Please join us at tRG studio on December 12th at 7:00 pm for our annual Holiday party and awards presentation. As always, we will have a pushpin print presentation. Bring a print at least 8×10 inches in size to hang for display and tell us about it. (No pins will be pushed through your print.) We will present the awards for the 2019 club photo competition, we will have our pot luck dinner, and some other fun events. Please use the sign-up form below to let us know what food and/or drinks you will be bringing. Check the prior submissions to make sure you don’t duplicate something that someone else is already signed up to bring. The club will provide plates, cups, utensils, soft drinks, and ice.
I just want to let everyone know that clear skies are currently forecast for Thursday night when a rare opportunity may present itself to witness a meteor outburst. I plan to go out and use a few different cameras and techniques to photograph the event and anyone who wishes to join me is welcome and even if you can’t join me where I will be at or if you can’t setup a camera anywhere I suggest that you still make an attempt to at least go outside and watch the sky late Thursday night.
For your information a meteor shower is defined as having a visibility rate of up to 100 meteors per hour, a meteor outburst has a rate of between 100 and 1000 and hour, and a meteor storm has a rate of over 1000 an hour. We will have an opportunity if predictions are accurate, to witness an outburst on Thursday night. The Alpha Monocerotid meteor shower which is usually one of the weakest of the year has a small, dense pocket that the earth is likely to pass through that night. If the earth passes through it as predicted there will be a sudden and short outburst of meteors peaking at a rate of well over 100 an hour. The outburst is predicted for 11:50 EST and could last for anywhere from 15 to 40 minutes in duration. It is suggested that you allow an hour of leeway either side of that time for viewing to allow for a margin of error. I plan to arrive and setup some equipment between 10:30 and 11:00 on Thursday to be ready in case the prediction is accurate. I will be setting up on the western edge of one of the large hay fields on Taylor Rd. near Thonotosassa and I expect to stay until approximately 1:00. I am posting a map below showing where I expect to be located. The shoulder is wide and grassy to pull your vehicle off the road and setup. The hay fields themselves beyond the shoulder of the road are private property. Do not drive or walk into the hay fields. I hope to have some company for a while when I’m there so feel free to join me if you wish – Jim S.
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 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
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.