Competition makeup video meeting April 3rd, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Hello Everyone,
Thanks to all that attended last Friday night’s video meeting. We will have a video meeting this Friday night as a makeup for the missed competition night of March. It will also serve as our first test of a video conference competition night. If you did not attend the last video meeting and are unfamiliar with the technology we are using then please go to the newly published page on our website that has some instructions and links to some tutorials. It’s actually very easy to use.

Because this will be our first test of a video competition meeting please understand that in order to accommodate the fact that it may take extra time to accomplish some tasks and deal with any technical issues that arise we will be limiting the entries. As we smooth out the process we expect to increase the number of entries allowed at future meetings.

Participation will be simple. Join the meeting by simply clicking the invitation link at the bottom of this message. You can attend the meeting from a desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. It’s best to use a device that has a camera and microphone. Refer to our website page for detailed information. All scheduled video meetings will also be posted in advance on the home page of our website and you can join the meeting from there if you wish. During this meeting Jim, Robert, and Lynn will be the judges. If you need technical assistance during the meeting you may use the chat function in the Zoom interface to privately contact Bryan S for help.

If you wish to submit image files for competition the detailed instructions follow. For this particular meeting 2 digital entries will be allowed per member. One assigned entry and one general entry.

Images must be submitted via email to mytbcc@gmail. Image file attachments should be a maximum size of 10 MB per file to accommodate the email submission process. Depending on your service provider you may be able attach 2 files to a single message or you may need to send them in separate messages. There is an image at the bottom of this message that shows exactly what to do in Lightroom to prepare your image files appropriately for submission. In the body of your email please follow this format to ensure that we have the necessary information from you:

Your name (This is important because your email address may be different from your name and we need to make sure we can you can give you your score.)

Image One – Assigned or General

Image One – Title (Make absolutely sure the digital file is named identically – this is very important.)

Image Two – Assigned or General

Image Two – Title (Make absolutely sure the digital file is named identically – this is very important.)

Please note that if you do not do this part correctly we may not have time to contact you for corrections in order to be able to include your submission(s) in the meeting.

There is currently a deadline for submissions for all competition meetings of Thursday midnight prior to the day of competition. This is because we have to setup some special scoring systems to accommodate the new meeting format and we need plenty of time on Friday in advance of the meeting to have everything prepared.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the meeting on Friday night. Here is the invitation information for the meeting:

Topic: TBCC Competition April 3, 2020
Time: Apr 3, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
(Please sign in a little early if possible)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/299573075

Meeting ID: 299 573 075

Recommended Lightroom settings for digital image file submissions:

Friday night meeting – March 27, 2020

Hello,

Hope everyone is staying well. The board of directors has worked out a solution to continue with our meetings for the time being via video conferencing. Our meeting this Friday night will provide an opportunity for our members to get familiar with the concept and the technology. Please don’t get intimidated by the concept and what you read below, it’s actually very simple once you try it and on Friday night everyone will have the opportunity to do just that. It will be a training and support meeting to help everyone get prepared for future meetings.
Speaking of future meetings – we will have a makeup meeting for last week’s cancelled competition night and we will do it next week on April 3rd at 7:00. The reason for that is so that members can have a chance to participate in an actual online meeting a week after the tech meeting while things are still fresh in their minds.
We are using a service called Zoom to conduct meetings. You can use the service online (Chrome is a recommended browser) or you may install the app on your computer from zoom.us and use the app itself There is some extra functionality available if you use the app but it’s simple and functional enough to use directly online without the app if you wish. You may attend Zoom meetings using your desktop, laptop, tablet, or smart phone. There are apps available for all of the above. Regardless of whether you wish to use a computer, a tablet, or a phone, you don’t need an app if you prefer not to install one. For every scheduled meeting you will receive an invitation, in fact there is an invitation to this Friday night’s meeting further down in this message. It contains a link. The simple thing to do is open this email on any device you wish to use and click on the link between 6:30 and 7:00 to make sure you are in the meeting and ready when we officially start at 7:00. You will be connected with 2-way video and audio to the meeting.
Once connected you will have the option to view the meeting in one of two different ways and you can switch back and forth as often as you wish. In the default view your screen will show only the person speaking. Be aware that as conversations take place the screen will switch a lot  in this viewing mode. The other option is a grid view that shows all attendees in a grid on your screen. Don’t worry if you can’t see everyone at first, we will point out an option during the meeting that allows you to see up to 49 people at once. This grid view is probably the easiest way to view the meeting activity as the screen won’t keep changing. Look for a grid icon on your screen to switch to the grid view A computer screen is best for this because tablets and phones only have enough room on their screens to show a few people at once. The default view is probably best on a mobile device. If you use a laptop, phone, or desktop that has a webcam attached your camera will be on by default and all other attendees can see you. If you are on a desktop that does not have a webcam you can still watch the meeting but other attendees will not see you. If you wish to participate with a desktop you need to at least have a microphone attached to your desktop. Laptops, tablets, and phones all have cameras and microphones built in that will work fine. You have the option to stop and start your camera at any time.
When you join the meeting we will have your microphone muted by default. This is simply because if at any point anyone makes any noise or there is any background noise in their environment that their microphone picks up the app will make that person the “star of the show” at that moment. As always you are free to speak at any time, simply click the microphone icon in the app to unmute your microphone and speak.
Don’t worry too much about using the service right now. It’s actually easy once you do it for the first time and that’s what Friday’s meeting is all about. We will make sure that everyone gets all the help they need to be comfortable in order to attend our upcoming virtual meetings. The board has already worked out the details with respect to how the first competition night online meeting will work and we will explain the details during this Friday’s meeting. Robert has researched and is recommending a couple of video tutorials that you can watch if you want to get familiar with the service in advance.
Short version:
Longer version:
Your invitation is below. It contains a link that you can simply click on to join the meeting. If you use the app there is a meeting ID shown in the invitation that you can enter when prompted.
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James Sykes is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: TBCC technical meeting
Time: Mar 27, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/930521680

Meeting ID: 930 521 680

__________________________________________________

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

SURVEY: BILLBOARD FINALISTS! DOGS

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.
Thanks

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.

https://www.fdacs.gov/Divisions-Offices/Florida-Forest-Service/Recreation/Fees-and-Information#rules

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.