This week’s Five at Five Intro features Photographer Sofia Alves. Sofia says in her About Page of Photographias blog.
I’m a collector. I collect books from my work (I’m a bookseller), I collect Disney mini racers for my son and I collect images from where I’ve been. In no specific order.
This is not my first blog. I’ve had a few before. The first one I closed after a lot of time trying not to; I had it for years but hadn’t done much to it for years too. It represented a part of my life that was in the past, but I couldn’t blame my blog for it. Then I had another one I forgot about once I had my kid. And that was over 3 years ago.
Five at Five Questions
- When and how did you start on your photographic journey?
I was 9 or 10 years old and my father lent me his camera for a school trip. He quickly explained how the camera worked and that was it. I remember feeling so excited to see the photos once they were developed and even more when some of them were ok. I realise now how much he trusted me by doing so. He also got me my first camera, a Kodak I think, after that.
- What subject do you like photographing the most?
I always struggle with naming a subject I like the most as I don’t think I have one. I enjoy photographing flowers and have done more of that recently because I’m in love with my new macro lens. But, in general, I like everything and anything that makes me stop and think, that captures my imagination.
- Have you been influenced by other photographers, if so by whom and why? If not, who is your favourite photographer?
I’d have to start with my father. There was always a camera around us, I loved his photos, always have. Then later I was shown my grandfather’s photo album and I saw photography runs in the family.
- What is the go-to camera equipment that you use regularly and what software do you use to process your images?
My Nikon D7200 with Nikkor 18-105mm goes with me on most trips. When I’m going for walks in gardens, then my Micro Nikkor 40mm is my lens of choice. I’m too lazy to swap lenses so I end up working with what I have on the day. Photoshop Lightroom is the only software I use for camera photos. If I’m taking photos on my mobile, then Photoshop Camera, but even then, I’ll get those photos through Lightroom.
- What is your favourite method of processing an image? (i.e., colour, monochrome, saturated, dreamy look etc)
I really don’t have a favourite. I have quite a few presets on Lightroom that I will run on each photo, and I’ll have a rough idea for what kind of feel I want to achieve. For me, a good photo works on different processes, sometimes it is really hard to choose which one. I always take photos in colour but even at that moment I know some of them will be processed in black and white, for example. It depends on my mood as well.
Thank you, Sofia, for participating in the Five at Five Introduction Series.
Next Week’s Intro is Teresa of My Camera and I
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