Monthly Newsletter

Burt's Message

Hopefully the cold, snow and ice are behind us as we move into … SPRING!!

We had a great turnout for our February meeting and new memberships are really on the rise.  Please be sure to introduce yourself to a new member at our next meeting and to show them the ropes at the POTM contest!  Thanks again to member Rich Seiling for an outstanding presentation last month on the importance of ongoing Photo Education and new places to find inspiration for your new photos.  Remember to print your work for the March Photo of the month for our meeting on Tuesday the 5th of March.  I would love to hear about some of your photo “excursions” since our last meeting as well as a short wrap up from our outing to the Factory in Franklin. 

Our best to Jen Vogus for the Photo Slam last week also!!

Monthly Calendar

Main Meeing

July Main Meeting

Tuesday, July 2, 2024
Otter Creek Church
409 Franklin Rd, Brentwood, TN 37027

Speaker: Susan Ruach
Topic: Abstract Photography: What’s It All About 
Time: 6:30 pm

Networking and Photo of the Month competition: 6:00 – 6:30 PM
Please come early if you are entering an image into the Photo of the Month competition.

Ever wonder how an abstract photo was made? Or what it “meant”? Or said to yourself about an abstract photo, “Huh? I just don’t get it.” Or maybe you really liked an abstract painting and wondered if you could do something like that with your camera. This program will look at abstract photography (including briefly abstract art in general). We will reflect on the meaning and value of abstract photography. In case you might want to try creating your own abstract photos for fun, we will also look briefly at some types of abstract photography and ways of making abstract images including realistic abstracts, mining an image, camera movement techniques and digital manipulation.

Visit Susan’s website

Link to the 2024 POTM categories

Susan Ruach

Lunch Bunch

July Lunch Bunch

Wednesday, July 10, 2024
Williamson County Public Library,
1314 Columbia Ave. Franklin, TN 37064
Meeting room A
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch Bunch is a monthly lunch meeting, led by Dick Dougall, with the focus on members getting to know each other, discuss video tutorials, and constructive critiques. This is a bring your own sandwich affair.

Email in advance to let him know you would like to attend.

Mini Clinic

July Mini Clinic

Thursday, July 11, 2024 via Zoom 7:00 pm
Speaker: Scott Davenport
Topic: Classic Black & White Landscapes: Composition, Subjects & Editing

Zoom link information
Meeting ID 869 0293 7968
Passcode 530537

Scott Davenport is a nationally acclaimed landscape photographer and photo educator based in San Diego, CA. He will lead a BPG Zoom discussion on Thursday, July 11 at 7PM on black & white landscapes with a healthy discussion of composition for landscapes, as well as, techniques applicable to color, and conversion techniques to B&W.

Scott currently leads photo workshops, writes photo books, hosts podcasts and produces tutorial videos. He’s a heavy user of Lightroom and ON1 Effects, and also use Skylum Luminar and Topaz Sharpen AI in his workflow. He posts free tutorial videos via his YouTube channel for a steady stream of videos and podcasts on various photographic topics.

Scott Davenport Photography
Photography – Education – Fun

Scott Davenport
Scott Davenport

July Outing

July Outing

Dickson TN Scavenger Hunt

Saturday July 13, 2024

Join the Brentwood Photography Group as we venture to downtown Dickson on Saturday, July 13th for our 2nd scavenger hunt. In addition to quaint buildings to photograph, there are many shops where you can find good subjects as well as get out of the sun.

We will start the morning by meeting at the fountain in Holland Park at 9:00 am. Address: 101 Frank Clement Pl, Dickson, TN 37055. There is parking all along Main St. but may be limited as the stores open for business at 9. There are several parking areas close to the park and Clement Railroad Museum on Church St.

We will hand out the list of subjects to photograph when you arrive. Once you have your list, you are welcome to go off independently or tackle the list with a small group of fellow photographers.

Included in the list are Photo of the Month categories, some of which you are likely to find: Tools, Framed, Shoes, Inclines, Flowers, Sweets, Handles, and values. You can increase the difficulty of the challenge by fitting as many of the 30 different categories in a single image! For the full list you will have to join us on the 13th!

Please join us for lunch at 11:00 am at the Little Bite of Everything restaurant, featured on Tennessee Crossroads. 124 S Main St STE A. 6 615.326.8289

Happy Hunting!

Send your Hold Harmless Agreement to Lyra Hankins at

Dickson TN
Photo by Diane Burgett

2024 Outings

2024 Outings

Member Spotlight - Bob Matusik

Bob Matusik
Bob Matusik
July 2024 Member spotlight Bob Matusik
Photo by Bob Matusik

Originally, Sue and I were from Chicago, but we moved around the US for my training. In 1976 we moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba and stayed in Canada for 17 years. In 1996, I started a new position at Vanderbilt University and retired from VU in 2022. Although I enjoy many hobbies including antiquing and gardening, I soon found that I had too much time on my hands. So, I returned to an interest in photography.

It all started when I was around 8 years old. My older brother started developing black and white film in a bathroom converted to a darkroom. From him, I learned how to develop my Kodak Brownie film and make my first contact prints. Soon we were able to get an enlarger that gave us large but blurry prints! I am not sure if we just had the cheapest enlarger possible or if that was the state of the art for most amateur photographers. Regardless, taking a picture and controlling that image during the printing process made me a life-long advocate of photography. It taught me an appreciation of the skill necessary to obtain that image that conveys emotion and leaves you breathless.

Through the years, there were starts and stops in taking pictures. As the kids came alone, photography became snapshots of the family to preserve memories. There were the occasionally family trip that allowed me to dabble in photography and of late, a few trips dedicated to nature photography.

Although my focus has been nature and landscapes, I have started to setup a home studio for portraits and still life images. With retirement, I found Radnor Lake within easy reach where my camera is in hand a few mornings a week. Since bald eagles have nested there, a band of photographers show up every morning where we enjoy the nature walk and the chance to capture the eagle splashing down as it grabs a breakfast fish.

Photography has become a passion, but also has become an opportunity to meet others with the same interest.

Hope to see you at Radnor Lake!

Looking for Inspiration?

2024 Photo Of The Month Themes

July 2024 Member spotlight Bob Matusik
Photo by Bob Matusik

Photo Of The Month Contest (6:00 – 6:30 PM)

Photo of the Month contest images are hung between 6:00-6:30 prior to the main meeting. This is an opportunity for you to compare your work with that of others, as you perhaps think about entering our outside exhibits. It’s good training, and by compelling you to focus on specific themes you learn and grow in your photography. A Board member will be at the display to answer questions and encourage participation.


July 2024 Member spotlight Bob Matusik
Photo by Bob Matusik
2024 Themes - updated
July 2024 Member spotlight Bob Matusik
Photo by Bob Matusik


You must be a member in good standing to enter
There will be 3 categories each month
You may enter up to 2 images, but not in the same category.
Voting will determine first and second place winners in each category
Images must have been taken during the last 12 months
No AI was used to add significant elements to the image
There will be a total of six 1st and 2nd place winners each month

View all Photo of the Month winning images here 
Galleries – Photos of the Month Winners – Brentwood Photography Group

Resizing And Uploading Images

  • Resize your image to 2000 pixels along the longest edge.
  • Down sample your image so it is less than 1MB.
  • Save images in .jpg format.

Need Help Resizing Your Images?

Directions for resizing your images can be found on the BPG web site by clicking here.

Or you can review the November 2021 Mini-Clinic YouTube video
Export using Capture 1, fast forward to the 24:00 minute.
Export using Light Room, fast forward to the 27:35 minute.
Export using ON1, fast forward to 35:15 minute.
Export using Photo shop, fast forward to 42:10 minute.

July 2024 Member spotlight Bob Matusik
Photo by Bob Matusik

Gallery Wall

If you would like to display your images without submitting into the POTM competition we have a Gallery Wall.  This is an opportunity to share your work in a format that isn’t competitive.  We’ll use one side of the POTM displays and the table used for other displays, if necessary.  You will get 1 President’s Cup point for participating.  If you also enter images in the POTM, you will not receive an additional participation point for participating in both.


  • For Gallery Wall only, prints can be a maximum 13″ x 19″
  • POTM prints must be no larger than 8.5″ x 12″
Gallery Example

Call For Entry

July 2024 Member spotlight Bob Matusik
Photo by Bob Matusik

Annual Obed Photo Contest
Free to Enter
Deadline 7/15/2024

Obed invites photographers to submit entries for the 13th annual photo exhibit at Obed Wild & Scenic River Visitor Center. The National Park Service is looking for striking digital images of nature, highlighting the spectacular views, recreational opportunities, and diversity of life in the park.


  • Recreation – Photographs of people participating in recreational activities.
  • Dark Skies – Expansive and dramatic view of the night sky within the boundaries of the park.
  • Flora & Fauna – Animals in their natural habitat, including close-ups of invertebrates, or plants in their natural habitat, including close-ups of flowers, fungi, lichen, and algae.
  • Landscapes – Expansive and dramatic views of the land and its features within park boundaries.

Annual Big South Fork Photo Contest
Deadline: July 15, 2024
Fee: Free

The National Park Service is looking for striking digital images of nature, highlighting the spectacular views, recreational opportunities, and diversity of life in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.

Categories: Dark Skies, Flora & Fauna, Human History, Kentucky Landscapes, Recreation, Tennessee Landscapes

National Park Photo Contest Presented By Tamron
Deadline August 31, 2024
Fee: Free

It’s that time of the year again. Pick your best shots taken in America’s national parks and submit them to the 14th National Park Photo Contest presented by Tamron.

You may submit up to three photos per category beginning January 3o, 2024 until the deadline on Aug. 31, 2024 at 11:59 PM (MT), so start planning some getaways soon to capture your winning photo. We will award a grand prize in each of the three categories: Landscape, Wildlife and Night Skies.

Williamson County Fair Photo Competition
Online Entry Available: June 17 – July 19
Entry Drop-off for Photography: July 1 – 20, 2024

ALL entries must be pre-entered online. Entries will NOT be accepted at drop-off that have not been pre-entered online so be sure to enter anything you think you’ll have ready by the drop-off dates. Don’t have an item ready…no problem…at least it’s entered just in case!

General Rules & Regulations

• People
• Scenic/Landscapes/Seascapes/CityScapes
• Still Life
• Animals
• Flora
• Architecture
• Potpourri (Abstract/Special Effects/Misc.)
• Fair Theme – “Celebrating 20 Years of FUN!”

Nashville Fair Photo Competition

Online Entry Available: August 23, 2024 10:00 p.m.
Entry Drop-off for Photography: August 27th 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. & August 28th 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Exhibitors can only enter in Amateur or Professional, not both.
  • Anyone can enter the Open Classes.
  • Professional is defined as one who does photography as a business, advertises, teaches or sells their work.
  • Entries are limited to 4 prints per person, & 1 collage or album.
  • Prints may be black & white or color. All photographs must be 5” x 7” or larger and mounted ONLY ON 16” x 20” mounts.
  • No framed pictures; no hand-colored prints, No prints on canvas. Black or white mattes only. 
  • All photographs must have been taken within the twelve months previous to entry deadline.
July 2024 Member spotlight Bob Matusik
Photo by Bob Matusik

What's Happening Around Town

July 2024 Member spotlight Bob Matusik
Photo by Bob Matusik

Domestic and International Workshops

Photo by Bob Matusik

Cheekwood Membership Benefitws

Your Cheekwood membership is accepted at 330+ Botanical Gardens, Arboreta, Conservatories Nationwide, and over 60 Museums in the Southeast

Here are a few gardens within a 4 hour drive from Nashville.

Web Address & City

Cheekwood Estate & Gardens – Nashville, TN 37205
Huntsville Botanical Garden – Huntsville, AL 35805
Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center – Chattanooga, TN 37419
Western Kentucky Botanical Garden – Owensboro, KY 42301
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest – Clermont, KY 40110
University of Tennessee Gardens – Knoxville, TN 37996
Birmingham Botanical Gardens – Birmingham, AL 35223
Aldridge Gardens – Hoover, AL 35216
Dixon Gallery and Gardens – Memphis, TN 38117
Memphis Botanic Garden – Memphis, TN 38117
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens – Crestwood, KY 40014
Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum – Knoxville, TN 37914
The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky – Lexington, KY 40503
Smith-Gilbert Gardens – Kennesaw, GA 30152
Anniston Museums and Gardens – Anniston, AL 36206
Atlanta Botanical Garden – Atlanta, GA 30309
Atlanta History Center – Atlanta, GA 30305
Boone County Arboretum – Union, KY 41091

July 2024 Member spotlight Bob Matusik
Photo by Bob Matusik