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Jerry Funk

Jerry Funk

My retirement has given me time to devote to photography and my large retirement community has afforded me the opportunity to learn from highly qualified friends. The PSA community has become increasingly valuable to me too.

I try to keep up with advancements in technology. in recent years DxO Photolab 4 has met my needs for removing digital noise from my thousands of high ISO images. The Google Pixel 4 has become my primary travel camera because I quickly learned its AI far surpasses what any human can do using the best editing software and loads of time.

I expect to learn from constructive, even nit-picky critiques. You will not hurt my feelings. I will do my best to seriously evaluate every image I see and provide meaningful, helpful insights based on my knowledge and experience.

I take retirement seriously, have rejected advice to make serious sales efforts (Work!), and try to have fun. When I want to make a large print I still use a Nikon D810 camera, and primarily a Sigma Art 20mm or a Nikon 105 mm lens. .

My creative workflow starts and sometimes ends with Lightroom 6, but I also use a wide variety of plug ins for Photoshop and Lightroom. I highly value much of the Topaz Suite. I also use DxO Photolab, the original NIk Siver Efex 2 for monochrome, and occasionally pixel bender, which is only supported by CS5.

I am fortunate to have visited most of the US National Parks and major art museums in the US and Europe. I live in close proximity to the Grand Canyon and near Yellowstone in the summer. My two favorite photographic locations for natural abstracts are Yellowstone and Antelope Canyon. I have visited each 6-8 times. Life has been good to me.




Pat Couder

Pat Couder

I live in London,England and am currently a member of two camera clubs, president of one which keeps me very busy! I enjoy most types of photography especially street, architecture, coastal landscapes and flowers and in-camera techniques plus the software side of manipulating images, adding textures and playing with photoshop.




Nellie Bretherick

Nellie Bretherick

My name is Nellie Bretherick. I live in Texas, but was born in England. I first came to America in 1956 and lived in Michigan for 15 years. In 1971, my husband was transferred back to the London office of his firm and we lived back there for 9 years. In 1980 we returned to America, this time to the Dallas area where in 1984 I became interested in photography. By 1985, I was addicted to it!
I have had more success with prints than with slides - darkroom manipulation making the difference, I suppose. But now with the advent of digital imagery, my chemical darkroom is closed forever. I’m not sorry as the chemicals really bothered me.




Fred Giese

Fred Giese

Fred was born and raised in Chicago, Il.. At the tender age of 8, Fred was given his first camera, a brownie, by his grandfather, Frederick F Giese an award-winning Chicago Tribune News Photographer. From then on, many weekends were spent tagging along with his grandfather on "special" assignments geared to the delight of an 8 to 12-year-old. During this time, fred was taught all the fundamentals of Photography including the darkroom and by age 10 was developing his own rolls of film.
Fast forward to 1983, Fred moved to Mesa, AZ after finally having enough of Chicago winters. He immediately fell in love with the beauty and the warmth of the area, settling into a life of work and then camping or hiking on his days off. Just before Christmas of 1998 he met a lady who would become his wife the next year. As a Christmas present in 99 she gave him his first Digital Camera and has steadily been shooting ever since.

In 2005 Fred and his wife, Georgianne, moved to a 55+ community called Sun Lakes AZ. There was a camera club there which Fred immediately joined. Shortly thereafter, Georgianne got her own camera and joined the club. During the following years both Fred and Georgianne held offices in the club with Fred becoming President and Georgianne becoming Competition Chair and Webmaster.

Fred and Georgianne left AZ in 2015 to move to Myrtle Beach, SC to be closer to family and found a camera club close by. They joined Coastal Carolina Camera Club in 2016, became a board member, and joined Tidelands Photography Club in 2017, becoming a board member there. He was also a member of the Seacoast Art Guild.

Fred has won numerous awards within his clubs, the Arizona Camera Club Council, the Arizona State Fair, Seacoast Art Guild and the Photographic Society of America.

Currently Fred is enjoying photographing Nautical subjects as well as trying his hand at Creative Altered Reality images.




Shirley Ward, FPSA, EPSA

Shirley Ward, FPSA, EPSA

My love of photography really began with my first slide camera (Argus C3, which I still have) in 1952. However, I was forced into the digital world about 5 years ago, “a’kicking and a’screaming” when slide processing became too expensive…. A Nikon D200 was the transition.

With photoshop (Elements) I learned how to correct/improve images and to create entirely new ones. Creativity is my passion… taking the simple and ordinary and making it totally different. Macro is another real challenge, but my Panasonic Lumis camera does a fantastic job. I rarely use my D200 as it has become too heavy to hold, except on a tripod…

I have given a number of workshops at the PSA conferences, including print etching (which was on the cover of the Journal in 2002) and the techniques of Color Key, also an article in the Journal. I have also presented many slide and digital programs at the conferences and PSA Chapter meetings, everything from Travel, Creative, to Street ART 101 in San Francisco. I have traveled to 51 countries getting some very unusual and award winning images… Displayed on a wall are 31 Best of Show ribbons from our District Fair along with 11 PSA Best of Show medals.

I received my APSA in 2001, the FPSA in 2007, and the EPSA in 2012, with 5 stars in Color, Nature, and prints, 4 in Travel, one in Photojournalism. I have chaired the San Joaquin Valley Int. Ex. since 2001. I have held a number of offices and/or directors in the Color Division of PSA, including Secretary, Editor, the Portrait Contest, the Photo Essay Contest (for 10 years) and am currently the Travel Aide Service Director for the Travel Division. I have judged clubs and the Internationals (Color and Travel) for over 30 years. A number of my images have been shown in PSA’s Gallery of Nations, some creative, some travel, some just color…

I really love sharing new ideas and techniques with others and helping them become better photographers. I look forward to the constructive comments on my images…some you will like, and others you may not, but that is the learning process….




Irene Bergamini

Irene Bergamini

I started taking pictures with my parents hand me down Brownie when I was a kid. We would vacation in Yosemite every summer and I still have the photos I captured there. I took photography in college but the focus was mostly on developing and printing film. While raising a family, snapshots of the kids was my forte. After I retired, I found the time to get back into photography with a digital camera. Travel and photography have become my passion and both keep me productive and sane. I was a Canon shooter but decided the weight was becoming a bit much and switched to Sony about two years ago. My go to subjects are wildlife and landscape but I am willing to try anything. I take classes and workshops to improve my skills. I joined this group as I would like to become more artistic and creative.




Anita Ko

Anita Ko

I live in Sydney Australia. I learnt how to take pictures by camera 4 years ago. I use Sony A7III (for general pictures), Leica Q2 (for street photography) and now Canon EOS R5 (for animals especially birds).I love editing pictures. By adding texture or effect to my pictures, my pictures become a bit different and look more unique and artistic.