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.
by Bettye Sue Austin
Before moving back to Cookeville, I used to take pictures of my flowers with a small Canon point and shoot camera. I never took a class so I really didn’t know what I was doing at the time. I hybridize daylilies and wanted to run a daylily seed business after retirement.
With this plan in mind, I moved to Cookeville bringing my daylilies along with me. My goal was to learn how to get clear images of the daylilies, so I could display the two plants I crossed on my web page. I bought a DSLR camera and signed up for a class taught by Bill Miller, a member of the Cookeville Camera Club.
The class changed how I view my surroundings! I learned to see angles, shapes, texture, and color in this beautiful world we live in. I learned how to compose my images to make them more appealing instead of just taking a snapshot. I learned how to take close-up “macro” shots of my flowers. I also learned how to take portraits of my family members. I really enjoyed shooting the images for each class assignment and looked forward to sharing them with the other members in the class. After I completed the class, I practiced what I learned every day. Continue reading Life Changing
By Walt Carlson
Victoria’s Peak is the highest point in Hong Kong with breathtaking views of the city, especially after dark. The iconic Big Buddha sits on a mountaintop in an area accessible by sky gondola, bus, or an all-day hike to the top while cows can be found roaming free in the gardens at the base of the site.Many locals travel by ferry on weekends and holidays to visit the nearby fishing village islands where they select their dinner from the open-air fish market. The meal is then prepared at the restaurant next door and ready to eat approximately 30 minutes later, served on large lazy Susan tables which are typical of Chinese dining. Continue reading
Drones are one of those new technologies that can be an indispensable tool, a toy, a photographer’s dream, or perhaps the latest scourge unleashed by your neighbor. New models seem to come on the market weekly, each with a whirlwind of specifications, making an intelligent purchase decision nearly impossible. If one is purchased, the buyer becomes the neighborhood whiz kid, or the purveyor of all that is evil in the world.
Drones come in all shapes, sizes and costs. Some are just for sport. They exist purely for the fun of piloting an aircraft by remote control. Others are built for speed. They have motors, so there is a huge group of people involved in racing the beasts. Then there are those used in law enforcement, mostly in the search and rescue sector. Contractors, farmers and surveyors use them with infrared sensors for incredibly detailed mapping applications. While drones are most known for shooting video, they take still shots as well. As such, they make a nice transition vehicle for the casual photographer looking to start shooting video. Many women are helping to lead the charge. (www.2dronegals.com) There are even Facebook groups devoted to drone photography. Continue reading The Best Ways to Use Drones in Photography