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Sharon Prislipsky, PPSA

Sharon Prislipsky, PPSA

Sharon is a former school administrator who began to pursue her passion for photography following retirement in 2004. She and her husband live in Arkansas but travel the United States extensively looking for unique opportunities to capture the character and natural beauty of our country.

Ascribing to the philosophy that you can never have too many camera club memberships, Sharon is a past president of the Hot Springs Village Camera Club, a founding member and president of the Nation Park Photography Club, and a member of both the Arkansas Outdoor Photography Club and the Heard Nature Photography Club in McKinney, Texas.

PSA positions she holds include: Assistant Managing Editor of the PSA Journal and Editor of the PPD News column, Gulf States and Arkansas Membership Director, Administrator of two Digital Dialogue Study Groups and member of a Fine Art Digital Study Group. She is also Chair of the Greenhood Scholarship Committee. Sharon is a regular competitor in PID International Exhibitions and Print of the Month.

As an artist, Sharon’s goal is to make her images accessible and inviting to the viewer. Her photography is aimed at recreating each scene or the subject in a way that communicates her vision. She hopes that viewers will find beauty in her work and begin to see the world differently because of it. Her work is available for purchase in several galleries and through my web site:
www.sharphotoarkansas.com




Stuart Bacon, QPSA

Stuart Bacon, QPSA

A serious interest in photography began in eighth grade when I was given a Kodak Film Developing Kit. From then on photography played a big part in my life. In high school I did some photography at school but in college I did both newspaper and year book pictures. That was followed by the army where I made both training and informational films as well as public relation pictures. Following the army I had a job with Graflex, maker of the famous 4X5 Speed Graphic that was used by many newspaper photographers. When I changed jobs and later was transferred to San Francisco I became immersed in the local very active photographic scene. Not only did my darkroom printing improve but I started, and thoroughly liked, judging at local camera clubs, councils, county fairs and other photographic contests.

Monochrome has always been a favorite aspect of my photography and it was supplemented by adding Kodak's infrared film to my interests. When digital photography arrived, I switched to it and learned Photoshop for processing, often converting color images to monochromatic. Through a friend I learned that a digital camera could be converted to do infrared, so I seized that opportunity and started carrying two cameras on all my photographic outings.

While others may drift in and out of an interest, I have to say that photography, once it started with me, has remained paramount in my life.




Julie Walker, EPSA

Julie Walker, EPSA

I have been interested in photography for more than twenty years but it is only since my retirement in 2006 that I've found the time to take it more seriously. In the last few years I've entered numerous international salons and have achieved distinctions with the PSA, FIAP and the RPS.

My main interests are landscape and nature photography but I've had a go at most branches including travel, portraiture, sports, photo journalism, and macro. My husband is also a keen photographer and I particularly love the way in which photography has introduced us to new experiences and encouraged us to travel.

I am a member of several photographic clubs including the West Cumbria Photo Group. It was following a presentation at one of their meetings about four years ago that I became interested in Infra Red photography. I had a Canon 350D which I no longer used so I had it converted to Infra Red. Most of my images so far have been landscapes but I am interested in widening my subject matter and hope that membership of the group will inspire me and also help me to improve my images.

www.awalkerphotography.co.uk




April Kao

April Kao

I began shooting infrared in 1990 on my second photo class with film, did processing and printing in my own darkroom for a few years until I had to dropout to help the family business, but photography is always on my mind. I later migrated to digital, thought I would spend less time making photograph than working in darkroom, I love the convenience of working with digital, but I have not master my two digital IR cameras yet, my D2s was converted to Deep BW IR, it did Okay, but not a full frame camera, I recently had my D3s converted to Super Color IR, it was not what I expected, the original file looks red, it doesn’t get dark/black sky and glowing white. I do mostly monochrome work, street photography and environmental portray. I love shooting IR, I thought it adds another element to an ordinary image. I hope to learn and grow through the group’s feedbacks.




Nelson Charette

Nelson Charette

I started in photography in 1974, purchased my first 35 mm camera when I when 14 years old.

I later got into digital photography in the 2004 by purchasing a Nikon d70. After Several camera upgrades, I converted my d70 to an Infrared camera. I later also purchased a converted Nikon d5100 Full spectrum camera. I don’t always shoot IR, but gives me something different to show at my camera club.




Helen Herbert, EPSA

Helen Herbert, EPSA

I have been interested and active in photography for many years, originally having been more interested in Black & White darkroom work. Although I was then interested in IR, specifically the Kodak film type and having experimented, I cannot truthfully say I was very successful with it, although I did manage to "put through" a few films. Since the digital age has taken over, and I have long since dispensed with my darkroom, I turned to IR again a few years ago, with more satisfaction and "luck". In the past my great interest was landscape, and taking advantage of the Lake District scenery here in England (although I am a Scot). I have experimented with all types of subject matter in IR from foliage, to buildings, to people etc., I also enjoy using Channels to introduce colour.

I use a Nikon D200 which I have had converted to IR and an old Nikon 24m.m or 50m.m. lenses which were given to me.

I am a member of West Cumbria Photo Group which runs 2 International Salons each year, which my husband and I help organise.




Debbie Perez

Debbie Perez

I’m a relative newbie with just over two years experience. I currently shoot with a Canon 5D MIII. I have a fascination with macro photography and love nature photography. In addition to exploring photography, I’m learning Photoshop. My other ‘hobbies’ include machine embroidery and digitizing.

I’m an electrical engineer who works as a technical specialist (jack of all trades) for a major manufacturing company. I live just outside of Richmond, VA with a cat named Mogie.