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Focus Group Field Trips

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 – Street Photography Focus Group

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The Street Photography Focus Group is planning an outing to the Tampa area on August 2nd.  Focus Group outings specifically concentrate on a type of photography.  This outing will encompass street photography around the Florida Museum of Photography and the Hillsborough River.  We plan to visit the museum (http://fmopa.org) and then drive to Ybor City where we will enjoy a lunch at the Columbia Restaurant and explore Ybor City for some interesting street  and architectural photography before heading back to LWR.  This outing is limited to 10 participants.  Please sign up with Susan Beausang at susan@4women.com.  Further details for this trip will be provided to participants that have been confirmed by Susan.  Ron Mayhew will be the leader of this trip.

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Remember focus group trips are for members only.  If you are not currently a member and would like to join LWRDPC, please visit www.lwrdpc.com.

Saturday, July 29th, 2017 – Macro Focus Group

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image001Focus stacking (also known as focal plane merging and z-stacking or focus blending) is a digital image processing technique which combines multiple images taken at different focus distances to give a resulting image with a greater depth of field (DOF) than any of the individual source images.

Who can attend?
This activity will be limited to 10 people , who are familiar with using basic PhotoShop for image processing. (This will not be a suitable venue to learn basic photoshop use) We will set up desk top shooting stations. You will bring your own tripod , lighting, and the laptop computers for post processing.

Further instructions will be sent to the registrants once the sign up is complete.

Please sign up with Susan Beausang – susan@4women.com. We will take a waiting list after the first 10 spots are filled. Please do not sign up on Facebook. You must email Susan to be included in the workshop.

Monday, June 19, 2017 – Portrait Focus Group

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a46e24eb5c1392e78954360283dcd2aePortraiture photography taken outside combining ambient light, with on camera flash and studio lighting. This will take place at the studio of TJ Magnuson from 9:00am-12:00pm. View this video for ways that we will explore lighting.
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Participants should be familiar with their camera and flash settings.

Limited to only 6 people.

Please contact Susan Beausang to sign up and for more details. susan@4women.com

Friday, May 12, 2017 – Black and White Photography Focus Group

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black-and-white-photography“Black and white photography is making a big comeback. When there is no color in the photo, all of the details and textures come to life! During our photo walk, we will explore the streets of Sarasota to find portrait, architecture and lifestyle subjects. One of the items we will discuss is how to shoot in color, but preview in black and white all at once! Most folks pack it in when the harsh mid day sun comes out. I find this is when some of the best black and white photos are taken due to the contrast level. All skill levels are welcome to attend.  An editing session will be scheduled for this group at a later date” . This focus group is led by Spencer Pullen.

Those interested should contact susan@4women.com

Focus Group gatherings are for MEMBERS ONLY. If you wish to become a member of the LWRDPC please look at the “Become A Member” area of out club website.

Monday, March 6th – Landscape Focus Group Outing

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CORRECTION, MEETING AT 4:15PM

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Focus Group Field Trips are for MEMBERS ONLY. If you wish to become a member of the LWRDPC please look at the “Become A Member” area of out club website.

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Saturday, February 25th – Macro Focus Group

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CandyGrid-BulkDesk top studio shooting based on the theme “Artistic Interpretation of Something Sweet” Use your imagination and bring your own ideas for the shoot.
We will publish your best work on the Macro blog page and also on club facebook page after our get togethers.
For more information please email Sam Samarasinghe at painrxsam@yahoo.com
Focus Group gatherings are for MEMBERS ONLY. If you wish to become a member of the LWRDPC please look at the “Become A Member” area of out club website.

February 10th-March 26 – Birding Focus Group

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IMG_8933-1Bob Bolcik will again be leading our Birding Focus Groups this year. Here is a list of tentative dates Bob is planning on meeting up with any of our members who are interested in joining in with other club bird photographers. For more information or to confirm a date hasn’t changed please email Bob at bobb17@verizon.net or Susan Beausang at susan@4women.com
Friday, 2/10 Red Bug Slough
Sunday, 2/19 Myakka State Park (CANCELLED)
Friday, 2/24 Venice Rookery
Friday, 3/3 Fort Desoto
Sunday, 3/12 Pinecraft Park
Friday, 3/17 Coquina Beach and Lefflis Key
Sunday, 3/26 Felts Audubon Preserve
If Bob hears about nests with young, particularly, Sand Hill Cranes, Bald Eagles, Owls and Woodpeckers then he will go there to shoot on an improptu basis. If you are interested in being contacted for those type of outings please contact Bob.Focus Group Field Trips are for MEMBERS ONLY. If you wish to become a member of the LWRDPC please look at the “Become A Member” area of out club website, http://www.lwrdpc.com/

Saturday, February 4th – Landscape Focus Group – Skyway Bridge

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Tuesday, November 29th – Landscape Focus Group Field Trip

Posted by on Nov 11, 2016 in Focus Group Field Trips | 0 comments

clearwater-library-rooftopDescription of tour: The Clearwater Library is situated near the intercostal and has panoramic views of Clearwater beach from the roof.  There will be at least one other photo club there (FCCP) as this is a destination location and is only open past 5PM on Tuesdays.

Date & Time: This is scheduled for Tuesday, 11/29 at 5PM.

Timing expectations: The sun sets at about 5:15PM on November 29th.  I would expect most would want to photograph until 6:00.   The drive to Clearwater is about an hour and a half.   We will grab a bite to eat afterwards so I would expect we would be back around 8:30ish.

Address for your Garmin: Please put the address in your GARMIN for the library as soon as you sit in your car: 100 North Osceola Avenue, Clearwater. 

Meeting location: 3:15 at the LWR Town Hall to consolidate cars and sign in.

After the shoot dining: O’Keefe’s Family Restaurant has been recommended and is only a few blocks away.

Limit: This will be limited to the first 7 folks that sign.

Gear: I would recommend your standard zoom, you will not be doing much walking so you will be able to bring your camera bag with no problem.  I tripod would be recommended but not necessary.  I would also recommend a polarizer.  Reviewing some photos, I have taken in the past I found most of my photos were 50 to 70MM.  This is also a good time to some pantographic shots.

Costs: Free unless you eat

Rain date:If it rains, this isn’t happening.

To sign up for this trip please email Dave Macdonald at landscapefocus@lwrdpc.com.

Focus Group Field Trips are for MEMBERS ONLY. If you wish to become a member of LWRDPC please look at the “Become A Member” area of our webpage.

Dave’s number for the day of the trip is 941-202-8766

Saturday, November 19, 2016 – Macro Focus Group

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in Focus Group Field Trips | 0 comments

macro-photographyOn the 19th of November our focus group will hold another Studio shoot at the LWR Town Hall. The theme will be “Still Life Photography and Liquid Art”  Still life refers to the depiction of manmade or natural inanimate objects which are arranged and lit creatively by the photographer. As a part of this theme we will have some demonstrations on liquid drop photography. Tom Lovell has kindly agreed to demonstrate how he does liquid drop photography using his “high tech rig”. Sam Samarasinghe will show his low budget technique using a relatively simple set up which perhaps may be more tedious but anyone should be able to do with some practice.
 We are also asking the participants to use their creative eye and bring a couple of suitable  items such as flowers, bottles, jars, toys, sea shells, and even food items such as sweets and fruits to be shared by others.
The event start at 9am at the Town Hall. Please bring your Macro lens or other gear you use for close up photography. Tripods are recommended. Indoor shooting requires your flash or other supplemental lighting accessories.
If you are interested send an Email to Sam at, painrxsam@yahoo.com sign up. As the space is limited he will only take the first 20 registrants.
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