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Priscilla Leese

Mel WilliamsonMy interest in photography started as a meager merit badge project when I was in the Boy Scouts, in 1959. From that modest beginning I later bought an inexpensive, used, 35 mm camera with two lenses along with the basic darkroom equipment and took over a dark corner in the family’s garage.

I always had my camera at my side recording the world around me on backpack trips high into the Rocky Mountains and on rock climbing adventures around Colorado. Over the years a number of those photographs have found their way on to the pages of Sierra Club and Backpacker magazines. As my skills developed I started shooting weddings and outdoor portraits of families and children.

In 1985 I picked up video production, first with the VHS format then I moved to digital cameras.  Using this new medium to document weddings, retirements, graduations and other projects and turning the raw material into finished DVDs. Along with the private video work I have also done a number of projects for the U.S. Forest Service, the Central Mountain Training Academy and other law enforcement agencies.

Since 1993 I have been a repeat presenter for the TIE Conference (Technology In Education) presenting video editing techniques using Apple Computer’s software, Final Cut Pro as well as Microsoft’s, PowerPoint. I have also served as the equipment chairman and worked on the Tech Support Crew, managing over 23 labs and 400+ computers for some 1500 participants during the conference. If you are interested in technology and its applications in education, please check into the TIE web site on the Internet. It is an outstanding conference for educators from all levels: K-12, college, and administration. What better way to spend 4 days in June than high in the Colorado Rockies enjoying good food and entertainment, along with making new contacts and learning new skills?

After retiring from 34 years in education, I have found time to once again immerse myself into this wonderful dance with light, textures, and emotions. I have a number of projects in the works and plan to post them on my web site as they come available.

I have been fortunate to have been able to study under several well know photographer/instructors. Early on I studied with Mr. Lloyd Knutson, a well-known photographer in Colorado Springs; later I managed to study with Michael Schwarz who has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and is a recipient of the Dag Hammarskjold Award for Human Rights Advocacy Journalism. Most recently I have been able to study under Winston Hall, a freelance photographer from Seattle, Washington. Winston specializes in HDR and landscape photography as well as teaching software applications using Nikon’s Capture NX-2.

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