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John Hackett

John Hackett

I live in Coventry, England along with my wife Dawn.

Photography has been a passion of mine for many years, whiling away the hours in a darkened room . I have always been interested in manipulating the images I have taken. As the computer gradually invaded my life I saw the ‘light’ and now play with my images digitally. I have been involved with photographic clubs in my local area since the late 1970s. My membership of PSA began in early 2001.

Photographically my current equipment is a Nikon D80 with 18-135 and 75-300 lenses , and a Fuji Finepix S7000.

As far as photographic subjects are concerned I will point the camera at most things with preferences for landscapes, natural history and sports (as long as it involves wheels).

When it comes to the digital side of things I use Photoshop Elements, and Corel Painter Essentials.




Joe Kennedy

Joe Kennedy

I have been happily retired since March of 2003 after having spent thirty-three years as an educator in the City of Boston. My second career has afforded me the precious gift of time to use my treasures and talents in ways not possible while working on lesson plans and correcting papers. One of the primary recipients of my newfound freedom has been photography.

Currently, I am a member in good standing with the Stony Brook Camera Club in Wrentham, MA. After spending numerous years with a floundering camera club in southeastern Massachusetts, I started up a digital-only group the Hockomock Digital Photographers. More than fifty photo enthusiasts in the area have joined me in the pursuit of improving our photography.

My primary camera is Nikon s D-7000 with some support from Photoshop s CS5 and NIK Plug-ins. My digital learning curve will continue to expand, as there is so much to comprehend and implement. I enjoy reading your comments and have put into practice some of your suggestions they have been invaluable. My expertise in photography has been broadened because of your constructive criticism over the years. I look forward to the next round of critiques

My personal website is: http://www.JoeKennedyPhotography.com




Dick Perkins

Dick Perkins

I ve been a semi-professional photographer for about 15 years and an enthusiast since childhood. My main interest is nature and outdoor, with no people unless required for scale. My work took a big leap forward in 1992 when I joined the Nevada Camera Club in Las Vegas, a group of incredibly talented amateur and professional image makers. Working with and learning from them, I was Nevada Photographer of the Year in 1997, just as I moved to Southern California and joined two camera clubs and the Southern California Council of Camera Clubs (S4C). Also, in 1994, I joined NANPA (North American Nature Photography Association), and served on their Board of Directors, 2001-2004. I led two annual Summit meetings with NANPA, 1997 in Corpus Christi, and 2001 in Las Vegas.

A practicing physician, I now live in Fort Myers, Florida, having moved here from Pennsylvania where I lived and worked for 2 1/2 years. I had previously lived on the east coast of Florida and I briefly served as chairman of Everglades PSA Chapter before my move. I have lived in many places, from Maine to Hawaii, and love to travel. My work has been kind to me in allowing that.

My web site (under development) is www.dickperkins.com. Click on the main icons for subcategories that are being progressively populated.




Peter Elliston

Peter Elliston

Hello. I live in Taunton, Somerset, UK but was actually born in a much smaller place - Guernsey in the Channel Isles where as a teenager I was able to use the school darkroom to develop my pictures. Even then I was an enthusiastic photographer of people and this interest has stayed with me today as most of my shots are of people in informal situations. I very much enjoy photographs of everyday life.

Later, as a teacher, I had very little time or money to pursue my hobby except on holidays where most of my images were of my family - my wife Fran and my daughter Lucy as well as the rest of my family in Guernsey or my wife’s family in Yeovil, Somerset.

But when I retired from teaching I started a business selling first edition fiction across the world and had a little more time for photography and by then the digital age had arrived. We had moved to the Isle of Wight but eventually moved to Taunton and I began photography again. I am secretary of the Wellington and District Camera Club and enjoy taking part in their competitions and in a digital critique group similar to this. I have also over the last two years started sending images to international exhibitions - with varying success! You soon get to realize that not all of your pictures are world-beaters! I very much look forward to taking part in this group.

I use a Fuji XT1 with mainly an 18-55mm lens. I process my images in Lightroom and then Photoshop occasionally using filters such as Focus Magic, NIK working with the images on an iMac. My printer is an Epson SureColor P600




Sheldon Wecker

Sheldon Wecker

I've always had an interest in photography, but it really took off after I bought a digital point and shoot camera and discovered that:

• Digital "film" is free, and
• You can do everything with a computer and color printer that you can in a conventional chemical darkroom (and more)

One thing led to another, and now I use Sony equipment … A77ii and RX100 v … and Canon Pixma Pro 10 printer. Most of my photos are of vacation travel and of family. Especially with travel photos, I try and create an image with the same impact I felt when I pressed the shutter release. Since a photo can't provide the range of brightness, or color, or field of view that your eye can, I use software such as Lightroom, Photoshop and a variety of other apps to try and make up for those limitations.

I've displayed photos at community libraries and enter photo contests as a way to get feedback on the photos I take. I also share images with friends and family on social media.




Udayan Sankar Pal, QPSA

Udayan Sankar Pal, QPSA

Born in 1979, Udayan Sankar Pal grew up in Canning, the gateway of the Sunderbans, India. He has been dabbling with photography since he was 13 years old. Since the time he started working with his first camera, a Canon AE-1 Program to his current gear Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, he has explored the myriad images that Indian villages have to offer.

Hailing from a village himself, his eyes are drawn towards those elements that he can identify with, that are hidden from a city dweller. He has compiled a few of those elements that he wants to share with you.

Brochures of many photography exhibitions laying on the road post an exhibition triggered an interesting thought in him. He began collecting them for posterity from 2001 & has painstakingly built his collection to over 10,000 brochures from all parts of the world now. He has established the only international Archive of Photography Exhibition (www.APE.net.in) in the world.

He says photography is all about the eye. you either see things or are influenced to see things. His hope is that through this collection of brochures, he may be able to help many others to research, learn, emulate and be inspired from the treasure house of photographers of the past, present and may be even the future. He is also an avid collector of postal stamps those are related to photography.

You can view some of his stamps at goo.gl/9DtoR2

Having travelled a long way from the bare feet camera toting village lad to a frantic shutterbug to a selective shooter to now an international collector of Brochures of photography exhibition, he wants you to see a slice of his life elements through his images at www.UdayanSankarPal.com




Glenn Rudd

Glenn Rudd

I live in Georgetown, Texas and am a member of the Sun City Texas Photography Club. I retired with 40 years of service from General Motors after a career in engineering and management. I am married to Betty and have 3 children, 8 grandchildren and 1 great grandson. We love to travel and frequently combine that with photography workshops and National Geographic's expeditions. My favorite subjects are nature and animals but also enjoy shooting architecture and people with interesting features. My goals are to create technically high quality images that tell a story with emotional impact. My prints are frequently displayed in local competition and public venues.
My primary cameras are a Nikon D4 and a Nikon D810 with a wide range of lenses. I process images in Lightroom and Photoshop CC with various plugs-ins such as Photomatix, OnOne, Topaz, and NIK. My intent is to capture the best image possible in-camera and use minimal processing adjustments.

I recently purchased a Canon Pixma Pro-100 printer and am enjoying the satisfaction of creating my works from start to finish.

My current website is http://www.gwrtexas.smugmug.com/.