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John Larson, FPSA, MPSA

John Larson, FPSA, MPSA

I am very happy to join Group #9 and I am looking forward to an educational and fun experience. Just a little bit in the way of a biography and about some of my interests. I am now 71 years young, a retired engineer now teaching math (now only part time) at Southeastern Community College and married to Ruth. For thirty-eight years I worked as an engineer with both General Electric and Marathon Electric. During that time my responsibilities included managing all of the engineering computer efforts, primarily CAD and CAM. I also had the opportunity to use the computer (IBM compatible) for many reports and presentations related to work. At my college we are using several multimedia programs and the internet to deliver Online Courses. I am now in my fifth generation of a home PC, starting with a Radio Shack Color Computer (just a couple of years ago, ha ha) and now with a clone Pentium IV.

My first digital adventures were by having slides scanned to CDs, then a Canon D-30, followed by a Digital Rebel (just replaced by Canon 20D) and for carrying while snow skiing a Canon A720. Some of my other hobbies are photography, started with some classes in 1991, joined PSA in 1994 and sports of several varieties, especially skiing in winter. This combination gives me an excellent chance to blend for example skiing and photography and now computers and photography. I exhibit in PSA exhibitions and have Galaxy 2 in PID, Galaxy 5 in PJ and three stars in Travel and Nature. I am also the administrator for PJ Digital Imaging and direct the PJ Quarterly Competition. You may note on my web site http://johnlarsonphotography.zenfolio.com/ that I do have the ability to convert digital files to slides and that is available to you if needed.

I look forward to reviewing all of your work and look forward to your comments. Please visit my web site listed below for more about me and more of my images. Thanks for letting me join this group.

114 Glendale Drive
Burlington, IA 52601
jflarson114@gmail.com
johnlarsonphotography.zenfolio.com




Jesse Lobel

Jesse Lobel

I received a birthday present when I was a teenager. It was a Kodak Developing Kit. At the time I was living with my folks in an apartment house in New York City.So, I set up my darkroom in the kitchen and large hall closet. I went on to accumulate an enlarger. Developed color using bottles of ice and hot water to maintain temperature of solutions. Took pictures in the dark in the Hayden Planetarium. Discovered Adox fine grain black and white film.At work I was always called upon to take pictures. I shot a 35mm slide series of how to install car seat covers. Went to Japan to learn a new automatic transmission. Then went to a Hollywood sound stage where we produced a video of how to overhaul the transmission for training purposes.I now live in Florida where I am retired and finally have a semipro camera and some lenses.

I belong to the Boynton Beach Camera Club.




Debbie Perez

Debbie Perez

I’m a relative newbie with just over two years experience. I currently shoot with a Canon 5D MIII. I have a fascination with macro photography and love nature photography. In addition to exploring photography, I’m learning Photoshop. My other ‘hobbies’ include machine embroidery and digitizing.

I’m an electrical engineer who works as a technical specialist (jack of all trades) for a major manufacturing company. I live just outside of Richmond, VA with a cat named Mogie.




Allen Calopisis

Bio Coming Soon . . .




Priscilla Farrell

Priscilla Farrell

My interest in photography began a number of years ago. However, I lost interest for quite some time. About four years ago, upon retirement, I rekindled my interest. I purchased a digital point and shoot camera, registered for a variety of photography classes and joined a camera club.

Presently I have a Canon Power Shot SX 200 and a Canon Rebel SXi. Lenses include a Canon 18-55 and a Tamron 18-270. I particularly like architectural, nature/landscape and travel photography. In the past it has been my thought to “get it right” in the camera. Although I still honor that viewpoint my opinion has changed in regard to post production. I am presently enrolled in a Photoshop Elements class. I am looking forward to being part of a PSA Study Group.




Shaikh Amin, FPSA, GMPSA

Shaikh Amin, FPSA, GMPSA

FPSA, MPSA, EFIAP/b,FCAPA, ASIIPC, HON.FICS HON.FPSG, SAWIEP,SEHKCPAC,GAL.7(CPID),GAL.2(PT)

Shaikh Amin started his photography career in 1965 after receiving a diploma from the New York Institute of Photography. He served in different positions in the Photo Unit of Arabian American Oil Company (Aramco) and retired as Chief Photographer in 1985. After retiring, Aramco hired him as a consulting photographer for 10 years (1985-1994). While it was not a regular job, it involved special projects, such as preparing Annual Reports of Operations which were presented to the Saudi Government every year.

Shaikh Amin, a PSA member for 44 years, has received many medals, honors and certificates for his photographic achievements during this period. These include 52 gold medals from different Int’l Salons and Exhibitions and 3 awards from the United Nations. He also won 2nd place in color photography at the 1976 International Industrial Photography Competition in New York.ew York.

In recognition of excellence and achievement in his field, Shaikh Amin:
Was elected APSA in 1994
Received Speaker’s award 1996
Awarded Associateship (ASIIPC) from India 1997
Awarded PSA Service Gold Medal 1997 at 59th PSA Conference
Awarded Certificate of Excellence (EFIAP) 1998 from FIAP, Luxembourg
Was honored Fellowship( FPSA) 2000
Was honored Proficiency(PPSA) 2000
Speaker’s award for ‘Best of Pakistan’ 2000
Awarded Prize of Excellence 2001 UNESCO (Accu)
Was honored HON. FICS 2002 from Image Colleague Society Int’l Ltd USA
Received Galaxy Award (1st) 2004 ( in Color Slide Div.)
Received Galaxy Award (2nd) 2006 (Color Slide mDiv.)
Received Galaxy Award (3rd) 2010 (CPID)
Was honored Excellence (EPSA) 2010
Awarded Maple (MCAPA) in 2008
Awarded Associate(ACAPA) in 2009
Was honoured Fellowship (FCAPA) in 2010
Awarded certificate of Excellence/Bronze(EFIAP/b) 2010 from FIAP, Luxembourg

Shaikh Amin is a PSA Int’l Rep. (IR) in Pakistan from 1995 till to date. He gave his photographic services voluntarily to Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute (GIKI) for 8 years in preparation of yearly prospectus and other publications. He is also giving similar voluntary service to University of Azad Jammu & Kashmir (UAJK) , Fauji Foundation University (FFU), Tameer-e-Millat Foundation (TMF), in preparation of yearly prospectus and other publications. He is also a vice president of Islamabad Camera Club.

Shaikh Amin, who holds three diplomas in Photography from USA and Switzerland, resides in Islamabad with his family but frequently travels to shoot pictures and presents his digital photography work. He also has honor of judging many International Photography Exhibitions over the last 10 years.




David Garrison

I grew up in southeastern Illinois and became a physician with a life long interest in photography. Since retirement, the hobby of photography and its study has filled much of my time. I'm now an officer in the Naples Camera Club and have been a PSA member for a few years but not active until now. I attended my first PSA convention this fall. I enjoy landscape and wildlife subjects and so far don't do many "people" pictures. I hope to upgrade my photo abilities by being in this group.