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

Weekend Away - Orlando Balloon Glow & More!

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.

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 plan on staying near the UCF campus, lots of various accommodations available near there in many price ranges.

UCF also has an arboretum and there are many natural areas nearby if you’re wiling to stick with me.

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

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

Camping Trip Flamingo & Coastal Prairie Sunset

**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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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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Geminids Meteor Shower - Dec. 13th YOUPICK
Dec
13
8:00 PM20:00

Geminids Meteor Shower - Dec. 13th YOUPICK

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

Yes, I know, it's a Thursday night. Experience has taught us that the most active time for Geminids are one night. We tried it two days after the fact last year, and there was nothing. If you can come, great, if not, I'm sorry. I can't plan 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 on Friday or Saturday, the park is open! You don't need a club event to go and shoot out there.

Plans for location are still in the works. Wherever we meet, it'll be around 9ish. Keep watch to the website for updated information. Hope to see you there!

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SFNPCC Weekend Away - Fort Myers Beach/Sanibel
Jan
25
to Jan 27

SFNPCC Weekend Away - Fort Myers Beach/Sanibel

Pending any major disasters, we're planning a fun filled photography weekend in Fort Myers Beach! So much to see and do:  walk the Fort Myers Beach Fishing Pier, hike the Matanzas Pass Preserve, visit and learn history at the Mound House Archaeological Site, or maybe even go kayaking with Crazy Woman Kayaks or Kayak Excursions in Hurricane Bay. Or, take a drive on over to Sanibel Island to see the Sanibel Lighthouse, or explore the JN "Ding" Darling Wildlife Refuge or go 'shelling' on their secluded beaches. There's also Estero Bay Preserve State Park across the bay. Or if you don't want to do anything, just lounge at the beach!

I've done some research and found quite a few hotels and resorts, and even a few RV Parks for your accommodations. Click the link to find what's in your price range and location. All accommodations listed are very close to the Fort Myers Beach Pier. There are so many places to eat and drink right there. I figured it would be best to stay close, and be within walking distance from the pier and action. But lodging will be up to you.

I will work on an itinerary for those who want activities, or you can do your own thing and we can all just meet up for sunset at the pier. More will be added later. But for now, at least you all can get a room reserved before prices go up or they are sold out. Rooms can always be cancelled, but can't be reserved if they're all taken. So I'd suggest if you find something you really like, book it.

For more information on any of the activities I've listed, click on the blue "links".

As always, be sure to RSVP that you're coming along to info@sfnpcc.org.

Hope you all can join us!

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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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DRY TORTUGAS CAMPING! (Yes, it's back on!)
Apr
12
to Apr 14

DRY TORTUGAS CAMPING! (Yes, it's back on!)

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 Part Deux?
May
3
to May 5

Dry Tortugas Part Deux?

Demand was such that we added a second date, May 3rd to the 5th. Part deux? We'll I'll just be coming home from Paris the Saturday before! LOL I will be all over the place! So stay tuned for updates, they happen fast.

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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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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July Field Trip - Everglades Lightning!
Jul
14
2:30 PM14:30

July Field Trip - Everglades Lightning!

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's center before the entrance gate. While there, we will discuss the locations 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 have it, if not, that's ok. But they are very helpful. If you'd like to purchase one visit MKControls website. Use the RChaplin2015 code to get free shipping. (There are other devices that do the same thing. This is one of the less expensive models.)

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. If you do not have a pass and would like one, please visit our "Helpful Links" tab on our website for a link to buy a yearly pass.

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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Welcome Reception-Capri Presents HCA "Artists Choice"
Jun
16
6:00 PM18:00

Welcome Reception-Capri Presents HCA "Artists Choice"

The Homestead Center for the Arts has along with the Capri Restaurant is presenting their Artists Choice gallery show in the rear meeting room at the Capri. Several members from the SFNPCC are also members of the HCA and several have their artwork on display.

Everyone is invited to the wine and cheese reception on Sat. June 16th from 6pm till 9pm to look at the work and meet the artists. We hope you can join them!

Click here to access their website for more information.

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June Field Trip - Back to Basics
Jun
9
5:00 PM17:00

June Field Trip - Back to Basics

For this trip we'll be exploring what we learned in the June 7th meeting and applying it to our images.

To properly expose an image you need to balance your aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. In this trip, we'll shoot in bright conditions, dark conditions; we'll switch up the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO in your own images. Knowing what each feature does in their most extreme cases will hopefully make it easier to understand the basics of exposure and get you off of Auto mode forever.

We'll be shooting a lot of basic camera techniques, explaining in the field how to produce different looks by knowing what the differences are when shooting fast or slow; with a large aperture or small aperture; high and low ISO. We'll end the night with a beautiful Everglades sunset.

If you are unable to attend the June 7th meeting, a Powerpoint file will be uploaded to the Members Resources tab of the website after the meeting. You can review that before coming on the field trip.

For you new-comers, and for those who easily forget, we'll be in the Everglades, its basically a swamp, full of lots of BUGS. Mostly deer flies and mosquitoes. Come prepared. Check out the article I wrote on how I prepare for the Everglades. http://www.sfnpcc.org/news/2017/8/14/summer-in-the-everglades-how-to-survive.  We will be on pavement and the boardwalk so very slim chance for an encounter with gators or snakes, but never rule it out completely. Just be sure you come prepared for the bugs. Because they will make you miserable if you don't.

What to bring:

  • Camera (DSLR or Mirrorless)
  • Lenses (bring what you have - we won't be far from the vehicles)
  • Tripod
  • Remote Shutter Release (recommended - but not necessary)
  • Snacks
  • WATER! (Maybe even a small cooler full)
  • Bug Spray (and any other insect repellent you have - bug jackets, ThermaCells)
  • I urge you all to wear closed toe shoes and long pants and long sleeve shirts. It helps with keeping the bugs away from the skin.
  • Notepad or something to take notes if you're so inclined.
  • Chair - just in case you'd like to sit and relax during the sunset shoot. I always keep one in the back seat of my car.

Please be sure to RSVP so we know who is coming. And in this RSVP, let me know your skill level. Don't be shy. The more truthful you are with yourself and us, the better equipped we are to help. Write us at info@sfnpcc.org to RSVP. Also, if you have ANY questions about what to bring, or the conditions we're going to be shooting in, anything at all, please just ask.

We'll see you all there!!

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June Meeting - Back to Basics Aperture - Speed - ISO
Jun
7
7:00 PM19:00

June Meeting - Back to Basics Aperture - Speed - ISO

We'll go over the basic principles of exposure for our members who may be new to the concept, and for the rest who'd like a refresher. It's always good to to go back to the basics. Here we'll learn about the three different principles of exposure, aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, and what each principle's effect is to your images. With this simple yet valuable knowledge, hopefully you too can get off automatic mode, and start using manual with confidence.

We'll then take the things we learned and apply them in the field on our June 9th field trip.

Hope to see you all there!

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Weekend Camping Trip - Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park
May
18
to May 20

Weekend Camping Trip - Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

  • Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

FROM THE http://www.darksky.org/idsp/parks/kissimmeeprairie/ WEBSITE...

"Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park (KPPSP), a 54,000 acre property in central Florida, is one of the largest parks in the Florida State Parks System. It is a rare natural area that remains under preservation in its part of the state, which is far from the national parks and preserves of south Florida. “Located away from the population centers,” park staff write, “KPPSP is a prime destination for people who want to get away from the stresses of their everyday life. They come to experience the long prairie views, the song of Eastern Meadowlark, the wind through the palmettos and grasses. And they stay the night for the peaceful and star-studded evenings.”
Only nine percent of the original Florida dry prairie ecosystem remains intact, and KPPSP protects the largest tract of these fragile lands, which are home to 48 listed native species. The Park therefore serves as an important bulwark against the degradation of the natural nighttime environment in central Florida due to invasive human development. The Park provides purely resource-based recreation, outlaws hunting, and offers over 177 km (110 miles) of trails and fire-breaks accessible only by hikers, bikers, and horseback riders.
Over the past two years, the KPPSP leadership and staff have taken laudable steps toward securing the integrity of the dry prairie’s nights and educating visitors about the importance of natural dark for maintaining the prairie’s delicate ecosystem. Its situation within a three-hour drive of over 7 million south Floridians places the Park in a position to serve many people in articulating IDA’s mission and goals."

Reservations for camping facilities at the KPPSP include an astronomy loop (which includes 5 tent sites, of which only 1 is left as of this writing on 3/26/18), an equestrian loop, and an RV/tent loop. Learn more about other activities at the Florida State Parks website here.  I don't see any hotels close by, so if you're not into roughing it in a tent, think about renting an RV for the trip. The closest "cities" are Yeehaw Junction to the north, or Okeechobee to the south.

If I can get my reservations in on time, I will try to get the last astronomical tent site. If not, we'll have to find some other place to photograph the night sky. Which I don't think will be a problem. It is a HUGE park.

You must RESERVE your own site if you wish to go here. Also, please RSVP to info@sfnpcc.org so we know you're coming along.

Hope to see you all there!

 

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Post Processing Lab/Workshop
May
12
9:00 AM09:00

Post Processing Lab/Workshop

We're hosting an open house post-processing lab on Saturday, May 12th from 9am till 1pm. Bring your laptops, your flash drives, your open minds, and ability to work! You don't have to be here the entire time. If you can only do a couple of hours, that is fine too. It's basically an open house. Anytime between 9am and 1pm.

We'll provide the tables, electrical cords, and instructors. If this goes well, we'll have more.

Please be sure to RSVP if you plan on coming. info@sfnpcc.org. Bring anything you wish to snack on or drink. I'm sure I'll stop on the way and pick up some donuts too, just in case.

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May Field Trip - Timelapse Sunset - Key Biscayne
May
5
7:00 PM19:00

May Field Trip - Timelapse Sunset - Key Biscayne

Key Biscayne Sunset and Time-lapse. We'll meet at Bill Baggs State Park entrance at 7pm. Sunset is at nearly 8pm, and the twilight goes until almost 9:30. There was some question as to how long the rangers will allow us to stay past "sundown". So we'll play it by ear. I'll do my best to sweet-talk them into staying until we've exhausted our sunset potential. :) Hopefully that's about 30 minutes past sun-set.

There is an area on the west side of the park, along Biscayne Bay, that has several fishing platforms. I thought we'd utilize them for our photos. Hopefully there wont be hoards of people there with the same idea. We'll see!

We'll learn how to shoot time lapse at our meeting on the 3rd and put it to practice. Should be a fun and relaxing evening.

Hope to see you there. Keep checking back for more updated info.

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April Field Trip - Everglades Sunrise
Apr
28
5:00 AM05:00

April Field Trip - Everglades Sunrise

  • Ernest Coe Visitor's Center-Everglades (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Slough slog has been cancelled due to lack of water. Can't really 'slog' in a cypress dome without water. So instead, Robert and friends will be leading us in a short hike to an out-of-the-way area to shoot an original sunrise.

We're meeting at 5am at the Ernest Coe Visitor's Center at the Homestead entrance of the Everglades National Park. From there we'll caravan to our spot. Should be a lot of fun and something different than what we're all used to.

Some items to bring along:

- Water
- Sturdy close toed, lace-up shoes or protective boots
- Long Pants
-Mosquito Spray/ThermaCells, bug repellent clothing, any and all bug repellent you have. There WILL be bugs.

Other items that are suggested:

- Sunscreen
- Long sleeve shirt
- Snacks
- Tripod
- Wide Angle Lens and or medium range zoom for isolating details. Whatever you normally would use for a sun event.

At 5am you may not need to pay to enter the gates, but you might too. In my experience the rangers get there at 6am. But that could change. Be prepared to pay just in case, the entrance to Everglades National Park is $25 per vehicle, which is not included as part of this field trip, nor included in your membership. Hopefully you will have purchased a National Parks or Everglades yearly pass, which both will allow you unlimited access all year long.

Please be sure to RSVP for this field trip so we leave no one behind info@sfnpcc.org.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Night Photography/Milky Way - Everglades
Apr
21
to Apr 22

Night Photography/Milky Way - Everglades

  • Everglades National Park EC Visitor Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

It's "milky way" part 2! We couldn't make up our minds which date to have our Milky Way field trip, so we're doing 2.

Much like shooting any night sky, you need three things... clear skies, no moon, and to be as far away from light pollution as possible. While it won't be a 'new' moon, the moon will be setting at 1:30am, meaning we'll get some moon-shine on our foreground, which can be blended later with a fully dark sky after the moon has dipped below the horizon. Hopefully the weather will cooperate with no clouds, again. And the southern Everglades is about as dark as you can get in South Florida.

Let's all meet at 11:30pm on Saturday, April 21st at the Ernest Coe Visitors Center at the Everglades National Park. Click the map to the left for directions. We will caravan down to the spot after we all get there. Plan on a late night.

Same as last week's week's instructions.

I STRONGLY recommend that everyone learn how to adjust your aperture, shutter speed, and ISO on your cameras, and be able to find and adjust them in the dark. Sit down with your manual and camera and learn where the buttons are. Even if you don't know exactly what they do, just learn how to change the settings. I would also recommend pre-focusing your lens to infinity (not just that little marker on the lens either - it may not be entirely accurate). If you have any questions about any of this, please send us an email and we can explain how to do this in detail. Don't be afraid, we've all been the new guy on the block. We're all here to help everyone learn.

What will happen on site is we'll find a spot, get all set up, cameras on tripods facing southeast, south-southeast, and take a few practice shots, adjust your settings as needed, and then just sit around and let the cameras go. Take a look at this SLIDE SHOW from our night skies workshop in 2015 to familiarize yourself with night photography, if you aren't already of course.

I will also recommend that you listen to the author of the above mentioned slide show, Beth Ruggiero-York, along with Jason Eldridge and the Nature Photography Show, to their 3-part podcast about night photography. Very helpful. The show is linked here. Episodes 12, 13, & 14.

If you plan on coming, please RSVP to our email at info@sfnpcc.org. We need to know who is going so we don't start without you.

What to bring:

  • Tripod - Highly recommended
  • Remote Shutter Release Cable or Intervalometer - also highly recommended. You can buy one fairly cheap, about $25 online. If not, you can use the cameras self-timer. If you use the self-timer, make sure you know how to use it.
  • Widest and fastest lens, whatever your lowest mm and lowest f-stop lens you have. 
  • Flashlight - for minimal use only.
  • Bug spray, ThermaCells, Bug Suits, long sleeve shirts and long pants. I suspect there will be mosquitoes, a lot of them. Please be prepared. We've had people leave field trips because the bugs were so bad. And with the amount of water still standing, I suspect there will be plenty of them out there. If you're sensitive to mosquitoes, bring everything you've got. I can't stress this enough. I'd rather you bring everything and not need it than to bring nothing and be miserable and have to leave early. Anything to keep the bugs off of you - bring it. The stuff doesn't take up much room. Just be prepared!!
  • Snacks/water/coffee/sodas - other beverages. There's no vending machines or water out here.
  • Protective sturdy footwear. This is the Everglades and critters are everywhere. We won't be hiking the prairies but better safe than sorry. Wear what you have. 
  • Lawn chairs. Let's be comfortable!

Hope you can all join us!

Non-member guest fee is $10 per person. You can pay online or in person.

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