Photo Outings – Save

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 below.

Please note that you can sign up for each event listed below by following the specified link. Also note that by signing up for each event you are agreeing to the MAPS Photo Outing Waiver of Liability.

After the photo outing, you can share a few of your images with the others. You know the routine: 1000 pixels on the long side, saved as JPG with a sRGB color space, then you can drag and drop them to Google Photo using the link below.

If you are not sure how to prepare or upload your images, please follow the detailed instructions in these documents:
==> How to prepare your images
==> How to upload your images

MAPS Photo Challenge

Phlorographs (flower photography) – May

A note from our Lilacia Park outing host Dulcey Lima

I visited a late April morning and found that there are many varieties of daffodils still in great shape, and the early tulips are very close to opening.  There are other people around, walking and enjoying the park, but if you go early in the morning or later in the afternoon, you’ll have plenty of space and time to photograph your favorite specimens. 

If you have a tabletop tripod, bring it.  There are a few planters with pretty pansies and ranunculus flowers at waist level, but most all the shots right now are at ground level.  In a couple weeks when the lilacs and crabs start to bloom there will be opportunity for more landscape shots, using a regular tripod.  I hand-held most all my images of the tulips and spring bulbs this morning using a wide open shutter to get a nice bokeh.

I don’t want to give the impression that this is the Holland Tulip festival.  This is a municipal park that specializes in lovely plantings, particularly in the springtime when the lilacs are blooming.  It is, however, a great place to practice flower photography, free of charge, with ongoing color displays over the next couple of weeks as the tulips, lilacs and trees come into their sequential bloom.  I have found it to be a great place to lift my spirits when I get cabin fever.

Lilacia Park website:   http://www.lombardlilactime.com/

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