The Photographers' Eye Exhibit 2020

An exhibit showcasing the art of photography

Comments from Eric Hovermale, juror

First, I like every image here!  Having been involved with the Photoguild for a loooong time, it very gratifying to see the evolution of each member and of the entire group. 
We’ve come a long way!

Realize that any jurying is one person’s opinion on that day at that moment… subject to change.  I’ve tried to make constructive comments about each image.  Those comment are there for your consideration — feel free to toss them — it’s far more important for you to like the image than it is for me.  What bothers me may not bother you; what I like may not be what you like…

OVERCOME BY EVENTS: I’ve insisted that the award jurying take place after the images are framed and hung.  Final presentation (printing, matting, framing…) is as important as the image and tells much about the creator of that image.  I once had an instructor (Elizabeth Opalenik tell me that you must show respect for your work in its presentation.  If you don’t respect it, why should anyone else? Final comment: I have image envy for most of these!  Wish that I’d been there…

While Eric was unable to view the images framed and in person, here's his selections for recognition-


Frank Leith- Midnight on Monhegan

1st: Beautiful image!  Nothing more to be said… 

Edward Hopper painting? 

Robert Easton- The Jacket

2nd: Really enjoyed this very rich image!  Thought that it was a star scape at first.  The more I looked, the more I saw…

  There isn’t a lot of information but there’s enough…. almost look like a star scape or a waterfall.  Doesn’t matter — it works!


3rd:  FOTO by Mary Ann Kossak:  I like the mystery of the figure on the far right – it makes the image.

The diagonal/perspective leading my eye to that figure really works.  Not sure that you need the alleyway to the left — might be stronger without it.

Liz Renshaw- Live

Honorable Mention-I like the message and the dichotomy between the tattoo and the flowers.  Good catch!   The flowers being out of focus make it much more effective.  Maybe a very slight crop off the right side…

Honorable Mention:  Woodland Fairies by Bill Peresta:  Like it! How could you go wrong with these two as subjects? It makes you smile.

Honorable Mention:  Red Bike by Barbara Crane:

The jacket on the scaffolding and its reflection in the hull gave me just enough information. There’s a lot going on in this image — took me a while to figure it out.  I like it! 

Honorable Mention:  Hardware by Cindy Wilson 

I like the richness and texture of this image very much.  Might like to see a little more information to the right — I feel as though the handle is cut off.  The black along that edge with the handle might make it even stronger, or not...

Jack Heller- No Parking

This is a strong image but it would be stronger if it had a little more depth.  The image tells me that it has a lot of depth but It still feels flat — everything feels as though it’s in the same plane.  Maybe a little over-processed in post…?


Eileen Conragan- Morning in Burren

A good, solid image with a feeling of foreground and distance.  You might try to crisp up the cow a bit or open up the shadow so it doesn’t look like so much like a silhouette.


Lew Keen- Casino Entry

I like the shot but would have liked to see the edges of the frame a little cleaner.  The cut-off light and the post on the l left are distracting.  Maybe you could have moved in closer or shot tighter to simplify?  Maybe you don’t need the windows?  Either that or a few steps back to pick up more information…

Paul M. Murray- Adaptation

Strong composition!  The shadow of the dune really gives the tree some punch; the color going from warm to cool… it all works together.  Just enough foreground.


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Howard Schlesinger- Reflections

I like the bird and the reflection.  It might have been nice to see the bird just a little more to the right to give it some space to face into.  Feels as though it’s crowded into the left side of the frame.

Bill Shea- Lighthouse Sunset

The boat coming into the frame from the right is distracting to me.  Maybe a different crop?  The diagonal of the bridge leading into the lighthouse works for me… Sunsets are tough to make unique.  I’ve had to give up on them.


David Pinkham- Bridge

The image works but feels soft and slightly out of focus.  Maybe a smaller aperture?  F16 or F22 for better depth-of-field?


Don Heymann- Grounded

I like the image very much but it feels overworked.  Perhaps a little less PS filter or whatever was used….


Barbara Schoenfeld- Monk selfie in Nepal

Good catch!  Nice humor.  Like his expression.  Might have cropped a little more out of the sky…


Andy Lowen- Kodaiji Temple Bamboo

I like the color and the texture.  My eye keeps looking for a place to stop… maybe it’s not meant to.


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Adrian Flatgard- Study in Green

I really like the image of the woman holding the bottle. She has such a feeling of nonchalance about her.  I’d like to know more of the story taking place to the left of the frame.  Perhaps you could have stepped back or shot a little more to the left — the partial hand and foot to the left are bothersome.  How do they stay so clean working with mortar?


Charlotte Toumanoff- Untitled

I was enjoyed and intrigued by the image but bothered by all the darkness at the top.  With just a little tweaking, this would be a winner — cropping a little from the left side and top of the image would make it stronger. 


Marilyn Moffatt- Street Artist

Poignant image — the eye contact is powerful!  You might open the shadows just a bit.  Feels a little soft but it looks like you were hand-holding at a slow speed… so you get what you get.  Better to have the image than not.  In the future you might try getting down to eye level with the subject.


Nancy Driggs- Sun’s Glorious Rise

The subject is engaging. However, the composition bothers me — it feels as though there is too much weight to the left and not enough information on the bottom.  A little foreground would make it stronger and give a better feeling of scale.  It’s always good to walk around to look for different views.  (You need to clean your sensor — it would be less distracting if you did some spot removal.)


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George Lowell- Dockside

I’m not a fan of filters but this one works.  All of the different grids lock in the composition.  (Think Swiss Design.)


Jillian Barber- Dawn on Rose Island

Good solid image.  I’d level the image just a bit more and remove the seagulls to simplify it — the image is crisp but the seagulls are blurry.  Might give a little crop to the right side.


Sylvia Hampton- Cornfield Lighted

A very abstract feel… You might try to bring up the silhouette of the trees in the background.  (This image is blurry — hoping that this is a bad digital copy and that the original is crisper.)


Ben Buglio- Mark

He looks like a rugged, interesting character.  It would be nice to have more information around Mark, especially to the right of the image.  It feels a little too tight.


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Sue Ohama- Ominous Cloud

A step back would have helped this image immensely — my eye runs into the left side of the frame with the boats cut off.  Realizing that the emphasis is on the cloud, more context would make it even more powerful.  The kayaks and the seagulls add to that context.


Donna St. Ament- Caged in Paradise

I like the image.  The infrared works nicely here.  Perhaps the shadows could be opened a bit — It would be nice to see just a little more detail in the birds and, perhaps, in the roof.


Alyce Athay-Croasdale- Racing Home

Well composed.  If the boat to the left of the frame heading in the opposite direction had not been there, it would have been much less interesting.


Jane Viti- Photographer’s Perspective

Good catch!  The color really pops!  (Wish that I’d been there.) The resolution is pretty bad in my copy.  I’m hoping that this may be a bad digital copy and that the original is good.


Eric Hovermale- A Women in Blue

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