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Photo Camp 2017 – Rock Springs Run Reserve

Let’s get together for fun and learning, again!

Tampa Bay Camera Club is hosting its second annual Photo Camp event. This will be a fun mix of photography, education, and camping. Since our first Photo Camp proved to be very popular we have reserved a house and surrounding grounds in Rock Springs Run Reserve on the Wekiva River that will accommodate more photo-campers and provide more photo and educational opportunities.

When: Friday, April 28th thru Sunday, April 30th 2017

Where: Rock Springs Run Reserve, Sanford Hammock House 

 

Itinerary:

Friday:

Arrive at your convenience during the day or evening (Be aware that you may not be able to access the House itself until the official check-in time of 3:00. If you arrive early you can spend some time exploring and photographing within the reserve.)
Camp Setup
Personal Activities
Self-guided photography
Pot Luck Dinner – bring some food to share
Open critique of member photos while eating
Lightroom and Photoshop presentations indoors after dinner
Slideshow of instructor photos
Presentation of photo scavenger hunt rules 

Saturday:
Sunrise nature hike and photoshoot
Lunch – Sandwich fixings and fruit provided, bring anything else you want for yourself
Lightroom and Photoshop classes, indoors, mid-day
Sunset nature hike and photoshoot
Potluck dinner again
Night Photos (weather permitting)
Indoor Presentations (if weather does not permit night photos)
Photo scavenger hunt awards   

Sunday:
Break camp and go home 

The cost will be $40 per participant. This will offset the cost to rent the house and food provided by the club. This is less than you would pay for two nights of camping, alone,  in any state park.

What to bring:
Cameras, lenses, tripods, laptops, etc. WiFi may be available but is not guaranteed.
Horses (optional) There are stalls available if you want to bring horses to ride or for a photo shoot.
Proper clothing and footwear. We will be walking around in forest and swamp environments.
Insect repellent. There will be mosquitoes and ticks. Remember DEET is bad for camera gear! Picaridin is effective and safe for camera equipment. Oil of lemon and eucalyptus is a natural repellent as is citronella. Permethrin is effective when applied to clothing and other fabrics but is ineffective on skin.
Snacks and drinks, lunch items and potluck dinner items to share if you wish to stay overnight. TBCC will provide light snacks and drinks for lunch as well as some assorted food for the potluck campfire dinner.
Overnight camping gear if you wish to stay. TBCC will put up some extra tents and hammocks but since there will be no guarantee of the number of available tent/hammock spaces you are welcome to bring your own. There is lots of space on the grounds of the house to put up tents as well as nearby trees where hammocks can be placed.
Horses (optional) There are stalls available if you want to bring horses to ride or for a photo shoot. Let us know in advance if you plan to bring horses so that we may hold the appropriate number of stalls for you.
Any unused horse stalls may also be used as a weather-safe place to set up camping gear – first come first serve. In-house sleeping accommodations have been reserved by the Board of Directors. 

Participation is contingent upon a waiver of liability. Follow this link to pay to reserve your spot and download a copy of the waiver to sign and bring to the event:

http://www.jrsphotos.com/photocamp2017.htm

Directions from TBCC meeting location (4410 W. Hillsborough Ave, Tampa, FL):

Follow I-4 E and FL-429 N to SR 429 Connector Rd in Orange County

1 h 22 min (94.8 mi)

Merge onto I-275 S

1.5 mi

Take exit 45B for Interstate 4 E toward Orlando

0.9 mi

Continue onto I-4 E

2.1 mi

Keep right to stay on I-4 E

56.5 mi

Take exit 60 for FL-429 N toward Apopka

Toll road

1.0 mi

Continue onto FL-429 N

Toll road

5.0 mi

Keep left at the fork to stay on FL-429 N

Toll road

10.5 mi

Keep left at the fork to stay on FL-429 N

Partial toll road

17.2 mi

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/4410+West+Hillsborough+Avenue,+Tampa,+FL/The+Hammock+House+On+Wekiva+River,+30218+Wekiva+River+Rd,+Sorrento,+FL+32776/@28.3910722,-82.2089114,10z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x88c2c22cae561293:0x29cd11607aa1c0a9!2m2!1d-82.5191048!2d27.9952154!1m5!1m1!1s0x88e70ca4be0eac9f:0x39c88e8169cb35c3!2m2!1d-81.41822!2d28.789238

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Directions to the house from within the reserve:
Drive past the barn on the dirt road and take the left fork. Follow the dirt road all the way to the house. If you arrive prior to 3:00 on Friday then park across from the barn and have some fun exploring and photographing in the reserve.

 

2017 Judging Assignments

We now have a schedule of assignments for our rotating 3rd judging position. Please check the following list to see if you have been assigned and make a note of your scheduled month. If you have a scheduling conflict we will gladly arrange a trade for you. If you have any questions or need guidance please contact Jim or Robert in advance of your scheduled assignment.

Victoria Drum – February
Leslie Williams – March
Susan Anderson – April
Nancy Lester – May
Sharon Young – June
Dave Lockwood – July
Michael Stephenson – August
Jim McWilliam – September
Jack Maniscalco – October
Helga Jackson – November

2017 Competition

2017 Competition Assignments:

This list is also permanently located at: https://mytbcc.com/about/

January – Doorways (Present a photo that shows a literal or figurative doorway.)
February – Domestic Animals (A domestic animal is an animal that is bred and/or lives in a tame condition as a pet, a work animal, or a food source.)
March – Shadows (Present an image that utilizes shadows in a prominent manner.)
April – Cars
May – Music (Create an image that visually conveys the concept of music.)
June – Science (Present an image that conveys the concept of science or highlights scientific phenomena or paraphernalia as the subject.)
July – Glass (The subject matter should be made of glass.)
August – Weather (Present an image highlighting weather phenomena.)
September – Falling Up (Present an image that illustrates the concept of falling away from the ground.)
October – Culture (Present a photo that is representative of the beliefs, rituals, customs, arts, attitudes, etc., of a particular society, organization, group, location, or era in time.)
November – Environmental Portrait (Present a portrait of person taken in a location that illuminates an aspect of that persons life that you wish to highlight.)

2016 Holiday/Awards Meeting

Our annual holiday party will be held on Thursday December 8th. 7:00 PM at tRG studio. As always, we will be having a print show – please bring a print to hang and be prepared to talk briefly to everyone about your print. There will be also be a print competition that will be voted on by all of the attendees. Bring a print of a silhouette between 8×10 and 11×14 in size. There will be a $10 entry fee per print. All the entry money will be distributed among the top 3 finishers. We will be awarding the prizes for the annual competition winners and we will have a few other fun surprises Please bring an appetizer, entree, dessert, or drinks to share. We have tableware, cups, ice, and decorations covered already. You may use the following form to let everyone know what you are bringing. This list can be looked at first so that you can see what others have already signed up to bring and avoid duplicates.

Let’s get together for fun and learning!

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All of the detailed information for our 2016 Photo Camp event is now available online. Check it out here:

Photo Camp info and registration page

Upcoming meetings

The subject of our next competition night on August 19th will be “Emulate the Masters. Your task is to photographically recreate a work of art by an acknowledged master in any visual medium. Remember that you must bring in a photo of the original work that you are emulating. Please title your own image to match that of the original and append a hyphen and the letter “A” (for Assigned) to the end. Title the photo of the original identically except substitute the letter “O” (for Original) after the hyphen. Example: Mona Lisa-A, Mona Lisa-O. You will be given 2 scores. Your own image will be shown first and given a score per our usual judging standards. The original will then be presented alongside your version and another score will be awarded based on how closely you recreated the original work.

The technical night subject matter on the 4th Friday in August will be HDR with presentations on 2 different processing methods being given by Robert Rostick and Lynn Wiezycki.

The 3rd Friday in September will be food photography. A few samples from our technical night live demonstration are shown below to jog your mem0ry about lighting techniques and other considerations.

The 4th Friday in September will be our RAW file exchange presentation night. Please bring in 3 RAW files (not jpg or tif) no later than the 4th Friday in August. Jim will distribute a RAW file to each participant for processing and also notify each participant which of their own RAW files they need to process. Process the file of your own that gets distributed and the file that is distributed to you. Export or save them as jpg files and bring them in on the 4th Friday in September for presentation. It is very important that you do not rename any of the files. This will aid us in keeping them together for comparison during the presentation. This is a fun exercise in comparing different artistic visions and processing techniques using the same image as a reference.

 

TBCC Swap Meet / 2nd Saturday Video Series

Remember that this Saturday, April 9th we will have our regularly scheduled video series presented by Chris Volf followed by a swap meet. Please join us at 10:00 AM for an inspirational/educational video presentation and bring your photography related items for the swap meet to follow. Buy, sell or trade with other club members. Give your unused gear a new home and get some new fun stuff!

SDL Workshop

SDL Off-Camera Flash Bootcamp
Sunday, May 1
, 2016
10:00
AM – 4:00 PM
Location:
Canvas Zoo / Menaul Fine Art Printing
1750 N Hercules Ave.
Clearwater, FL 33765

Click here to register

Being successful as a photographer requires a working understanding of light and how to control it. This is why SDL Workshops is hosting this Off-Camera Flash Bootcamp in it’s lineup of workshops offered in the Tampa Bay area. If you are new to the field and want to learn about off-camera flash or if you are struggling with particular elements of off-camera flash techniques then this workshop is definitely for you.

This workshop builds on the principles taught in our first session and will provide participants with a working understanding of the basic lighting patterns for portraiture and how to easily create them with simple off-camera flash equipment. Lots of tips and techniques will be demonstrated and you will see a few cool tricks as well.

Additionally this workshop will cover the use of colored gels with your flash for color correction, special effects, and light output control. During the demonstration portion of this workshop the instructors will shoot live-tehered to to a projection system so that participants can easily see in-camera results in real-time.

This workshop is a step up in level from our last one so it is an ideal learning continuation for prior participants and is also well suited for photographers at an intermediate level who wish to advance their creativity. As always, this will be a hands-on workshop with live models. You will be expected to bring your own equipment with you so that we can help you with your specific needs and you can learn techniques using your own gear.

Robert Rostick and JR Sykes, professional commercial photographers, will walk you through lighting techniques that will help you produce high end images for you and your clients.

This workshop will feature demonstrations as well as hands-on shooting with your gear. We will start promptly at 10:00AM and there will be a lunch break at 12:30 PM. The workshop will resume at 1:30 and continue until we complete the teaching itinerary and answer all your questions. Light refreshments will be available during the workshop and you will be on your own during the lunch break. There are restaurants in the vicinity of the workshop location and there is a refrigerator available if you choose to bring your own lunch.

REQUIREMENTS

Attendees should have a basic understanding of exposure and be comfortable operating a camera in manual exposure mode. Attendees should have a working knowledge of how to trigger their flash and adjust it’s power level.

This workshop is open to a maximum 35 participants.  The fee is $54.

 

Updates for 2016

We are starting a new year of competition and educational meetings and here is some important information. The final standings for 2015 are available here:
2015 Final Competition Standings

2016 Competition Assignments:

January – Landscape (Present a photo that shows a space within the world and focuses primarily on the presence of nature or in the case of an urban landscape, the lack of the presence of nature.)
February – Romance (Present an image that illustrates the concept of romance either literally or figuratively.)
March – Diptych (Two photos presented simultaneously that work as well or better together than they did apart. A story, association, or comparison made in two frames.)
April – Monochrome Portrait (Portrait of a single human being presented without the use of multiple colors.)
May – Flowers
June – Moving Water and or Panning Technique (Create an image that visually conveys the motion of water and/or create an image in a single frame using camera panning technique. Note – this is not the same thing as creating a multi-frame panorama.)
July – Architecture (The primary subject matter should be buildings or other man-made structures, exterior or interior, complete structures and/or limited details are acceptable.)
August – Emulate the Masters (Photographically recreate a work of art by an acknowledged master in any visual medium. You must present your own photo and a photo of the work being recreated.)
September – Food Photography
October – Wildlife (Present a photo of a non-captive, non-domesticated living creature in a natural environment.}
November – Abandoned (Present an image that illustrates the concept of abandonment either literally or figuratively.)

2016 Technical Night Schedule::

January – Printing from Lightroom
February – Tips and Techniques for Emulating the Masters
March – Flower Photography
April – No fourth Friday meeting
May – Tips and Techniques for Architectural Photography
June – Tips and Techniques for Food Photography
July – Tips and Techniques for Butterfly Photography
August – Aurora HDR Software Tips and Techniques
September – Raw File Exchange
October – Tips and Techniques for Landscape Photography

Rick Sammon’s Event

Here’s the Sammon event details… I will be offering 20 invites to reserve seating to TBCC members who would like to see Rick present live for free Jan. 17th a Sunday in Oldsmar. Details below…

*Note if they are a member of both of our groups do not sign up on both and use the Strobist site to RSVP to save the 20 seats for non members of my group and and members of TBCC who would like the opportunity.

THEY must be registered and their name on the attending  list that will be checked at the door as seating is limited and this event will fill.

Creative Visualization for Photographers with Rick Sammon!

Sunday, January 17, 2016
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Hilton Garden Inn

4052 Tampa Rd, Oldsmar, FL
Conference room of the hotel

Seating is limited so RSVP and save the date now… You must be registered and your name on the attending list which will be checked at the door for entry.                                                                                                                                                                                              Creative Visualization For Photographers

Seminar Sunday, January 17

4 – 6 PM  Hilton Garden Inn

4052 Tampa Road, Oldsmar, FL

Rick Sammon’s latest book (and 36th), Creative Visualization for Photographers, takes the reader though the complete photographic process – from seeing to shooting to processing. In this talk, Rick will share some of his favorite photo philosophies from this best-selling book.

The seminar is free. Rick will have copies of his book on hand to autograph for our members.

More info on this legendary master Rick Sammon below:

Man on a Mission

Award-winning photographer Rick Sammon loves his day job. A tireless, prolific and inspirational image-maker, Rick, called by some “The Godfather of Photography,” is one of the most active photographers on the planet – dividing his time between creating images, leading photo workshops, and making personal appearances. Rick’s enthusiasm for digital imaging is contagious. He is a man on a mission – a mission to make digital photography fun, creative, exciting and rewarding for others.

Rick Sammon, a Canon Explorer of Light, has published 36 paper books, including Secrets of HDR Photography, Exploring the Light, and Digital Photography Secrets. Rick also has three apps on the iTunes store: Rick Sammon’s 24/7 Photo Buffet – an e-book that offers 24/7 access to Rick’s best photo tips, tricks and techniques. Rick Sammon’s Social Media Marketing for Photographers, a series of Quick Time movies that features Rick’s tips on Social Media. Rick Sammon’s Life Lessons We Can Learn From Mother Nature, a collection of Rick’s favorite wildlife photographs accompanied by inspirational quotes. Mini-lessons on wildlife photography are also included, as well as quick Photoshop tips. Rick’s book, Flying Flowers won the coveted Golden Light Award, and his book Hide and See Under the Sea won the Ben Franklin Award. Rick, who has photographed in almost 100 countries around the world, gives more than two-dozen photography workshops (including private workshops) and presentations around the world each year. Rick, who has been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame, is considered one of today’s top digital -imaging experts, cutting through lots of Photoshop “speak,” making it fun, easy and rewarding to work and play in the digital darkroom. When asked about his photo specialty, Rick says, “My specialty is not specializing.” See http://www.ricksammon.com and http://www.dpexperience.com for more information.