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Georgianne Giese

Georgianne Giese

I've have been an analyst and database programmer most of my professional life and started getting serious about photography in August, 2010, when I retired. There was a definite need on my part to express all the creativity that had been suppressed by work situations. My husband is a good photographer, so I joined him in this hobby.

I have the greatest admiration for photographers who use in-camera creativity, usually by homing in on the detail of a lovely object. So besides composites, I work at improving my photographers creative eye, and use a Canon 7D. I work mostly with PS CC, Google (formerly NIK) and Topaz plugins. They are wonderful tools to make time vanish!

My favorite artist is Salvador Dali, and my goal is to create photographic art in that type of style. However, I never like to restrict my appreciation or indulgence in other creative forms. I prefer to add creative aspects to my photos, including textures, composites, distortions, macro, anything that works, without constraints. Some in-camera images stand alone, without much development. I love to create those, as well as experiment with in-camera creative images, e.g., multiple exposures.

We live a few miles southwest of Myrtle Beach, near the Waccamaw River, where it is part of the Eastern seaboard Intercoastal. This area is so full of photographic opportunities, from historical places, woods, mountains, wildlife, and of course, the ocean. We love it, especially when the tourists are gone! The cooler months here belong to us residents, as do the wide, uncluttered beaches!

georgiannegiese@gmail.com




Witta Priester

Witta Priester

Witta Priester is a fine arts photographer, experienced judge, commentator and lecturer. She has been doing "serious" photography since 2005 and is an active member of 3 camera clubs, including the Olympic Peaks Camera Club and the Coachella Valley Desert CC. Witta earned her photographic honors, an Associateship with the Photographic Society of New Zealand (APSNZ) in 2007. Her work is catholic and eclectic, including wildlife, landscape, tabletop, travel, and whatever else comes her way. She enjoys experimenting, both in-camera and in the digital darkroom, where she often converts her photographs into creative works of art. Her most recent work uses textures and collages. Witta uses Canon equipment, with a range of lenses that span 12-500mm. She uses Lightroom and Photoshop, as well as an assortment of NIK filters.

Before retiring and focusing on photography, Witta had several careers. She has a Ph.D. in organic chemistry and has worked as a research scientist, as a long-range planner, and as a registered patent agent. Witta is also a good golfer, with a 14 handicap, and competed in the USGA's Women's Senior Amateur Golf Championship some years ago.

A sample of her photographic work can be found on her Flick'r site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wittap/




Connie Reinhart

Connie Reinhart

In 1965 our little B&W TV broke. To pass the time needed to deliver a new TV, we went to a local discount store, bought a color developing kit and processed our first B&W roll of film. Our new TV was 2 years old before we ever watched it.

The first ´┐½remodeling´┐½ in our new home was making a dark room. So B&W is my first love. We joined the Palmerton Camera Club in 1969 and have been active in it ever since.

We like nature, travel, portraits, macro ´┐½ just about any subject. (We´┐½re not crazy about fast-flying eagles.)

We work with the local historical society copying old photos and documents or taking pictures of current events for future historians. We have mentored Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts in
photography.

For several years we have been responsible for the tabletop set ups at the Berks Photographic Conference.

I use a Canon 5D Mark II with a Tamron 28-300 zoom. We enjoy making slide shows using ProShow Gold. I use PhotoShop CS6 for editing, and NIK filters and Topaz are my go-to
tools.




Mary Hinsen, BPSA

Mary Hinsen, BPSA

I live in Cromwell in the beautiful Central Otago area of New Zealand. I am a mother, grandmother, photographer, videographer and writer. My love of photography started as a child, when my father gave me my first film camera. I continued learning and experimenting through my school years, until study, work and children meant photography had to take a back seat. Through this time, however, I learned that art could take many forms. Design became my creative outlet, designing décor, clothes and food - creating something beautiful from something ordinary.

Now, as a photographer again, I particularly love to shoot people and food. I try to capture something special about a person, and to photograph food in a way that makes you really taste it.

I am always learning, of course! I am a member of the Queenstown Photography Club here in New Zealand, and also the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers. I joined the PSA to take advantage of a greater range of learning opportunities, and to get to know and learn from other photographers.




Cecilia Clark

Cecilia Clark

Cecilia, a Sacramento native, entered college late in life, but upon taking the art requisite, she fell in love with the language of photography. In pursuit of her degree, she
attended American River College, Consumnes River College (Placerville), and graduated from CSU Sacramento with a BA in Studio Arts. She studied photographic art under Jim Ginney and Roger Vail. When she took that first photography course, her tools of the medium were film and darkroom. Now more than 30 years later, she has mostly left the traditional darkroom behind in favor of digital images and the light of the computer screen.

Now retired, Cecilia is able to make more time for photography. She travels frequently and her camera always travels with her. When on her own in a new location, her camera is her reason for exploring. One way she becomes familiar with a new city is to hang out with a camera and wait for the pieces of a composition to meld together. Her photographic subjects are varied reflecting where she is at the moment and her interest in the glories of smaller, intimate scenes.




Bunny Laden

Bunny Laden

I always wanted to travel to the Moon. When I realized that would not become a reality in my lifetime, I decided to explore the only planet I'll ever set foot on, the Earth. I love to travel and capture my adventures in photos or video so I can communicate the experience to others. Until recently, I used only "prosumer" cameras because I haven't had the time to devote to a serious pursuit of photography. That, and the fact that many of my travels are rigorous and I haven't wanted to carry the weight. Now that I've quit my job, I am ready to dive into photography and learn how to improve. I currently own a micro four thirds system and a tripod.

I spent the last 22 years working for Apple where I worked on just about every pivotal technology they produced. Most recently at Apple, I started an internal AI/Machine Learning program for engineers. I also wrote sample code and developer documentation to show how to use programming interfaces, especially graphical ones such as those that perform image processing. I received my Ph.D. in Cognitive Science and Music at the University of Washington, where I taught for a few years prior to my career at Apple.




Denise McKay

Denise McKay

I began taking pictures with my trusty Olympus OM-1 film camera back in the 70's as a creative hobby. I stepped away from photography for several years but picked it back up again around 2005, first using digital "prosumer" point and shoots. But as I started to get more serious about my work I purchased a full-frame, mirrorless digital camera. I've taken several online classes, joined a local camera club, and have continued to work on building my skills ever since. I look forward to participating in this group and PSA.

I am drawn to colors, texture, and light in either nature or just ordinary things. I tend to notice detail, therefore have been really drawn to macro photography. However I'm working on still-life photography as well.

I'm a widow with 3 grown children, 2 grandkids, 2 grown step children and 2 step grandkids.