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

June 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

What to bring:

Summer in the Big Cypress is unpredictable, just as it is here in the Everglades. It may be sunny, hot, with blue skies and big puffy clouds, or it may have dark thunder clouds and rain. Bring all the camera gear you think you might need. Especially rain covers, lightning triggers, spare batteries, filters, along with the standard cameras and lenses. We’ll be mostly in and out of our cars so weight won’t be an issue.

Also, don’t forget sunscreen, bug spray, and WATER! And if you’re one who needs to eat on a regular basis, brings snacks. It’s not the jungle, but close. Not much out there except for Everglades City, but you don’t want to have to leave the group to grab more water or a snack, right? Wouldn’t hurt to bring a little cooler with some goodies along.

Hope to see you there!

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July Field Trip - SCAVENGER HUNT!
Jul
27
6:00 AM06:00

July Field Trip - SCAVENGER HUNT!

This is a one day scavenger hunt, and will take place in the Homestead area. Competition runs from sunrise to sunset on July 27th.

Clues and more information will be handed out at July meeting. Those who cannot attend the meeting will be able to get the documents in a PDF format from a post-meeting email, and also on the website.

Prizes will be awarded for finding the most (or all) clues, with bonus points added for creativity.

So much fun!! Hope you all can join in!

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August Meeting - Long Exposure Techniques
Aug
1
7:00 PM19:00

August Meeting - Long Exposure Techniques

Hugh will lead us in a preliminary talk and hands on opportunity to photograph the fountain on the corner of the street from the clubhouse to create a long exposure with water effect. The plan is to use ND filters to shoot the waterfall fountain. Everyone should bring camera, tripod/platypod, cable release, and filters (ND or polarizing or both).

Please let us know if you have any questions. Email info@sfnpcc.org .

Hope to see you all here!

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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 to Okeechobee 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. I’ll go there again. Comfy room, suites really, with full size refrigerators, microwave, cook-top and wet bar. But you can pick another hotel if you’d rather have nicer accommodations, or even camp! There are several campgrounds in the area. It’s up to you.

RSVP by clicking HERE.

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

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May Field Trip - South Beach Sunrise and Wynwood Walls
May
19
5:00 AM05:00

May Field Trip - South Beach Sunrise and Wynwood Walls

BIG thanks to Oscar for leading the group on this trip again. We’re a little behind on our planning.

We’ll start out shooting an iconic South Beach sunrise. Sunrise is at about 6:30am so we’ll all meet at South Pointe Park at 5am. Yep, 5am!

After that we’ll head over to Wynwood and photograph their beautiful and eclectic street art in the still beautiful morning light.

What to bring:

Camera with lenses
Tripod
Shutter release if you have it
Filters (if you have them - not necessary)
Drinks/Snacks if you so wish

Be sure to check the weather before hand to know if you should pack any rain gear. We’re hoping for the best, but you never know.

Please RSVP by clicking HERE !

Hope to see you all there!

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May Meeting - Storm Chasing - Photographing Lightning
May
9
7:00 PM19:00

May Meeting - Storm Chasing - Photographing Lightning

MEETING DATE CHANGED FROM 1ST to 2ND THURSDAY OF THE MONTH.

Robert will be presenting his "How to Photograph Lightning" talk just in time for the stormy season here in Florida.

Florida is the number one state for lightning strikes. Being one of the most unpredictable forces of nature, lightning storms present a unique challenge for most photographers.  During this presentation Robert will talk about:

-What creates lightning
-Dangers of lightning
-The basics of looking at and understanding radar
-Camera set up
-Shooting with and without a lightning trigger
-Processing images

This meeting is particularly informative if you have ever wanted to shoot lightning or are planning on going to the Okeechobee “storm chasing” weekend trip, or possibly another club lightning event in the future. Hope to see you all at the meeting!

And for new members or those wishing to invest in an infrared shutter trigger, the LightningBug by MK Controls can be ordered here. http://mkcontrols.com/lightningbug/ Try and use promo code RChaplin2015 to get free shipping. It may still work, if not, it’s not terribly expensive. There are other models out there, so go ahead and do your research, and buy what you feel is best. Very helpful for getting those lightning shots when they happen.

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

DRY TORTUGAS CAMPING! 2nd Installment

WHERE – Dry Tortugas/Fort Jefferson National Park

WHEN – May 3 (docks by 6:00am SHARP) – May 5, 2019 (depart 3pm, arrive around 5:15pm)

HOW Transportation will be through the Yankee Freedom III ferry out of Key West
Lodging is primitive camping on Bush Island right outside of the Fort Jefferson walls

WHAT - Camping on a remote tropical island. Historic Civil War era fort. Snorkeling. 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; actually in the darkest radiant of the Darksitefinder map. We’ll be able to shoot the Milky Way, star trails, time lapse, and the Eta Aquariid meteor shower!

TRANSPORTATION - 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 – and 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.

PRIMITIVE CAMPING - Park Rangers will be collecting $15-$30 per camp site (depending on how many in your party) per night. You will need to pay in cash. So what is primitive camping? no hotels, no glamping, no cabins, just you, your tent, your cooler and your camera. You must bring EVERYTHING you need for this trip, and, be able to bring all of it back with you. 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. I have done extensive 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 along, but need temporary camping gear.

EXTRA EXPENSES - Seeing that we must be at the dock Friday morning at 6:30am (no exceptions - they are firm), you may want to stay in Key West overnight Thursday. 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.

HELPFUL WEBSITES:

NPS – Dry Tortugas site https://www.nps.gov/drto/index.htm

Yankee Freedom III – Camping https://www.drytortugas.com/key-west-camping/

I highly recommend you review ALL info listed above regarding the Site. Look at all of the links within this site. It has much needed info on what to bring, what NOT to bring, and what it’s like on the island.

Eta Aquariid meteor shower info https://earthsky.org/?p=158833

Email us if you have ANY questions at info@sfnpcc.org.

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

DRY TORTUGAS CAMPING! 1st Installment

WHERE – Dry Tortugas/Fort Jefferson National Park

WHEN – April 12 (at the docks 6:00am SHARP) – April 14, 2019 (depart at 3pm, arrive around 5:15pm)

HOW Transportation will be through the Yankee Freedom III ferry out of Key West
Lodging is primitive camping on Bush Island right outside of the Fort Jefferson walls

WHAT - Camping on a remote tropical island. Historic Civil War era fort. Snorkeling. 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; actually in the darkest radiant of the Darksitefinder map. We’ll be able to shoot the Milky Way, star trails, a partial moon, and time lapse!

TRANSPORTATION - 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 – and 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.

PRIMITIVE CAMPING - Park Rangers will be collecting $15-$30 per camp site (depending on how many in your party) per night. You will need to pay in cash. So what is primitive camping? no hotels, no glamping, no cabins, just you, your tent, your cooler and your camera. You must bring EVERYTHING you need for this trip, and, be able to bring all of it back with you. 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. I have done extensive 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 along, but need temporary camping gear.

EXTRA EXPENSES - Seeing that we must be at the dock Friday morning at 6:30am (no exceptions - they are firm), you may want to stay in Key West overnight Thursday. 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.

HELPFUL WEBSITES:

NPS – Dry Tortugas site https://www.nps.gov/drto/index.htm

Yankee Freedom III – Camping https://www.drytortugas.com/key-west-camping/

I highly recommend you review ALL info listed above regarding the Site. Look at all of the links within this site. It has much needed info on what to bring, what NOT to bring, and what it’s like on the island.

Email us if you have ANY questions at info@sfnpcc.org.

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Sunset at Harold A. Campbell Public Use Area
Apr
6
6:00 PM18:00

Sunset at Harold A. Campbell Public Use Area

We’re planning a sunset shoot up at the Harold A. Campbell Public Use Area, just off US 27 in Palm Beach County. Sunset is at about 7:40pm. (Thank you Oscar for volunteering to lead the expedition.)

It’s also a new moon the day before, so we could possibly shoot some twilight and night photography (stars and star trails) from the area. There’s a photogenic bridge right there for some interest.

If interested, please RSVP if you’re going. Click here info@sfnpcc.org.

The site is located about half way between Weston and South Bay, approximately 14 miles north of I-75 in extreme southwestern Palm Beach County. If you are unsure where to go, meet Oscar at the intersection of the unnamed road and US 27 at 6pm. After that, you’re on your own.

Bring your whole camera kit, you’ll be just steps from your vehicles. Bring lawn chairs, food, drinks. Bathrooms are at the site. Also, drones are allowed here if you want to take a flight!

(As far as the milky way, yes it does come up and is the perfect time for a shoot, but it doesn’t rise above the horizon until about 1:30am, and that’s in the eastern sky. You’d have to face east into the light of greater Broward/West Palm Beach to shoot it. So might not be a great location for that [it is a great place however in the fall, when it rises in the southwest]. However, those of you diehards can always head back south into the Everglades after sunset if you really want to shoot the milky way.)

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April Meeting - Camping for Photography (Dry Tortugas Prep) Meeting
Apr
4
7:00 PM19:00

April Meeting - Camping for Photography (Dry Tortugas Prep) Meeting

Seeing that we have not one, but two, groups heading into the Dry Tortugas within the next moth, we’ll be discussing this little known park and all there is to do, and photograph, and some need to know facts.

Even if you’re not going, it’s a great meeting to learn 1) how to prepare for primitive camping anywhere, 2) night photography topics, gear etc., and 3) information on the island and it’s history.

Hope to see you all here!

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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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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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March Meeting - Photo Trip Planning Aps
Mar
7
7:00 PM19:00

March Meeting - Photo Trip Planning Aps

Many years ago, right after I bought my first used DSLR, I decided to go to Marathon to photograph the sunrise over the Bahia Honda bridge. This was back in January, 2012. I had just read an article about the big shindig going on in Key West to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Henry Flagler’s first ride on the train that went to sea. I just HAD to be there.

I arrived at the western end of the new Bahia Honda bridge and walked down the pull-off area (south of the old bridge abutment) and over to the seawall to capture the sun rising over the old dilapidated bridge. I had no apps, I did no pre-planning except to buy one of those huge flashlights so I could see where I was walking in the pitch black dark of the pre-dawn morning.

Needless to say, as I kept watch over the bridge, it got lighter and lighter, but not over the bridge. The sun was rising in the SOUTH! I was horrified to learn that, no, I wasn’t going to get the shot I had in mind, coming up over the old bridge, and to be honest, it didn’t really matter. I had no idea what I was doing with that camera. No tripod, no experience. But I did have my BLACKBERRY! Yes, Blackberry phone. I love that thing. Took better photos than my DSLR LOL. But, it was a spectacular sunrise, and I learned a valuable lesson. And took me on a quest to find out the best planning info I could find. I learned a lot as soon as I joined the SFNPCC!

~Barbara Livieri

For the past 3 years, Barbara Livieri has been busy pre-planning her photo trip to Paris this coming April. Armed with many trials and errors, she’ll discuss the various tools available to plan your photo trips, which apps are most helpful, and how to use them.

We’ll discuss:

1) Visualizing with stock and online photos, online street view maps and aerial maps, and dark sky finder maps;

2) Gathering knowledge on sun and moon schedules, and using shot planing databases and apps to find the location and direction of the rising or setting of the sun and moon;

3) Other photographic apps, night sky celestial apps, weather apps, etc.

To properly go on a photography related trip, or even an afternoon or evening out shooting, pre-planning is crucial to getting the shot you have in mind! I hope the few suggestions I put out will be beneficial to your next outing. Hope to see you at the meeting!

~Barb

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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. We will meet at 7:30am, and queue up to the entrance. We can wander along the canal and photograph while we wait. Gate opens at 8:30am.

UPDATE 2/22/19 - Looks like we’ll have some clouds and temps in the low to mid 70s for our trip. Be sure to bring your long lenses and a tripod. Charge up your batteries and be sure your cards are emptied and formatted and ready to go. Be aware, you will be tempted to rattle off as many shots of moving birds as your camera’s buffer will allow. Make sure you have enough memory to hold them all.

See you all there!!

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 7 days. Yearly pass is $55. 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 possible changing details. Hope to see you there!

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Field Trip - Sunrise in the Pine Rock Lands
Jan
20
5:30 AM05:30

Field Trip - Sunrise in the Pine Rock Lands

WHAT - Sunrise shoot in the Pine Rocklands near Long Pine Key Campground

WHEN - Sunday, January 20th - 5:30am

WHERE - Ernest Coe Visitor’s Center parking lot

DESCRIPTION - We’re going out to shoot the sunrise at the “3 in 1 trail” at the Long Pine Key Campground area in the Everglades. Hopefully we’ll get some fog too! On our way back we’ll try out some macro photography.

We’ll meet at 5:30am at the Ernest Coe Visitor’s Center parking lot, then caravan to the trail location. After a less-than-1/4-mile hike to the open prairie and set up, we wait for the magic!

If there are those of you who don’t want to hike the trail, do feel free to shoot in the picnic area over the lake. It’s just as beautiful!

FEES - Be aware, the park staff may be on duty and will require a park pass or you will have to pay $30 entry fee per vehicle (good for 7-days). An Everglades Only 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.

Non-members guests or visitors may join us for a $10 fee. Click here ONLINE PAYMENT LINK to pay.

RSVP - Click the link and email us at info@sfnpcc.org

Keep watch on the website in case of changes. Hope to see you there!

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January Meeting - Composition and Critiques
Jan
3
7:00 PM19:00

January Meeting - Composition and Critiques

Robert Chaplin will be giving a talk on composition and how to self critique.

Bring ONE image you would like to have critiqued on a flash drive.

Don’t miss it!

Non-members and guests can come to one meeting (on us) to “try us on for size”, if you’re not sure about becoming a member. We sure hope you do. We’re always available via email with any questions.

Email us with any questions info@sfnpcc.org.

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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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