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Monday, August 10 — Speaker, Walt Carlson


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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by Wanda Krack

When you go on a trip or take a vacation this year, along with taking pictures of family and friends, don’t forget to keep an eye out for nice landscape shots. Here are just a few of the many hints about taking
landscape pictures.Sunset

Notice what the sky looks like. Usually early morning or late afternoon will give you the best lighting and
colors for landscapes, especially when the sky has color. On the other hand, big, fluffy white clouds look
good in scenic pictures also. Try not to get the sun in the picture except for about an hour after sunrise and an hour or less before sunset. Bright sun can damage the sensor inside your camera. Some of the most dramatic scenic images are taken just before or just after stormy weather. If you have a ‘blah’ sky, consider either not including the sky in the image, or just catch a little of the sky. For waterfall pictures, you might consider how much sunlight is on the water and use a polarizer filter on the lens to help prevent overexposure and reduce the water’s glare. A polarizer can also darken the blue of the sky. To be most effective, the polarizer needs to be at a 45 to 80 degree angle from the sun. Circular polarizers must be turned until you obtain the look you want. Point and shoot cameras should have a setting such as water, or waterfalls that helps. Continue reading

Photography in Three Parts

by Steven Kuss

Winter Landscape Panorama
Winter Landscape Panorama

I would say there are three parts to photography: learning about photography, photography tools, and actually taking (or perhaps making) photographs. There is, of course, no end to all of this. A Google search, even one limited to just YouTube, will yield more content than one could consume in a lifetime. If you were to expand that search to include text articles as well as videos from other sources, you would quickly move into a multiple lifetimes zone. So, I thought I would offer up some of the photography resources I use the most, which hopefully you’ll find more helpful than a blind Google search.

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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.