Monthly Club Field Trips


Our club offers monthly field trips to exciting photographic venues on the Florida Sun Coast. These field trips provide a great opportunity to expand your photographic skills by having members helping members increase their photographic skills. These events have produced lasting friendships between members. Field trips are for Members Only.

Upcoming Field Trips

    • January 21, 2019
    • 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Venice Pier
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    THE VENICE PIER

    The Pier was originally built in 1966 for $133,877. It was destroyed in July of 1981 by a “No Name Storm."  Rebuilding took place in 1984 with Greenhart lumber from South America, the only place in the world to purchase this wood. It did not have to be treated, nor did it shrink, because it was grown in the swamps. In February 2004, the Pier was totally removed. The construction of the current Pier cost $1.75 million, and the money was raised by a municipal bond (recreational). The decking of the Pier is now made of plastic wood fiber composite, is built to withstand a category 4 hurricane, and has a projected life span of at least 50 years.

    The Pier is 720 feet long (219.45 meters), 22 feet wide, and the height is 20 feet (6.096 meters).  Water depth at the end averages 16 ½ feet (5.03 meters).

    Please join us on our trip to the Venice Pier.  The goal is to capture a breathtaking sunset picture using the pier as a back drop.  Sunset will be at 6:02 pm.  We recommend you bring a tripod.  For those interested in carpooling, we will meet at the Lakewood Ranch Town Hall at 3:30pm.

    For those interested in staying for dinner, I will be scouting a restaurant which will take reservations.  Stay tuned!

    If you have any questions, please feel free to call either Susan (941) 807-0664 or Bobbie (813) 690-5062.  We look forward to seeing you.  

    You must be a member to participate in the field trips.You may not bring a spouse or friend who is not a current member of the club. Thank you for your cooperation.  

    Address is 1600 Harbor Drive South, Venice, FL.  34285



     must be a member to participate in the field trips.  You may not bring a spouse or friend who is not a current member of the club. Thank you for your cooperation. 



    • February 10, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Sarasota Polo Grounds
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    Sarasota Polo Grounds

    We will be gathering at the Sarasota Polo Grounds for a mid day of action photography and a pot luck lunch.  This event is one of the most popular field trips of the year!  We are able to see the horses up close and personal when they gallop by so prepare for a exciting time at the polo games!

    Please bring your own beverages, a chair, a tripod along with your camera and a dish to share. Plates, napkins, cups and silverware will be provided.  There will be two large tents set up as close to the middle of the North side of the field where Public Parking is located.  Please refer to the Polo Ground map.  We will be allowed to walk to both ends of the field to take pictures as long as we stay behind the orange cones and the border wall along the North side.  The South side of the field are for season ticket holders and hosted events so we are not allowed to take pictures from that perspective.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call either Susan (941) 807-0664 or Bobbie (813) 690-5062.  We look forward to seeing you at the Sarasota Polo Grounds!

    Julio Aguilar has graciously agreed to lead our group around the polo grounds prior to the start of the game.  If you want to have an opportunity to be close to the players and their horses, please be at the tents by 11:00 am.  Here are some tips from Julio.

     -Game Day Information-

     A fun day in the sun, bring sunscreen, hat, and plenty of water

     Bring $7-$10 if you want to grab a burger meal from Freddy's Food Truck

     Wear comfortable shoes

     Always keep your head on a swivel, things are happening all around, make sure you are aware of your surroundings 

     Watch the ground, there is plenty of horse manure everywhere 

     Be mindful of the athletes and their privacy, many of them have families/clients/owners that come out for support, but might not want to be in a photograph

     Horses do not like flash! I do not recommend using artificial light around these athletic thoroughbreds unless you have extensive experience around racing horses

     I (Julio) will go over: 

                            The U.S. Polo Association game rules

                            Field rules for Photographers

                            Game Day Schedule

                            Camera settings for various effects (Nikon, Canon, Sony, Fuji) 

                            Tips for making memorable imagery

                            Any other questions that come up 

     -Recommended Gear- 

     Bring your camera! 

     Batteries, memory cards, lens hood

     Telephoto Lens (anything that gets 200mm+ is ideal with these beautiful horses in stride) 

     Teleconverter 

     Wide zoom Lens (24-70, 24-105, 18-55) Typically for scenery type images, getting ready images (near the groomers/ trailers) 

     Monopod

     Fold-up stool/ chair 

     Neutral Density Filter 

     Towel 

     *The gear list is recommended but not necessary. As long as you have a camera and lens, we can make some awesome pictures! 

    If there is inclement weather that morning, please check your emails for info prior to leaving for the event.

    You must be a member to participate in the field trips.  You may not bring a spouse or friend who is not a current member of the club. Thank you for your cooperation. 


    • March 29, 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Celery Fields
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    For those birding enthusiasts or those who would like to learn more about bird photography, the field trip group will be going to the Celery Fields in Sarasota on March 29th, Friday, for an early morning adventure. Built in the 1990's on a former agricultural site, Celery Fields is one of southwestern Florida’s premiere bird watching locations. It’s featured on the Great Florida Birding Trail and has a checklist of more than 220 species. More than 200,000 aquatic plants and trees have been planted, and 100 acres of wetlands have been restored.

    There are two boardwalks our group may be using to discover the habitat of over two hundred bird species. One is located just south of Palmer Blvd. and the second is off of Raymond Rd.  We will meet in the parking lot off of Palmer Blvd next to the Audubon Center at 7:00 am. Remember to bring your club's name tag.   A tripod is recommended however you can still capture phenomenal pictures just with your camera and a steady hand.  Dale Dombrowski, a club member, will be our guide and our mentor for those that would like to know the many species of the birds and for camera instruction.

    After the field trip, please join us for a late breakfast at First Watch located at 5354 Fruitville Rd #4, Sarasota, FL 34232. 

    If you have any questions, you can contact Susan (941-807-0664) or Bobbie at (813-690-5062).  For those members who are thinking about upgrading from an iPhone or a point and shoot camera, the club has purchased a Sony, Cannon and Nikon cameras for you to try out.  If you are interested in one of these cameras on our field trip check the link at the top of this page to reserve a camera.You must be a member to participate in the field trips. You may not bring a spouse or friend who is not a current member of the club. Thank you for your cooperation.      

    Directions to the Celery Fields

    From I-75 take Exit 210, Fruitville Road east. Make right at Coburn Road light and follow road as it curves past the Fruitville Library. The Celery Fields will be on your left; Ackerman Lake will be on your right. To get to the parking lot, proceed about .5 mile south from Ackerman Lake and make a left onto Palmer Boulevard. After about .3 mile, make a left into the  parking lot, which also has public restrooms.

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