Board of Directors
Gilbert Portugal, President
I have been involved in photography to various extents since I was very young taking pictures with “instamatic,” “disc,” and “pocket” cameras. Eventually I got an SLR camera and shot much of my senior year’s high school yearbook photos. Since then I have probably shot near a hundred-thousand photos mostly as a hobby and for fun, but I have shot a couple of weddings, group portraits, and I have won a couple awards for my photography. Being involved in the SCPC has allowed me learn, teach, and enjoy the camaraderie and fellowship of other photographers.
Jim Rusher, Vice President
I developed an appreciation for the natural world and outdoor adventure at an early age and was fortunate to experience places like Yosemite, Utah, and the Southwest on road trips with my parents. At age 8 I was given my first camera, an Argus 75 which allowed me to capture these beautiful places on film. In my early 20s I became inspired by Ansel Adams, and wanted to take my photography to the next level. I then enrolled in a series of classes at local colleges and learned the importance of composition, lighting, and waiting for the right moment. I have since become a serious amateur photographer and I continue to develop my skills through courses, seminars, and lots of practice.
Carolyn Parker, Secretary
I have always been interested in photography. I started with the Kodak instamatics and bought my first DSLR about seven years ago. Since my retirement in 2014, I have been able to spend more time pursuing, learning and practicing photography. I enjoy our informative meetings and well organized outings. I have met some wonderful people in the club and look forward to a great 2017.
Suzie Greenberg, Treasurer
I started taking pictures when I was a teenager with a Polaroid Swinger and the jingle from that commercial has stuck in my head for all these years! (I promise I won’t sing it!) In the 70’s I also used a Kodak instamatic 100 and a Kodak pocket instamatic.
In November 2010, I was ready to learn more about photography and how to really use a camera. My Mom bought me a Canon 7D, my first DSLR, and I signed up for a BW class at Saddleback College to help get me started. The camera stayed unopened in the box for over a month! I was so intimidated by the complexity and I was also afraid that I would damage it somehow.
I finally had to open it to get ready for my class. At the time my intention was to focus on learning the technical aspects of camera operation. The class introduced me to my camera, composition, creativity, and the use of Lightroom.
Although I’ve learned a lot, I still have a long way to go….and the journey goes on! I would consider my story a success if I could help, encourage or inspire someone, if even in a small way, to learn and explore life with their cameras, as many of you here have done for me. I look forward to creating more images and lasting memories!
Becky Martens, Membership
I have been enjoying photography since my husband gave me a 35mm Canon on my 35th birthday. For many years, I kept busy documenting my children’s lives, but that came to an abrupt stop when they reached middle school. At that point, aside from photographing their sports, I switched my focus to nature. Since joining SCPC, I have learned a great deal and have expanded my interests beyond landscapes to include wild animals, birds, long exposure, night sky, and travel photography.
Jaime Diaz, Outings
When I was a small child, I feared being in front of a camera mainly because of the bright flash which blinded me. As I grew older, I became inspired by the photography my father created. His camera collection consisted of Leicas, Baldas, Poleroids, Kodaks, and later Konicas. He used me quite often as his convenient model and prop during his photo experimentation. Years later, I too would be using my kids for many of the same purposes.
My early photography mainly consisted of recording experiences with friends, family, and various trips. Much of it captured the emotion of the moment. It wasn’t until I met my wife who was a semi-pro photographer whose images had a particular art form along with my dad giving me his Konica SLR film cameras with its variety of lenses that I started looking through the lens differently.
For several years, I learned what I could about working with film cameras and found it mostly rewarding and on occasion disappointing at times. My biggest challenge was understanding lighting and how to use it to my advantage.
Bruce Wight, Workshops
I have had a passion for capturing images since I was very young. The natural world and all its diversity has always amazed me and photography provided me a method to look closely at the tiny and far into space and everywhere in between. I have spent thousands of hours underwater in search of new critters to photograph, have been up until the early morning hours capturing the night sky, and been privileged to take cameras all over the world. I am fortunate to have a partner in life, my wife Johanna, who also shares the photography bug. My images have appeared in many books, magazines, newspapers and web sites. As the world of digital imagery continues to evolve, my goal is to continue to learn, enhance my skills, share my knowledge, and spend as much time as possible chasing the light and grabbing moments of time.
Steve DiAnda, Outreach
My entire professional life has been spent in the manufacture of precision optics including design, fabrication and final test and inspection. I spent many years as the president of J. L. Wood Optical Systems and later co-owner (with my wife Jeanette) of Pacific Coast Optics. In my career I’ve been involved with optical projects for military applications, space exploration, medical use and even an anamorphic lens for Lucasfilms.
For me, optics and photography go hand in hand and are two of my passions in life. Like most of us when we’re younger, raising a family was top priority and photography got put on a back burner. I never found enough time to really enjoy it. It was Jeanette who reignited my interest in photography. I enjoy camping and traveling, so it just figures that I love to shoot nature, birds and landscapes. I am now completely addicted to photography and South County Photo Club is my latest fix. I thoroughly enjoy sharing this addiction with all of my friends in the club
Gary Cox, Communications
My photographic journey began with a Brownie Hawkeye that I thought was a magic box. I progressed through several levels of Canon 35mm SLRs. The Sony Mavica was my first venture into the world of digital images. Its 1999 state of the art onboard memory consisted of one 3.5 inch floppy disk with a 4 image capacity. Imagine managing 100 disks traveling around England. I have to say I don’t miss negatives, transparencies, and those days of breathing chemical fumes in my closet darkroom. Digital cameras and computer post processing are definitely the way to go.
In 2011, after a few years off from my photography I bought a new DSLR. Sorry Canon fans. I went over to the dark side and switched to Nikon. Recognizing that I needed to learn more and share the joy of photography with like minded people I began researching photo clubs in Orange County on the internet.
It only took one visit to South County Photo Club to know I had found the group I was looking for. Participation in club activities and meeting many new friends has enriched my life. I have even won a couple of ribbons in the Orange County Fair.
When not engaged in things photographic I am an Information Technology Manager for a Global Defense and Technology Company.