Category Archives: Field Trips

Impromptu Field Trip – Downtown Halifax Blue Hour Photoshoot – Monday Sept 17

Hi All,

No it’s not the usual happy hour, but think of it as “happy hour” for photographers…

Although the printmaking seminar for tonight has been postponed due to a scheduling conflict, this gives us a chance to play with our cameras.

Meet at the NS Museum at 7pm for a 7:15pm departure. We will be experimenting with capturing images downtown during the “blue hour”, the magical time where the buildings and streets are still lit but the sky is a magical blue hue. Tonight’s blue period is predicted to be between 7:38pm and 8:16pm. Bring your camera, tripod and cable release if you have one.

You can find more information and examples of images taken during the blue time at the following sites:
Bluehour, Guide to Bluehour, Examples of Bluehour, Understanding Bluehour and Lightstalking Bluehour.

See you all tonight!

Field Trip to Atlantic Motorsport Park, Sunday, August 26

Guild Members,

This is an invitation to an unscheduled/impromptu PGNS Field Trip to Atlantic Motorsport Park this Sunday, August 26th. Atlantic Region Motor Sports (ARMS) has organized several car races for the day. Here are the details which are about the same as the information for prior field trips to see the motorbike races. Rule #8 is new and was provided by ARMS.

Please see the ARMS site for the schedule of the car races located at the bottom of their web page.

See you there!

Car Racing
(Please note: The race schedule will be subject to change and delays due to weather/wrecks/etc.)
10:00am Arrive at Atlantic Motorsport Park – Meet in parking lot to the right, inside the main gate. Entry fee is $10 per person. The trip takes 50-60 minutes from Halifax.
10:15am Parking Lot – Orientation, Safety and Rules as per racetrack officials instructions *MANDATORY*
10:30am Enjoy the races!


  1. DO NOT wear Yellow or Red jackets, t-shirts, etc. You will not be allowed track side. The riders can easily misinterpret a yellow t-shirt or jacket as a caution flag and may slow causing a hazard on the track. Red is worse as a red flag means the track is blocked by a hazard and stop immediately.
  2. ALWAYS listen to the marshals. If you hear a whistle, stop immediately and look around. This usually means you have walked somewhere you are not allowed to be for safety/security reasons. If the marshal is yelling at you to back-up, do it immediately or you will be ejected from the track area.
  3. You are welcome to talk to the pit crews and drivers throughout the pit area. However, only pit crews are allowed on Pit Lane. DO NOT walk along Pit Lane. It is very active and a driver can very quickly exit the track and drive down Pit Lane for any number of reasons.
  4. Tower Area. Everyone is welcome to view the racing from the bottom level of the tower. To access the tower, you need to cross Pit Lane. You can only do this at the entrance to Pit Lane and only after exercising EXTREME caution looking for hazards first.
  5. NEVER, cross the race track. The only access to the inner track area is via the tunnel under Turn 1.
  6. NO ONE is allowed anywhere on an inside or outside corner unless behind a safety barrier and the marshal knows you are there and says it is okay. Some marshals will be more easy-going than others. It is ALWAYS better to ask first rather than hear a whistle and be told to move.
  7. NO CHAIRS are allowed track side. If you bring one, you can only use it in specific areas behind safety barriers.
  8. NEVER turn your back to an oncoming car. Have a spotter if you are not able to look through the lens and watch for cars at the same time, safety is paramount for everyone on site.
  9. Accidents happen and you must be able to react instantly to move out of the way. If a marshal thinks you are a hazard you will be removed. No questions or discussion.


  1. Atlantic Motorsport Park is located about 15 minutes from Shubenacadie and 50-60 minutes from Halifax.

    • Take Exit 10 off Highway 102, and head into Shubenacadie (2.3km)
    • At the stop sign, turn hard right onto West Indian Road (watch for the sign: Indian Brook / Mill Village / McPhee’s Corner)
    • Drive 2.6km, keep right (Look for the Motorsport Park sign)
    • Drive 2km, turn right (Look for the North Salem / Atlantic Motorsport Park sign)
    • After 2.6km, the road will change to gravel. Drive on gravel road for another 2.2km
    • Turn Right just before the farm (Look for the Atlantic Motorsport Park sign)
    • Follow this road (1.2km) until you reach the Atlantic Motorsport Park gates


  2. Recommended attire – Wear sturdy (maybe waterproof) footwear and prepare for wet and dry weather. The field trip will take place regardless of the weather. Sunscreen and insect repellent are also recommended. Ticks have been reported at the track so protect yourself accordingly.
  3. Lunch and snacks – bring your own. There may be limited “canteen type” food onsite located next to the registration building. There will be approximately an hour for lunch. Take lots of water.
  4. Washrooms are located at the outfield between Turn 10 and 11. Vehicles are strongly discouraged from pit road, so you will need to plan any trips to the washroom / tower / pit road area.
  5. During orientation, I will collect field trip waiver forms which are required for access to the track.
  6. Be prepared to walk. The track is 2.5km long and consists of 11 challenging turns and varying elevations. The infield area is also challenging to walk and covers a very large area – about 300+ acres.


  1. Depending on what you hope to achieve, a dSLR is highly recommended. A fast lens is not necessary, but will significantly improve your chance of capturing a good image.
  2. You will likely want at least 100mm and the longer the lens you have, the better, especially if you plan to take close photographs of the drivers. I use a 100-400mm lens for bike races and most of my images are shot at 200mm. As for shooting cars at AMP, I’m not quite sure what the average length will be as I haven’t photographed any of the car races there…yet! You will want a shorter lens for photos in the pit area.

Atlantic Motorsport Park
Atlantic Region Motor Sports Inc.
PGNS Field Trip Waiver Forms

Halifax Wilderness Park Field Trip, Saturday, August 11, 2018

This field trip is Saturday, August 11 at 9:30 AM. It is being organized by Meredith Baldwin from the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Please remember to bring a PGNS field trip waiver.

Here is the information from Meredith:

Here is some pre-trip information for anyone planning to attend next weekend:

  • We’re meeting at Drysdale Ave. and Alabaster Way (off Herring Cove Rd. in Spryfield) at 9:30AM
  • We’ll be hiking until ~1PM depending on everyone’s pace. Make sure to bring a snack as well as lots of water!
  • There have been some tick sightings in the area. I would recommend long pants and shirt if possible and tick repellent. The most important thing will be showering after the hike.
  • Here’s a rough map of the trails for anyone who’s planning on heading out early. It can be accessed on your phone using google maps.  Please also save my cell phone number (listed below) in case of any issues!

I’m looking forward to meeting everyone and sharing the beautiful future Wilderness Park!

(289) 834 2535

The Nature Conservancy of Canada might like to use some of the images that we take on this field trip. Everyone retains the copyright for their images. This is a great way to help protect our natural environment and also promote the Guild. Once you have processed your images please email your best shots directly to Meredith.

Darryl Robertson
PGNS President/Webmaster