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Jim Horn

Jim Horn

Jim Horn Biography - I live in Havre de Grace, Maryland, at the top of the Chesapeake Bay which is the largest estuary in North America, and within 5 miles of the Conowingo Dam Hydroelectric Plant on the Susquehanna River where there are 50 nesting pairs of eagles, osprey, ducks, and heron year-round. I have a boat and love to go fishing and take my camera with me. I am happily married to Linda who loves the same things and why we will retire here. I have loved photography since college and always want to improve. I belonged to Tri-County-Camera-Club in Nutley, NJ and now belong to Harford County Photography Group and Fair Hill Photography Group and am still learning how to improve the composition and quality of my photographs. I recently retired as the pastor of West Nottingham Presbyterian Church in Colora, MD. I graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1977 and received my Doctor of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary in 1993.




Thorro Jones

Thorro Jones

I was born and raised in the Northern California area and spent most of my life there raising two wonderful daughters. I currently live in the Houston Texas area with my wife after being transferred there to work in office building management, operations and maintenance for a large oil and gas company. I am now retired and enjoy traveling and photography with my wife. We enjoy visiting National Parks and meeting new people along the way.
I started my love of photography in my early teens when I took a wonderful shot of a sunset shining on a duck filled lake in Lassen National Park with a Kodak Instamatic camera. I then took several years of slide photography classes while in college to develop my skills. During the years raising a family I was always the one taking pictures of them growing up. Now that I am retired, I have renewed my interest in learning more about photography both taking the best possible pictures straight from the camera as well as improving them through post-processing software. I recently joined the Kingwood Photography Club in Houston where I learned about and joined the Photographic Society of America. I enjoy taking all kinds of pictures and am looking forward to constructive feedback to improve my techniques and storytelling skills.




Diahann Tanke

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Steve Sampliner

Steve Sampliner

My name is Steven Sampliner and I am an instructor of English as a foreign language at Dhofar University, Salalah, Oman. I have also worked in Rome, Beijing, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. I grew up in Tucson, Arizona and graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Classics and English. I have a M.Ed. in English language education and a second BA in English Language and Literature. Outside of my professional sphere, I am also interested in literary theory, the arts, photography, design, architecture and outdoor activities and how these things affect and bind humanity, both physically and emotionally, to the natural and material world that surrounds us.
I was first introduced to photography as a child at summer camp. Later, in high school, I took a class on journalism and photography. That was the extent of my "formal" education in photography. It wasn’t until after college that my interest in photography became a strong enough desire to become a real hobby with real intention. While living in Beijing, I had the opportunity to work as the director of an art gallery for two years. This gave me the chance to meet many creative individuals from a variety of fields, some of whom I still discuss artistic and creative works with. It also afforded me the opportunity to have my first formal photography exhibition. If I had to pick one defining moment in my photographic journey, that would be it. But one moment isn’t enough, it just increases motivation. My current gear includes; Pentax LX, Pentax 6x7 and a Pentax K1. I enjoy digital, but love film.




Sam Fernando, QPSA

Sam Fernando, QPSA

I am a retired civil engineer. I live in Brisbane, Australia. I took up photography as a hobby soon after I retired, i.e. about 6 years ago. Unfortunately, I also took up doing a PhD at the same time, limiting my time for photography. I just handed over my thesis. I am doing many other things in my life including contributing to the engineering profession and community work. The two granddaughters also take a big chunk of my time. Therefore, my hobby - photography - take a back seat.

Due to time limitations, I have gone in a different direction to most 'conventional photographers'. As I don't have many good photos, I combine my photos and make composites using Photoshop. In time to come, you may see a few composites from me.

I have a 5D Mark4 camera and Cannon camera gear. I hardly use Lightroom. Instead, I use Camera Raw together with Photoshop.




Laura Lee Bartholomew

Laura Lee Bartholomew

Laura Lee Bartholomew Biography: I currently live in Pasadena, California the home of the Rose Parade. I grew up in Pasadena and returned here after 32 years in northern California and southern Oregon. I have five grown children, three of whom were adopted at the ages of 3,4, and 5. I have been a teacher for so long that I have lost count of the years (35 or more). For the last ten years, I have been a special education teacher working with elementary students in Transitional Kindergarten through fifth grade. I am a Resource Specialist Teacher, so I see students in small groups for remedial skill instruction. All my students attend general education classes. However they do have learning disabilities, Autism, or other health impairments that impact their access to grade level curriculum.

I am a "Wanna Be" landscape photographer. I began pursuing photography in 2008 with my entry level Nikon D40. I currently use a Nikon D 800. Surprisingly, some of my best pictures were taken several years ago with the Nikon D 40. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time for a killer shot. I have been very fortunate to have a travel/photography partner to go on extended photography trips to Europe and the national parks with. I spend a great deal of time watching videos on processing my images using luminosity masks, especially the TK Panel (by Tony Kuyper). My favorite photography instructor is Sean Bagshaw. Last year I joined S4C (Southern Council of California Camera Clubs). For the first time ever, I began entering my images in their monthly competitions. I was very pleased and surprised to see how well my work was received since I am such an amateur. I just joined PSA in order to improve my work as a photographer. My goal is not only to improve my landscapes, but to branch out into street photography, architecture, and maybe macro.




John Tabaczynski

John Tabaczynski

First, a bit about me. Everyone calls me Tab. I am 81, an engineering scientist, and still work half time. However, I plan to fully retire within the next year, so I expect to have more time to photograph. I am an outdoors person and still hike and backpack. In some sense I hike to photograph. If you took away my camera I'm not sure I would get out and about as much. My wife Glenda and I have three children and four grandchildren who all live in Massachusetts. Two of our grand daughters, are beginning elementary school. The other two, a boy and a girl, are entering college. In a departure from the norm, Glenda and I have become parents once again, as our grandson, Daniel, has moved in with us so he can commute to community college near our home. He is an Asperger's person but is extremely strong in the math and sciences.

I am a member of the Nashoba Valley Photography Club in Westford, Massachusetts. Printing is my passion, but I do sporadically enter our club’s Projected Image salons, however, not regularly enough to be competitive. My favorite subjects are scapes; land, sea, and city in that order, but I also do a lot of "slice of life stuff" as my wife, Glenda, and I travel quite a bit. There are phases when I go on a nature kick (not pure PSA type) primarily wildlife and flowers.

Photography has been a part of my life since I was 11, and I have spent much time in the wet darkroom. In 2000 I bought a Nikon scanner to digitize some of my slides in order to learn about the digital darkroom and printing. My first digital camera was a Nikon D200 purchased in 2005. Today my primary camera is a D800. I work in the Mac world, and am primarily a Photoshop person, but I try a lot of other software as well; Lightroom, Nik collection, ON1 (for up-sizing), Nikon Capture & View, Lumenzia, Darktable, a few HDR apps, & Fotomagico. Experimentation and playing around with images is the way I develop a feel for what an image has to offer. Ansel Adams is my guide-star, and I believe as he did, that you make the image in the "darkroom". As a consequence I do a fair amount of compositing, but always with the goal that it must look natural.

This is my first venture into PSA and hope to gain some good advice from our group as to how to improve my "e-slides" before entering them into club competition. I look forward to interacting with all of you with the goal of improved image making.