May
31
6:30 PM18:30

Weekly meeting: Photo shoot at Major Taylor Velodrome

We will meet at the Major Taylor Velodrome, home of the Marian University Cycling Team. This is an excellent opportunity to have fun with action photography at one of the nation's few operating velodromes, shooting bicycle racing at a 333-meter track with 28-degree banked turns. The velodrome is at 3649 Cold Spring Rd.

NOTE THE EARLY STARTING TIME:

Please arrive at 6:30 p.m. to have a brief safety discussion, as well as to gain access to the infield. The velodrome calendar shows the event starting at 7:00 p.m. Karl Zemlin will take notes during the safety briefing so anyone who shows up late can be informed. However, late arrival may preclude you from shooting from the infield. Tripods and monopods shouldn’t be an issue, but do not use flash.

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Jun
7
7:30 PM19:30

Weekly meeting: Macro photography & State Fair competition

Indianapolis photographer and medical illustrator Gary Schnitz will share his macro photography techniques.

This is also the deadline to enter the June competition. The topic is "State Fair Entries" --  the club's submission to the Indiana State Fair camera club competition will be selected from the June entries. You may enter up to four images that were submitted for Photo Venture competitions over the past year (starting with the July 2017 competition). The images may be re-edited to incorporate recommendations from competition judges or other considerations. The entries do not need to have received an award in the original competition. There is no separate open topic. The format is digital -- see how to enter digital competitions.

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Jun
16
8:30 AM08:30

Field Trip: Starkey Nature Park

We'll travel to Starkey Nature Park in Zionsville. From the park's web site: "This 80-acre park, located a quarter-mile southwest of the Village, is the largest park in Zionsville. Starkey Park is named for Lucile Starkey who bequeathed a major portion of the land to the Town in 1974 for use as a nature park. The park’s wooded bottomland along Eagle Creek offers scenic beauty, hiking trails, nature study and perfect settings for photography." 

The park's address is 667 Sugarbush Drive, Zionsville. We'll meet at the park at 8:30 a.m.  See link for location of parking area.

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Jun
21
7:30 PM19:30

Weekly meeting: Competition judging & election of officers

A big evening on tap: We'll be selecting the club's entries to the Indiana State Fair from the June competition entries, and we'll be electing officers for the coming year.

All club members in attendance this evening will participate in choosing the five images that the club will submit as its entry to the State Fair camera club competition. Photo Venture will pay for the printing and the entry fee for the club entries.

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May
10
7:00 PM19:00

Weekly meeting: Photo trek to Coxhall Gardens

We'll meet to photographer Coxhall Gardens, a 125-acre park that includes an elegant Centerpiece -- twin 90-feet bell towers -- along with a recreation lake, and the Children's Garden. The park is located on the north side of West 116th Street, between Hoover Road and Towne Road. You can enter from either Hoover or Towne. Gardens located north of 116th in Carmel between Towne on the west and Hoover on the east.  You can enter from either street. We'll meet at 7:00 pm in the northeast parking lot -- the restroom building is visible east of the parking lot -- for an overview of park, shooting opportunities, camera setting discussion and suggestions by Scott Kinzie.  Bring a tripod for low light shooting and a variety of lenses including macro for flowers.  Sunset is 8:48.  The two towers are lit at night. The park closes at 9:00 p.m.

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Apr
26
6:30 PM18:30

Weekly meeting: Broad Ripple photo field trip

NOTE THE EARLY START TIME AND ALTERNATE LOCATION!

This week's meeting will be a street photography field trip in Broad Ripple. We will start promptly at 6:30PM at the corner of Westfield Blvd. and Winthrop Ave.  The address next door is 6311 Westfield Blvd.  The location is a raised wooden sitting area. This is a PVCC members-only event.

Steve Brokaw will conduct a 30-minute street photography workshop on location. Over the next two hours, members will travel through the Broad Ripple, practicing their street photography skills. Each member will receive a map with four additional rendezvous points. Each point will have a designated arrival time. The points are spaced 30 minutes apart. The first location will be at our initial meeting place at 7 pm. We'll gather at the three subsequent locations at 7:30, 8 and 8:30 pm. We will conclude the workshop formally at 9 pm. Steve Brokaw will be at each location with two models and will provide us with on-location guidance and expert advice. This should provide all members with some wonderful experience and images for their portfolios.

Members are encouraged to bring minimal equipment -- no flashes, tripods or large camera bags. The objective is to maintain a low profile. One camera with one fast, wide prime lens is ideal.

If you plan to photograph the models, please bring $5-10 to help defray that expense.

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Apr
14
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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Mar
31
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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Feb
3
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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Jan
25
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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Jan
11
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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Dec
14
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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Nov
29
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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