"Florida Bird Hotspots-Where and When to Find Them"
by Paul Smith, MNEC
Monday, February 4, 7:30 PM

Our first program for February comes just in time for those of you who have a spring trip to Florida planned. This presentation will showcase ten of the top Florida hot spots for bird photography. It contains information on the best times of the year to visit and where the top spots are, as well as a few clues on how to get those great bird shots. Our speaker will show us sample images of the types of birds that may typically be found at each location as well as anecdotal information on where to stay and dine for some of the locations. Paul will conclude this informative teaching presentation with a short multimedia show of award winning Florida bird images that will illustrate what is available for you to find and photograph.

Our presenter has been a passionate photographer for more than twenty years and is the current president, newsletter editor, and education chairman in the Gateway Camera Club. Paul’s interest in photography includes landscape, nature, and studio work. He has taught seminars on Photoshop, Portraiture, Studio Lighting, Florida Bird Hot Spots, and HDR. He is a member of several professional photography organizations where he has earned multiple honors and awards including a Fuji Masterpiece Award. He has had six prints accepted into the Professional Photographers of America Permanent Loan Collection. Actively involved in Gateway since 1994 where he competes at the masters level, he has become a frequent judge and presenter at local and regional camera clubs and the annual NECCC conference. Locally he has won multiple awards in club, interclub, and international exhibitions including top honors at the Glennie Salon, several gold medals in the Greater Lynn and Ocean State Exhibitions, and most recently the Michael Videtta Award at the 2012 Greater Lynn International Exhibition. He currently sits on the NECCC Board of Directors as the editor of the newly established online NECCC Bulletin.

Please join Paul for this informative nature teaching trip to Florida.