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Express your selfie at Tampa Bay's best solo photo-op spots

Great selfies don't just capture a moment in time. In the best ones, you also get a sense of where you were in the universe at that moment. • As we all know, around here beach selfies are easy and cheap and so prevalent they hardly even rate. But is white sand and bluish surf the Tampa Bay area's only iconic backdrop? Well, not if you know where to look. Every city offers some unique sights that frame easily in your smart phone's rectangular lens. • Looking for high impact, colorful, stand out shots? Downtown Tampa has just about one on every block. Want to change your Facebook cover photo to a view of real Florida? St. Pete might have something to show you. • To help you establish with certainty that YOU ARE HERE, tbt* scouted some of the best selfie locations designed to inspire. (Note: Your selfie guinea pig/volunteer is not a professional photographer, hairstylist, makeup artist or useful visual human being. Enjoy.) — Robbyn Mitchell [email protected]

Sunshine Skyway Bridge

What's that thing jutting through the back of your head? Oh, that's just Pinellas County's connection to Manatee, the famous and infamous Sunshine Skyway Bridge, as seen from the lovely beaches of Fort De Soto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S, St. Pete.

Weeki Wachee Mermaid Shows

So, lots of us don't often get up to Hernando, but if we do, shouldn't we give respect to the hard-working ladies who make bringing children's fantasies to life their day jobs? Perpetuating the magic by getting a selfie with the Weeki Wachee Mermaids is a must if you're that far north. Weeki Wachee Springs, 6131 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

Honorable mentions

These selfie spots are on tbt*'s wish list. If you get there first, send a copy to [email protected], so we can look on with everyone else in jealousy.

Find an angle that doesn't look trippy at the melting clock bench outside the Salvador Dalí Museum, 1 Dalí Blvd. in St. Pete.

Get a smile out of Winter the Dolphin at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Windward Passage in Clearwater.

Lowry Park Zoo's Mavi the Elephant calf will turn 1 this July. Celebrate with a selfie at 1101 W Sligh Ave. in Tampa.

Get in the frame with iconic former Tampa Mayor Nick Nuccio at Ybor City's Centennial Park, 1800 E Eighth Ave. in Ybor City.

Finagle your way into a tour of the massive wine cellar at Bern's Steak House, 1208 S Howard Ave. in Tampa.

Stand atop the amphitheater in downtown Tampa's Kiley Gardens, 400 N Ashley Drive, to get the right vantage point of the University of Tampa's minarets.

Rent a boat and cruise to a point that gets you in front of the towering pink awesomeness of the Don CeSar, 3400 Gulf Blvd. in St Pete Beach.

Wait until the sun sets to get your selfie under the lights of the Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S in Gulfport.

It'll be just like the movies if you take your selfie in front of the sign outside The Hub, downtown Tampa's favorite dive bar, at 719 N Franklin St.

Looking for a super hip place for your shoot? Check out the Independent Bar and Cafe's crafty, urban vibes at 5016 N Florida Ave. in Seminole Heights.

Express your selfie at Tampa Bay's best solo photo-op spots 03/26/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 7:02pm]
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