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
Bring your camera!
Batteries, memory cards, lens hood
Telephoto Lens (anything that gets 200mm+ is ideal with these beautiful horses in stride)
Wide zoom Lens (24-70, 24-105, 18-55) Typically for scenery type images, getting ready images (near the groomers/ trailers)
Fold-up stool/ chair
Neutral Density Filter
*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.