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David Halgrimson, APSA

David Halgrimson, APSA

Dave has won multiple awards locally and internationally and has been published in a number of magazines including Arizona Highways Photo Workshop brochure, Arizona Highways Magazine, Phoenix Magazine, Outdoor Photographer and others. He continuously strives to develop and hone his skills both with the camera and post processing.
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<br />Dave is a current member of PSA (Photographic Society of America) where he completed and received certificates in Image Analysis and Advanced Photography. He also teaches an "Introduction to Photography" course and administers a study group, (39) for PSA. PSA awarded the honor of APSA in 2021 for Dave's services to photography. He belongs to the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge Camera Club where he is on the board and he is a volunteer at AHPS (Arizona Highways PhotoScapes).
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<br />Dave is from Minneapolis, Minnesota and recently returned from living in Arizona. Dave provides classes in "Introduction to Photography" through the PSA.
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<br />David currently uses Micro Four Thirds cameras, Olympus EM-1 MKII and MKIII bodies and a number of Olympus Pro lenses. He is also proficient in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom Classic.

You can see my work on: David Halgrimson Adobe Stock




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.




Jerry Hug, APSA

Jerry Hug, APSA

Jerry½s works have appeared in the Chicago Cultural Center, the main Rotunda of the Thompson State of Illinois Building in Chicago, Brickton Gallery in Park Ridge, Bloomingdale Park District Museum, William Koheline Gallery at Oakton Community College, Johnson Galleries in Santa Fe, NM, The Clearing and the Hardy Gallery in Door County, WI, the Des Plaines History Center in Des Plaines, Illinois and the Graue Mill in Oakbrook, IL.? His works have been nationally published and are in included in various private collections on the North Shore.

Jerry has won various awards for his photography through the greater Chicago area.? In 2001 he was commissioned to produce a series of Historical Places in Maine Township, which was funded by a grant from the State of Illinois.? Jerry teaches Digital Photography at The Clearing in Ellison Bay and the Chicago area.

Jerry is from Des Plaines, Illinois and was also the president of CACCA (Chicago Area Camera Clubs Association) for 2008-2009.? To see some of Jerry's Latest work, go to his website at jerryhug.com




Paul Hoffman

Paul Hoffman

Hello from England. I live in Cheltenham in the Cotswolds.

I spent 35 years in the Printing industry producing many magazines and periodicals and was trained professionally in darkroom techniques. Owing to ill health I had to stop work a while back. I now spend most of my time helping to run Gloucester Camera Club and entering photographic competitions.

I started photography 35/40 years ago but stop for a while to concentrate on my sporting activities. I was a very good cyclist and golfer but specialised at lawn bowls reaching county and national levels. Looking for fresh challenges I took up photography again. Since then I have gained accreditation of CPAGB & BPE3* EFIAP. I think myself lucky as my images have been published and have been awarded many awards in competition.

Having many likes in photographic styles and will attempt to do most, I used to specialize in portrait and sport images but am drifting back to landscape images.

I am a great believer in a good image is an images that makes you stop and look. Here's hoping you like mine.




Vincent Cochain, EPSA

Vincent Cochain, EPSA

Born in 1964 in Belgium, I began to have interest in photography in 2009… and I bought a Nikon D90. I didn't know anything about photography.

I tried to take pictures, but it was "souvenirs" pictures.

I liked to take pictures of dance (my daughter) and of the nature (animals).

In 2013 I joined a photo club. There were some people with a lot of experience. This was very useful for me, fi, I learned the necessity to work in RAW and to "develop" the picture. Indeed it was necessary...

In 2015 I began to participate at international contests, just to try.

In 2017, I participated at a lot of contests, with some results. I will ask my first star in four Divisions soon this year.

My favorite themes are still spectacles, natures, and when it is possible, some street pictures.

I participated two times at photo trip organized by the Nikon School of France, in Tanzania in 2013 and In India in 2016. Marvelous experience.

There are still so many beautiful subjects to photograph and I want to improve my pictures. These are my objectives.




Mary Ann Carrasco

Mary Ann Carrasco

I live in Sacramento, CA. Photography has always been an interest but I did not seriously pursue it until I retired in 2013. Currently, I am using a Nikon D500 and my lenses consist of a wide angle (10-20); Tamron 18-400 and Tamron 150-600. I like shooting wildlife, landscapes, flowers and whatever I come across. Lately, I have explored some astro photography, including the recent comet and the milky way. I look forward to participating in this dialogue, continuing to learn and explore.




Ken Wilkes

Ken Wilkes

I live in Star, Idaho ((near Boise) and have been involved in digital photography since retiring in 2003. I currently shoot a Nikon Z6ii mirrorless. I belong to 3 local camera clubs and am chairman of the Gem State Chapter of PSA (one of 12 PSA chapters}. I shoot a wide variety of photography including landscape, wildlife, still life, macro, astrophotography, portrait, action, etc. Black and white photography is of particular interest to me. Many of my images have received awards in the Boise Camera Club, PSA, Columbia Council of Camera Clubs and Western Idaho Stare Fair. I mostly use Photoshop for post processing.