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Natural Perspectives: Photography exhibit filled with eye-catching shots

June 05, 2012|By Vic Leipzig and Lou Murray
(Courtesy Lou Murray )

The Photographic Society of Orange County has an exhibit of photos at the Huntington Beach Central Library that features some fine works of art. (Some of my photos are hanging there as well.) There will be a reception at the library gallery from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

Vic and I went to see the show at the library last Saturday. This is not a juried show. That means that nobody is going to judge the entries, so no one will win any prizes or ribbons. The Photographic Society of Orange County isn't into competition. Its goals are to help members reach their full creative potentials, and they do that without competition.

When you visit, I'm sure you'll find that some images stay with you long after you leave. The image of swirling, colorful guitars by Cheryl Del Toro still haunts me. I have no idea how she created that amazing picture. Another memorable photo is the tight close-up of a young woman whose face is painted for the Day of the Dead festival in Los Angeles. Robert Blayden took that evocative image.

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The photos of Charlie Brac are real standouts. Using multiple images overlaid on top of one another, he created haunting scenes of the Orient that never existed in real time and space. In contrast, the soft-focus, black-and-white photo by Wendy Hill of old-fashioned nightclothes hung on pegs evokes a sense of a real time and place.

Ron Knievel has certainly mastered the art of HDR (high dynamic range) photography. To create HDR images, a photographer uses multiple images, bracketing the exposures, and merges them on the computer into one image. The range of lighting that can be captured with this technique is amazing. Knievel's landscape photos are so sharp that they look like they were cut with a laser.

Mike Whitmore's image of a male gorilla stands out in my mind as well. The close-up portrait of the old silverback glows with purple and gold highlights. Glen Buto's image of a tern in flight is also well done. Catching birds in flight is a photographic skill that seems to elude me, so I envy photographers like Buto and Mark Singer who have some great bird-in-flight photos on exhibit.

Nature is a recurring theme in members' photos. Mike Glosecki has a great image of a white pelican on black water with a rippling reflection that just makes that photo snap.

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