Five at Five – Elke aka Eklastic of Pictures Imperfect Blog


This week’s Five at Five Intro features Photographer Elke aka Eklastic of Pictures Imperfect Blog. Elke says in her About Page of Pictures Imperfect.

This “side dish” to my primary blog (https://eklastic.wordpress.com/) is just a collection of photographs and collages, usually in response to a photographic challenge. It has little purpose above displaying some of my snapshots.

Five at Five Questions

  •  When and how did you start on your photographic journey? 

I got my first camera (a Kodak Instamatic) when I was about 12.  Later I had a friend who introduced me to the darkroom at our school and that’s when I started to look at photos as more than mere snapshots.  At university I had the use of a decent mirror reflex by Minolta but analogue photography was an expensive hobby, particularly in South Africa where I lived then.

  • What subject do you like photographing the most? 

I enjoy taking candid shots of people but that has become quite difficult with restrictions on photographing people so I’ve turned towards animals and macro photography, particularly of flowers and insects.  

  • Have you been influenced by other photographers, if so by whom and why? If not, who is your favourite photographer? 

Not in a conscious way. I like to look at photographs, from amateurs as well as professionals but I wouldn’t say I intentionally apply that to my own photos.  However, about two years ago I came across the book of local photographer who does really clever and funny photos with miniature figures in outside settings, often incorporating well-known landmarks (Benedikt Hild:  https://www.littlefotografie.de/ ).  I’m not even close to what he does with the minikins but I really enjoy experimenting with toy figurines of various sizes.

  • What is the go-to camera equipment that you use regularly and what software do you use to process your images? 

I am really a casual photographer.   I only have one camera, a Lumix DMC-FZ 300 with decent telefoto lens.  What I like about it is that it can be used as a simple snapshot camera, which is great when you are on a run or a cycle tour, or you can use it for more artistic shots if you bother to explore the possibilities the camera offers.

  • What is your favourite method of processing an image? (i.e., colour, monochrome, saturated, dreamy look etc) 

I work with PhotoScape (because it offers the basics and doesn’t require too much complicated and time-consuming editing).  I like playing around with the features but more often than not keep the original in the end.  I enjoy using a feature which is called “Area (out of focus)” where you can apply certain editing tools to only a clearly defined area of the photo.   I also use a few online photo editing sites, particularly lunapic.com for artistic effects (i.e. rending a photo in the style of well-known artists like van Gogh or Cezanne) and fotojet.com  which is great for collages. 

Photographs

Links

Blog: https://picturesimperfectblog.wordpress.com/


Thank you, Elke, for participating in the Five at Five Introduction Series.

Next Week’s Intro is Hammad Rais of Blog of Hammad Rais


About the Author

Bren is a female amateur photographer, fibromyalgia sufferer and blogger at Bacardigirl.UK who along with her husband, Ashley, have created a photography blog called Brashley Photography which showcases the places they’ve visited on their photography journey. Bren and Ashley primarily concentrate their photographic skills on landscape, architecture and floral subjects. Based in the South East of England they hope to give their readers an insight into the wonderful and beautiful landscapes, buildings and places that the South of England has to offer.

14 responses to “Five at Five – Elke aka Eklastic of Pictures Imperfect Blog”

  1. 👌👌👌📷 first shot is top👌

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    1. She is a beautiful cat xx It is such a great shot.

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    2. Thank you. Henry appreciates the compliment 😽

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  2. I am glad Henry has pride of place 🙂

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    1. Oh yes… that is such a beautiful image. Fantastic shot Elke did there.

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  3. It was fun getting to know Elke better through your article. I’ve been a fan of her photography for years. 😀

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    1. Thank you Cee xx

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    2. Oh, shugs … 😊

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  4. It was nice getting to know Elke, through your post!

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  5. Another fantastic interview, Bren 👏 Always been a Fan of Elke’s work & she’s been very supportive to my blog as well 😃

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    1. Thanks Bren – I feel honoured. 🤗

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      1. Thank you for taking part xx

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