Member Bios

Peter Newman

Peter Newman

I have been a serious amateur photographer for well over fifty years. For many of those years I have been active in a local camera club. My photography has gone through several phases. ( I will eliminate the family only phase.) In the first I tried to follow CC "rules." But when I realized that photography is a hobby, and the only one my work should please is me. In my current phase I seek to present an interpretation of what I see. If the communication has not occurred It is my failure. My personal art philosophy, should be mentioned so that the context of my comments may be understood. To me a photo taken for purposes other than as an aid to recollection of a beautiful spot, or moment in life is art. As such a literal reproduction is a catalog or postcard shot, which usually communicates nothing about the object. My approach is some type of abstract interpretation. I am always seeking to learn. Please do not be shy about making negative constructive comments, I will learn more from a constructive negative comment, them than a basically meaningless "nice image," without further explanation. Hopefully, I will follow my own philosophy. I also like to experiment. As we all know some experiments work, and others don't. Most of the time I just let the image tell me what to do.




RH Samarakone

RH Samarakone

I am Sam from Sri Lanka. My entry into serious photography was in 2007 after many years of using point and shoot cameras for family outings etc, and a failed attempt at understanding and using an SLR Camera, which I gave up in frustration. I was somewhat relieved when digital cameras came in early 2000, mainly because of the fact I didn't have to wait till a film was developed to know if I had ruined it or not!

Instant gratification of seeing the image on the LCD screen rekindled my interest on photography. With my first digital camera an Olympus point and shoot bought in 2004, I started to appreciate the power of photography. In 2007, I invested in a Canon 350D DSLR camera, and have not looked back since.

I have predominantly been a Canon shooter, having gone through Canon 350D, 40D 50D, 7D, 5D MkII, 5D MkIII, 7D MkII and now my main camera is a Canon EOS R. I have also invested in a FujiFilm XT3 for its form factor, and absolutely sharp images.

I joined the Photographic Society of Sri Lanka PSSL in 2007 where I followed a basic course in photography. I had the privilege of serving as the Hon Secretary of PSSL for three years, and its President in 2015.

I am mostly self-taught in most photography related aspects, and using Photoshop. My areas of preference is Art Photography, portraiture, monochrome and creative work.

My wife Kauminie and son Praveen share the passion I have for photography. Currently I am retired, having worked in the fields of engineering, marketing and management. Now, I spend my retirement managing a camera store which I set up with my wife and son six years ago.

I have had a few successes in competitions, but, not consistent. I believe that there are areas I need to improve on and am looking forward to receive feedback from the study groups in PSA to sharpen my skill set.




Fran Yates

Fran Yates

I wasn't always in love with Photography.
It wasn't until retirement and an "Introduction to Digital Photography" course at a local community college that I became interested. And, it wasn't "love at first sight." Initially, all those dials and settings were very confusing. Exposure triangle, F stop, Shutter speed, ISO...oh no! Then, one day in 2014 while out photographing a snowstorm, it all came together. I became entranced with what I saw and with being able to capture it for others. And a Passion was born.
We moved to Oregon from Arizona in 2021 and my work has evolved from Wild Horses, Rock Formations, and Saguaro Cactus to include the birds and flowers of Oregon, as well as the lushness of the redwood forest, the waterfalls, and the Oregon Coast. I am still primarily a Nature and Wildlife Photographer. I have always been interested in Creative Photography. How do I make my vision of a shot taken a million times unique? How do I push the envelope?
I shoot with the Olympus M1-X Mirrorless System. I post process with ACR and PS. Plug Ins include the NIK Collection and Topaz Studio 2. Most often, I make my own Background Textures.
Photography remains a learning process. If I am not learning or expanding my skills, I am bored. I love critiques...they help the process.




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Fred Giese

Fred Giese

Fred was born and raised in Chicago, Il.. At the tender age of 8, Fred was given his first camera, a brownie, by his grandfather, Frederick F Giese an award-winning Chicago Tribune News Photographer. From then on, many weekends were spent tagging along with his grandfather on "special" assignments geared to the delight of an 8 to 12-year-old. During this time, fred was taught all the fundamentals of Photography including the darkroom and by age 10 was developing his own rolls of film.
Fast forward to 1983, Fred moved to Mesa, AZ after finally having enough of Chicago winters. He immediately fell in love with the beauty and the warmth of the area, settling into a life of work and then camping or hiking on his days off. Just before Christmas of 1998 he met a lady who would become his wife the next year. As a Christmas present in 99 she gave him his first Digital Camera and has steadily been shooting ever since.

In 2005 Fred and his wife, Georgianne, moved to a 55+ community called Sun Lakes AZ. There was a camera club there which Fred immediately joined. Shortly thereafter, Georgianne got her own camera and joined the club. During the following years both Fred and Georgianne held offices in the club with Fred becoming President and Georgianne becoming Competition Chair and Webmaster.

Fred and Georgianne left AZ in 2015 to move to Myrtle Beach, SC to be closer to family and found a camera club close by. They joined Coastal Carolina Camera Club in 2016, became a board member, and joined Tidelands Photography Club in 2017, becoming a board member there. He was also a member of the Seacoast Art Guild.

Fred has won numerous awards within his clubs, the Arizona Camera Club Council, the Arizona State Fair, Seacoast Art Guild and the Photographic Society of America.

Currently Fred is enjoying photographing Nautical subjects as well as trying his hand at Creative Altered Reality images.




Shirley Ward, FPSA, EPSA

Shirley Ward, FPSA, EPSA

My love of photography really began with my first slide camera (Argus C3, which I still have) in 1952. However, I was forced into the digital world about 5 years ago, “a’kicking and a’screaming” when slide processing became too expensive…. A Nikon D200 was the transition.

With photoshop (Elements) I learned how to correct/improve images and to create entirely new ones. Creativity is my passion… taking the simple and ordinary and making it totally different. Macro is another real challenge, but my Panasonic Lumis camera does a fantastic job. I rarely use my D200 as it has become too heavy to hold, except on a tripod…

I have given a number of workshops at the PSA conferences, including print etching (which was on the cover of the Journal in 2002) and the techniques of Color Key, also an article in the Journal. I have also presented many slide and digital programs at the conferences and PSA Chapter meetings, everything from Travel, Creative, to Street ART 101 in San Francisco. I have traveled to 51 countries getting some very unusual and award winning images… Displayed on a wall are 31 Best of Show ribbons from our District Fair along with 11 PSA Best of Show medals.

I received my APSA in 2001, the FPSA in 2007, and the EPSA in 2012, with 5 stars in Color, Nature, and prints, 4 in Travel, one in Photojournalism. I have chaired the San Joaquin Valley Int. Ex. since 2001. I have held a number of offices and/or directors in the Color Division of PSA, including Secretary, Editor, the Portrait Contest, the Photo Essay Contest (for 10 years) and am currently the Travel Aide Service Director for the Travel Division. I have judged clubs and the Internationals (Color and Travel) for over 30 years. A number of my images have been shown in PSA’s Gallery of Nations, some creative, some travel, some just color…

I really love sharing new ideas and techniques with others and helping them become better photographers. I look forward to the constructive comments on my images…some you will like, and others you may not, but that is the learning process….




Angela Bonner, PPSA

Angela Bonner, PPSA

I was born in Essex, UK but moved to beautiful Mid Wales 28 years ago. In January 2020 I moved to a bungalow just outside Hay on Wye. I have my dog Gemma and we go for long walks each day. Apart from my photography I am an avid reader.
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<br />MY interest in photography mainly started when digital came in though have always owned a camera. I am mostly interested in macro, wildlife and still life photography. I have had quite a lot of acceptances in international salons and recently managed to get a PSA gold medal in one of them.
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<br />I joined Hay on Wye camera club about eight years ago and am their treasurer which I enjoy doing.
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<br />I have gained the BPE* award, PPSA and AFIAP.




Deborah Milburn

Deborah Milburn

I live in Colorado, and I enjoy being in nature. Photography is my passion. I am semi-retired and love to travel. Photography and travel allow me to "tell the story" of what I am experiencing. I want to experience and enjoy each day and each opportunity. I am a member of a local art co-op where I display and sell my images, and I am also a member of our local camera club.

Many thanks,
Deborah Milburn