Oct. Field Trip - Everglades NP (Dagny Johnson SP was CANCELLED)
Oct
21
3:00pm 3:00pm

Oct. Field Trip - Everglades NP (Dagny Johnson SP was CANCELLED)

Unfortunately, our Dagny Johnson State Park trip had to be cancelled due to Irma. We are instead going to the Everglades to see what we can see and shoot what trips our fancy.  The park did sustain damage but the main road is open.  We'll be meeting at 3pm at the EC visitor's center and we'll convoy out from there, up and down the main road. Our purpose is to see what is available to shoot, to see what the conditions are like, and assess the damage from our own photographic standpoint.

We'll end our day with a sunset shoot. Where we shoot is up to the park. If they allow us to remain in the park past the closing time of 7pm, we'll stay there and shoot, if not, we'll find a location close to but outside of the entrance and shoot from there. Sunset is at 6:50pm. We should be done by no later than 7:30.  Perhaps a stop at a local restaurant afterward?? We'll see!

Here are some suggestions for items to bring:

  • Water
  • Snack(s)
  • Bug Spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Tripod

Please RSVP for this field trip by sending an email to us at:  info@sfnpcc.org.

There is $10 fee for non-members to attend field trips.  Everglades also has a $25 fee for non park pass-holders (entrance pass is not included with SFNPCC membership). If you do not have a pass, you can go to the National Park Service's website and buy one online or buy one in the visitor's center prior to entry.  Or you can pay at the gate. The $25 fee will give you access for 7 days. Hope to see you all there!

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Nov. Field Trip - Fairchild Gardens Nov. 4th
Nov
4
7:00am 7:00am

Nov. Field Trip - Fairchild Gardens Nov. 4th

The November field trip is planned for the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens on Old Cutler Road, for Saturday, Nov. 4th at 7:00am. They hold a bird walk from 7:30a till 9:30a. So we will meet at 7am at the gate and go from there.

Members get in free, and the rest of us will have to pay general admission. Non-member adults are $25 and seniors (over 65) are $18.

It is recommended that you bring the same prep gear that you would for an Everglades trip. Hat, sunscreen, bug spray, water or a refillable water bottle (they have water stations), and be prepare to walk the gardens.

The general admission for the park is at 9:30am and they have many other activities on the grounds. Please visit their website at http://www.fairchildgarden.org/Visit for more information.

As always, please RSVP to us here at info@sfnpcc.org and let us know you're planning on attending. Should be a nice time.

Also, feel free to email with any questions. Thanks!

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Dec. Field Trip # 2! Geminids Meteor Shower
Dec
16
to Dec 17

Dec. Field Trip # 2! Geminids Meteor Shower

Why 2 field trips? Well, its Christmas and we're feeling generous. Haahaa. No, actually we had such a positive response from our Perseid meteor shower field trip that we thought we'd try another meteor shower event. And low and behold, it's the Geminids in December, just slightly less active than the Perseids, and the peak is near a new moon so no light peeking in when we least expect it.

The date is firm, Saturday into Sunday Dec. 16-17th, but I have not decided on a specific time just yet, but will let you know well in advance. It will be after dark, and the sun setting earlier in December will give us more time to capture more stars. Unfortunately, we wont be able to see the large portion (referred to as the galactic center) of the Milky Way. But the Milky Way will be visible at some point in the night.

The "where" of this trip will depend upon what is open (as of this writing the Everglades is still closing at 7pm through the night). I'll let you all know where when we get a little closer to the date.

Overall it should be much cooler and many less bugs. Hopefully.

Hope you can all join us!

Non member guest fee is $10 per person. The Everglades has a $25 entrance fee for non pass holders (not included in SFNPCCs benefit package). If we in fact do go there for the night, its highly unlikely that the gate will be manned and you will probably get in free. But, that's not for certain. Err on the side of caution and be prepared to pay just in case.

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Sept. Field Trip - Wynwood Sunrise and Golden Hour
Sep
10
6:00am 6:00am

Sept. Field Trip - Wynwood Sunrise and Golden Hour

FIELD TRIP CANCELLED DUE TO HURRICANE IRMA. WE MAY RESCHEDULE IN THE FUTURE. SEE YOU WHEN IT'S ALL OVER! BE SAFE!

Join us as we complete a walking tour of the Wynwood area of Miami and photograph it in it's most beautiful light; pre-sunrise through the golden hour. We'll meet at a location to be disclosed at a later date, somewhere central to the Wynwood area and parking, and we'll walk from there. Afterward, you're welcome to join us for a snack or breakfast at one of the local establishments, also to be named later.

For parking, seeing that we'll get there so early we may get prime parking on the street. To pay, the Wynwood website recommends downloading and using the "Pay by Phone" App. View their website for more info here.  https://www.miamiparking.com/pay-by-phone/  Otherwise I'll update the post and include area parking lots.

Stay tuned to the site for more updates!

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Sept. 7th Meeting - Street Photography
Sep
7
7:00pm 7:00pm

Sept. 7th Meeting - Street Photography

TONIGHT'S MEETING IS CANCELLED DUE TO HURRICANE IRMA. PLEASE BE SAFE AND WE'LL SEE YOU WHEN IT'S OVER.

Tonight we'll be discussing street photography in conjunction with our field trip to Wynwood. And then we'll watch a video on the subject. More details to follow.

Shown are a few of my street photos I took last November from Downtown Savannah. (I know, its not Wynwood... bear with me.)

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August Field Trip - Perseids Meteor Shower
Aug
12
to Aug 13

August Field Trip - Perseids Meteor Shower

***CHANGE IN PLANS... TIME TO MEET IS 8:30PM INSTEAD OF 10PM!***

We're meeting at 8:30pm on Saturday, Aug. 12th at the Ernest Coe Visitor's center. I have a few locations in mind and we'll decide which one when we know how many will show up. (RSVP please!) Of the three locations all will have opportunities to shoot to the north and south, for milky way and north star (Polaris) opportunities.

The reason for the time change is to get the best conditions for as long as possible. The sunsets at 8pm, and the moon rises at 11:30pm. If we meet at 8:30, we can get to our location by 9 and get some great shots before the moon brightens up the sky and lessens the star power. 

Do bring:

  • Tripod- Highly recommended
  • Remote Shutter Release Cable or Intervalometer - also highly recommended. You can buy one fairly reasonable if you don't have one. They only cost about $25 online. If not, you can set your camera up with its timer.
  • Widest and fastest lens, whatever your lowest mm and lowest f-stop lens you have. 
  • Flashlight - for minimal use only.
  • LOTS of bug spray, ThermaCells, Bug Suits, long sleeve shirts and long pants. Anything to keep the bugs off of you. This is the middle of wet season in the biggest swamp in the world. The mosquitoes are very active! I can't stress this enough. This is high time for the mosquitoes. Be very prepared!!
  • Snacks/water/coffee/sodas.
  • Protective sturdy footwear. This is the Everglades and critters are everywhere. We wont be hiking the prairies but better safe than sorry. Wear what you have. 
  • Lawn chairs. Let's be comfortable!

Please, be sure to RSVP to me at info@sfnpcc.org .

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Photoshop - 2-Day Photoshop Workshop with Robert Chaplin
Aug
5
to Aug 6

Photoshop - 2-Day Photoshop Workshop with Robert Chaplin

Take your image processing to the next level with the power of Photoshop. This two day class will take you from setting up photoshop to streamline your workflow, to opening the image and working through processing, and finishing with sizing your image for its intended use.

Lessons will include learning how to:

Day One –

  • Set up work space for the way you work
  • Learn to use Key Strokes and customize keystrokes to speed up processing
  • Bridge interface and Adobe RAW
  • Patch, Heal, and Spot Removal
  • Use selection tools
  • Work with layers and layer masks
  • Work with blend modes
  • Cropping
  • Create Actions
  • Stacking for star trails
  • Create time lapse

Day two –

  • Using the selection tools to isolate and remove objects for use in other images
  • Creative blending using backgrounds
  • Duo-Tones, Tri-Tones, and Quad-Tones for Monochrome (B&W) Images
  • Work flow (sizing) for processing, printing, and web
  • Sharpen images for use
  • Recap/practice using your images
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August 3rd Meeting - Astro/Night Photography
Aug
3
7:00pm 7:00pm

August 3rd Meeting - Astro/Night Photography

Tonight, we'll discuss the basics of night photography to prepare for our upcoming Perseids Meteor Shower field trip on the 12th.

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 the 12th comes, you'll all know how to set up easily with little help or light sources. 

See you all on the 3rd!!

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Lightroom - 2-Day Lightroom Workshop with Jason Eldridge
Jul
22
to Jul 23

Lightroom - 2-Day Lightroom Workshop with Jason Eldridge

Adobe Lightroom CC From Import to Export

Jason Eldridge will be leading this workshop and demonstrating how to use Lightroom to edit and organize your photographs.

Some of the topics of discussion are:

Introduction

What Lightroom CC does and doesn’t do

Importing

Modules and Navigation

Library Module

Develop Module

Advanced Features

Exporting

Day one Jason will take you through Lightroom and you will be adjusting some of his images.  The second day you will be finishing your own images while he is there to answer any questions you may have.  

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July Field Trip - Lighting Field Trip
Jul
15
1:00pm 1:00pm

July Field Trip - Lighting Field Trip

Summer time in South Florida is the best time to photograph dramatic skies. Robert Chaplin will be leading the field trip teaching different techniques on how to photograph lightning. We will also take advantage of South Florida’s summertime storm patterns to photograph dramatic skies and lightning. While every attempt will be made to place the club members in the best location for lightning, we are still at the mercy of Mother Nature. Lightning can be very dangerous. We will all be together operating outside the edge of the storms.

We will be meeting at the:

Ernest Coe Visitor Center
40001 State Road 9336, Homestead, FL 33034

At the entrance, we will be discussing the location where we will be going to photograph lightning.

Here are some suggestions for items to bring:

  • Water

  • Snacks

  • Bug Spray

  • Sunscreen

  • Hat

  • Lightning Trigger (If you own one)

Please keep in mind that the entrance to Everglades National Park is $25 per vehicle  which is not included as part of this field trip. Please RSVP for this field trip by emailing us at: info@sfnpcc.org. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

There is $10 fee for non-members to attend field trips.

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July 6th Meeting - Underwater Photography
Jul
6
7:00pm 7:00pm

July 6th Meeting - Underwater Photography

Tonight's meeting we'll have a special guest, Kim Eldridge! She will be in to show us her underwater images and explain the wonderful world of underwater photography!

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June Field Trip - SFNPCC Keys Scavenger Hunt
Jun
3
to Jun 4

June Field Trip - SFNPCC Keys Scavenger Hunt

The 2nd Annual SFNPCC Scavenger Hunt will take place in the beautiful Florida Keys!

This year we thought we'd do it a bit differently and extend it to 2 days rather than 1 so you can enjoy your time in the Keys while searching for the clues. You certainly can do it in 1 day if that's all the time you have. The "clues" are listed in the link below that you can print out in advance.

Click here for the CLUES for the Scavenger Hunt  .

The rules are: 1) must be a member of the SFNPCC to participate in the contest, but non member guests may ride along. 2) images must be captured between midnight (or 12:01 am) of June 3rd, through midnight (11:59 pm) of June 4th - basically all day Saturday and all day Sunday. Find the clues and shoot them in your own artistic fashion. Other rules about sizing others are included in the link below.

Click here for the RULES for the Scavenger Hunt (Subject to Change)

Keep checking back here to the website for any additions or corrections.

AS ALWAYS, PLEASE RSVP BY EMAILING US AT info@sfnpcc.org.

 

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Jan. Meeting - "Getting the Shot" Plans for Everglades Gallery
Jan
5
7:00pm 7:00pm

Jan. Meeting - "Getting the Shot" Plans for Everglades Gallery

Our January meeting (the 5th) we will be planning for the ultimate Everglades NP shot; what we need to know, what we need to do, and how to get that best of the best, the Ultimate Iconic Everglades Shot. Robert will be discussing all of the details.  Also, we'll be critiquing members' images. The more we critique, the more we learn about our own images and how to make them better.

So... if you'll be in attendance AND you want your Everglades picture critiqued, you'll need to send them to Robert by Jan. 4th. Choose your image(s), RESIZE them to 9 inches on the long side, and 240ppi, and save as JPG. It would probably help if you renamed the file with your own name and a very short description. Such as... BarbaraL_EverSunset.jpgEtc. Makes it easier for Robert to identify them. When done, email them to Robert at robert@rlchaplinphotography.com no later than Jan. 4th. If you can't make it to the meeting, please hold your images until the next one. Only those in attendance shall submit images for critique. Don't worry, its been suggested that we critique shots on a regular basis throughout the year; so you'll all get your chance!


Also starting in January - Our Facebook Contest!


We'll also be starting our first Facebook themed photo contest at this meeting. Fun fun! I will have all the details for you, and give you the first theme at the meeting. If you can't be there, the rules will be posted on the website after the meeting.

Hope to see you all there!

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