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Mervyn Hurwitz

Mervyn Hurwitz

I became interested in photography 60 years ago when I received a chemical set for a birthday present. My darkroom graduated from my bathroom to a permanent structure in my parent's garage.

Born in South Africa, I was able to combine my love of nature and wildlife with my love of photography. I have been a member of PSA since moving to Florida, USA, in 1990 and have enjoyed all aspects of photography. My first love is still wildlife and I enjoy photographing birds in flight.

About 5 years ago, I took some classes in fine art photography and gained a better understanding of fine art and black and white images. I belong to 2 camera clubs and a fine art group where I find I have learned the most from discussion with fellow photographers.

I have recently retired from practicing dentistry, and am enjoying more opportunities for travel and early morning nature photography.




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/.




Pierre Williot

Pierre Williot

I am now living in Crystal Beach, Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada and was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. My interests in photography started during my childhood. My father was using a manual single lens reflex camera without interchangeable lens nor light meter. Obviously the digital technology was not even dreamed about at that time.
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<br />I bought my first camera at the age 15. This was a film camera with interchangeable lenses and light meter. Autofocus did not exist at the time. The digital technology came 30 years later!
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<br />I use Canon and Olympus systems. I am mainly interested in Landscape and nature photography.
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<br />I am a member of two local photography groups (Science Museum Camera Club, Buffalo, NY and the South Town Camera Club, Hamburg, NY). My participation to local groups increased my interest for the art of photography.
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<br />I like to give and receive constructive remarks and comments as I want to perfect my technique and develop my own style.




Cindy Smith

Cindy Smith

I have always loved photography, but am thankful for digital!

Born in Memphis, raised in St. Louis, I have lived in Cleveland, Ohio for 36 years managing my husband's dental practice and raising a family. Not much time for me until I retired in 2015. I joined the Cleveland Photography Society, took classes, entered competitions and met lots of great people who love photography as much as I do. I keep my love for it by making sure it stays just a hobby.

I shoot Sony a7iii, usually with my 200-600 zoom, almost daily as we hike with our lab. Initially, never much interested in wildlife, after taking photos and seeing what my camera caught and I would have missed with my own eyes, I quickly became captivated with my surroundings. From orb weavers to humpbacks, I have a great time! I am looking forward to your comments and suggestions to improve both my shots and my post-processing with PhotoShop.

(I probably should join a writer's group to learn how not to constantly say "I")




Jacob Wat

Jacob Wat

Hello, I am a graduate student at Purdue University with the Department of Chemistry. In my free time I like to garden and paint. Besides that the majority of my photography is flower based.




Jaswant Madhavan

Jaswant Madhavan

I am a 62-year-old surgeon with a lifelong passion for capturing the wonders of nature through the lens of a camera. Born with a fascination for both healing and the wild, I have found harmony in balancing the precision of surgery with the artistry of wildlife photography. I have travelled the world and have attempted to capture the essence of life in various parts of the wild in my photographs. My journey is a testament to the enduring love for both science and art, proving that age is no barrier to pursuing one's passions.




Diane Perry

Diane Perry

I am from the Mid North coast of NSW, Australia.
I love getting out to explore & experiment with my cameras whenever possible (unfortunately not as often as I'd like).

While I have no particular niche living where I do there is a tendency towards nature & landscape style shots.

I'm looking forward to improving my photography & learning form others on this platform.