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Jack Florence Jr

Jack Florence Jr

I am a Northern California grape farmer who has taken advantage of semi-retirement to join my local camera club, to my great satisfaction and enrichment. I've always enjoyed a connection to the outdoors, nature, and travel; and though trained as a plant scientist, now am able to explore artistic expression, through photography. I got hold of an old infrared camera, which, along with software such as Nik Silver Fx, has given me an interest in black and white photography, particularly of landscape and travel subjects. Though completely digital, I love black and white prints, and print many of my images. I migrated from Canon to Sony mirrorless a few years ago.




John Erve

John Erve

I am from the Midwest (Chicago) but have lived in many parts of the United States including the Northeast (Boston) Mid Atlantic (Philadelphia), Southeast (Nashville), Northwest (Seattle, Corvallis) and now the West Coast (San Francisco). I first became interested in photography in 1998 when I was spending a year working in Europe (Odense, Denmark) and after returning to the states bought my first Nikon film SLR. In 2002 I was back working again in Europe (Stockholm, Sweden) and having a great time travelling and photographing in my copious free time (5+ weeks vacation/year) ...until Christmas Eve 2003 in Rome when just after visiting St Peter’s Basilica (and getting a great shot atop the Basilica in the late afternoon sun) my camera was stolen from my bag from beneath my arm by a very skilled team of pickpockets working the subways…Upon my return to the USA I ended up buying an inexpensive Samsung Digimax camera as the theft had apparently taken away some of my inspiration. It turned into a lost decade regards photography! In 2015, I bought a Nikon DSLR and in 2016 joined the Millbrae Camera Club which has allowed me to regain my interest and discovered a real passion for photography. This year I became part of the clubs judge committee to invite judges for our monthly competitions. Last month, one of our Judges told me about PSA and now I am a member.

I enjoy all categories of photography, but if I had to choose, my favorite category would be monochrome because it can often turn the ordinary into something quite eye-catching.

My current camera is a Nikon D5500 with either a Tamron 18-400 mm Zoom Tamron 90 mm macro lens. I am using Nik Silver Effex, or, Topaz BW for conversion.




Ed Ford

Ed Ford

I have been interested in Photography since I saw my father’s interest at family functions, and later for his High School Reunions.

While on my third deployment to the Western Pacific for Viet Nam I purchased my first 35mm camera, a Yashica Range Finder. It didn’t’ take me long to discover that I needed an SLR - too many of my pictures were of the inside of the lens cap. So I saved what I could and bought a Miranda Sensorex with a 50mm f1.4 lens. I took a number of pictures with that but did not really carry through with any kind of serious photography.

I got out of the Navy in 1970 and forgot all about photography due to college and a lack of funds. Over the years I have had several cameras including a Canon AE-1 I inherited from my mother. But the cost of developing the film was still high and I had neither the space nor the interest in building a dark room. So photographer sat on the back burner.

Finally, in 2004 I had a job in which people I worked with were interested in photography. Talking with them reignited my interest in the field. One thing led to another and my daughter agreed to contribute one half to a digital camera so that someone would take family pictures. So after some research I bought a Fuji Finepix S7000. I shot a lot of pictures with that camera and kept getting very favorable comments from family members.

Then in 2007 at a flea market located on the North Carolina State Fair Grounds a young man was selling a Minolta Maxumm 400si, with a lens and no battery for $2. Having little to lose I bought the camera and bought a battery - viola! So I had my second SLR. Soon however it became apparent that I wanted a DLSR, mainly because I had joined the Capital City Camera Club In Raleigh, NC and it didn’t take long to see the advantages of a Digital SLR.

After much thought and research I finally chose a Nikon D300. I have never looked back. When we were going to move to Wilmington I looked up Delaware camera clubs and found the website for the Delaware Photographic Society. After we arrived in Delaware we stayed with my Son for a short time. He told me that a gentleman living across the street was really interested in photography - Bob Hunt. The rest as they say is history. I am now a member of PSA, and am becoming more involved with both DPS and PSA on the service level.

It is my plan to continue my photographic education at Osher Lifelong Learning institute, and perhaps through the Art Department as U Del. While I have no photographic honors yet I intend to keep trying and am anticipating a good future in photography.




Adrian Binney, LRPS

Adrian Binney, LRPS

I am retired (64 as at 2018) and keen to devote more time to photography and traveling. My photography started 40 years ago with a home darkroom and like many, was kickstarted again with digital SLR's becoming affordable. I was a Canon man - 5 and 7 bodies, with many L series lenses, but sold the whole lot in 2015 due to weight issues. I now use an Olympus EM1X with many of their Pro series lenses and I don't regret the move! The quality of the glass is fabulous!

I have travelled to many USA National Parks (Yellowstone a firm favourite, especially in Winter) but now shoot very little landscapes. My wife and I love traveling - Africa, Asia and Costa Rica has been our focus over the last 4 years. We also love going to Zoos and bird reserves, so nature shots don't need to come from far-off locations.

I am Secretary and Committee Member of our Camera Club [Winchester, UK] and enjoy very much helping to run a large club - 200 members. I have learnt a lot from being surrounded by many good photographers (particularly in use of Lightroom and what makes a good competition image), but know I have much more to learn!

I gained LRPS in 2019 (the first Distinction level of UK's Royal Photographic Society) and QPSA in August 2019 through stars in Nature and Travel.




Don Crow

Don Crow

Upon seeing the snow-covered Rocky Mountains for the first time, I bought a 35mm camera to share my experiences with family back home in the South Carolina. Photography became an escape from the rigors of military life. It wasn't until 1972 when I joined the Spartanburg Photo Club, met and was mentored by Jack Hay, that I learned photography could be a form of art. Jack introduced me to "Fine Art Photography" and the work of Ansel Adams. During this period I became a student of Adams, attempting to emulate his quality of work.

Shooting mostly black and white, I moved from 35mm up to 2 , and finally designed and constructed a 4"x5" view camera. The first outing with my new homemade view camera produced a "print of the year" in the Photographic Society of America.

Now retired and shooting digital, I have traveled extensively visiting over 25 National Parks, using photography to convey the beauty of the natural world. I enjoy sharing my photography and experiences with others through clubs, shows, and classes.

I use Canon equipment these days with lenses for 10 to 400mm. Processing is with Photoshop CS6, NIK, and Topaz. I can sit for hours working on a single image.

To me, photography has become a way of experiencing the grandeur of nature, capturing the beauty in the relationship of a fawn to its mother or a baby egret being fed on the nest, to experiencing the rising sun's rays paint a snowcapped mountain from the top down in an orange glow. For me, it's simple, just have a camera and be there!

Associations and memberships:
Carolina Camera Club
Clemson Camera Club
Carolina Nature Photographers Association
Photographic Society of America




Albert Zabin

Albert Zabin

My day job is a trial lawyer with the firm Duane Morris LLP, in its Boston, Massachusetts office. My, wife, Judy and I have three adult children and 9 grandchildren. Our two daughters in law and oldest grandson are very fine photographers. I have been photographing since I was about 11 and have done my own developing and printing from the very beginning..




Jen Carrick

Jen Carrick

As long as I can remember I have been interested in photography. Growing up in Zimbabwe, I started off with the proverbial Brownie. Later, when we moved to England I took a darkroom course and discovered the magic of seeing my images appear. Now in Texas, I am retired from the library system. I was a Nikon shooter for many years but now I have migrated to the Fuji system and have the XT2.
I belong to the Dallas Camera Club and the Heard Nature Club.