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Matt Moses

Matt Moses

Matthew Moses is a photographer based in Duluth, MN.

I began taking photos as a little kid and currently do photography semi-professionally.

I have always been highly observant of the world around me and fascinated by how it is reflected in photographs. My photography goes across many different genres and is my creative outlet when compared to my other career as a software architect. Night skies, and in particularly Northern Lights, have me spending many late nights and early mornings watching the stars go by. Additionally, I photograph birds, nature, landscapes, portraits, and weddings as time and clients allow.

Currently, I am a member of the Duluth/Superior Camera Club and PSA. I shoot freelance for the Carlton County weekly paper the Pine Knot News.

You can see my work on: http://www.matthewmosesphotography.com/




Alec Chester

Alec Chester

I'm a general internal medicine physician with a special interest in chronic fatigue. For the last five years I've been devoting more time to photography with a particular interest in nautical and travel photography. Lightroom 6 has been an invaluable help. I'm still working on getting better Photoshop Elements skills. As a recent member of PSA I've enjoyed exploring all the opportunities and hope to participate more in the future.




Zina Mirsky

Zina Mirsky

I currently live in Walnut Creek CA. Retired US Navy Nurse and University of California San Francisco School of Nursing administrator. Born in NY City and have lived in Japan, Washington DC, and southern California all courtesy of the Navy.
I've been trying to better myself in photography since 35mm film and Kodak Brownie days, and after 40+ years of trying, still have more to do. (Lifelong learning, it's called). Now I shoot with mirrorless, DSLR, and/or waterproof cameras, depending on where I'm going. Most of my photography is travel in nature and documentary in purpose -- I like to be able to remember where I've been, why I loved it (or not) and where I'd like to go again.




Butch Mazzuca

Butch Mazzuca

Butch hails from Chicago Illinois, he's a graduate of the University of Dayton, and a former Naval Aviator. He was the CEO of the Rocky Mountain Region of a Chicago based international insurance brokerage before retiring to Vail, Colorado in 1999 where he taught skiing for the Vail Ski School and wrote commentary for the Vail Daily Newspaper where he was awarded "Best Commentary Writer" by the Colorado Writers Association in 2020.

His philosophy about photography can be summed up as follows: Impact, Visual Interest, and Storytelling are the fundamental characteristics that most often succeed in competitions; thus, these three aspects of an image he looks for when creating, reviewing, or judging images. Butch believes that light, composition, and technical proficiency are not stand-alone aspects in photography, they are the essentials necessary in creating impact and visual interest.

You can see my work on: Butch Mazzuca




Lori Azevedo

Lori Azevedo

I'm a mortgage lender by profession and a photographer by passion. I never picked up anything but a point and shoot camera until 2017. After a few lessons, I ventured into the world of the "M" mode. I'm still learning to use Photoshop and Lightroom in my post processing. Baby steps there. I joined our local photography club last year and love the feedback I receive from others. I look forward to your critiques also.




Pauline Jaffe

Pauline Jaffe

I work full time as a Contracting Officer for the federal government in the Washington D.C. area. I live in Silver Spring, MD. When I am not working, I may be:

1. at Toastmasters, improving my speaking and communication skills, specifically impromptu speaking and my leadership skills.
2. at Montgomery County CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). CERTs augment Response Resources when Response Resources are taxed and they must focus on the highest priority needs.
3. at a knitting store, learning to knit a new sweater or blanket.
4. Spending time with my beautiful family. My husband and five children ages 18 to 26. (While my children aren't married, they don't live at home).

In my early 20s, I purchased a Pentax ME Super film camera, but at the time didn’t understand the concept of Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority. Then, six or so years I purchase a Canon T2i DSLR and I took classes to understand these concepts. I also use a Tamron 70-300 lens.

I enjoy nature photography to include landscapes, birds, flowers, and micro-photography. I just joined PSA and am excited about the learning and growth that I can achieve as a result!




Rick Taft

Rick Taft

I live in central CT. I recently retired from small business Mergers & Acquisitions. Before that I spent 20+ years in the international toy industry, and before that I was in Academia.

As a photographer I have one foot in the world of film and chemical darkrooms and another in the world of digital imaging. My first real camera in high school was a 35mm Nikkormat, and I also learned to make my own prints in a chemical darkroom. When I left college, various life distractions pushed photography aside, and for decades I watched digital photography evolve to become very sophisticated.

I decided to take up and learn to use a digital camera and software when I was retiring and recovering from foot surgery. I now shoot with a Sony mirrorless camera, do post-processing with Capture One Pro 22, and make my own inkjet prints.

I photograph unusual, unexpected, striking people, places, things. I like to find something extraordinary in the ordinary through texture, colors, light. These days I am often photographing water, moving and still, among other things. I love to travel and am also playing with Macro photography.