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.
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.
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!
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.
For our meeting this Friday we will go on a downtown Tampa photowalk. We will gather in Curtis Hixon Park and then I will lead a sunset/twilight photowalk through downtown. We will finish our walk at Five Guys and can eat there. Come early and shoot in the park if you wish. We will gather up at 7:00 and leave the park by 7:15 at the latest. We will gather at the fountains on the northeast corner of the park near the Children’s Museum. Parking is available in the city garage next to the museum at the posted rates. Parking in metered spots on the surrounding streets is free after 6:00 pm. You may also park at the University of Tampa and walk over the bridge to the park. Pack lightly so that you can walk comfortably and shoot for about an hour and a half. As for gear recommendations it would probably be a good idea to have wide-angle to medium telephoto lenses and a tripod. Flash is optional but could be of use for some creative shots. Bottled water is always a good idea so that you can stay hydrated while walking and shooting. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone there on Friday night!
Remember that the Friday night meeting will take place on location, not at tRg studios. We will meet at 7 pm and shoot at Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa. The address of the park is 600 N. Ashley Dr. Tampa, FL 33602. Map Link
Street parking north of Kennedy Blvd. is free after 6 pm. If you park on the street and are unsure about the enforcement hours go to the nearest parking payment kiosk and enter your parking space number. The kiosk will inform you of the hours of enforcement for your space.
It is recommended that you bring a tripod if you have one.
I’m looking forward to the workshop tonight. Just a few reminders for anyone who plans on attending: don’t forget to bring a tripod and if you need directions or have trouble finding the location give me a ring at 813-641-4470.
On the afternoon of February 12th, after the video series presentation at TRG studios, several club members plan on heading over to the state fair. Anyone who is interested is welcome to go. No formal arrangements have been made, simply get together with anyone else who is going after the video presentation. This information is also cross-posted on our Photo Opportunities page.
The TBCC competition subject for March 2011 is night photography and in an effort to help members learn techniques and acquire images to work with I will be hosting a field trip/workshop for members. For a complete listing of details regarding this event please visit our Photo Opportunities page. Please use this link http://tinyurl.com/2czl4u6 to get my email address and send me a quick note if you plan on attending. – Jim
Possible outing for TBCC Suggestion
The Central Florida Chapter of PSA is having an outing at the Olustee Civil War Reenactment near Olustee Florida on the February 19th -20th, 2011 weekend. The event is held at the Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park, which is located about 20 miles east of Lake City on US 90. For a complete listing of details regarding this event please visit our Photo Opportunities page. -Robert
Audubon Society Bookmark Photo Contest
Bill G. has been kind enough to provide us with an entry form and information for this contest.
Are you interested in using your photographic skills to give back to the community this holiday season? If so, then considering volunteering for Help Portrait Day. The concept is simple: On or around December 4th take portraits of anyone you feel could use your service but may not be able to afford it. Edit, print ,and deliver the work. That’s it. You can volunteer to be part of a group that’s taking part or simply do it on your own for someone you know in need. It’s not a contest, there is no need to display your work anywhere. Just put your skills to use to help someone out.
I am volunteering to work with a group that is helping people in a rehab program. I know other groups that are looking for help with taking photos, editing photos, or printing photos. I can put you in touch with others who are taking part or you can find out all the info for yourself by following the link on our TBCC Photo Opportunities page.