Secor Metropark to feature nature photography exhibit

From a news release:

A collection of landscape and nature photographs by Kenneth West, Jr., opens Saturday, Jan. 10, at the National Center for Nature Photography, inside Secor Metropark.

The exhibit will be open Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. through March 15. Secor Metroparks is located on Central Av., six miles west of I-475/US23. Admission is free.

The exhibit is the result of the photographer's work over the last seven years creating digital photographic images of the Iowa landscape, focusing on the play of light, color and texture in nature. By mastering the technique of high dynamic range (HDR) photography, he was able to greatly expand the range of light reproduced in a single image.

West will be at the Nature Photography Center to present a workshop on the HDR photographic technique Saturday, Jan. 31. For information or to register, go to or call 419-407-9700.

As a child, West learned about photography from his grandfather, a portrait painter and award-winning portrait photographer. During his high school and college years, he worked in the photography department at Hallmark Cards, learning from skilled photographers about different photographic processes. He learned about color reproduction from his father, a nationally recognized leader in the graphic arts industry and a pioneer in the field of color reproduction.

West is currently a professor at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, where he teaches photography and business classes.