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Melanie Hurwitz

Melanie Hurwitz

I am married and am extremely lucky to share share an avid interest in all forms of photography with my husband, Mervyn. My interest in photography started in the 1980's while still living in South Africa. Since moving to the USA, the hobby has become a passion. I belong to camera clubs, and have served as president multiple times.

A few years ago, I joined a group of likeminded photographers where fine art is the focus. Our format is to present our work, looking for a meaningful and proper critique. It is a constant learning process. This group has taught me to love and see the photographic art of monochrome, which I now really enjoy.

It seemed to be a natural extension of my photography to try infrared. I recently converted a Canon 20D and am eager to hone this new skill. I know I have a lot to learn and look forward to interacting with this group.

As an artist and a photographer, I try to look at subjects that are fairly ordinary and use my ability to transform them into something extraordinary. This is my goal when I'm creating images.




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 my 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. I currently serve as the clubs judge committee to invite judges for our monthly competitions and am also the Vice President of the Club.

I enjoy all categories of photography, and am a digital dialog member of monochrome group 47, IR group 66 and the Nature Study group.

My current camera is a Nikon D5500 with either a Tamron 18-400 mm Zoom Tamron 90 mm macro lens. I am planning on doing a full conversion so that it has both visible and IR capabilities. I am researching a new camera better suited for nature in general and bird photography in particular.




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.




Charles Walker

Charles Walker

I am a recently retired professor of psychology. I still write articles on topics like "social flow" and serve as a reviewer for several journals in a new area of behavioral science called Positive Psychology. I am married and have two middle-aged daughters. My wife and I travel a lot. We are also quite active in our local community doing service work and supporting political causes. I have been an amateur photographer since purchasing a Minolta SLR while in grad school in 1970. However, lately I have committed much more time to photography (e.g., I am the President of a regional camera club). Nature is my chapel. Photographing landscapes is yet another reason to hike and get outdoors. I’ve taken some decent images, but definitely need some guidance and mentoring.




Gary Potts, APSA, GMPSA, SPSA

Gary Potts, APSA, GMPSA, SPSA

My photo journey began as a 14-year old in Bedford, Indiana, when I worked part-time at a photo store and hobby supply owned by two wonderful people. They introduced me to f-stops, shutter speeds, film types, Kodak prints and slides. They gave me a wonderful Minolta AL for my high school graduation. In college at Purdue University, I became Photo Editor of the Purdue yearbook for the 1968 edition. Somewhere along the way, I started shooting infrared film. It was tricky to load, expose and develop. Lifepixel changed all that with digital IR conversions. I presented a program at the 2015 PSA Annual Convention entitled “Infrared Photography in the Digital Age”. This was followed with both a cover photo and an article in the PSA Journal (February 2016) with the same title. I compete in many of the PSA-approved international exhibitions and achieved the level of GMPSA in February, 2016. My wife of 47 years, Sarah, and I live with our rat terrier Rosie in Fishers, Indiana, a suburb community near Indianapolis.




Palli Gajree, HonPSA, PPSA

Palli Gajree, HonPSA, PPSA

Palli Gajree was born and brought up in Kenya and had the tertiary part of his education in England. In 1972 he and his family moved to Australia from Kenya for permanent residence and settled in Melbourne, Victoria. He joined the Swinburne University of Technology (formerly known as Swinburne College of Technology) in 1973, and retired from a full-time lecturing position in Photography in December 1994.

Palli joined the PSA in 1958 and received his APSA in 1968, FPSA in 1974 and his Hon.PSA in 2003. The Distinction of PPSA was awarded in 1997. Over the years he has gained many honors and accolades from some of the leading Photographic Societies of the world namely, RPS, FIAP, APS, and PSNZ. Honors received are: FRPS 1975; Hon.FRPS 1990; MFIAP 1983; Hon.EFIAP 2002; FAPS 1976 and FPSNZ 1979.

For his "Services to Photography" he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the 1989 Queen's Birthday Honors List.

Palli has judged at National and International level in Australia from 1973 until 1996. For the last 10-15 years, he has been involved in digital photography and is enjoying the new technology immensely. Infrared photography is another branch he's keenly interested in pursuing ... hence the reason for joining DDG 66 group!




Emil Davidzuk

Emil Davidzuk

I was introduced to IR during one of my Photoshop classes, the instructor showed a few of her black and white images taken with a Hoya 72R filter. I liked the tonality and decided I would try it using this filter. After fits and starts, I finally got a few images but it was a hassle so I had my 5D Mk II converted with a 590nm filter in 2014. The hardest part of IR was learning how to process raw images, there was no central resource that I found. I learned by getting bits of information from the web and keeping at it. Last year I had a Canon 7D converted to 720nm. I use LR to catalog my images, I edit using PS with NIK and do some final edits in LR. My ideal compositions include clouds, a man-made object and foliage.

My wife and I moved to St Louis in 1972 after we graduated from Purdue. I started work at McDonnell Douglas as a novice Aero engineer and my wife started teaching math. We raised three children; two daughters and a son. They are all own their own, married, and we have four wonderful grandkids with another due to join our clan this month. I retired from Boeing in 2012 after a good long run developing missiles.