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MONDAY, AUGUST 14 — REGULAR MEETING

Join us as we transition from summer to fall:  we will recap the news from the Putnam County Fair photography contest, then prepare for  Fall Fun Fest, the 3CT Fall Event, and more!

We will also hone our critiquing skills on a willing volunteer . . .  find out more at the meeting!

The Cookeville Camera Club meets at the First Presbyterian Church in Cookeville.  Visitors are always welcome.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5 — PUTNAM COUNTY FAIR ENTRY DAY

Club member volunteers will once again manage the Fair’s Photography contest. Club members will be accepting and checking in entries from the public for the Putnam County Fair’s photography contest on Saturday, August 5 from 8 am to 12 noon. There are 18 classes available for amateur photographers to enter, and 3 classes for professionals.  Club members may only enter the professional classes. The Fair has published rules for photographic entries, and the rules can be found in the Fair Book (hard copy) or online here.  Scroll down, and see page 1 for general rules and page 7 for Department 6 (Photography) specifics.  Judging will take place this day.

During the remainder of Fair Week, volunteer club members will be on hand in the Photography Contest area under the South Grandstand to answer questions from the public and provide helpful tips on making better images.

See you at the Fair!

MONDAY, JULY 10 — PHOTO EXHIBITION: SHOOTER’S CHOICE

Members will submit two of their favorite images to share with the club.  This is our members’ chance to show off what they’ve been working on lately!  The exhibitions have become a member favorite activity.  A slideshow set to music will display the member-submitted entries, and discussion will follow the slideshow.

The Cookeville Camera Club meets at the First Presbyterian Church in Cookeville.  Visitors are always welcome.

June — No regular meeting — CLUB PICNIC on JUNE 3

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We will have our club picnic and photo shoot  from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ON JUNE 3, 2017. The club will supply the hot dogs and hamburgers, and we ask all members to bring a dish.  You will need to bring seating!  Bring your cameras and tripods for photo opportunities of all kinds!!

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Members: Go to “Events” on our web page and sign up.  There is additional information there about the picnic.

MONDAY, MAY 8 — Photo Contest: “Flowers”

A slideshow set to music will display the member-submitted entries. Following the show, the three top images in each category (Novice, Regular, and Master) will be revealed, along with the most favorite images as selected by the members.

The Cookeville Camera Club meets at the First Presbyterian Church in Cookeville.  Visitors are always welcome.

Saturday, April 29 — Johnson Nursery Photoshoot

A Cookeville Camera Club ” MEMBER’S  ONLY ” field trip.  This annual event is a club favorite!  Members are invited to be at the garden center at 7:30 AM before it opens to the public to shoot the bewildering display of gorgeous spring flowers. This annual event is a lot of fun, and makes for good practice in a controlled environment.

At  11:00 AM for those who wish,  we will meet for a Dutch Treat Lunch !! Members please register at the Members Only section on the website at www.CookevilleCameraClub.com.

Saturday, April 22nd Storyfest

Please join us at Dogwood Park for Storyfest on April 22, 2017.  Storyfest is an annual event sponsored by the Cookevillestoryfest History Museum featuring many talented storytellers performing throughout the day. A large tent with plenty of seating is available for you to come by and listen to their tales.  Cookeville Camera Club will be part of the Artist Alley from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, newly added this year along with food trucks.  We will have note cards for you to send to your family and friends for special occasions. We have many  different types of images available, so you will be able to find the perfect card for any occasion. Our images range from local landmarks to flowers, landscapes, travel photos, humming birds, other animals and many more.  Look for our sign! Please invite your family and friends to stop by any time throughout the day.

*In case of a rain out, the event will be moved to the  the Christian Life Center at the First United Methodist Church. We will ONLY use this plan in case of a TOTAL rain out.

MONDAY, APRIL 10 — MEETING: PHOTO ESSAYS

Members will share their images with the audience in the form of a “slideshow” that can be up to five minutes long.  One of our favorite meetings!

Members will introduce their essays, and discussion of the images will follow.  This is a wonderful opportunity to share and learn from other photographers!

The Cookeville Camera Club meets at the First Presbyterian Church in Cookeville.  Visitors are always welcome.

Saturday, March 25 — Rock Island State Park Photo Field Trip

Rock Island State Park is an 883 acre park located on the headwaters of Center Hill Lake at the confluence of the Caney Fork, Collins and Rocky Rivers. The rugged beauty of Twin Fallsthe park includes the Caney Fork Gorge below Great Falls Dam. These overlooks are some of the most scenic and significant along the Eastern Highland Rim. Great Falls is a 30 foot horseshoe cascading waterfall, located below the 19th century cotton textile mill that it powered over 100 years ago. Rock Island became a Tennessee State Park in 1969.

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Watering Holes

The Caney Fork River Gorge contains scenic overlooks, waterfalls, deep pools and limestone paths perfect for hiking, swimming, fishing, kayaking and exploring. The park’s whitewater sections attract professional freestyle kayakers from around the world. It also features a natural sand beach and boating access on Center Hill Lake.

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MONDAY, MARCH 13 — Photo Contest: “Open”

A slideshow set to music will display the member-submitted entries. Following the show, the three top images in each category (Novice, Regular, and Master) will be revealed, along with the most favorite images as selected by the members.

The Cookeville Camera Club meets at the First Presbyterian Church in Cookeville.  Visitors are always welcome.

Saturday, February 18 — Virgin Falls Photo Field Trip

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Virgin Falls

The club’s first scheduled photo field trip is to Virgin Falls, the best local waterfall that you may not have visited.  Why?  Virgin Falls is a 4+ mile hike downhill to get there, and of course, there’s the climb back out.

Virgin Falls is interesting as the water that feeds the falls flows out of a cave, and after the fall, it immediately flows into another cave.  Although quite impressive itself, there are many other photogenic spots along the trail.

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13 — MEETING: Round-Robin Presentations

Several CCC members will give presentations on various photography topics in a round-robin format.  Members, divided into several groups, will attend each presentation for 20 minutes, with time for Q&A.  Presenters will include:

Steven Kuss on Video/Video Editing

Bill Miller on “The Wonderful World of Wide Angles — In Focus from Here to There”

Helga Skinner on the Lens Baby

Stanton Tubb on Long Exposures

Our presentations will include instruction, the price of various equipment, and examples of images the presenters have made using the equipment. We will allow plenty of time for questions and answers.

The Cookeville Camera Club meets at the First Presbyterian Church in Cookeville.  Visitors are always welcome.

MONDAY, JANUARY 9 — “31 Days of Fun” Slideshow

Members spent December shooting images according to the theme of the day.  Members will submit ONE image from each day, a grand total of 31, and  we will present a slide show to show off club members’ special “31 days of fun” images (more to come on how to upload your images closer to the due date).

Join us to view this slideshow of fantastic images!  The Cookeville Camera Club meets at the First Presbyterian Church in Cookeville.  Visitors are always welcome.

 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Annual elections:  Members will vote on a slate of candidates for board member and officer positions.  Your vote is important!

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Shawn Mabry

Workshop/program:  Popular local photographer Shawn Mabry will lead a  workshop on portraiture.

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model white dress“Introduction to Studio Lighting” will be a hands-on learning experience, so bring your camera and tripod.  Shawn will instruct us on some basic lighting techniques, and then let us try our hands photographing a live model.

 

The Cookeville Camera Club meets at the First Presbyterian Church in Cookeville.  Visitors are always welcome.

Monday, October 10 — Photo Essays

Members will share their images with the audience in the form of a “slideshow” that can be up to five minutes long.  One of our favorite meetings!

Members will introduce their essays, and discussion of the images will follow.  This is a wonderful opportunity to share and learn from other photographers!

The Cookeville Camera Club meets at the First Presbyterian Church in Cookeville.  Visitors are always welcome.

Monday, September 12 — Photo Contest: “Storms”

A slideshow set to music will display the member-submitted entries. Following the show, the three top images in each category (Novice, Regular, and Master) will be revealed, along with the most favorite images as selected by the members.

We will also have a slide show with our “Then and Now ” images. Many of the club’s photographers went to work in conjunction with the Cookeville History Museum to reshoot photos from Cookeville of yesteryear. These images are displayed in the Cookeville History Museum’s current exhibit, ” Cookeville Then and Now.” In our slideshow, you will see Cookeville landmarks as they appeared decades ago and asIMGL0074-2-Edit-Edit-2 2 they appear todayArcade

Friday September 9-10 “Fall Fun Fest”

images-6The Cookeville Fall FunFest is a two-day event that melds a national barbeque competition with a downtown street festival,They have music stages, excellent kid and family activities, great food,and an admirable crafts area.

The craft area is limited to one street and we will be at the end of it. We will be running a photo booth where we will be happy to make your family, group or individual photos for only $5! we will email you the finished product.Then pick out some of our note cards to send to your family and friends for special occasions. We have many  different types of images available,so you will be able to find the perfect card for any occasion.Our images range from local landmarks to flowers,landscapes,travel photos,humming birds, other animals and many more. Look for our sign!

Monday Aug 22 – Speaker “Larry Perry”

Click and Crop“An Evening with CLICK and CROP… Ron McConathy and Larry Perry

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With these two very popular photographers/teachers you can never tell what  might happen or be discussed. Ron is a pro with portraits, travel landscapes and people and is known as the “CLICK” of the team. Larry is a pro with wildlife, abstracts, Photoshop and who knows what else and is known as the “CROP” of the team.!!! Between the two, who are sometimes opposite in their approach and often controversial, anything can happen.

This is one meeting you won’t want to miss. It features Ron McConathy and Larry Perry as “Click” and “Crop”. In their program they will answer many questions and show examples of good and questionable shots. In addition you
will see some of their outstanding and award winning work. You never know what to expect from these two as their programs are educational, entertaining, interesting, and very often controversial. Put this date on your calendars NOW

Experiencing these two in action is the way to end the summer and be inspired to begin the fall shooting season.This program will be one of the most talked about programs of the year. Be prepared for anything at this” MUST ATTEND” Meeting.

Through the Lens: “Cookeville Then and Now”

See the changes from early Cookeville images to today’s as members of the Cookeville Camera Club reshoot the locations of yesteryear’s photos.  Some buildings are changed, others replaced with newer structures . . . and it’s all documented this year as photographers give their view of how an why they shot the way they did.  Admission to the museum is free.

Monday Aug 8, – Meeting – Photo Exhibition

A slideshow set to music will display the member-submitted entries.Everyone displays their favorite two pieces, no restrictions .This  presents to all viewers the variety of talent, ideas, creativity and passion among us. We follow this with discussions on, how they composed their pictures,  what they decided to focus on, as well as telling us the story in the image. This can sometimes be very exciting and the slideshows are beautiful !

The Cookeville Camera Club meets at the First Presbyterian Church in Cookeville the second Monday evening. See our schedule on the website: cookevillecameraclub.com. Visitors are always welcome

Monday, July 25 — Speaker: Dusty Doddridge

Chasing the Light: The Art and Adventure of Wilderness Photography

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dd_20110629_2085_master_1 Dusty brings a unique perspective to the world of wilderness photography that comes from his background in outdoor adventure, sports, and travel. He continues to be inspired by the work of many photographers past and present including David Muench, Galen Rowell, Art Wolfe and artists working in different media. The landscape itself, especially wild areas are what inspire him most and photography provides a way to share some of that experience with others. His artistic vision involves photographing areas that are wild and beautiful while expressing the surreal nature of the landscape with a sense of mystery and adventure.

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Monday – June 27 Speaker – “Eric Hansen”

My color images are deeply personal storyboards, my connection to 21st century EricLHansenHeadShot_SmallTightCropre-modernist culture. I can’t remember a time when I was not drawing and painting. I was born in Staten Island, New York City, and went to grammar school in Bayside, Queens. My first toys were crayons, fat pencils, watercolors, tempera paints, and special papers. When I was 10, my grandmother gave me a camera. While I continue to draw and paint, I never stopped making photographs.

I earned a BFA degree from Newark College of the arts where I majored in studio art. For a long time I made photographs, almost all black and white. But I would also draw in charcoal out of some frustration that I couldn’t do with film what Picasso had done in Guernica. With color photography, I experienced a similar frustration relative to the abstract expressionists. Still, I loved the processes of photography as much or more than painting, and perhaps a little inspired by David Hockney, I refused to give them up. Continue reading

Monday, May 9 — Photo Contest: “Flowers”

A slideshow set to music will display the member-submitted entries. Following the show, the three top images in each category (Novice, Regular, and Master) will be revealed, along with the most favorite images as selected by the members.

After having just completed the Johnson’s Nursery Photo shoot it will be very interesting to see all the angles,  lenses, and settings used for these beautiful flowers.

As Kathleen Clemons, a known Flower Photographer and teacher once  said

“I wish to make the flowers dance”

 

Saturday, April 23 — Event ” Johnson’s Nursery” Photo Shoot

Our next CCClub ” MEMBER’S  ONLY ” field trip. Members are invited to be at the garden center at 7:00 AM before it opens to the public to shoot some flowers. This annual event is a lot of fun, and makes for good practice in a controlled environment.

At  11:00 AM for those who wish,  we will meet for a Dutch Treat Lunch !! Members please register at the Members Only section on the website at

www.CookevilleCameraClub.com

 

 

 

 

Thursday, March 31 — Annual Camera Club Photography Exhibition

The annual Cookeville Camera Club photography exhibition at the Cumberland Art Society begins later this month!  Please stop by anytime between March 31 and April 22, but we would really enjoy seeing you at our reception on Sunday, April 3rd.  There will be refreshments and many of the photographers will be there to greet you.

Come vote for your favorite images!

All the exhibition details are on poster below.

 

2016 CAS Poster (1200)

Monday, March 28 — Presentation and Workshop by “David Johnston”

This meeting consists of a presentation followed by a $20 workshop.

David Johnston loves being a photographer, but he loves teaching others ab1622363_887416127964975_7557319355166877311_oout it just as much.

Johnston realized how much he enjoyed photography in college. When the geography major went hiking for school labs, he remembers “I was always the last to get to the end of the hike because I stopped to take a lot of photos.”

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Monday, February 22 – Meeting ” Lenses and Drones “

Four CCC members will give presentations on lenses, macro lenses, drone photography, and compact light diffusion boxes and lights. Members, divided into four groups, will attend each presentation for 15-20 minutes, with time for Q&A. Presenters will be Helga Skinner, Bill Miller, Steven Kuss and Walt Carlson.

  • Helga Skinner-  Lens Baby, Macro snap on Lens
  • Bill Miller-  Lenses.
  • Steve Kuss–  Drone photography.
  • Walt Carlson –Compact light diffusion box and lights.

Our presentations will included the price of the equipment and examples of photography they have taken using the equipment. We will allow plenty of time for questions and answers.

 

Getting Started in Photography

Do you want to go beyond taking snapshots?  Check out the new introductory course beginning on Saturday, March 5.  Click on the INFORMATION for course details and to register.

Update: As of Feb 14th, the class is full!  THANKS, we appreciate the level of interest showed by the community.

Monday, February 8 — “Snow Photo Gallery”

Speaking of blizzards, the MEETING IS CANCELLED tonight.  The slideshow will be presented at the Feb 22 meting.

The Blizzard of 2016 has come and gone, but it will live on in pictures.  Club members are invited to submit up to five images (perhaps more) from the storm, and they will be presented in a slideshow with music.  Like a contest, the membership will vote on their favorite images, but there will be no judging and scoring.

Monday, January 25 — Speaker, Jerry Whaley

Seasons & Weather in the Smokies

jerry102812 copyJerry Whaley is an East Tennessee writer & photographer whose images are marketed worldwide by Getty Images, Alamy, age.fotostock and several other stock photo agencies. His images have appeared in Sierra Club Calendars, National Geographic Traveler, Blue Ridge Country, Outdoor Photographer, Peterson’s Photographic, Reiman’s Country, Backpacker, Southern Living & many other books, magazines, postcards, calendars, and trade publications.

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November 20-22 — Santa’s Workshop

Come see us in Booth #1!

For the first time, the Cookeville Camera Club will be participating in Santa’s Workshop held every year at  Hyder-Burks Agricultural Pavilion.

Eight club members will be offering original photographs from a number of locations.  In addition, the popular note cards sold at Fall Fun Fest will also be available.

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Affordable, original art is a good gift to yourself or to friends and family.  Some prints will be framed for immediate hanging.

Note cards, actually requiring a stamp and delivered by the US Postal Service may seem old-fashioned in this day of instant texting. Imagine, however, the the joy of a person near to you receiving a personal Christmas greeting, a “thank you”, an invitation, or just a message of love inside of a beautiful photograph.

We look forward to seeing you at the Cookeville Camera Club booth at Santa’s Workshop.  Our elves have been busy!

Monday, November 9 — Contest: “Bridges / Railroad Trestles”

Bridges/Railroad Trestles: Framed structures made from wood or metal which allow people or vehicles to cross obstacles such as roads, rivers, or valleys.

A slideshow set to music will display the member-submitted entries. Following the show, the three top images in each category (Novice, Regular, and Master) will be revealed, along with the most favorite images as selected by the members.

The banner image is a photograph by Bill Miller of the bridge crossing the Rio Grande river and gorge, just north and west of Taos, NM.

“Monday, October 12 — Speaker, Ron Baker

Commercial Photographer Enjoys Variety of Work

Ron Baker 2015You go to the store and notice the candles in the home furnishings department. After looking a bit, you choose the one you just know will make your home smell warm and inviting. You know because you look at the label and see the picture of the vanilla beans.

Most of us never think about who took the photo that made you choose that product. Ron Baker does. As a commercial photographer it’s his job to show a product or a business and its personnel in the best light.

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Monday, Sep 14 – Photo Contest: “Reflections”

A slideshow set to music will display the member-submitted entries. Following the show, the three top images in each category (Novice, Regular, and Master) will be revealed, along with the most favorite images as selected by the members

Our banner image for today, “Nashville at Night”,  is a photographtaken by one of our members, Walt Carlson.    It was the “People’s Choice” First Place as voted by our members in the last contest!!!

Monday, August 24 — Speaker, Bill Campbell”

BMC-20141206-_1250785Expressing Your Photographic Creativity Without Software”.  “In this day and age of ‘Photoshop’ enhanced images, wouldn’t it be nice to say, ‘No, I captured this image with my camera!’   Come and learn ways to use the creativity built into your own camera and also how to use filters, shutter speeds, external lighting, zoom lenses and multiple exposures to create fine art with your camera before it is ever imported into image management software!”

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Monday, August 10 — Speaker, Walt Carlson

Photomicrography

It’s a small world after all. No one knows that better than Walt Carlson.

Carlson, a Cookeville resident and member of the Cookeville Camera Club, has found a way to help people understand what’s beneath their feet and in the tiniest of everyday things.

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Walt with his camera attached to the microscope.

Growing up in Indiana, Carlson spent much of his life in the home furnishings business learning all aspects from manufacturing and marketing to sales and advertising. When he retired he and his wife Becky chose Cookeville as their new home due to the beauty and affordability of the area. The diversity of activities in the Cookeville area was an added bonus.

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Saturday, August 1 — Putnam County Fair Photography Competition

Title banner photograph by Ty Kernea.  ©2013 Herald-Citizen; all rights reserved.

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Amateur “Best-Of-Show” 2014 by Maria Jones

All Putnam County residents are invited . . . no, encouraged to enter photographs in the annual fair contest.  Although there are two photo categories for professional photographers and three categories for Cookeville Camera Club members, seventeen categories are reserved for amateur photographers.

The Cookeville Camera Club has engaged local professional photographers to judge entries and award 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons and prize money for each category.  A best-of-show for all amateur categories will also be awarded.

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Monday, July 27 — Speaker, Ty Kernea

Ty Kernea’s Pictures Speak Volumes

As a ph73728_163531310336592_3821056_notojournalist for the Herald-Citizen newspaper, Kernea has covered countless stories with just his camera for years.  If it happened in Cookeville, chances are good Kernea photographed it.

Photography wasn’t always what Kernea imagined for a career, but the Jackson County High School/MTSU alumnus had what he calls “the moment” that helped him decide.

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Monday, June 22– Speaker, Genna Sellers”

ONE LIGHT ONLY

Genna Sellers is a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) who has been honored with numerous awards including TN Professional Photographer of the Year, Top 10 Photographer of the Year, and many best of show and judges choice awards. Her images have been included in the International Photographic CompetitiGenna_Sellers_Headshoton’s (IPC) prestigious Loan Collection multiple times. In addition she is a board member of TNPPA and a PPA judge. She has a great deal of empathy for her portrait subjects and collaborates with them to create portraits that will be cherished by family and friends for generations to come.

gennasellersphotography.com  is her web site, feel free to look at all her beautiful photography. The  presentation will be  “ONE LIGHT ONLY”

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Monday, June 8 — No Regular Meeting (Club Picnic for members)

We will have our club picnic and photo shoot at Gary Moore’s home from 6:00 PM to 9 :00 PM. The club will supply the hot dogs and hamburgers, and we ask all members to bring a dish. The plans are to grill/smoke the meat ! We will use hay for seating ! Bring your camera for photo opportunities of all kinds!! Go to “Events” on our web page and sign up. We will have directions to Gary Moore’s home there, too.

Monday, May 25 — No Meeting

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History

Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

Monday, May 11– Photo Contest: “Eyes”

The May photo contest is all about images with “eyes”.  Living human/animal eyes must be the subject or prominent element of the image.

A slideshow set to music will display the member-submitted entries. Following the show, the three top images in each category (Novice, Regular, and Master) will be revealed, along with the most favorite images as selected by the members.

Monday, April 27 — Speaker, Robert Melgar

Leading Lines, Real and Suggestive

Robert Melgar has a wandering spirit.  With the turns his life has taken, it’s easy to see why.
Growing up in New York’s Upper East Side, Melgar made a drastic move to Miami at age 15.  From there he joined the US Air Force where he served with Special Forces in Saigon.  He settled down for almost 33 years when he returned to Miami and joined the police force.  After retiring he made another drastic move, trading his

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Monday, April 13 — Photo Essays

Fun evening of member “slideshows”.  Each participant can choose any number of images to share with the audience . . . as long as they can be presented in five minutes or less!  Many shows have a theme and are sophisticated productions set to music with image transitions.

This is a great opportunity to see the photographic talents of our members.

Monday, March 23 — Speaker, Lisa Powers

Photographer Sees Beauty in Reptiles

If it crawls, swims, or does a little of both, chances are Lisa Powers can tell you about it.

Lisa_Powers_crop“Anything most people run from, I’m all for it!” she says enthusiastically.

Powers’ love of nature and animals came at an early age. From keeping fish and lizards as a child to working in pet stores, her interest in all things reptilian grew into a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Tennessee Tech. When she realized she was “better at it than the guys,” she got her master’s degree in Field Biology/Herpetology from Austin Peay. From there, she has successfully lobbied for legislation to elect the Tennessee cave salamander as the state amphibian and the Eastern box turtle as the state reptile.

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Monday, March 9 — Photo Contest: “Churches”

The March photo contest is all about images of churches — any building or buildings used for religious services, inside or out.  A slideshow set to music will display the member-submitted entries. Following the show, the three top images in each category (Novice, Regular, and Master) will be revealed, along with the most favorite images as selected by the members.

Bonus Black & White Contest!

In addition to one of our six photo contests each year, there will also be a Black & White Print contest.  Participating members will bring one mounted and matted print to the meeting.  Two external judges will award 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for each of our three division.  The judges will present the awards and discuss their evaluation.

Monday, February 23 — Speaker, Jeff Roush

Thinking Like a Pro

JR_BWheadshotJeff Roush has run a successful, high level, commercial photography studio in the United States since the early 1980’s. His company, Roush Studios, has a client list and customer base reads like a “who’s-who” in advertising. It can be viewed on his commercial website. Many large corporations and notable advertising agencies throughout the US have utilized his services over the years. Chances are you have seen his work somewhere but haven’t realized it. His talents took him from his early years in Toledo, Oh. in the 1980’s to Los Angeles, CA. and Phoenix, AZ in the 1990’s, where he spent 10 years in some of the most competitive photography arenas that exist in the world.

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Monday, January 26 — Speaker, Caroline Rutland

Conceptual Photography

Conceptual Photographer Puts You in the Story

Caroline Rutland

Caroline Rutland loves a good story. What she loves even more is putting her clients in the middle of their own stories through conceptual photography.

Rutland’s idea of storytelling through imagery has transformed the idea of portrait photography. Think of that photo of your senior student with his letter jacket and football; now put him in the big game. Does your little girl love ballet? She can be the ballerina turning in the music box. You and your spouse can be a medieval king and queen slaying dragons. “If you can dream it, I can do it,” she says confidently.

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Monday, January 12, 2015 — Photo Contest

Our first meeting of the year will be a photo contest, open to any subject, but pictures should have been taken within the last year.

A slideshow set to music will display the member-submitted entries. Following the show, the three top images in each category (Novice, Regular, and Master) will be revealed, along with the most favorite images as selected by the members.

Monday, November 10, 2014 — Photo Contest


The November photo contest is all about images with leading lines —lines that attract the viewer’s eyes and lead them directly to the principle subject in the image; or lines that are a major element of the image.  A slideshow set to music will display the member-submitted entries. Following the show, the three top images in each category (Novice, Regular, and Master) will be revealed, along with the most favorite images as selected by the members.

Photo Critique Night!

Following the contest, the members will practice photo critiques in small groups.

Monday, October 13 — Robert Melgar, “Fall Colors and The Desert”

Photographer Captures American West

To Robert Melgar, west is more than just a direction.

A former Air Force Special Forces member and police officer, Melgar traded in his gun for a camera a few years ago. A self proclaimed “landscape buff,” Melgar enjoys photographing the mountains and trees of Tennessee but has always been drawn to the sweeping vistas of the American West.

Melgar is such a fan of the West he’s even purchased property there. He has taken numerous trips just to photograph the beauty he sees.

“I love the landscape, the open grandeur,” says Melgar. His photographs vividly reflect his passion for the area. Stunning photos of well traveled and little known areas are the result of his trips. Melgar traveled with photography guides and found some hidden treasures he enjoys returning to.

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Monday, September 22 — Checking the Compass

1. Slideshow

Selected participant images from three “Introduction to dSLR Photography” class this year.   For many, from zero to pretty darn good in 2-7 weeks.

2. Tech Topic

An educational topic or two will be presented.

3. Checking the Compass.

We have come a long way this year.  Have we arrived at a good place?   Where should next year’s road take us?  We will review what the club has done this year, and begin a discussion of what we want to do to more of . . . less of . . . or differently next year.  Results of a new member survey (coming soon to members-only website home page) will guide our discussion.

Monday, September 8 — Photo Contest

The September photo contest is all about images that include the atmospheric element of fog or mist, creating a sense of mystery.  A slideshow set to music will display the member-submitted entries. Following the show, the three top images in each category (Novice, Regular, and Master) will be revealed, along with the most favorite images as selected by the members.

Photo Critique Night is back!

Following the contest, the members will practice photo critiques in small groups.

Fall Funfest

Stop by at the Cookeville Camera Club booth at the Fall Funfest on September 5 and 6.  Learn about the club and pickup some gifts . . .  for yourself, friends, and family.  We will have photo note cards with envelopes that are perfect for sending special messages for any occasion.  You will also enjoy seeing larger prints showing spectacular scenery, local spots, and other subjects.  These, too, will be available for sale and are suitable for framing, or some may be ready to hang.

The Fall Funfest is one of our main opportunities to greet the public as a club and help raise funds for bringing professional photographers to town to present at our meetings, open to everyone.

Monday, August 25 — Dianne Blankenbaker, “Growing as a Photographer: A Landscape (with Birds!) for Learning”

Dianne Blankenbaker really looks up to her photography subjects.  That’s because they’re sometimes soaring above her head.

Blankenbaker has been involved in raptography (the combination of birding and photography) for a few years now, and the work continues to fascinate her.  That’s significant because some of her other hobbies haven’t lasted.

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Monday, July 28 — Presenters, Tom & Pat Cory

CAMERA CLUB MEETING

Couple Finds Common Ground in Photography

Tom and Pat Cory, as most couples, are alike in many ways.  Their differences, however, make them one of the most successful duos in professional photography.

Pat Cory admits she and Tom grew up differently. “I was from a farm and he grew up in a city,”  she explains.  The two love going to state parks and natural areas and found common ground there.  

When Tom was 11 years old he got his first camera.  He was photography editor of the yearbook at his college, William and Mary.  With a laugh, Pat says, “I had a Brownie camera and when I met Tom I’d probably taken 20 pictures in my whole life.”  She says it was partly Tom’s infectious love of photography and partly necessity that got her started in the art.  “I realized early on it was either carry his tripod or learn to take pictures,”  she jokes.  

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Monday, July 14 — “Open Theme” Contest & Iceland Presentation

1.  A slideshow of all the “Open Theme” contest entries will be shown.  Following the slideshow, all the the “placing” images will be revealed  (1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in each competition division, Novice, Regular, and Mast; 1st, 2nd, 3rd places according to the members’ chosen favorites).

2.  “Iceland in February” presented by Wanda Krack and Gary Moore

Iceland is a land of beauty in February.   While rain falls in along the coast, fresh snow covers the mountains and gl_WGK1259
aciers, creating the look of a winter wonderland.  Wild horses roam parts of the countryside.  These horses are a little larger than our ponies, have longer hair, and are relatively tame.  They also have pretty, long eyelashes and what looks like smiles on their faces.  There is a black sand beach where the ocean retrieves icebergs that have taken many, many years to pass through the cycle of snow, ice and back to the ocean.  Iceland has a few caves discovered beneath the glaciers that are large enough to walk comfortably within and explore.  Also, the Icelandic people are friendly, and their language sounds a bit musical to me.

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Wednesday, June 11— Presenter Christian Sperka

SPECIAL MEETING — 7:00 pm

“Two Years in the Wild!” by Christian Sperka, Wildlife Photographer and South African Field Guide

Few have answered the call of the wild as passionately as Christian Sperka.  Sperka will be bringing his brilliant photographs and amazing stories to the Cookeville Camera Club in a special lecture, “Two Years in the Wild”.  His presentation will include many images as well as explanations of challenges of living on the reserve and tips on photographing wildlife.  The public is invited to attend this rare opportunity and enjoy this evening as he brings South Africa home.

A former photographer for the Nashville Zoo, Sperka left that post to follow his heart to South Africa. He now calls Thanda Private Game Reserve home, and his neighbors can get pretty wild.   Continue reading

Monday, June 9 — No Regular Meeting (Club Picnic for members)

30% chance of rain this evening, but the picnic is still a GO.
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Grillin’ in the rain!

Tonight is the annual picnic for camera club members.

After the thunderstorm passed last year, a little rain did not deter our cooks, Bruce Harrison and Jason Ware.  A good time was had by all, except for perhaps the drone that crashed.

This year we hope for no rain, so bring your camera and a dish to share.  Members need to login and sign up in “Events”.  All we need to know is the number of people to expect.

After dark, we have an opportunity to try our hand at some night photography until 10:00 pm.

 

Monday, May 12 — “Night Photography” Contest & Speaker, Chuck Sutherland

1.  A slideshow of all the “Night Photography” contest entries will be shown.  Following the slideshow, all the the “placing” images will be revealed  (1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in each competition division, Novice, Regular, and Mast; 1st, 2nd, 3rd places according to the members’ chosen favorites).
2.  Chuck Sutherland presentation:  “Explorer Documents Tennessee’s True Underground”

Chuck Sutherland Explorer and Cave Photographer
Cave Explorer and Photographer

Chuck Sutherland goes underground on a regular basis, and he loves it.

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