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Monday, July 28 — Presenters, Tom & Pat Cory


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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Earthly Night Shooting

By Bill Miller

Night Photography, by definition, takes place outdoors and occurs between sunset and sunrise. It is usually characterized by “long” shutter speeds to capture dim lighting, therefore requiring a tripod for most exposures. I suppose shooting in a well-lit outdoor stadium qualifies as night photography, but that would be an exception to the notes covered here.

Night photography is also usually associated with taking pictures of the heavens – the moon and stars, but there are a lot of other possibilities, too, including cityscapes lit by streetlights, neon signs, and car lights.  An interesting fact about long exposures is that moving objects that reflect little if any light become invisible in the resulting image. We will use that to our advantage in many of the following situations.

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My Camera Does Not Focus

I just discovered you while looking for camera repair in Cookeville. You have AMAZING pictures on your site! Wow! Can you point me to help for my Canon Rebel T3? It tries to auto-focus but never looks quite sharp through the view window and often isn’t once dumped from the camera. I’ve had it for a over a year and this is a new thing, but I confess, I’m still very new to the camera! I did try cleaning the contacts and formatting. Thank you for any help you can offer me!

D Petree

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.

Sutherland, a graduate student and teaching assistant at Tennessee Tech University, documents much of Tennessee’s landscape with his camera. 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.
CCC 2013 Picnic
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.


The Eyes Have It

By Ginger Dunn

Photography is as much about evoking emotion and telling a story as it is about the technical aspects of camera settings. A photograph can be technically perfect in every way; however, if it doesn’t move the viewer it is of very little interest to the audience.

As a photographer I want to connect the relationship between photography, emotion and my favorite subject….animals. I’ve loved animals since my first childhood memories. Photographing them has been a long time interest of mine. In recent years I have become more serious about capturing emotion and revealing stories in my images. We’ve all heard the old saying, “The eyes are the windows to the soul”. In photography capturing the eyes of any animal in sharp focus is a key technical aspect; however, it is much more as well. The eyes tell the story of an individual showing us sadness, happiness, fear, and a wide range of emotions. Think of some of the really great photos of wildlife you’ve seen. The story can usually be seen in the eyes. A lioness stalking her prey, a newborn foal with his mother, or a zoo animal seeing its keeper approaching with today’s meal all bring to light part of the life of an individual. Continue reading

Having Fun with Long Shutter Speeds

By Brian Stamm

Novice as well as professional photographers can have a lot of fun with changing the shutter speed of their camera. Playing with length of time the shutter is open when taking a photograph can lead to very interesting photographs. Most people are familiar with the “slow water” shots where streams and rivers take on a silky look and provide an almost ethereal feeling. But slow water is just the beginning. There is a lot more that slow shutter speeds can do to help a photographer create that unique piece of art and here’s how to do it. Continue reading