Friday, December 08, 2006


A lot of you will already have seen this photo as I used it in a recent theme but it has become one of my favourites. This photo was taken just after the rain we had last weekend, the colour version didn’t look all that interesting but after converting it to sepia I was surprised at how good it looked.
Beach fire
This one was taken just recently on one of my evening beach walks -a cold and windy beach walk I must add, though you can't tell that from the photo. I think I struck it lucky with the conditions that evening, the cloud was in just the right place to hide the setting sun briefly and the tide was receding and making pools on the sand. I like how it turned out.

1: How long have you been involved in photography?
I have been taking photos since I got my first camera as a child but most of the earlier shots are examples of how not to take photos. Once I left school and bought my first SLR I got really keen on photography though most of my photos were of my family. When I got my first digital camera a couple of years ago my interest in photography as an art was rekindled.

2: Equipment you use?
Pentax 1st DL and a variety of lenses
I shoot in RAW mode and while the processing takes a while I love the flexibility it gives me.

4: What inspires you?
The beautiful landscape and beaches that surround us here in New Zealand. I am also constantly inspired by all the wonderful photos I see every day here on Flickr.

5: Preferred subject matter?
I love taking landscape photos and of the sea and seashore especially, but I also enjoy taking photos of trees, flowers and plants and lately I have been experimenting with still-life’s.

6: Name one thing you haven't caught with the camera that you REALLY want to capture.
Well there are lots of things I would really like to capture but I think a long exposure shot of the sea would be high on my list.

7: When in doubt about your art, who do you confide in?
Well I know I should say my husband but he isn’t very artistically inclined unfortunately and I get much better feedback from my oldest son J

8: Qualifications/training in anything? ie: Photoshop
No I don’t have any formal training in photography though in my first job as a Laboratory Technician I got to work in the darkroom mainly developing films.
I read photography books and magazines and am inspired by the work of others.
Photoshop has been a steep learning curve for me, but I am picking it up slowly.

9: Plans for the future?

I would love a macro lens so I can explore the world on a smaller scale.
To learn how to use Photoshop better so I can experiment with different effects and learn how to do collage and photomontage.
To continue to improve at what I am doing

10: In one word, describe your photography.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank you all for your visits to my photostream, your comments and support; I have made so many great friends here and it is an honour to be asked to be featured photographer and an even bigger honour to be part of this group.

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