Outings

Outings provide an excellent opportunity to get out and use your camera!  Outings are open to all GRIPS members and take place at various pre-determined locations. While there is no formal instruction, there is usually someone who can answer questions about camera gear, settings, and composition. Outings are a great opportunity to meet fellow club members in an informal setting and get to know each other in a way that is not always possible in club meetings.  If there is any travel involved, carpooling is often arranged amongst members to share gas costs, and members often get together at a coffee shop after the outing to chat about the experience. It’s a great way to spend a day with fellow photographers!

TopicLocation, Date, and TimeDetails
Kitchener WalkaboutSunday, September 17, 2017The Kitchener Walkabout will begin at the Victoria Park entrance at Joseph St. by the Bell Tower. We will then move on to explore some urban back alleys. From here we'll travel along King St. in search of some great architectural shots. We will meet at the Charles St. and Francis St. S. parking lot at 8:00 A.M. where Sunday parking is free. Good walking shoes are recommended. A good walk around lens should cover most shots (but a wide-angle lens if you have one) might come in handy. If using any filters you might want to bring a tripod. After the walkabout, we can head over to Balzac's at the Tannery to relax and enjoy a cold/hot drink and snack.
Rockton World FairFriday, October 6, 2017Thanksgiving weekend, put on by the Rockton Agricultural Society. (www.rocktonworldsfair.com). This is a fun fair with rides, animals, lots of people. Great for night shots, motion shots (rides), action shots.We will meet in the early evening (probably about 6 or 6:30). Final arrangements will be updated. There will be an entrance fee.
Elora - Twilight Zoo, Night PhotographyWednesday, October 25, 2017Elora calls itself Ontario's most beautiful village. There's lots to photograph. It's quaint, full of historical buildings, is very artsy, has 2 rivers - the Grand River and the Irvine River. There's even a gorge! It's awesome to photograph at night, with reflections from the shops along the river to long exposure car lights over the bridge. Elora embraces halloween. October is called Monster Month. Resident artist Tim Murton started creating wire and paper sculptures as halloween decorations for the kids in 1996 and it took off from there. Each year is different, but hopefully we will find a number of his creations scattered about town. You'll need your tripod for this one. This will be an evening outing with details about time and meeting place to come.
Light PaintingSaturday, November 11, 2017 5:30PM to 9:00PMHave fun playing with light in different ways. This is an after dark outing that will explore different ways of lighting up the night, from accenting objects to drawing with light and whatever else you can come up with. A new lease on life for flashlights! Let your imagination take over!
Victoria ParkSunday, December 10, 2017 6:30PM to 9:00PMPhotograph the Christmas lights - buildings, trees, bridges, and hopefully a nice fresh dusting of snow! Yes, this is another evening outing with time and meeting place to be announced as we get closer. It's also the second day of the annual Christkindl Market, Canada's original Festival of German Christmas at Kitchener City Hall and on King Street. Food, gifts, entertainment and lots of people getting into the holiday spirit!
Toronto Walkabout
Sunday, January 14, 2018A photowalk of downtown Toronto. We will check out Union Station and whatever the group wants to see. Possibilities are the Distillery District, Flatiron Building, Graffiti Alley - good for architecture, people, waterfront.

There is no fee for this event however we will carpooling to the Aldershot Go Train and taking the train to Union Station which each member will be responsible for.
St. Jacobs Millrace Trail and Village

Sunday, February 11, 2018A walk down the Millrace Trail - lots of birds, the Conestogo River, the train bridge, then back to the village for some more touring. Lots of history, interesting buildings, and even trains.

The is no fee for this event
Tundra Swans


Monday, March 19, 2018Aylmer Wildlife Management Area is one of the best spots to view the migrating Tundra Swans from their wintering spot on Chesapeake Bay, Maryland to their breeding area in the high Arctic. Migrating swans will rest up and feed here before continuing their long journey. They are fed at 9 a.m. and there is a contstant flow of birds in and out and chilling on the ponds. There are viewing stands, washrooms and a large parking area. A pretty spectacular sight! If you're lucky, you can also see large groups of them in the corn fields in the area. Lots of opportunities for practicing those birds in flight shots.

There is no fee for this outing and we will be carpooling.
Waterfall Tours

Saturday, April 21, 2018A tour of some of Hamilton and area waterfalls. Wish for a cloudy day!

There is no fee for this outing and we will be carpooling.
Royal Botanical Gardens | Spring Flowers
Sunday, May 20, 2018What better spot to catch lots of spring blooms? Depending on what the winter and spring weather are like, we may see cherry blossoms, magnolia, spring bulbs, forsythias, irises or lilacs.

There is a fee for this event and we will be carpooling.
Whistling Gardens

Saturday, June 9, 2018Botanical gardens opened in May 2012, and growing since then, they are known for their peonies which should be in bloom at this time. Explore different gardens, look for a wide variety of birds, check out the bird aviary. There is an admission fee here.
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