Friday, October 31, 2014

So Cal Photo Opps - November 2014

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS - November 2014

If you know of some photogenic event that fellow photographers may like to attend and photograph, e-mail the information to

Nov 1-Jan 29 - Ice at Santa Monica - Santa Monica
Large outdoor seasonal 8,000 sq ft ice-skating rink plus smaller rink for kids.  Fifth Street and Arizona Ave.

Nov 7-9  Palm Springs Pride Festival  -  Palm Springs
LGBT event with entertainment, dancing, food vendors and drink.  Parade on Nov. 9th downtown on Palm Canyon Drive.

Nov 9  -  LA Zoo Photographers Day  -  Los Angeles
Presented jointly by Paul’s Photo and GLAZA, #LAZooPhotoDay is a fantastic opportunity for photographers of all ages and skill levels. Paul’s Photo experts and representatives from the greatest brands in photography will be on hand to assist you. Participants may take advantage of limited-loan equipment from major manufacturers and enjoy a catered lunch, a t-shirt, and a full day of photography. (Guest receive lunch and early Zoo admission only.) 7:30 AM-4PM
Registration is closed on this event.

Nov 9 - Vettes for Veterans Car Show - Carlsbad
More than 100 Corvettes on display.  TGI Fridays, 850 Palomar Airport Road
To benefit San Diego area Veterans Groups.

Nov 8-9  The Blue and Gray - Civil War - Moorpark
More than 800 reenactors participate in the Celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.  You can watch the battle unfold, visit the encampments and visit the period craft displays. New location this year.  From the 101 take 23 North to the 118 Fwy.  Exit Collins Dr and follow the signs.  Behing Moorpark College.  Moorpark, CA

Nov 12 - Veterans Day Celebration - Riverside
Parade, bands concerts, war birds and military vehicles, airplane rides, vintage cars and hot rods. Flabob Airport 4130 Mennes Ave., Riverside.  9AM-4PM Free
Nov 13-Jan 19  - Downtown on Ice - Los Angeles
Outdoor skating rink among LA's skyscrapers. Free events include concerts, Holiday Festival, skating exhibitions. Pershing Square.  $6.00 to skate. for hours.

Nov 22-Jan 1 - Holiday of Lights - Del Mar (TRACK CLOSED FOR REPAIR IN 2014)
You can drive through a 1.5 mile route around Del Mar racetrack to see more than 400 lighted and animated holiday scenes. Del Mar fairgrounds. WILL NOT TAKE PLACE IN 2014

Nov 28-Jan 4 - Festival of Lights - Riverside
Millions of lights and animated characters on display. Ice Skating rink and vendors. Mission Inn, 3649 Mission Inn Ave Riverside, California 92501 (951) 784-0300

Nov 29-Dec 26 - Christmas Tree Holiday Train - Fillmore
Families can ride with Santa to a Christmas a Tree farm to select and cut their tree. Weekends only. Fillmore & Western Railway. Check out the railroad Facebook page for hours of operation.

Nov 30   -  Hollywood Christmas Parade  -  Hollywood
Celebrities, Marching Bands, civic leaders, floats and Santa.  Parade route starts at Orange Street and Hollywood Blvd.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

SoCal Photo Opps - October 2014


Sept 26
 - Nov 2 - Horse Racing - Santa Anita
Horse racing fall season at Santa Anita, Closing Day Nov. 3rd. Great place to spend a morning photographing. Get there early at Clockers Corner to see all the horses going out to the track to warm up. You can get some really close images. They generally have tours of the barns and other areas of the race track which is free. First race is 1:00 PM.

Oct 4-5 San Dimas Rodeo - San Dimas
Will be held Saturday October 5 and Sunday October 6th, The gates will open at 11:00. AM Events Begin At 1:00 PM at the Tex Shoemaker Rodeo Arena at Horsethief Canyon Park.

October 4-5 - MCAS Miramar Air Show - San Diego
Blue Angels perform, parachute teams, wing walkers and other military and civilian flights. Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

Oct 5  -  Aquarium of the Pacific Photographers Night -  Long Beach
Now is your chance to take the photos you have always wanted. Back by popular demand, on this night, the Aquarium will be available to photographers for the sole purpose of getting their dream photos without having to worry about the general public either getting in their shots or being bothered by their equipment.
Take your time, set up your shots, and enjoy. In order to create the best environment for our photographers, we will be limiting ticket sales. We highly encourage you to purchase your tickets ahead of time to guarantee a spot or you may be turned away at the door.
Normally, lights begin to dim as 9:00 p.m. approaches, but on this night, the lights will remain on in all the exhibits in order to provide the best opportunities for photography.*
Cost: $28.95 per person, $26.95 for Aquarium members. No other discounts or special offers will be accepted for this evening.

Oct 5  -  Newport Beach Sand Castle Contest  -  Corona del Mar
Architecture Firms, Businesses, families create elaborate sand sculptures on Big Corona Beach.  Corona Del Mar State Beach.

  Oct 11 - Apple Valley Airshow - Apple Valley
Flybys, aerobatics, warbirds, RC demos, antique and experimental military aircraft. Apple Valley Airport,  21600 Corwin Rd. 9-4, $5.00

Oct 11-12  -  Seaside Highland Games  -  Ventura
Pipe and drum bands, Scottish entertainers, music, dancing, Highland Games, etc.  Seaside Park, Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Oct 19 - OctoberWood Car Show - Dana Point
Woodie Car Show, surf vendors, food and drink. Latern Bay Park.

Oct 18-19 and Oct 25-26 - Pumpkin Train - Perris
Train Rides to a pumpkin patch, trolley rides, kiddy handcar, pumpkin decorating and haunted caboose. Orange Empire Railroad Museum.

 Oct 18-19 - California City Renaissance Festival - California City
Knights, maids, peasants and nobles stroll the grounds, food and ale plus live entertainment. California City Central Park.  10460 Heather Ave.  $5.00

 Oct 17-18-19 - Tournament of the Phoenix - Poway
On October 17, 18 & 19, 2014 the Poway Rodeo Grounds will be transformed into a scene from 'A Knight's Tale' as six armored knights from across the globe meet for an international competition. The Tournament of the Phoenix is a weekend long Jousting and Combat event sanctioned by England's Royal Armories Museum-Leeds.
Competitors will accumulate points as they battle it out in a series of grueling events. The tournament will test the combatants' prowess and stamina as they pit themselves against each other in foot combat with axes, mounted melee, and four sessions of jousting.
The event also showcases the "Festival of History", where over one hundred members of the Southwest's premier Living History associations will present a living time line of history spanning Rome through the European Renaissance. A medieval bagpipe band lends to the festive atmosphere as they perform throughout the day. 'Hands on History' activities for all ages, vendors offering a range of goods and delicious food assure a day full of fun for event goers. Poway Rodeo Grounds, 14336 Tierra Bonita Road.

Oct 25-26 - Gunfight Behind The Jersey Lilly - Corona/Norco
Put on by The Cowboys, They are the oldest and largest Cowboy Action Shooting Club in the world. They meet monthly for matches, wear authentic western gear. This event is free and has a lot to offer for the photographer. A few years ago we went and got a lot of cowboy pics, Indian dancers and we were able to take pictures of the shooting competition. Bring some safety glasses if you want to take pictures of the shooters. Mike Raahauge Shooting Enterprises 14995 River Rd., Corona, CA 92880

Oct 26 - Wings, Wheels and Rotors Expo - Los Alamitos
Car show, military and civilian aircraft displays, flyovers, helicopter flights, demonstrations, food and music. Los Alamitos Army Airfield, Joint Forces Training Base. 9AM -4PM. 11200 Lexington Drive, Katella at Lexington Dr. At Lexington off Katella.