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Oliver Morton

Oliver Morton

Oliver ("Pete") lives in a suburb of Washington D.C. Although he does not recall when he first became fascinated with photography, he does remember his first camera and the experiences he enjoyed with it very fondly. Oliver was in 9th grade and was living in Taiwan. He was an army brat. He recalls that his best friend at the time was a young man named Chen Lung. Chen spoke very little English and Oliver spoke about the same amount of Mandarin. Carrying English/Mandarin dictionaries with them became their best way of communicating. But, this did not deter their friendship. Chen was eager to share the beauty of his country and wanted Oliver to experience it all. Oliver would capture all that he saw with his camera and still treasures the memories of their trips together through the mountains and into the cities of Taiwan.

Since his father was in the army, Oliver's family moved a great deal during his childhood. He got to experience life in Japan, Germany and Taiwan as well as numerous locations in the USA.

Oliver's advanced education was in physics and he worked at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for 48 years dealing with computing technologies and NIH medical research grants. Now that he has mostly retired he is able to devote much more time to photography.

Every aspect of photography fascinates Oliver. Today, with his Canon 5D Mark IV in hand, he shoots anything that triggers an emotional response in him. That ranges from candid portraits to beautiful landscapes and a variety of other subjects. To Oliver a key goal of his photographs is to instill the same feelings in the viewer that he had when he initially captured an image.

Oliver has been using Photoshop for a long time and on two occasions has been sponsored to travel to England to teach it. However, he feels there is a lot more he can learn about this full featured (and evolving) processing product. He is especially interested in learning how to enhance the feelings created by his pictures.




LuAnn Thatcher

LuAnn Thatcher

Hello, my name is LuAnn, and I am a retired mom of three children and five grandchildren. I enjoy photography with a great passion! I started seriously shooting around 2013 and had taught myself everything I know about my camera and processing through workshops, youtube videos, and my favorite, Lynda.com. I recently purchased a new camera. I upgraded from a Nikon D7000 to a Nikon D500. It is incredible how much technology changes in these cameras in a relatively short amount of time. It may take me a while to figure this one out to feel comfortable shooting with it, but I love it! I shoot RAW and usually in manual mode. I like to shoot landscapes, botanicals, still life, black and white, and low-key images. I am currently working with a PSA mentor to improve my photography and go to the next level. I'm sorry, did I say I had a passion for photography? LOL! I am active in two local camera clubs, and I am starting to submit my work for competitions. My biggest challenge is probably composition and seeing that perfect shot in the field. I look forward to sharing and participating in Group 62.




Hattie Stamer

Hattie Stamer

I fell in love with photography since I was probably 7, but never had a chance to learn or get hands on a camera. I got my very first film SLR camera back in 2004, had some great time with it for a little while, then life took over. Recently (late last year) I decided to devote more time and get serious about photography because it's my passion and I owe it to myself.

Started self learning by surfing the web, read books, participate seminars, looking at others' work, etc. Just join PSA and believe it can help me grow. My photography interests are pretty wide range (landscape, street, people, black/white, macro, etc), but mostly shoot whatever I have access to (two young kids and pets are keep me very busy). My current editing tool is mainly Lightroom with Nik and trying to learn Photoshop. You can tell I'm way behind and have lots to catch up.




Julie Sheppard

Julie Sheppard

I was a part time artist and am a part time psychiatric nurse. As part of my artistic work I began to shoot for my own reference material. When I hit a dry spell in my creativity, I began to look at photography more seriously. I joined the Christchurch Photographic Society last year and began attending regularly in August of last year.

In September I bought a second hand Canon 5D Mark iii from a friend. I had no idea how to use it, and went on a - yes Scott again! - Scott Fowler Very Beginner's DSLR Course. Seriously I didn't even know how to change the iso or shutter speed or anything! After the course, I attended Scott's four day creative workshop. He was an amazing tutor and I was very excited by the shots I took.

Since then I have been at the Botanic Gardens over summer, attended a Black and White Course four day workshop (with Scott of course) and a studio lighting one day workshop (with Scott). I have grown in confidence along the way to ask models to pose for me in certain ways or to move into different locations, etc, but I have much to learn! Oh also I am on a steep learning curve with post processing, but it is getting easier and I am gaining confidence.

I visited a mentor for two hours and he asked me to choose my favourite 25 images and it was so hard - almost impossible - but I did it. I found that over 50% of them were black and white. Many were portraits or people interacting with architecture, each other, or the world in some way, and I also had a love of flowers. This was really freeing for me and I am focusing on these rather than everything as I was before.




Gary Stiger

Gary Stiger

I was born and raised in the northeastern US but am now residing in Huntsville, Alabama - and have done so for the past 28 years. I married Judi forty-six years ago and we have two grown daughters, and three grandsons. I am now retired so I can devote more time to things that I never seemed able to accomplish, and for some unknown reason, still can't. I drive a pick-up truck and am a college football addict - both necessary for survival here.

I shoot with two Nikon digital cameras and a Mamiya 645 medium format film camera. I enjoy landscape/seascape, travel, street scenes, some HDR, some nature and some macro. I post process with Photoshop and am prone to use the NIK filters for special effects, and I have even gravitated back to doing some film processing and printing. Although not doing it exclusively, I have gravitated more and more to monochrome images. I have been a member of the Huntsville Photographic Society for about five years now. I hope you will visit group 62 often, and please comment on my shots and download anything you wish - I like constructive criticism.




Bob Legg

Bob Legg

Bob is a new member in the Mid-Atlantic Chapter after moving South from NH & MA. Bob had been a member of the Manchester NH Camera Club for over 30 years and served over 20 years as its President. I started photography as part of a college design course in 1966. My first digital camera was a Nikon Coolpx 995 and worked my way forward from the D100 to D750. I am a non conformist and started using Mac’s in 1996 and was never tempted to go the PC route. I have been using Apple Aperture since 2006 and now switching to Luminar, On1, Topaz and Nik Silver Efex. In retirement Bob continues taking images, primarily landscape, nature, and flowers. You'll see PhotoJournalism images also as Bob was active as a small town fire department photographer. Bob and his wife, Eileen, now are enjoying 40+ years of work and traveling. Trips to Alaska and the Netherlands have been very successful. I hope to remain active with PSA. I like Great compositions, Vivid colors and images with IMPACT.




Israel Yosef

Israel Yosef

I was born in a country that no longer exists (the Soviet Union)
In 1990 I returned with the whole family to the land of our forefathers.
I have two daughters, one does a doctorate and the other serves in the army.
I have two grandchildren, I'm waiting for more.
I'm a high school teacher.
I started filming with a film while I was in high school, then I stopped.
About ten years ago I went back to filming.
Until recently I took a Canon camera
Six months ago, I switched to a Sony camera
I photograph landscapes, animals, portraits, nature, seas and models.
I love traveling with my family in Israel and abroad with my wife.
My wife is very supportive of me and helps me with the photographs.
My knowledge of photography: books, courses, videos, workshops, I travel with photographers.
I joined the group in the hope of learning from other photographers and also get criticism from other photographers (that I lack).