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 I have enjoyed many classes and workshops here at PhotoCentral over the past 20+ years. I bought my first Digital full frame camera about 4 years ago, but I still enjoy shooting 35mm B/W on occasion.
Mike Thompson
Photography is my love. Through it, I am learning about myself and the art of self expression. I have gone from being concerned with faithfully capturing a scene or situation through my lens, to wanting to evoke an emo- tional experience for my viewer. My journey has en- compassed education, experimentation, risk, and a few leaps of faith. While I may not have arrived at being an
an Award of Excellence from the Judges as well as one of the coveted "People’s Choice Awards."
John Van Winkle
For me, photography has been an ongoing exploration of the wonders of nature, light, my own curiosity, and personal expression. Form, tone, dynamics, scales, textures, experimentation, improvisation, and content are important components in music, just as they are in my photography.
Until September of 2011 I was the Principal Orchestra Librarian of the San Francisco Symphony. I have been
 For me, photography has been an ongoing exploration of the wonders of nature, light, my own curiosity, and personal expression. Form, tone, dynamics, scales, textures, experimentation, improvisation, and content are important components in music, just as they are in my photography.
 "artist", I have grown as an individual. May you find a joy in your life equivalent to the one afforded me by the view through a lens.
Sonia Underdown
I found my passion for photography rather late in life. I discovered how much I enjoyed photography after tak- ing an "Introduction to Photography" class with Kate Jordahl at Chabot College in 1995.
My first trip to Europe was in 1996. I used a Pentax Spotmatic camera and had 2 lenses. I used in excess of 31 rolls of 35mm film; most of which were rolls of 36. The cost to develop the film from that trip was more than my round-trip airfare!
I purchased my first Digital camera in 2008 and have continued to hone my skills through workshops, travel and classes all geared toward my passion for photogra- phy.
I gained more knowledge about presenting my images by taking the Portfolio Class lead by Geir Jordahl and Oliver Klink and am still using some of those images yet today!
Participating in one of PhotoCentral Spring Shows, I was one of the award winners in two categories for my image entitled "Open for Business" which is a night- time image of the Tower Bridge in London. I received
– John Van Winkle
a member of the Berkeley Camera Club for many years and since retiring from the symphony I’m now able to devote more time to my fine art photography.
In the mid 1960’s I started photographing using trans- parency film, and in 1978 I set up a darkroom and worked primarily with black and white film in formats from 35 mm to 8" x10". Since 2007 I have also been working with digital photography.
My photographs have been in publications of the Yo- semite Association and I have had exhibitions in galler- ies and museums throughout the bay area. My photo- graphs are also in private collections on at least three continents. The Edward Jones office in Piedmont, CA (Suite 201) has an ongoing exhibit of my photographs that I change every six months.
I do all of my own printing, matting, and framing. The photographs are prepared using the finest archival ma- terials.
Ronald Walton
I take a camera with me when I travel. Hoping to cap- ture some memories of the trip. Otherwise I don’t pho- tograph as much as I used to.
October 2019 saw me and my girlfriend in Washing- ton state, for me to do some winterizing of my sailboat there, to be followed by a drive down the Pacific coast
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