SOUTH FLORIDA (PART 2) - THE EVERGLADES & FLORIDA KEYS

LOCATIONS: SOUTHEAST FLORIDA COAST, BIG CYPRESS NATIONAL PRESERVE, FLORIDA EVERGLADES, FLORIDA KEYS

 
 

South Florida is a wild and diverse place with countless photographic opportunities. From coast to coast the state offers the best beaches in the country and in between, the pine forests, swamplands, and Florida Everglades provide a beautiful habitat for wildlife to thrive.  The locations for this workshop have been carefully scouted and selected to provide a showcase of the many ecosystems and landscapes of Florida. This gives our students the opportunity to improve and hone their creative skills with a variety of situations and photography subjects. There will also be time carved out in between field sessions for processing instruction with various techniques in Lightroom and Photoshop to help students bring their images to life!

Participants should be in good physical health. While there will not be any strenuous hiking during the workshop, students should be prepared to be a little uncomfortable. We will be doing some hiking in wet conditions and hot, humid days can occur year round in Florida as well as pop up thunderstorms (which are great for photography!). 

DATES:  February 11 - 15, 2018

INSTRUCTORS:  Chris Byrne

LOCATIONS: Atlantic side beaches, Big Cypress National Preserve, Everglades National Park, Florida Keys

COST: $1450 total, $350 deposit to secure space, with the remainder due 60 days prior to workshop

COMBO COST: $2450 total for Both Workshops Part 1 & 2.  $700 deposit to secure space

GROUP SIZE: Limited to 8 participants

 

ITINERARY

We'll begin in Big Cypress National Preserve and get into the swamp itself on an early morning photo walk. From there it's on to the Everglades to explore this interesting landscape and it's famous wildlife including gators and birds. Next we will move into the Florida Keys and those classic images of crystal blue water, white sand, mangroves and sunsets. And finally we will head back up the Atlantic coast to shoot some unique rocky beaches before the workshop comes to an end. 

Day 1: We will meet in the afternoon at Clyde Butcher's Big Cypress Gallery in Ochopee and take a drive along a scenic road in Big Cypress National Preserve that is teeming with wildlife, especially gators! After that we will move into the rock pinelands for sunset. 

Day 2: Our day begins with a walk into the swamps of Big Cypress giving us the opportunity for scenes that most people would never even consider. Up close to the plant life and beauty under the cypress dome.  Then into the Everglades for the afternoon and evening. 

Day 3: Sunrise in the southern Everglades before departing for the Florida Keys and Biscayne National Park by boat. 

Day 4: We will spend the entire day enjoying the keys with sunrise and sunset shoots as well as a midday processing session. 

Day 5: Sunrise in the Keys and then we will drive up the coast to a pair of interesting and photogenic beaches in Jupiter, Florida. We will stay here for afternoon through sunset and conclude the workshop when the sun goes down. 

 

RECOMMENDED TRAVEL & LODGING

Participants should fly into wither the Miami or West Palm Beach airports. The workshop will begin in Ochopee, Florida where we will stay for the first night, with the nearest lodging can be found in Everglades City as well as some campgrounds along the Tamiami Trail. Day two will move us to the southern part of the Everglades with the nearest hotels in Florida City. Day three and four will be spent in the Florida Keys where we will stay in budget friendly hotels (exact location to be determined at least two months prior to the workshop). Our workshop will end after sunset on Friday February 11 in Jupiter, Florida which does have plenty of hotels, though participants may opt to stay closer to their airport that evening depending on flight arrangements. 

 

RECOMMENDED GEAR

CLOTHING, ETC.

  • Quick dry, lightweight long pants and shirts
  • Closed toe shoes that can get wet (I love these SEAC Neoprene Boots to keep the dirt out),
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain coat
  • Bug Spray
  • Sun Block
  • Umbrella (for help in shooting waves, not for the photographer!)

CAMERA GEAR, ETC.

  • DSLR & Lenses ranging from wide angle (16mm) to telephoto (300mm). Serious bird photographers will want to bring a 400mm or longer lens. 
  • Camera manual
  • Memory cards
  • Tripod
  • Cable Release Trigger
  • Filters (Circular Polarizing Filter, Graduated ND Filters and Solid ND filters for long exposures)
  • Lens cloths, rocket blower, etc. 
  • Computer with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop
  • Notebook

 

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Meals and snacks

Lodging

Transportation

Park entrance fees (includes $20 for 7 day Everglades pass and several small state park fees)

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South Florida (Part 2) Deposit
350.00
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South Florida Combo (Parts 1 & 2) Deposit
700.00
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South Florida (Part 2) Final Payment
1,100.00
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South Florida Combo (Parts 1 & 2) Final Payment
1,750.00
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CANCELLATION POLICY

We reserve the right to cancel the workshop if minimum participants are not met or in the event of an emergency. If a cancellation does occur, participants may either use the fee towards a future workshop or receive a full refund. We are not responsible for travel expenses incurred and therefore strongly recommend travel insurance to cover such costs.