Member Bios

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Steve Estill, EPSA

Steve Estill, EPSA

I was Born in Whitby, North Yorkshire, worked away for most of my life, but now settled into a busy retirement back in Whitby. Married to Viv who's my inspiration and best friend ever!

I've been interested in photography for over 50 years and have progressed from Olympus Trip, through Nikon 35 mm to digital, and from darkroom to Lightroom Photoshop, where I'm happily playing. I joined PSA in 2009 and I've been admin of Group 34 ever since. I gained EPSA in 2020. My other interests are music (I've played the guitar longer than I've used a camera) and our garden.

I don't have any particular speciality, but if I like the look of something I'll take it and use it somewhere. I get frustrated with the technical 'rules' of what a photograph should be made up of - rules are made to be broken (if you know what the rules were there for in the first place), so the 'Creative' route is for me.

I mainly use a Nikon D810 (Also have a D300s, a D200 and a D70 with infrared conversion). My current favourite lenses are a Nikor 28 - 300 f/3.5 - 5.6 for general use, Sigma 24 - 70 f/2.8 and Nikor 50 f/1.8 for portraits.
Software is Photoshop CC, with Lightroom CC, and lots of plugins!

Have a look at https://www.theestills.co.uk/ if you've got a spare minute or three!!




Candy Childrey, PPSA

Candy Childrey, PPSA

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, I am a southerner at heart. My roots are in the south, but I traveled frequently as a child with my family as my Dad was in the U.S. Air Force. Now I live in the sub tropics in Coral Springs, Florida (the Ft. Lauderdale area). My true love is South Florida's beautiful birds-both year round residents and our winter visitors. One can get completely lost from the stresses of life while observing them.

My photography traverses all fields. I'm a very eclectic photographer and take images of almost anything that comes my way. One of my favorites, of course, is nature, but old broken down vehicles and classic cars are also some of my favorite subjects.

I presently use an Olympus micro 4/3 OMD E-M-1 camera.




Alan Kaplan

Alan Kaplan

Both of my uncles were photographers. My mother's brother was a professional, and my father's brother pursued photography as a hobby. It was the latter who first showed me the magic that takes place in a darkroom.

Both of my parents loved art, took lessons, and made sure that my sister and I had art lessons as well. In addition, we went to the Museum of Modern Art whenever we were in New York. Each trip to the MOMA produced an art book that I often took the time to browse through.
I joined a camera club, bought a telephoto lens, and became an avid bird photographer - mostly large wading birds. Birds often appear in my composites.

I retired from 40 years of teaching 13 years ago determined to learn Photoshop. Of course, one can only scratch the surface of such an intricate program, and as I have always been fascinated with the ability to moves pieces of photographs using Photoshop, I began in earnest in the summer of 2017 to combine my love of Surrealism and my new knowledge of Photoshop. It is this background that eventually has brought me to Group 54 and on to Group 34.




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




Fran McFadzen, QPSA

Fran McFadzen, QPSA

During my working life, my photography was a hobby; documenting family, holidays and travel.
My serious interest increased when I retired. I’ve joined a couple of photography clubs and found myself helping others to learn photography.

I joined the PSA to learn more about making and post processing of images. The creative use of Photoshop takes a lot of my time, as does the PSA 365 Day challenge which I have completed since the beginning of 2017 (Yes! Every day!).

I say that if I can’t take my camera with me travelling, then I don’t go.

My most frequently used camera is my iPhone 8. But I also use a Nikon D810 and I have recently bought a Nikon Z7 Mirrorless. I have three Nikkor Lenses (all F2.8) and a 12mm Laowa F2.8 Zero D manual lens. During travel, for convenience, I only take my Nikkor 28-300 F3.5-5.6.

I live on the coast of Central Queensland in Australia.




Jan Handman

Jan Handman

I live in San Diego, California with my husband of 50 years. We're both retired now, and since we didn't do much traveling while we were raising our family, we're now making up for lost time in that endeavor. It's such a hoot to see photos of faraway places and be able to point and say "we've been there -- right at that very spot!"

I've always enjoyed fine art photography, but not always from behind the camera. I remember as a child seeing Ansel Adams' images and being mesmerized by them. Many of our family vacations were in places he photographed. When I was in college I tried many times to take a photography class, but they always seemed to be full, so I never got the opportunity. It was only after I was retired that I finally took my first class. This was just at the time digital photography was becoming mainstream. I loved the idea of being able to practice and experiment without having to spend boku bucks on film developing just to find out if what you tried actually worked. I enjoy doing still life, composite, travel and flower photography.

My website: janhandmanphotography.com
My Instagram pages: @handmade_pix and @simple_pix




Brian Menzies

Brian Menzies

Born in New Zealand I came to Sydney Australia in 1980 on a three-year Business posting and I’m still here, a dual citizen of both countries. Lola, my wife, and I celebrated our 49th wedding anniversary this year, 2021, and we are proud parents of our 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren.
I’ve always had an interest in taking and having photos printed, and when I retired in 2015, I finally had time to really immerse myself in photography. What an exciting and rewarding journey it’s been.
I belong to two Sydney clubs, one creative the other competition based. My preference is the Creative group, but I've still got my training wheels on in the creative realm. I am happy photographing most Genres with the exception of group portrait shots.
Since the release of the Canon R5 my Pentax 645Z medium format sits idly in the cupboard along with my Canon DSLR bodies. With Covid raging, and leaving and moving around Australia basically prohibited my Olympus collection which I carried for holiday and general travel also sits idle. The R5 has been fabulous. I’m fortunate to have a good range of Lens.
I love printing my images and use an Epson SureColour P800, primarily on Canson papers. Software is PS and LR, Topaz, Nik, and a range of other specialist programs like PTGui.