The judge for January is Jane Postiglione
Jane Postiglione has been shooting images since she received her first Brownie camera at age 11. As an undergraduate student in Architectural Interior Design at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, Jane shot with a medium format 2 ¼ Minolta twin lens reflex camera and a hand held light meter, and learned to developed film and make black and white prints. After receiving her BFA from Pratt, Jane practiced design in New York City, travelled several times to Europe, and then moved west to study Instructional Technology and multimedia in graduate school at SF State. This lead to work in writing, shooting and editing instructional training videos for the Army and the Navy, as well as creating and delivering technology and management programs for the corporate world. Jane started using digital equipment in 2004.
Jane has won many club awards for her prints and digital images, and has been President of the Contra Costa Camera Club (Pleasant Hill), and President of the Northern California Council of Camera Clubs (N4C). In addition to being on the Board of CCCC and N4C, Jane was a past Board Member of the Alamo Danville Artist Society, and past Director of their Rotating Gallery. She also filled in as Interim Director and Curator at Sun Gallery in Hayward, Ca. She has shown and sold her work in group and individual shows at local galleries and establishments. Most recently several of
her images were published in the Best of Photography 2014 in Photographer’s Forum, a magazine for the emerging professional. In addition to her fine art photography, Jane shoots weddings and events with her photographer/musician husband. You can view Jane’s website at: www.jpostiglionephotography.com
The judge for February is Charles Ginsburgh
My name is Charlie Ginsburgh, and unlike many judges and club participants who have been taking images since
dirt was first invented, I have only been actively involved in photography since 2011. I am a biochemist by trade,
and as such have always been interested in nature, life and what makes living cells tick. One thing I enjoy is creating
(design and manufacture) stained glass panels. I have done this off and on for over twenty years or so, and have
given away much of my work to friends and family. In 2010 I sought to create a photographic catalog of my efforts,
and proceeded to discover the joys and frustrations of photography. Fast forward to the present, and I am currently
more involved in photography than in my stained glass endeavors.
When I look at many truly excellent examples of photography, I generally am familiar with how the image was
collected (technical aspects and the such) but am often struck with the thought that “I might not of seen that shot,
were I there”. My journeys through photography have taught me the value of “seeing” what is in front of you, and
how difficult it can be to do so. This represents a continuing challenge in my own photography which I find
I am up to taking pictures of almost anything (and I do), but I have a special affinity for macrophotography. In that
disciple, I find that I focus (if you pardon the pun) upon “normal” life around me, showing a side of life which is
always there, but is rarely seen. I believe that this is but another manifestation of “seeing”. I can be in group of
master photographers at some truly mind-blowing scenic and/or iconic local, and darn if my eye isn’t caught by the
little weed buried in the dust next to my left foot. Oh well, to each their own.
Examples of my photographic efforts can be viewed at my SmugMug site (https://charlie-g.smugmug.com).
When I first view an image I “look” for the emotional content of the image, and how I am affected by the image.
There is nothing more satisfying than when an image (yours or another’s) is first viewed by a group, and hearing an
immediate, collective spontaneous gasp from the audience, a sure sign that some level of emotional connection has
been achieved. I next look for how effectively the image was “seen” by the maker, and only then do I focus upon the
more technical aspects (composition, capture and presentation) employed to capture the maker’s vison of the image.
In the end, with each image I am striving to comprehend the maker’s vison of the image, and how effectively this
vison was captured.
The judge for March is Tom Frazier
I was a pilot in the United States Air Force from 1960 to late 1981. When I retired, my wife gave me a retirement present that would change my life.
It was a photo workshop in Yosemite National Park with a seasoned photographer, Ernest Braun. I was enthralled with Ernie's ideas, his philosophy and his amazing photographs.
It sent me back to school, Merced College, where I received an Associates degree in Photography. That was a marked difference from my other degree in Computer Science. For several years afterwards, I assisted Ernie in many more workshops.
Somewhere along the way, I discovered the Merced Camera Club and have been active in the club and the San Joaquin Camera Club Councils for several years.
I am now retired, but busier than I have ever been. Besides photography, I am active in volunteer work for the Kiwanis Club of Castle-Atwater. the historic Merced Theatre, Playhouse Merced, and Leadership Merced. I am also an avid geocacher using the name of Photom.