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