Tampa at Night

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.

Tampa at Night
Tampa at Night

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.

Marriott Tampa Waterside
Marriott Tampa Waterside
Tampa Skyline
Tampa Skyline

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.

2 Comments

  • Debbie Tubridy

    May 26, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Fun! We did a similar thing one night in Palm Beach. City nights capes are certainly not my forte, but it sure was fun. Awesome images Michael!

  • Michael Libbe

    May 27, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    Thanks, Debbie!