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Le Tho Giao

Le Tho Giao

Since retirement some 10 years ago, I have devoted most of my time to photography. My passion of photography began at an early age, but throughout my adult life, I had to push it aside pursuing a career and growing a family. I am an enthusiastic collector of vintage cameras and gears, an active photographer and instructor of photography to some Vietnamese photo clubs and association in Southern California. My main interest is in landscape, some macro and portrait, but photographing my grandchildren as they grow up is most rewarding.

I presently use a Nikon D7000, D610 and D750 and some new and old Nikon glass.




Jyoti Sarkar

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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.




George R Phile

George R Phile

I am a native of San Francisco where I received my first camera. I joined the Navy after high school, was discharged in 1965 and moved to Houston Texas where I joined a major international oil company, retiring in 1999. My interest is mostly in outdoor photography such as landscapes, travel, nature and anything we have seen on the sea cruises my wife and I have been on. I am primarily a Nikon user but only because they had the D700 on sale at the time I was starting a business after retiring.

I exhibited at local art shows in the Houston area in the 1980’s exhibiting framed and matted prints and am a member of the Houston Photographic Society which hosts an information meeting and a photographic print competition each month.

My wife and I have had the opportunity to travel to different parts of the world and have been awed by God and man’s creations. My photographs are a small attempt to visually show some of the wonderful things God and man has created.




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.