Member Bios

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!




Salvador Atance, PPSA

Salvador Atance, PPSA

Born in Barcelona, Spain in 1949, I have two daughters and one grandaughter, and I'm a widower. Vocationally, I worked as a BSEE for a Japanese multinational company, but I am now retired. Photography is my hobby and avocation, as I am a member of "Associacio Districte IX Imatge" (a local photoclub), "Federacio Catalana de Fotografia" and "Confederación Española de Fotografia" (national photographic associations), as well as FIAP, PSA, and GPU (international photo-organizations). Over the years, I have had the privilege of doing both collective and individual photographic exhibitions. Special recognitions include PPSA (2012), AFIAP (2011), EFIAP (2013), and GPU-Hermes (2013). I am currently working on recognition levels EPSA, MFIAP, and GPU-Zeus.




Stuart Ord

Stuart Ord

I am a 66-yr-old semi-retired chemical engineer, in which I specialise in technical safety studies of chemical factories. I live in Cheshire in the north west of England. Cheshire is a nice place, but I prefer my native Yorkshire for its variety and scenery.

I have been a photographer of sorts for a long time. I was loaned a camera by my Aunt when I was about 12. It was a little Voigtlander. I was hooked and started reading everything, and saved all my money until I was able to buy a Zenit 3M SLR when I was 14. I got a Saturday job in a camera shop when I was 16 to get a 2x tele converter and a Weston Master V. I took mainly colour slides and monochrome.

At Leeds University aged 20, I became the Chairman of the Photographic Society, and equipped our darkroom with a simple colour enlarger. Results were disappointing though due to the simple equipment. My wife bought me a Krokus enlarger and I had a mono and slide darkroom in our loft.

I went through various SLRs and lenses, the best being a Pentax MX with a motor drive and an early Tamron zoom, but by my 40s I got fed up with carting around a heavy case. Most of that time I was only doing record photography. Interest dwindled and I sold up in my early 40s.

I started to get interested again in my mid-50s as digital cameras became practicable. After a Canon compact I had a couple of bridge cameras, but dissatisfaction with their capability led me to getting my first DSLR, a Lumix G3, micro 4/3 as I was wary of the weight of DSLRs. After a couple of years I had outgrown the G3 and bought an Olympus OM-D EM5ii, which is light and very capable. That has now been relegated to the role of "take it everywhere camera", equipped with an Olympus 14-150mm lens. The new EM1ii became too tempting a year ago and so I bought one. It is a distinct step up from the 5ii in terms of shutter speed and focussing ability. I love its macro stack feature too.

I have a wide selection of Olympus and Panasonic lenses. And a Weston Euro Master! I keep adapting my lenses as Olympus bring out new ones where they seem to fit my aims of light weight, versatility and image quality.

I've joined two local camera clubs, in Wrexham and Whitchurch. I am mainly retired now, but am busier than ever with lots of hobbies. Photography has become the number one in terms of time happily consumed.

I can not specialise in any one branch of photography, they are all so interesting! But macro and monochrome do have a special interest to me. I use Serif Affinity Photo for most photo editing, but I have NIK Silver Efex 2 and Franzis Silver Projects for mono conversions as well. Comparing these on any image is quite interesting. I am a strong believer in a book I read in my teens which said something like, "If colour is important to your image, use colour; otherwise use monochrome". I think it is also true that mono should enhance a mono image, so strong form and/or texture are needed. Due to my darkroom days, I like monos to have all shades of grey from 0 to 255, but that is easier said than done.




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.




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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.




Tom Pickering

Tom Pickering

I’m a 60-something, born-again, computer geek, photographer, musician and one-time sword fight choreographer. I live & work (though now semi-retired) at web development and photography with my wife Carolyn and kitty, Casmir (though the work ethic of the kitty is questionable at best) in Davenport, Iowa. The children are grown and raising families of their own, which of course means grandkids for us to love and spoil.

I’ve been capturing images, still & movie/video, for over 50 years now. I entered a dark room for the first time at age 13 and have been fascinated with the art of photography ever since. My first cameras were Kodak’s - a Brownie and an 8mm movie camera. At the dawn of the digital photography age, I switched to digital and never looked back at film. I transitioned into professional photography in 2006, specializing in portraits, commercial and weddings, though I’ve since stopped shooting weddings to reduce stress.

Today, I am strictly a Nikon shooter, though I have been known to snap pics with my Android phone in a pinch. For lenses, I use a Sigma 18-200mm, Tamron 60mm Macro, Tokina 100-400mm, Tamron 200-500mm, Nikkor 50mm 1.8. I like to photograph people, places & things - I guess that means everything - with a special interest in vehicles, Macro, architecture, candid portraits & the odd. Most recently I have been leveraging my Photoshop skills in creating digital art compositions.

I use Adobe Bridge for the organization of my images, jumping into Photoshop CC, On1 Photo Raw 2019, Exposure X4, Topaz Studio, Luminar 3, Affinity Photo, and others from there. Though I aim for everything right in the camera, I shoot RAW (& JPEG), so will always apply post-processing to some extent to all my images, especially my more artistic endeavors.

Formerly a vice president of the Quad Cities Photography Club, I have also served as a competition judge and projectionist there, as well as teaching various Photoshop skills. I have also been judging for PSA clubs & councils. I am the developer and webmaster of the PSA PID Digital Dialogue Study Group website, as well as one of the admins and a participant in several of the groups.

You can see some of my photo artistry at 500px, Flickr and PhotoPicks Photography & Art




Madhusudhan Srinivasan

Madhusudhan Srinivasan

My interest in Photography started during my schooling in 1990’s. However, it was a very costly affair then (not that it is not now, but much better due to digital innovation😊), that held me back from venturing out boldly like now. I started serious photography with DSLR in Mar '2016 although I used to click here & there with a Canon roll camera couple of years prior.

This hobby/passion grew on me too much and started with birding, then wildlife, then macros so on and so forth. I have no particular genre that I focus. Instead, click any interesting subject around. Off late, I have been liking landscape in addition to birding & wildlife. Nature always entices me and I always love to venture out to serene & calm places to be oneself.

I currently own an intermediate DSLR and aspire to upgrade into full-frame as soon as possible. Look forward to learning through this passion, be it from Nature, fellow photographers or other subjects I come across while shooting through lens.

Happy to be part of the elite group such as this and open to hone my skills both technically and non-technically.

PS: you all can address me as "Madhu" to keep it simple if that helps 😊

Cheers

Madhu