Member Bios

Katherine Wong

Katherine Wong



I am a travel addict and have travelled to many exotic places around the world. I took up photography six years ago to improve my travel photography. But that opened up a new world to me. Now my interest extends to nature, sports and macro photography. I started to participate in salon competitions in November just because my travel has come to a halt as a result of COVID. The competition process made me realize the many areas I need to improve to be a better photographer and propels me to join study groups to learn from others.




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Larry Treadwell

Larry Treadwell

I am retired and living the good life in south Florida. I have always had a love affair with the wilderness and the natural world. This naturally led to an interest in photography so I could bring home memories from my adventures. I have thus been involved in photography for more than 40 years and have worked as a semi-professional including work for the PGA and LPGA as well as shooting sports for various local colleges and have photographed over 800 weddings

My favorite photographic locations are Everglades National Park (the hardest place I've ever found to photograph), the Great Smoky Mountains and Rocky Mountain National Park. That said, I will go anywhere to get a good image. I enjoy shooting the Milky Way and the night sky, a real challenge, and I enjoy using long exposures.

I have taught photography on the college level, belong to several local camera groups and have served as a photo judge at local clubs and competitions. During the last 18 months I have had the honor of serving as a judge for some international photo exhibitions with affiliations to the PSA and have found this to be a most rewarding experience. My photos have been hung in the U.S. Botanical Gardens Hall in Washington D.C. and I have had several exhibitions in the South Florida Tri-County area.

I am a member of the online group called The Nikonians and shoot Nikon cameras currently using a D800 and D810. While I have a collection of Nikon only lenses my favorites are my 24-70 and my baby, a 200-400 f4 beast that weighs 7.3 pounds. My hiking buddy is my tripod that goes everywhere I do.




Michael Jack

Michael Jack

Michael Jack Photography

Artist's Statement
Michael's interest in photography is centered on landscapes, architecture and automobiles. In each area he tries to capture the ordinary in a distinctive manner to draw the viewer into the scene. The uniqueness could be the result of weather, lighting or time of day or it could be a view or perspective that adds a different dimension and feel to a particular scene. Michael uses varied amounts of post processing to enhance the purpose of the image, but aims to keep the final result looking pleasing, but realistic.

Michael's objective for landscape is to place the viewer into a position where they would enjoy standing, feeling and observing - appreciating being in that spot at that time and in those conditions. His objective for architecture and automobiles is different. Both are created by a combination of design and engineering. His goal is to capture the element or elements that make the executed design unique as intended by the designers and engineers. In some cases the objectives for landscapes and architecture/automobiles are combined such as, for example, when place and lighting combine to enhance a view of an architectural structure.

Biography
Michael became seriously involved in photography after retiring from the role as a financial executive for a Fortune 500 company. The interest in photography was always present, and he did a substantial amount of racing and aircraft photography in the 1980's and 90's. However, work demands and other activities diminished the time available for photography until his retirement.

Michael has exhibited in various venues such as Launch Fishers, city halls and libraries, the Delphi Opera House, and Nickel Plate's Stephenson House. He has been active in competitions where he has received a number of awards. Michael is a member of Riviera Camera Club, Photo Venture Camera Club, and the Photographic Society of American (PSA). In addition to being a member of Nickel Plate Arts, he is also a juried member of the Hamilton County Artists Association. His website is www.michaeljackphotography.com and email is dmichael.jack@gmail.com




Arne Skinlo

Arne Skinlo

Since I retired from my work in the oil industry about a year ago, I am now seriously trying to improve my photographic skills. I felt that I had to start from scratch again even though I have taken pictures all my life. So, I bought new equipment and have attended several workshops and joined a local photo club here in Bergen, Norway. Last thing was to join PSA that I hope will give me new inspiration and knowledge.

My most used camera is a Canon 5D mark lV. The most used lens is a Canon 24-70 mm f 2,8. Besides that I also use a Canon 70-200 f 2,8, Canon T/S 24 mm, Tamron 15-30 f 2,8 and Lee filters.

For post processing I use Lightroom and Photoshop to a certain extent, plus NIK collection.




Krishnandu Sarkar

Krishnandu Sarkar

Hi, I'm born and bought up in Kolkata, India in the midst of what bongs are best known for - Eating, Sleeping and Travelling. A software developer by profession and a traveller by passion. Being an explorer who wishes to travel the world, I gradually developed my interest in photography.

I started with a Sony Point & Shoot Camera just to capture the moments and document the places that I used to travel. Although during the early few years of mine, neither I knew nor I paid attention to artistic perspectives such as composition and light, thus, I wasted many years of my life just clicking generic documentary shots. However, as I came in contact with a few eminent photographers across the world through social media and photography portals such as Flickr, 500px, 1x, I was amazed by the images they have created. That spiked an ignition within me to learn how can I create such images too. I started joining local workshops, watching YouTube videos to nurture myself and finally to calm down and think through the composition and various angles before pressing the shutter while on spot.

During this journey of mine, I gradually upgraded my gears to Nikon D5200 moving ahead to D7200 and finally D750. While I'm using D750 for a while now, but I like to travel light and with D750 clubbed with Tamron 15-30 it was becoming quite strenuous to go on a hike or short treks. So with all the expenses that I could cut off during this lockdown, I gifted myself the shiny new Nikon Z6 II.




Bill Peake

Bill Peake

I’ve been interested in photography since I was in middle school and took a class in black and white 35mm. I ended up putting it aside for most of my adult life while I pursued a career in software engineering and raised a family with my wife. I became actively interested in photography again when digital cameras became a viable alternative to film. I got my first digital camera around 2004, a Kodak point and shoot, and later a Canon Powershot S5 IS. In 2013, I got a Panasonic GH2 and a couple of lenses for it. I am now shooting on a Nikon D7200. I have the 18-140 stock lens, a Nikon 50 prime, a Tamron 70-300 and a Tamron 150-600 (which I have yet to use). I use Photoshop for post-processing. My primary interests are landscape and travel photography. When I retired from software engineering in 2013, I joined the local photography club, and I am still active in it. In addition to photography, I also play the piano and create mods for computer games.




Richard White

Richard White

I was one of the first set of identical triplets born in Washington DC. One of my brothers passed away and now we’re called “the Twins” or as our family and friends call us “The Boys”. Raised in Cleveland, Ohio. Joined the Marines and served for four years. Worked in Thailand for three years as an engineer. Graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in education. Went to work as a project manager of apartments and eventually ended up overseeing 6,000 apartments in various states. Developed my own home building company in Houston, Texas. Closed the business due to the economic down turn in 1983 that was not conducive for building and selling homes. Went to California in 1984 and began working for a school district as a manager of maintenance. Retired in 2006 as Assistance Superintend of Facilities from a very large school district of over 60,000 students.

In 1990 I went to Europe and brought my first Digital Camera. I’ve been upgrading my camera equipment ever since and taking photos around the World. In 2007 my brother and I formed a company to sell the photos at http://www.twinsgalleria.com. I enjoy landscape, seascapes, Cities, Structures, travel, nature, and just about anything I can take a photo of, if I find it interesting.