Competition: Color, Monochrome, Creative (Projected Only), Nature, Travel (Prints Only) (7:30 PM PST)
Judge: Michael Fredrich
Michael's interest in photography started when he was in grade school. He spent high school and much of college being more of a photographer than a student. He had an early career as a wedding photographer, working for a studio in his hometown. After a long break from photography while pursuing a PhD in X-Ray Crystallography and a harried early professional career, he came across Joseph Meehan's book Panoramic Photography, purchased a panoramic camera and was hooked again.
Michael is inspired by the natural environment and wild places. Unique and unusual structures and interiors are also favorite subjects. He has been a member of the Livermore Valley Camera Club (LVCC) since 2009 and has served as vice president, president and currently as secretary/treasurer. He competes at the Masters level.
He regularly teaches the technical session of the LVCC’s annual seven session basic photography class, held through the Livermore Area Recreation & Parks District (LARPD). He has taught classes on HDR photography and matting & framing at LARPD and Las Positas College.
I look for what works in an image and then suggest how it could be improved. I feel constructive criticism is important to help photographers grow. I look for technical competence with an attention to detail, but make adjustments based on the level of the maker. I look for impact and creativity, but also for images that are more subtle and might grow on me over time. I ask myself, what would I want to hang on my wall? I appreciate the "rules", but I like to see them broken in interesting ways.