Summer (or any season for that matter) in the Everglades - How To Survive

Hi everyone. This is not really a news story, but rather a public service announcement, or maybe just some helpful hints from a fellow photographer on shooting out in the Everglades. After Saturday's field trip to Mahogany Hammock to view the Perseid Meteor Shower, it surprised me how many people didn't realize just how brutal the mosquitoes can be out in the Everglades. I can't make it any more clear than this: It's mid-summer, in the hottest, most humid state, in the largest swamp in the world, there will be LOTS of mosquitoes, among other critters. When we warn people to bring all the mosquito protection you've got, we really mean it! The mosquitoes will swarm your head, your camera, around anything warm, and then they go for their dinner - your blood! Be sure you're protected next time.

Now, I'm not an Everglades expert like Robert, far from it, but I have spent my fair share of time out in the 'Glades, and I'll tell you what I like to bring with me for protection. You can pick and choose what works for you. If you have something you'd like to add to my list, let me know! I'll certainly add it. Now for the disclaimer...

DISCLAIMER... THIS IS IN NO WAY A COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF TOTAL PROTECTIVE DEVICES/APPAREL. THIS IS ONLY ONE PERSON'S CHOICES. THESE ARE ONLY RECOMMENDATIONS. PLEASE DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH AND CHOOSE WHAT IS BEST FOR YOU AND YOUR SPECIFIC CIRCUMSTANCES. SFNPCC IS NOT LIABLE NOR RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR USE OR MISUSE OF THESE ITEMS LISTED OR OMITTED.

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1) Bug spray - a MUST have. Off, Cutter, which ever brand you like, I like one that has at least 20-25% Deet. You may choose one to fit your needs; with or without Deet. But bring a lot, a full can. Spray and reapply often. Even spray your clothes. They bite through clothes, even jeans!, trust me on that.
(As far as clothing, light colored clothes seem to be less attractive to the bugs. I've also found that a tighter weave makes it harder for them to bite through. Long sleeves and long pants, basically to have less exposure. I used to wear long sleeve t-shirts, but have since bought moisture-wicking cooling fishing style shirts in long sleeves and light colors. The jury is still out but I see these style shirts on many of us.)

2) Thermacell - another MUST if you want to survive mosquitoes any time in the Glades. It works wonders against mosquitoes and biting flies! Seriously, it does. Only time it won't be as effective is if it's windy or if you're moving around a lot. Stay in one spot and it works great. Get a group where everyone has one, it'll be even better! The Thermacell works by heating up a pad which emits a 'scent' that masks our own human scent to mosquitoes and other biting flies. Package says a 15' x 15' area. They are sold in many places, Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart, and even online at Amazon. Here's a link to the Thermacell on Amazon. For $25, you can't beat the protection. Find one, make sure you have replacement pads and fuel cells and don't leave home without it!

3) Bug Suits (jackets, pants, gloves, head wear). I own the Classic Double Guard Bug Tamer Plus Parka and gloves, and an "Outdoor Research" brand hat with head net. I have only worn the jacket once (it's quite warm, and I just bought it) but it worked wonders! I would for-sure wear it if I was say... walking through the Everglades, or in a cypress dome; or any time I'd be moving around a lot. This physically keeps the bugs off of your skin with a double layer of breathable nylon mesh. If you'd rather not use bug spray because of the chemicals, or would rather wear something more natural but not as effective as Deet sprays, get the jacket or even the entire outfit. Robert Chaplin sells them. Check out his website for them or do a google search for them online. This isn't a plug for Robert's items, I'm just telling you where you can find it. He may even have them in stock. I personally bought mine from the distributor as I didn't think Robert had my size. I bought mine from Shannon Outdoors Inc. I highly recommend having one along. It may be hot, but I'd rather be a little warm than be bitten by mosquitoes. I keep it in my vehicle, just in case the spray and Thermacells don't work.

4) Snake-proof Boots - Yes, snakes. The Everglades... heck, all of Florida is full of snakes. Four in particular that are lethal, venomous, and live in South Florida. The Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake, Dusky Pigmy Rattlesnake, Cottonmouth/Water Moccasin, and Eastern Coral Snake. Read more about them here. I did an extensive search online for snake boots last year. My biggest fear in the 'Glades is snakes. (I've done extensive research on those as well.) In particular, snake bites. Most bites tend to be on the fingers/hand/arms (due to people trying to pick them up or touch them) or feet/lower leg (by accidentally stepping on them). NEVER try to pick one up, not even if it's dead. Just stay away from them. If you see one, move away. The reason to wear snake proof boots, just in case we accidentally step on one. As we approach an unsuspecting snake, most will try to flee, unless we come upon them by surprise or corner them, and accidentally step on them. This is where the snake proof boots are a lifesaver, literally. Even if I NEVER see a snake in the wild, the price of these boots are worth it for nothing else than some peace of mind. The boots I bought are "Irish Setter Men's 2875 Vaprtrek Waterproof 17" Hunting Boot" sold at right around $200. These are not, by all means, the best nor the most expensive, not the least expensive, but what I have chosen for myself. I urge you all to do your own research and choose for yourself what is suitable.

5) Last one... A cooling towel. For times when its REALLY HOT, and you're out in the elements during the day (or even night), they REALLY come in handy. Heck, a hand towel from your kitchen or bathroom will do in a pinch. Anything that you can pour water on will cool you off.

This list of items will NOT protect you from everything lurking around in the Everglades. Snake boots cannot fully protect you from a snake bite, but its better than bare skin. Bug jackets won't insure a bite free experience, but it will keep most from doing so.

For those of you who need to be told not to suck the big metal straw that sticks out from underneath your car, snakes can bite in other locations not covered by your boots. Its just highly unlikely. Always be aware and always be vigilant. Your bug suits will not protect you from snakes. Just thought I'd mention it.

Bring along with you what will make you most comfortable. If you have a weak bladder, bring a portable potty (yes, they make them) or a 5 gallon pail with a liner. Get hungry? Bring snacks. Be sure your electronics are fully charged. Phones will drain fast trying to find a signal where there is none. Be prepared for that. I keep a bag of "stuff" in the car at all times. Some zip lock baggies, baby wipes, paper towels, mitten warmers, spare cans of bug spray, spare plastic grocery bags, spare "anything you need in case you run out". But always, always, bring plenty of water, more than you think you'll need. Keep some in a cooler with ice to drink. Bring a few gallons to wash with if needed, to pour on your cooling towel. Whatever may arise. You just never know.

In closing, I hope this little list has opened your eyes to some of the things available that you may not have even known to think of. Some of these things aren't cheap. Photography isn't cheap. Just do your research, be respectful, and always be prepared. The Everglades isn't the Wonderful World of Disney, more like Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom (for you younger people, National Geographic). But if you're prepared, it can be a very enjoyable experience. Especially when with the SFNPCC.

Enjoy the Everglades!!

Barbara Livieri
Secretary

 

Facebook Contest & Critique - July 2017 "Stars"

“This month’s theme is “Stars”.

Be creative, be spontaneous, stars can be the stars in the sky, can be stars on your child's homework, can be stars on a soldier's uniform, can be stars in the movies, can be stars anywhere. I want creative work. Let's have fun!!

Email your star photos to info@sfnpcc.org by Thursday, July 13th at midnight.
PLEASE DO NOT POST PHOTOS TO FACEBOOK!  See the rules below.

By July 14th, I’ll post an “album” on our public Facebook Page. I’ll ask people to vote for their favorites by “liking” their favorite images. Also, we’ll ask for constructive criticism in the comments. I'd like to emphasize the critique portion. Let us know what you like or don't like about everyone's images!

Contest ends midnight of August 1st, the Tuesday before the next meeting.

Then at the August meeting, we’ll announce winner and announce a new theme. 

 RULES

1)   Photo(s) (limit 2 per person) must have been taken by you, and with a camera, not a cell phone. We are a camera club after all.

2)   Must fit the theme stated at that month’s meeting. (Doesn’t have to be taken that month. They can be older photos.)

3)   Must be sent as a JPG.

4)   Must be emailed to info@sfnpcc.org by midnight of the Thursday after the meeting. Any photos received after midnight do not qualify.

5)   All images will be uploaded to a Facebook Photo Album on our South Florida National Parks Camera Club public Facebook Page. This is our general public page and we hope many will participate and ‘vote’ for their favorite images. Encourage your friends and contacts to join the fun by “sharing the whole album”, not just YOUR images.

6) Don’t announce which photos are your own to garner additional votes. We will be on the honor system and hope you all will follow it. This is an anonymous competition after all.

7)   Photo submission for the Contest is open to SFNPCC members ONLY.

DOs and DON’Ts

· DON’T include a watermark or any personalization to your image. This is supposed to be an anonymous contest.

· DO share the “album” with your friends to view and vote for their favorite.

· DON’T submit an image if you don’t want it passed around in social media. 

· DO include your EXIF data (focal length, f-stop, ISO, shutter speed etc.) if you wish for critiquing purposes. Its not required, but will be helpful.

· DON’T get defensive if someone gives a critique that you don’t agree with. For one, it gives away the ownership of the image, prematurely. If something you did was deliberately against the established “rules” of photography for your reasons, take the criticism with a grain of salt. Start developing a thicker skin. Best thing to do is accept it and try to learn from it.

· DO HAVE FUN!

Extraordinary Photos by Charlie Causey on Display Through March

Everglades National Parks News Release

Release Date:   March 17, 2017

Homestead, Fla. -- Everglades National Park welcomes all to enjoy the beauty of the Everglades as captured by renowned local artist Charlie Causey in an exhibit of his photography at the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center Gallery throughout the month of March.

A Florida Keys resident since 1980, this artist's photographic adventures with large wading birds -- a centerpiece of this exhibit -- began 7 years ago.  Many of the photos featured were taken in four specific locales in Everglades National Park:  Lake Ingraham, Snake Bight, Eco Pond and the Anhinga Trail.

“The best chance for an up close photo of a large water bird like the egret, heron, or anhinga," said Causey, "is at Anhinga Trail."  He also shares his technique for capturing a bird in flight in the park's Flamingo District and Florida Bay, "This usually requires being ready, with a fast camera, telephoto lens, and a bit of luck for a quick series of shots as the birds go whizzing by."  He adds, "Even when I see them coming, to get a keeper is the exception rather than the rule. About a third of the exhibit’s photos were taken with the camera attached to a tripod to ensure no blur in the photo and as much detail as possible."  The artist hopes that those visiting the exhibit will also be inspired to visit or revisit the nearby Anhinga Trail, just a short distance from the Visitor Center, and other featured sites as time permits.  

Out of his passion for the beauty and bounty of this region, Causey founded the Florida Keys Environmental Fund in 1988, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect area marine and terrestrial ecosystems. He still currently serves on the board of directors for a number of local, state, and national environmental organizations.  

WHAT: Photography Exhibit by Charlie Causey.   

WHEN: March 2017

WHERE:  Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center Gallery

PHOTO:  Charlie Causey at the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center.  Photograph by Charlie Causey

The Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center is located at 40001 State Road 9336, approximately 10 miles southwest of Homestead. It features award-winning natural history displays, an 18-minute film about Everglades National Park, and related book sales. Center hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission to the visitor center is free.  For information and directions to the park please visit the park website at http://www.nps.gov/ever or call (305) 242-7700 during regular business hours, weekdays 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m..

 -NPS-

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Facebook Contest & Critique - March 2017 NIGHT SCAPES!

Facebook Contest & Critique - March 2017

“This month’s theme is “NIGHT SCAPE”
Email your sunrise photos to me at info@sfnpcc.org.
Final date to submit the photos is March 9th at midnight.
PLEASE DO NOT POST PHOTOS TO FACEBOOK YOURSELF

(I'll paraphrase the rules in this post. Same as before except to limit your submission to only 2 images.)

By the 10th, I’ll post an “album” on our public Facebook Page. I’ll ask people to vote for their favorites by “liking” the image. Also, we’ll ask for constructive criticism in the comments. I'd like to emphasize the critique portion. Not much critiquing this first time out. Let us know what you like or don't like about everyone's images!

Contest ends midnight of April 4th, the Tuesday before the next meeting.

Then at the April meeting, we’ll announce winner and review the critiques, and announce a new theme. 

 RULES

1)   Photo(s) must have been taken by you, and with a camera, not a cell phone. We are a camera club after all.

2)   Must fit the theme stated at that month’s meeting. (Doesn’t have to be taken that month. They can be older photos.)

3)   Must be exported as a JPG and formatted to fit Facebook. (See specs and instructions below). I’ve included 2 websites to visit showing very detailed instructions.

http://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-size-and-export-images-from-lightroom-for-facebook-and-print/

When exporting from Lightroom, go to the “File Settings” section and under Image Format choose “JPG” from the dropdown menu. Leave quality at 100. Color Space should be “sRGB”. And “uncheck” Limit File Size To:.  In the “Image Sizing” section, click “resize to fit” select “Long Edge” from the dropdown menu. Uncheck “Don’t Enlarge”, and set the value at 2048 (Facebook’s suggestion) and dropdown menu select “pixels”. Resolution should be at 300 and select from drowdown “pixels per inch”. Make sure you “uncheck” the watermark box. This is anonymous.

https://photographylife.com/how-to-properly-resize-images-for-facebook

If you don’t use Lightroom, the link above will help guide you on how to export for Facebook using Photoshop.

Facebook does still compress images quite a bit no matter what resolution we use, just a cross we all have to bear.

4)   Must be emailed to info@sfnpcc.org by midnight of the Thursday after the meeting. (For example, if the meeting is on the 1st, the images would need to be emailed no later than midnight on the 8th). Any photos received after midnight do not qualify.

5)   All images will be uploaded to a Facebook Photo Album on our South Florida National Parks Camera Club public Facebook Page. This is our general public page and we hope many will participate and ‘vote’ for their favorite images. Encourage your friends and contacts to join the fun by “sharing the whole album”, not just YOUR images. And please, don’t announce which photos are your own to garner additional votes. We will be on the honor system and hope you all will follow it.

6)   Photo submission for the Contest is open to SFNPCC members ONLY.

DOs and DON’Ts

· DON’T include a watermark or any personalization to your image. This is supposed to be an anonymous contest.

· DO share the “album” with your friends to view and vote for their favorite.

· DON’T submit an image if you don’t want it passed around in social media. FYI - whether or not it has a watermark on it, if people want an image, they will copy or do a screen shot (and crop out watermarks) and use it as their own. There’s not much we as a club or Facebook can do. So if you have an image you want to protect, best bet is to not share it on Social Media.

· DO include your EXIF data (focal length, f-stop, ISO, shutter speed etc.) for critiquing purposes. Its not required, but will be helpful.

· DO give a little synopsis of where and when you took the shot if you’d like. I will include it if it doesn’t give away your identity.

· DON’T get defensive if someone gives a critique that you don’t agree with. For one, it gives away the ownership of the image, prematurely. If something you did was deliberately against the established “rules” of photography for your reasons, take the criticism with a grain of salt. Start developing a thicker skin. Best thing to do is accept it and try to learn from it.

· DO HAVE FUN!

Facebook Contest & Critique - February 2017

This month’s theme is “SUNRISE”
Email your sunrise photos to me at info@sfnpcc.org.
Final date to submit the photos is February 9th at midnight.
PLEASE DO NOT POST PHOTOS TO FACEBOOK YOURSELF

(I'll paraphrase the rules in this post. Same as before except to limit your submission to only 2 images.)

By the 10th, I’ll post an “album” on our public Facebook Page. I’ll ask people to vote for their favorites by “liking” the image. Also, we’ll ask for constructive criticism in the comments. I'd like to emphasize the critique portion. Not much critiquing this first time out. Let us know what you like or don't like about everyone's images!

Contest ends midnight of Feb. 28th, the Tuesday before the next meeting.

Then at the March meeting, we’ll announce winner and review the critiques, and announce a new theme. 

 RULES

1)   Photo(s) must have been taken by you, and with a camera, not a cell phone. We are a camera club after all.

2)   Must fit the theme stated at that month’s meeting. (Doesn’t have to be taken that month. They can be older photos.)

3)   Must be exported as a JPG and formatted to fit Facebook. (See specs and instructions below). I’ve included 2 websites to visit showing very detailed instructions.

http://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-size-and-export-images-from-lightroom-for-facebook-and-print/

When exporting from Lightroom, go to the “File Settings” section and under Image Format choose “JPG” from the dropdown menu. Leave quality at 100. Color Space should be “sRGB”. And “uncheck” Limit File Size To:.  In the “Image Sizing” section, click “resize to fit” select “Long Edge” from the dropdown menu. Uncheck “Don’t Enlarge”, and set the value at 2048 (Facebook’s suggestion) and dropdown menu select “pixels”. Resolution should be at 300 and select from drowdown “pixels per inch”. Make sure you “uncheck” the watermark box. This is anonymous.

https://photographylife.com/how-to-properly-resize-images-for-facebook

If you don’t use Lightroom, the link above will help guide you on how to export for Facebook using Photoshop.

Facebook does still compress images quite a bit no matter what resolution we use, just a cross we all have to bear.

4)   Must be emailed to info@sfnpcc.org by midnight of the Thursday after the meeting. (For example, if the meeting is on the 1st, the images would need to be emailed no later than midnight on the 8th). Any photos received after midnight do not qualify.

5)   All images will be uploaded to a Facebook Photo Album on our South Florida National Parks Camera Club public Facebook Page. This is our general public page and we hope many will participate and ‘vote’ for their favorite images. Encourage your friends and contacts to join the fun by “sharing the whole album”, not just YOUR images. And please, don’t announce which photos are your own to garner additional votes. We will be on the honor system and hope you all will follow it.

6)   Photo submission for the Contest is open to SFNPCC members ONLY.

DOs and DON’Ts

· DON’T include a watermark or any personalization to your image. This is supposed to be an anonymous contest.

· DO share the “album” with your friends to view and vote for their favorite.

· DON’T submit an image if you don’t want it passed around in social media. FYI - whether or not it has a watermark on it, if people want an image, they will copy or do a screen shot (and crop out watermarks) and use it as their own. There’s not much we as a club or Facebook can do. So if you have an image you want to protect, best bet is to not share it on Social Media.

· DO include your EXIF data (focal length, f-stop, ISO, shutter speed etc.) for critiquing purposes. Its not required, but will be helpful.

· DO give a little synopsis of where and when you took the shot if you’d like. I will include it if it doesn’t give away your identity.

· DON’T get defensive if someone gives a critique that you don’t agree with. For one, it gives away the ownership of the image, prematurely. If something you did was deliberately against the established “rules” of photography for your reasons, take the criticism with a grain of salt. Start developing a thicker skin. Best thing to do is accept it and try to learn from it.

· DO HAVE FUN!

Paurotis Pond Closed for Nesting Season 2017

Courtesy of Everglades National Park Website

Courtesy of Everglades National Park Website

HOMESTEAD, Florida – Everglades National Park announces the seasonal closure of Paurotis Pond and the area beyond the parking area adjacent to the pond, in a continuing effort to protect the threatened Wood Stork and all nesting birds in this area from human disturbance.

This closure will be in effect through the nesting season which can vary in length depending on bird behavior. Bird watching from the Paurotis Pond parking area off the main park road will remain open, with the pond and the area beyond the lot closed to protect the nesting birds.  If you're a birdwatcher, this is a particularly good time of year to watch these wonderful creatures in the nesting process.

Every winter "dry season," wading birds throughout the Everglades gather at traditional (and new) nesting sites in preparation for nest building. They form nesting colonies that often contain hundreds and even thousands of nesting birds. Paurotis Pond is one of the traditional nesting sites located in the heart of Everglades National Park. Roseate Spoonbills have been observed flying in and out of their typical nesting area at the west side of the pond. Spoonbills are usually the first to start nesting at this site followed by storks, egrets, herons, and ibis. Species nesting here include the Great Egret, White Ibis, Snowy Egret, Roseate Spoonbill, Tricolored Heron, Little Blue Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, Great Blue Heron, and Anhinga.

One nesting species in particular really stands out among the others: the Wood Stork.  In June 2014, the Department of Interior announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had down-listed the Wood Stork from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), reflecting a highly successful conservation and recovery effort spanning three decades.  In recent years, Paurotis Pond has been the nesting site for more than 100 pairs of nesting Wood Storks, and this seasonal closure is one example of management actions that have contributed to the recovery of the species.

For additional information, contact park information at 305-242-7700 (during regular business hours, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.).

WHAT: Seasonal closure of Paurotis Pond and the area beyond the parking area adjacent to the pond, in a continuing effort to protect nesting birds in this area from human disturbance.

WHEN: Immediately, until the end of nesting season and the closure sign is removed.  Dependent on bird behavior, most birds finish nesting in May but will sometimes extend nesting into June.

WHERE: Paurotis Pond is located approximately 24 miles from the main park entrance near Homestead, adjacent to the park road to Flamingo. 

This and other park releases are available at http://www.nps.gov/ever/parknews/newsreleases.htm

More information on Everglades National Park can be found on the park website at http://www.nps.gov/ever

-EVER-

About the National Park Service: More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 417 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.

Facebook Contest & Critique - January 2017

This month’s theme is BIRDS!
Final date to submit photos is January 12th at midnight.
DO NOT POST CONTEST PHOTOS TO FACEBOOK YOURSELF.
Be sure to email them to info@sfnpcc.org.

All SFNPCC members are welcome and encouraged to compete in this fun Facebook contest / critique.

Each month we’ll pick a photographic theme, which will be announced at the meeting, held on the first Thursday of each month. After the meeting, I’ll send an email announcement out to all members, as well as post the announcement on our website and members only FB Group.

You will have one week to choose and submit your photos, VIA EMAIL, which you feel best represents the theme. Once you have chosen, you will email it to the club at info@sfnpcc.org with no watermarks and per the specs listed below. This will be an anonymous contest. The images will be due to the club by midnight of the following Thursday.

By that Friday morning, I’ll assemble and post all of the photos randomly in an “album” on our public Facebook Page. I’ll ask people to vote for their favorites by “liking” the image. Also, we’ll ask for constructive criticism in the comments.

The contest will run until midnight of the Tuesday before the next meeting. Depending on how the meeting dates fall, we will generally have 2 ½ to 3 ½ weeks of voting time.

On the next day, the Wednesday before the meeting, I will tabulate all of the “likes” for the contest winner and assemble the critiques for review. Comments and critiques have no bearing on the voting. Just helpful hints for us to learn.

Then at the meeting, we’ll announce winner and review the critiques. And then announce a new theme and we’ll start all over again. After the meeting, I’ll post the winning picture on our website, and as the cover photo on our FB Page and Group.

 RULES

1)   Photo(s) must have been taken by you, and with a camera, not a cell phone. We are a camera club after all.

2)   Must fit the theme stated at that month’s meeting. (Doesn’t have to be taken that month. They can be older photos.)

3)   Must be exported as a JPG and formatted to fit Facebook. (See specs and instructions below). I’ve included 2 websites to visit showing very detailed instructions.

http://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-size-and-export-images-from-lightroom-for-facebook-and-print/

When exporting from Lightroom, go to the “File Settings” section and under Image Format choose “JPG” from the dropdown menu. Leave quality at 100. Color Space should be “sRGB”. And “uncheck” Limit File Size To:.  In the “Image Sizing” section, click “resize to fit” select “Long Edge” from the dropdown menu. Uncheck “Don’t Enlarge”, and set the value at 2048 (Facebook’s suggestion) and dropdown menu select “pixels”. Resolution should be at 300 and select from drowdown “pixels per inch”. Make sure you “uncheck” the watermark box. This is anonymous.

https://photographylife.com/how-to-properly-resize-images-for-facebook

If you don’t use Lightroom, the link above will help guide you on how to export for Facebook using Photoshop.

Facebook does still compress images quite a bit no matter what resolution we use, just a cross we all have to bear.

4)   Must be emailed to info@sfnpcc.org by midnight of the Thursday after the meeting. (For example, if the meeting is on the 1st, the images would need to be emailed no later than midnight on the 8th). Any photos received after midnight do not qualify.

5)   All images will be uploaded to a Facebook Photo Album on our South Florida National Parks Camera Club public Facebook Page. This is our general public page and we hope many will participate and ‘vote’ for their favorite images. Encourage your friends and contacts to join the fun by “sharing the whole album”, not just YOUR images. And please, don’t announce which photos are your own to garner additional votes. We will be on the honor system and hope you all will follow it.

6)   Photo submittal for the Contest is open to SFNPCC members ONLY.

DOs and DON’Ts

· DON’T include a watermark or any personalization to your image. This is supposed to be an anonymous contest.

· DO share the “album” with your friends to view and vote for their favorite.

· DON’T submit an image if you don’t want it passed around in social media. FYI - whether or not it has a watermark on it, if people want an image, they will copy or do a screen shot (and crop out watermarks) and use it as their own. There’s not much we as a club or Facebook can do. So if you have an image you want to protect, best bet is to not share it on Social Media.

· DO include your EXIF data (focal length, f-stop, ISO, shutter speed etc.) for critiquing purposes. Its not required, but will be helpful.

· DO give a little synopsis of where and when you took the shot if you’d like. I will include it if it doesn’t give away your identity.

· DON’T get defensive if someone gives a critique that you don’t agree with. For one, it gives away the ownership of the image, prematurely. If something you did was deliberately against the established “rules” of photography for your reasons, take the criticism with a grain of salt. Start developing a thicker skin. Best thing to do is accept it and try to learn from it.

· DO HAVE FUN!