NZPhotographer Issue 20, June 2019

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VICKI, TELL US WHO YOU ARE AND HOW YOU

GOT INTO THE WORLD OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Where do I start? I am a mum to 2 adult boys and a wife

to a very patient and understanding husband.

5 years ago, I found myself at a loose end. I was seeking work/

life balance and I needed something to literally save my

sanity. I had a Nikon Coolpix P100 that I had no idea how to

use. So, putting myself way out of my comfort zone, I enrolled

in a local community class for photography. I also enrolled

in a meditation and mindfulness class at the same time.

Both decisions changed my life forever. Since then I have

had several passionate and patient key people who have

provided support, encouragement, and mentorship. Under

their guidance, I have discovered the world through the eye

of the lens.

HOW HAVE YOU WORKED ON IMPROVING YOUR

PHOTOGRAPHY?

If I don’t like how an image turns out, then I keep going

back to it and try again and again until I get what I

want. This is after getting out with my camera, even

when I feel like it’s the last thing I want to do!

I have watched plenty of YouTube videos about

photography, I also enrolled in an online course which

took me 2 years to complete! I also joined a couple of

photographic communities on Facebook. Looking at

other people’s images, sharing thoughts, and getting

feedback has been simply fabulous. There are so many

talented photographers out there.

WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU HAVE?

My kit is pretty basic but functional and well used. I

have a very well-worn Nikon D7100, which I have had

for 4 years with a standard kit 18-55mm lens that is so

underrated - I use it a lot! For my bird photos, I have

a Tamron 150-600mm and 2 years ago I purchased a

Tamron 100-400mm. I love flowers and macro so I have a

Tokina 100mm 2.8 macro.

I also have a sturdy Manfrotto tripod that has taught me

more about wrestling than photography; a monopod

for the beast 150 - 600mm (to try and counteract my

dreadful camera shake) and last year, I purchased a

Fuji XT20 to take overseas on another newly discovered

passion - overseas travel! I have the 18-55mm 2.8 and

the 55-200mm 3.5.

I have saved enough for another camera, to replace

the D7100, along with a couple of nice lenses, but I can’t

decide what to get!

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR

PHOTOGRAPHY STYLE?

Hmmmm. Less is more and the keep it simple

methodology seems to work for me. I don’t know that

I have a particular “style”, but I tend to look at parts

rather than a whole. I am continually changing and

playing with different aspects, looking for an image that

“speaks” to me, exploring different genres. My main

focus is about enjoying and developing my photography

and finding a style I am happy with. I still have so much

to learn.

BEHIND THE SHOT IS PROUDLY

SUPPORTED BY

TELL US ABOUT YOUR SILVER EYE SHOT

I took this photo around 4.00pm last September. I was

outside taking photos in the backyard and started to

think about what I could try that was different. Birds at a

feeder or on a branch weren’t quite doing it for me.

I went to the garden shed and grabbed a spade and stuck

it in the ground under the feeder in the hope that I might be

lucky enough to get a bird to perch on it. I checked where I

wanted to take the photo from and then the background to

ensure that there were no major distractions and the depth of

field would be nicely blurred.

It was an incredibly lucky shot, I was still getting myself

sorted when I turned around and the Silver Eye was already

sitting inside the handle. I was preparing for a session of an

hour or so, just to see what happened. So essentially, I was

done and dusted in less than 5 minutes!

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WOULD DO

DIFFERENTLY GIVEN A 2ND CHANCE?

I am my own harshest critic. I wished that I had more of

the shaft of the spade, as there is quite a lot of space

at the top of the image. I also wish it was a lot sharper,

camera shake and all. However, I like the yellow shaft

of the spade and how it complements the colour of the

bird. Overall, I am happy with the image. It makes me

smile and this is what is most important to me.

WHAT WAS HAPPENING BEHIND THE CAMERA

THAT WE CAN’T SEE?

Literally a slightly overweight middle-aged lady with

bad knees rolling around on a bright blue ground sheet

trying to manhandle the camera off that pesky tripod so

I could at least try and get a half decent shot! Luckily the

Silver Eye sat there for a minute, so I did manage several

shots before it flew off.

ANY FINAL TIPS OR THOUGHTS?

Bird photography has definitely taught me resilience and

patience. Good things come to those that wait!

WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU ONLINE?

www.facebook.com/VickiFinz

www.instagram.com/vickifinz

albums.excio.io/profile/VickiFinz

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