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Dick States

Dick States

Dick is a horticulturist, retired educator of 35 years teaching horticulture, and published author of educational slide series for The Ohio State University. I purchased my first camera in 1973. It was a used Nikon and several used lens. The one lens was a Nikon 55mm macro lens. I had just started teaching horticulture and required my students to learn to identify many different trees and shrubs. I had a problem; no slide series. In those days, to teach, plant ID, you had to have slides. That's when I started taking and putting together my own slide series, which was published, and that started my love for macro and close-up photography. Dick was state winner in Cameras in the Curriculum sponsored by Kodak and the Ohio Education Association. He has won many awards in photography and has more than 50 covers on the Buckeye the publication for the Nursery and Landscape Association. His specialty is close-up (macro) flower photography. He has received four gold medals from PSA as a member of the Warren Photographic Society.




Tracy Szela

Tracy Szela

I have been taking photographs off an on for about 20 years, starting with a pieced together Mamiya SLR that I loved, despite it's faulty light meter. I used to focus primarily on black and white artistic images, but once I started using a DSLR, I started making more images of wildlife and nature. I also like to document my travels, and share these experiences with others. My website is http://www.migratingphotographer.wordpress.com.

You can see my work on: Personal website




Janet DiMattia

Janet DiMattia

After retiring 14 years ago from teaching in CT, relocated to Cape Cod, MA.
Here, the ever-changing natural environment provides a multitude of opportunities to photograph. Cape Cod also is the home of several camera clubs, one of which is Cape Cod Viewfinders (CCVCC), of which I am a member and the area offers photography workshops, etc. throughout the year.
My longtime interest and participation in birding activities, outdoor ventures and the volunteering I do in nature-orientated organizations have augmented my main focus - bird photography. Now it is the time to experience, expand and enjoy all forms of photographic expression.
Participation in an on-line dialogue is a new adventure for me. I am sure I will enjoy and learn from it.




Sandra Irwin

Sandra Irwin

I am a retired attorney turned poet and writer. After retirement, I got two master’s degrees in writing. I have published a number of poems and a poetry chapbook, Quiet, available at Finishing Line Press under the category of New Women’s Voices. I have also published 2 short stories.

As a photographer, I am basically without credentials. I started with a brownie camera as a child. (Anyone else old enough to have done that?) You mailed it back and they sent you the photos and a new camera. More recently, when my youngest was in high school and was on the swim team and in water polo, I bought a good camera and telephoto lens and took 10,000+ digital photos over the 4 years and did photo booklets each season for the kids and printed out enlargements for them of the best ones I had.

In 2014 I took a great photography course at Art Center at NIght (I live in San Marino, CA, next door to Pasadena). Three-quarters of our time was spent on Lightroom. Then I started my second MFA course, and I didn’t do any photos at all and forgot everything. Now I have graduated and I am working to regain my fluency with Lightroom and to master my new camera and refresh my memory about my various lenses. I love photography in general, but in particular I like doing aesthetic work, such as macro photography of something that is so close-up it is virtually unrecognizable. Then I work it up in Lightroom to try to make it look like abstract art or just aesthetically pleasing. As a result, I have joined both a Macro group and a Fine Arts group. I hope to improve my skills and look forward to learning from all the rest of you!




Jean Armstrong

Jean Armstrong

I am an amateur Photographer. I have belonged to some local clubs over the last couple of years. "All About Photography" and "Camera Totin Days" I recently purchased a used Nikon 7100. I have struggled to learn the triangle, Learning about what lens to use. I have take a lot of on line course's, But I am a hands on learner, for me to read instructions, verses hands on is night and day. I love creating pictures and transforming them into Greeting Cards and gifts for my friends. I have not tried selling my work, I think I am not confident in my ability at this time. I want to learn and have photographers to give me constructive criticism . I am a window for 5 years have 2 sons and 4 grand-kids. I work part time at a storage Facility near my home. I am a Christian and very involved with my local church. I look forward to many good times with my new photography club "PSA"




Charissa Lansing

Charissa Lansing

My interest in photography as a personal hobby was launched about ten years ago. I put aside the disposable film cameras (that I purchased frequently for making family snapshots) and invested in a point-and-shoot, digital camera. My purpose was to make flower images to send to my mom, who could no longer work in her beloved garden due to a progressive illness. In the spring of 2009, I wanted more control over my images and invested in a DSLR camera (Canon Rebel XSI) and a seminar with a local photographer to learn some photography basics. The following spring I joined our local camera club and a few months later the PSA. One valuable benefit of joining the PSA was the opportunity to complete Jon Fishback's beginner and later some advanced photography courses!

My husband and I have been married for 45 years and have lived in Champaign, Illinois, a rural community and university town, for the past 30 years. We love to travel when time allows. I am an emeriti professor at the university here with expertise in speech and hearing science. My research has focused on auditory rehabilitation, on topics such as hearing aids, cochlear implants, auditory-visual speech perception, and the impact of hearing loss on the quality of life.

There are many facets of photography that interest me, although making images of flowers is probably my favorite subject. I am intrigued by close-up and macro photography. I hope to learn from the members of the digital dialogue study group and improve my technical skills, image composition, and the impact of my images. I am learning what it is to be a photographer and strive to become a keen observer of nature and succeed at sharing what I see.