Field Trip

Field Trips constitute a crucial aspect of the TCPC journey. Usually each Saturday after our monthly meeting, our members embark on meticulously planned excursions to various picturesque locations in our vicinity.

Join forces with fellow members who harbor the same enthusiasm for photography! It presents an excellent occasion to connect with other group members, seize remarkable photographs, and glean insights from the wealth of expertise and experiences shared by others.

The Field Trip for May is to:
Heathcote Botanical Gardens
1210 Savannah Road,
Fort Pierce, Florida 34982
May 11th
at 10am

The Theme is:
Rule of Thirds

The rule of thirds is a composition guideline that places your subject in the left or right third of an image, leaving the other two thirds more open. While there are other forms of composition, the rule of thirds generally leads to compelling and well-composed shots.


Any questions please contact Val Bormanis at 561 994-0363 (call or text) or email at


Field Trips and Themes for 2024
Click on the Field Trip destination for more information about the Field Trip

Jan 13 – Jonathan Dickenson State Park

Feb Contest – Nature

Nature photography is a wide range of photography taken outdoors and is photography that unlocks the beauty of natural elements in their natural habitat within a frame. It is an umbrella term that covers landscape photographywildlife photography, and garden photography. The aspects of nature include a variety of subjects ranging from plants, animals, lush greenery in a personal backyard, to a hidden natural wonder. True Nature Photography is without the hand of man, in other words nothing man made (or human) should be in the image.

Feb 24 – St Lucie County Fair (Feb 23 – Mar 4)

          Mar Contest – Leading Lines/Vanishing Point

It’s important to note that the lines leading to the point don’t have to be complete. The point is often implied. It isn’t so much a specific item on the photograph as it is an area on the photograph. You can always point to it, but there is often nothing there. It appears that all lines emanate from this one spot. Another way to look at it—all roads and paths in the image lead there.

Vanishing points are useful tools that can help photographers add a sense of scale or even distort reality. They help add depth to otherwise flat compositions, and they built interest for the viewer. When used correctly, they can turn a mundane scene into an epic story.

Mar 16 – Fort Pierce South Jetty Park

          Apr Contest – Birds

Tips for Photographing Birds

Identify your subject and isolate it. …

Anticipate behavior. …

Let the birds come to you. …

Arrive early and stay late. …

Select your background. …

Test exposure regularly. …

Know the required shutter speed.

Apr 13 – Worth Avenue (Palm Beach)

          May Contest – Architecture

Architecture photography boils down to two distinct types: exterior, and interior.

  1. Exterior architecture photography. This refers to photographs of the outside of a structure. Exteriors benefit from a wealth of natural light, which makes them easier to photograph. Depending on the whims of nature, exteriors may also produce wildly varying, moody, and dramatic results.
  2. Interior architecture photography. This refers to photographs of a structure’s interior. Interiors are often more challenging to capture: ambient light available through windows or skylights is often limited, and sometimes filtered, as through colorful stained glass windows in churches. Supplemental lighting in the form of a flash helps accurately capture interiors.

May 11 at 10 am Heathcote Botanical Gardens 

          Jun Contest – Rule of Thirds

The rule of thirds is a composition guideline that places your subject in the left or right third of an image, leaving the other two thirds more open. While there are other forms of composition, the rule of thirds generally leads to compelling and well-composed shots.

June 15 – Documentary Murals (Vero Beach, Fort Pierce, Stuart, Hobe Sound, Lake Placid)

          July Contest – Macro/Close Up (not related to field trip)

Macro photography is all about showcasing a subject larger than it is in real life — an extreme close-up of something small. A full-frame insect in a five-by-seven-inch photo and a four-inch product shot of a cornflake go well above life-size: both are examples of Macro/Close Up photography.

Jul 13 – House of Refuge (Sunrise)

          Aug Contest – Landscapes/Seascapes

Landscape/Seascape photography is the practice of capturing a natural or outdoors scene in an artful or compelling way to engage the viewer’s eye and attention.

Landscape photography is one of the most appreciated genres of photography. As we explore and travel, it’s easy to become transfixed by a beautiful landscape. By learning to photograph it effectively, we can turn a memorable experience into a piece of fine art.

Aug 10 – Roosevelt Bridge (Evening)

          Sep Contest – Black & White

Black and white photography is the art of using different tones of gray, ranging from white to dark, to create compelling images. If you shoot in color, you can decide in post processing when you convert to B&W what tone of gray each color should be. It’s exactly like using colored filters when shooting B&W film.

Sep 14 – Downtown (FTP)

          Oct Contest – Street Photography

Street photography is one of the most challenging but at the same time one of the most rewarding genres of photography. Documenting people in their everyday environment is not easy – it requires patience, hard work and sometimes even some bravery to be able to approach and photograph complete strangers. Just like travel photography, you must master storytelling. Contrary to its name, street photography does not have to be done on the streets. You can do street photography anywhere.

Oct 5 – Scott Kelby Walk (FTP)

          Nov Contest – Still Life Dollar Store Item (not related to field trip)

You don’t need to cast models or anything. You can always just go to a dollar store or somewhere, grab an object, and find a way to photograph it. Still life is a unique genre of photography. One thing that makes it so special is that often the subjects aren’t very interesting. They’re just ordinary objects that you normally wouldn’t pay much attention to.

That means that to be successful at still life photography, you need to find ways to make your photos interesting. That also means it’s a great style of photography for learning new skills.

By experimenting with different arrangements, lighting, and compositions, still life photographers can breathe life into their subjects.

Nov 9 – Botanical Gardens (PSL)

          Dec Contest – Floral

Botanical art has a long history as subject matter for photographers. Using photography to preserve the ephemeral qualities of plant life can allows viewers to marvel at the natural world. Lighting is key in plant photography. Early mornings and late afternoons usually offer the best natural light. At this time of day, the sun emits a soft and warm golden glow, perfect for capturing beautiful images. Keep the photo background clear of any distracting elements – minimalism is good. Try to position yourself so you can find complementary colours in the background of the image and vary the angles from which you take your photographs.

Dec 14 – Possom Long Nature Ctr

          Jan ’25 Contest – TBA


The Field Trip for April
to Worth Avenue, Palm Beach
April 13th
meet at 10am
in the parking garage
150 Worth Avenue,
Palm Beach, FL

Learn, Share, Photograph.

Whether you enjoy taking photos on your phone, a simple point and shoot or an advanced DSLR or Mirrorless, TCPC welcomes you! Join us for our meeting at our center, 1109 Soltman Ave, Fort Pierce on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 6:30pm to about 8:30pm. 

Throughout the year, we schedule guest speakers, conduct workshops, plan social events, organize photographic outings, and we participate in local and state programs.