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LuAnn Thatcher

LuAnn Thatcher

LuAnn Thatcher lives north of the Twin Cities in Minnesota. She enjoys a variety of photographic genres, from nature, landscapes, and botanicals to street photography, which is her favorite genre to date.

LuAnn attends many photography workshops throughout the year to build on her knowledge and skills. Also, she is a member of two local camera clubs and holds the positions of Vice President in each finding judges for monthly salons or finding speakers to present educational programs to the clubs. She does not stop there; in 2020, LuAnn was on the committee for TCACCC (Twin Cities Area Council of Camera Clubs), which she also was the coordinator to find speakers and vendors for the annual Spring Break Photography Event. It is through this work where she believes her knowledge and experience have grown the most.

LuAnn is a member of PSA Study Group - Group 62 Monochrome since April 2018, and she has been a member of PSA since October 2017. At that time, she has taken several online classes; among her favorite was the "Image Analysis" class. This class helped LuAnn see first hand how to break down an image by all the photographic elements of composition. Then, a year later, LuAnn was asked by a long-standing board member of her local camera club to take a judging seminar for the TCACCC (Twin Cities Area Council of Camera Clubs). With this new experience, LuAnn has started judging club salons and stands in for judges when needed.

The equipment of choice for LuAnn is her Fujifilm X-T2 and soon to arrive her Fujifilm X100V, both mirrorless cameras. The color simulations she finds in the Fujifilm camera system caught her eye because of their beautiful colors and limited editing she has to do to get a great photo. In addition, LuAnn has recently purchased an Olympus OM - 1n film camera (circa 1973-1982) to pursue yet another challenge. She hopes to take classes in 2020 to learn how to process and print black and white images herself. LuAnn is currently learning how to print her images on fine art paper.

Be sure to check out her website www.LuAnnThatcherPhotography.com which she and her husband built from scratch.




Mary Sue Rosenthal

Mary Sue Rosenthal

My passion for photography started when I was recruited to be the photo editor for my high school yearbook. I was recognized for my innate sense of composition and eye for the unusual. I was granted a photography scholarship to the Kansas City Art Institute and studied briefly under Photographer Frank Ferrario at Fontbonne College. Although I still work full-time as the Director of Operations at Food Outreach, a non-profit that provides nutritional support to men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS or cancer, I have found the time to return to my first love, photography.

I became a member of the St. Louis Camera Club in 2012-13. In 2013, I was named Rookie Of The Year. I was asked to be on the Board of Directors for 2013-2015. I am on the Projected Image, and New Member Committees, and the Projection Team. I was very humbled, in 2014, to have one of my images selected to be in the St. Louis Camera Club 100th Anniversary Exhibit at the Sheldon.




Randolph Shine

Randolph Shine

It all started back in 1974 when I bought an Olympus OM1 with a 55mm/F1 lens while working and living in Freeport Bahamas. Built my own dark room and loved it. I developed my first color negatives from a kit in 1976. As we traveled I must have taken over 5000 slides.
In 1983 we left the Bahamas and moved to Florida. I did no serious photograph because we had to concentrate on building our financial planning business and lost my Olympus. We are still working but not so hard. About 4 years, ago I bought a Cannon 40D and then three years ago joined a camera club and began getting interested in photograph again.
I use Aperture software for photo management.




Ruth Sprain

Ruth Sprain

I live in Loveland, Colorado with my husband. We have two married children and one adorable granddaughter. Three years ago I retired from my teaching position. Now I work half-time in an elementary school as an instructional coach. Although I’ve enjoyed photography for many years, the past three years have given me time to join a local photo group. My husband and I love to travel and take photos of new places. I hope that as a member of a Digital Dialogue group, I can further develop my photographic skills.




Kieu-Hanh Vu

Kieu-Hanh Vu

(La biographie en français suit.) I am currently a Systems Analyst working in Washington DC. I learned to use Photoshop via a Computer Graphics course in college back in 2002 and was very interested in the power of Photoshop tools before starting to learn about photography. I started in photography by joining Vietnamese Photographic Society (VNPS) in 2006, using point-and-shoot camera, and slowly moved to SLR digital camera - Canon EOS 30D. I currently use Canon EOS 50D to capture my images. Photojournalism and nature photography are my main interests. I have been a member of Northern Virginia Photographic Society (NVPS) since 2008. I learned about PSA via VNPS and I am looking forward to improve my photography skills through this program.

J'ai découvert la photographie d’une manière non-conventionnelle. J'ai pris un cours informatique graphique au collège et été très intéressé par la puissance des outils d’Illustrator et Photoshop que j'ai appris pour appliquer mes compétences. Je me suis jointe au Vietnamese Photographic Society (VNPS) en 2006, et je suis membre de la Northern Virginia Photographic Society (NVPS) depuis 2008.

Mes intérêts sont principalement la photographie de nature et le photojournalisme. Quand je prends une image, je suis intéressée par les gens et leurs histoires, et les thèmes de la vie car ils sont toujours plus importants pour moi que le processus de la photographie elle-même.

Je travaille à Washington, DC, en tant qu’analyste de système. J'utilise la photographie pour me détendre et réduire le stress de mon style de vie très occupée. Comme le français n'est pas ma langue maternelle, j'espère que l'adhésion à ce groupe m'aidera à améliorer mes compétences en photographie ainsi que mon français.




Fatih Gönül

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Lisa Cirincione

Lisa Cirincione

I am from Pittsburgh, PA, born and raised, and recently have relocated to State College, PA, with my husband. I've been into photography since high school and in college spent most of my free time in the darkroom. I still have a few of those film cameras in my collection. I tried my first digital camera in 1996, and now have a few more of those in my collection too.

In the past 10-15 years, I have tried to step up my photographic knowledge by taking classes, going on photo workshops and attending expos and conferences. I'm excited about learning from fellow photographers in the digital dialogue.

I travel for my job, so I am very lucky to be in a different place each week. I enjoy learning about the country and the world through my photographic adventures.

I am a member of the New Kensington Camera Club and the State College Photo Club. My instagram is lisac.photography.