Photo Outings for 2017

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.

May 19, 2017 – Fabyan Japanese Garden, Geneva  – OUTING  CANCELLED! – Friday – 9-11:15 am. After the docent’s tour from 9-10:15, we will be allowed to photograph the garden within the garden itself.  At 10:15, the garden will be closed but pictures may still be taken outside the fenced area.  The garden is surrounded by beautiful grounds, is adjacent to the Fox River and a short walk to the Fabyan Windmill via a lovely bridge.  There are numerous photo opportunities to explore before we meet for lunch at Preservation Wine and Cheese after 11:15 in Geneva, just north on Rt. 31 – a five minute drive.

MEET-UP FOR LUNCH – 11:15 – Preservation Wine & Cheese located 513 SOUTH THIRD STREET | GENEVA, IL 60134 | 630.208.1588

We will have our own patio room, just let the hostess know you are with MAPS. Check https://preservationbreadandwine.com for menu and directions.  It is located just past the railroad track on the East side of 3rd Street.  There is an available parking lot in back of the building, and spaces along 2nd and 4th streets.

MAPS OUTINGS HOST:   Claudia Frost/ cfinspirations@aol.com / 630-772-0109.  Please call, text or e-mail with any questions or concerns.

MUSEUM CONTACT INFO: Museum Director: Hannah Walters / Museum Assistant: Margaret Eagan

fabyanvilla@ppfv.org / Office Phone: 630-377-6424 (M-Th, 9am-3pm) / Website: ppfv.org

Group visitor needs

·       There are RESTROOM facilities adjacent to the parking lot. It might be beneficial to come a little early to allow time to use the facilities.

·       Please note that parts of the garden are not handicap accessible and cannot accommodate walkers, wheelchairs or motorized scooters.

·        Please wear secure walking shoes, as the Garden paths are crushed gravel, mulch, and include several grade changes.

·       Directions and Fabyan History are attached.  The Colonel and his wife were quite colorful characters in the Fox Valley.

Click here to sign up.

Fabyan entrances mapped.jpg copy          overview.Fabyan history.pdf

April 22, 2017 – Chicago Botanic Gardens, Glencoe At least 26 MAPS members met Saturday morning to photograph the thousands and thousands of flowering bulbs. — from eye-catching tall hybrid tulips to the shorter plants in this group of bulbs, plants whose petals open wide to the sun and whose foliage sports stripes or mottled markings. After about three hours of photography, some of the members enjoyed brunch at the Garden Cafe.  Click here to see member submitted photos.

March 25, 2017 – Hausermann’s Orchid Nursery, Villa Park. We had over 20 members show up at Hausermann’s Orchids for the outing. Thanks to Hausermann’s for opening early for us! There was plenty of room to spread out and set up tripods, backdrops, etc. As usual there was a nice variety of wonderful orchids to photograph.

Click here to see participant’s photos.

February 25, 2017Still Life Indoors IIMorton Arboretum

Twenty-five MAPS photographers met at Thornhill in the Arbor Room the last Saturday in February to participate in the Still Life II Outing.  Lights and props filled the tables alongside tripods and eager members preparing and re-arranging their displays.  The room was very, very quiet……

 Click here to see participant’s photos.

February 4, 2017 – Saturday – RAPTORS for PHOTOGRAPHERS at Stillman Nature Center, Barrington.

Stillman Nature Center is always a great place to see and photograph raptors on their special photography days.

Click here to see participant’s photos.

January, 21, 2017 – BRINGING NATURE INSIDE: Shooting Organic Still Life.

A big shout-out to ProCam and Bill Skinner who let us use their wonderful studio and supplied lighting for all our table stations. Also a big THANKS to ProCam for their generosity, technical assistance and for providing a delicious pizza lunch!

Thirty-five MAPS members attending the outing enjoyed styling their still life images, playing with composition, backgrounds and mancopy props from home.  MAPS provided colorful fruits, vegetables and flowers; natural organics for members to try with various antique items.

They experimented with about 8-10 different lighting stations including a variety of light set-ups, light tents, soft boxes, a green screen, shooting table and various LED portable units.

 Click here for more details and to see members images.

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