Member Bios

Dean Ginther

Dean Ginther

Dean W. Ginther was born in Chicago; graduated from DePauw University and the University of Illinois and spent most of his career in higher education in the Texas A&M University System and at Capella University in Minneapolis. He is a past member of Rotary, a certified glider and single engine aircraft pilot, a certified SCUBA diver, a "retired" motorcycle safety instructor for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, and a certified Master Gardener.

His current interests and activities include bicycling, table tennis, pickle ball, science fiction, boat building and woodworking, motorcycle riding and motorcycle safety, computers, vintage cars, gardening, and, of course, photography. His most frequent photographic subjects are nature and scenic photography, although his photography also captures other opportunities. His first SLR cameras were Nikon F's. Back then, he developed both color and bw film and prints in a basement darkroom. Today his digital cameras include a Pentax K-1 and Panasonic LX100 and he employs Photoshop, Lightroom, Topaz, Photoshop Raw Editor, Photomatix, Affinity, and Nik software for post processing. He resides with his wife near Rapid City, Michigan on Elk Lake in the summers and Georgetown, TX in the winters. He and his wife have two sons, both engineering graduates of Texas A&M University, and four grandchildren. He can be contacted at dean.ginther@gmail.com and some of his photography can be seen at http://dean-ginther.pixels.com/.




Michelle Rios

Michelle Rios

I live in Ventura County, California. I grew up in the same neighborhood I now live in. I am lucky enough to live in an area with so many different surrounding communities. I am a short drive from the beaches of Ventura, beautiful Spanish architecture of Santa Barbara, and hippie-ish vibe of Ojai to name a few. There's no shortage of things to do. However, I find as I'm getting older I am coming to appreciate the sounds, smells, and peace that trees bring to my soul. These things are becoming scarce as more and more buildings fill empty spaces around us. I am hoping to convince my husband to move to Washington state when he retires in a couple of years. I have two wonderful adult children and a beautiful little granddaughter. We are a close family that enjoy Sunday dinners together and trips to new places. I say we travel like a pack of sardines. I got my first camera when was around 10, it was a Kodak camera (either the star or ektralite- can't remember) but I remember the film being 110. Now, finally having some extra time in my schedule, I am re-pursuing this passion. Although, interestingly enough, I am a bit of a photographer in my career. I am sure I am partially here because of my interest in photography and my amazement with medicine and how the human body works. I am a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer who examines and documents images from inside the tiniest of humans to those with a wealth of life experiences behind them. It's a pleasure to be part of DD60, I am really looking forward to sharing my beginner's photographs with you and learning from your skills and experience. I also hope to provide our group with feedback that will help develop our artistic abilities




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Damon Williams

Damon Williams

I’m from San Diego, where I spent most of my youth. I joined the military in the early nineties, and subsequently other parts of the government, and so have lived all over the U.S. (including Hawaii), and a several parts of the globe. I’m married, and currently living in a small town on the opposite side of the Puget Sound from Seattle, Washington. Our outdoors is truly majestic around here, and if you’re willing to do it wet, there’s something to do outside all year long.



I’ve been carrying a camera around with me for 35 years, but had never had any formal training, until I finished the PSA Individual Photography course with David Halgrimson recently. My interest and seriousness have progressed gradually, over the course of the last…12 years or so. I was encouraged to submit to a local, county fair, here in Washington, in 2018, which was encouraging. It inspired me to join a local camera club, which brought me here to PSA, to Digital Dialogues, and to you!






Blair Roy

Blair Roy

I grew up in Louisiana, raised my kids in Socal, and have retired in Norcal. I am a retired adult education teacher, having taught many subjects, with my love being ESL and technology integration in the classroom. I have had an interest in photography for as long as I can remember. I have taken thousands of photos over the years but fall short when it comes to editing and sharing them. I lack confidence in those areas and am hoping by joining this group, I will learn more and gain confidence to share more. I look forward to this experience. I use a Sony AR7 IV and my iPhone 14 PRO.




Anne Sandler

Anne Sandler

Closing my part-time writing business and facing retirement at age 70, in 2013, I turned to photography to keep my brain and body exercised and have fun. I have not been disappointed. I have grown in my ability by reading tutorials and asking lots of questions of other photographers. Through this hobby, I've met many wonderful people, formed a senior photography group and learned so much about my home area Sacramento, California. Currently, Lightroom is my main processing program with Topaz and NIK software as trusty plugins. I do use Photoshop for taking out unwanted stuff and sky replacement when needed. Groups I belong to: Sierra Camera Club, Sacramento, and Lens-Artists Challenge, an online group. I'm also in DSG group #25.

I'm a wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

You can see my work on: Slow Shutter Speed Blog




Rita Johnston

Rita Johnston

I am Rita Ellison Johnston. I have lived and worked in Texas most of my life, and now live in Georgetown, Texas for 8 months of the year. The summer months we live by Port Townsend, WA and greatly enjoy the Pacific NW from May to September. We moved to Georgetown, Tx and Sun City 5 years ago to join with other retirees who have similar interests.

While working I always did travel photography on vacations, but got more interested in nature and bird photography while traveling in Florida in 2016. When we moved to Sun City, I joined the Sun City Photography Club, and have been active in it for the last 5 years. I have learned so much! I participate in the Annual Competition, PSA Digial, PSA Print, and PSA Nature interest groups through the club. I've served on the Board and volunteer in activities to give back.

My two cameras are the Sony RX10iv (24-600mm) and the iphone 13 Pro Max. Previously used Nikon cameras, but I like the ease and versatility of my current cameras. I like to photograph nature, wildlife, birds, people, landscapes, and anything I find interesting and different. Looking forward to participating in this group!