2015 End of Year Holiday Party

Our annual holiday party will be held on December 12th. 7:00 PM at tRG studio. As always, we will be having a print show – please bring a print to hang and be prepared to talk briefly to everyone about your print. We will be awarding the prizes for the competition winners and we will have a few other fun surprises You are welcome to bring a guest and please bring an appetizer, entree, dessert, or drinks to share. We have tableware, cups, ice, and decorations covered already. You may use the following form to let everyone know what you are bringing. This list can be looked at first so that you can see what others have already signed up to bring and avoid duplicates.

Sign up for the Roller Derby field trip

There will be no meeting at tRG studio this upcoming Friday the 26th of September. This is our field trip month and those who are interested can attend our outing on Saturday the 27th. The bout takes place at Downtown Skate in Temple Terrace.

As long as a minimum 9 people sign up using the form below then the payment amount is only $9 (regular admission is $15). They will also reserve front row seating for us. We have been advised that it will easiest to accommodate us as a group if we arrive by 7:30 and come inside together. Parking is difficult there. It is suggested that you park across the street. I am now an official league photographer and will be there early. I will meet everyone outside at 7:30 You will be given wristbands that will allow re-entry if necessary and will be color coded to indicate if you are of legal age to purchase alcoholic beverages.

The bout starts at 8:00 PM and will last between 1 1/2 and 2 hours. (Cigar City Mafia vs. Switchblade Sisters) The lighting is not bright and is fluorescent. Be prepared to use high ISO ratings in order to achieve action-stopping shutter speeds when shooting. Be prepared to set a custom white balance if you shoot jpg. (Note: I typically shoot about a third of my exposures in black and white and I also experiment a lot with panning and motion blur shots when I’m there.) You will be able to shoot from your seat in the front row or you may move down to the suicide seating area at your own risk. You cannot stand in the suicide seating area and you must be prepared to occasionally get out of the way quickly if you choose to sit there and shoot. You will want to shoot with medium wide to medium telephoto length lenses to frame the action depending on the distance of the skaters as they progress around the rink.

Please sign up using the form below only if you are sure you will be attending. Make sure you sign up by midnight on Wednesday September 24th. I will use the list to make a payment to the league for our group. Please bring your $9 to the rink on Saturday to reimburse me.

League information: http://www.tampabayderbydarlins.com/
Basic summary of roller derby rules: http://rollerderbyresource.com/info/how-to-play-roller-derby/

We are invited to be guests at the Suncoast Camera Club meeting on October 7th

The meeting will be at the Safety Harbor Public Library
101 2nd Street North
Safety Harbor, FL 34695

Please sign up using this form if you plan to attend so that we can provide them with the courtesy of knowing how many guests to expect:

Photo Booth

At our 4th Friday meeting in April Michael Stephenson gave us a presentation on how to setup an easy and fun photo booth for events. We had plenty of fun playing around with the setup. Here are some of the photos we took while testing out the setup:

Competition Scores Updated

The scores are now current through March. You can view them at:


Upcoming Meeting 03-25-2014 Topic

Tony's Presentation

Tony’s Presentation

Club member Tony Gomes will be giving a presentation regarding achieving sharpness in images and will be covering several aspects of sharpness. Read the following message from Tony:

Getting a sharp picture what does it take.
2 months ago I was at Circle B Bar reserve in Lakeland and I ran into a group of people that included a middle aged lady with a Nikon D800 Camera and the new Nikon 80-400 AFS VR zoom lens. I asked her how she liked her equipment and her reply was it would be great if she could get a sharp picture out of it and she was planning to send it back. This is a $6000 combo and she was disappointed. I tried explaining Autofocus micro adjust and lens -Body tolerances. She shrugged me off suspiciously saying she never heard about that.
I know that pain, having struggled with my own equipment for years. Returning them to Nikon and getting them back in the same state, that is Nikon saying that they are within specs.
My talk is aimed at preventing people from having similar bad experiences.
However our perception of sharpness varies with our photographic development and the size of enlargement that we make.
I would like to walk you through the factors that contribute to a sharp picture.
Having said that if you look at National Geographic 100 most important pictures. Most of them are out of focus.

Please read up on : AF micro adjust, MTF charts, Focal plane, Chromatic aberrations, Vibration reduction, Predictive AF, Autofocus by phase adjust, autofocus by contrast adjust. Camera shake. Focus Shift, field curvature, lens resolution, lens contrast, Dot gain by printers, Diffraction, noise as a sharpening tool, Deconvoling technology.
See you on March28.
Please note this is to be an interactive discussion.

Rodeo Information

Thanks to Curtis Frey for providing the following information regarding the rodeo that is a good location for fun photography:

Gator Tuf Bull Riding Association & Circle S Rodeo
Calf, Steer & Juniors start at 6pm
Barrels & Pro Bulls at 7pm
Saturday April 19,2014
32450 Clay Gully Rd, Myakka City, FL 34251
Gates Open at 5pm

TBCC Competition Night 03-21-14

Thanks to everyone that came out for the Mud Endeavor and the Night Photography Field Trip

Hopefully everyone had a good time and got lots of nice photos. Here are some photos from our night photography field trip:

Information for those that signed up to photograph the Mud Endeavor

Hello to everyone who signed up to photograph the event,
I toured the venue for the Mud Endeavor today and here are some important things for the photographers to know:
The address is 10444 Beggs Ln, Brooksville, FL 34601.
Your name will be on a list at the entrance for you to be admitted.
Follow the signs for parking and meet at the registration table no later than 7:30 AM.
You will be assigned a station at the 7:30 photographers briefing. A few stations are within walking distance. Those assigned to farther stations will be transported out and back by ATV. Many of you will have the opportunity to rotate stations with other photographers during the course of the day.
You will be issued a vest that identifies you as an official photographer with all-access.
There has been rain recently so everything is especially wet and slippery.
The terrain is rugged and muddy. You and your vehicle will probably get dirty.
Wear appropriate clothing and shoes and bring more to change into at the end.
There are very slippery uphill and downhill slopes – be extremely  cautious to avoid falling down with camera gear. I speak from firsthand experience. On the very first slope I walked up during my tour I only made it 3 steps before doing a face-plant in the mud.
Bring whatever you need with you when you go to your station. You won’t be coming back until the end of the event sometime in the mid-afternoon. Some suggestions: water, snacks, hat, sunscreen, toilet tissue, extra camera batteries, memory cards, etc.
If you take it out, you bring it back. Leave nothing on the course or in the woods.
Use a Sharpie marker to put your initials on your memory cards and bring at least 2 per camera. Shoot and turn in JPG files only, no RAW files!
Halfway through the event a runner will collect your memory cards and you will start using fresh cards.
You will return to the finish area at the end of the event with your memory cards from the second half to be downloaded. You will turn in your vest at this time as well.
All of your cards will be returned with your files on them. Remember that you and the event promoter have mutual, non-exclusive rights to the images. You can do whatever you want with the images as can the promoter. The main intent is to provide participants with souvenir images from their day at the event. The event promoter might use some images for promotional or any other use.
There will be food and drink vendors at the registration/start/finish area. You may be able to get something to eat and drink before and after the event. Remember to carry your lunch/snacks/drinks out with you to your assigned station.
My phone works on-site, use the number below to contact me if necessary.
Thanks  – Jim S