All posts by Gigi Ventrice

Photographing Fireworks

By Kathy Neer

It’s the Fourth of July!  That means food, family, fun, and fireworks!  You love capturing all those fun moments, but when it comes to photographing fireworks, it can get a bit tricky.  The fireworks are bright, moving, and it can be hard to capture that perfect shot.  Here are a few tips to help you keep your memories of that great show you saw.

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Come Play With Us

By Steve Kuss

I recently discovered I am in a class of photographers referred to as “serious amateurs”. Somehow, I guess that is to distinguish us from “casual shooters”, you know, the “flip phone people”.  Call me what you want, but I hope I never get to be too “serious”, and I’d recommend that if you are one of those trying to improve your photographic skills, that you don’t get overly serious about it either. Never forget, that most hobbies, even “serious hobbies”, are really about “play” – having some fun.  No one wants to call it that of course.  It gets veiled by the serious terms “creative”, “artistic” or “fine art” photography. Nonsense. Get out there and play.

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Costa Rica

By Gary More

My friends who had been there told me about the beauty of Costa Rica and how much I would enjoy my visit. They were right! I traveled for two weeks from coast to coast with a small group tour (16 people and an excellent guide) and found that the country is indeed beautiful and it is very environmentally aware with 100% clean energy and about half the land area set aside as parks or otherwise protected from development. The people are warm and friendly and welcome tourists, tourism being a very important part of the Costa Rican economy.

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Rediscovering My Artistic Passion

By David Neal

The Urban Dictionary defines passion as putting more energy into something than is required to do it.  Although I have many and varied interests my passion has always been in the arts both, visual and musical. I had thought at one time many years ago I might try to earn a living in some creative endeavor, but my aspirations were greater than my level of competence.  While maintaining a deep interest in music I became a great follower and student of the visual arts.

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Photographing Heritage Murals in Singapore

By Geok Hwa Ventrice

In Singapore, street arts once criminalized as public vandalism were decriminalized as heritage building in the mid-2000s when the city-state was aspired to become a renaissance city. Street artists once marginalized are mainstreamed because their artistic expressions embody the multicultural heritage of 5.8 million people in an island country the size of Clay County Tennessee. Captivated by two heritage murals illustrating the livelihoods of immigrants in detail in Everton Park, the “Barber” and “Provision Shop”, I began heritage mural hunting in three ethnic enclaves.

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Good Photos Are Not Accidents

By Leann Walker

Volunteering at the Putnam County Fair this year, for the photography contest, helped me realize the passion our community has for photography. It was easy to see an emotional connection each individual had with their photos. An emotional connection to photographs can blind our eyes to technical issues, compositional issues, and missing subjects or storylines. I would like to discuss a snapshot versus a photograph, photographs telling stories, and some free software to help turn snapshots into photographs while correcting some technical issues.

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My Spring Awakening Wabi-Sabi

By Geok Hwa Ventrice

“May I ask why you are alone?  Where is your friend?”  Asked a mom-and-pop, noodle soup store owner in Tokyo concerned about my safety in the largest city by population in the world.  I was also urged to drink the complimentary buckwheat tea in order to keep the biting Siberian winds at bay.

In Kyoto, by showing a conscientious mom-and-pop, souvenir store owner the measurement of my husband, I reassured him that the extra-large t-shirt I was getting ready to pay was the right size.  Six months ago, I stopped by Japan en route to Singapore. I was excited about the stopover because I hadn’t seen my friends and relatives for more than a decade.

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Photographic Memory

By Vicky Ogle

When I was younger, very much younger, I had a difficult time with  reading and hearing.  I often had to stare endlessly at the picture associated with what someone was reading to me or if I was trying to read on my own.  I took in the details of the photo and plugged it in with what I heard.  I often made up my own version of the story.  Over time my reading abilities improved but I still relied on the detail of the pictures to help me comprehend the essence of the story.

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What is the best feature in Photoshop?

By Don Hinds

Photoshop is the ubiquitous image editing software program that allows me to make creative images only imagined in my daydreams or nightmares.   I have been asked, what is my favorite feature in Photoshop?  It is definitely LAYERS and LAYER MASK.  I could not make my fine art images without them.  Photoshop was released in 1989.  It wasn’t until 1994 that LAYERS was introduced.  LAYERS allow me to play and experiment.  I can get consumed in my work and ideas; before I realize it, many hours have passed.


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A Christmas Gift

By Rebecca Perron

Five years ago I did not know one thing about photography. I received my first DSLR camera a Christmas gift which I did not even know how to turn on let alone using it.  A co-worker introduced me to the Cookeville Camera Club. I began going to the monthly on a regular basis. This started me on my journey into the creative world of photography.

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