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April 6-29th Photo Exhibition at Cookeville Art Studio and Gallery

The annual Cookeville Camera Club photography exhibition returns to Cookeville Art Studio in April. The exhibition begins on Tuesday, April 6 and runs through Thursday, April 29. 

The studio is located at 186A South Walnut Street in Cookeville and the hours are 12 to 4 pm, Monday through Saturday.  Please stop by anytime in April, but we would really enjoy seeing you at our opening reception on  Sunday, April 11th from 1-4 pm. 

March 8th PHOTO CONTEST – Print Contest

The club is having our third print competition on March 9th at 7PM.  The competition is divided into four categories. The first three categories are allotted based on the experience level of the members. The fourth category (Salon Prints) allows the members maximum flexibility in producing their images. Contest is for members only. The club will be viewing the prints, see the awarding of ribbons and hear judge comments on the winning images.  There will be a short program on the LightRoom Development module while the judges evaluate the images.

Please sign up on the Events page if you plan to enter the print contest. Members were sent an email with contest details. Please bring prints to the meeting. We will use outside judges as we have on past print contests.

Christmas Forest Exhibit Nov 28-Jan 2

Visitor stops to admire CCC tree at 2019 opening reception

Browse through a festive display of Christmas trees Nov. 28-Jan. 2 at the Cookeville History Museum’s fifth annual Christmas Forest exhibit. See it any time the museum is open, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Also, enjoy learning about the various community clubs and organizations that decorate each tree. Admission is free.

CCC member Ron Anderson and wife visit the 2019 exhibit

Cookeville History Museum

40 East Broad

Cookeville, TN 38501

Phone 931-520-5455

Fourth Annual Christmas Forest Exhibit – December 14 – January 4

CCC tree 2018

The Cookeville History Museum is hosting it’s fourth-annual Christmas Forest exhibit.  It is an exhibit of Christmas trees decorated by various nonprofit organizations in the Cookeville area.  Cookeville Camera Club will display a tree featuring photos and handmade ornaments.  This is our 3rd year as an exhibitor.  This exhibit is on display through Jan 4.

The exhibit kicks off with an opening reception on Saturday, December 14th from 10am -12 noon, with hot cider and Christmas goodies! Please come and bring your family and friends.

CCC tree 2018

Museum Hours:

Tuesday – Saturday 10-4


Cookeville History Museum

49 East Broad St. Cookeville

(931) 520-5455

The Grand Tetons – A Photographer’s Paradise

By Gary Moore


Gary Moore head shot
Gary Moore

The Grand Teton National Park in northwestern Wyoming lies just south of the more famous Yellowstone Park. It contains the Teton mountains, a spectacular range with snow covered Peaks that dramatically rise above the Jackson Hole Valley. There is a chain of natural, clear water lakes along the east flank of the peaks and beyond the lakes the Snake River flows through grassy plains that host herds of bison and antelope. Any vacation to Yellowstone definitely should include some time in the Tetons. This combination of a majestic

The Grand Tetons Highest Peak – 13,770 ft

mountain range, beautiful lakes, wildlife and in the spring, an abundance of wildflowers make the Tetons a photographer’s paradise.

The newer cell phones and small “point and shoot” camera are capable of some amazing photographs and may be all you need to capture the beauty of the Park, but remember whether you are using a cell phone or a professional quality camera and lens, it is the person behind the lens holding the camera that creates the really good photos. Continue reading

Color vs Black and White Photography


by Roland Pearson

The first black and white photograph was taken by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in 1826.  During the 19th Century, photographs were almost exclusively black and white or sepia tone.  Color photographs, which were originally produced by hand tinting black and white photographs, did not become common until the 1930’s (100 years later).  The advent of digital imaging with its low cost and ease of use, helped cement color as the dominant photographic form today.  Black and white images, however, continue to be produced, particularly by advanced hobbyist and art photographers.

My love of Black and white photography was inspired by the work of legendary photographers like Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, Alfred Stieglitz and Richard Avedon.  I n Later on, I had the opportunity to view some of Ansel Adams original photographs on display at New York at galleries and in the offices of the Sierra Club in Washington DC.  Ansel Adam’s work can be viewed at Continue reading

Saturday, December 8 – Christmas Forest Opening Reception


The Cookeville History Museum is holding an Opening Reception for their Christmas Forest exhibit on Saturday, December 8th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.  Refreshments  will be served.


The Cookeville History Museum is located at 40 East Broad Street in downtown Cookeville and  their hours are : Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The “Christmas Forest”  is on display throughout the month of December.  Stop by anytime!

Photographing People

by Geok Hwa Kee Ventrice

Growing up in a transnational Chinese community in Southeast Asia, I was fond of community fairs, events or festivals even though individuality was lost to uniformity in a culture where every single detail was carefully choreographed.  I was elated when I found out that cyclical events are held in Cookeville in tandem with seasonal changes.  They would give me an opportunity to witness individuality in play in a context.

Putnam County Fair was my first fair photography and the Blues & Brews Festival was my second attempt to photograph a festival.  As a naïve stranger and an inspiring photographer, I would like to tell the story of an event through the emotional and personal, so I could share it with families and friends back home.   Continue reading

Barn Photography

by Donnie King

Barn with Perce Rock

I have several hobbies, but probably the most fulfilling of those hobbies is photography.  I have been “taking” pictures for a long time. Over the years, photography has greatly changed.  I am no longer “taking” pictures; now I am “making” pictures.  Making pictures involves the initial process of obtaining the image as well as the “post processing” to take the photo to its finished form.  For my post processing work on my images, I use Lightroom 4 and Photomatix Pro 4.2 software. Continue reading

My First Visit to The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

 by Tom Morack

Newfound Gap

My wife and I moved to Tennessee almost three years ago. I have always wanted to see The Great Smoky Mountain National Park but just recently had the chance. Along with two friends from The Cookeville Camera Club, we finally made the trip this past early May. What a magnificent experience. The weather was perfect. It’s amazing to think that entrance to the Park is free. For someone who has never been, there is no excuse not to visit. It is an experience one will never forget.  Continue reading