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N. Sukumar

N. Sukumar

I am a scientist, photographer, conservationist, wilderness enthusiast and educator. I was born in Calcutta, India, obtained my Ph.D. in chemistry from Stony Brook, New York, and have worked in the US, India and Germany, having spent about half my life in the US and half in India. I now reside in the outskirts of New Delhi with Sunanda, my wife of 30 years, also a chemist and educator.

I have served as president, webmaster and chair of the Slide and Fine Arts groups at the Schenectady Photographic Society, as well as Editor of its Newsletter, the FOCUS. I am also served as Program Chair and 2nd Vice-Chair of CPID and webmaster of CPID and the Nature Division in PSA. I have exhibited at several local and national galleries, presented programs at PSA and other international conventions, and been published in art magazines and the PSA Journal. My main photographic subjects are nature, landscape, travel and figure. I am fascinated with abstracts and the indirectly perceived. I also paint in pastels and oils. I enjoy both wet and digital darkroom work.




Amparo Guerreiro

Amparo Guerreiro

Amparo Guerreiro was born in Madrid in 1960 and lives in Crete (Greece) since 1984. She always liked photography and from her adolescence began to take portraits. The recognition of her photographic capacity arrived soon and she received her first prize of photography at the age of 18 years. She belongs to a club of photos of Crete, www.efecrete.gr, where she has been deepening and improving her photography.

In addition, she has participated in several national and international photo competitions, receiving several prizes and awards for her work, among them the National Photography Prize of Greece, where she received in 2002 the gold medal, another gold medal of national photography in white and black in 2015 and a bronze medal in the National Contest of Greece in PORTFOLIO.

She is also a member of GPU and her photos are included in the catalog, including photography, a portrait with a markedly pictorial character.

About her preferences in relation to photography she says: "I especially like the portrait because it is like capturing a piece of soul of the person."

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Amparo Guerreiro nació en Madrid en 1960 y vive en Creta (Grecia) desde 1984. Nos dice que siempre le gustó la fotografía y desde su adolescencia empezó a retratar. El reconocimiento de su capacidad de fotografía llegó pronto y recibió su primer premio de fotografía a los 18 años. De los 97 pertenece a un club de fotos de Creta, www.efecrete.gr, donde ha ido profundizando y mejorando su fotografía como nos lo dice.

Además, ha participado en varios concursos fotográficos nacionales e internacionales, recibiendo varios premios y premios por su trabajo, entre ellos el Premio Nacional de Fotografía de Grecia, que recibió en 2002 la medalla de oro, otra medalla de oro de fotografía nacional en blanco y negro en 2015 y una medalla de bronce en el Concurso Nacional de Grecia en PORTFOLIO.

También es miembro de GPU y sus fotos están incluidas en su catálogo, incluyendo fotografía, un retrato con un carácter marcadamente pictórico.

Sobre sus preferencias en relación con la fotografía dice: "Me gusta especialmente el retrato porque es como capturar un pedazo de alma de la persona".




Alastair Cochrane

Alastair Cochrane

A retired architect now living in the north of Scotland with my wife and four Shetland Sheepdogs, my photographic interests are varied. Currently trying to catch up on a large backlog of images taken over the past 20 years and more. Tending to use a compact camera more than an SLR at present but not too fussy about equipment as long as it works. I use Photoshop CS3 for most computer projects and generally prefer prints to digital projected images. Photographic distinctions are ARPS, DPAGB and AFIAP and I have been a member of PSA for 20+ years. I have also been successfully submitting work to exhibitions for that period.




Mark Southard, FPSA

Mark Southard, FPSA

Joined PSA in 1994; Served as International Publicity Director, then as Vice President - Conventions. Ran Conventions in Orlando, Florida and Toronto, Canada and selected Albuquerque, New Mexico and San Diego, California as future sites.

Retired from Sears in 1993 after 35 years, mostly in corporate buying functions. Last assignment was as Managing Director of Purchasing for Northern Asia while residing in Seoul, Korea from 1988-1992.

Was active in 3 Chicago camera clubs before moving full time to South Florida (West Palm Beach area) in late 2014. Active in Boynton Beach Camera Club and the Photographic Association of South Florida.

In the olden days, taught basic black and white fine art printing at Wright College. Also give workshops on matting and framing and was a Consumer Use Consultant for Polaroid, giving workshops on Creative Art Photography, i.e., Image and Emulsion transfers and Time Zero manipulation. Today he privately teaches Photoshop Elements.

I use a Nikon D800, and a Nikon D 70 (converted to shoot infra-red), and a lot of Nikon lenses, my favorite of which is the 105 macro.. Latest toy is the I phone which is taking over the world.

I am a native of New Mexico but have lived in Chicago for 35 years (minus the time spent overseas in Asia).




Snehendu Kar

Snehendu Kar

I was born in Kolkata (Calcutta), India and earned my first graduate degree from Calcutta (University Science College, M.Sc. in Psychology) and subsequently my master's and doctorate degrees (Public Health & Psychology) from UC Berkeley during the apex of student movements (1963-66), which made me feel at home away from my native city. My father was in British civil service and was transferred frequently. Consequently I studied in seven different cities before finishing my high school. I began my professional career with the Ministry of Health and Family Planning (New Delhi) and have been in university-based teaching and research in Public Health, Population Planning, and Asian American Studies since 1969 (10 years at UM, Ann Arbor and 22 years at UCLA). My professional work required frequent global travels over the last three decades. The precious gift of this nomadic life to me is my numerous encounters with diverse cultures, colors, landscapes, and peoples in countless countries.

Art, music, and literature have always been my elan vital. I had my first camera while I was still in high school; and I have continued to squeeze in moments for "snapshots" whenever possible. The result is an accumulation of snapshots from home and across the world in Himalayan proportion. Fascinating images crowd my memoryscape and I only wish I could share these with others. However, the challenges of a demanding academic life did not leave much time for my own creative expression through photography. In early 1970s I took a few courses in B&W including the Zone System and had a darkroom. Since moving to LA, my became more hectic and I had no room (literally) for a darkroom. Since then I have continued to shoot in color. I have been using the Nikon system (Fs & N90) with several Nikkor zoom lenses. Last year I bought a digital camera (Fuji Finepix 4700) and found it most convenient to experiment with image manipulation on laptop in late hours in foreign hotel rooms (no more running to & waiting for film processing). This year I bought a Nikon D100, which allows me to use all Nikkor lenses, and also a Leica Diglux1.The convenience of digital camera rekindled my interest in photography. They allow me to "take" pictures whenever it is possible and "make" pictures on Photoshop 5.5 whenever convenient. I also have a film scanner (Minolta Dimage Scanspeed), a Cannon Flatbed scanner, and Epson 2000P printer. Last year I joined a local camera club (S4C in Redondo Beach), which holds contests for its members; I have won several in-house Awards and Honorable mentions. I have also one shot published in Digital Photography (March 2003,p.72) and another in Dec 9-15, 2002 issue of Chinese edition of Asia Week. I enjoy image enhancement for representative photos and image manipulation to synthesize "make" pictures.

I intend to spend more time for photography and have much to learn from our study group members' work and feedback. My motivation for photography is to: do that which is immensely enjoyable to me and which allows me, what Tagore once called, "the freedom to be useless" in creative work.




Marcus Miller

Marcus Miller

Ten years ago I bought my first SLR camera and joined the local camera club. I have been actively involved in club competitions and events, and have served as Program Chair and President.

I have recently retired from a career as an executive recruiter and have dedicated more time to photography, personal fitness and travelling. I enjoy shooting a wide range of subjects from pictorial, street photography, creative and compositing.

I shoot with a Nikon D300 and a variety of lens, my favorite is a 24-120. I use CS6, Lightroom4, Photomatix and ProShow Producer to work with my photos.




Gloria Sprung

Gloria Sprung

Retiring to Florida in 2013 from the corporate world gave me the time to devote to photography and hone my camera skills. I got my first DSLR in 2010, a Canon 60D which remains my primary camera. My husband and I have travelled more extensively since retirement, and my photos reflect my interest in travel and the culture and peoples of the places we have visited. We also spend our summers in beautiful Canada and this also gives me the opportunity to add some variety to my burgeoning collection of images.

Although I am semi-proficient in Photoshop, I have recently started using Lightroom more heavily in my workflow due to its ease. I particularly like Lightroom for its organizational structure which had has been a tremendous aid in finding my images. I occasionally use plug-ins when I want to introduce a "painterly" effect to my photos.

I belong to two camera clubs in Florida, and these groups of avid photographers have greatly helped in upping the ante of the photos I submit at competition. I continue to learn a lot of techniques through the internet and from reading photo magazines. I hope to benefit from the opinions and experience of others of this study group and look forward to enjoying the images of the group.