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Ron Plasencia

Photographer & Instructor


Thanks for coming by! Take your time to look around. I've tried to include a wide variety of my photographic art: something for everyone, so to speak.

Over the past 30 years or so, I have taught hundreds of photography classes. Of course, "back in the day" we went beyond depth of field and shutterspeed combinations. We delved into the realm of "circles of confusion," "hyperfocal distance," and the Zone System.  

Today, with digital cameras making everyone a "photographer," these concepts have nearly disappeared. But not totally! Now we talk about histograms, white balance, shooting "raw," (no, that's not being naked while taking pictures!), and "noise."

It all makes photography as it was meant to be: dynamic, intriguing, and fraught with possibilities.

My mission in my photography and in the courses I teach is to move the photographer into the artistic end of the photographic spectrum: making the ordinary extraordinary; seeing what others only look at; and creating perspectives that others miss.


Fine Art Photography. Photography as Art. Photographic art. No matter how you put it, photography is an artistic expression of a captured moment in time. Now, not every picture is art; just as not every painting is artistic. But the potential is always lurking behind the shadow that falls just right, inside the light that streams across the subject, or in the perfect placement of components.

Ron Plasencia

UT Gardens: "The Thistle and the Stinger"
UT Gardens: The Thistle and the Stinger

Bee & Thistle










UT Gardens: "The Thistle and the Stinger"
"Fishing on Cherokee Lake at Sunset"


Cherokee Sunset



UT Gardens: "The Thistle and the Stinger"
"Cades Cove Dawn"


Cades Cove Morning and Over the Hudson River


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My interest in photography sprung from my Dad, who was an airplane mechanic at Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio. His world was one of wrenches and grease; guns and ammo; and, surprisingly, photography. This grease-under-the-fingernails man could create marvelously beautiful photographs. His style would be called "minimalist" today I suppose. He just called it "keeping it simple."

Growing up in rural Clark County, Ohio, amidst corn fields split by the Little Miami River, afforded me a vast source of natural vistas. Today, 45 years later, living near the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, I still love to drink in the Splendor God has created for us; doing my best to capture moments of it, preserved in celluloid or translated into pixels.












If you are into some serious photo competitions, the best place in the world to get hooked up internationally is the Photographic Society of America: PSA McGhee-Tyson Airport If you're a resident of East Tennessee and LOVE photography, I encourage you to visit the website of the Photographic Society of East Tennessee: PSET
McGhee Tyson Airport
If you like what you see at PSA and decide to join up, please enter my name (see top of page) as your "referrer." I get points!! This link takes you to the application: PSA APP
The Grand Lady
PSET meets at the Rose Center in Morristown, TN at 6:30PM the 1st Thursday of each month, except July.I
I also belong to the Southern Appalachia Nature Photographer club in Knoxville. Here is the link to this club: SANP
"Beauty can be seen in all things: seeing  and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph". – Matt Hardy
If you are closer to Chattanooga, you many want to check out the Photographic Society of Chattanooga: PSC

    "My own eyes are no more than scouts on a preliminary search, for the camera’s eye may entirely change my idea."

    Edward Weston

Greeneville, TN
    "Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has created.  It is a major force in explaining man to man."  -Edward Steichen

Greeneville, TN Sunset





"The Old Jailhouse," Greeneville, TN


"The World's NOT a Stage"



"Night Lights"

McCarran International Airport

Las Vegas

The Poser

"The Poser"

WPPI, Las Vegas







All Photography by

Ron Plasencia

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