NZPhotographer Issue 23, August 2019

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HOW AND WHEN DID YOU GET STARTED

WITH PHOTOGRAPHY?

My Grandfather and Aunty have always been

avid photographers and my Mum was always

taking family snaps but it was my art teacher

(Gary Shuker at Rutherford High) who taught

me the fundamentals of photography like

form, composition, lighting, and developing

black and white film.

Later on, when I had a family of my own,

I was always taking family snaps but started

stretching my skills by taking landscape and

macro shots.

Wanting to improve and learn, I joined a local

camera group called Focus Photography in

2016 which then merged with the Whitianga

Camera Club in 2018. We have some amazing

accomplished photographers within the club

who are happy and willing to share their

time and knowledge with monthly workshops

covering topics includiing astro, portraits, and

long exposure.

HOW DO YOU PUSH YOURSELF TO

IMPROVE AND TRY NEW THINGS?

With the monthly challenges from the

Whitianga Camera Club, I have been pushed

outside of my comfort zone, exploring new

techniques and styles of photography. Who

knew that I would enjoy astrophotography

and wandering around at 4am trying to take

photos of the Eta Aquarids meteor shower

back in May (and yes did manage to capture

a couple)!

WHAT CAMERA DO YOU HAVE?

Currently, I’m shooting with a Canon

Powershot G3 x which is a bridge style

camera. While it does have some restrictions,

at the moment it suits me fine as it’s ideal for

travelling – I don’t have to worry about having

the right lens with me (it has an incredible long

range zoom) and it’s able to perform most

tasks a DSLR can.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE GENRE OR

PREFER A CERTAIN STYLE?

As yet I don’t have a preferred genre as such

but I do tend to take more landscape and

nature photographs. However, I am interested

in developing my skills in street photography.

TELL US ABOUT THE DAY YOU TOOK THIS

WINNING SHOT…

We were fortunate enough to be staying

at the family bach at Muriwai which is

a quintessential kiwi bach from the 60’s.

I decided to hit the beach for a long walk

with my camera on a stunning June afternoon

as the tide was dropping. My idea was to

work on capturing people on the beach in a

more abstract way. The light was incredibly

beautiful. As I was leaving the beach

I climbed the sand dunes behind the surf

club watchtower to capture the sunset and

silhouette of the tower and was rewarded

with a glorious golden sunset where the sky,

sea, and sand were ablaze. It wasn’t really a

planned shot but one I thought summarized

Auckland’s west coast.

ARE YOU HAPPY WITH THE PHOTO? IS

THERE ANYTHING YOU WOULD HAVE

LIKED TO HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY?

I like the effect and colour of the image as it

was on the day but I should have used a filter

so the sun wasn’t as glaring but alas, I didn’t

have them with me.

HOW DID IT FEEL FINDING OUT THAT

YOUR PHOTO HAD WON THE PEOPLE’S

CHOICE AWARD?

To be honest I was surprised but totally thrilled

at the same time as there were some amazing

images in the competition.

HAS WINNING PEOPLE’S CHOICE

GIVEN YOU A SENSE OF NEW FOUND

CONFIDENCE?

Actually, it really has. I guess I have always

been my own worst enemy with self doubt but

this is my second win of the year as I also had

a photo shortlisted in the still life category of

the Sigma amateur photographer of the year

competition.

DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS OR ADVICE FOR

FELLOW PHOTOGRAPHERS WHO MAY

BE HESITANT ABOUT SUBMITTING THEIR

WORK TO COMPETITIONS?

Don’t stop learning and keep trying and

experimenting with different genres, ideas, and

techniques. For those just starting out, get off

Auto mode and start using Manual – Have fun!

WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU ONLINE?

Nowhere yet as my photography has just been

for me up until this point but who knows what

the future may hold!

September 2019

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