Florida State Fair 2020

1JRS0524-jrnlHey Everybody, I’m going to the Fair on Tuesday the 11th in the evening. Anyone from the club is welcome to come out and join me. It will not be a formally organized event, let’s just meetup and roam around with cameras and be social. It’s one of the Promo Days at the Fair: $2 admission, $2 select rides, and $2 select sample food items, all after 2:00 p.m. My plan as of right now is to hang out under the giant Ferris wheel until around 5:45 or so to meet up with anyone who can be there by then. After that we will be prowling the midway in search of cool sunset/twilight photo ops. If you get there late try giving me a call at 813-508-8522 and if I hear my phone I’ll let you know where to look for us. We will most likely be somewhere on the midway around the illuminated ride attractions in any case if you arrive late and need to hunt around for us. Looking forward to seeing people there and having a fun time taking photos and indulging in fair food! – Jim S.

Helga requests that you vote for her photo:

My image of my dog Lily is a finalist to be on a billboard for a local veterinarian.
They are doing a survey where you can vote for the images – My image is image ‘E’.
The survey link is


This is the moment you’ve all been waiting for! And I’m going to warn you, this is so difficult! Please vote for…

It would be just awesome to have my dog and my image on a billboard.
Voting ends on Sunday at 12pm.

Update for Photo Camp 2020

Please note that there are no more openings for Friday night camping in advance of the event and while there is still plenty of availability for people to attend the events during the daytime on Saturday there is now limited availability for camping on Saturday night. There is a new sign up form below that reflects the current logistics. The old form is no longer valid. IF YOU ALREADY SIGNED UP BEFORE, PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP AGAIN. (everyone that has already signed up to prior to 12/20/2019 is confirmed for their reservation) Saturday night camping spots will be assigned on a first come, first served basis and will be dependent on site logistics for the remaining sites. With respect to Saturday night camping, completing the form below will be only be considered to be a request for camping accommodations, not a confirmation. Your request will be considered and based on site logistics you will receive an email response by January 13th with details regarding the status of your request. You must use a valid email address when filling out the form so that you can be contacted regarding the status of your request.

Please read everything below carefully to know what we are doing, how we are doing it, what the rules are, and what to expect:

Tampa Bay Camera Club is hosting another Photo Camp event It will be a fun time to enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow photographers while camping in the Citrus Tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest. The event will take place January 25-26, 2020. The location is the Tillis Hill Recreation Area. We have a block of 6 campsites reserved for the event. Each campsite has water, electricity, a picnic table, and a fire ring. The campground has multiple restrooms with shower facilities. There are a limited number of tents and hammocks that can deployed per site and a limited number of vehicles and people allowed per site so it is important that you fill out the form below accurately so that our organizers can calculate the logistics as the event fills up.

We have lots of activities planned for attendees. This is the currently planned itinerary however be aware that any of it is subject to change at any time up until and during the event. Please try to arrive no later than 9:00 on Saturday morning to join in, earlier is better. For early arrivals there will be a morning photo hike in the forest area surrounding the campsite. At 10:30 anyone who is interested can carpool to the area where a group of limestone caves and sinks exists in the forest for exploration and photography. We will return at 1:00 and TBCC will host a lunch for attendees in the campsite. All food and drinks will be provided by the club. Donations of cash, snacks and/or additional drinks will be appreciated however. Please bring your own food if you have special dietary needs. After lunch there will time for campers to set up their camping gear on the campsites or explore the forest on their own for a while. At 4:00 Jim will give an educational presentation about night sky photography to help prepare any interested attendees for night photography on Saturday night. After the presentation everyone can gather at our central campfire for a potluck dinner. Everyone that is staying for dinner should bring a food item to share with the group. TBCC will provide paper plates, cups, and plastic utensils for the pot luck dinner. There will be options to cook food on the fire or on camp stoves. After dinner Jim will lead any interested attendees in a night photography event. The event is scheduled to coincide with the dark of the moon for optimum photography conditions provided that clouds don’t interfere. For the remainder of the night we will enjoy time at the campfire as late as anyone wants to stay up. Sunday morning everyone will pack equipment and leave by checkout time (1:00 pm).

Getting there: The correct location is 9231 South Trail 13, Inverness, FL 34452

GPS Coordinates: 82º 24.882’ W 28º 43.700’ N

Do not use any other address that you may find online. Make absolutely certain that you plan to access the site via Stage Coach Rd. and Trail 13. If you have a map or GPS directions that tell you otherwise do not follow them. Trail 13 is the main route and it is a maintained gravel/shell road. There are some ruts and holes but any vehicle can traverse it fairly easily. You are at your own risk if you attempt to drive through the forest on any other route without a high clearance 4-wheel drive vehicle. Travel north on Trail 13 from Stage Coach Rd. When you reach the paved fork in the road, take the right fork and drive up the hill to the site.

There is a limit of 2 vehicles per campsite. The first 12 vehicles that arrive will be allowed to park on our reserved campsites. Any vehicles arriving after that will be required to park in the day use parking field at the top of the hill on the right just before the campsite entrance gate. Please note that there is a $2 fee to park there each day. Cash envelopes and dashboard receipts are located in the iron ranger located at the day use parking entrance.

There is a limit to the number of people and tents per site. This means that some campers may be expected to be sharing sleeping accommodations with others. We will have to work out the specific details on the fly depending on how many tents get brought and how many people each tent will sleep. There are some options for setting up hammocks on our sites independently from any tents. If you have a camping hammock be sure to bring it as it may help. Jim will sleep in a hammock and will have an extra hammock available as well. Jim will also be providing a tent for others to make use of (sleeps 3 comfortably or 4 people who don’t mind being cozy).

What to bring:

Sleeping bag, blanket, pillow, towel, etc

Folding camp chair or stool

Camera equipment including tripod if you plan on doing night photography

Flashlight or headlamp. Must have red light option if you plan doing night photography

Food to share at the potluck campfire dinner

Personal snacks and drinks

Firewood for your own campfire if desired. TBCC will provide for the group campfire

Attendees are expected to familiarize themselves with and abide by the rules of the State Forest and the recreation area while attending. Information may be found at the following link. Please be aware that the rules of the State Forest allow leashed pets however pets are prohibited within the boundaries of the recreation area itself.


Competition Subjects 2020

January – Patterns. Create an interesting composition that features  one or more repetitive patterns.

February – Symmetry. Show symmetry in your composition.

March – My Pet, My Friend. Highlight the interaction and relationships between people and their pets.

April – The Unknown. Present an image that engages the viewer in a mystery.

May – Into the Distance. Show an interesting scene that is composed with a visually distinct vanishing point.

June – Odd Couples. Present an image with non-complementary subject elements.

July – Home Town Pride. Submit an image that showcases something special that residents would be proud of as a representation of their community.

August – Abstract. Present an interesting image that is not immediately recognizable to the viewer as depicting a particular object or scene.

September – Framed.  Compose a scene in which all or some of the important subject matter is seen through another element of the composition.

October – Superstition. Create imagery that represents the concepts, elements, or practice related to a superstitious belief.

November – Window Shopping. Make creative use of windows in a composition.


2019 Holiday Party and Awards Ceremony

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.

Photo Op – Meteor Outburst Predicted

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.

TBCC Urban Photo Scavenger Hunt 10/25/2019

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- Board of Directors

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

Fourth Friday meeting is a field trip

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!