Five at Five Questions
- When and how did you start on your photographic journey?
I started photography at 70 years when I retired in 2013. 2. I’ve never taken any classes or studied other photographers. I learned by asking a lot of questions of fellow photographers and joining my local Sierra Camera Club that has juried competitions. I’ve learned so much by having my photos critiqued.
- What subject do you like photographing the most?
I enjoy most photography subjects. While I don’t do formal portraits, I do enjoy environmental portraits. I love getting out to do landscapes whether country or urban. Macro is a favorite.
- Have you been influenced by other photographers, if so by whom and why? If not, who is your favourite photographer?
I have been influenced mostly by the wonderful local photographers in the Sacramento, California area. If I had to name a well known photographer it would be Ansel Adams. I love black and white photography and have learned a great deal from looking at his work.
- What is the go-to camera equipment that you use regularly and what software do you use to process your images?
Two years ago, I switched from Nikon to Fujifilm. I use the Fuji XT3 and edit in Lightroom and various plugins like NIK and Topaz.Photoshop is too complicated for me, but I do use some tools.
- What is your favourite method of processing an image? (i.e., colour, monochrome, saturated, dreamy look etc)
I don’t do much processing. I start with Lightroom and then go into the plugins. Using the filters I try to create the mood I want. I’m not very creative or artsy. I process photos in color and then if I think the image is a candidate for black and white, I put it into NIK Silver Efex. Sometimes when I want to pull out details in a color image, I put it into NIK Color Efex. Photoshop is great for sky replacement. I use Topaz to make sure my image is super sharp, especially with wildlife. That’s about all I do. I truly don’t have the creativity or artistic ability to create dreamy or other artistic images.
Photography is a great outlet for seniors, keeping us mentally and physically active. A bonus is the friends you make along the way.
Thank you, Anne, for participating in the Five at Five Introduction Series.
Next Week’s Intro is John Steiner of Journeys with Johnbo.