Member Bios

Jim Wulpi

Jim Wulpi

Jim Wulpi
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<br />I hail from Ft Wayne, IN. I am retired, and loving it, especially since it provides me with lots of opportunities to travel and photograph the world - as I see it. Recent travels have takem me to the Grand Canyon, and all 5 Ntl. Parks in the state of Utah; a month-long trip to the Andalucia region of southern Spain - including a day trip over to the Kasbah and Medina in Morocco; another month-long trip to Thailand and Cambodia, including Angkor Wat; Soutern Florida. Upcoming, near the end of 2021, I'll be doing a 20 day "birding" cruise to Antarctica follwed by a 6 day excursion to one of the most spectacular parks in the world - "Torres del Paines" in Peru and Argentinia.
<br />I have always been interested in photography, especially since first acquiring my fathers Canon AE-1 many years ago. It's always been a sideline hobby, but now, I consider myself an avid photographer.
<br />I have a degree in Geology, so it follows that I enjoy the outdoors. I also enjoy photographing rocks and geologic structures that provide interesting shapes and textures. I've become increasingly more interested in abstractions of varying scenes, too.
<br />I love photography for teaching me how to "see" things differently, then try to capture the essence of what is before me.




Piers Blackett

Piers Blackett

I was born in England to British parents who immigrated to South Africa; so my earliest photography experience was wildlife-related. As a US citizen, I have been in Oklahoma City since 1975 having retired from practice as a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of Oklahoma and have been a member of the Oklahoma Camera Club for four years. I currently have Canon 90D and R cameras with telephoto and wide-angle angles. I prefer nature and landscape and participate and compete at local club competitions. I am impressed with how much there is going on within the PSA and particularly the opportunity for image critique and exchange of information and ideas in the digital dialog groups and it is an honor to lead DDG 2.




Shirley Pohlman

Shirley Pohlman

I grew up in Northern Illinois and have lived in the south all of my adult years, which are many! Retirement brought us to the Ouachita Mountains of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. My photography experience consisted of children, grandchildren, and vacations. It wasn't until joining our local camera club seven years ago, that I began to learn about making a picture instead of taking one and purchased my first DSLR in 2008. I have been blessed to be mentored by one of our camera club members, who is in two of the PSA study groups and encouraged me to join. I am now shooting with a Nikon D610 and only beginning to learn about all its possibilities. I don't get many opportunities to go out on my own and hope that being a part of the study group will give me that push I need. I haven't developed a passion for a particular field but do like HDR when shooting landscape.




Hung Phan

Hung Phan

My name Hung Phan. I was born in Hue City (The central of Vietnam) in 1940.

I attended La Salle Pellerin -a Catholic private school from elementary to high school. I chose pedagogy, and became a high school teacher. This career is monotonous, but I love children.

In the Monkey Year (1968), I was drafted for military service for four years. I worked with many American Advisor Officers as Operation Officer. Finally, I was sent back to school to continue teaching.

In 1975, after the fall of South Vietnam, we escaped with my family by boat. We landed in Pulau Bidong, Malaysia. An American pastor helped us to be settled in Enid, OK in 1979. (His name is Bill Love and now he is still living in OK). After a short time we moved to Houston.

My wife -Tam Phan and I love photography. We make a photo trip every quarter of the year and take artistic pictures.
I am so glad to join PSA and learn from you to improve my photography. All of you are so nice and helpful. Thanks all of you.

HUNG PHAN




Karen Botvin

Karen Botvin

Hi, my name is Karen Botvin. I am from Pennsylvania, however I retired to Palm Coast, FL. I spent my working career in the field of tax law so when I retired, I decided I needed to do something more artistic. I bought my first Nikon DSLR camera in the Fall of 2016. I enrolled in the New York Institute of Photography’s Professional Photographer’s course since that seemed to provide the most well-rounded course work regarding the basics. I knew nothing about the camera, lighting, composition, etc. I successfully completed that program and many others in my pursuit to understand and apply best practices to my photos. I enjoy shooting flowers, macro and close-up; landscapes; candid street scenes; and anything nature. I have dabbled in Infrared with a Full Spectrum conversion of a Sony A6400. My goto camera is my Nikon D850. I belong to 3 camera clubs in my area and participate in local competitions. My photography is my hobby. I thoroughly enjoy making pictures and seeing what they can become after post processing. I look forward to continuing to learn from all of you and expand my areas of interest.




Jaqueline Whalen

Jaqueline Whalen

Bio coming.




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Martin Newland, QPSA

Martin Newland, QPSA

I grew up in and around Adelaide in South Australia. My first camera was a 120 film "hand me down" from my father. It came with a separate exposure meter, which led to an early understanding of the relationship between exposure, aperture and ASA (now ISO in the digital world).
My first "real" camera was a Pentax Spotmatic. It sported the luxury of a built-in exposure meter and an "auto" mode.
Although I was armed with the latest camera at the time, photography remained one of my minor interests. It fell way behind the need to complete my Degree in civil/structure engineering and my love of Folk Music.
My professional career was spent in the construction industry. Although I have now retired, I am still a co-owner of an architectural precast concrete manufacturing company in Adelaide
During my working life, my camera only really came out during vacations. But with numerous holiday trips to Europe and South East Asia, the urge to take better photos grew. This in turn fuelled my desire for newer and better cameras, and I worked my way up through the range of Canon digital SLRs.
Upon retiring from work, I joined the Adelaide Camera Club and this is when photography began to dominate my life. I enjoyed the feed back from the monthly competitions and it wasn't long before I was introduced to the world of international competitions, hence my membership of the PSA.
I regard myself as a Club photographer. That is someone who enjoys the challenge of most genres. In particular landscape, portraiture, street photography, concert photography and even a bit of boudoir photography.

Honours:
European: EFIAP
Australian: FAPS
USA: QPSA

Web page: www.martinphotographics.com.au