Composition, color, print quality and more are all considered when judging a photography exhibit, which was the task placed before seasoned photographer Stan Reimer at the Shafer Art Gallery’s opening reception for Exposure Time. Reimer said despite the technical qualities of a photo, the first round of elimination is a little more subjective in nature.
“The first thing I look for, is ‘Does the photo grab me when I look at it?’” he said to the crowd of participating photographers gathered in the gallery.
Reimer circled the gallery studying every image closely, selecting the handful of photos that stuck out at him. When he further narrowed the selection, it then boiled down to finite details, like over-sharpening, or a shade of blue that was slightly too dark.
Barton Community College keyboard instructor Karole Erikson earned both first and third places with her photos, “Sunrise at High Spur” and “On the Range.”
Second place was given to Dan Witt for “Light Painting – Still Life with a Cowboy.”
Aimee Dreiling’s “One Day” and Jay Miller’s “Vista 128” were both awarded honorable mentions.
Gallery Director David Barnes said he is pleased with the quality of the work adorning the gallery’s walls for the duration of the Exposure Time photography exhibit, which will be available for public viewing until May 23.
The gallery’s summer hours, from May 14 through August 3, will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.