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Sherry Icardi

Sherry Icardi

Passionate shooter that takes my camera everywhere. I have always kept a point and shoot in my car and office, but lately have found my phone is my go to if I want to capture an image on the spur of the moment (but clearly have not mastered) . I have done several photography treks with professional mentors and learned a great deal from them. As I have matured as a photographer I have developed a true love for animals and conservation. Living in Florida has certainly pushed conservation up on my scale of concerns . I love traveling and getting to witness all the unique animals around the globe!

My go to wildlife camera is a Sony a1 paired with a 100-400 mm lens. I will occasionally use a 1.4 Teleconverter but find it is not always as sharp as just cropping the image without the teleconverter. 58 mb raw file gives me lots of options. For landscapes or people photography, I use my Nikon 850.

I retired in 2016 after I realized that my life was all about work and little else. We moved to Florida to be near our youngest daughter and her family. I still miss the demands of a work life, but have substituted regular visits to local wetlands and NWR. I also love travel and resumed traveling after COVID restriction this year (2023). Can't wait to see what place I will go next!!




Butch Mazzuca

Butch Mazzuca

I hail from Chicago, Illinois, a graduate of the University of Dayton, and a former Naval Aviator (USMC). I spent my business career in Denver and after retiring I moved to Vail, Colorado in 1999 where I was a ski instructor for the Vail Ski School and wrote commentary for the Vail Daily Newspaper. I bought my first camera in 2008 for a trip to Africa, and my philosophy about photography can be summed up as follows: Impact, Visual Interest, and Storytelling are the fundamental characteristics that most often succeed in competitions and what I try to incorporate into my own photography and look for when reviewing images of others. I believe that light, composition, and technical proficiency are not stand-alone aspects in photography, rather they are the essentials necessary in creating impact and visual interest.

You can see my work on: Butch Mazzuca




Dave Ficke

Dave Ficke

Dave Ficke joined the Mountain News in September of 2015 as a sports photographer, covering Rim of the World High School sports. In 2017 he was asked to also write the sports articles to accompany his excellent photographs for the Mountain News. This is his first professional job as a sports correspondent; additionally Dave has done other articles on human interest and the environment for The Mountain News.
Dave graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a BS in Biology, earned his California Secondary Teaching Credential and taught high school college prep Biology, Physics and Field Biology in Upland, CA. He led field trips to Yosemite National Park for his Field Biology classes for twenty-seven years. Dave also earned a Masters in Environmental Education and is currently retired from a career that spanned 33 years, teaching high school through college.
During his time in the field of Education Dave has variously been the coordinator for the California Regional Environmental Education Network (CREEC) for all of Riverside, Inyo, Mono and San Bernardino Counties for over 20 years; he was a Teacher Ambassador for Cal Recycle, presenting professional development curriculum the Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) to educators throughout California for seven years. Dave was appointed by California’s State Superintendent Tom Torlakson to help develop The California Blueprint for Environmental Education for the State of California.
Dave has retired from rock climbing and rapids riding, but still loves to hike and take backpacking trips. His informal avocation for photography developed into a second career for Dave; he currently shows and sells his landscape and wildlife prints at The Mountain Arts Gallery in Lake Arrowhead. He has won various awards for his photographs from The Orange County Fair, Inland Empire Professional Photographers, and the Redlands Camera Club where he was president for two years.
Dave, his wife Kathleen, also a retired teacher and guidance counselor, and their two dogs, Jordie a golden doodle, and Cedar, a golden retriever, love to travel in their fifth wheel RV for weeks at a time. Dave’s love of the outdoors and his passion for landscape and wildlife photography complement his love for the environment.




Dhananjay Rao

Dhananjay Rao

Hi all. I hail from India and love photography. Although I carried camera for good 8-9 years, it is only in the last 2-3 years, did I started a constant review of what I shoot and how I shoot.

I personally love being close to natural setup and observing wildlife at close quarters... My love for birdwatching further spooked this interest in nature photography. I would like to bring out the behavior, ecosystem, season or some specific aspects of the wildlife/birds as much as I can.

I carry a Canon 7DM2 and 60D along with few lens. I hire lens when on a wildlife safari or a birding trip. I also use a 100mm lens for a macro setup.




Ian Cambourne

Ian Cambourne

Born and raised in Sydney Australia, I have enjoyed all forms of photography since the late 1980's. All genres and subject types are of interest. The progression from film to digital has allowed the creative wings to get a stretch and work out. Being a member of a local camera club since 1992, the last five years have seen a diminishing desire to direct my photography towards just collecting points in competitions. My desire now is to produce images that I'm personally pleased with, while hopefully, other viewers may find some pleasing and some others different and unusual.




Peter Cheung

Peter Cheung

I was born in Hong Kong and live in Sammamish, WA right now. I work in Information Technology Industry in Seattle area. Photography is always my favorite hobby. I bought my first SLR camera, Nikon FM2, when I was a graduate student in Arizona State University. I fell in love with this camera. I went back to Hong Kong after I graduated from Arizona but unfortunately I didn't continue my photography hobby after that. Perhaps this is because I was too busy at work. Later I migrated to Seattle in 1998 and purchased my first DSLR camera, Nikon D90, in 2009. Photography became my passion again. It provides me an extra eye to observe the nature, human, and life.

I now use Nikon D810 with five lenes, Nikon 14-24mm, 18-35mm, 24-70mm, 70-200mm, and 200-500mm so it covered from super wide angle to super telephoto ranges. I like hiking and travel. Landscape and nature are my favorite subjects but I also like street and people photos. I mainly use Lightroom and Photoshop as my post-processing tools, and still learning how to master them.

I look forward to learning from each other within the group.

You can see my work on: Peter Cheung Photography




Gary Jones

Gary Jones

Gary Jones - Bio

I have grown to enjoy photography and consider myself at an intermediate level in terms of skills both with the camera and post processing. I live with my wife in Northeastern Wisconsin where we are surrounded by the waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan. We have an abundance of shoreline, lighthouses, parks, and an assortment of wildlife and nature. I started photography many years ago with a Canon AE1 and didn't do much with it. Eventually I traded the AE1 for an early Canon Digital Rebel and that's when my interest and skill development began in earnest. I've progressed through the line of Canon bodies and lenses until today where I have a Canon mirrorless R5 and an assortment of Canon RF lenses. My wife and I enjoy traveling to the national parks in the U.S. and until COVID, we made 1 or 2 trips to the parks each year, with our preference being in the spring when the babies arrive or in the fall when the season is ending, and animal behavior is different.

I spent my career in IT and find my tech needs are fulfilled with the new camera technologies and post-processing software. I use mainly Adobe Lightroom with a bit of Photoshop along with Topaz Denoise and Sharpen. I participate in a local camera club and a larger Wisconsin collaboration of clubs where I submit photos for competitions and judging. I find the competitions help me see great images from others and the judging helps me learn how to produce better images myself.