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Chuck Carstensen

Chuck Carstensen

A Kodak Baby Brownie Special with 127 film was my first camera. It did not take long to get passionate about photography. My parents supported building a simple wet darkroom in the the basement. It was truly magic developing the film and making prints. Experience includes intern photographer at the Pueblo, Colorado Chieftain and Star Journal Newspaper. Camera of that period was a 4x5 Speed Graphic. I joined the U. S. Navy and graduated from the Naval Photography School in Pensacola, Florida. I am a private pilot now retired from 35+ years independent aircraft accident adjusting and investigation as a business owner. My career always strongly involved photography.




Lou McLove

Lou McLove

I am currently involved with two local camera clubs. One, TOPICS Camera Club, is a long term member of PSA and competes regularly in PSA interclub competitions. I have had a long time interest in photography having started out with color slides ages ago. I began exploring with digital photography about 8 or 9 years ago with a 3.2 megapixel Panasonic Luminix and progressed from there. I enjoy all types of photography, especially nature and travel. I think photography is a lifelong learning experience and I hope to gain knowledge and insights from fellow PSA members, I also hope that I can provide constructive suggestions as well.




Orest Ukrainsky

Orest Ukrainsky

I started in photography early in my teens. I was able to set up a darkroom in our basement and enjoyed the process of developing images. I took the traditional route of being the high school newspaper and yearbook photographer. I continued through college and after. When the family grew I no longer had time for my favorite hobby so it was sidelined for a few year.

When I started to get more time ( about 10 years ago) I went back in and learned that photography went all in on digital. I enjoyed learning the new digital development process, although I miss the quiet solitude and focus a true darkroom can provide. This in no way detracts from my love of capturing the fleeting moments of day to day life, the little things in life that make it truly worthwhile.

I enjoy all aspects of photography but I still believe in the "photojournalism" aspect of photography where it captures slivers in time, not augmenting it through image manipulation. I tend to lump the manipulated images more into the "artwork" category vs a photograph.

I am looking forwards to participating in the group.




Brandon Montgomery

Brandon Montgomery

I'm a photographer who focuses on street photography, urban/cityscape, landscapes, night photography, and long exposure. I plan to get into cinematic photography. I see photography as a way to tell stories through images and to tell stories of everyday life. I attend classes and workshops involving photography in my local community. I'm originally from Northeast Ohio and I now live in Sacramento California. My photography focuses on Sacramento, Davis California and I have taken photos in Bodega Bay and I have plans to do photography in new areas.




Jill Edwards

Jill Edwards

I first became interested in photography making black-and-white images in the darkroom set up in our laundry in the 70s. With the introduction of colour processing and slides I lost interest in the technical side and focused on family photography. Then came digital which opened up so many opportunities.

I have had the good fortune to be able to travel fairly extensively. My principal interest is in the documenting of every day life in different countries. I am most particularly interested in people and the opportunity photography has given me, to interact with people in so many walks of life.

I am Australian and Australians love to travel.




Gene Tadlock

Gene Tadlock

Hi - I've been dabbling in photography for many years. Mainly, taking pictures on vacation to document the trip. I take a lot of photos but anything worthwhile is purely by luck. I would like to improve my luck.

I've taken a couple of workshops but never really took time to practice and improve. I've joined a local camera club and have learned a lot but I'm not into competition. I would just like to be able to take quality images on trips instead of saying, "that would have been a good shot, if......" Hopefully, by working with the PID Digital Dialogue group, I will improve my photography skills.

I'm retired and living in Delaware. There are many opportunities to practice all types of photography but I'm trying Street Photography because it's probably more in line with travel. I'm considered a beginner/intermediate.




Geoff Shaw

Geoff Shaw

I’m based in Melbourne Australia where I am a member of our local camera club. In the 1970s I was inspired by the amazing wilderness photography of Olegas Truchanas in Tasmania, where I was living. I took thousands of slides of the wild areas especially in south west Tasmania, and dabbled in B&W, wet chemistry and monochrome printing before moving to digital in the mid-2000s. I have broad interests “ landscape, nature, wildlife, macro, travel, street, people, abstract, creative, architecture and I try always to be ready with a camera to capture the next image.