Monthly Photo News
May 3rd , 2011
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Flying Colors
Magazine Street
Tulips Arising
"Flying Colors" by Kathy Bell
"Magazine Street" by Stacy Higgins
"Tulips Arising" by Ron Clemmons

Selection by the staff resulted in a consensus winner, garnering over 75% of the avalable points. Two other entries obtained over 30% of the points. A $25 store allowance is awarded for outstanding images by Stacy Higgins and Ron Clemmons

The $125 Award check is awarded to Kathy Bell for "Flying Colors". This was the only image to finish in everyones top five. Comments include: "Vibrant colors, well composed, sharp image.", "Close, extremely colorful, intense, plus I like feathers'", I Like it!", "Great natural look." .

The entire "Colors" Album can be seen on Facebook at www.facebook.com


In recognition of this month's "Doo-Dah-Day parade, this month's competition theme will be "Cats And Dogs" Win the $125 cash prize. Submit your entry by closing Thursday, May 26th. Entries will be posted on Cameras Brookwood's Facebook page.

We encourage everyone with a camera to place an entry. Hobbyists, students, professionals, snapshooters should all submit an entry. Every image will appeal to someone out there. The fun is looking at the other entries and, too, you might win the $125. Help us make our competition a success.

INSTRUCTIONS: Email a jpg file sized to 72 dpi to photos@camerasbrookwood.com.. A title and short statement about the image will be value added. "Untitled" is acceptable but not preferable. If a title is not designated, one may be assigned. More than one image may be submitted but only one image will be selected by the staff for inclusion in the competition. Submitted images will be used on the Cameras Brookwood web site and social imaging site plus instore displays. Selection will be made by consensus of the cb staff. $125 award will be paid by check on the following Tuesday.


June's competition theme will be "Up In The Air. " Advance notice is given for those attending the Cullman Airshow on the 22nd or Decatur's Hot Air Balloon photo op on the 28th and 29th.

cb's MAY DRAWING for Photo Gear

Win a $49 Houndstooth and red MOD camera strap and matching lens pouch. This is our new fashion line of camera straps and lens pouches. Over a dozen or so styles from which to choose. Our online price list is at MOD Camera Straps.

To enter reply to this Newsletter or send an email to info@camerasbrookwood.com with some variation of "Enter my name in the drawing". One entry per week until closing.

MOD strap MOD lens case

cb's APRIL DRAWING for Photo Gear
April's winner of the $79.00 "Manfrotto Mini-Ball Head" with quick release plate is Taylor Mathews. Taylor can pick up the Manfrotto head any time this week at CAMERAS BROOKWOOD.
March's winner of the $69.95 "Westcott Green Screen Digital Photo Kit" is Jeanette Evans. Your Photo Kit can be picked up at anytime.
February's winner of the $99.95 "RPS shoe mount daylight balanced cold light" drawing was Hardy Moore.
January's winner of the $159.95 "DataColor Spyder 3 Pro" drawing was Daniel Seay.

1. Prints never crash. Unlike your hard drive, those prints won't be suddenlry erased without warning. And while a hard drive crash is inevitable, it usually takes an act of nature to permanently destroy a person's photo album.
2. Prints are never obsolete. Every last device that’s storing your digital photo files today will be laughably obsolete in 50 years. The image files of today—the JPGs and TIFs, etc.—will likely be unreadable by the devices of the future. Not a print. As long as your eyes work, you’ll be able to relive that photographic memory.
3. Prints are long lasting. In addition to being forever readable, prints can actually last for generations. Some home printer, ink and paper combinations can create a print that, when properly stored, can last 200 years. If you want to pass on photos to your great grandkid’s great grandkid, only a print will do.
4. Prints have no wires. Digital photo frames are great, but mounting them on a wall is problematic: you’ll have a wire to hide. Frames with built-in batteries have to be constantly changed. Prints have no wires and don’t need recharging.
5. People like them. Many people, not just older generations, like to hold and handle a photo print, or would prefer to see them physically, in an album, instead of on a lifeless computer monitor. Children will spend a lot more time thumbing through photo albums when they’re out. They generally are not as interested in scrolling through the photos on the computer.

Nikon has introduced the New D5100 dslr and a new ME-1 Stereo microphone. The key D5100 specs are 16.2 mp DX CMOS sensor, 1080p HD movies, 3 inch 921k Vari-Angle LCD monitor, in-camera special effects mode, and 25600 ISO equivalent. The street price for the body only is $799.95 and $179.95 for the microphone.The Nikon D5100 is now in stock for $899.95 with Nikor 18-55 Vibration Reduction lens. The ME-1 microphone is $179.95.

Our entire Nikon price list is available online.

A limited number of The Spring 2011 Nikon Digital Product Guide is available upon request in the cb Showroom.



From "Wired Online": Considering the expense, precision and difficulty of manufacturing computer chips, you would think the engineers designing them are pretty serious people. But it’s not all business inside a chip fab, as these microscope photos reveal. In fact, the designers of microchips frequently hide tiny cartoons, drawings and even messages alongside the super-tiny circuits and semiconductors they create. Chipworks, a company that analyzes microchips by peeling them apart and looking at them under microscopes, has discovered many examples of silicon art. We’ve selected a few highlights here from the firm’s extensive galleries of silicon art, but check the Chipworks website for more." The images in this gallery are magnified 200 to 500 times. http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/04/gallery-silicon-art/ (sent in by Pro Photographer Lewis Kennedy)

A customer complained to Flickr that people were ripping off his images stored on the popular photo-blogging site. The site mistakenly irrevocably deleted every image in his account -- some 4,000. We suppose that can be considered a solution to that particlar problem. Surely they were all backed up! Everyone knows to do that.

MAY'S WORKSHOPS Register two days in advance and bring a friend for half price.  
Tuesday 05/03/11 11:00-5:00 $40 Mellissa One on One Consultation. Call for an appointment.  
Thursday 05/05/11 6:30-8:30 $40 Steve "Creative Camera Modes & Manual Shooting"  
Tuesday 05/10/11 6:30-8:30 $40 Paul "Tame Your Flash!" using diffusers, bouncers, etc  
Thursday 05/12/11 6:30-8:30 $60 Steve "How To Shoot A Close-Up Portrait"  
Tuesday 05/17/11 6:30-8:30 $40 Paul "The ABC's of Fill Flash"  
Thursday 05/2211 6:30-8:30 $40 Steve "20 Great Photoshop Tricks & Tips"  
Tuesday 05/24/11 6:30-8:30 $40 Paul "Wildlife Photography Basics"  
Thursday 05/2911 6:30-8:30 $40 Steve "Fun With Your Flash"  

BJCC "Spring Carnival Extravaganza", $3 at the gate. May 3-8. www.bjcc.org

Southside's "Doo-Dah-Day, Saturday, May 21st, is the south's number one Dog & Animal Festival and one of Birmingham's best-loved events! This year's festival is in Caldwell and Rhodes parks. The parade winds down Highland Ave. begining at 11:01 a.m. with the bands kicking off in the park around noon. www.dodahday.org

Cullman's "Wings Over Cullman Air Show", 0900 until 1600 on Saturday, May 21st, at the Cullman Regional Airport. cullman.schultzairshows.com

West Blockton's "Cahaba Lilly Festival", Saturday, May 28th.
Decatur's "Hot Air Balloon Classic" May 28th & 29th. www.alabamajubilee.net

Atlanta's "Renaissiance Festival", each weekend plus Memorial Day through June 5th www.garenfest.com

The Birmingham Museum of Art Photography Guild will host an event on Tuesday, May 10th from 6 until 7:30 pm in the Eighth Avenue Lobby. Active members of the Guild will vote on which one of three photographs to select to be purchased for the Museum's permanent collection. Non-members are invited to attend. Cocktails are at 6, presentation and voting begins at 6:30. To learn more about the Photography Guild, to become a member, and to RSVP, call Susan Powers at 205 254-2567 by May 4th.

Photographer David Haynes will sign copies of his new book "Motorcycling Alabama" at Little Professor Book Store in Homewood on April 29th from 10 am until noon .www.littleprofessorhomewoof.com

"City of Joy / Forest of Bliss", photographs taken by photographer Bradford Daly in Varanasi and Calcutta, India, are on display at Boutwell Recording Studios in Homewood through April 28th. www.boutwellstudio.com

"Darkroom: Photography and New Media in South Africa since 1950" will be on show at the Birmingham Museum of Art through April 17th. This FREE exhibition focuses on photography's role in South Africa's dynamic transformation. It features the work of 18 photographers and video artists who worked in South Africa during the apartheid era of 1948-1994. Darkroom’s eight sections highlight the ways that these artists have addressed South African culture. The show has a particular resonance to Birmingham audiences. “There are remarkable parallels between Birmingham’s Civil Rights history and the Apartheid Era in South Africa,” said Ron Platt, the BMA’s Hugh Kaul Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. http://www.artsbma.org/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions bma darkrook

In Atlanta at the High Museum: " Point of View, Photographs from the Collection" through June 5th. Photographs from the permanent collection by Atget, Walker Evans, Winogrand and others.

Also at the High Museum: "Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century" showcases Cartier-Bresson's inventive work of the early 1930's that helped define the creative potential of modern photography. He had the uncanny ability to capture life on the run. On show through May 29th.

Make real prints from your Facebook album. Log on to cbPhotoLab.You will be offered the choice of printing from your home computer or from your Facebook page. You can also select an image and email it to orders@cbPhotoLab.com along with instuctions. Zack and Janet will give you up to a $20 discount to process your first order from Facebook just to try it out. Use PN20 as the coupon code.. They may call you about the ease of the experience in your ordering process.

Nikon Nikon Lens Boblebee Canon Screen Link to cb ebay sales

Last month I had the privilege of attending the Shades Valley Camera Club annual awards banquet at Digiorgio’s Out Takes restaurant in Homewood.

Over 50 people attended the event and there was lots of photo talk as everyone mingled and enjoyed appetizers. Some of those attending were, Ken and DJ Boyd, Ron Bowen, Dan Connell, Ken Gables, Buddy and Gretchen Birdwell, and Steve Grunfeld. Awards were presented for the best photos in Color prints, B&W prints, projected images and alternative images. The judge for these awards was John Dersham, who was also the guest speaker for the event.

Some of the winners were, Graham Bostick, Ken Boyd, DJ Boyd, Steve Grunfeld and Kevin Boyd. Ron Bowen received Lifetime Honorary Member award for dedicated service to the Shades Valley Camera Club. John Dersham, an extremely talented photographer with over 50 years experience as a professional photographer, presented the program for the banquet .

John’s presentation of some of his many B&W images were quite breathtaking. He spoke of his habit to start early, before sunrise, to be in position with the first light of day and the rapid changes that occur as the sun throws light on the landscape. He also made the point, quite often during the evening, that no projection, computer monitor or iPad can display the details and nuances of an image as seen in a physical print. The event was very enjoyable and John Dersham’s presentation was fantastic. In fact, it makes me want to get out my 4X5 field camera and shoot some B&W.

Note: The club will meet this month at the Homewood library on Thursday the 5th AND 19th. Visitors are welcome.

SPOTLIGHT ON BUISNESS by Steve Higginbotham
On April 12th , I attendied the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Vestavia Hills Country Club representing Cameras Brookwood. The Chamber is spotlighting a different business area of Vestavia each month and April spotlighted Vestavia South, the Highway 31 corridor south of the City Center.I

I set up a table with displays of Cameras Brookwood canvas prints, metal prints and our other imaging services and spoke with many people curious about our store and their photography. I answered a few camera questions and have some people interested in our 1 on 1 camera classes. It was an interesting morning meeting and networking with other Vestavia business owners. And the lunch wasn’t bad either.

Make real prints from your Facebook album. Log on to cbPhotoLab.You will be offered the choice of printing from your home computer or from your Facebook page. You can also select an image and email it to orders@cbPhotoLab.com along with instuctions. Zack and Janet will give you up to a $20 discount to process your first order from Facebook just to try it out. Use PN20 as the promotion code. They may call you about the ease of the experience in your ordering process.

THE WISDOM of Ron Bowen
"Thank heavens they can still laugh!"

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