I was over in Tampa for a concert at the Amalie Arena over the Memorial Day weekend. I lived in the Tampa area for 12 years back in the 60’s and 70’s, and while I have driven through Tampa many times on my way to the gulf coast, I hadn’t had the opportunity to spend any time downtown.
I decided not to drive home after the concert and booked a room at the Marriott Waterside in downtown for the night. The hotel was right across the street from the arena. That gave me an opportunity to head over to Tampa earlier than I might have otherwise and spend some time wandering around with my camera. It was gloomy and cloudy when I arrived, but I did try my hand with some long exposures from the room after the concert.
My room didn’t offer great views of downtown, but since I had not done much night photography in the past, it was a good way to experiment with the camera.
The next morning I woke before dawn and ventured out to take some images of the hotel and arena as the sun began to rise.
I think I might like to go back to Tampa for more than just a night. The waterfront and riverwalk seem to be quite vibrant and offer many photo opportunities. I could see myself exploring the area for a long weekend at some point.