This is a List of our Moderator Staff working hard, to make this a Place we All enjoy spending some time at..
This Profile index includes, a small Bio on each, their interests, and the Rooms in which they Moderate. We hope with this index, to allow New Members, and All Members , perhaps a face, and a name that you can better associate with, as you roam the different areas here at NEMs..
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My name is Melissa, ( AKA Barngodess ), and Tom’s wife. I am owner/administrator , and the person you can hold responsible for starting this board......
While I love snapping photos, I am not as technical minded as others on this board..... I shoot with a P&S HP Photosmart 935. I want to capture the moment..... The fleeting moments that will not happen ever again, the very same way.
I took Photography in High School. That is where I learned dark room techniques, developing film and pictures. I had a keen interest but never developed it any further. In later years after marriage and when Tom got more involved we had a darkroom and I developed the film , while he developed the actual prints. Our interests went hand in hand.
Present day, I am always up to a challenge. My life has not been immersed in photography, it has been spent trying to make a difference in peoples and animals lives.
I was a Firefighter in Ohio, for 9 years. The second woman in the department at that time.... hence, the challenge..... both physically and emotional. My picture was in the newspaper more than once, being on the scene of local fires or accidents.
I was an elected prosecuting Animal Control Officer for 2 years in Vermont, and helped pen the dog ordinance in that community. I also volunteered at the local animal shelter. I worked many hours, helping to prosecute and bring awareness to animal cruelty in northern Vermont communities...... I just can’t help but stand up for Gods creatures.
Again, my picture was published on the front page of the Burlington Free Press........ I did the Penguin Plunge, which was in February, 2005, air tempurature was 17 degrees F. It was a fund raiser for the Special Olympics.
NO, my photographs have not been published..... just photos of me.
That’s about it for me, and that’s all besides my full time day job that I normally do, accept at the moment I’m unemployed after moving to Tennessee.
New England Moments / Tom / Owner Administrator,
Before knowing anything about being a Photographer , or even the tech name Photography, Tom was a Simple , " Picture Taker ", starting in the late 60s with Kodak 110/ 126 Cameras.. A few Compliments here and there from Family, stirred him into taking Photography classes, over Sports in High School... This was the First Spark, to the Fire that still burns out of Control for him to this Day..
Basically Self Taught in photography, Tom established himself as Freelance Photographer in his Home State of Ohio, in the mid “1980s” operating his Photography Business, “ Shooters “. Never satisfied with just confining himself to Weddings, Portraits, and All Occasion type work, he continued his love of shooting the outdoors, and Publication, and it paid off.
His Photography of Ohio’s most Scenic, Preserved , and Natural Areas, was recognized, and shown on Public television, and local networks in the Ohio Area. His Work Exhibited throughout Ohio for 18 Months in Museums and Galleries , such as;
"THE DAYTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY"
"THE AULLWOOD AUDUBON SOCIETY"
"THE COX ARBORATUM" " THE HYATT GALLERY "
" THE GALLERY ST. JOHN "
" THE OHIO GIRL SCOUT HEADQUARTERS"
" THE SHOWCASE GALLERY" , and Other Photographic Showplaces.
Twelve of Tom’s Photos were again selected for Exhibit by The Dayton Museum of Natural History, to coincide with the work of Jim Brandenburg, author ,” White Wolf , the Living Legend”
One of Tom’s photos of an Ohio Waterfall, Won a Kodak award, and toured with the Kodak Exhibit for one Year..
In “ 92" Tom and his Wife moved to Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, where he continued to publish work, of what he called , A photographers Heaven. During the 17 Years in Vermont, Tom done work for Vermont Illustrating, calendar shots , as well as various Magazines, last published in October of 08" with a Vermont Foliage spread, 4 Photos , and Cover in War Cry Magazine. Tom and his Wife now reside in Northeast Tennessee, as of Oct. “08" and he again plans to continue to feed his photography hunger and drive..
LordV... Brian Valentine
Moderator/ Macro Photography
Name from my hero of Terry Pratchett discworld books (Lord Vetinari)
I am an early retired PhD microbiologist who has rekindled an interest in photography after purchasing my first DSLR Christmas 2004. I had used pentax film SLRs before that but mainly for holiday/family snaps.
Soon found that I liked the world of macrophotography and have been happily snapping away in my garden ever since.
Macrophotography provides me with an interesting hobby and via the internet feedback on how I'm doing plus the opportunity to help others with their photography.
Lots of hints and tips on how I do my photography in the discussion points here http://www.flickr.com/groups/macroviewers/discuss/
Canon camera bodies 20D,350D and 40D
Lenses 3X kit lenses, Sigma 105mm Ex macro, Canon MP_E65 macro, Canon 200mm F2.8L, Tokina 28-75mm SR Di.
Ancillaries 2X 430Ex flash guns, DIY flash brackets, DIY diffusers, bean pole, Jessops extension tube set and a mature garden with fish ponds.
Newspapers - The Times, The Scotsman, Daily mail, The Mirror and some local and foreign papers
Magazines - Asian Geographic, Practical Photography, The garden (RHS), Skona hem, The Environmentalist, Gardenia.
Books - The fly (Stephen Connor), DK Animals
Calendar- Hopefully a 2010 one coming out.
Fame -"Worlds Greatest Macrophotgrapher" - a rather amusing entry in Digg.com - not enered by me I hasten to add although I did reply to some of the nonsence.http://digg.com/environment/Worlds_Greatest_Macro_Photographer
Global Moderator..Black & White , HDR Photography
Ian Miller (aka Fusion), is a Freelance Photographer currently living and working in South East Asia, and his involvement, and exposure to photography stems back nearly some thirty Years. Ian also realizes that with his experience, and time in Photography, that you can't just rely on your past knowledge, the Digital Age, will not allow it, knowledge and experience is never ending.
His first camera, apart from his Dads old Brownie Box, was a Chinon CS with a 50mm f1.8 lens, no automation and a great cheap camera to learn the basics on. He quickly moved on to a Nikon F with a selection of Nikkor lenses bought second hand, mainly primes from 28mm to 300mm, no zooms at this point. This led to the Nikon F2 with a motor drive picked up whilst he was travelling in the USA, California (San Francisco if he remembers correctly) a real modern classic, he still has both these cameras and use them sometimes when film is requested.
His first 'real' digital camera was a Kodak DCS 520 ( Review) followed shortly after by a Kodak DCS 620 (review) both extremely expensive and ground breaking cameras in there day, obsolete now but still taking perfectly acceptable images and he can use all his MF Nikkor lenses with the 620 and retain metering.
His main camera is now the Canon 1D MkIV 16MP and he is very impressed with it. This is supported by a Canon 1D,1D Mk2 & 10D and Powershot G11. He uses Canon & Sigma lenses (10-20 EX & 15-30 DG plus a Canon 24-105 IS f4 USM and 70-200 f2.8L USM) plus a Nikon D1H & D1X with a selection of Nikkor lenses.
Why CANON ?? Why NIKON ??
He has no particular preference between brand and finds that they all are much the same. He likes the smoothness of the Canon images and he admires there reliability under extremes. Nikon he finds the images more gritty and film like (especially the D1H) and for some images this is what he likes and for this reason he runs the two systems in tandem. Nikkor glass in his opinion still unbeatable and he still uses a lot of his retained Nikkor A1s lenses, no AF but superb results.
He is currently based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He will be living almost exclusively in Phnom Penh City and using this as his base for futher freelance work and the exploration of the whole of SEA.http://photographybyfusion.weebly.com/http://fusion.zenfolio.com/ http://kyddmiller.wordpress.com/
Moderator... People / Portraits & Wedding Photography
Amber Rust (Two Color).
My interest in photography is a little different than most! My father owns a printing business in the small town where I grew up. I have been employed there since I was 8 years old. I remember sitting for hours and watching my dad do graphic design and type setting (on the old type setter). It seemed so cool to me. I graduated from high school in 1994 and went to Utah State University majoring in Piano Pedagogy. While there I was employed at a print shop as a graphic designer, at a local newspaper as an ad designer and finally at Utah State as the sole graphic designer for the conferencing division. We used to pay people to take photographs for us, and it seemed we never got what we wanted. I remember thinking I can do better than that!
I bought my first DSLR after my second child was born. I began reading anything about photography that I could get my hands on. My children, neighbors and close friends began to be my practice. Eventually I was asked to do a very close friend’s wedding. When I said no, they informed me that they weren’t planning on hiring a photographer at all. I figured I could do much better than no one! It went great, and I haven’t looked back since!
I now own my own full service photography studio. I specialize in infants and children. When asked why, I tease that babies and children are always naturally beautiful . . . it’s the adults that take more thought and work to make them look their best! I shoot with a Pentax K-20, with two other Pentax cameras in my backup arsenal!
I have 5 beautiful children and a wonderfully patient husband! We live in Brigham City, Utah. I love running and have (3) 15K (9 miles), (1) half marathon, and countless 10K (6 miles) races under my belt. I also love reading, cooking, and scrapbooking!