Mark Your Calendar for Our Next Outing – Saturday, October 16, 2021- Tampa Bay Auto Museum, Pinellas Park

Mark your calendar for our next photo outing on October 16th at 10 AM until Noonish!

THIS IS JUST IN TIME TO CREATE YOUR IMAGES FOR OUR NOVEMBER COMPETITION ASSIGNMENT! (Autos/Trucks/Motorcycles – see assignment list for details) we will be shooting at the Tampa Bay Auto Museum in Pinellas Park, FL.


Museum Information from Wikipedia

The Tampa Bay Automobile Museum, displays historic automobiles from the 20th century. All of the vehicles displayed are from the collection of Alain Cerf, a French entrepreneur.

The collection is focused on cars which demonstrate special creativity and imagination in their history and engineering. This includes rare early front-wheel drive cars, Tatra rear engine cars, rear-engine Mercedes-Benz, Citroën cars, the only surviving car by French engineer Émile Claveau, and a unique working full-scale replica of the first self-propelled mechanical vehicle, the fardier of Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot.


Tampa Bay Auto Museum -3301 Gateway Centre Blvd, Pinellas Park, FL 33782

We will meet in the parking lot of the museum, Saturday, October 16th, prior to 9:45 AM. I need to collect the admission fee from each attendee in order to pay for everyone before entering. If we have 12 or more attendees, the admission is $8 each. If less than 12 attendees, then admission is $12 each or $10 for seniors(62+). Please bring correct change.


The museum requires that you wear a mask for the full time you are inside so be sure to bring a mask! And please, maintain social distancing.

The facility is fairly large so there is plenty of room and many autos to photograph. Be sure to bring your tripod as it is a bit dark inside so you will need slower shutter speeds in some instances.

You should bring a wide-angle lens and a close-up/macro lens, at the very least. Besides the cars themselves, there are a lot of interesting and photogenic details to shoot.

This museum is friendly to photographers so please be very careful around these valuable autos. You can carefully move the metal signs in front of many of the autos, if necessary, but be sure to return them carefully to the same spot. We do not want to be the group that causes them to no longer allow photography!

I hope to see you October 16th, as this will be our last planned in-person outing until our Annual Holiday Party and Awards celebration on Dec 12th (more details later this year).

Any questions, please let me know via email:

Lynn Wiezycki, TBCC, Acting President


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.

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.


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!


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.

Friday Field Trip

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!

Friday, August 26 Meeting

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.

Photography at the Florida State Fair

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.

Field Trip/Workshop Hosted by Jim S.

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 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.