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About the Book "Blue Ridge Parkway Vistas"
About the Book "Blue Ridge Parkway Vistas"

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I thought I would pass along this announcement from Barnes & Noble where I will be part of a book event Saturday. If your are looking for a great gift idea for yourself or for a loved one for an upcoming birthday or Mothers/Fathers Day, consider a book by a local author. They also have great chocolates for Valentines Day! Attached is a sunset shot from my new book, Great Smoky Mountains Vistas.

Barnes and Noble in the Asheville Mall is proud to present the WNC Author Festival, Saturday 11 February from 2pm to 4pm. A dozen local authors will be in attendance, including Tim Barnwell, H. Byron Ballard, Terry Roberts, and many others. With books ranging from historical fiction to memoir to photo essay to picture books to romance to true crime, there is someone to interest everyone!
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A photo I made last night of the Moon, Venus (lower right) and Mars (golden speck, upper left) in close proximity at dusk looking west. Tonight will be similar but with the moon a lot higher to the left of Venus if you get a chance to look. They drop toward the horizon all evening and set by bedtime. Venus is the brightest thing in the western sky at night right now at dark.
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I will be teaching a workshop, Basic Photo Image Management, next Saturday, Jan. 28th at my photo studio in downtown Asheville from 1-4:30pm. Anyone interested in learning how to set up a system to file and retrieve their images on the computer and how to do basic Photoshop tasks such as cropping, resizing, color correcting, sharpening, rotating and much more should read the full course description on my website at www.barnwellphoto.com and click "Workshops" tab. I only have 2 spaces left so call to sign up or if you have questions. 828-251-0040
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It seems winter has arrived in force with the New Year with snow covering much of the region and single digit overnight temperatures widespread. Hopefully everyone stocked up with milk and bread (never have quite figured that one out).

We have continued our first of the year tradition of painting, cleaning, and remodeling the studio. Everything gets moved to repaint the floor and walls, new linoleum installed for the shooting area, equipment sent out for repair, and replacements ordered to keep up to date with the latest equipment. Major cleaning comes early in the year at Barnwell Photography as we’d rather be outside come Spring!

This month we are offering two different photography workshops. If you received a new camera for Christmas, or are still trying to figure out one you own, or want to learn how to organize your photo files and do basic Photoshop corrections, check out our workshops. We’ve had many requests to offer these classes on a weekend, so our Making Better Images With Your Digital Camera workshop will be Saturday, January 14th, from 1:00-4:30 pm, and the Basic Photo Image Management workshop will be Saturday, January 28th, from 1:00-4:30pm. Preregistration is required and space is very limited. Full course descriptions are on our website.

Our new Great Smoky Mountains Vistas book was featured in a very nice article (web version) in the Knoxville (TN) News Sentinel newspaper right before Christmas. A boost in sales from that helped generate more funds for folks who lost homes in the Gatlinburg fire, as we are donating a portion of each website sale to them. Signed copies of all five books are available on our website at www.barnwellphoto.com

On the personal side I always enjoy working on family history in the winter time so collect information at Thanksgiving and Christmas get-togethers and enter that in my software program. My daughter gave us DNA test kits for Christmas so looking forward to getting the results from those. Also, I sat down with my mother, who turns 89 in a few months, to go over her recollections of family members and her own life. It’s always more interesting than just having names and dates of folks, like her memories of taking the Queen Elizabeth ship to France with her sister and mother to join my father who was stationed there after World War II, then returning to the US just in time to give birth to my sister. I’m sure your family has a trove of rich memories as well. Use the tape recorder app on your phone to do your own interviews!

Stay warm and hope to see you in the New Year!
Best Regards;
Tim Barnwell
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I will be offering  a workshop, titled, MAKING BETTER IMAGES WITH YOUR DIGITAL CAMERA on Saturday, Jan. 14th, 2017 at my studio from 1-4:30pm. If you got a new camera for Christmas or just want to learn to better use the one you have, this workshop is ideal.
We will cover the basics of lenses, image stabilization, filters, and accessories, flashes, tripods, the mechanics of shutter speed for exposure and action control and aperture settings for exposure and depth-of-field. If you'd like to take your camera off the fully automatic mode and began to explore the range of what is possible, this class is for you. We will discuss how to set your camera up including white balance options, jpeg and RAW quality settings, picture modes, ISO, using histograms to judge correct exposure, exposure compensation in automatic modes, and much more. We will also touch on less technical aspects of photography including composition and learning to see the world as the camera records it.
Tuition is $55..Preregitration is required. Complete course description on my website www.barnwellphoto.com or call to register 828-251-0040.
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One note on tomorrows book signing at Scuppernong Books in Greensboro, NC. The start time has been moved to 7:30pm, although I will still plan to be there starting at 7. The times for the other signings this weekend remain unchanged. In Raleigh I'll be at Quail Ridge Books on Friday night at 7pm for a PowerPoint talk on the Great Smoky Mountains Vistas book, and on Saturday at 11am at Barnes & Noble in Durham at Streets at South Point. If you live in those areas join us, otherwise please pass this along if you can! Photo here of me with Peter Mock, store manager at McIntyre's Books at Fearrington Village in Pittsboro (near Chapel Hill) last Saturday after my talk and signing. Terrific store.
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To promote my just released book, Great Smoky Mountains Vistas, I will be traveling through North Carolina doing book signings the next couple of weeks. I will be at McIntyre's Books at Fearrington Village in Pittsboro on Saturday, November 12th at 11am to do a talk and signing. Then at Scuppernong Books in Greensboro on Wednesday the 16th at 7pm, at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh on Friday the 18th at 7pm, Barnes and Noble at Streets at South Point in Durham on Saturday the 19th at 11am, then at New Morning Gallery in Asheville on Sunday the 20th from 12-5pm. If you live in one of these areas please come by and say hello, and tell a friend who might like to attend. They make great gift ideas for the holidays! If you can't attend one of these events, all books are available on my website at www.barnwellphoto.com
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11/8/16
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I was over in the Smokies last week for three days and the fall foliage color was great higher up. Lots of visitors though, so maybe try less traveled areas such as Deep Creek and hike the waterfall trail then through Bryson City to the Road From Nowhere into the national park. Also went to the Grandfather Mountain area of the Blue Ridge Parkway yesterday and the color was as good as I have ever seen it, especially from Linville to Price Lake. Took Hwy 221 up and caught the Parkway near Linville. Stunning mountainsides and views, and the lack of rain and cold means the colors are later than normal, providing more opportunities to get out to see them!.

If you want some ideas on great places to visit year-round, I will be giving a talk on the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and doing a book signing at Malaprops Bookstore on Haywood St in downtown Asheville, NC, this Sunday, October 23rd starting at 3pm and a signing at Black Dome Mountain Sports on Tunnel Rd in Asheville on Wednesday, October 26th from 5-7pm. Hope you can make it. If not the Great Smoky Mountains Vistas and Blue Ridge Parkway Vistas books are available through my website at www.barnwellphoto.com
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10/18/16
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I will be at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC, this Friday night to give a talk and do a book signing for my new Great Smoky Mountains Vistas book. The program will start at 6:30 pm, and is free and open to the public.

I have spent my life in and around the Smokies and will share my personal knowledge based om years of exploration and travels will share my favorite places. With fall color travel season right around the corner, this is a great guidebook for your next adventure.

There are great places to eat in town, including at City Lights and at LuLus on Main, so make an evening of it and join me at City Lights at 3 East Jackson St.

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9/27/16
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I will be doing a talk and book signing at the really cool Blue Ridge Books and News in Waynesville this Sunday at 3pm. It is free and open to the public. Also, the current issue (Sept) of Blue Ridge Country magazine has a nice 5-page spread on my just-released Great Smoky Mountains Vistas book. The magazine is on the news stand now, and the book can be ordered from my website if you can't make the signing.

I will also be teaching two photography workshops next week in the studio. An Introductory camera class and one on Basic Image Management with intro to Photoshop (using Elements). Course descriptions are on my website under "Workshop" tab at www.barnwellphoto.com



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