TBCC Annual Awards and Holiday Party scheduled for Sunday, December 12, 2021

On behalf of your TBCC Board of Directors, you are cordially invited to the TBCC Annual Awards and Holiday Party that will be held on Sunday, December 12th, at Phillippe Park in Safety Harbor.

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The fun gets started at 1 PM in Pavilion #8 and will go until about 4 PM.

There are many big picnic tables in the pavilion, but you are welcome to bring your own chairs if you prefer. The club will supply grills, hand sanitizer, ice, plates, cups, silverware, and napkins. There are some electrical outlets. Please bring extension cords, if needed.

We are counting on all of you to bring all that wonderful food and drink that TBCC is famous for!

The food/drink signup form is below.

We will have our end-of-year awards ceremony for those who qualified in our monthly competitions.

Don’t forget our “pushpin” story display! Since we are not actually using “pushpins” in our outdoor venue, please bring one photo that is at least 8X10 (so everyone can see it). It should be on a piece of foam core or matted for rigidity while hanging from our photo lineup! This is not a competition but a chance for you to get up and tell everyone the story behind your image. So keep that in mind when making your image choice. Please only bring an image we have not seen before.

In addition, we have added a Silent Auction to our party events. This auction will help us raise some additional funds that we need to continue to bring in the internationally known photography educators that we have been fortunate to have for the last 2 years.

If you have any photography-related items (equipment, books, prints, etc.) you would like to donate, please contact Leslie Williams or me. You can get them to us prior to Dec 12th or let us know what you are bringing on Dec 12th and we will reserve a spot.

Whether you donate an item or not, we hope you will bid on an item or items in the silent auction.

Be sure to get your free ticket when you arrive for our annual raffle.

Please join us for an afternoon of fun, food, fellowship, and photo sharing!

If you have any questions, please let me know at mytbcc@gmail.com

Lynn Wiezycki

PLEASE CHECK THIS LIST OF FOOD AND DRINKS TO SEE WHAT HAS ALREADY BEEN ADDED:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1cdEhIxFZWZXigsQ4Vn2yjOBsXceMUqTYSawIdL0t6l8/edit?usp=sharing

SIGN-UP FORM LINK BELOW FOR FOOD AND DRINKS

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SEE YOU AT PAVILION #8 AT PHILLIPPE PARK, SAFETY HARBOR

October 2021 – Technical Night – Special Presentation – “Photographing Glassware with Refractions and Reflections” by Gerri Jones

For our last Technical/Education Night of the year, coming up on Friday, October 22, 2021, we have a special presentation by Gerri Jones.

Presentation Summary

“Photographing Glassware with Refractions and Reflections” 

Photographing glassware can be challenging.  Finding new ways to get creative with it even more so.  Join Gerri Jones as she demonstrates her approach to photographing glassware using colorful backgrounds and reflections on a surface.  This program will feature: What types of backgrounds to use and how to display them.  Some technical points of shooting in the dark on a tripod, lens choices, f/stops and angles for successful photographs with this technique.

Gerri’s Bio

Gerri enjoys photographing all subjects and especially the challenge of new ways to see through the creative use of Lensbaby lenses.  She is a Lensbaby Ambassador.

Gerri has been a featured speaker/instructor at regional camera conferences including Mike Moats Macro Convention, Hazel Meredith’s Creative Photography Conferences, New England Camera Club Council (NECCC) Photo Conference and Out of Chicago Conferences.  Gerri also instructs in creative photography presentations with camera clubs, in person or online.

Gerri’s images have been featured in several publications, commercial proposals and she also has reviewed several photography books for development by Focal Press Publications.  Her images have received several first place awards in national and regional photo competitions.

Gerri resides in Buffalo, New York. 

A Couple of Gerri’s Images

HOW TO ATTEND

We will send the Zoom invitation to all current (2021) members a few days prior to 10/22/2021.

Non -Members – 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.

This is a fun photo project you can do right in your home so you won’t want to miss this. You never know…this might be a competition assignment next year!

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

Lynn Wiezycki, TBCC Pres

September 2021 – Technical Night – Special Presentation – “In Depth on Depth: Creating Dimension in Landscape Photographs” by Colleen Miniuk

If you caught Colleen’s TBCC presentation last year, you know you don’t want to miss this year’s on Sept 24th! Colleen is creative, knowledgeable and a tiny bit fun! She has a way of looking at photography and explaining it that will open your eyes, minds, and get your cameras clicking!

Presentation Summary

Are your landscape photographs falling flat? While humans see the world in three dimensions, a photographer can render an image of a scene through our camera in only two. Not only do our cameras “see” differently than our eyes and brains do, but also our own eyes can deceive us: what we see and what we think we see doesn’t always line up. If we understand how humans see depth, we can consciously create a sense of shape and dimension in our compositions. Join outdoor photographer/writer Colleen Miniuk for this insightful presentation to learn how to mindfully incorporate the three L’s (lines, layers, and light)—and even optical illusions!—that can help transform uninspiring arrangements into engaging expressive photographs.

Colleen’s Bio

Colleen Miniuk is a corporate-America-escapee turned full-time outdoor photographer, writer, publisher, instructor, and speaker from Chandler, Arizona. Her credits include National Geographic calendars, Arizona Highways, AAA Via, National Parks Traveler, On Landscape, and a broad variety of other publications. 

Her work from the Colorado River watershed is currently featured in a solo photography exhibit “The Current Flows: Water in the Arid Water” curated by Jeanne Falk Adams (Ansel Adams’ daughter-in-law) at the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center in Pueblo, CO.

She has served three times as an Artist-in-Residence with Acadia National Park after which she authored the award-winning guidebook, Photographing Acadia National Park: The Essential Guide to When, Where, and How.

She is also the author of Wild in Arizona: Photographing Arizona’s Wildflowers, A Guide to When, Where, & How (1st and 2nd editions) as well as the instructional eBook, Seeing the Light in Outdoor Photography (1st and 2nd editions) and exhibition catalogue The Current Flows.

She writes an online photography advice column called “Dear Bubbles” and leads photography workshops, women’s photography retreats (called “Sheography™”), webinars, and online critique sessions for camera clubs, organizations, and private clients across the U.S. Learn more at http://www.colleenminiuk.com

A Few of Colleen’s Images

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HOW TO ATTEND

We will send the Zoom invitation to all current (2021) members a few days prior to 09/24/2021.

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.

Colleen will educate and entertain you, so don’t miss this special presentation!

Hope to see you at our Competition Night on Sept 17th and for this Technical Night on September 24th.

Lynn Wiezycki, TBCC Pres

August 2021 Technical Night – Capturing Motion – presentation by Jim Sykes

Our own Jim Sykes has created a video presentation that we will be showing on our technical night for this month on Friday, Aug 27, 2021.

Presentation Summary from Jim

This will be a recorded presentation to help motivate and encourage you to capture motion with your camera in a variety of different ways.

I will give some tips and show lots of examples of a variety of techniques that you can use. Some of the techniques that will be discussed are: slow shutter speed, creative use of ND filters, animated GIF from timelapse, intentional camera motion, multiple exposures, front curtain sync flash, rear curtain sync flash, high speed sync flash, and strobe lighting.

Watch the presentation and get inspired to challenge yourself to do something new with your camera. I’m looking forward to seeing your creations for our October Competition Assignment – “Capture Motion”!

Example Image

HOW TO ATTEND

We will send the Zoom invitation to all current (2021) members a few days prior to 08/27/2021.

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.

With this timely information from Jim you should have the opportunity to come up with some very creative entries for October’s assignment.

Hope to see you at our Competition Night on August 20th and for this Technical Night on August 27th.

Lynn Wiezycki, TBCC Pres

July Technical Night – Special Presentation – “Putting the Wild in your Critter Photos” by Moose Peterson

Please join us July 23rd via Zoom for a special presentation by the world renown wildlife and aviation photographer, Moose Peterson.

Presentation Summary

Putting the Wild in your Critter Photos – We are incredibly fortunate to journey amongst our wild heritage and bring back those memories in our images. The challenge is to bring back the wild in our wildlife images and share that, infecting others with our passion. How do we win that challenge, come spend some time with me as I share the answers that have worked for my photography.

Moose’s Bio

Moose’s passion for photography turned into a business in 1981. Along with his wife Sharon, they have dedicated their lives to the education and protection of our wild heritage through his photography.

In 2008 he added his passion for aviation photography with the goal of preserving our aviation heritage and the freedoms they protect, pictorially and orally, for future generations.

Along the way Moose has been honored for his photographic passion: he is a Nikon Ambassador USA, recipient of the John Muir Conservation Award, Research Associate with the Endangered Species Recovery Program, just to name a few. He was part of Epson’s Finish Strong ad campaign.

Moose was the creative producer/photographer of his acclaimed film: “Warbirds and The Men Who Flew Them”.

He also shares his knowledge through his writing, being published in over 143 magazines worldwide, author of 29 books including his latest, “Takeoff” and best seller, “Captured“.

One of the original Nikon shooters to receive the D1 in 1999, Moose embraced this new technology, becoming the only wildlife photographer in the world to shoot strictly digital in the early years.

For more info and more incredible images please check out Moose’s websites.

http://www.moosepeterson.com/

http://www.warbirdimages.com/

Several of Moose’s Wildlife Images

HOW TO ATTEND

We will send the Zoom invitation to all current (2021) members a few days prior to 07/23/21.

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.

I have known Moose for a number of years and he has always been a favorite of mine. He is the “Critter Guy” to me and his knowledge, patience and great humor have been an inspiration to me as I have continued my wildlife photography endeavors!

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

Lynn Wiezycki, TBCC Pres

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.

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.

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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.