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Lance Lewin

Lance Lewin

Introducing Fine Art Photographer/Instructor/Lecturer
Lance A. Lewin

For the most part, my inspiration from behind the viewfinder comes from a richly filled combination of studying the pioneers of photography in the mid to late 19th Century and masters of the 20th century, (e.g., Julia Margret Cameron, Alfred Stieglitz, Ansel Adams and Bob Kolbrener, for just four examples) while also studying art history, drawing and design, all in the pursuit of developing my own artistic narratives.

Though a lot of my work cannot be deemed as "Straight Photography", nonetheless, I stay clear of trends that can lead to what some refer to as hyper-reality and composite alternatives, instead, maintaining a photographic canvas that balances between modernist and pictorial aesthetics that evoke a sense of reality and authenticity.

My philosophy on teaching photography embodies photographic techniques developed, learned and expanded in both the 19th and 20th Century, and I feel should serve as the backbone to pedagogic material for students of photography in the 21st century and beyond. As such, my methodology of teaching photography is structured to embrace traditional photography skill sets and their application into the digital photography revolution.

Please, visit my website to learn a lot more about my perspectives from behind the lens and teaching philosophies. My office door is always open to take specific questions or just chat on anything about photography. You can reach out to me via email at: lance.visualizingart@gmail.com Thank you.

Website - http://visualizingart.com/

•Photographic Society of America (PSA) DD-83Mono & DD87General Administrator
•PSA Black and White Photography Mentor
•PSA South Atlantic Area Membership Director
•Contributing Writer at PHOTOPXL.com
•Past co-director/Curator at Gilmer Arts Gallery, Ellijay, Ga
•Past Board of Director seat at Gilmer Arts
•Retired Telecom business owner

Camera Systems: Canon 5D Mark II & III, and Minolta XD-11 and XD-7 film camera systems




Chan Garrett

Chan Garrett

I am a retired Baptist pastor, now living in DeLand, Florida.
My passion for photography took a great step forward in the early 1980's when I decided to enroll in an adult education course in photography at the Atlanta Center for the Arts. A following course in B&W Darkroom convinced me to build a darkroom in my home, and I was off and running.
I studied Ansel Adams with a passion and spent hours in my darkroom trying to make my prints look like AA. (I have never come close to matching him.)
As I saw retirement approaching, I determined not to retire to a rocking chair on the front porch. I decided to begin my own photography business. Thus, began Chan Garrett Photography. But what type of photography?
I noticed a job listing on a bulletin board as I left a class one evening. A well-established wedding photographer needed an assistant. I applied and worked with him for over a year. Next, I convinced my wife to join me in going out on our own in the Wedding Photography business. We worked together for the next ten years in a modestly successful business, photographing between 25 and 30 weddings a year. We both joined and became active in, The Georgia Professional Photographers Association (GPPA) and The Professional Photographers of America (PPA).
As we aged, and weddings began to take their toll on us, we retired (again) and moved to Florida to be near our children and grandchildren.

My camera collection consists of a Canon T3i (converted to IR with 830 filter), Canon 7D Mark ii, Canon M50 and a Canon RP.




Steven Jungerwirth

Steven Jungerwirth

Greetings - I look forward to joining the group and benefiting from diverse feedback that always contributes to better results.

My interest in photography started as an adolescent; watching my uncle process B&W images in his basement darkroom. During high school I took pictures for a local realtor (getting paid!) and was the Photo Editor of our school newspaper. Strictly B&W film and I processed all my own images.

Then for a couple of decades my serious interest waned (perhaps life got in the way). I kept taking pictures; really snapshots.

About two years ago I re-engaged; buying a Canon Rebel T6s (crop sensor) and taking a photography class at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Since then I have taken several classes at other schools and invested in a full frame camera (Canon 6D Mark 2) and a bunch of lenses. I wonder if the Canon ecosystem was the right brand to invest in? And I am getting tempted by the mirrorless world?

I have broad interests; including landscapes/flowers, macro, cityscapes, tabletop, water/sunsets, reflections, drips. My preference is usually inanimate objects; since I'm not very good a posing adult humans!

I have a science background (undergraduate degrees in Chemistry/Computer Science) and then studied medicine, specializing in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. For the last thirty years I have worked in the Pharmaceutical industry doing clinical research.

Steve




Dale Yates

Dale Yates

I live in the small town of Belleville, Michigan, which is near Ann Arbor and considered a suburb of Detroit. My wife and I have 2 grown children and 5 grandchildren. I retired a few years ago after a 36 year career at a major freight railroad. My interest in photography began in 2008 (approximately) when my wife bought me my first camera for Christmas. Since then I have enjoyed countless hours taking photos wherever I could and of whatever I could. In order to further my photography interest and skills, I have taken a few photography courses, including Photography Instruction and Image Analysis, both through PSA (both highly recommended). My areas of interest in photography include landscape, nature, black & white, architecture, and macro...in general, anything interesting. Photography to me is relaxing and is both enjoyable and educational.




Will Korn

Will Korn

In my daytime job as a physician I am an Interventional Radiologist. I've been taking photos since my college days on black and white film. Digital photography became a reality just after I bought my first enlarger, which I never used! My favorite subjects now are macro, night, and travel photography, but I'll try anything.




Cindy Smith

Cindy Smith

My husband and I live in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and we have been married 48 years in June. We have 3 grown sons, 3 wonderful DILs, and 6 beautiful GRANDgifts (only 1 boy in the group!) My father was an amateur photographer, which probably sparked my interest, but I really began when my sons were playing sports. I have recently gone to a Canon EOS R. I mainly like nature photography and taking pictures of my GRANDgifts. We are planning a road trip out west, and I'm hoping for tips on photographing there. We have traveled, and I love documenting our travels. I have taken some classes through the camera shop in Little Rock. I joined the local photography club to learn better how to capture the beauty around me.




Jennifer Marano

Jennifer Marano

I have always loved to travel, and for many years my main interest in photography was to document my trips. I carried small cameras because I was often hiking or rafting or other activities that weren't friendly to bigger cameras. Then, a few years back, I broke my leg and had a difficult recovery. Frustrated and at loose ends, I decided to get more serious about photography and bought a "real" camera, a Sony a 6000 camera body and two lenses, in the summer of 2017.

After a rocky start (trying to photograph tree swallows, not the best starter subject) I realized that I needed some help and began taking classes at the local community college. I also joined a camera club and started going on field trips and workshops. I really love wildlife, nature and landscape, and I've dabbled a little bit into macro. I discovered that I consistently avoid photographing people, so I have tried to force myself to do more of that. I've also started to experiment with monochrome.

I'm not too adept at computers, so have started a Photoshop class and have taken a few workshops in Lightroom in order to learn how to enhance the photos I take. I'm hoping that this discussion group can give me some pointers on how to best present my images. After so many years of photographing as a reminder of where I have been, I've now become interested in how others view my work and I want to learn how to convey to others the beauty (and sometimes the ugliness) that I see all around me.

Thank you,
Jennifer.