Slideshow - Vancouver area April 26►29, 2024

This page updated  May 20, 2024

  • The Vernon Photography Club organizes field trips and outings throughout the year to enable members to visit and photograph interesting and unusual locations.
  • Our Outings Committee seeks out local and regional locations for our members to visit as a group.
  • Outings and field trips are a unique opportunity to experiment, share knowledge and learn in a fun and supportive group.
  • See our Outing Galleries for some of the images captured by members on previous outings.
  • Please note that club outings are for current, dues paid members in good standing only, except immediate family who are accompanying a member on an outing.
  • Outings may be to places that require extra fees paid by the members who attend.
    EG: - Park entrance fees, Entry fees to a business site or private area.

     
  • *HEALTH PROTOCOLS*

    Although Covid 'SEEMS' to have slowed it is still around and infecting people.
    We ask you to not attend any in person meetings or events if you suspect that you have Covid or Flu like symptoms.

This outings schedule is tentative and subject to short notices changes.

Please share 3 or 4 of your favorite images from each trip to our outings committee - ([email protected]).
The committee chair will put together a slide show for display at a future meeting.
Please size your images as noted on the image submission page.

Our outings images are posted in the Outings galleries section 

Outing Ideas
Do you have an idea for an outing?
Please let your Outing Committee know if you know of a venue/location that would be good to shoot.
 Either talk to Lois, Glennis or Bob or send us an email at [email protected]
You may also want to check our Other Education & Opportunities Page.

Our 2023/24 outings are currently ongoing and details are posted below.
Completed outings info in at the bottom of the page.

May 25, 2024

Aberdeen Columns - UPDATE - May 25 11:30AM

As you will have noted the weather is unsettled but not raining.
We will be therefore be proceeding with the outing to the Aberdeen Columns as scheduled today.
We will meet at Lavington Elementary School (9715 School Road – in Lavington just down from the Canco Gas Station and Lavington Market – at 3:30 PM.

If there is interest, we will stay for some night photography and light painting however at
this time of year, darkness does not fall until approximately 10:30 PM – a long time to
wait and the nighttime temperatures are expected to drop considerably.
I look forward to seeing you this afternoon.

 

The May outing will be a return to one of our favourite local shooting spots to take in the wonder of the Aberdeen Columns.  The columns are basalt created by ancient volcanic activity.  If we are lucky, there may be rock climbers on the columns as they are renowned by climbers.  Check out this website and the included video for an idea of what we will see (https://www.dmproductions.info/blog/2019/7/4/aberdeen-columns).  Please note however, that unless you are a proficient climber (or have a drone) we will not be able to see the top of the columns.

We will be meeting in the later afternoon in order that we can take in golden hour on the columns.  For those that are interested, we can also stay for some night photography and light painting.

Here are the details:

Date:  Saturday, May 25, 2024
Time:  3:30 PM
Location:  Meet at Lavington Elementary School (9715 School Road in Lavington).  Here we will arrange carpooling and take a convoy up to the columns.  There is approximately 20 km of gravel forestry road to reach the trail to the Aberdeen Columns.

What to Bring

  • Bring your camera with a wide-angle lens if you have one.
  • If you are planning on staying into the evening, a tripod is also required.
  • The trail into the Columns is approximately 500 meters in length and is steep in places.  Once we get near the columns we need to traverse across talus slopes.  Good footwear is therefore required.  Hiking poles may also assist you in getting around.
  • Bring a packed dinner and water.
  • Bug repellant is strongly recommended!

We hope that you can make it to this outing – it will be fun!

June 08, 2024

The final outing of the season will be a return visit to the Komasket Pow wow at the Okanagan Indian Band along Westside Road.  This was a bright, colourful, action packed event last year and we expect it to be no different in 2024.  The start time for the Pow wow is being confirmed with the organizers but we expect the scheduling will be the same as 2023.  Please check with our Facebook page or website prior to the event for any revisions.
 Other than that, here are the details:

Date – Saturday, June 8, 2024

Time – The Pow Wow starts at 1 PM.  For those wishing to carpool, we will meet at the SE corner of the Village Green Mall, behind the Esso Gas Station, at 12:15 PM.

Location – At the Komasket Arbour on Komasket Road, off Westside Road (turn onto Komasket Road at the OKIB Public Works Yard)

Cost – This is a free event.

Note – The drumming at this event is loud – you may wish to bring along some ear plugs.

 

Completed 2023 - 2024 Outings
If you attended any of our outings, and have images to share,
Please send them into the outings committee - 
[email protected]
(Please use our standard sizing and naming for these images - Thank you)

August 30, 2023 IPE Armstrong
We started out 2023/24 year with a visit to the Armstrong Interior Provincial Exhibition.
There is always an abundance of photographic opportunities at the IPE with this year’s theme being “Giddy Up ‘N Go”.
A great time was had by the 10+ members that attended!

 
September 2023

Bear Hunting (With Cameras) in Bella Coola
Bella Coola is one of the most amazing places in BC to photograph.  There is no end to what one
can take pictures of - bears, creeks, rain forest, waterfalls, mountains, old cannery, petroglyphs,
totem poles.......

There were close to 20 people this year and an excellent time was had by all!

October 19, 2023

Mushroom Hunt at Mable Lake

Close to 16 members met at the parking lot of Mabel Lake Provincial Park (3638 Lumby-Mabel Lake Rd) for a foray into the campground to search out fall mushrooms.
Many members found some and the results are posted in the outings gallery.

November 18, 2023

The November Outing took us to Barnhartvale, near Kamloops. Here we visited the Muscle Car Saloon located at 5789 Campbell Creek Road. As the name suggests there are a variety of muscle cars including Shelby Mustangs at this venue. In addition, there was lots of memorabilia items to photograph in this fun setting.
Then we went to the Valleyview Nature Park in Kamloops, and had a walk through the sage brush to enjoy the views down into the South Thompson River Valley. 
On the way back we took a back road that the committee had found with old farm buildings.
About 16 members had an enjoyable day out.

Jan 14, 2024

Outing to Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery

20 VPC members attended this very educational and enjoyable outing to the Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery in Vernon on Sunday, January 14, 2024.
At this outing we had a chance to get up close and capture images of the copper-pot stills, condensing still, numerous dials and gauges, fermentation vessels and the mash cooker.
We also enjoyed a curated tour encompassing how craft spirits are made at this award-winning distillery.
Thank you to our tour guide Andrew for a wealth of information.
After which we enjoyed a include sampling of three different spirits categories for those that wanted to sample the wares.
There was also alternative non-alchol samplings for those that wanted them.

Feb 13/14, 2024

February Outing to Wells Gray Park

More info from a webpage about the falls at this link.
The outing was attended by 16 members and we travelled on Tuesday February 13 and  returned home on Wednesday February 14, 2024.
The weather and conditions were perfect for this outing and we thank the outings committee for arranging the excellent conditions☺.

On Tuesday we went to:
Spahats falls, then Dawson Falls and arrived at Helmcken Falls (the 4th highest waterfall in Canada) around 3PM.  We stayed through golden hour and captured some night shots – some even tried some light painting of the falls. 

On Monday, before we head home, we will travelled back into the Park and trekked 2.9km (a 5.8km round trip) into Moul Falls for an excellent photo op.

For those that attended the very successful outing to the Wells Gray Park, please submit some images for the March slideshow.
Please submit 4 or 5 images for inclusion in the slideshow.
The deadline for submission of the images to [email protected] is Sunday, March 10,2024.

March 09, 2024

March Snowshoe Outing 

24 members and guests joined us for a snowshoe outing to celebrate the 2024 end of Standard Time at Silver Star Provincial Park and the Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre.
The snowshoe trek will leave from the snowmobile parking lot east of the Sovereign Lake Road.

It was a bit chillier than other years with the wind but still a good time had snowshoeing by all that were there.
Following the snowshoeing, we Old Day Lodge at the Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre for warming up and a Chile Dinner will be supplied with all the fixins.
After dinner we did some creative night photography including some spinning lights and colourful creations, using various techniques including long exposures.

For those that attended the chilly, but very successful outing to Silverstar, please submit some images for the April 11 outings slideshow.
Please submit 4 or 5 images for inclusion in the slideshow.
The deadline for submission of the images to [email protected] is Sunday, April 07/24 

April 26 ►29, 2024

Vancouver Trip - 2024

Each year the Club organizes a multi-day outing to provide varied and interesting shooting opportunities around the province or further afield.
In 2024, the Outing Committee has planned a visit to Vancouver from April 26►29, 2024.

9 members and a guest attended and a great time was had by all.
Friday
, April 26 –  In the evening, we captured some cityscape night scenes.

  • Saturday, April 27 – In the morning drove over to
    VanDusen Botanical Garden  in Vancouver followed by a visit to Queen Elizabeth Park and the Bloedel 
    Conservatory
  • Sunday, April 28 – In the morning we went to Delta and the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary.  Once we have feasted on the birds, we will drive over to Steveston in Richmond to take in some of their historical buildings and lovely seascapes.
  • Monday, April 29 – This is a special bonus day and we are pleased that Geoff Shuen has agreed to take us to some of his favourite shooting locations on the North Shore or in Stanley Park.