Homestead/South Dade Scavenger Hunt, July 27, 2019

The final tally sheets have been added up, and the winners were announced at our last meeting.

The winners of the 2019 Scavenger Hunt are……..

1st place - Ernesto Rodriguez
2nd place - Barbara Livieri
3rd place - Patricia Botero

Hugh and Robert said:

“it was a very difficult judging process. Everyone should be very proud of the wonderful images submitted.”

High praise indeed!

This was our 3rd annual scavenger hunt and members are given 15 ‘clues’ to find and then to photograph creatively within the time period given. In this case it was from 12:01am till 11:59pm on Saturday, July 27th. Below I’ve listed each of the clues and then each participant’s submission. Enjoy!

(You can click on the image for a full size view.)


#1 - Visitors start here for a map of the Historic Redland Tropical Trail and photograph an orange fish.


#2 - Stop HERE for a fruit smoothie and photograph a flightless “bird”.


#2a - Bonus – Get a photograph with the owner or family member


#3 - Robert helped UM’s Intermediate Electronic Media Production students with a documentary on this cryptozoology legend.


#4 - Is that a Dragon Fruit plant?


#5 - Farmers call it a pivot


#6 - Billy-Bob painted a 10’ heart in this color on a foam blue water tower.


#7 - It’s hot; you should stop for a brew – is that graffiti?


#8 - Glide in and photograph a burrowing owl.


#9 - Stop in at this Historic Redland Grocery Store for an RC cola and a moon pie.


#10 - Opening in 1970, stop here for Rare and Fascinating Orchids. Anyone can photograph a bloom, but what about the support system of this epiphyte.


#11 - This schoolhouse in the Redland, was built in 1906 and destroyed by a hurricane in 1992. This schoolhouse facsimile was completed in 2002.


#12 - Photograph Homestead’s Phantom.


#13 - Share a photo of the most common sign on your hunt.


#14 - An abstract with red.


#15 - This Historic Railroad Village was established in 1903…Is that a photo of you in a swamp buggy?

Fakahatchee Field Trip June 22, 2019

Lots of folks braved the high heat and humidity during one of the early summer Saharan dust plumes that crosses our paths occasionally. But they certainly did find some beautiful things to photograph. Click on the images to view them in full screen. Enjoy!


Images below provided by Bob Richardson


Images below provided by Julio Balcells


Images below provided by Ken Johnson


Images below provided by Marta Cubillas


Images below provided by Robert Chaplin


Images below provided by Sue Martinez


Okeechobee Weekend May 31-June 2, 2019

Folks from the SFNPCC descended upon the central Florida city of Okeechobee for some fun and (hopefully) storm chasing. Well, the storms never really materialized as we hoped but we enjoyed ourselves immensely.

Friday night we met at the hotel and caravaned down to the lake for sunset.

Saturday morning we gathered at the hotel for sunrise, but there was nothing more than a steady rain. Some of us went back to bed, others ventured out and explored. Saturday afternoon we met at the lake and went looking for storm clouds in hopes of lightning. We saw some interesting clouds, but nothing materialized. Later on a few of us went to a new location to see if we could squeak out a sunset shoot, but it was very cloudy and threatening rain. Others had gone back to the first sunset location and did get a few images. That night a few people went back out to the lake to shoot the storm that had sprung up. Not sure if any images were processed or not. The rest of us turned in early to get up for sunrise.

Sunday morning a few of us ventured out to another undisclosed location for sunrise. It was a beautiful foggy morning drive. Perfect conditions for a sunrise. Ethereal and mystic. This location is definitely a keeper!

Enjoy the photos! (click on the images for a larger view)

SFNPCC September 2018 Facebook Challenge - Rule of Odds

Sorry for the delay, here is our collection of the “rule of odds” from the September Facebook challenge. Not many submissions this month, but what was submitted was wonderful!

Thanks to all who participated!

1st Place - Patricia Vettorello

Oct. 6, 2018 KelbyOne PhotoWalk led by Robert Chaplin

Here are some SFNPCC member photos from the Kelby One PhotoWalk, led by Robert Chaplin through historic downtown Homestead.

Photos below are from Delfin Hernandez

SFNPCC August 2018 Facebook Challenge - MACRO

First Place image by Patricia Giraldo

Another great month full of wonderful images! See below all of the images and their creators.

SFNPCC July 2018 Facebook Challenge - ABSTRACT

Congratulations Patricia Vettorello on your 1st Place Image!

Congratulations Patricia Vettorello on your 1st Place Image!

July's abstract challenge was a fun challenge. Really lovely and unique images. Congratulations to you all! See below for the rest of the entries and the artists who created them.

SFNPCC June 2018 Facebook Challenge - SHALLOW DOF

1st place by Ernesto Rodriguez

June's shallow depth of field challenge was a new one for the club and I commend everyone who participated. We had some really lovely images. Congratulations to you all! See below for the rest of the entries and the artists who created them.

May 2018 Field Trip to Bill Baggs State Park (Key Biscayne)

Tonight's field trip was to capture images for a time-lapse as we learned about in this month's meeting. If you haven't been, you need to go to this beautiful park. It was my first time and I was very pleased. But don't expect to stay long past sunset. The parks' security were out to sush us out of the park promptly at sunset. Below are a few images I snuck out of the timelapse. I'll attach the video later.

June 2018 Back to Basics/Sunset at Mahogany Hammock

This 'back to basics' field trip, led by Barbara Livieri, was to give our beginner photographers some exercises in aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. We had one beginner show up and we all learned a lot. Number 1, never back out because of weather. This day looked horrible and we were treated with a spectacular sunset. Number 2, always know your camera. Know the knobs and what they do, even if you don't understand it. and 3, just relax and enjoy nature and each other's company. It was a great night.

All photos courtesy of Barbara Livieri

July 2018 Lightning Field Trip

Our annual lightning field trip is courtesy of Robert Chaplin. Robert is a wizard when it comes to reading storm clouds and the weather. Some years are good, some not so good, but the club responds in droves really enjoys these trips.

Below photos courtesy of Delfin Hernandez

Below photos courtesy of Robert Chaplin

April 2018 Sweet Bay Pond Field Trip

The April Sweet Bay Pond Sunrise trip was supposed to be a Cypress Dome Walk. Unfortunately, the water was nowhere to be found. Rainy season hadn't started yet so our plans switched from swamp walk to sunrise shoot. A bit if swamp walking was done to get to this spot but they were all treated with a great view.

Below photos courtesy of Susan Martinez

SFNPCC May 2018 Facebook Challenge - MONOCHROME

1st place - Patricia Giraldo

1st place - Patricia Giraldo

And here are the other entries in our challenge.

SFNPCC April 2018 Facebook Challenge - FLOWERS

1st Place - Yellow Rose by Ernesto Rodriguez-Corria

1st Place - Yellow Rose by Ernesto Rodriguez-Corria

Here are our other images from the April "Flowers" challenge.