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Alaska – One Beautiful Place!

By Bettye Sue Austin

Photography makes me want to travel.  I want to see beautiful places and photograph them all.  I am always looking for that perfect shot because it makes me appreciate the wondrous world that I live in.


In June of 2018, I went on a 10-day, sea-and-land tour of Alaska with my sister and two friends. As of 2017, Alaska is 663,268 square miles in size with a population of 739,795. It was purchased from the Russian Empire in 1867. You MUST bring a camera with you to Alaska because there is an abundance of flora and fauna for you to photograph besides its beautiful landscapes.

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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

Photography Terms

(Incomplete) Glossary of Terms Used When Evaluating a Photographic Image

Abstract – abstract art uses a visual language of shape, form, color, texture, and line to create a composition which has no main subject.

Ambient light – also referred to as available light, is the light that is occurring in the scene without adding any flash or light modifiers. This could be daylight, or man-made light such as tungsten or fluorescent bulbs.  Any light that the photographer has not added to the scene.

Aperture – the variable opening in the lens through which light passes to the film or digital sensor.  Measured in  f-stops. It can be compared to your pupil which opens and closes to allow more or less light to enter your eye depending on the brightness level of the room.

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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

Photographer’s Paradise, Costa Rica Abounds With Wildlife


by Richard Thompson

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

Svalbard, An Arctic Wildlife Preserve

Gary Moore head shot
Gary Moore

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