9:00 AM09:00

Field trip: Arnie & Dot's lawn sculptures

Ernie Taylor, along with his wife Dot have created over 300 welded pieces of artwork that adorn their acres long yard. For years passersby's have wondered what the giant dinosaurs, birds, bugs and alike have been doing there, especially since they are not for sale. We'll go there to take pictures.

The location is on Ind. 32 just west of the Indianapolis Executive Airport.

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10:00 AM10:00

Field trip: Helmsburg Sawmill

  • 2230 Indiana 45 Nashville, IN United States (map)
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We'll travel south to photograph Helmsburg Sawmill and Bean Blossom Covered Bridge. To carpool, we'll leave at 9 am from the Waffle House, just north of McDonalds, 4937 Knights Way, Indianapolis, located at Ind. 37 and I-465 on the south side. Plan to gather at Helmsburg Sawmill, 2230 State Road 45, at 10 am. After the sawmill, we will visit the covered bridge which is about 5 minutes away. Finally, lunch at Brownie’s Family Restaurant, 5730 N State Route 135. Most of what we will see at the sawmill is outdoors, so dress for the weather.

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9:30 AM09:30

Field trip: Sugar Creek Art Center

February's field trip will be to the Sugar Creek Art Center in Thorntown. We'll meet at the center, located at 127 South Pearl Street, at 9:30 a.m.

We will be photographing inside the Art Center. The three-floor structure, built in 1877, includes art studios, galleries, antiques, unique wood interiors and more. The third floor is in disarray and unique to photograph. There is an elevator for those who can't do steps.

Around 11 a.m.:  lunch at Stooky's Restaurant across the street.

After lunch, for those who like photographing small towns, we'll walk around the downtown area.

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7:30 PM19:30

Weekly meeting: Photos from PVCC members

Member Program: Several PVCC members have volunteered to present images of vacations and other interesting photo opportunities. Dick Hamstra - "Rhine in Europe." Bill Petrovic - "Slovenia." Ryan Jeske - "Scotland." Scott Kinzie - "Cleveland & Cuyhahoga National Park." Charles Yang -"Title TBD".

Also, if you are planning to provide matted or framed photos from any of the Gregory Hancock performances for their auction fundraising use, please bring them to this meeting. This is a great way for us to thank GHDT for allowing us to photograph during their dress rehearsals.

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7:30 PM19:30

Weekly meeting: Macro photography

Photo Venture members Karl Zemlin and Scott Kinzie will tag team to present: "Macro Fundamentals & Demonstration" for approximately 30 minutes. Then for 50 minutes, all members are invited to participate in a hands-on macro shoot with practice and mentoring opportunities. The board and committee members will provide some still-life items to photograph. Bring your cameras, macro lens, tripods, and something to photograph such as feathers, flowers, sand, etc. This will be a hands-on evening. Also, board and committee members will be available with equipment to mentor as requested.


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6:30 PM18:30

Weekly meeting: Holiday party

We'll have our annual holiday party at M10 Studio. Bring a wrapped photo (matted but not framed) if you want to participate in the White Elephant fun!

Here's how to get to M10 Studio:

M10 Studio is located in downtown Indianapolis less than ¼ of a mile from the east end of Massachusetts Avenue (Mass Ave).  Most people come east from either Mass Ave or 10th Street. Either road goes under the Hwy 65 overpass.  Once through the overpass turn left at the 2nd light (the first one will be immediately past the overpass.  The second light is Brookside Avenue.)  By now you will have seen the CCIC (a big blue building) on your left.  Turn left onto Brookside Avenue and follow Brookside around the curve.  Do NOT park in the first parking lot on your left.  You will be about half a building away from the studio.  Continue around the curve until you see the large parking lot on your right.  Turn right into the parking lot at the main entrance to the lot.  There is no gate and parking is free.

Once you park your car walk directly across Brookside and look for the glass door.  The correct door has a LARGE round red & silver "gear" sign to the immediate right of the door.  The sign says "CCIC Indy-Made."  There is a large silver mailbox to the left of the door.  After entering the building walk through the second glass door.  Do NOT go upstairs or you’ll get lost.  Once past the second door just walk back, turn right at the Coke machine and then turn immediately left.  The entrance to M10 Studio will be on your right.

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5:45 PM17:45

Weekly meeting: Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre

We'll meet at the Pike Performing Arts Center to photograph the Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre's rehearsal of its production of the Nutcracker.

Note three important changes!

  • The meeting/field trip is on Wednesday, not our usual Thursday.
  • Photographers should arrive no later than 5:45 pm -- the rehearsal starts at 6
  • The rehearsal is at the Pike Performing Arts Center, not the Tarkington in Carmel where we often photograph the Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre.


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7:30 PM19:30

Weekly meeting: Still life photography

Our guest presenter is Lisa Bell Jamison. About her program on creating still life images, she says, "I will be sharing my still life photos and explaining what inspires me to do this type of photography. I will also be describing the equipment, materials, props and other elements needed to get started doing still life and providing tips for composition and lighting."

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10:00 AM10:00

Field Trip: Shirley Tresner's horse farm

  • 3052 North County Road 450 West Greencastle, IN (map)
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Photo Venture will visit a horse farm owned by Shirley Tresner, which is located next to the Bainbridge Saddle Club.

LOCATION:  3052 North County Road 450 West, Greencastle, IN (DO NOT USE GPS ROUTES AS THEY ARE NOT ACCURATE!!) See directions below.
DATE:  Saturday, October 7th (rain date is Sunday, October 8th)
TIME:  10:00 am arrival time
PARKING:  Please try to carpool as parking may be tight.  We will try to post a sign at Brick Chapel and at Co Rd 450 to help with finding your way.

Note: If you plan to attend please RSVP to Joe Phillips at phillipsbaird @

Shirley will give a talk at 10:30 at the stables about the farm, the horses, her interest in racing and how photography fits in the picture.  She will show us a mare, stallion and the babies, and if Festus the miniature donkey is up for it, she will bring him out, too.  (He's a hoot!)
A continuation of fall colors photo ops is also available after the horse farm tour.  Rachel Curtis' tree farm is just around the country corner from Shirley's (literally, just 3 miles away).

Shirley asks the following of each guest:

  1)  No flash photography (the flash scares the horses and this is a BIG no-no)

  2)  No smoking (everything is extremely dry and highly flammable)

  3)  Wear comfy shoes for hiking, and appropriate clothing (you're on a farm, so ....  :-)  )

  4)  The woods on her farm are close for some fall colors, but Mother Nature cannot be coerced!   A second location to visit is also available after the horse farm tour.

  5)  Please be mindful that this is a WORKING HORSE FARM.  She raises race horses here, and therefore there are certain protocols that need to be followed to keep all visitors and animals safe.  She is not responsible for accidents.

For those who would like to stop by after the horse farm tour, Rachel will lead a tour of her tree farm.  Owl Creek (sadly, not much water this time of year) is easily accessible, so we will trek down - and across it to the 85 acres of natural hardwoods (maples, oaks, hickory, sycamores, cherry, poplar/tulips, walnuts, etc...) to snap photos.  We will hike up a tree logging road to the back pasture where you might see signs of wildlife (deer, turkey, coyote, squirrel, raccoons, etc...)  It's about a quarter of a mile from the creek to the pasture - and uphill - so those who have mobility issues may choose to stay down by the creek.  Lots of deer trails meander through the forest with valleys all throughout the terrain.  Our forest is State Classified and is currently under a Conservation Reserve Program, and has one of the largest groves of White Walnut trees in the state.  The main logging road opens up to a 10 acre pasture where in the past we have planted food plots of sunflowers, turnips and milot for the wildlife.  If Mother Nature is kind to us, the colors will just be magnificent!


Coming from the West side of Indianapolis: From I-465/Rockville Road exit - head West on US36/Rockville Road for about 45 miles.  Come to the intersection of US36 and US231.  Turn Left/South on US231 for about 3.8 miles to the town of Brick Chapel.  Turn Right/West on CR 350.  Go 3.2 miles to County Road 450 West (there is a wooden sign for Bainbridge Saddle Club).  Come as far as you can (.3 miles) and you end up at Shirley's farm.

Coming from the South side of Indianapolis:  From I-70  to the Greencastle/Cloverdale Exit / US231.  Go north at the intersection to Greencastle.  US 231 goes through the town of Greencastle.  (Yes, you will pass a Starbucks located at the courthouse square.)  US 231 does the "zig/zag" in the heart of town so watch for the signs for US 231 (Left/"ZIG" on Washington Street, Right/"ZAG" on Jackson Street).  Stay on US 231 headed North out of town for about 4.8 miles to Brick Chapel.  Turn Left/West on County Road 350.  Go 3.2 miles to County Road 450 West (there is a wooden sign for Bainbridge Saddle Club).  Come as far as you can (.3 miles) and you end up at Shirley's farm.

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7:30 PM19:30

Weekly meeting: Photographer Chris Williams

This week PVCC welcomes Chris Williams, who was named Indiana State Fair photographer of the year, to show his work and discuss his approach to photography. Chris is executive director of the Winona School of Professional Photography and vice president of the Indianapolis Professional Photographers Guild. You can find his work at

Tonight is also the deadline to submit photos for the October competition. The topic is "Water" and the format is digital. Images must be submitted by midnight Thursday Oct. 5. How to submit contest entries. This month's judge is Christine Merchant.

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