Old Car City and Berry College Field Trip

Our outing is scheduled for April 7th and 8th, 2017. We’ll be staying  at the Clarion Inn in White, Ga-188 miles from JC. Please be advised the admission to Old Car City is $25.00 CASH Only. The rate for the hotel is $99 and $109 and we’ll try for a cheaper rate.

We’ll be leaving the JC area at Noon on April 7th and spend some time at Berry College that afternoon and hit OCC by at least 9:00 am on the 8th, Sat and back to Beery College after that prior to returning home.

Pleas contact me Richie Hayward via 305-216-6666 or alba1320@embarqmail.com if you are going so we can get a hotel rate and let OCC and Berry College we are coming.

Some will go later Friday and start Saturday and some will leave at Noon Friday. We’ll announce car pooling location and times.

Hope to see a lot of you there and watch for more Blogs and FB announcements

By | March 19th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Wildflower Photography Outing April 1

Richard Siggins will be leading a photo outing to Laurel Run Park in Church Hill on Saturday, April 1.   If you haven’t been there for the Spring wildflower bloom you have been really missing out. This is one of the best places for wildflowers in East Tennessee! In the past, there have been a wide variety of flowers blooming by the hundreds on a hillside right next to the road.  No long hikes required.

Morning is the best time to photograph flowers at Laurel Run.  The hillside is in the shade, the is less chance of wind, and there may be dew on the flowers.  We will meet at Laurel Run at 8:30 AM. Meet at the parking area near the bathrooms. Richard will provide some brief suggestions on the best way to photograph the flowers before we attack these beauties.  

Laurel Run is a few miles off Highway 11 in Church Hill.  Here is a link to a Google Map to the park.

The best conditions will be an overcast or damp morning after a rain or fog.  If the forecast if for a slight chance of rain, we will go.  If they are calling for thunderstorms we may call it off. Check this blog page for updates.


  1. Bring a lens that can focus close.  A macro lens is preferred but a zoom lens with a macro mode will also work.  Don’t have either of those?  No worries, bring what you have.  Believe it or not, a cell phone can take some really nice close up photos.
  2. Bring a tripod.  Focusing close is difficult when shooting handheld.  You will improve your chances of getting that killer shot if you use a tripod.
  3. Bring a polarizing filter if you have one.   This will cut glare off the leaves, making the colors more vibrant and removing bright distractions in your photos.
  4. If you have a diffuser bring it for blocking the sun or bouncing light onto the flowers.  Richard will have one you can borrow.
  5. The hillside tends to stay wet, which is good for flowers but not for shoes.  Bring shoes or boots that you don’t mind getting muddy.  We may walk down a trail along the creek for a little way.  This trail tends to be muddy.

Questions?  Send an email to Richard.

By | March 19th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Local Civil War Reenactments & Exercises

The Department of East Tennessee Reenacting will be at Tipton-Haynes Historic Site this weekend for an encampment exercise.  Details can be found here:  http://www.tipton-haynes.org/event/civil-war-encampment/.

From Tipton-Haynes:

Come and enjoy a day with Civil War reenactors as they drill for the upcoming battle. Experience camp life and learn how the infantry and artillery prepared for battle. Also, enjoy a tour through the historic house and explore the cave. Gates will open at 9am and will close at 3pm. Admission is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children twelve and under. Children 3 and under are free. Members of Tipton-Haynes are FREE!


Local battles scheduled for 2017:

May 5-7:  Battle of Tipton Haynes, Tenn.



July 28-30:  Battle of Abingdon, Va.

*Details not yet announced.


September 29-October 1:  Battle of Blountville, Tenn.


By | March 17th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Corrected March’s Club Meeting ~ 3/16/17~ Camera Maintenance

I am not sure about everyone else but I am sure happy to spring forward into daylight savings time. It means more time for great pictures and we are only a few days away from Spring!  What better way to get ready for the great Spring season than to get your camera gear out and perform some much needed maintenance!

Bring your Camera, Lenses and Tripod along with your cleaning kit to the meeting on March 16th at 6:30 at the Eastman Employee Center, Room 223. We will be focusing on sensor cleaning, lens cleaning and lens calibration.

The photo challenge for the month of March is Photo Bomb! Submit your photos and the best picture will receive one of our brand new Eastman Camera club hats! Don’t worry even if you don’t win you can still buy a hat.

You can upload photos to the club website https://eastmancameraclub.com/ and post to the Photo Gallery, March 2017.

We will also be talking about our first camera outing of the year to Old Car City in White, Georgia and Berry College in Mount Berry, Georgia on April 7th and 8th.

Exciting things are happening and we hope to see you there!


By | March 13th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Travelogue South and West with Ron Zucker

Be sure to come on out to the Eastman Lodge this Thursday February 23rd from 7:00 to 9:00 for the final travelogue as we travel with Ron Zucker South and West! Bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the Second Harvest Food Bank!

Make sure your seat belts are fastened as we travel To the American Southwest and South! If you like balloons, natural beauty, and a bit of history too, this is the road trip for you! The colors will startle you, the variety of scenery will amaze you. We will be visiting Guadeloupe Mountains, Carlsbad Caverns, and Big Bend National Parks, White Sands and Chiricahua National Monuments, and a few state parks on our 5000 mile journey across southwestern and southern part of the country.

By | February 20th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

February 16 Travelogue to Galapagos Island

Nell Reid will be our travel guide to the Galapagos Islands where she will share with us the pristine

By Nell Reid

wildlife preserve and some of nature’s most beautiful animals that are found no other place on earth!  This promises to be a show you don’t want to miss!


7:00 PM at the Eastman Bays Mountain Lodge.  All the Travelogues are free and open to the public.  We ask that you bring a non-perishable food item for the Second Harvest Food Bank.

Due to this Travelogue program, there will not be a regular Camera Club Meeting this month.  The next meeting is 6:30 PM, Thursday, March 16 in the Eastman Employee Center.

By | February 15th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments


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