Newsletter June 2024

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

BPG Main Meeting

Tuesday June 4, 2024
Otter Creek Church
409 Franklin Rd, Brentwood, TN 37027
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.

Speaker: Jim Hammer
Topic: Hammering out Portraits and Weddings
Time: 6:30 pm

Jim Hammer, a former member of Brentwood Photography Group, is a graduate of Nashville State Tech in photography and previously working for several professional studios in the Nashville area as well as a member of Professional Photographers of America. His work has been exhibited in several local museums and galleries and has been published in publications throughout the world. He dabbles in nature photography as well as profile pictures of civic events.

Jim’s primary interest is portrait and wedding photography (providing free consultations). Additionally, he teaches budding photographers at local libraries, seminars, and clubs. His philosophy is it’s important to “pay it forward,” and capturing the essence of that one moment in time — for an eternity.

He was a member in the “Dick Dougal” era and recently moved back to Metro Nashville area making Goodlettsville home. Jim’s website is:

Link to the 2024 POTM categories


Lunch Bunch

Lunch Bunch
2nd Wednesday of the month
Wednesday June 12, 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 month we will explore the differences we can render when we pay attention to a low or high ISO settings.

This is a bring your own sandwich affair.
Email in advance to let him know you would like to attend.

Mini Clinic

June Mini Clinic
Thursday, June 20, 2024
Topic, Photo Critique with Robin Conover
6:30 pm via Zoom

State and County fairs are right around the corner. Wonder if your image can take home a ribbon? Robin Conover will offer constructive criticism regarding composition, subject matter, and post processing to help you select your best image possible for your own information or competition.

Williamson County Fair Photography competition information
• August 2nd through 10th
• Online Entry Available: June 17 – July 19
• All entries must have been completed within the last 5 years
• prior to the opening of the Fair.
• Competitions are open to all residents of Williamson and adjoining counties.
• Categories to consider: People, Scenic/Landscapes/Seascapes/Cityscapes, Still Life, Animals, Flora, Architecture, Potpourri (Abstract/Special Effects/Misc.), and Fair Theme – “Celebrating 20 Years of FUN!”

The Nashville Fair is September 6-15. No other details available at this time.

Critique Submission details
• Max 2 images per person.
• Submission subject line: BPG June Critique
• File name: PhotographerName-Critique1, 2, 3
• Email images to Robin Conover at:
• Deadline to Robin: 9 AM, Saturday, June 15
• Size: 2000 pixels on longest side, Size: 300 dpi, no more than 1 mg as a .jpg file

Robin has spent 33 years documenting the people and places of Tennessee. After graduating from Murray State University, she began working for The Tennessee Magazine as a communications specialist and photojournalist. Robin retired in 2022 as editor emeritus and still writes its monthly Point of View column and freelances for the magazine. She now serves as TECA vice president of communications and editor the magazine. Her interest in preserving the environment and Tennessee’s beautiful natural areas has led her down many miles of trails capturing thousands of images. Robin is currently a board member of the Friends of Radnor Lake, a nonprofit in Nashville. She is a member of BPG and SNAP.

Start working on your images now and email them to Robin before 9:00 am June 15th.


Saturday, June 1, 2024
“53rd Rod Run” Muscle Shoals Street Rod Festival
Location: 1 Spring Park Rd in the heart of SpringPark, Tuscumbia, AL.
Gates Open at 7:00 am but you can arrive at any time. Show until 2:00 pm

Meet at the Carousel at 9:30 for a group photo and check in. 

Discover automotive history and marvel at the sleek designs of over 300 gleaming street rods and vintage classics at Alabama’s premier annual festival, located at 1 Spring Park Rd in the heart of Spring Park, Tuscumbia. Taking place on the first Saturday in June, this event hosts one of the state’s largest antique and street rod car shows, featuring vehicles dating back to 1972 and older. Rain or shine, the picturesque Spring Park transforms into a car enthusiast’s haven, complete with vendors and a free swap meet. Join us for a day of nostalgia, community, and timeless automobiles—all for free! For more information, contact Rex Pinkard at 256-366-7002, Don Baker at 256-412-4573, or John Davis at 256-366-9130.

Spring Park offers much more to photograph other than Hot rods.
• Spring Park has a large 51-jet fountain that shoots water more than 150 feet into the air.
• Coldwater Falls is a man-made waterfall that is constructed with over 2,000 tons of sandstone. It stretches 80 feet wide and is 42 feet tall.
• Covered bridge
• Other children’s attractions are: train, roller coaster, carousel, splash pad, and playground.
 Lunch: Situated in Spring Park is Claunch Café where we will meet for lunch at 11:00 am

If you want to make this a weekend trip, a few of us will be driving down Friday and staying at the Holiday Inn Express Florence Northeast. 180 Etta Gray St, Florence, AL 35630 Phone: (256) 246-2200

Please be on time and don’t forget to complete the BPG Hold Harmless Agreement

Other attractions in the area
Tuscumbia, AL
• Belle Mont Mansion. 1569 Cook Lane, Tuscumbia, Alabama 35674
• Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve – 251 Loop Rd, Tuscumbia, AL 35674
• Helen Keller birthplace. 300 West North Commons, Tuscumbia, AL 35674 – 256.386.4066
• Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Graveyard – Coon Dog Cemetery Road, Tuscumbia, AL

Cherokee, AL
• Coon Dog cemetery – 4945 Coondog Cemetery Rd, Cherokee, AL 35616

Florence AL
• Frank Lloyd Wright – Rosenbaum House Museum. 601 Riverview Dr, Florence, AL 35630
• Graffiti Alley – 116 E Mobile St, Florence, AL 35630
• Indian Mound & Museum
• McFarland Park – 200 James M Spain Dr, Florence, AL 35630
• Pope’s Tavern
• Riverfront Park Sheffield. 301-499 Hendricks Rd, Florence, AL 35633
• Riverfront Park Walkway – 321 Park Blvd, Sheffield, AL 35660
• River Heritage Park. 10 Hightower Pl Florence, AL 35630
• Seven Mile Island Wildlife Management Area. Florence, AL 35633.
• Wichahpi Commemorative Stone Wall. 13890 Lauderdale County 8, Florence, AL 35633.
• Wilson Lock and Dam and waterfall. Florence, Alabama.

Sheffield, AL
• Muscle Shoals Sound Studio – 3614 N Jackson Hwy, Sheffield, AL 35660
• Old Railroad Bridge – Sheffield, AL 35660

Natchez Trace – Selected sites between Tupelo MS and Nashville TN that might be of interest to you. Take in some of the sites on your way down (Friday) and your return home (Sunday).

MM 438 Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge
MM 407.7 Gordon House Historic Site
MM 404.7 Jackson Falls (Steep walk to falls)
MM 401.4 Tobacco Barn and Old Trace Drive
MM 391.9 Fall Hallow Trail
MM 385.9 W Meriwether Lewis
MM 375.8 Old Trace Drive
MM 341.8 Tennessee-Alabama state line
MM 330.2 Rock Spring
MM 327.3 Colbert Ferry
MM 308.9 Alabama – Mississippi state line
MM 286.7 W Pharr Mounds
MM 269.4 Old trace and Confederate gravesites.
MM 261.8 W Chickasaw, NST.
MM 266.0 Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center, NST.
MM 261.8 W Chickasaw, NST.
MM Tupelo National Battlefield
Please be on time and don’t forget to complete the BPG Hold Harmless Agreement
Let’s make a weekend of it!
Questions? Contact Lyra Hankins, Outings Coordinator:
All 2024 Outings

Please be on time and don’t forget to complete the BPG Hold Harmless Agreement

Let’s make a weekend of it!

Questions? Contact Lyra Hankins, Outings Coordinator:

Upcoming Outings

  • Muscle Shoals Street Rod Festival – Tuscumbia, AL – Saturday, June 1, 2024
    • POTM themes you are likely to see: Spoons, Strange Signs, Dogs, Stacks, Handles, Values, Flowers, Sweets, Shoes, Inclines, Tools, Framed

More to come…

Looking for Inspiration?

Member Spotlight

2024 Photo Of The Month Themes

2024 Themes - updated

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.


  • 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.

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

Members on Exhibit

Alyssa Ray’s “Let There Be Light” is featured on the cover of the Spring 2024 issue of “Breaking Ground” magazine, published quarterly by the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities.

Photo by Alyssa Ray

BPG and SNAP members will be on exhibit at Scarritt Bennett, Laskey Gallery Saturday 5/4/2024 through Thursday 6/23/2024.

BPG Members on Exhibit: Al Wood, Chuck Ritchie, Diane Burgett, Jo Fields, Leslie Gill, Rick Borchert, Sainadh Mallula, and Susan Ruach.

Call For Entry

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

Earth – Org Photography Competition 2024
Deadline April 26, 2024
Entry Fee – believe this is free.

Our Nature and Wildlife Photo Competition 2024 is now open for submissions. Categories: Wildlife in Peril, Climate Action, and an Overall Winner.

Three cash prizes
• Overall Best Environmental Photo” $500.
• Wildlife in Peril” 2023 and “Climate Action” $250 each.

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

What's Happening Around Town

Cheekwood Membership Benefits

Your membership is acceptable 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