Photographing the Night Sky November 18, 2017

Helga has arranged for us to be invited to meet with the Tampa Bay Strobists and the St. Petersburg Astronomy Club at their monthly Star Party in November at the Withlacoochee River Park. 12449 Withlacoochee Blvd, Dade City, FL 33525


As there are many stargazers you are only allowed to use ‘red light’ flashlights as to no to disturb others.

Tripod is a must!

YOU DON’T HAVE TO STAY OVERNIGHT. But until we are ready to shoot please bring any necessary supplies (food/drinks/chair).

If you do decide to camp there – you would need to make your own arrangements if you come in an RV or otherwise need your own camping space. If you only come with a tent or otherwise small equipment please read the following directions.

From Tampa take I-75 North to State Rd. 52. Take 52 East all the way through Dade City until it dead ends at the railroad station on the 301 Bypass. (Note: State Rd. 52 will make 2 right hand turns at traffic lights along the way, one after St. Leo and one when entering Dade City). Be sure to go all the way to the dead end at the old railroad station. Do not turn on 301, go all the way to the dead end. Turn left on 301 Bypass and go about ¾ mile until you see a Pizza Hut in the distance. Just before you get to the Pizza Hut, turn right on River Road, across the railroad tracks. You will see a sign saying “County Park 4.7 Miles”. It’s a very winding, paved road, take your time. When you get to the fork in the road, you will take the road to the right (Auton Rd.). (There’s a sign saying “County Park” directing you to the right) Go about 150 feet to the park entrance on the left (Withlacoochee Blvd.). Enter the park and go about ½ mile until you see a sign that says “Big Ma’s Way”, and turn right onto the field. If you are not camping overnight, be sure to stop at the “Pay Station”. Fees are $2.00 per vehicle. You will get a card that must be displayed on your rear view mirror at all times while in the park. Failure to do so could result in a citation.
You can also go North on 301 from Tampa and take the bypass when you get to Dade City. This park closes at dusk so you will have to arrive before that time. No registration is required as the first camper on site registers for the group and is responsible for the collection of the camping fees. Fees vary by season. There are restrooms in the park, but are a distance away (Approx. 300 yards). For more information and excellent directions please visit:

October 4th Friday Meeting: Time-Lapse Night Photography on Location

This month’s 4th Friday meeting will not be held at our regular location. We will meet at Plant Park on the Hillsborough River. You can park next to the park or in the student/faculty lot behind Plant Hall after 5:00 pm. Do not come to tRg studio, no one will be there. Bring a camera, wide angle to mid-range focal length lens, and a tripod. Please familiarize yourself in advance with your camera’s intervalometer function. If your camera requires it for intervalometer operation please bring the necessary cable release. You may wish to bring an additional camera. Your primary camera will be running in an automatic operation for a long time and you may wish to take some night photos with another camera while your primary camera is tied up.

FMOPA Field Trip – Guided Tour

TBCC will have a private tour of  the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts on Sunday, October 29th at 2:00 PM. Please bring $5 cash if you are not a FMOPA member. We will collect the money and turn it in to the facility for the group. There is an underground parking garage adjacent to the facility. Parking meters north of Kennedy Blvd are not enforced on the weekend. Unless we make other arrangements plan to meet in the lobby of the facility.

You must sign up by October 19, 2017 so that we can provide the facility with an accurate head count.

Susan Anderson’s Gallery Exhibit

The Tampa Bay Camera Club congratulates Susan Anderson on her upcoming exhibit at the Louise and Arnold Kotler Art Gallery in the John F. Germany Public Library in Tampa. Her photographs will be on display from July 5th through the 31st. There will be an opening reception at the gallery on Saturday, July 8th from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. Please come out and and enjoy the work that is being presented by our talented club member. The art gallery is on the 2nd floor of the library and the address is:
900 N. Ashley Dr.
Tampa, Florida 33602-3704

Schedule Change for May Competition Meeting

The video series will go on as planned. May 12 at 7pm
Both Jim and Robert will be out of town or on assignment on the 3rd Friday
when we have our competition night.

We will have our competition on the 4th Friday 26th of this month.

Pass this along to everyone you know including any recent visitors that may have attended.

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 





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 

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   

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:

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,+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

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:

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!


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