Vintage-Makro-Fotografie ♥ ♥ ♥ Vintage-Macro-Photography — Guest Blogger Mit Text und Bildern bilden

Das Schöne an der Fotografie sind die vielfältigen Möglichkeiten. Zum einen gibt’s eine nicht endende Anzahl an Motiven. Zum anderen haben wir eine große Breite technischer Hilfsmittel. Die Optik, mit der dieses Foto entstanden ist, war ursprünglich auch nicht für den Gebrauch an der Fotokamera gedacht. Sie ist eine Kameralinse der Fa. Ross, London aus […]

Vintage-Makro-Fotografie ♥ ♥ ♥ Vintage-Macro-Photography — Mit Text und Bildern bilden

Interview with New Photographer David Kanigan

How old were you when you picked up your first camera?

How old? The wrong side of 50.  I’ve never owned a non-smartphone camera until COVID hit. And never really used my smartphone for “real” photographs, even though I loved the beauty of Photographs.

How long did it take you to decide on the camera you purchased and what process did you go thru?

30 days. When I get Something, Anything, in my head, I need to get it done. And I can’t explain why a camera all-the-sudden became a necessity. But it did. I read online reviews. (Many)  I watched Youtube video reviews. (Many) The three primary drivers in my search were weight, ease of use and low light capability.  Camera + lens weight was the #1 need as I planned to take the camera on my morning walks.  Ease of use because I’m not much into the fine print. And low-light, because this exercise-hobby needed to be started and completed in the twilight / pre-sunrise time of the day.

How do you manage the photos you take a day?

I use Google Photos for my photo storage and management system.

Before COVID you traveled extensively, how will you make photography part of your day once you resume travel?

That is a really good question.  I have no idea.  But I have grooved my morning walks into my day, it is going to be so difficult to give this up. Makes me sad to think about that day now that I’m noodling it.

What are the top websites you turn to for learning new skills as a photographer?

I skim many sites and follow many YouTube vloggers.  But I can’t say that I’m looking for technical tips. I prefer to learn as I go and fall forward into new learnings.

Can you share with me your top three favorite photos to date and why are they in the top three?

Wow, such a great question. There have been so many photos that have inspired me.  And I’ve attached three of my most inspired moments. I wish I could tell you why I was inspired, but I can tell you that they were all goose bump moments.

What is your goal as a photographer? Are you learning to take great photos or to go beyond and become a professional?

As long as I enjoy photography, I’ll continue. When the enjoyment stops, I stop. I’m a momentum player in most things I engage in.  I have no interest in becoming professional.  And yes, I find I learn a wee bit more each time I pick up the camera. There is so much I don’t know, and it will take me years to figure it out. That works for me, as I’ve always been a slow learner.

What the weirdest object you’ve taken a photo of?

Dead possum on the highway on my walk.  2 consecutive days I took a shot of him. Can’t explain why but it moved me.

Do you read all the instructions or jump right in and start shooting?

Never read instructions. Don’t look for help. 

You’ve fallen in love with Geese, what other wildlife have you learned to love?

I love all birds (long story detailed why here).  And I’ve come to seek out Cormorants, my spirit bird. (More on that here).

What photo imaging software do you use? 

I’ve tried and have a subscription to Adobe Lightroom but I’ve rarely used it and I’m thinking about canceling my subscription.  One of the reasons I chose a Fuji camera was the great colors without any editing.  Love that.

Do you find photography relaxing or frustrating, or both and why?

Another great question. 95% of the time I find it very soothing. Frustrating moments (after a large # of pictures taken) when I don’t know which setting I have inadvertently turned on (or off) that result in blur, dark lighting, etc.  As I said, I have so much to learn.

I hope you enjoyed reading David’s interview as much as I enjoyed talking with him. Please check out David’s website Live & Learn for more great photographs, great quotes, and words of wisdom.

If you know someone you would like to see featured, please leave me a comment, share their website, and why you want to see them featured.

Happy Shooting,

Melinda

Interview With Photographer/ Guest Blogger Cindy Knoke

Cindy Knoke has traveled the world, to the most unusual off the beaten path places you can imagine. Her photography is a window to the world. I ask Cindy a few questions to learn her photography background and how she plans for her extraordinary trips.

At what age did you pick up your first camera? Did the world look different thru the lens?

My first camera was a silly Swinger Polaroid camera which I got at around age 6. It had a jingle associated with it which I loved and remember verbatim today, “Meet the Swinger. Polaroid Swinger. Only 19 dollars and 95! Swing it up. It says Yes! Take the shot. Rip it off.” This was the essence of my photographic knowledge!! Laughing……. Here’s the jingle starring Ali McGraw:

I had family members growing up who were talented photographers but I never even thought to be one of them and never had any cameras. In adulthood, my husband, Jim, was our photographer and had good cameras. I used to buy those throw away cheap plastic cameras at drugstores for trips since I liked taking different photos than he did.

When we retired, we started dedicated chunks of travel time. Jim looked at my photos from the cheap camera, compared them to his, said, that I had something “special,” and gave me his camera a Canon, and showed me the basics on how to work it. That was my introduction to photography and it has been a serious joy in my life ever since. Jim is the person who encouraged and guided me to it for which I remain very grateful. He still encourages me to this day. I am not a trained photographer by any means, definitely self-taught and a hobbyist, not a professional.

What type of camera and software do you use now? 

I use two cameras a Sony HX400 and a Sony RX10 V. I use the 400 the most due to its variable zoom up to 1200mm equivalent. I also have a Sony underwater camera which I hope will have a chance to use during our upcoming trip to the Cook Islands.

What software package do you use for editing?

I use Sony Play Memories Home and Windows Photos.

You travel extensively, how do you plan for each trip?
 
Jim and I discuss, propose, and agree on where we want to go. We use the internet to do all the research and planning.I propose an itinerary and Jim tweaks it.  We devise the modes of transport together although Jim takes the principle role here. I book the accommodations and Jim books the transport. Half of the fun we have in traveling is in the planning. When we are not traveling, we are planning!
 

How do you get access to the amazing Cathedral’s and the intricacies of others visited? 

We use the internet extensively. We research online before we go, and while we are traveling. Whilst traveling research for each specific locale is key to finding unusual places.  Blogs are excellent travel resources leading us to interesting out of the way places.  Travel is so much more fun when you plan a trip according to your particular interests, and internet resources allow everyone to do this!

Thank you, bloggers!! Your posts improve my travel, and my life too, of course! Bloggers Rock!

Cheers,

Cindy

You can’t miss Cindy’s blog cindyknoke.wordpress.com.  You won’t forget the great places she’s been.

Have a great day,

Melinda

When client under-estimate you? —Guest Blogger Prasenjeet Gautam Photography Blogs

We all know that we all are suffering through COVID19 epidemic. This epidemic situation affected all the businesses, all human being, killing people every day and must say almost everything. Day by day we are suffering through this very badly and where no positive hopes are visible easily because No COVID vaccination is launched positively […]

When client under-estimate you? — Prasenjeet Gautam Photography Blogs

Types of Photographer ? — Guest Blogger Prasenjeet Gautam Photography Blogs

Whenever we introduce ourselves as a photographer to the clients, people and others. We probably encounter with one common question ” are you a professional photographer or freelancer?” This question confused you to answer and even you ask yourself the same question. But there is no confusion at all, it is just a matter […]

Types of Photographer ? — Prasenjeet Gautam Photography Blogs

Interview with Professional​ Photographer​ Prasenjeet Gautam

I’m excited to introduce professional photographer Prasenjeet Gautam from blog http://prasenjeetgautam.wordpress.com. His blog is more than photography, Prasenjeet teaches along the journey. I encourage everyone to visit his blog, you will see things that light up the sky. 

How many cameras do you have?
I have 2-3 cameras, Start from the basic and High-end professional camera. I use as per the photography requirement. 
How do you choose the camera you will use? Do you use several cameras to take the same shot to compare? 
I choose the camera as per the shooting requirement. Sometimes your semi-professional camera fulfils your shoot requirement. I always several lenses to shoot the same subject like prime and zoom lens. Most of the lens can be used on the same camera body. One camera is sufficient for the shoot but always keep one extra camera body in reserve, In case any technical error or damaged happen to the camera. then you can shoot with the second camera, which is in reserve mode. In any case, the shoot should not be cancelled. It is not good for your brand image. 
 
When I compare the old shoot which was shot by the basic camera, and the same subject is shot by the high-end professional camera. There is always a big difference in both of the shots. Like basic camera has a small sensor and capture fewer details and High-end professional camera has a big sensor and captures the more details. More details are always a better photograph. As a professional photographer, you should know which camera is better for which photography genres. 
 
Wrap up
Photography is not a one-day, one-week, one-year assignment. It is a countineaous process of learning, More you add in term of knowledge and practice in your photography, More you get the better results. In all my blogs and article I always mentioned that keep experimenting. Because this is the only way to get a better photograph or to be a better photographer. Always remember.
 
Sunset Photograph
This one of my favorites from a recent post.

 

  
Purpose of this photograph is, whenever you view this photograph you must feel peace & positive energy
 
I feel privileged Prasenjeet trusted me with his photos and allowing me to take time away from his busy career.
Melinda
PS my computer is having issues, I apologize if spacing off.

Interview with Patricia Grace Blogger/Artist

I’m thrilled to talk Mosaics today with Patricia Grace from Grace to Survive, http://www.patriciagrace@wordpress.com. The Dove is my favorite, the details are amazing. Be sure and stop by Patricia’s blog for more great art and photographs.

Can you share more information about yourself and the process leading to art.

Were you creative as a child? Staying in the lines while coloring or getting A’s in art class? 

I did receive A’s in Art! It was the one place to unfold. In grade school a sculpture made from strips of thinly planed wood hung on our living room wall.

In high-school it felt like my ‘safe’ place and I was there as much as possible. Jewelry making was especially memorable, filing the silver for a ring and figuring out the design.

In college many courses were enjoyed but my favorite was once again sculpture.

What was the catalyst for you to start working with mosaics? 

The catalyst was taking a ceramics course in the city. After the course I loved having my hands in wet clay so a kiln and potter’s wheel was purchased. But making glaze properly is difficult. The glaze on my bowls dripped onto the kiln shelves and stuck. Being someone who hates waste, and remembering during summer camp as a child how much fun is was making trivets from tile, I decided to try a mosaic.

After breaking all the bowls on the garage floor the fun began and I never stopped. Birds, flowers, dogs, cats, butterflies, whatever I could imagine I made. After the broken bowls ran out, I made my own tile rolling the clay out with an over-sized rolling pin. Since the tiles lay flat, the glaze stayed where it was supposed to.

I’ve love the stepping-stones you’ve made, what other items do you make with mosaics?

The outdoor tiles, stones and rocks are the very latest projects. Before that the items were decorative, either framed or free-form to be hung on a wall.

You have a nice work area, is this your corner to unwind?

The studio, also doubling as a bedroom when the grand-kids stay, is definitely my corner to unwind. In there I lose myself and time passes quickly with great satisfaction. All worries float away. Suppressed feelings sometimes rise with the release of tears falling onto my work which adds to the freedom experienced.

It is my place where there are no mistakes, no one telling me what to do and no expectations from others especially from myself. What is created comes from a place not often heard from deep within.

What other hobbies do you have or learning? 

I love growing flowers and photographing them, and taking photos in general, especially close-ups. An entire world exists that cannot be seen until you enter that small world. Many delightful surprises show up on the computer that my eyes did not pick up through the camera.

Other hobbies include cooking, crocheting, making greeting cards with my photos, and flower arranging.

What advice would you share for someone just starting to learn the art?

Mine came from a childhood memory then morphed into a more adult version. I’d say take something you loved doing and do it again, or delve into something new you never tried but secretly wanted to. And remember, there is no wrong way, there is your way. It is your true expression which is always right…and feels so good.

The grouting process

 

Thank you Patricia for sharing insight on your art. It was a pleasure talking with you.

Melinda

Interview With Photographer/ Blogger Cindy Knoke

Cindy Knoke has traveled the world, to the most unusual off the beaten path places you can imagine. Her photography is a window to the world. I ask Cindy a few questions to learn her photography background and how she plans for the monumental trips.

At what age did you pick up your first camera? Did the world look different thru the lens?

My first camera was a silly Swinger Polaroid camera which I got at around age 6. It had a jingle associated with it which I loved and remember verbatim today, “Meet the Swinger. Polaroid Swinger. Only 19 dollars and 95! Swing it up. It says Yes! Take the shot. Rip it off.” This was the essence of my photographic knowledge!! Laughing……. Here’s the jingle starring Ali McGraw:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7k2uwJmwxo

I had family members growing up who were talented photographers but I never even thought to be one of them and never had any cameras. In adulthood, my husband, Jim, was our photographer and had good cameras. I used to buy those throw away cheap plastic cameras at drugstores for trips since I liked taking different photos than he did.

When we retired, we started dedicated chunks of travel time. Jim looked at my photos from the cheap camera, compared them to his, said, that I had something “special,” and gave me his camera a Canon, and showed me the basics on how to work it. That was my introduction to photography and it has been a serious joy in my life ever since. Jim is the person who encouraged and guided me to it for which I remain very grateful. He still encourages me to this day. I am not a trained photographer by any means, definitely self-taught and a hobbyist, not a professional.

What type of camera and software do you use now? 

I use two cameras a Sony HX400 and a Sony RX10 V. I use the 400 the most due to its variable zoom up 1200mm equivalent. I also have a Sony underwater camera which I hopefully will have a chance to use during our upcoming trip to the Cook Islands.

What software package do you use for editing?

I use Sony Play Memories Home and Windows Photos.

You travel extensively, how do you plan for each trip?
Jim and I discuss, propose, and agree on where we want to go. We use the internet to do all the research and planning.I propose an itinerary and Jim tweaks it. I We devise the modes of transport together although Jim takes the principle role here. I book the accommodations and Jim books the transport. Half of the fun we have in traveling is in the planning. When we are not traveling, we are planning!

 

How do you get access to the amazing Cathedral’s and the intricacies of others visited. 

We use the internet extensively. We research online before we go, and while we are traveling.Whilst  traveling research for each specific locale is key to finding unusual places.  Blogs are excellent travel resources leading us to interesting out of the way places.  Travel is so much more  fun when you plan a trip according to your particular interests, and internet resources allow everyone to do this!

Thank you bloggers!! Your posts improve my travel, and my life too, of course! Bloggers Rock!

Cheers,

Cindy

You can’t miss Cindy’s blog cindyknoke.wordpress.com.  You won’t forget the great places she’s been.

Melinda