Member Bios

Raymond Zurschmitten

Raymond Zurschmitten

Growing up in the Swiss mountains, I studied natural sciences in Zurich. For over 35 years I live with my family in this city.
I take pictures since my youth. From 1979 a Canon AE-1 was my faithful companion for mountain tours or trips abroad.
Since my retirement and the further education in photography I am mainly interested in this sector. To develop myself further, I regularly attend specialized workshops such as night photography or fine art printing.




Marilyn Peake

Marilyn Peake

I’m an amateur photographer and USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author of Science Fiction and Fantasy. I worked as a Social Worker and Staff Psychologist before staying at home to raise my children. I’m currently trying to balance my time with photography, writing and travel,"all of which I find fascinating. In addition to PSA, I’m a member of two local photography clubs. My favorite types of photography are landscape, seascape and travel. I’m currently shooting on a Nikon D7200. I have the 18-140 lens, a Tamron 70-300 and a Tamron 150-600. I’ve been using Paint Shop Pro for post-processing and hope to learn Photoshop this year.




Ken Carlson, GPSA

Ken Carlson, GPSA

I began photography thirty some years ago in the film days and then put the camera away as family matters began to interfere. In 2009, I took up photography again in a much more serious vein and switched entirely to digital. I have been a member of Greater Lynn Photographic Association since 2011 and compete in both in print and projected image with an emphasis on Nature and Scenic categories. I did quite a bit of sports photography for a while but felt that between Nature and Sports I was doing more "capture" type photography rather than "create" type of photography.

I am a veterinarian living in Ipswich, Massachusetts but I have become a part time worker having sold my practice last year. This allowed me to do a lot of photographic traveling this past year (more than my budget said that I should) but it was a reward for a lot of years working. For three years I have taught a course called Composition and Visual Design at GLPA and have done some judging both in the club style and the salon style.

Our club gives the prints or sends the projected images to the judges two weeks before the meeting for review and to prepare their comments. I do pretty well in those competitions but I do not do so well in the salon type of competitions. It seems that what I send in does not get enough of their attention in that critical first 5 seconds (death by 3's).

I do a lot of printing using an Epson P800 printer and primarily Epson Exhibition Fiber paper with Legacy Baryta or metallic to a lesser extent. I am fortunate enough to have three wall spaces to put up 5-7 prints each which allows me to put together a series of images that must fit together well enough to be a collection. I used those skills to get the PSA Portfolio of Distinction aware (Silver Level) in print category last year and I have submitted for the Gold level this month.

I shoot with Nikon the D500 and the D810 and the associated lenses and process primarily with Lightroom and Photoshop. I do think about the weight when I travel, but I am satisfied with the system for my photographic needs and opportunities.

I taught sports psychology for a while and I taught and believe for myself that the journey is more important than the outcome. I joined this group to help me continue to enjoy the journey to become a "master" photographer. I am looking forward to having illuminating conversations with the group and thanks for having me.

You can see some of the stuff that I do at Sleepydogphotography.com




Bob Patrick

Bob Patrick

Until 1985 I really didn’t know the difference between a F Stop and a Bus Stop.

After a serious illness in 1983 I got interested in learning photography. By 85 I was ready for formal training. One class of basic instruction got me the confidence to hang out in Libraries, read the Photography section, and burn film. By 1989 I was using manual Nikon gear and have never looked back. Been through a fortune in medium and large format gear, which added little to my skill, but made for some nice enlargements in the chemical times. I keep a Hassy and Wista around for old times sake, hoping for the right art model, time and location to come together. There is an unfinished project I would like to complete.

Digital came about for me in 2003. Worked my way up to a D800E and have not needed anything better, yet.

Photoshop is still a struggle. Probably always will be. I have tinkered with Digital IR. That’s another extensive field of study, if one wants to do it right.

Got the urge to get into drones in 2017, hoping the drone would help me with reconnaissance, locating a pioneer school house in the mountains. Nope. Too many trees broke up the controller signal.

Today, I hope to use the drone to supplement my landscape work; and maybe sell a few aerial shots to realtors who want them.

PSA has education available I could profit from if I ever learn how to learn. The comments and coaching from participants in two other DD groups help me develop. Looking for some of that luck in this group.




Elizabeth Mangham

Elizabeth Mangham

I have enjoyed "taking pictures" since I was a young girl. My first camera was a Brownie Hawk eye. Through the years of working and rearing four children, I had little time for photography, but in retirement joined a camera club. I have learned all I know about photography from that camera club and its members.

I now use a Canon 60D and a Canon 5D Mark III. My lenses include Canon 18-35 mm, Canon 24-105 mm, Canon 100 mm fixed lens, Canon 100-400 mm, and a Tamron 70-300 mm. I love most types of photography, but seem to do more landscape and still life photographs than other types.




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Bob Wills

Bob Wills

I am retired and live in Puyallup. WA. My first camera was a Canon A1 in the 1970's. I shot mostly travel snapshots on slide film. When I did take a photo that was good, it was totally hit or miss. I quit taking photos after a couple of years. About five years ago I purchased a Nikon D70s, and with the ability the camera to provide instant feedback, I was hooked again on photography. I like trying to figure out how to create a good shot, and receive great satisfaction when I get it right. So far I still need to do too much editing to get it right.

I am looking forward to the learning more about photography from the group experience. My camera club judges give helpful critiques, but I now need more viewpoints to continue to advance.




Paul Hoffman

Paul Hoffman

Hello from England. I live in Cheltenham in the Cotswolds.

I spent 35 years in the Printing industry producing many magazines and periodicals and was trained professionally in darkroom techniques. Owing to ill health I had to stop work a while back. I now spend most of my time helping to run Gloucester Camera Club and entering photographic competitions.

I started photography 35/40 years ago but stop for a while to concentrate on my sporting activities. I was a very good cyclist and golfer but specialised at lawn bowls reaching county and national levels. Looking for fresh challenges I took up photography again. Since then I have gained accreditation of CPAGB & BPE3* EFIAP. I think myself lucky as my images have been published and have been awarded many awards in competition.

Having many likes in photographic styles and will attempt to do most, I used to specialize in portrait and sport images but am drifting back to landscape images.

I am a great believer in a good image is an images that makes you stop and look. Here's hoping you like mine.