This week’s Five at Five Intro features Photographer Teresa. Teresa says in her About Page of My Camera and I blog.
Hi there, I am Teresa or you can call me Techie (pronounced tet-chee) and welcome to my little world on the internet.
I love my camera, I take it practically everywhere I go. I am inspired by the simple things all around me … especially church architecture, streets, flowers, street art, doors, ducks, food, travel and family. This blog is my creative outlet where I can share my photos and a bit of myself .
Five at Five Questions
- When and how did you start on your photographic journey?
Bear with me as this is a long story…
1980 – I had a photography class during my 4th year of University in the Philippines. I was so grateful to receive a Minolta SLR from my parents. We weren’t a rich family so I know how difficult it would have been for them to fork out enough to afford this camera. But it was totally worth it as I made good use of the camera for about 11 years – even after I finished uni and into my time working as a graphic designer. It worked perfectly… that is, until I migrated to Australia. I don’t know what caused it to break. Perhaps it was the change in climate that did it, or maybe it had just reached the end of its life… but to cut a long story short, this love affair with my cherished Minolta SLR, and with photography as a whole, ended suddenly then and there. For about 20 years, I didn’t have any sort of professional camera, SLR or otherwise. Not until one of my kids gave me their old Canon DSLR as a hand-me-down in 2011. These days, I alternate between my old and reliable Canon EOS 550D (which, sadly, I think is about to die) and the camera in my iPhone 13 Pro Max.
- What subject do you like photographing the most?
I love taking photos of family and friends at gatherings and getaways. Aside from that, I enjoy taking photos of basically anything – nature, street art, architecture, sunsets (not sunrises though, I can’t wake up early enough for that!) landscapes, macros.
I also love, love, love to take photos of my travels which I have documented with my husband, Jack, in my other blog series: Travel Journal(Boomer Couple) 2 and Travel Journal(Boomer Couple) 1
- Have you been influenced by other photographers, if so by whom and why? If not, who is your favourite photographer?
I’m not sure if I’m directly influenced by any other specific photographers, but I love going to galleries and seeing the work of other artists, and also admiring the works of other bloggers and photographers online. I’m sure that consuming the beautiful work of others does influence me subconsciously.
A couple of photographers that I like are Eliot Porter http://www.artnet.com/artists/eliot-porter/ and Frans Lanting http://lanting.com/. And of course, I love the photography of my kids Pat Casten https://www.patriciacasten.com/, especially her first one-woman exhibit, Acclimatise and Timothy Casten https://www.timothycasten.com/ with his different approach to black and white photography.
- What is the go-to camera equipment that you use regularly and what software do you use to process your images?
As I mentioned above, my go-to equipment is my Canon EOS 550D. But if I’m shooting video, then I use my Canon SX430IS. But sometimes bringing a bulky camera around can be a bit cumbersome, so when I feel a bit lazy then I then use my iPhone 13 Pro Max.
I often use PhotoScape to adjust my photos, but sometimes it’s just easier to use the built-in apps that come with my MacBook.
- What is your favourite method of processing an image? (i.e., colour, monochrome, saturated, dreamy look etc)
I don’t edit my photos much. It really just depends on my mood at the time, and mostly just adjustments to whether I want it to be a bit lighter or darker, or warmer/cooler in tone.
Thank you, Teresa, for participating in the Five at Five Introduction Series.
Next Week’s Intro is Rudi of Picpholio Nature Photography
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