Prendergast Gallery to feature photographer

JAMESTOWN – Chad Ecklof of Jamestown will show his photographs at the James Prendergast Library Art Gallery Feb. 15 through March 15 in a show called “My Jamestown in HDR.”

High Dynamic Range Photography requires shooting three or more exposures of the same shot and then combining the digital information from all of them into one in order to create a more realistic, or sometimes surrealistic, photo.

According to Ecklof, HDR is the most recent and most exciting technique he has experimented with since taking up photography as a hobby a few years ago.

“When I’m out and about with my camera and I come across an interesting subject, I’m able to see it in a surreal way which translates best using the High Dynamic Range photo style,” he said.

Ecklof earned a degree in computer programming from Coleman College in San Diego, CA, and is currently attending Jamestown Business College. He is self taught in photography and post production software.

He took a greater interest in photography when he was host of the radio show Blue Screen Radio and was invited to speak to the Jamestown Audubon Society Nature Photography Club about computer related topics and photo editing software.

“The club offered me the opportunity to connect with some really great people in the community who would later become some of my closest friends and inspiration for my growing interest in this hobby,” he said.

The featured artist started out with an old Sony “point-n-shoot” and has recently upgraded to a Sony DSC-HX100V.

“I haven’t taken the leap into a full DSLR camera yet because this higher-end point-n-shoot model has been doing a great job, so I think I’ll stick with it for a while as my photography matures,” he said.

Ecklof is most often found at Ecklof Bakery making pink striped cookies in the mornings, but his interest in photography has inspired him to start a new photo club in town, the Chautauqua County Camera Club. Known as “C4” for short, the club meets the first Wednesday of every month in the Fireplace Room at Prendergast Library.

Commenting on the rapidly growing membership in the club, he said, “Anyone who owns a camera would benefit from the wealth of talent that can be found among the members of C4. HDR is one of the many styles of photography that we cover, and the library gives us the perfect atmosphere for meeting and sharing with each other.”

More information about the club can found at its website, chautauquacountycameraclub.com.

Library hours to view “My Jamestown in HDR” are 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The next Prendergast Library exhibit will feature the Chautauqua County Art Teachers.

The library is located at 509 Cherry St., Jamestown. For information, call 484-7135.