The following members volunteer their time to judge competitions.
Photography scratches the itch that is my need for creation. I need to create in order to feel. The simple act of pressing the shutter brings forth a new challenge, another riddle to solve, a new solution to provide in a way only I can. A new image brings new energy, and new opportunities.
I was born in St. Paul, and I’ve lived here in Minnesota most of my life. I really can’t remember when I decided to be a photographer. It seems like it was almost beyond my control – I was always the guy who brought his camera whenever my friends and I got together. br> In 2005, I upgraded my film gear to digital and purchased my first digital SLR. Shortly afterwards I was showing a former co-worker my photos, and he urged me to join Flickr to share my work. That lead to one of my first showings at a local hospital in Stillwater, Minnesota. Since then, I’ve shown my photography at various locations around Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. br> My work has been published in magazines, newspapers, calendars, and online. My images have also been used as permanent displays in several buildings. I love history and exploring. Nothing’s more fun for me than traveling to a new (or old!) location and wandering around with my gear, looking for subjects to photograph. I’m so lucky to call myself a resident of Stillwater, Minnesota, for more than a decade now. This town has a great mix of history (it’s known as the “birthplace of Minnesota”), and the whole town begs to be walked and photographed. br> One thing you’ll notice about my images is the lack of people in them. Although I do occasionally photograph people, I really enjoy and focus my work on photographing buildings, bridges, sunrises and sunsets.
Educated in High School photo 101, 3 years in a 1-hour photo lab and mentored by one in a 365 project, I like to think of myself as a long-time, ninja amateur. I shoot mostly with a cannon DSLR but have medium format and 35mm cameras. I love black and white and everything else. I'm beginning to abhor HDR. When seeking CC, always consider the source and have fun!
3 years of constant photography learning and exposure, in addition to returning back to school for a third time for a Multimedia Web Design degree, has built up a long time passion of photography and graphic design for me. Ever since I was a young child I was attracted to color and anything that was artistic immediately fascinated me. Working as a nanny and numerous sales jobs through the years I realized that art, and the creating of all things stemming from art and photography was what truely what made me happy. I feel that photography,graphic design, and web design are all a wonderful way to express passion, meaning, thoughts, memories, and convey a lasting impression/message. Photography is a passion of mine and I love photographing anything from Newborn portraits to the outdoors! I pride myself on always accepting CC, continual learning, and meeting other photographers with the same passion as mine!
I have been in love with photography all my love life. I have only been able to afford for the last 8 years. LOL I am self taught, I may not know why and how all the time, but I not know what looks good and doesn't. I pride my self on being the best that I can. I love landscapes and wild life, my favor is reflections.
I have always loved photography since I had my first camera. I am fairly new to the DSLR world and have found a new passion since then. I love wildlife and nature photography, though I love to learn new things in all areas. My motto is that I can never learn too much.
I’m Cedric, a serious amateur who dabbles in different aspects of photography. Amateur? Yes, an amateur, but I do this for the “love of” and not restricted to calling this a job. I write code in my profession which is great, but does not give me the opportunity to display my creative side. I enjoy the methodical approach to creating art from capture to post-processing. Let’s connect and enjoy together.
IMy first real job was at a camera store after hanging out there a bit too much. Photography has always been an important part of who I am. I never took it too seriously until I nearly went blind. Several surgeries later my vision was saved and I can see better than ever. I started seeing things very differently after that - figuratively & literally. My goal is to tell a story with every shot and get you to give it a closer look. Most of my work is wide angle and I’m a recovering HDR addict.
Observe, feel, connect. Click. This is my brain behind the camera. I document connection and emotion in my images because I believe strongly that we are all connected to each other. When I am in the flow of capturing this connection, it is as if the photographic process happens by itself and I am just observing. Back in my digital darkroom I transform from zen observer to creative perfectionist and doggedly work an image until I have what I envisioned it to be. Photography is my passion, my part time career, and the subject that keeps me up at night and gets me out of a warm bed before sunrise. I just can’t get enough!