Judy Guenther (Digital)
Judy Guenther joined NVPS in the fall of 2015. She has been an avid travel photographer for the past seven years since purchasing her first “serious” camera, a Nikon D7000 and a set of lenses. She has been strongly influenced by her photographer husband, Wayne, and his life-long passion for photography. Actually, Judy got tired of waiting for Wayne to work a scene and decided to start shooting herself. She is an amateur photographer who has been a member of The Art League at The Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria for the past five years. Besides being juried into several monthly shows at The Art League, her work has also been selected for national juried shows at the Hylton Performing Arts Center’s Buchanan Gallery, Black Box Gallery in Portland, OR, and Multiple Exposures Gallery in Alexandria, VA. She has received special training at Maine Media Workshops and with Alison Shaw in Martha’s Vineyard, and has traveled with Jim Zuckerman and National Geographic photographers Jay Dickman, Nevada Weir, and Susan Seubert. Judy shoots most of her photography while traveling domestically and abroad. She enjoys landscapes, abstracts, colors, nature, wildlife and cultural portraits. A former Nikon D7000/7100 user, Judy has switched entirely to Olympus OMD EM-1 mirrorless bodies with a variety of lenses.
She retired in 2009 as a Senior Executive in the Army Budget Office in the Pentagon where she directed the budget functions for the Army’s procurement, research and development, base realignment and closure, military construction and family housing funds. She worked for the Army for 26 years, 17 of them in the Pentagon. Although she was a cello
performance major in college, after meeting Wayne (also a music major) when he was an Army officer, she switched her career plans from being a professional musician to being a government employee, although keeping up with musical activities. She is a paid singer at a Catholic church and a member of The Washington Chorus. Since her retirement, she and Wayne have traveled extensively to more than 36 countries and within the US.
Judy and Wayne have three children and six grandchildren and look forward to continued travel and photography.
Bill Millhouser (Print)
Bill became interested in photography in the early 1970s, starting with a used Yashica SLR and then a series of various Canon film SLRs. Bill enjoyed travel and nature photography, but the outputs were limited to color prints in scrapbooks and boxes of Kodak Carousel slide trays. Having flamed out, so to speak, in chemistry, he never set foot in a darkroom.
Things changed radically when digital cameras became available to amateurs. In 2001, Bill dived in and bought the Canon D30, which had a rather modest 3.25 megapixel sensor (!) and a blazing 3 FPS frame rate. Using Lightroom, Bill began to understand more about proper exposure and the how to “develop” digital images. Throughout the 2000s, Bill casually developed his camera skills photographing landscapes, birds and macro subjects. Travel photography was, and remains, a keen interest. Bill was lucky to have job at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration which entailed trips not only to all of the West Coast and Alaska, but also Hawaii and other Pacific islands.
Soon after retiring Bill attended his first photographic workshop in Costa Rica, which exposed him to the wonderful variety and color of tropical birds and the proper use of big telephoto lenses (both on a tripod and hand held), the use of fill flash, and the complexities of multi-flash setups to capture the beauty of the region’s many hummingbird species. His keen interest in wildlife and bird photography has since lead him to visit sites throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, the West Coast, New Mexico, Florida, Belize, South Africa, and back to Costa Rica on multiple occasions.
Bill’s photographic journey really took off when a new friend, Marilyn Gaizband, suggested that he join NVPS in November 2012. Joining the Club has led to ever increasing interest and development in the art and craft of photography. Within the last few years this included moving beyond just digital competitions and learning to print and mat prints for competition, both for Club competitions and Nature Visions. Bill won “Best in Show” and “Best in Birds” in the 2015 Nature Visions competition for his image of a Black-necked Stilt, titled “Teeter Totter.”
Bill is currently shooting with several Canon digital SLRs and numerous lenses, from wide angle to super telephoto, and a bevy of flash gear. He also has a small Olympus OMD EM 1 kit with a few lenses that is easy to schlep around all day long, while providing excellent image quality.
Bill looks forward to increasing his knowledge of various software packages, including Photoshop, and the NIK suite. Bill hopes to visit new places to photograph, both locally and around the world and focusing on being in the right place at the right time to capture great images, while also being open to the unexpected images before him.