Photo Competition with Chris Cassell
Zoom portal opens at 6 pm and the meeting starts at 6:30
Pictorial, Journalism, Creative, Travel, and Non-Compete
Chris has been photographing since the late 70’s and, in those earlier years, had a home darkroom and experimented with medium-format and 4×5 as well as the
standard 35mm film-format. He has since gone all-digital. His photographic interests have focused on landscape, abstract compositions, Photoshop montages, and
photojournalism. He has a special fascination with the juxtaposition of human elements with those of nature. Chris is a past-president of the Light and Shadow Camera Club of San Jose, and is currently Judge Chair both for Light & Shadow and for the Los Gatos-Saratoga Camera Club. He’s been judging for camera clubs since 2011. In 2017 Chris became a photographer for Pro-Bono Photo (http://www.probonophoto.org/ ) through which he’s provided free photo services to social justice and environmental organizations in the Bay area since the first San Jose Women’s March. Professionally, Chris is a Ph.D. aerospace engineer (semi-retired) and aspiring asteroid miner.
Good composition is essential in a strong image, whether it’s an end in itself (pictorial, monochrome, creative) or a means to help convey a story the maker is telling (journalism, nature, travel). I will look for how well the elements in an image work together regardless of whether (or not) they follow the standard “rules” of composition. I have found that many images of value don’t grab your attention right away but, rather, grow on you after some time. This, of course, works against them in competition where many images must be viewed in a limited period. Despite time constraints, I will
attempt to be alert for these “quieter” images.