2022 PhotoCamp – Rainbow Springs State Park, Dunnellon, FL – February 4-6

Mark your calendars for our 2022 PhotoCamp on February 4-6.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE POST FOR ALL THE IMPORTANT DETAILS.

For those who have not experienced PhotoCamp, this is an opportunity to share a weekend with fellow photographs while camping at one of Florida’s state parks. This year we will be camping at the Rainbow Springs State Park’s campground, which is located along the Rainbow River, at a separate location, a few miles from the main headspring and day-use area.

We have reserved 5 adjacent campsites so the number of campers will be limited. BUT if you don’t make it on the list of campers, you can drive up for just the day on Saturday.

If you are camping, you can arrive Friday evening and stay until Sunday morning. The campsite restrictions are as follows: 2 vehicles, 2 tents, and 8 people per site. The sites will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Each campsite has water, electricity, a picnic table, and a fire ring. The parking lot (where extra vehicles and the Saturday only folks can park) and bathrooms are very close to the campsites. Since there are a limited number of tents, a limited number of vehicles, and a limited number of people allowed per site it is important that you fill out the form below accurately so that our organizers can calculate the logistics as the event fills up. The reserved campsites have been paid for by TBCC.

Amenities include a campground store, showers and restrooms, and laundry. There is access to the river from the campground to fish, swim or paddle. 

Friday

Check-in time on Friday is: 4-6 PM

Hang out with your fellow early arriving photographers.

Saturday

We have several activities planned for attendees. This is the currently planned itinerary, however, be aware that any of it is subject to change at any time up until and during the event.

Since the day-use park is separate from the campgrounds, everyone needs to drive to and arrive at the main gate to the day-use area (map below) no later than 7:45am on Saturday morning, earlier is better. This park has a limit on the number of daily admissions. Starting at 8 AM, once the parking lot fills up, they close the gate. No others are allowed in. So we must arrive early and consolidate into as few vehicles as possible.

There is a $2 per person admission fee for the day-use area unless you have an annual FL State Park Pass.

Saturday morning, there will be a photo hike in the area surrounding the headsprings at Rainbow Springs. The trails, many of which are paved, go from the entrance down along the Rainbow River and up the paths that wind through the park that used to be the old Rainbow Springs tourist attraction. There are gardens and waterfalls, as well as views of the Rainbow River to photograph. See some images below.

When we return to the campgrounds, TBCC will host a lunch for attendees at the campsites. All food and drinks for lunch will be provided by the club. Donations of snacks and/or additional drinks will be appreciated, however. Please bring your own food if you have special dietary needs. Also, all food must be packed away in cars as the raccoons are very active.

After lunch, there will be time for campers to set up their camping gear on the campsite if you only arrived that morning.

There is a launch area at the campgrounds onto the river so you can spend some time on the river kayaking or canoeing.

In the afternoon, we will have a short photography presentation by Robert.

Around sunset, everyone will gather at our central campfire for a potluck dinner. Everyone who is staying for dinner should bring a food item to share with the group. TBCC will provide paper plates, cups, and plastic utensils for the pot luck dinner. There will be options to cook food on the fire or on camp stoves.

After dinner, any interested attendees can join in some night photography, provided that clouds don’t interfere. For the remainder of the evening, we will enjoy time at the campfire as late as anyone wants to stay up.

Sunday

Check out time on Sunday is: 10 AM

PLEASE COMPLETE THE RESERVATION FORM AT THIS LINK BEFORE JANUARY 25TH:

https://forms.gle/fJbE3uX5qBVXvBcc7

Please be sure to fill in the form even if you are only coming for Saturday’s events so we have enough food for lunch.

Note: We will close the form earlier than 1/25 if we reach the maximum capacity for the camping sites.

MAP FOR CAMPGROUNDS ONLY

MAP FOR RAINBOW SPRINGS STATE PARK – DAY-USE PARK – NOTE THE ENTRANCE GATE IS ON HWY 41

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