In the SpotLight

Interpretive Photography in America’s National Parks
Jan 12,
Kristina Plaas

Kristina is a Volunteer-in-Park at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway. As an interpretive photographer, she approaches the visual landscape with the visitor in mind – what story do you want to convey, what emotion do you wish to share, what connection are you trying to make between the park and the people that visit? It’s a unique way of communicating through the lens. Kristina Plaas Kristina developed a love for photography at an early age, claiming the family Kodak Instamatic as her own. She purchased her first 35mm SLR camera after college and headed to the Smokies to photograph the history and beauty of Cades Cove. That love for capturing the wonders of nature has never ceased. With the advanced technology afforded by digital cameras and computer-assisted editing, she examines the many possibilities in nature and landscape photography. Kristina invites all to come with her on her journey – The “Plaasabilities” are endless!  
Kristina’s website is Plaasabilities Photography

The Power of Nature
Feb. 9
Club Competition

In this club contest, your color photos should emphasize the power of nature. The subject can be anything you choose but nature's power must be clearly visible. The photos must be in color but please do not enter composite images.

March 9
Sports, Snapshots, Shoeboxes, and Award Winning Images
Rick Elliott

Join the Camera Club of Oak Ridge on March 9 at 7:00 P.M. for a Zoom meeting when your ol’ buddy Tennessee Rick Elliott will talk about Sports, Snapshots, Shoeboxes, and Award Winning Images.

Rick Elliott photo

You may not consider yourself a portrait photographer, but Tennessee Rick will discuss very basic principles behind capturing meaningful images of family members, strangers on the street, action sports... and anything else that might come up. This is not really a “how to” where we focus on settings, equipment, or things you can see on YouTube. Instead it’s a discussion of the “why’s” behind portraiture . . . , a philosophy of photography, if you will.

No level of expertise is required; Rick hopes it’s a program everyone can take something away from. Knowing Tennessee Rick, he’s going to show a few photos, tell a few stories, and maybe sneak in a little useful information now and then.

April 13
Club Competition

Flowers are colorful, bright and readily available, so it's no wonder they're a popular subject for photographers; especially in Spring, which offers huge potential for those looking to shoot gorgeous plant and flower portraits. Whether in your garden, by the side of the road or in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park among the Spring wildflowers, this is an excellent subject for nature lovers.

May 11

To be Determined

Nature Retakes Control
June 8,
Club Competition

Nature is the most powerful force on the planet, despite millennia of humans trying to tame it. If we disappeared tomorrow, it would take no time at all before our cities, roadways and intricate infrastructures were crawling with plants and animals. You can see this on a small scale in abandoned lots and derelict buildings. Give us your own example of ‘Nature Taking Control’ for this contest.

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Who We Are, What We Do

Any Photo Enthusiast

We are a group of enthusiastic photographers of all ages and levels of experience. Our monthly meetings alternate between educational presentations and themed competitions. We also have a yearly Salon in October that has been around since 1947! You are welcome to attend our meetings.

Current Officers

When and Where

While the nation is fighting the Covic-19 virus, we will hold virtual meetings using Zoom. Links to the meetings will be included in the newsletters. The meetings are on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm, but enter the meeting at 7:00 to talk to CCOR members informally.