December 2018 Happenings


Planning which cameras and gear to take on my next cruise or vacation has been a lifelong obsession. I have to admit that the inhabitants of my camera bag seldom stay the same for more than a year. I invariably buy at least one item of new gear in advance of my next vacation and dispose one of my former “best choices” on eBay or through one of my favorite camera stores.

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Nearly every photographer has gear they bought and is in fine condition, but that they no longer use. Recycle one of these items with our Holiday Gift Exchange. If you don't celebrate the holidays, think of this as our December Swap Meet.

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Finland has a resort within the Arctic Circle that's a mecca for photographers wishing to shoot the Northern Lights. In your three days at the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort you'll be able to combine astrophotography from your own glass igloo on one night with two others spent in your own traditional Finnish log cabin. Enjoy dog sled rides, reindeer safaris and photographing winter scenery while you're at the resort. Spend three days wrapped around the resort stay in Helsinki, a world-class city with many different one-of-a-kind activities.

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The coast of Norway is a bucket-list choice for photo buffs in summer when you're able to sail into the Arctic Circle and enjoy 24 hours of daylight in which to shoot. The scenery is spectacular and interesting English-speaking people abound. The 14-night tour is on the Crystal Symphony, which the 2019 Edition of the Berlitz Cruising and Cruise Ships Guide has just rated as among the finest 13 ships in the world.

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The Los Angeles Photography Group and the Westside Travel Photography Meetup Group get together once a month, usually at the Artlife Gallery in El Segundo, just about 5 minutes from LAX.

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