August 9, 2009 at 11:28 pm (Florida, free, Miami, networking, social event, Social Events & Networking, South Florida) (admission, American Association of Museums, Botanica, Botanical, botanical gardens, botanicals, Chihuly, Coral Gables, Fairchild, Florida, free, free event, garden, horticulture, macro photography, micro photography, Nikon, photo club, photography, photography club, photography event, plant photography, Shoot Miami, South Florida, Tropical)
The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, Florida is “one of the world’s preeminent botanic gardens, with extensive collections of rare tropical plants…” The 83-acre garden has been accredited by the American Association of Museums since 1981, and now you get to experience it for free. Yes, FREE admission on Sundays for the month of August!
Almost 70 photographers from Shoot Miami descended on the historic gardens this morning. It was my first time visiting the gardens, and the mix of horticulture was quite striking – exhibits range from rainforest to arid, there is a sunken garden, butterfly garden, and even works by Chihuly are spread throughout many areas of the site.
After a few hours of wandering on our own, or in small groups, everyone met back at the Garden Café for some much needed rehydration and shade while we discussed our findings and different camera techniques. Overall it was a great day – hot, but fun.
June 30, 2009 at 5:20 pm (Art, Art Event, Education, free, Miami, networking, photo walk, photography, social event, Social Events & Networking, South Florida) (camera, Canon, Coral Gables, event, FARA, Fouth of July, free event, free social event, Gables, gather, gator, gator photogrpahy, Homestead Speedway, Irish Pub, John Martin, John Martin's Irish Pub, July Fourth, macro, meet up, meetup.com, Miami, Miami - Homestead Speedway, miami photogrpahy, Miami Speedway, micro, networking, Nikon, outing, painting with light, photo, photo walk, photography, photography event, photography social event, photography techniques, pictures, race, Shoot Miami, Shoot Miami Meetup, social event, social gathering, Social Networking, Sony, South Florida, south florida photography)
Last night was my first venture to a Shoot Miami Meetup. Anytime you get a group of people together who are passionate about one topic, good discussions are sure to follow. In attendance were people hailing from a wide variety of camera platforms – Nikon, Canon, Sony, etc – and photographic experience levels.
The upstairs room of John Martin’s Irish Pub in the Gables was filled with photographic portfolios from the members. Some of these photographs yielded stories of photographing gators from a few feet away, painting with light, and macro (or micro, depending on platform) shooting techniques referencing a variety of subject matters.
The gathering was informative and helpful. ZiZi, the group leader, is heading up the Photo Walk along Lincoln Road on the 18th of July – I’ll be leading the South Beach walk around the same time. They have a Fourth of July outing planned for Miami Beach, as well as a meetup for the Miami – Homestead Speedway FARA Race in early August.
I look forward to doing more with this group in the future. The seem very low-key and willing to share ideas and techniques.
June 18, 2009 at 8:31 am (Art, Art Event, Design, Design Events, Education, Florida, free, Graphic Design, Miami, networking, photo walk, photography, social event, Social Events & Networking, South Florida) (2nd annual, adobe, cheap, digital SLR, flickr, free, free entertainment, free event, free social event, lincoln road, Miami, napp, photo walk, photography, picture, point-and-shoot, scott kelby, social event, south beach, South Florida)
No? Well now you do.
Already have plans – break them.
What is a photo walk you ask? Here’s a quote from the website:
It’s a social photography event where photographers get together, usually in a downtown area or trendy section of town, to walk around, shoot photos, and generally have fun with other photographers.
In other words, get a camera – film, point-and-shoot, digital SLR, or anything that can take a picture (I’d be ecstatic to see a Kodak Brownie Box) – grab some friends, and join a walk in your area. I am doing the one on South Beach in Miami, Florida. I was part of the group that shot Lincoln Road in Miami last year for this event.
It will be fun, so whether you’re a professional, hobbyist, or just looking for something different to do. I hope to see you there!