretty much to ourselves before they open to the public at 10 a.m. They are very welcoming of photographers and encourage you to move a specific plant if it will improve your image. They just request that you return it to its original location. If you absolutely fall in love with any of your orchid subjects, they will be available for sale when they open at 10 a.m. Be sure to stroll to the outermost greenhouses as there are typically some surprises.
Hausermann’s is located at 2N134 Addison Road, Villa Park, Illinois, just north of North Avenue.

We will be shooting from 8 10 a.m. If you wish to go for breakfast/brunch afterwards sign up at Hausermann’s for the Hi-View Restaurant, 425 W Saint Charles Rd, Villa Park.

We look forward to your joining us! Sign up Click Here.

Your MAPS Outings Team