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.
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.