The Great Falls Race at Great Falls

The Great Falls race is part of the Potomac River Festival. “The festival’s most dramatic and dazzling event is the Great Falls Race. This downriver race is a quick, adrenaline-packed descent of 60 vertical feet through the Potomac’s spectacular Class V+ Great Falls. Watch top kayakers from around the nation dash down the falls and compete for the Great Falls Race trophy.”
Here is a link to a shot I took a few years back of a racer in event:

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Arriving an hour earlier will allow you to pick a spot you are comfortable with to shoot the race. Water levels on this day will determine what  the race course line will be through the falls. I would recommend a 70-200 zoom or a 100-400 zoom to capture the action of the kayakers as they navigate the rapids of Great Falls.

Participating meet-up members are free to find the best spot for them to capture the action but the first viewing area, depending on the race course chosen due to water levels, often provides the best angles from the Virginia side of the falls.
Again the race starts at 10 am but plan to be there earlier to find your shooting spot before the race.

This is a National Park so there is an entrance fee of $10.00 per vehicle if you do not already have a pass. Car pooling could of course allow you to divide this fee among the riders in the vehicle and reduce the cost for each person. 

Huntley Meadows Park Morning Shoot

If you are interested in having an opportunity to shoot wetland wildlife and flowers in morning light then join us at Huntley Meadows Park located in Fairfax County Virginia.

Your photography subject interest would dictate the lenses you should bring. Wildlife subjects could include birds, muskrats, beavers, deer, raccoons, and turtles. Great Blue Herons, Great White Egrets, Green Herons, Warblers, Red-winged Black Birds, Osprey, King Birds and a Night Heron are some of the birds I have recently seen here.
Button bushes attract butterflies and trumpet vines are attracting humming birds.
-Macro lenses for plants, dragonflies and butterflies.
-Long lenses for wildlife, the longer the better but wildlife is often close when walking on the wetland boardwalk so a 70-200 could work. I however recommend bringing a 300 or longer lens if you have one. A tripod is also an excellent tool to achieve sharp images.

We will meet at the beginning of the paved path by the parking lot at 7:00 am.

Evening Shoot on the Wilson Bridge

Long exposure opportunities on the Wilson Bridge can provide some interesting results and walking across the bridge halfway can provide some distant night shots of DC. The weather looks good for this Saturday July 8th. Moon rise is 8:10 pm and Sunset is around 8:35 pm with last light at 9:06 pm. Parking is a little pricey:

It is about a less of a mile walk to the observation park above the bridge from National Harbor. the total distance is 3.25 miles from the Harbor to Jones Point in Alexandria. I propose meeting at the sculpture “The Awakening” at 8 pm to begin the walk up to the bridge. If you arrive earlier you could photograph the sculpture and carousel while you wait. You of course can shoot as long as you want but I was planning to start walk back around 9:30 pm.
I would suggest a wide angle lens, tripod and perhaps a remote trigger. If you want to walk out a bit on the bridge to shoot the city, a longer telephoto lens may get you closer to your subject. This short notice but the weather looks good. Lets see if anyone is interested.

Cars, Coffee and Music hosted by Orlean Market

This is a public and free event hosted by Orlean Market in Marshal Virginia. The Sunday event will provide photographers with an opportunity to capture images of a variety of exotic, classic, and antique vehicles owned by local car enthusiasts. In addition there will be Coffee and live Music.

Possible lenses to consider bringing would be  a wide angle and a medium telephoto such as the 70 -200 mm  This is a self directed photo opportunity but as you stroll around the participating vehicles one should look for unique angles, classic lines and emblems or creative reflections. 

There does not appear to be any restrictions on tripods so they would be recommended but not absolutely necessary depending on light that day. Thank you to photo club member Alyssia Greiner for finding this event.

Photograph “The Tank Farm”

2017 Open House
September 23 and 24
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days
“Tank Farm” in Nokesville, VA

Family-friendly activities such as vehicles and helicopter displays, living history displays, a scavenger hunt, a veterans round table and much more!

2016 Open House Schedule

All Day on Both Days (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.):
– Vehicles on Display
– Living History Unit Displays
– 9/11 Artifacts on Display
– Scavenger Hunt for Kids
– Museum Membership Sign-up
– Museum Merchandise for Sale
– Veteran Welcome & Registration
– Artifacts & Displays in Hangar Building
– Voices of Freedom Recording Studio & Interview Registration Scheduled Activities:
Vehicle Demonstration
U.S. Army Military Working Dog Demonstration
Medal of Honor Recipient Colonel Barney Barnum
11:45 – WWII Veteran Roundtable
Semper K9 demonstration
Vehicle Demonstration
Vehicle Demonstration
USMC Historical Company Demonstration
Vehicle Demonstration
Kevin Hymel (Patton Historian) & Book Signing
Semper K9 demonstration

Vehicle Demonstration
Vehicle Demonstration
Medal of Honor Recipient Colonel Barney Barnum
11:45 – Vietnam Veteran Roundtable
Semper K9 demonstration
Vehicle Demonstration
Vehicle Demonstration
USMC Historical Company Demonstration
Vehicle Demonstration
Semper K9 demonstration

Recommended donation: $10 per adult – Proceeds support the future Museum.

Early Morning Photo Shoot at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

A special 5:30 a.m.opening time is happening on June 25, 2017 for the public. Meetup members can take advantage of a great early morning photographic opportunity (The Gardens normally open at 10:00 a.m.) at this beautiful botanical garden

Parking is free but there is a  regular admission cost of  $5.00 or $2.50 for seniors (55 +) and is payed when going  through the entrance building. This is a self directed photo opportunity based on your subject interest. Birds, flowers, landscapes and several ponds provide plenty of photo opportunities. 

On June 10 the following birds were seen in the morning: Goldfinches, pileated woodpeckers, blue birds, king birds, and a Baltimore Oriole. Art Cole will be trying to photograph any hummingbirds stopping by for nectar at the perennial garden just a little down the hill from the garden entrance. He would be happy to share information on camera settings he uses for hummingbirds or birds in general. 

-Tripods, macro lens or longer bird/wildlife lenses are some of the equipment you can bring depending on what you want to shoot.

-We could also plan to do breakfast at an area restaurant after the shoot for those who are inclined. 

Website for the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens:

Informal Members Meeting – Show and Tell!

This is an Informal Meeting of the Manassas Warrenton Camera Club (MWCC).

You can bring images in to show (Show and Tell) the other members of a trip you’ve taken recently, or show us a new product you’ve purchased lately.

There is no formal program being presented and no formal speaking engagement.

Photograph the Prince William County Fair

The Prince William County Fair dates back to 1949 and today is Virginia’s largest County Fair. The annual event in Manassas, Virginia includes livestock exhibits, a variety of midway shows, truck and tractor pulls, Monster Trucks, Lawnmower Racing, a rodeo, demolition derbies, baby contests, pet shows, live music, storytelling, games and carnival rides.

Coming August 11-19, 2017
2017 Tickets Will Be Available at The Fairgrounds and Online.

Please visit the Fairgrounds at 10624 Dumfries Rd. Manassas, VA 20112 to buy tickets!

One Admission Adult Ticket $10
One Admission Child/Senior Ticket $6

Ride wristbands:
Weekdays: $18
Sun 8/14: $22
Fri 8/19: $20
Sat 8/20: $22

Specials: Tickets are half price on Half Price Night—Aug 14th.
Ladies admitted FREE on Ladies Night—Aug 16th.
Children 4 and under and Active Military admitted FREE daily.

For a full schedule of events, see the official website.

The County Fair receives NO FUNDS from federal, state, or local governments. The Fair is privately owned by the Prince William Veterans Farm Club. Mark your calendars for the 67th annual event August 12-20, 2016, and join the FUN4U. Be sure to Like the Fair Facebook page for updates (Click Here) and share it with your friends!

The Prince William County Fair is the largest County Fair in the state of Virginia. The annual event in Manassas includes livestock exhibits, home arts exhibits, tractor pulls, a rodeo, demolition derbies, baby contests, live music and a variety of midway shows. Games and carnival rides are provided by America’s #1 Carnival Company, Deggeller Attractions Inc. Prince William County 4-H Clubs participate in numerous activities and demonstrations. Upwards of 90,000 to 100,000 spectators are expected to pass through the turnstiles this year.

The Fair began in 1949 by a group of young World War II veterans who wanted to promote the agricultural industry in the county. The Fair history book, “Farms Forever – Forever Farms” is available at the Fair office (703-368-0173).

Read the Mission Statement of the Prince William Veterans Farm Club! (Click here)

Prince William County Fairgrounds
10624 Dumfries Rd, Manassas, VA 20112
The fairgrounds are located near I-66, off of Virginia Route 234.

Phone: 703-368-0173
fax: 703-368-5534

Gary Hall has some great Prince William County Fair photos here:

Images by John Caplis:

Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival (The Flying Circus), Bealeton, VA

August 19-20, 2017
Airshows on both Saturday and Sunday !
Hot Air Balloon Launches Both Days 
Early Morning 7-9 a.m. & Late Afternoon/Evenings 6-8 p.m 
Hot Air Balloons cannot fly in windy conditions, so most balloon activities will take place during the early mornings and late in the afternoon/evenings when the air is the calm.

Then come to the Flying Circus Annual  Hot Air Balloon Festival
*** NOTE ***
Balloon rides are not brokered by the Flying Circus.
Prices must be negotiated between the Balloon Pilot and the rider(s).
Rides are subject to availability, and existing weather conditions.

Hot Air Balloon Rides are available during the Balloon Festival weekend”

NOTE: Group rates for admission are not available during the Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival Weekend