Royale photos

Artists Gallery Royale spotlights the talent of its seven member photographers during its latest exhibit, Photography As Fine Art, which opens this Saturday night during the Downtown Arts Association's Second Saturday Gallery Walk.

Exhibiting artists utilize a variety of techniques and styles. St. Pete native Larry Lynch focuses on landscapes and nature, his recent explorations into digital technology apparent in works that have been augmented with high dynamic range imaging (also known as tone-mapping). This digital imaging technique allows for a great range of exposures, so that the variety of intensity levels found in real scenes — from direct sunlight to the deepest shadows — are accurately represented. Frank "Mr. White Cane" Planes is legally blind, but sees well enough to frame and shoot his wildlife subjects with a digital camera, and to compose them later on his computer. And Artists Gallery Royale founding member Richard Stewart uses his more than 30 years of experience working as a photojournalist to produce images that tell a story and attempt to evoke a particular emotion.

Other artists on display include Bill Moriarty, Shelly Reale, Richard Stoop and Diana Reed. All will be available to talk about their works during the show's opening reception, which is held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Sat., May 12.

Photography As Fine Art, May 12-June 6, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Sat., Artists Gallery Royale, 200 Second Ave. N., St. Petersburg, call 727-502-0201,