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
Costa Rica is an amazing little country located just 10 degrees north of the equator. It is home to almost 6% of the world’s biodiversity, all contained on .03 % of the world’s land mass. The county is only about the size of West Virginia.
This tropical gem provides many opportunities for photographers. In addition to the wildlife, sunsets , and deserted beaches that I so enjoy shooting , it’s deep water port has an abundance of whale and dolphin, it has 6 active volcanos, and is known for some of the best surfing worldwide. Continue reading
by Gary Moore
“Svalbard, Svalbard, where is Svalbard?” my friends ask when I tell them I visited Svalbard last summer. Well, Svalbard is a group of islands, an archipelago, and way north of Norway in the Arctic Ocean. It is so far north that it was the launching point for many early explorers trying to reach the North Pole. Spitsbergen is the largest island and it hosts the only towns in the archipelago, Longyearbyn and Barentsburg. The total population is less than 3,000 people. Apparently the winters are very long and brutal, not exactly a winter paradise.
Bays along the north coast of Spitsbergen served as whaling stations as early as the 1600s. By the 1800s the whale population had been decimated and the whalers turned to seals. In less than a century the seal population was decimated as well. In the early 1900s coal was discovered on the islands and mining began and continues on a small scale today. In the 1970s, after centuries of environmental neglect, Svalbard, governed by Norway, began setting aside large tracts of land as national parks and nature reserves. As a result, nearly all of Svalbard is now an arctic wildlife preserve. No more hunting and the wildlife has flourished. Even the whales are slowly making a comeback. Continue reading
Please click on the link below to see Wanda’s presentation to the members of the Cookeville Camera Club on January 8, 2018. This educational article is full of instruction and helpful tips for photographing the Milky Way and star trails.
By Cynthia Lyons
photographers. This once nearly extinct bird, with numbers as low as 50 total birds in the 1920’s, has rebounded to an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 birds, thanks in part to dedicated refuges such as the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge (HWR) in Meigs County, Tennessee. This excellent habitat for the Sandhill Cranes and other birds is a perfect stopover on their annual migration from the Canadian tundra to their traditional wintering grounds in Georgia and Florida. Sandhills are big, beautiful cranes with a unique call, known as bugling or trumpeting. You can find more information on Sandhill Cranes, and hear their calls at http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/sandhill-crane and https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/sandhill_crane/sounds.
Two years ago I entered a contest and won with my Hummingbird landing on a branch in my backyard. It had its tongue hanging out. It ended up in the” Natures Best Photography” Magazine in the best backyards section.
A backyard can become a very fascinating place if one looks at it from many different directions. Sometimes I move my camera while taking the picture, creating a sense of mystery and motion. Other times I print my image on cotton or blend fabric, and then add batting and quilt it. Stitching with metallic threads by machine creates another look of dimension. I use software to enhance my images at times but am still learning. I give presentations on this technique as well as other topics. Continue reading
An effective element of good photographic composition is the use of “leading lines” which draws the eye to a specific part of the frame or center of interest. It might be a path, road or fence which winds through the frame to a vanishing point in the distance. In nature it might be a shoreline, a river or row of trees leading you to your subject in the background.
Identify your strongest lines and consider how to enhance your image by creating depth and perspective positioning those lines from the foreground to the background. Create a visual journey from one point in your image to another. Position your image so the lines lead into the frame and never out of the frame. Sometimes it’s as simple as moving yourself to change perspective and make your image more purposeful. Continue reading
By Wanda Krack
- A camera that allows manual settings
- A tripod, a sturdy one if there is wind
- Preferably a wide angle lens or a semi-wide angle. A lens that allows you to include all of the space that you want in the image. I use a 14-24, and have used an 8mm fish eye to include the entire sky. If you don’t have a wide angle, you can take several shots panned, and stitch them together using Photoshop or similar software. If you do this, try setting the camera for vertical orientation, overlapping almost 50%, thereby capturing more of the foreground, or more of the sky.
- An external shutter tripper, or use the delayed shutter setting on the camera, to prevent any shake.
Club members are invited to gather to view and/or photograph the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. Details on the place and time are on the members’ site under Events.