A Very Good Year


It was 1998. That year, Apple introduced the ultra-thin MacBook Air. The world’s largest particle accelerator, a circle with a 17-mile circumference, came on line in Switzerland. The Lady Vols won yet another NCAA championship. Nine months into the year, Nashville got professional sports with the Titans moving here from Memphis and the Predators winning … Read more

A Woman for All Seasons?

Dorma Tabisz - A Woman For All Seasons

What else could I call Dorma Tabisz? After all, I witnessed her opening her oven and sticking a toothpick into two large trays of brownies for “doneness”; being down on her knees tightening set screws in a stool’s legs with an allen wrench; having her show me her printer that was about as wide as … Read more

4 Knights and a Princess


Yep, the Brentwood Photography Group has Knights and Princesses, and we also have a Roundtable; several Roundtables, in fact. Let me explain. A couple of times each year, instead of having a program that is listened to by everybody, we set up breakouts for discussions on different topics related to photography. You choose your own … Read more

Don’t Be a Photo Sniper


A “photo sniper” isn’t what you think it is; I will need to explain it. And…I wish I had been cute enough to come up with that title but I’m not. Credit belongs to one Mitchell Kanashkevich, whom I just recently discovered on YouTube with a video with the title I am using. (A link … Read more

A Question for You

The camera I own now is 4-years-old…and counting. Should I be thinking about upgrading?  An “improved” model was introduced two years ago and an upgrade to that will be coming this Fall. Undoubtedly, more pixels, newer sensor, more menu choices, and more buttons are on the way. There are several ways I could approach an … Read more

Give Me One Good Reason You Haven’t Read Your Camera’s Manual


That’s right; just one…other than that all technical manuals seem to be poorly written, boring, and difficult to read. Talking specifically about what comes in the box with a camera, let me tell you about two camera manual stories, both true. A few years ago, I was at an ideal location for landscape photography with … Read more

A Good Man to Know


Al Wood is a good man to know! You don’t have a chance to meet many people like Al Wood, who is extremely creative, totally aside from his photography. Over the years, he has been into wood carving, sculpture, working in bronze and even into some “serious” woodworking. For a period of 10 years, he … Read more

Confessions of a YouTube Junkie

Face on wall

I spend a lot of time on the web. I subscribe to about 25 YouTube channels, and regularly check out 25 or so other pages—a couple of them daily. More than once I have encountered the idea that I probably should spend less time reading and sitting at my computer and go out and shoot. … Read more

“Your Camera Doesn’t Make Pictures…You Do”

Mini Clinic with Robert McCurley

Those words are so true! They remind me of my years-ago, now basic photography course at Nashville State Community College. The teacher invited us out into the hall to look at some framed pictures on display. They were interesting, well-done pictures, and professional-looking images. When we came back in, he asked us what cameras we … Read more

Working Together Wins Every Time

2018 Outing Planning Meeting

Your grandmother wasn’t the originator of the expression “two heads are better than one.” It first appeared in a book of collected English colloquial sayings, first printed in 1546, put together by John Heywood. We all know it makes sense and works in most situations. Today, we use the word “syncretistic” to describe an environment … Read more