Meet the Moderators

This is a List of our  Moderator Staff working hard, to make this a Place we All enjoy spending some time at..

Photography at New England Moments (the FORUM)

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..

Please feel free to send our Moderators any Personal Messages pertaining to particular Questions, Problems, or Room Suggestions in their designated forums..


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…… Wink ,

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 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


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 – not enered by me I hasten to add although I did reply to some of the nonsence.


Ian Miller
Global Moderator..People/Portraits and Wedding Photography & Storytelling

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.

Do a Photo Course and help the Children in Cambodia


Jackel – John Steel

Moderator – Architecture, Night Photography, Landscape

Age – 45

Occupation – Business Development / IT Manager

I remember many years ago waiting for the pictures to emerge in the developing trays of my fathers dark room.  It was always an adventure and I can still remember the smell of the chemicals.  It was like magic to me, how images were produced.  I suppose that my father was a bit of a techy in his day, always messing with cameras, 110 & 35mm, slides, old cine cameras and also Super 8 when it emerged.

I didn’t really get into photography until much later when the digital age had really taken hold.  I don’t think I could have afforded to learn photography without the ability to delete and shoot again.  In fact, waiting days for my prints to be developed was a nightmare, I just don’t have the patience,,,LOL.

I own and use a Sony Alpha 100 DSLR with a whole host of lenses and goodies which have been collected over the last 6 years.  I use Adobe CS5 for post editing with a number of plug-ins. I like to experiment and try new methods of pocessing whilst maintaining that a good image is first and foremost captured in camera!

I have published a photobook, which can be found here………(working on #2)

I also have a website at the following address………

Since September 2009 I have been living and working from Ontario, Canada where I live with my soulmate.

Top Tip – This is an amazing website with an unbelievable wealth of skills and experience ready to be mined!!!!  It’s free, if you are into photography and want to learn or post your work, then use it,,,,,,,,,,,,Participate!


Easypickings – Renee Brussaard

Moderator:Art Room

Hello! My name is Renee though I’m better known around here as Easy or Easypickings. I’m the mod over at the Art Room and in the Theme Room, and hope that you will all join me in
some challenges – both to your photography skills and post processing skills.

I am originally from Toronto ON (and the surrounding area) although I’ve lived in the Netherlands and am currently residing in Midland, Ontario with another NEM mod and my partner, Jackel, as well as our Shepherd/Lab mix, Java and 4 cats – Seb, Indira, Maya and Midgie. I work full-time as a police dispatcher, and am currently attempting to try my hand at car photography and other vehicles on the side.

I first became interested in photography in high school, joining the camera club and receiving an old Ricoh as a gift from my parents. I learned a bit about developing then too. Years later I got my first point and shoot camera – a Kodak easyshare from my ex and fell in love with taking photos all over again. About 4 or 5 years ago, I purchased a Nikon D70s with a couple of Nikor lenses and one Sigma 10-20mm lens and am currently shooting with a Nikon D90.

Living in the Midland area, one of the most pretty spots in Ontario, I have developed an interest in landscape and rural photography. I also enjoy architecture shooting. My love and passion is HDR and other post processing techniques. To me, it’s a way to express my creativity and lift my photos from just photos to art.

I delve a little bit into portraiture and was the feature photographer at the Coldwater Art Gallery in December last year, showing with reknown portrait painter, Cyril Leeper. I am also currently working on a few projects that will feature HDR art – including a charity calendar for work. I’ve had a photo published in the Hamilton Spectator and a couple featured in a Snowmobile Magazine. I’m looking at expanding these coups into a side business in the coming year.

Canon_Bob – Bob Blanchard

Moderator: Bird Forum

Occupation: Systems Architect and Semi-Pro Photographer

Hi all!

I’m definitely from the “old school” of photography.  My first “serious” camera was a Kodak Retina Reflex III 35mm.  This old manual camera taught me fundamentals of photography that still apply to this very day.  I then graduated to the Canon A-1 and F-1 (fd series) cameras….and spent about 20 years there!  I was one of the last film hold outs – LOL.  I finally drank the digital Kool-Aid in 2006 and converted to digital.  Until that point, I had never even owned an auto focus camera!  Now, I’d never go back!  I still have all my old film gear, but it’s proudly on display in my office.  Today, I still shoot Canon gear. My post processing is done in Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Lightroom 2.

My photographic interests have crossed several genres over the years.  Everything from night cityscapes, to special effects, to landscapes, and most recently to wildlife (mostly birds).  Living here in Southwest Florida gives me the advantage of having some of the best bird photography in the world right out my back door!  When I started photographing birds a few years ago, I had no real idea what I was doing, but with the coaching of some exceptional local photographers…I got a feel for it in no time.  I’m known for my M.O. around here…”face down in the mud”.  I always try to “work” my images into more than just pictures.  It’s not unusual to find me lying in the mud, or chest deep in water with $20,000.00 of camera gear!  I try to create art from avian imagery.  I love teaching others, and regularly act as a guide for visiting photographers in SW Florida.

My Avian imagery is now sold through several stock photo agencies, and has won several National level awards.  My images can be seen regularly in magazines, books, World Wide Web, advertising, calendars, textbooks, fine art, and even tattoos (long story – most bizarre sale I’ve ever had)!


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!


John Edwin May, M.F.A. – Global Moderator Tabletop/Closeup PhotographyThe Classroom / Beginners Lounge / Image Technical

I have been interested in photography and art for my entire life. You can read my Vita at my website should you desire that much information… Cheesy

I have taught photography since 1995 at the college level and workshops throughout the south. I love to teach and share my knowledge…

My website is located here: John Edwin May


Werner Gansz, retired engineer

Moderator for Miscellaneous/Odds and Ends and Sharing your “Kodak” Moments

I started photography as a teen with my father’s old Zeiss and processed film and prints in our bathroom/darkroom.  When the real world arrived and I had to work for living, photography became a two weeks per year vacation activity.  Upon retirement in 2000, “vacations” morphed into more serious “travels” and my photography documented our travels.  Trying to capture interesting images wherever we happened to be, at whatever time we happened to be there, became my primary photographic goal.  While improving my travel photography is still my primary objective, I now have the time to study and practice photography at home and I am out and about with the camera as often as weather here in Vermont allows (not enough!).  I like working in both color and B&W and enjoy post-processing as much I enjoyed film processing as a teen.

Learning photography by studying other people’s good photographs is still the best way to learn.  But it is possible to learn to take better photographs from books as well.  My favorite teaching book is “The Photographer’s Eye” by Michael Freeman.  Freeman is not a “rules” guy, he looks at the making of photograph as series of design and composition decisions that are intended to highlight the subject and attract and hold the viewer’s attention on the subject.

My on-line web site

Travel Related albums

Hope to see your work in my rooms soon


Chris Moore – Moderator Landscape / Architecture / Night Photography

Hi, everyone.  I wanted to take a moment to thank Tom for asking me to moderate the Landscape forum, and take a moment to introduce myself.  My name is Chris Moore, I am a landscape and nature photographer, currently living in Florida with my wife and two young children.  I believe that posting images in forums such as these are a fantastic way to receive honest, constructive critiques in order to improve.  You can view my work at including some new work I just finished this month. In addition to commenting on posts in this forum, I will post some of my own images with details about how I made the image from capture to post-processing, usually with the intent of illustrating one or two learning points.  Look forward to seeing some great work here!




Do a Photo Course and help the Children in Cambodia

Do a Photo Course and help the Children in Cambodia


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