Newsletter March 2024

Bert'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!!

March Monthly Calendar

Main Meeting – In-Person Only

Tuesday, March 5, 2024
Location: Otter Creek Church
409 Franklin Rd. Brentwood, TN 37027
POTM Submission: 6:00-6:30
Meeting: 6:30-8:00

Speaker: Bill Kenner
My journey with mounted sports photography via fox hunting

Capturing horses and hounds as they give chase in Giles County offers lessons about action, landscape, portrait, and animal photography, as well as survival in adverse weather conditions.

His expertise comes from years of photographing many events such as Mells Fox Hounds (A middle Tennessee fox hunting club), Iroquois Steeplechase, and Brownland Farm Horse Shows. The main objective for “fox” hunting is the thrill and excitement of the chase. Today, the hounds generally hunt coyotes and not foxes.

Bill will share his photography kit—cameras, lenses, monopods and tripods, and additionally, cold-weather gear; showing what is needed to successfully photograph mounted sports. He will also discuss his 51-year association with fellow BPG member, Al Wood.

Photographing fox hunting may not be his day job, but mounted sports photography is his passion.

Bill Kenner
Bill Kenner
Photo by Bill Scott: Member Spotlight
Bill Scott
Photo by Bill Scott: Member Spotlight

BPG Lunch Bunch
Monday, March 11, 2024
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Williamson County Public Library,
1314 Columbia Ave. Franklin, TN 37064
Meeting room A

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.

March Mini Clinic

Brentwood Photography Group, Pixel Connection to Co-sponsor a Photo Printing Workshop on March 12

The Brentwood Photography Group (BPG) and The Pixel Connection will join together to co-sponsor a workshop at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, at the Pixel Connection location at 700 Rundle Ave. in Nashville.

The workshop will feature print specialists from Canon, a leading manufacturer of photographic equipment and printers. “Join us as we dive into learning about the ease and excitement of printing your own work, said Matt Sweet, Pixel Connection Sales Manager. “We will explore printing photos with Canon’s top-of-the-line printers and study ideas to help photographers create the highest quality prints possible.”

The workshop will cover a number of topics, including:
Calibrating your monitor,
Canon’s printing software,
Paper types and profiles,
Getting your image ready on screen, and
Color profiles.

All workshop participants will receive a free color print of one photograph.
Participation is limited. Participants must register in advance at this link:

Photo by Bill Scott: Member Spotlight

March Outing – Aviation Heritage Museum

Saturday, March 30, 2024
Aviation Heritage Museum
1825 Three Springs Rd.
Bowling Green, KY 42104

Meeting place: Front entrance, 10:00am

Aviation Heritage Park and Museum is a must-see destination located on Three Springs Road in Bowling Green, Ky. The park is open year around during daylight hours. The museum (within the park) is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm. Both attractions are free and open to the public.
Please be on time and don’t forget to complete the online Hold Harmless Agreement.

The Thunderbirds Exhibit Grand Opening
Very few pilots rise to the level of joining the elite United States Air Force demonstration squadron known as The Thunderbirds. Since 1953, The Thunderbirds have flown in airshows worldwide, aiming to excite and inspire the public while showcasing the pilots’ skills and their aircraft’s incredible capabilities.
Come to the AHP to meet the Thunderbird pilots who flew from 1977 to 1978. See their flight suits, hear their stories, and be inspired.

Thunderbird Pilots

Upcoming 2024 Outings

Location & Date

Aviation Heritage Museum – Bowling Green, KY – Saturday, March 30, 2024

Old Stone Fort – Manchester, TN, Saturday, April 20, 2024

Brushy Mtn State Pen – Petros, TN – Saturday, May 18, 2024

Muscle Shoals Street Rod Festival – Tuscumbia, AL – Saturday, June 1, 2024

POTM themes you are likely to see:

  • Aviation Heritage Museum – Numbers, Objects, Strange Signs, Stacks, Handles, Inclines, Tools, Framed
  • Old Stone Fort – Rocks, Dogs, Stacks, Flowers, Shoes, Inclines, Tools, Framed
  • Brushy Mtn State Pen – Strange Signs, Stacks, Handles, Shoes, Inclines, Tools, Framed
  • Muscle Shoals – Spoons, Strange Signs, Dogs, Stacks, Handles, Values, Flowers, Sweets, Shoes, Inclines, Tools, Framed

Member Spotlight - Bill Scott

B photo
Bill Scott

My interest in photography began about ten years ago.  It had been six years since I retired after 41 years in the telecommunications industry.  All the upgrades had been finished to the home we moved in and I needed something to occupy my time so I bought my first real camera…. a Canon T1.  It was just a short time before this that I noticed I had an interest in capturing landscape images while traveling to the Caribbean and Hawaiian Islands.  My camera of choice at that time was one of those little digital point and shoot pocket things.  With my new Canon T1 in hand, I would begin 2014 learning all the technical stuff.  I now shoot with the FujiFilm XT-5 after previously using the T-2 & T-3.

Fast forward to today and landscape photography is still a favorite genre for me, along with architecture and sometimes abstracts.  I also enjoy creating “Photo Art Composite” images.  These usually start with a building of some sort…. those that are old, architecturally unique in design, or just unusually quirky.

I’ve been fortunate in the way some of my images have been accepted by the photo art community with an occasional award and by the BPG club members when I was presented with the first “Sue Henry Photo of the Year” award.  

Foggy Road
Photo by Bill Scott: Member Spotlight

2024 Photo Of The Month Themes

2024 POTM Themes
Photo by Bill Scott: Member Spotlight

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

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.

Call For Entry

Tennessee Wildlife Calendar Photo Contest

Deadline: March 29, 2024
Fee: Free

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is now accepting entries for its 2024-25 photo contest for publication in Tennessee Wildlife’s annual calendar and license cards. All interested photographers are invited to submit up to 10 of their best photos on fishing, hunting, boating, and wildlife species native to Tennessee.

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.

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

Enter January 30 through August 31, 2024

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.

Photo by Bill Scott: Member Spotlight
Photo by Bill Scott: Member Spotlight

Cheekwood Membership Benefits

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

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

Bill Scott - Trees
Photo by Bill Scott: Member Spotlight