Florida State Parks – Photo Contest 2017

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2017 Florida State Parks Photo Contest
Now Officially Open!

Ready to share your favorite fun moments, places and experiences this summer? We want to hear from you! Enter your photos at www.FLStateParksPhotos.com now for a chance to win great prizes, with 5 fun photo categories to choose from!

Simply create an account, choose the appropriate category and location, then upload your photo(s). If you entered last year’s contest, you do not need to sign up again. Just login to get started!

 

Enter Today!

GRAND PRIZE: Kelty TraiLogic TN2 Tent + Florida State Parks Family Annual Entrance Pass

Kelty Tent Grand Prize

SECOND PRIZE: Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch + 12 Florida State Parks Day Passes

Fitbit Blaze Second Prize

THIRD PRIZE: Sea To Summit Ultralight Hammock or Enerplex Kickr IV Portable Solar Panel + 6 Florida State Parks Day Passes

Hammock or Solar Pannel Third Prize

Share your photos in the following categories:

Friends and Family Category

Friends and Family

The outdoors are meant to be shared! Who do you explore with? Share photos of your friends, family, pets and loved ones!

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One with Nature

Show us your selfies in the great outdoors! We want to see the many faces of Florida State Parks.

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One with Nature Category
Hidden Gems Category

Hidden Gems

Whether touring a historic site, observing Florida’s wildlife or attending an event, there’s something unique to discover at every Florida State Park!

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New Perspective

Capture Florida State Parks from a different perspective! Whether it’s close-ups, underwater snapshots or scenic wide-angle landscapes, we want to see your creative point-of-view.

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New Perspective Category
Real Thrills Category

Real Thrills

Let’s see your action-packed moments in Florida State Parks! Share your best freeze framed plunge, jump, ride or climb adventure.

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Join Us Online

          

#FLStateParks
www.FloridaStateParks.org

Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Division of Recreation and Parks

3900 Commonwealth Boulevard | Tallahassee, FL 32399

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Lake Worth Lagoon Photo Contest

Hello LCC Members,

I received the following information this afternoon from Nick Bryan.

Good Afternoon,

We are contacting you today in regard to our Lake Worth Lagoon Photo Contest hosted by Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management. The contest is open to all ages and all skill-levels, and photographs must be taken within Lake Worth Lagoon. The winners will appear on the 2018 Lake Worth Lagoon Calendar which will be distributed for free to an estimated 2,000 attendees of LagoonFest on November 4th, 2017.

We are connecting with certain establishments to engage the public’s interest in photographing any part of Lake Worth Lagoon. If you would be interested in advertising this contest to your visitors, attached you will find a flier with further details. More information can be found at the LagoonFest website: www.LagoonFest.com

If you prefer to have hardcopies of the fliers to hand out, we would be happy to deliver some to your place of business. Please contact us if you are interested in a delivery or if you have any further questions.

Sincerely,

The LagoonFest Team

Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners

Department of Environmental Resources Management

2300 North Jog Road, 4th Floor

West Palm Beach, FL  33411-2743

Office: (561) 233-2400

 

 

Why Post Process? Part 3

Hello LCC members,

If you missed  Part 1 This is the link

If you missed Part 2 This is the link

In this post I will show an example of using bracketed photos to create a HDR image.

I know, you may be saying HDR looks awful there is a glow around the edges and the colors look like a cartoon.

Yes, it can look that way if that is what the photographers artistic intentions are and that’s ok. I myself do not like my images to look like a cartoon but keep an open mind when viewing others work.

The first step is to set your camera to aperture priority there a post here aperture priority.

The second step set your camera to bracket exposure if you do not know how to you will need to consult your camera manual. Photomatix Pro suggests a bracket of 3 shots spaced at -2 0 +2

But, if your are using a camera that supports 1/3 Stop increments. I suggest between 5 and 9 shots spaced 1/3 stops apart.

Yes, by all means shoot in RAW not JPG

With your camera on a tripod shoot away.

Heres an example that is 5 shots spaced 1/3 stop ( -2/3 -1/3  0  +1/3  +2/3 )

Click on the gallery below ↓ to view the images larger.

 

Below ↓ is the result out of Photomatix Pro

No other adjustment have been made yet other than blending the exposures with Photomatix Pro.

 

Below  ↓ is the result out of Aurora HDR

In this image look at the foamy tide line  front of image center. Aurora did not do as good a job de-ghosting the image. This is why there are two partial foamy lines in front of the main one.

 

I decided to use the image blended by Photomatix Pro in this case because of little to no ghosting.

I then sent the image to ON1 Raw and used the effects module.

Below ↓ is the result out of ON1 Raw

The Effects used were Dynamic Contrast, Sharpening, Clarity and a small touch of Grunge.

If any members are interested in a class or a demo of post processing please let me or one of the other club board members know.

Steve

Comments or questions please leave them below.

 

Reminder

THE IS A REMINDER!       JUST A REMINDER!          SO, REMEMBER!

ENTRIES ARE DUE NEXT FRIDAY……..JUNE 9 AT MIDNIGHT!!!!

ALL CLUB MEMBERS CAN SUBMIT UP TO THREE IMAGES DEPICTING THE PALM BEACHES……GET YOUR CAMERAS CLICKING!

SEND ME jefforns@comcast.net THE IMAGES AT 72 dpi WITH THE LONG SIDE AT 1200 PIXELS

ALSO, WHILE YOU’RE AT IT…………….THE MONTHS THEME IS MEMBER’S CHOICE…..AND THOSE SUBMITTALS MUST BE HERE BYMIDNIGHT, SUNDAY, JUNE 18.

Thanks,

Jeff