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TBCC Urban Photo Scavenger Hunt 10/25/2019

Our regularly scheduled meeting will not be held at tRG studio on this night. We will gather for our meeting in downtown Tampa in Curtis Hixon Park (600 N Ashley Dr, Tampa, FL 33602) at the tables adjacent to the fountains on Ashley Street. Parking is available on the streets, in several street level parking lots nearby and in the William F. Poe Parking Garage. Please arrive in time to find parking and walk to the meeting location before 7:00 pm. Meeting starts promptly at 7:00 pm. After announcements we will begin the proceedings for our urban photo scavenger hunt event.

Boundaries and Rules:
Western boundary is the Hillsborough River
Southern boundary is Kennedy Blvd
Eastern boundary is Florida Ave
Northern boundary is Cass St.

Every photo to be scored must be of an object that lies anywhere in the boundaries from within the far curb of any actual boundary street or within the river. Nothing on the far side of any boundary street including anything on the far sidewalk counts. Nothing from the western bank of the river and beyond counts. Everyone will receive a printed copy of the primary list of items to search for prior to the start of the event. Everyone will take a photo of Jim Sykes in front of the fountains at the official start of the event. Only photos taken after that and during the time limit will count. Scoring is on the honor system but anyone may challenge you to show any photo as proof. Jim Sykes will be the sole judge of whether an image counts in the event of a questionable image. Bribes will be gladly accepted but will not alter any decisions. Technical quality of images is not a factor for scoring however the subject of the photo that is being scored must be prominent and clearly identifiable. You will have one hour and 15 minutes from the time the photo of Jim is taken to return to the starting point with your photos for scoring. Anyone that returns late enough to require us to restart the scoring process will incur a penalty deduction of 10 points.

The intention of this event is to have fun and increase your visual concentration. Many items on the primary list are commonplace in an urban environment but some of the items are specific one-of-a-kind items and will require extra diligence and visual acuity to locate and are therefore worth more points. In addition to the main list there is a mystery list. The mystery list for this event is themed. The theme of the mystery list will be revealed just prior to the start of the event. Specific items on the mystery list will not be revealed prior to the scoring process and many items on that list have high point values.

Elections- Board of Directors

Elections will be held at the beginning of our next meeting on Friday, October 18th. All positions are open for candidates and any club member in good standing may run for election to any of the positions on the board and may vote in the election. Board positions are in effect for two years and new seats will be filled by those elected beginning in January 2020. Any member may announce their candidacy at the start of the meeting and may make a short presentation to the membership if they desire. In the interest of time, we will distribute ballots only for any positions that have more than one candidate running in the election.
This is your opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to, and to take a direct part in driving the future direction of our club on behalf of our membership. Following is a list of the board positions and the incumbent director in each position. If you feel that you can make a strong contribution to the leadership of our organization then please step up and throw your hat in the ring on Friday night! If you are unable to attend on Friday and are interested in being on the ballot please contact Jim, Lynn, or Robert before Friday so that we announce your candidacy on your behalf and to make sure that you are included on the ballot.

President: Jim Sykes
Vice President: Lynn Wiezycki
Treasurer: Leon Robinson
Secretary: Victoria Drum
Competition Records: Doris Bowling
Education: Robert Rostick
Program Director: Michael Stephenson
Competition: Joe Pembo
Marketing: Bryan Schneider
Membership: Sue Harvey
Greeter: Diane Aichner

Fourth Friday meeting is a field trip

Our meeting for Friday, the 25th, 2019 will be held in downtown Tampa rather than at tRG studios. We will meet at the tables by the fountains nearest to Ashley Dr. We will have an urban photo scavenger hunt that evening. Jim will lay out the rules and the boundaries at the start of the meeting. There will be a list of items provided to you to try and locate within the designated boundaries to photograph. As always, there will also be a mystery list so make sure to photograph anything that you may think is interesting that does not appear on the list. It will be lots of fun as always and there will be prizes!

Jenesis 2019 image files due.

Please have your image files from 2019 jenesis to be published ready to turn in at the Friday, October 18th meeting. If you have image files for publishing and can’t attend the meeting please get them to Robert before then or send them one at a time via email to mytbcc@gmail.com

Fourth Friday Meeting for September is a field trip

Do not come to tRG studio for our meeting on Friday, September 27. We are meeting instead at Julian B Lane Riverfront Park, 1001 N Blvd, Tampa, FL 33606 at 7:00 pm. We will be making twilight and night photos and practicing panorama and vertorama techniques. Tripods are highly recommended. Meet beneath the Tampa River Center Illuminated sign prior to 7:00 pm and we will start our meeting at that time.

Resources from Helga’s Water/Ink/Oil presentation

Equipment List:
Macro lens (100mm)
Tripod
Drinking glass/piece of glass
Flash
Gels
Tissue paper
Olive oil
Toothpick
Dropper
Trigger/Receiver for flash
Remote control for camera
Pluto trigger?

Ink in motion

Water drop photography – start to finish

Pluto trigger
Part 1

Part 2

Facebook Macro Photography group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/450261958466182/about/

Adatalux Lighting for Macro

Adaptalux Lighting Studio – Adaptable Macro Photography Lighting

Water Drop Kit
Settings M (manual focus) image stabilizer off
ISO 100 or 200 (100 or 200 depending on the liquid and background used.
f/16
1/250 (max sync speed when using flash) (usually I have it slower)
The flash is 45 degrees off to the left or right, set to manual and 1/64 power (sometimes 1/32)
I usually use wireless transmitters.
With water I point the flash to the background image and bounce the light back through the water drops.
With Milk you have to point the flash to the drop/sculpture itself since it is not transparent.
When using water I usually have some food dye in it and about 1/4 tea spoon of “guar gum” mixed with two cups of warm water that is going to be the actual droplets… (then let the water cool)
Drop Kit – Pluto Triggers and Valve (https://plutotrigger.com/pages/valve-guide)

Liquid Flow

  • Cream mixed with food coloring and then squeezed into a plastic container of water with a black background behind it. A flash on either side. Then flip them and select half of the image copy it, flip it and merge to make to look symmetrical.

Picture3

My setup and process for making cream drop photos.
Jeff Campbell
I’ve got to say I’m both surprised and thrilled with how these turned out and the positive
reactions from the group. I’ve had a number of requests from folks asking “How….”, so here is
a short overview my setup and technique. I first saw this described in Corrie White’s ebook
“The Ultimate Guide to Water Drop Photographs”, available on her website LiquidDropArt.com
Stuff you’ll need
• A clear straight sided plastic container at least 6” x 6” x 6”. Bigger would be better for
keeping flash glare off the back, but bear in mind you only get a few shots before it
clouds up and you have to change the water. I’m using a bagel storage container from
Walmart, but a small fish aquarium is more commonly used.
• Off-camera flash(s). A flash mounted on the camera would have too much reflection off
both the front and back of the container. I tend to use contrasting color gels on the
flashes (orange on one, blue on the other).
• Black plastic taped inside the back of the container. I used a “For Sale” sign, painted flat
black, and cut to fit.
• String stretched across the top to act as a placement guide for the cream dropper.
• A camera and lens capable of close-up photos with about a 4” field of view. I’m using a
Fuji X-T2 with Tamron 90mm 1:1 macro, but 1:6 to 1:4 magnification is all you’ll want.
• A tripod to keep your hands free.
• Cream and a coloring agent, preferably washable as there will be stray drips. I used Half
& Half (a.k.a. table cream), but I’m curious how heavy whipping cream would work. I
also use liquid food coloring. It’s getting hard to find these days, but it’s easier to mix in
the cream than the gel type dyes.
Setting it up
• My “studio” is in my basement where I can dim the lights to keep ambient reflections
and glare to a minimum. This helps to achieve that invisible black background.
• I fill the tank with as much water as I’m comfortable carrying/moving without sloshing it
on the camera or flashes. You’ll want it at least 4” deep.
• Prop a ruler against the fish line to use as a focus aid and for framing the image.
• Turn down the room lights and take a test photo to check for flash glare. I use one flash
at a time so I can tell which one may be causing the glare. Once all the flashes are
positioned, take a final test shot of the ruler to check exposure and focus. Zoom in to
look for any water spots or bubbles on the container. Ideally, you’ll see nothing but the
ruler and a pure black background.
The shoot
• You are only going to need a few drops of each color of cream so pre-fill the droppers
with just enough for a single image. Any extra is likely to end up in the tank as a big
Fish line acts as a
guide to quickly
place the dropper
into the focus zone.
Black paper
“snoot” to keep
stray light off the
black back ground
Optional flash
above the water to
show items above
the surface
Primary flashes to
light the plume,
placed to minimize
glare on the
container front and
back
cloud. Place the droppers where you can easily and quickly grab them after triggering
the camera.
• This is going to happen fast. Corrie White used a remote trigger with her foot so that
both hands were free for dripping. I programmed the camera to shoot at 1 second
intervals for 10 seconds. The first frame or two will be empty, the middle few will be
the good stuff, and the last few will likely be a cloudy mess.
• Turn down the lights, put the first dropper into position with one hand and trigger the
camera with the other. Start dripping, you’ve got maybe 5 or 6 seconds before the first
drops sink out of frame and/or get too cloudy.
• Take a few minutes to check your photos and allow the cream to settle to the bottom of
the tank. I can do two to three shoots before the stray cream becomes objectionable
and I have to change the water.
The 4 smaller images on the left are from the same shoot and show how the cream expands.
The larger image was made by mirroring the last small image.
Post Processing
Global Adjustments. I use Adobe Light Room for global adjustments. I
prefer to use Raw files, but jpegs work if you can get the exposure close
in the camera.
• In the Basic Panel, I use the color picker and click on a white
cream spot to set white balance.
• Use Auto for the Tone adjustment then pull down the blacks to
help hide any glare and stray cream clouds. I also pull down the
highlights, push up the whites, and bump up both clarity and
dehaze to get a translucent look with bright highlights.
• I try different tone curves, but generally end up using the “Strong
Contrast” setting.
• You can use the spot healing brush for minor cleanup, but if I’m
mirroring I prefer to wait and use the clone stamp tool in
Photoshop.
Mirroring:
• Right click on the image and select Edit in Photoshop.
• Copy the layer.
• From the top menu, click Image – Canvas Size and change the
width to 200%.
• Use the move tool to drag the base image to one side of the
canvas and then move the copied image to the opposite side.
• Select the copied image and from the top menu click Edit –
Transform – Flip Horizontally
• Use the rectangular marquee tool to select an area the full height
of the canvas and about half its width.
• Click the Add Layer Mask icon to convert the selection into a layer mask. Click on the
link icon between the layer and mask icons to unlink them. This allows you to move the
mask without moving the image.
• Select the move tool. Hold the shift key while dragging anything to ensure they only
move horizontally and the right and left images stay aligned.
• Select the copied image and slide it towards the center of the canvas. This will start to
cover the base image, but don’t worry. Select the mask and drag it towards the center,
revealing part of copied image and hiding part of the base image. Position the mask
edge so its centered between the right and left images. You’ll know it’s right when the
edges on both sides of the mirror line are perfectly aligned.
• Keep moving the copied image and re-centering the mask until you are happy with the
mirror.
• When you see something you like, go to the history panel and click the snapshot icon to
temporarily save the image. Then keep adjusting to see what else is hiding in the image.
When you are done, or if you just want to revert to a previous snapshot, go to the top of
the history panel and click on the various snapshots to see which you like best. Note,
these snapshots are not saved when you save the file – they will be lost when you close
it.
• Crop the canvas to fit your new image, Save and Export.

Camera Gear Swap Meet July 13th at 10:00

Film Noir Photo Night

Behind the scenes at our May 2019 technical meeting:

February Field Trip

Please remember that there will be no regular club meeting on Friday night 02-22-2019. Instead we are having a photo scavenger hunt field trip the following morning, 02-23-2019 at Hillsborough River State Park (HRSP). 15402 U.S. 301 North Thonotosassa, FL 33592. Plan to meet in parking lot 3 between 9:30 and 10:00 am. This is the largest parking lot in the park. It is not the parking lot by the pool, that is lot number 4. If you pass parking lot 3 by mistake then you may park elsewhere and walk back to lot number 3. Allow time to get through the line at the entrance as the park is popular and busy on Saturday mornings. Carpooling is encouraged as this will minimize the number of vehicles that we will have in the entrance line and it may lower your cost. Admission is $6 per vehicle. We will review the rules and start the event at 10:00 am. We will reconvene at noon to score the event. It is suggested that you bring a lunch to eat at this time. There is a food concession in the park as well. Bringing some water to drink and a snack to eat while out photographing in the park is also recommended.

Scavenger Hunt Rules:
All photos must be taken inside the boundaries of HRSP on 02-23-19 between the times of 10:00 am and noon. Only one photo of each list item will count for points. (Example 1: If you take 3 different photos of various types of yellow flowers, only one photo may be counted. Example 2: If you have a single photo that contains multiples of any item other than an animal being counted for points it still only counts for once. A single photo of 3 yellow flowers scores the same as a photo of a single yellow flower. Example 3: Multiple points for multiple items in a photo will be awarded on photos of animals. A single photo showing 3 turtles counts triple what a photo of a single turtle is worth.) There are mystery items as well. Be aware of interesting or unusual items that you encounter and photograph them even if they aren’t on your list because they might be a mystery item. The list of mystery items will be will not be revealed in advance. The regular list is below. The amount of points that each item is worth will be revealed during the scoring process. Please print the list below and bring a copy with you to the event or keep a digital copy on your mobile device for reference.

Deer
Pig
Turkey
Turtle
Snake
Eagle
Great Blue Heron
Anhinga
Limpkin
Ibis
Alligator
Otter
Butterfly
Moth
Squirrel
Raccoon
Armadillo
Possum
Owl
Woodpecker
Grasshopper
Caterpillar
Toad
Frog
Spider
Pine cone
Yellow flower
White flower
Poison Ivy
Mushroom
Acorn
Cactus
Lichens
Bird nest
Cypress Knee
Park Ranger

Photo Competition Assignments 2019

Jan – Unusual Angle of View
Create interesting images of any subjects from an unusual camera. Low angle, high angle, tilted camera angle, etc.

Feb – Patterns
Create interesting images that are based on visual repetition of subject elements.

Mar – Backlighting
Create images with strong visual impact where the subjects are very obviously illuminated from behind by a strong light source

Apr – Night Sky
Create compelling images using the night sky as the primary subject element. The night sky should not be secondary or incidental to the images.

May – Simplify/Minimalism
Create impactful images utilizing a single element as the subject while eliminating or minimizing other visual elements within the scene.

Jun – Bridges
Create well-composed images using either entire bridges or visually interesting portions of their structure.

Jul – Dance
Create artistic images that represent the beauty and motion of the art of dance.

Aug – Lens Flare
Create well-composed images of any subject that is visually enhanced by any of the many forms of lens flare that can occur when light from a strong source strikes the front element of a camera lens.

Sep – Bokeh
Create interesting images of any subject that is visually enhanced by having an obviously very out-of-focus background.

Oct – Reflections
Create compelling images where the primary subject is reflected on any surface or is strongly visually supported by reflections.

Nov – Moving Water/Liquid
Create interesting images where the primary subject is any form of moving liquid with the artistic goal being to specifically show the motion of the liquid in an interesting way.

Technical Meetings that are scheduled as of now are:

January 25thTechnical Meeting – How to make a Blurb book

February 23rd Technical Meeting – Saturday morning photo scavenger hunt at Hillsborough River State Park. Arrive by 9:45 am latest, event starts at 10:00 am. Additional details to be announced.