FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: @ires
Capturing the many nuances of natural hearts has brought me much joy. This is one of my favourite shots of these wee hearts.
little garden galaxy ii
These tiny drops sum up William Blake's beautiful poem for me... "To see a World in a Grain of Sand, And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand, And Eternity in an hour.
1: How long have you been involved in photography?
My father gave me a Brownie with one role of film when I was 8 or 9, and I was hooked. All the same, I didn’t do any photography until my late teens, and then only intermittently. It was only when I used the macro option of a digital point and shoot some four years ago that I was really smitten by the bug. My life hasn’t been the same since!
2: Equipment you use?
I use a Canon EOS 40D and 50D (more the latter though), with a 100mm macro lens, mostly. I also have a 50mm and the 70 – 200 kit lens.
3: Mac or PC?
It is only recently that I have begun to use a Mac. Still a newbie of sorts though.
4: What inspires you?
Pretty much everything, I’d say – family and friends, beaches, landscapes, flowers and leaves … the beauty that surrounds us. I mostly go for flowers and leaves though.
5: Preferred subject matter?
I would say everything, but flowers, leaves and tiny drops of water win out in the end.
6: Name one thing you haven't caught with the camera that you REALLY want to capture.
I’d love to photograph the Milky Way or a comet crossing our night sky. I’ve seen some unforgettable shots of the Milky Way here on flickr. And well the comet, because I saw an absolutely amazing comet when I was about ten and wish I had been able to photograph it. I was fascinated and blown away by how large it was. I can still see it in my mind’s eye, but a photograph would be wonderful to have to share with others.
7: When in doubt about your art, who do you confide in?
If it’s in doubt about posting something, I usually trust my friends on flickr to point the way. For technical questions I have turned to one or two of my flickr friends as well, although I find the flickr community in general very generous and helpful.
8: Qualifications/training in anything? ie: Photoshop
I use Photoshop to tweak and balance my photos, but I really don’t know how to use it properly. I’d love to take a class or two to be able to get more out of it. I’d also love to take some portrait and lighting courses as well.
9: Plans for the future?
As I said, I’d love to take some photography courses. I’d also love to travel around the country or to parts of the world I’ve never been to (which means quite a few places!!! ;)) and capture the beauty and wonder there.
10: In one word, describe your photography.
Joy (of capturing a bit of beauty, a bit of love, a bit of life…)