Field Trip - Sunrise in the Everglades
Jan
20
6:00 AM06:00

Field Trip - Sunrise in the Everglades

We’ll go and shoot the sunrise at the “3 in 1 trail” at Long Pine Key in the Everglades. Hopefully we’ll get some fog too! On our way back we’ll try out some macro.

Be aware, the park staff may be on duty and will check for your yearly park pass or you will have to pay to get in. $30 per vehicle for 7days. Yearly pass is $55 (as of field trip date). As a member of the club, I highly suggest buying a park pass as we spend a lot of time in the Everglades.

RSVP by clicking and emailing us at info@sfnpcc.org

Keep watch for changing details. Hope to see you there!

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Field Trip - Shark Valley Birding
Feb
23
7:30 AM07:30

Field Trip - Shark Valley Birding

We’ll be heading over to Shark Valley to photograph the beautiful birds. Tentative meeting time is 7:30am, and queueing up to get in. We can wander along the canal while we wait. Gate opens at 8:30am.

Be aware, the park staff will be on duty and will check for your yearly park pass or you will have to pay to get in. $30 per vehicle for 7days. Yearly pass is $55 (as of field trip date). As a member of the club, I highly suggest buying a park pass as we spend a lot of time in the Everglades.

RSVP by clicking and emailing us at info@sfnpcc.org

Keep watch for changing details. Hope to see you there!

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Florida Camera Club Council Conference - 2019
Mar
8
to Mar 10

Florida Camera Club Council Conference - 2019

March 8-10, 2019 Photography: One Frame at a Time


March 8-10, 2019

Fort Myers, FL

Speaker Sessions

Join renowned photographers as they impart their knowledge at a variety of sessions on Saturday and Sunday (March 9th and 10th)! Topics will cover technical and creative concepts to help you bring your photographic skills to the next level.

Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-conference workshops will allow you more hands-on experience with fabulous workshop leaders. Workshop Excursions will take you to fabulous local destinations for in the field experiences! On Campus Workshops include in depth sessions to take your skills to the next level! All workshops will be held on Friday March 8th and require an additional fee per workshop. 

Trade Show, Photo Ops, and Product Demos

See the latest and greatest that the photography industry has to offer at the Conference Tradeshow on Saturday and Sunday (March 9th and 10th)! Browse booths featuring the photographic equipment, supplies, and more! Get more a more in depth view of new products at a variety of Product Demo sessions. And, best of all fabulous Photo Ops will be available throughout the conference for your enjoyment!

According to the schedule, Friday is the pre-conference workshops. Saturday starts the actual conference with speakers and trade show. Check out all of the info on their website at FCCC Conference 2019.

Being a member of the South Florida National Parks Camera Club (in good standing, of course) automatically gives you membership within the Florida Camera Club Council (FCCC). In addition to the yearly conference in Fort Myers, they also hold tri-annual print and digital photo contests, and many other benefits for photographers. Check out their website and ‘register’ to join and get emails. Yes, even though you are a member, you still have to register with them. Don’t miss a thing!

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Field Trip - Moon Rise and Moonlight Landscapes
Mar
22
8:00 PM20:00

Field Trip - Moon Rise and Moonlight Landscapes

Tonight we’re going to Pine Glades Lake to shoot the moon!

We’ll start with a moon rise from the western side of the lake, and end up photographing the pines and lake bathed in the near full moonlight.

Moon rise is at about 9:30pm so we’ll meet at Ernest Coe at 8pm, drive to the site, and then walk the short trail to the west side of the lake, get set up and wait on the moon.

Be aware, the park staff may be on duty and will check for your yearly park pass or you will have to pay the fee $30 fee to get in (good for 7 days). Yearly pass is $55 (as of field trip date). As a member of the club, I highly suggest buying a park pass as we spend a lot of time in the Everglades.

RSVP by clicking and emailing us at info@sfnpcc.org

Keep watch for changing details. Hope to see you there!

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DRY TORTUGAS CAMPING! 1st Installment
Apr
12
to Apr 14

DRY TORTUGAS CAMPING! 1st Installment

Here's a VERY special trip, a weekend camping on a remote tropical island! With a cool Civil War era fort and lots of places to explore. This is also the perfect spot for nighttime photography. We will be miles and miles from any sort of light pollution and the stars will be so clear you'll think you can touch them. And the Milky Way... well, it'll definitely be worth it.

I'll be adding to this event as more information comes available to me, but for now, I want you to get the date set so you know to plan for it.

What I DO know is this: it is primitive camping, no posh hotels, no glamping, no cabins, just you, your tent, your cooler and your cameras. You must bring anything and everything you need for this trip, and, be able to bring all of it back with you. That being said, you will need your own tent and a place to sleep, cooler with food and water, and backups of battery power and memory cards. I did find a camping gear outfitter that rents all camping gear, much like you can rent cameras and lenses now. Trust me, I have done quite a bit of research on this subject, even for local places, couldn't find any. This place is out of Arizona but it ships gear to wherever you are. Check out LowerGear website if interested in going, but need camping gear.

Also, the only way in and out of the Dry Tortugas is via private charter or the Yankee Freedom III. If you'd like to do some research on your own, here's the Yankee Freedom III website. They are the only authorized concessionaire for the Dry Tortugas. There are airplanes but they only transport people, not camping gear - day trips only. I personally don't know anyone with a boat that would be willing to take a bunch of us over to the islands and back again in 3 days. So the Yankee Freedom III is the best bet, and they are well equipped in handling us over-nighters. The price for the trip is $200 (plus tax I'm sure). That does include the National Park fee, which if you have the National Parks pass (not just the Everglades) you will get a refund. Park Rangers will also be collecting $15-$30 per camp site (depending on how many in your party) per night. You will need cash on hand for that.

Also, seeing that we have to be at the dock with our gear Friday morning at 6:30am (no exceptions - they are firm), you may want to stay in Key West overnight. And don't forget about parking your vehicle. There is a parking garage right across the street from the docks that are $19 per day.

So PLEASE, RSVP if you are interested. I am trying to work with the Yankee Freedom and the park service to see if we can get some special services, seeing who we are, and an accurate number will be necessary. Send me an email here at info@sfnpcc.org. And also email us if you have ANY questions. I have plenty myself and will be contacting the folks at Yankee Freedom to answer them. I'll be updating this site with new information as soon as I get it.

Hope you all can come!!

 

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DRY TORTUGAS CAMPING! 2nd Installment
May
3
to May 5

DRY TORTUGAS CAMPING! 2nd Installment

Demand was such that we added a second date, May 3rd to the 5th.

Here's a VERY special trip, a weekend camping on a remote tropical island! With a cool Civil War era fort and lots of places to explore. This is also the perfect spot for nighttime photography. We will be miles and miles from any sort of light pollution and the stars will be so clear you'll think you can touch them. And the Milky Way... well, it'll definitely be worth it.

I'll be adding to this event as more information comes available to me, but for now, I want you to get the date set so you know to plan for it.

What I DO know is this: it is primitive camping, no posh hotels, no glamping, no cabins, just you, your tent, your cooler and your cameras. You must bring anything and everything you need for this trip, and, be able to bring all of it back with you. That being said, you will need your own tent and a place to sleep, cooler with food and water, and backups of battery power and memory cards. I did find a camping gear outfitter that rents all camping gear, much like you can rent cameras and lenses now. Trust me, I have done quite a bit of research on this subject, even for local places, couldn't find any. This place is out of Arizona but it ships gear to wherever you are. Check out LowerGear website if interested in going, but need camping gear.

Also, the only way in and out of the Dry Tortugas is via private charter or the Yankee Freedom III. If you'd like to do some research on your own, here's the Yankee Freedom III website. They are the only authorized concessionaire for the Dry Tortugas. There are airplanes but they only transport people, not camping gear - day trips only. I personally don't know anyone with a boat that would be willing to take a bunch of us over to the islands and back again in 3 days. So the Yankee Freedom III is the best bet, and they are well equipped in handling us over-nighters. The price for the trip is $200 (plus tax I'm sure). That does include the National Park fee, which if you have the National Parks pass (not just the Everglades) you will get a refund. Park Rangers will also be collecting $15-$30 per camp site (depending on how many in your party) per night. You will need cash on hand for that.

Also, seeing that we have to be at the dock with our gear Friday morning at 6:30am (no exceptions - they are firm), you may want to stay in Key West overnight. And don't forget about parking your vehicle. There is a parking garage right across the street from the docks that are $19 per day.

So PLEASE, RSVP if you are interested. I am trying to work with the Yankee Freedom and the park service to see if we can get some special services, seeing who we are, and an accurate number will be necessary. Send me an email here at info@sfnpcc.org. And also email us if you have ANY questions. I have plenty myself and will be contacting the folks at Yankee Freedom to answer them. I'll be updating this site with new information as soon as I get it.

Hope you all can come!!

 

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Weekend Away - Okeechobee Storm Chasing and Night Photography
May
31
to Jun 2

Weekend Away - Okeechobee Storm Chasing and Night Photography

Heading north for the weekend to put our storm chasing skills to good use.

The area is ripe with afternoon storm clouds and with the backdrop of the wide open ranch fields and Lake Okeechobee, it’s sure to be a great time. And, if we can get the clouds to leave us after the afternoon storms, we’ll try to capture the milky way or other stars far from the city.

I stayed at the Travelodge last year and I really liked it. Comfy room, suites really, with full refrigerators, microwave, stovetop and wet bar.

SVP by clicking and emailing us at info@sfnpcc.org

Keep watch for changing details. Hope to see you there!

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Field Trip - Afternoon Black & White Composition
Jun
22
2:00 PM14:00

Field Trip - Afternoon Black & White Composition

  • Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We’ll head over to the western Everglades, the Big Cypress, and Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park to photograph in harsh afternoon light, especially geared for black and white photos.

We’ll meet at Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park at 2pm. Fakahatchee is just north of Tamiami Trail, north of Everglades City.

Be aware, the park requires either a yearly park pass or $3 per vehicle.

RSVP by clicking and emailing us at info@sfnpcc.org

Keep watch for changing details. Hope to see you there!

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Geminids Meteor Shower - Dec. 13th
Dec
13
to Dec 14

Geminids Meteor Shower - Dec. 13th

Yes, it's a Thursday night. Experience says the most active time for Geminids are just one night - the peak night. We tried it last year two days after the peak, and there was nothing. If you can come along, great, if not, I'm sorry. I can't change the stars... not yet anyway! (Hey, be like me and make it a great excuse for a day off (*cough*sneeze*cough*)! Otherwise, if you want to try your luck on Friday or Saturday, the park is open 24-7! You don't need a club event to go out and shoot.

Camera equipment:

1) Camera (of course)
2) Widest lens with widest aperture (smallest f-number)
3) Tripod
4) Shutter release cable or equivalent
5) Fully charge batteries (have a back up)
6) See below for other helpful items and tips.

Your best bet for capturing meteors is through time-lapse. Essentially you'll want your widest lens, with the largest aperture (small f-number), set camera to continuous shooting mode, and just point to the sky. Some people will use props or trees to give the image some interest. You'll also want some sort of remote shutter release cable to reduce camera shake.

Set up your focus the afternoon before so you won’t have to find infinity in the dark. It's difficult but not impossible. Do what you’re comfortable with.

With your camera pre-focused in the largest aperture, you just have to decide if you want your images to be pin-point stars or trailing stars. And that will determine your shutter speed. Use the 500 rule to determine your shutter speed for pin point stars (500 divided by the width of your lens equals your shutter speed; If I have a 24mm lens that’s 500 / 24 = 20.83333 or just round to 20 seconds. If you have a crop-sensor camera, multiply your lens mm by the factor [Nikon 1.5, Canon 1.6, Olympus Micro 4/3’s is 2.0] first). If you decide to trail, set for a 30 second exposure. After you determine your shutter speed, take a few test shots in the field to adjust your ISO. Start at 3200 and check the histogram. Move your ISO up or down to create the properly exposed image you want. Make sure if you use props that they too are in focus or shoot those separately. Then you just do like o’l As Seen on TV Ad says “set it and forget it”. Grab a lawn chair and relax. Keep your mind on how long you’re shooting and check periodically for condensation on the lens. That’s a shot killer.

Just some helpful tips for the night.
1) BRING EVERYTHING you will need. We’ll be just steps from our vehicles.
2) BRING ALL MOSQUITO REPELLENT Spray, suits, and ThermaCells. Mosquitoes are not as prevalent as in other years, but they are still there. Don’t come unprepared.
3) REDUCE LIGHT USE Many will be shooting timelapse and arrant lights are a HUGE no no. Last meteor shower we shot as a group there were a lot of unwanted lights floating about. Please don’t let that happen again. Limit going in and out of vehicles or learn how to turn off the warning lights that come on when you do. In my 2015 Equinox I can turn off all blinking lights horns etc. when opening doors or locking. Check your owners manual. If you can’t, park far enough away from the rest of the group that it wont interfere. Headlights and taillights especially are the worst offenders.
4) NO RED (or colored) LIGHTS - Yes they are great for watching the stars, but when photographing them and that red seeps into someone else’s shot, it’s difficult to remove. Just use regular white lights and keep them dim or isolated to just the subject.
5) SNACKS/DRINKS. Lets stay hydrated and satisfied.
6) LAWN CHAIRS Patience is a definite virtue when shooting timelapse and meteor showers. Bring something comfortable to sit in while the camera does the work.
7) LENS WARMERS Remember, it will get cooler at night and condensation is a definite possibility. Bring some sort of battery operated lens warmer or mitten warmers to keep it off the lens.
8) PRE FOCUS TO INFINITY Just like all night shoots, you want your lenses to be pre focused to infinity before you get there. Do it that afternoon and tape it off and you’ll be set to go when you get there.

That’s about it. Email me if you have any questions about what to bring.

Plans for location is in the Everglades. We’ll meet at Ernest Coe Visitor’s Center at 9pm and go from there. Hope to see you there!

PLEASE RSVP or if you have any questions here info@snfpcc.org

The famous winter meteor shower will sling bright shooting stars in mid-December, marking the brightest shower of the year. The shower peaks the night of Dec. 13-14, according to NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke.

The Geminids are considered one of the best meteor showers every year because the individual meteors are bright, and they come fast and furious: This year, there will be more than 1 per minute, reaching 100 meteors per hour. Under light-polluted skies, fewer meteors will be visible.

"The best time to view the Geminids is around 2 a.m. local time," Cooke said. "The moon will be first quarter, so it will set around midnight (11:08pm); there will be no moonlight to interfere with the Geminids this year."

The above excerpt is from space.com. See the link for more info https://www.space.com/34921-geminid-meteor-shower-guide.html

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Dec. Meeting - Lighting - How to Flash!
Dec
6
7:00 PM19:00

Dec. Meeting - Lighting - How to Flash!

Do you have a flash and have no idea how to use it? Have you ever wanted to learn how to photograph using an off camera flash? Bring your cameras and flash units (if you have them) and we'll learn together!

Join us Thursday, December 6th for an introduction to flash photography. We will discuss base concepts, flashes, modifiers, costs, and techniques for improving your flash photography skills.

Jason Eldridge will be presenting so come on out and learn more about flash photography.

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Camping Trip Flamingo & Coastal Prairie Sunset
Nov
30
to Dec 2

Camping Trip Flamingo & Coastal Prairie Sunset

**Update2**

Due to lack of interest, I’ve decided to cancel the official unofficial camping trip and coastal prairie sunset shoot. If anyone was planning on attending and didn’t RSVP, I’m so sorry. Please, feel free to go ahead with your plans. This event can be done without the club. The website to book your campsite is below. The coastal trail (See website here) is open and available to hike. I was only planning on taking y’all to the open clearing to photograph the sunset. Short walk from the back campground loop.

**Update**

This trip was changed from a field trip to a weekend fun trip. We've decided to move the "official" field trip to the next weekend and combine it with our Christmas Party. After doing so some of us were still interested in doing the coastal prairie hike so we made it a camping weekend. You can camp, or you can come along just on the hike. Whatever you wish.

In conjunction with our sunset shoot in the Coastal Prairie, we're having a camping weekend in Flamingo. All reservations are to be made through Everglades Adventures, the official vendor for Everglades National Park in the southern section. Click the link above to book your campsite. They also rent kayaks and canoes. Perfect for a nice paddle in Florida Bay!

More on specific plans to come. Keep watch on the website for more info.

About the Coastal Prairie Sunset shoot: Its a small hike in from the campground area, but the seclusion will hopefully yield some great results. Sunset is at 5:33pm. I recommend we start out no later than 4 or 4:30 to get there and get set up.

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Weekend Away - Orlando Balloon Glow & More!
Nov
16
to Nov 18

Weekend Away - Orlando Balloon Glow & More!

*****UPDATE*****

To advocate crowd control, they are requiring everyone to have a ticket to get in. I guess demand is extremely high. Link to buy tickets is here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/orlando-balloon-glow-tickets-5…

Also, VIP parking is sold out. I believe one of our group did buy into it. But, for the rest of us, there are shuttles! Options are to park in Baldwin Park Village Center and walk, or take the shuttle from CVS (81 seats every 15 mins), or take the the shuttle from Fashion Square (81 seats every 15 mins).

I’ve always wanted to see a hot air balloon festival, but I don’t think I’ll be visiting New Mexico any time soon. So, next best thing… Orlando! Orlando Balloon Glow is located at Blue Jacket Park, near Lake Baldwin.

*****UPDATE The sunrise flights of these balloons are not going to be where this event is being held. It is at an undisclosed location. They wont tell me, they say they don’t even know because it’s being run by a different vendor. Still working on that.***** I thought a nice sunrise shoot from here with the balloons in the back ground would be fun. Then we can wander around a bit. There’s a lot of neat things nearby. Or you can go off on your own, visit Mickey or whatever.

I booked a room at the Best Western Orlando East Inn & Suites, located at 8750 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32817. Phone 407-282-3900. I got a rate of $110/nt with AAA. But pick whichever hotel/motel you like. No obligation to stay where I do. If you do, it’s located about half way between the balloon festival and UCF campus. I’m just cheap so I don’t want to spend a whole lot on lodging. :)

Also, if you are a member of the Fairchild Tropical Gardens here in Coral Gables, they have a reciprocity deal with other parks and gardens all over the country. Two of them are really close to this Blue Jacket Park where the balloon festival is being held. So after we’ve had enough of the balloons, maybe we can venture off to another park and see what it has to offer.

The Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens is located at 633 Osceola Avenue
Winter Park, FL. Open 10am till 4pm Friday and Saturday, 1 till 4 on Sunday’s. $10 entry fee or get in with your Fairchild membership.

The Leu Gardens has a really cute frog art exhibit going on during our stay. It’s located at 1920 N Forest Ave, Orlando, FL and costs $10 or free with Fairchild membership.

UCF also has an arboretum, which admission is free (they do ask for a small donation), and is open from sunrise to sunset. Click the link above for more info on that. That looks like a neat place to go. Maybe a sunset shoot or optional 2nd day sunrise shoot.

The area between the balloon festival and UCF has many natural areas if you’re willing to stick with me. I’ll be researching these all in detail so I’ll have more info by our November meeting. And by the time we meet in Orlando on Fri. Nov. 16th, I’ll have a tentative itinerary that you can follow along, or you can go off on your own. It’s totally up to you. At least you’ll know where I’ll be in case you want to join me.

Please, RSVP to us at info@sfnpcc.org and let me know if you’re interested in attending.

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Nov. Field Trip - Sunset / Last of the Milky Way
Nov
10
4:15 PM16:15

Nov. Field Trip - Sunset / Last of the Milky Way

Hi folks, since the November member field trip to the Air Show was cancelled, I thought I’d come up with an alternative.

Let’s head down to Flamingo for a nice relaxing sunset from the camping area, and then as soon as it’s dark, capture the last of the Milky Way as it goes away for the winter. (Actually it never really goes away, the big ‘galactic center’ just isn’t visible to us as it’s up during the day). Anyway…

Sunset is at 5:37pm, crescent moon (11%) best at 6:46pm, and Astronomical Twilight ends at 6:55pm (nighttime). By 7pm we should have good dark skies to see the milky way. So do the NO CLOUDS dance!! :)

WHEN - Meet at 4:15pm
WHERE - Ernest Coe Visitor’s Center
WHAT - Sunset & Milky Way
RSVP - Let me know you’re coming! Click info@sfnpcc.org

Bring all of your camera gear. You may want a longer lens for sunset and the moon, and a wide angle for the milky way. Definitely bring a tripod and camera, of course! Remote shutter release cable/intervalometer, or use your camera’s timer.

Bring bug spray and your ThermaCells, you never know what the skeeters are up to out there. Better safe than sorry. Bring a lawn chair just in case! (Delfin… Haahaa) Snacks and beverages to keep hydrated. Whatever you need. We won’t be far from our vehicles so bring what you need to be comfortable.

Questions? Email me at the above email address and I’ll see if I can answer them for you. Hope to see you all there!

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LAST MINUTE NOTICE - SHOOT THE MOON!
Oct
24
5:30 PM17:30

LAST MINUTE NOTICE - SHOOT THE MOON!

  • Biscayne National Park - Convoy Point (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 24th, the folks at Biscayne Institute have invited the members of the SFNPCC to come out and shoot the moon! Literally!

Jordan at the Biscayne Institute just sent me an email and they are opening the park up for SFNPCC club members tomorrow night, to photograph the full moon.

Everyone should meet outside the front gate no later than 5:30 PM (no exceptions) and all will enter the park together. The park closes at 5:30 PM so if anyone enters before we go in as a group they will be asked to leave by the park rangers. Just wait outside the gate if you arrive before 5:30. Sounds like a great opportunity to photograph the full moon.

Please RSVP at info@sfnpcc.org if you are attending.

Moonrise is at 6:30 PM and we can shoot until 10:00 PM. Hope you all can make it!

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Boca Chita at Night - By Florida National Parks Assn. & National Parks at Night
Oct
19
5:30 PM17:30

Boca Chita at Night - By Florida National Parks Assn. & National Parks at Night

This event is put on by the Florida National Parks Association with the National Parks at Night group to photograph the Boca Chita area. For tickets click on the link below. https://fareharbor.com/embeds/book/evergladesassociation/items/108974/availability/175594924/book/?flow=131

Here’s the facebook link to the event. FACEBOOK EVENT LINK

If you are going to photograph, pick that one. If you just want to ride along and watch, pick the other.

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Scott Kelby's Worldwide Photo Walk - Historic Downtown Homestead
Oct
6
5:00 PM17:00

Scott Kelby's Worldwide Photo Walk - Historic Downtown Homestead

Join Robert for a photographic walk through Homestead’s history. The walk will start at its meeting location at Losner Park, next to the historic Seminole Theatre and across the street from the Old Town Hall.

This ¾ mile Photo Ramble will take us from historic main street past the new town hall and end at the historic Hotel Redland.

Parking is available behind Losner Park and across the street, to the west, of Hotel Redland.

Follow the website www.worldwidephotwalk.com for more information.  Pre-registration is required. Click the registration button below to register.

More info...

11 Years and Counting!

On the first Saturday of October each year, photographers and enthusiasts around the world get out their cameras and meet up at a designated location in their town to walk around and take photographs, socialize, make new friends, win prizes, and be a part of a great cause during Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk®. Last year marked our ten-year anniversary and was our largest walk yet – and we are ready to top it! No matter what continent you are on, where you are in your photography journey, or what type of camera or phone you use, you can take part in this year’s event! Join us October 06, 2018!

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October Meeting - Camera Set Up - Basic to Advanced Features
Oct
4
7:00 PM19:00

October Meeting - Camera Set Up - Basic to Advanced Features

Tonight's meeting we will be learning how to set up and utilize YOUR camera's features, from White Balance and ISO, to back button focusing and bracketing, all the way to per-programming settings for your specific needs. If there's time, we'll get into some more advanced techniques like focus stacking and focal blending.

We are asking that everyone come to either learn or to teach. We'll have Nikon, Canon users help other Nikon and Canon users, and we'll have Ernesto help with Sony cameras, and Ken with Fujifilm camera users.

If the camera and its settings intimidate you, this is the meeting you must attend.  Bring your cameras and if you're so inclined, a tripod. If we get to the more advanced features, you'll need it to shoot. And don't forget your manuals (just in case you stump the experts), we're going to help you set up YOUR camera!

 

 

 

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Sept. Field Trip - Miami Beach Sunset & Art Deco
Sep
29
6:00 PM18:00

Sept. Field Trip - Miami Beach Sunset & Art Deco

A trip to South Beach for a sunset and architectural photography of the beautiful Art Deco buildings along Ocean Drive.

Meet Oscar at 6pm at the South Pointe area of Miami Beach (behind Smith & Wollensky’s) and proceed to a location for the sunset. Perhaps the South Pointe park walkway OR even along the Miami Beach Marina, some place nice spot to view the sunset. The sun will be setting around 7:10pm just a bit south of due-west.

From there we'll walk over to Ocean Drive and mosey our way north. I think getting a few of the more obscure, but still beautiful, art deco buildings in the soft after-sunset light will be nice, and then as we head further north we'll get the more popular buildings all lit in their glorious neon.

As far as parking goes, (I'm rolling my eyes here) your guess is as good as mine. I wish you all luck!

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Sunrise Shoot AND/OR Post Processing Lab/Workshop
Sep
22
6:00 AM06:00

Sunrise Shoot AND/OR Post Processing Lab/Workshop

Hi friends! We're offering a two-fer this time out.

First - Sunrise at an undetermined location. Meet at Ernest Coe visitor center parking lot as we always do. At 6am we'll caravan to somewhere cool to photograph the sunrise.

Second - Post processing lab. Robert will open the doors of the former Everglades Association (now called Florida National Parks Association-but they haven't changed the sign yet) at 8am. So if you just want to come and process images, you can meet him there at 8 or anytime after up until 1pm. That's when we lock up for the day.

For the post processing, bring your computer, your images either on a flash drive, memory card, or already stored on your computer. Bring whatever it is you need to edit. Don't forget a mouse! (and coffee!) And if you have one handy, an extension cord would be most helpful. I'll try to remember one myself and I always have an electrical strip in my laptop bag. We'll just edit photos much like you do on your own, but with the help of others. Whoever shows up, we'll all help out whoever needs help. It's a lot of fun.

No need to RSVP. Just show up. If you'd like to RSVP that would be nice. As always our email is info@sfnpcc.org. Hope to see you there!

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Sept. Meeting - Special Guest Speaker Lee Smith
Sep
6
7:00 PM19:00

Sept. Meeting - Special Guest Speaker Lee Smith

  • Villages of Homestead Clubhouse (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Tonight we have special treat!; guest speaker, Lee Smith, a South Florida Photographer. I've been following Lee for a while now on Facebook and just love his photos. You can see Lee's work on his multiple social media outlets linked below in his bio.

Lee will be speaking to us about photographing South Beach and Ocean Drive to prepare us for our upcoming field trip to South Beach at the end of the month. Be sure to be here for this informative and entertaining presentation. Read below for a little background info on Lee.

Lee Smith.jpg

Bio

Lee Smith

I spent a large part of my life around the ocean and the natural beauty of Florida.  I was fortunate to have fished off the piers and drift boats, snorkeled off Miami Beach, Key Biscayne, the Bahamas and the Florida Keys, explored the Everglades and surfed along the southeast coast of Florida from Miami Beach up to Cocoa Beach. Being outside was the best part of life.

As my passion grew for the outdoors so did my desire to capture it on film. Not having much money, I was able to borrow my dad’s camera to take photos of places I loved to visit. Then eventually got my own Yashica camera with a few lenses shooting 35mm slides and negatives.

As my life progressed, my passion about photography was tempered by work and school. It cost money to buy and develop film so there were gaps of time I was not able to photograph anything. It was not till I got married, that I decided to start my photography again. My kids were the main drive for much of my time. Each day was special, and each trip was an adventure. We visited Disney, the beach, the parks, we went everywhere, but as my kids got older, they had their own lives to pursue – so I started photographing nature and landscapes.

I have always enjoyed shooting sporting events of my kids. Indoor Volleyball, Gymnastics and Lacrosse  – all fast action sports.  I would still head over to the beach when there were waves and hoped to catch my friends surfing, been doing that occasionally over the years.

But my heart is in Landscape & Wildlife Photography –  trying to capturing the natural beauty of South Florida and any place I get the opportunity travel to. Traveled to Oregon, Utah, California and Arizona seeing beautiful places to capture.

Now I use a Canon 5D Mark IV with a wide assortment of lenses, filters and software to edit my images. Always in the attempt to bring the image clearly back as I envisioned it.

You can also see my work online at:

Thank you for your support and I hope you enjoy my work. All my work is available for sale and would welcome your call.

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August Meeting - Night Photography
Aug
2
7:00 PM19:00

August Meeting - Night Photography

Tonight, we'll discuss the basics of night photography to prepare for our upcoming Perseids Meteor Shower field trip on the 11th.

Unlike other night photography meetings, we're asking that tonight you all bring your equipment; your cameras, your lenses, and your tripod. We'll show you how to set up YOUR equipment so when it's time for the meteor shower, you'll all know how to set up easily with little help or light sources. 

See you all on the 2nd!!

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