St. Augustine Field trip – May 6 & 7, 2014

For those whom have not visited The Alligator Farm rookery in St. Augustine, Florida during the nesting season, this is a unique opportunity to photograph Egrets, Herons, Spoonbills and other birds in dozens of nests. There are dozens of alligators as well. The accessible boardwalks place the photographer within 10-50’ of the nests of chicks being tended to by the adults.  A 70-200 mm lens is perfect for this and tripods are welcome.
Historic St. Augustine offers many opportunities for photos of houses and shops along St. George St. as well as the Castillo De San Marcos historic fort and the St. Augustine Lighthouse.
May 6th and 7th .
Meet at the parking lot at Pineland Station by the LENS. Meet by 8:15 and depart at 8:30a.m.
The drive is 3-1/4 to 3-1/2 hours.
Lunch on May 6th at Clarks Fish Camp (directions to follow)
Visit Historic District of St. Augustine on May 6 in the afternoon. Parking in downtown is at the Visitor Center.
Hook up with other members for dinner on May 6.
Visit the St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Rockery the morning of May 7. The Alligator Farm open at 9:00a.m.Admission to the Alligator Farm is $22.95 but if we have more than 10 the admission is $16.07/person
Here are two site for restaurants:
Hotel – Recommend the Holiday Inn Express at $99.00.
For those who prefer to stay on the beach we recommend The Hampton Inn at 180.00 per night.
Other Hotels – Comfort Suites Downtown at $109.00  904-829-2292
Country Inn & Suites $109.00 , 904-827-1766
 Days Inn at $85.00 ,904-824-3383,  Travelodge at $70.00, 904-829-3850
All facilities offer a breakfast.
Here are three sites for info on both the Historic area as well as the Alligator Farm
IF interested in joining The Photo Shoot – Contact Jim Smeltzer at

Special Workshop Opportunity

We are pleased to announce that on WEDNESDAY, February 26th the competition will be judged by Mark Hilliard, a noted photographer from Pawley’s Island. A Landscape, Wildlife & Fine Art Photographer for 47 years, Mark has extensively traveled the world chasing his photographic visions. Mark co-owns the Lens Work Gallery in Pawleys Island where he specializes in fine art nature photography. Mark is best known for his ultra high speed hummingbird photography, lightning, water drops, ultra long exposures and especially his advanced infrared work and workshops! Mark will present a program devoted to infrared photography, using a series of specially modified cameras and post processing with Photoshop and Nik software. The club is also pleased to announce that Mark Hilliard will offer a workshop, based at the LENS and beginning on Thursday evening, February 27th. The program will continue all day Friday the 28th of February and conclude on Saturday, March 1st. The class is limited to 12 photographers. The cost of the program is $130.00 per person. (This is a substantial savings over his normal workshop charge) Those members without a converted camera will be permitted to use one of the loaner cameras provided by Mark. Members must share these camera as there are not enough for each member to have one for their exclusive use. Those members interested in the workshop MUST send an email to The first twelve will be enrolled. Payment is to be made no later than February 10, 2014. Payment instructions will be provided when enrolling. Any questions, please contact Wes Grady at 843-564-3644Special Workshop