Thursday, March 10, 2011



a symbol:
a symbol by @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
little garden-galaxy, ii by @ires
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…)

1 comment:

Iris said...

Many thanks for this wonderful opportunity, Jill!