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My life-long enjoyment with "taking pictures" became a more studied interest in the artistic side of photography after I took a landscape and nature photography class through a local (Montgomery County, MD) adult education program and joined the Gaithersburg Camera Club (http://gaithersburgcameraclub.org) in January of 2000. The club's newsletter editor for many years, I also helped coordinate our monthly member competitions.

When I joined the club I shot with a Nikon SLR camera (N70, then N80) on Kodak print or Fuji slide film, converting my image to digital files with a Nikon Coolscan IV (now A Coolscan V) and printing through Adobe Photoshop Elements, with an Epson 1280 inkjet on Epson papers. However, the purchase of a digital point and shoot for a trip "down under" in January of 2004 was my first step into a continuing adventure with digital photography. After my first DSLR, the D70, now my equipment includes a Nikon D300 and a Lumix LX3. I'm in the market for a replacement for my little Canon Powershot Elph. (I've had two of them develop dust spots on their sensors, no doubt from banging around in my purse.) I've upgraded my printer to the Epson R1800 and find the creative possibilities of the "digital darkroom" more and more stimulating -- though the time-consuming and file managing aspects do tend to become a bit overwhelming.

My subjects are usually nature-related, but mainly I shoot what I like, for the pure fun of it, and I'm delighted when others enjoy the results. I'm a retired public school teaching assistant and live in Rockville, Maryland, with my husband. I have two married children and three grandchildren who are my viewfinder's favorite moving targets.