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Dr V G Mohanan Nair, APSA

Dr V G Mohanan Nair, APSA

I belong to Trivandrum, Kerala state ("God’s Own Country"), the southern part of India. Did my post-graduation from Kerala University and Doctorate from Kurukshetra University. I was working as a Chief Scientist at the National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Thiruvanathapuram, till April 2016. Photography, travel and listening to music are my hobbies

Even though I was attracted towards photography from childhood, I purchased my first camera, an Agfa-Isolly-II (120mm fixed focus) from my first salary in 1980. After 13 years, in 1993 I got a professional camera Pentax K1000. Two more digital cameras and one 3D camera were added to my small collection subsequently. The interest in photography as an art started after my visit to XXIII All India Salon of Photography by the Lucknow Camera Club. I joined this club to learn more about photography and started participating in local as well as national salons. I took PSA membership in 2003. I do not have much dark room experience as my photographs are developed and printed at professional studios. Digital images are processed by self using Photoshop (Ver. 6 & CS). From 2012, I am mainly concentrating on 3D photography. Received the Associate of PSA (APSA) in 2016. I consider myself as a student of photography as well as Photoshop and look forward to learning these from other experienced members of PSA.




Bunny Laden

Bunny Laden

I always wanted to travel to the Moon. When I realized that would not become a reality in my lifetime, I decided to explore the only planet I’ll ever set foot on, the Earth. I love to travel and capture my adventures in photos or video so I can communicate the experience to others. Until recently, I used only "prosumer" cameras because I haven’t had the time to devote to a serious pursuit of photography. That, and the fact that many of my travels are rigorous and I haven’t wanted to carry the weight. Now that I’ve quit my job, I am ready to dive into photography and learn how to improve. I currently own a micro four thirds system and a tripod.
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<br />I spent the last 22 years working for Apple where I worked on just about every pivotal technology they produced. Most recently at Apple, I started an internal AI/Machine Learning program for engineers. I also wrote sample code and developer documentation to show how to use programming interfaces, especially graphical ones such as those that perform image processing. I received my Ph.D. in Cognitive Science and Music at the University of Washington, where I taught for a few years prior to my career at Apple.




Joan Funk

Joan Funk

I got my first SLR when I graduated from college and headed to Europe on $3 a day for 10 weeks. Returning to the U.S. and giving birth to 2 children, I took endless snapshots of their well-documented childhoods. After they were grown, I got more serious about photography and took classes for 4 years at the Delray School of the Arts (formerly Old School Square) with the amazing Jack Wild, until he retired. I belong to the Boynton Beach Camera Club and the Valencia Palms Photo Club, and enjoy participating in both (and help to run the latter). Although I am happy photographing most anything, I seem to have gravitated to photojournalism and travel photography, though striving to make my photos “fine art.”

My Nikon D7100 got to be too heavy for me and has morphed into a Sony A6300, not the same quality, but still a good camera. I use Lightroom 6 as my home base, and go to Photoshop CS6 and NIK software as needed when I am editing photos.

My education includes a Masters in Computers in Education, followed by a job at IBM in their K-12 Education Department, developing curriculum and software for using computers in classrooms. After IBM mostly pulled out of education and South Florida, I worked for several technology start-ups that didn’t succeed, and then retired to become a photographer. Six years later, I am still becoming a photographer. I have much to learn and lots of room for improvement, but am grateful to have a consuming interest that provides exciting life-long learning for me.




Walter Naumann

Walter Naumann

Other than borrowing my father’s Brownie I started photography with a Kodak Retina, a German made folding bellows pocket 35mm camera with iris aperture and shutter. My college roommate dropped it in salt water and threw it away. I soaked it a sink of fresh water while I attended classes and then completely disassembled, cleaned and reassembled it. I used it for years after. I couldn’t afford a light meter so I learned light the hard way and my physics education helped with the technical details. I could not afford to print the photos until years later and just looked at the black and white negatives.

Later I obtained a BS in physics, married Kay, then worked up to Director of Engineering developing instrumentation. I had a series of range finder cameras and a Pentax K1000 SLR with a good set of lenses trying to do available-light action photos of my son and daughter ballet dancing. I switched to digital early with a 1 megapixel Agfa in about 1995. In 2003 I needed a camera for large depth of field photos for a product development business in a hurry. Samy’s Camera recommended a Canon D350, Rebel XT so I bought it. After a series of avocations from commercial license, instrument flying in our Beechcraft Bonanza airplane, to sailing with a Macgregor 26, home remodeling, getting a general contractor license, and a stint at cooking, I moved on to better photography.

I took two community college classes, joined the Channel Cities Camera Club, and bought a Canon 5D MkII in 2011. I used to think I was a pretty good photographer but after perhaps the largest quantity of rejected images I now know better. Most recently I joined the PSA in 2012, I have enrolled in a PSA individualized instruction class and the PSA EID Study Group 16.




Kathleen Sims, APSA

Kathleen Sims, APSA

I am a retired Chicago Transit “El” Operator. I first began my joy of photography in 1997 when I joined The Washington Park Camera Club and shortly thereafter joined PSA.

Although I photograph almost anything, my favorite subjects are sports and nature which I capture with my Nikon D300. My photos have been publishedby AARP, The Kankakee (Illinois) Bureau of Tourism, and some of my slides have been selected for archival by The Chicago Historical Society. This year for the first time I finally took “the leap” by submitting digital images for Charleston Revisited.

Photography complements my passion for travel. I am currently using Photoshop CS4 and exploring the wonders of HDR by teaching myself the Photomatix Pro 3 software. I am looking forward to sharing the wonderful world of photography with you all.




Bogdan Bricelj, MPSA, GMPSA, EFIAP/p

Bogdan Bricelj, MPSA, GMPSA, EFIAP/p

I was born in the year 1958 in town Jesenice, Slovenia. I graduated at Faculty of electrical engineering in Ljubljana. I was working for 9 years in steel factory as service engineer. Since the year 1990 I’m manager and co-owner of a computer company.

I was learning the art of photography and developing of black and white photos in the photo school in primary school. After that I pass over to slides. In 1973 my first slide was accepted on a state exhibition. More than thirty years I had an ordinary Praktica without any electronics on all my journeys.

I bought my first digital camera in the year 2004. All these years I use compact cameras with large zoom. In my opinion photographer is more important then the camera like driver is more important than the car. Although digital photography allows a lot of possibilities of photo modifying, my photos are as much as possible pure representation of moments captured. I prefer to make photos of nature: animals, flowers and landscape. I also like macro and underwater photography. The other preferred theme is sports, especially outdoor sports like skiing, ski jumping, kayak and swimming. Mostly I go photographing together with my wife Danila.

In the year 2005 I joined to the photographic club Fotografsko drustvo Jesenice. I’m sending photos to many exhibitions worldwide. In the year 2018 I’ve got title EFIAP/p and in 2019 GMPSA. Until now I have made 29 exhibitions of my own. I was the president of photographic club since 2009 to 2017. In these years the club was first or second most successful club in Slovenia.

My photographs were published in many Slovenian and foreign books, magazines and other publications. I’ve written also four articles for PSA Journal. I’m especially proud, that also National Geographic has published my photos.




Terry Campanella

Terry Campanella

I am a retired teacher that is still passionate about learning. When I retired in 2012, I joined the Coral Springs Camera Club and purchased my first DSLR. I feel I am still very much in the exploration stage of learning to use my camera, edit pictures and choosing subjects to photograph. Traveling, playing with my nine grandchildren and finding little adventures close to home keep me very busy.