Mark Your Calendar! Our June 25, 2021 Technical Night is a Photo Walk in Clearwater!

Please mark your calendars as our June Technical Night is a Photo Walk get together in Clearwater.

Please join your fellow club members at 7 PM June 25th at Clearwater Memorial Park/Entrance to the Yacht Basin docks at the east end of the Clearwater Memorial Causeway.

There is parking along Drew Street and at the adjacent Coachman Park. (see the map below)

We will be shooting along the waterfront and around the bridge as it is lit up at night.

Be sure to bring your tripod, wide-angle lens and bug spray!

Header Image & this image by Jim McWilliam

Image by Bryan Schneider

Hope to see you all there!

Lynn W.

May Technical Night – Special Presentation – Photographing Stunning Vertoramas of Architectural Interiors – by Padma Inguva

Please join us for this special Zoom presentation on May 28, 2021 at 6:30pm.

Presentation Info

Photographing the interiors of these massive structures such as cathedrals, museums and churches  present photographic problems not readily solved by current and popular photographic techniques. After considerable trials and errors and mentoring from world class Klaus Hermann, Padma Inguva refined several techniques to showcase the interiors of churches and cathedrals by capturing the entirety of the altar and ceiling in one image that normally could not be captured in one frame.

By embracing the technique of Vertoramas, Padma has been able to capture the beauty and magnificence of these incredible structures.

In simple terms, it’s a combination of the already known techniques of Panoramas and HDR photography. In even simpler terms, by stitching together vertical frames and incorporating HDR photography Padma has managed to present a realistic and complimentary view of an incredibly large structure in a single image. As a devotee of the “art form” of Vertoramas, Padma will present her work as well as discuss the workflow that she uses to process these images. The topics include HDR (High-Dynamic Range Imaging, Vertorama stitching as well as tone mapping).

Presenter Bio:

Padma Inguva’s passion for photography goes beyond her incredible love for photographing flowers. It extends and encompasses the architectural world and all its wonders which include photographing places of worship especially interiors.  As a photographer and a student of Civil Engineering , she has managed to incorporate the two disciplines into an art form. Her appreciation of Neoclassical Architecture has led her to capture some of the magnificent religious structures in USA.

I have been fortunate to attend several of Padma’s online classes. She is an enthusiastic and dynamic instructor and she will keep you on your toes as she shows you her methods and techniques.

HOW TO ATTEND

We will send the Zoom invitation to all current (2021) members a few days prior to 05/28/21.

Please remember to renew your TBCC annual membership if you have not already done so for 2021. You can use this link: http://www.jrsphotos.com/misc_sale_tbcc_dues30.htm

BE SURE TO COMPLETE THE MEMBER INFO FORM, HIT THE SUBMIT BUTTON AND THEN PAY YOUR DUES ON PAYPAL. THIS IS FOR RENEWALS AS WELL AS NEW MEMBERS!

Non -Members are Welcome! If you are interested in joining us to see what we are all about, we will send you a Zoom Invitation for our Competition Night only. Please send your Name and Email address with the Subject line “Zoom Invite Needed for MEETING on (appropriate date)” to mytbcc@gmail.com so we can get the invitation to you.

Hope to see you at our Competition Night on May 21st and for this Technical Night on May 28th.

Lynn Wiezycki, TBCC Pres

April Technical Night – Long Exposures and Double Exposures – by Robert, Lee & Lynn

Since two of our upcoming Competition Assignments are Long Exposures and Double Exposures, we will be going over these photographic techniques for our April 23, 2021 Technical Night!

Robert, Lee and Lynn will be tag teaming the discussion with their images and suggestions on how to make artistic creations of your own.

These techniques are a bit outside “normal” photography but they are great ways to get more creative and have a lot of fun with the equipment and software we all have! You can even do this with your phone camera!

So please join us as we go down this creative rabbit-hole and have some fun getting your “altered realty” on for our June and August assignments!

HOW TO ATTEND

We will send the Zoom invitation to all current (2021) members a few days prior to 04/23/21.

Please remember to renew your TBCC annual membership if you have not already done so for 2021. You can use this link: http://www.jrsphotos.com/misc_sale_tbcc_dues30.htm

BE SURE TO COMPLETE THE MEMBER INFO FORM, HIT THE SUBMIT BUTTON AND THEN PAY YOUR DUES ON PAYPAL. THIS IS FOR RENEWALS AS WELL AS NEW MEMBERS!

Non -Members are Welcome! If you are interested in joining us to see what we are all about, we will send you a Zoom Invitation for our Competition Night only. Please send your Name and Email address with the Subject line “Zoom Invite Needed for MEETING on (appropriate date)” to mytbcc@gmail.com so we can get the invitation to you.

Hope to see you at our Competition Night on April 16th and for this Technical Night on April 23rd.

Lynn Wiezycki, TBCC VP

March Technical Night – Lightroom Updates, Tips & Tricks presented by Robert Rostick

Our own, and very special, Robert Rostick, will be presenting Lightroom updates, tips & tricks for our March Technical Night on March 26, 2021.

  1. We will explore some hidden features inside Lightroom Classic that you may not know about as well as some Brush Tricks
  2. LR Range Mask in depth
  3. LR Color Grading and replacing color
  4. LR Print Module and Map features
  5. Also any questions you might have about LR that have never been answered to your satisfaction

We hope to see you at this technical night that will certainly help all of us!

HOW TO ATTEND

We will send the Zoom invitation to all current (2021) members a few days prior to 03/26/21.

Please remember to renew your TBCC annual membership if you have not already done so for 2021. You can use this link: http://www.jrsphotos.com/misc_sale_tbcc_dues30.htm

BE SURE TO COMPLETE THE MEMBER INFO FORM, HIT THE SUBMIT BUTTON AND THEN PAY YOUR DUES ON PAYPAL. THIS IS FOR RENEWALS AS WELL AS NEW MEMBERS!

Non -Members are Welcome! If you are interested in joining us to see what we are all about, we will send you a Zoom Invitation for our Competition Night only. Please send your Name and Email address with the Subject line “Zoom Invite Needed for MEETING on (appropriate date)” to mytbcc@gmail.com so we can get the invitation to you.

Hope to see you at our Competition Night on March 19th and for this Technical Night on March 26th.

Lynn Wiezycki, TBCC VP

Mark your Calendar for our Next Outdoor Adventure – Sunday, April 25, 2021 at Robinson Preserve in Bradenton, FL.

As a followup to our wonderful Photocamp in January we are getting together for a morning plus lunch outing at Robinson Preserve in Bradenton on April 25, 2021 at 9 AM.

PLEASE READ ENTIRE POST.

This is a terrific park with many photographic opportunities.

I made a visit to check it out and was blown away and, I only saw part of it! I carried my long lens for birds and my wide angle on the infrared converted camera for landscapes. There were some birds but I spent most of my time shooting landscapes.

Woodpecker – I also saw many egrets, some raptors and other small birds.

The Observation Tower was a fairly short walk from the main parking lot but it is several stories high. There are decks on the lower levels so you can see some of the salt marsh from the lower levels. From the top deck you can see the Skyway Bridge and get an overview of the entire preserve.

Observation Tower
View from the Tower.
View from the Tower – Used the birding lens for some landscape images!

The salt marsh has a great variety of plant types and there are long boardwalks and many bridges going over the marsh and small streams that flow in and out of the bay.

I even tried a little ICM with my iPhone and the Slow Shutter Cam app!

I have booked Pavilion #1 (below) that is adjacent to the parking lot and main trailhead at the 1704 99th St NW, Bradenton, FL 34209 entrance. If anyone wants to just hang out there it will be a pleasant spot and it is screened in. Also, everyone please bring a picnic lunch for yourselves and we can enjoy each others company at lunchtime. We will have the pavilion until 5:30pm so if you want to stay past lunch you are welcome to!

We will meet at the pavilion at 9 AM EDT. I will have maps of the preserve so you can decide which of the many trails you want to checkout. There is a long paved trail and some unpaved but fairly smooth crushed shell trails. The trail to the Observation Tower is mostly crushed shell.

Be sure to bring insect repellant and fluids for hydration!

We hope to see everyone there!

ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

Lynn W.

Some info from their website:

Tucked into the corner of northwest Bradenton, Robinson Preserve includes 679 acres of coastal grasslands, saltern, marsh, and mangrove habitat. These systems support a variety of rare wildlife, presenting careful observers with an opportunity to see roseate spoonbills, wood storks, white pelicans, bald eagles, and least terns in their natural environment. Sprouting up from the salty soil are a vast array of intriguing plants, including saltwort, glasswort, and succulent sea purslane.

Robinson Preserve offers visitors numerous ways to explore the coastal habitats. Scale the 40-foot tall observation tower for a view of four counties and five water bodies or check out the view from the camera in the Valentine House Visitor’s Center. Bike or roller blade on 2.5 miles of trail, and hikers can explore more than 5 miles of shell and coastal trails. For paddlers, Robinson Preserve’s 2.5 miles of blueways present a chance to navigate through mangrove tunnels, marshes, and more. The opportunities are endless.

February 2021 – Technical Night – Special Presentation by Eileen Sklon – Intentional Camera Movement (ICM)

Introduction

Have you ever unintentionally hit the shutter button while you were moving your camera? Maybe you deleted the image or maybe you had a masterpiece on your computer! Well, those unintentional movements are difficult to recreate but how about intentional camera movement (ICM)? Making this type image can be fun and get your creative juices going BUT it can be frustrating as well.

Our special guest speaker, Eileen Sklon, has taken ICM up to the level of fine art! Her impressionistic images give you the essence of the scene but also make you wonder what it is. Eileen will be giving us some tips and tricks for making your ICM images into masterpieces. She will talk about shooting technique (with both your camera & phone) and will touch on some post processing as well.

Eileen’s Bio

Eileen has been making Impressionistic images for many  years. She enjoys the many different ways of making her images painterly and the thrill she  gets shooting these kind of images. She really enjoys sharing this love with others and showing how to create Impressionistic images using your camera and mobile phone. Eileen is proud to be a member of the team of presenters for  Jackie Kramer’s Workshops, in person and online. She has been a presenter for Phlorographers Unite Ashville, Denver and Gainsville,  Macro Masters 1 & 2 Online and the upcoming Phlorography Online 21. Eileen has also presented at Photography and Art Clubs around Florida.

Her Website: https://eileensklon.myportfolio.com/

Sample Images from Eileen

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Don’t miss this fun presentation for a photo technique you can do with no extra equipment or software, just some time, an appropriate subject and a good bit of imagination!

How to attend

Jim will send the Zoom invitation to all current (2021) members a few days prior to 02/26/21.

Please remember to renew your TBCC annual membership if you have not already done so for 2021. You can use this link: http://www.jrsphotos.com/misc_sale_tbcc_dues30.htm

BE SURE TO COMPLETE THE MEMBER INFO FORM, HIT THE SUBMIT BUTTON AND THEN PAY YOUR DUES ON PAYPAL. THIS IS FOR RENEWALS AS WELL AS NEW MEMBERS!

Non -Members are Welcome! If you are interested in joining us to see what we are all about, please send your Name and Email address with the Subject line “Zoom Invite Needed for MEETING on (appropriate date)” to mytbcc@gmail.com so we can get the invitation to you.

Hope to see you at our Competition Night on February 19th and for this Technical Night on February 26th.

Lynn Wiezycki, TBCC VP

January 2021 Technical Night – Judging and Being Judged with Jim Sykes and Robert Rostick

For our first Technical Night of the new year on January 22, we have our own Jim Sykes and Robert Rostick doing a panel discussion about image judging.

You might ask, why judging, I’m not a pro? But getting insight into how a professional looks at your images not only will help you with judging, if you get that opportunity on a TBCC Competition Night, but it also makes you more cognizant of what judges are looking for and what is important to them. Always remembering that all of this is very subjective.

This insight will make you more comfortable when you are called upon to judge others’ images but more importantly, it should give you a new “set of eyes” when you are looking at and evaluating your own images for competition and exhibition.

So please join us at 6:30pm on Friday, January 22, for the pre-meeting social time and then at 7:00pm we will start the meeting.

Jim will send out the Zoom invitation a couple of days prior to the meeting to all current members.

Please remember to renew your annual membership if you have not already done so for 2021. You can use this link: http://www.jrsphotos.com/misc_sale_tbcc_dues30.htm

BE SURE TO COMPLETE THE NEW INFO FORM AND TO HIT THE SUBMIT BUTTON AND THEN PAY YOUR DUES ON PAYPAL.

If you are interested in joining us to see what we are all about, please send your Name and Email address with the Subject line “Zoom Invite Needed for Technical Night Meeting” to mytbcc@gmail.com so we can get the invitation to you.

Hope to see you at our Competition Night on January 15th and for this Technical Night on January 22.

Happy New Year!!

Lynn Wiezycki, TBCC VP

2021 Competition Assignment Subjects

January – Leading Lines. Create an interesting composition that has elements that work as a visual path to guide the viewer to the main subject.

February – Old Buildings. Be creative -interiors, exteriors, architectural details, etc.

March – Nightscapes. Photograph an interesting landscape or cityscape at night.

April – Places of Worship. This doesn’t necessarily have to be a building, it can be a spiritual or holy locale. Make sure your photograph informs the viewer in some way that the subject is a place of worship. It should not require additional explanation to make the connection.

May – Flowing Water. Show an interesting scene that creatively uses flowing water as the primary subject. Be creative, remember that flowing water exists in many places other than in nature.

June – Long Exposure. Make an exposure 1/2 second or longer in such a way that that length of the exposure contributes substantially to the appearance of the subject.

July – Reflections. Submit an image in which the subject is shown creatively in a reflective surface. For example but not limited to water, glass, mirror, metal, etc.

August – Double Exposure. Present an interesting image that is obviously combined from two distinct and separate original images. This may be done in camera or via software. Since this process is altered reality by it’s very nature you will not be required to label your submission as such.

September – Rainy Day. Create an image that is obviously created in rainy conditions and in which those conditions contribute substantially to the story you are visually telling your viewer.

October – Capture Motion. Create an image in which the motion itself becomes the subject. Freeze-frame, blur, timelapse composite, etc.

November – Automobile/Truck/Motorcycle. Make an interesting photo of any of these three modes of transportation. Be creative – think about static beauty shots, action shots, detail shots etc. If including people remember that for this assignment the vehicle must obviously be visually more important as a subject than a driver, rider, etc. For example if you submit a photo of a motorcycle with a rider you must be creative enough to ensure that the motorcycle is obviously more important visually than the combination of the rider paired with the motorcycle in your composition.