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Dale Yates

Dale Yates

I live in the small town of Belleville, Michigan, which is near Ann Arbor and considered a suburb of Detroit. My wife and I have 2 grown children and 5 grandchildren. I retired a few years ago after a 36 year career at a major freight railroad. My interest in photography began in 2008 (approximately) when my wife bought me my first camera for Christmas. Since then I have enjoyed countless hours taking photos wherever I could and of whatever I could. In order to further my photography interest and skills, I have taken a few photography courses, including Photography Instruction and Image Analysis, both through PSA (both highly recommended). My areas of interest in photography include landscape, nature, black & white, architecture, and macro...in general, anything interesting. Photography to me is relaxing and is both enjoyable and educational.




Emily Kawasaki

Emily Kawasaki

My name is Emily Kawasaki. I am based in Brooklyn, NYC. My main hobby (and secret talent) is photography, primarily landscape, architectural and stock photography.

In 2005, while living in Japan, my friends introduced me to the Holga camera and the beauty of light-leaks and experimental photo methods. My photographic interests and experience soon expanded into film photography and a growing collection of film cameras (flea markets finds include Minolta, Konica, Canon, Yashica, Nikon). My photographic focus has always been to highlight landscapes, scenes and cultural artifacts that are often taken for granted and/or overlooked.

In 2010, I showed my medium-format work in a solo exhibition in Higashi-Osaka, Japan. In 2016, I was featured as the runner-up to EyeEm’s photo mission "Share the Meal" (2nd photo featured on https://www.eyeem.com/blog/helped-share-meal-world-food-day). In 2019, I placed first on the shortlist for 500px’s quest "Through Your Phone" (1st https://500px.com/500px/galleries/through-your-phone-quest-shortlist)

In 2013, I started shifted into digital photography, starting out with my mobile phone. Since 2016, I have been primarily working with my Sony a5000.




Robert Atkins

Robert Atkins

Bob Atkins is an amateur landscape photographer, living in the Northeast of the United States, and specializing in large format color images. Self-taught, his journey in photography started as a teen, developing B&W film in a basement darkroom "under the stairs". He put aside photography in college, only to reconnect with it later in adulthood as part of a continuing love for exploring the outdoors.

An engineer by training, Bob brings an aptitude for precision and problem solving to his photography. The former is reflected in a choice to photograph with large format 4x5 film, allowing him to convey the full detail and tonality of grand and intimate landscapes alike. It is no surprise he is influenced by past and present color large format photographers, including Charles Cramer, David Muench, Michael Fatali, and Ben Horne.

Bob photographs to bring to others the unique moments in nature where light and land have conspired to touch his heart. He revels in the journey, the opportunity to adventure in nature with hopes of discovering that special place or moment. He also enjoys, strangely enough, the waiting which is often required in the search for great light. He describes it bringing a calm connection with nature, as well as a child-like anticipation. His photographs are witness to the power of exploring, patience, and hope, suggesting that remarkable things are possible if only imagined, sought, and creatively teased out of the world. As J.R.R. Tolkien said well, "Still round the corner there may wait, a new road or a secret gate." Bob seeks to round those corners, and to bring to all of us the joy of the discoveries which lay beyond.




Dan Mottaz

Dan Mottaz

First I was a painter, then a photographer, then after a long career in the motion picture/video business I went back into photography. Now I'm retired in Idaho. I'm the former President of the Boise Camera Club. My photography is mostly landscapes, but I occasionally shoot macros, abstracts and architecture.




Cheryl LaLonde

Cheryl LaLonde

Bio Coming Soon . . .




Zolt Levay

Zolt Levay

I have been pursuing photography most of his life. As far back as high school he was taking photographs (some using a home-built telescope) and processing them in a home darkroom. He has pursued a wide range of photographic interests, exhibited in galleries and won awards in photography competitions. Current, ongoing personal photography projects include seeking out dark, clear skies to explore and photograph the relationship between landscapes, the night sky, and the cosmos.

You can see my work on: Zolt Levay Photography or Instagram @zlevay or Facebook @zoltlevayphotography




Gerard Blair

Gerard Blair

Gerard Blair was raised in Northern England and has lived in the South, in Scotland, Israel, Japan and now in the United States. Professionally, he is a Microchip designer and is pleased to note that in a summer job in 1986 he wrote the first drafts of a funding proposal for his Professor at Edinburgh University to start early research into CMOS digital sensors - although this doesn't actually help him take better photographs.

Gerard's first attempts at photography started in 1998 with a basement darkroom, and black and white film. Since 2000 he has moved into digital photography but has retained a love of contrast. His main outlet has been the Great Allentown Fair - an annual event including livestock and photography where he normally wins a first on one of the categories and has twice won best-in-show. Baa! Well, we all have to start somewhere. One consequence of this focus has been a preponderance of portraits in his portfolio … of sheep and goats and fowl and such; thankfully, several vacations have broadened his range of subjects to include wildlife, and flora, and various-scapes.

As a boy, he exhibited paintings with his mother's art club; but he lacked skill. Digital photography, however, allows him more easily to refine, repair, and craft images repeatedly and so to improve. Now, semi-retired, he is able to devote time to explore and study both the history of painting, and the creation of his own art using the camera. His plan is to learn until he can make pictures that bring him pleasure, and his method is to join the local photography club, to join PSA, to take courses, and to test his advances by entering into juried exhibitions.