“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” -Ansel Adams

Monday, December 26, 2011

January 2012 Featured Photographer


Flickr member since June 2007
Visit Angelas photostream: Wattyz


Wattyz - View my most interesting photos on Flickriver

1. What do you like better, pictures or food?

*looks down at stomach* I'll have to go with food?

2. When did you first realize that you were pretty good at taking pictures?

I'm still working on it. I have had a camera since about 5th grade on. My first camera was a purple le clic disc camera. My how times have changed.

3. What inspired you to become a photographer?

I guess seeing shots that I don't see other people normally don't take is what inspires me. I can watch 20 people take the same scenic shots of something, and find more interest taking a photo of the person taking the shots rather than the scene they're shooting. I'm a bit of an oddball I suppose.

Wattyz - Flickriver

4. What's your toughest challenge in photography?

My toughest challenge is to capture an image the way that I see it in my head. I am definitely my toughest critic.

5. Which picture (of your own) is your favorite, and why?

I don't really have one. Quoting Imogen Cunningham, "Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.”

6. Are you more of a "keep trying until you figure it out" type, or "look it up and see how it's done" type?

A bit of both. I will look to see how it's done and then keep trying until I get it right; then try to do it better.

7. Why do you think photography appeals to you, instead of another form of art?

Because I suck at drawing. Haha! I don't know. It's so much easier for me to see something as a photograph than having to think of how it could be interpreted into any other art form.

 
8. Are there any photography/processing techniques that you really don't like?

None that I can think of.

9. The switch from film to digital changed a lot of things. What is the best thing to come of the transition, in your opinion?

That you have instant gratification. You can review your images and see if it needs to be taken again or not.

10. .... and the worst?

Businesses losing money on photo processing. Everyone has become a photographer with their camera phones now.
Wattyz - View my most interesting photos on Flickriver


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

December '11 Featured Photographer


Flickr member since September 2008

Visit Tims photostream: friday1970



1. Why do you take pictures?

Actually, I think it comes from my childhood. My parents had a subscription to National Geographic around the time I was 6 or 7 years old. From those magazines, I used to dream of becoming a photographer for NatGeo, with all the traveling and exploration that came with the job. Like many of my childhood dream careers, photography was nearly forgotten as life took me on far different paths.

Beauty Under the Water Grates

Fast forward 30 years, I started to hike up many of the Appalachian hills as a motivator to keep in shape. I wanted to start capturing some of the gorgeous views I was taking in. Around the same time, I started to notice the incredible HDR pictures that were appearing on many of the computer tech news sites I was reading.

So really, it was a period in my life where my my technical background and love for the outdoors had crossed paths, and photography was the product of that. It's also fulfilling that little childhood dream of mine.

2. Who inspires you?

I get inspired by many of the incredible local area photographers, such as Richard Thompson, Art Photon, Brian Callihan, Corinne Schwarz, and so many others. Not only do they inspire me to keep shooting, they also inspire me to travel to the many beautiful areas shown in their pictures. Other more well known photographers, such as Art Wolfe, Galen Rowell, and Chris Morrison keep this fire stoked. It's a joy to look at their photos and learn their techniques of light and composition.

3. What is your favorite thing to photograph?

My favorite things to photograph are landscape based subjects, mostly lakes and mountains. I also like to shoot architecture that is immersed with the nature around it.

Japanese Bridge at Cranbrook #24. What's your strength, in photography?

I think my best strength is that I am my worst own critic. I always look at my shots and think “If I had just shot this with an earlier light, or from this angle, or moved the camera to hide this background object....”.
I think it helps me to become a better photographer as I always strive to improve myself
Below the Treeline, in the Fog, at Mt Fuji


5. Which picture (of your own) do you like most?

Picking my favorite photo is like choosing my favorite child. It's the stories behind the photos that I remember the most.

In “Below the Treeline, in the Fog, at Mt Fuji”, it was the cold fog, and the long wait for for a clear shot with no one in the picture.
In “Beauty Under the Water Grates”, it was having to walk under the intimidating, loud, slippery tunnel.

And in what I would call my favorite picture “Fishing into the Morning Fog”, it was driving to Detroit to shoot the river, getting trapped on I-96, and taking the next off ramp to shoot anything, only to come into this beautiful morning fog with sunlight behind it

6. What is your biggest challenge in photography?

Fishing into the morning fog
Finding that special area no one else had yet to photograph and capturing it in the best possible way. And, of course, waking up early to get there.

7. What do you use for post processing, and why?

GIMP. It's free and easy to use. Most of my base colors are pulled from my film/slide scan software, and GIMP helps me to add contrast, saturation, and correct any noticeable hues.

8. What would be the ideal place to travel?
Byron Mills Pond's falls
The Altiplano of South America. A very large expanse of barren, mountainous land, beautiful sunsets, the largest salt flat in the world, and areas which look like no other on Earth.

9. If you could give aspiring photographers one piece of advice, what would it be?

Just one? Just keep shooting. You will get better with time and with each photograph.

10. What do you think the most difficult concept in photography is?

For me, it would be portrait photography. I have always been a little shy to ask someone to let me take their picture. And even more, I would be worried about getting their shot perfect.


Interviewers Note:
Friday1970 is a member of Southeast Michigan Digital Photography. Take a minute to check out his photostream on flickr.  Also, he was not strong armed (too badly) to include me as one of his "inspirations"! ;)

Monday, November 7, 2011

November '11 Featured Photographer

Flickr Member since 2008

Visit MJ's photostream.

1. Who inspires you?

I like photographers that tell a story with their images. .brianday and lolaluvsme on Flickr are two photographers that always inspire me.
Mary Jo Boughton - Flickriver
2. What's your favorite subject?

Currently I am shooting a lot of photos of people.

3. What would you like to be able to do better?

Understand my speedlite well enough so that when I use my flash I can think artistically first instead of technically.

4. Are there any photography or processing techniques that you don't like?

I really do not like to do old school film developing.

5. What kind of camera do you have, and why?

I have a Canon DSLR 7D. I started with a canon P&S and just stuck with the brand mostly because of price. I recently upgrade from an XSI to the 7D because I wanted a camera that could shoot at higher ISO without noise issues. I prefer to handhold my camera.

6. What is your favorite photograph of your own, and why?

I really like the photo “Dream Horse.” It shows exactly the moment of emotion I saw through the lens when I clicked the shutter.

7. Do you ever make money with your photography? Do you want to?

I have had people buy a few photos from me that have seen them on Flickr. Hey more money means more lenses and equipment I can buy so yes, it would be great to make money from my photos.

8. What's the best compliment you've received on your photography?

Doopleganger left a compliment on this photo which was probably the best and one of the most sincere ones I have ever gotten.

"amazing stuff here. I browsed your entire stream. what an evolution in your photos since the start back in 2008. for me what sets your work apart and makes it so much better than 99.99% of what is out there is that every shot has so much feeling. you definitely put your own style on it and I love that it is something different in a world where everything looks the same and everybody just copies everybody else. your pics stand alone. I'm a big fan and looking forward to your show at the B&L"

9. Do you do any other art?

I have done painting, drawing and sculpture when I was younger but currently only do photography.

10. What one thing did you learn that changed your photography the most?

I learned how to use LightRoom3. It is very intuitive software.


11. Photography is rare in the sense that it requires both an artistic mindset and technical understanding. Do you think there are character/personality traits more commonly found in photographers?

I think we are all a bit obsessive and driven to get that next great photo.

Mary Jo Boughton - View my most interesting photos on Flickriver

Interviewers Note:
Mary Jo Boughton is a member of Southeast Michigan Digital Photography.  Take a minute to check out her photostream on flickr.  You will be amazed by her ability to photograph a wide range of subjects, from people to architecture.  You can also find her on Southeast Michigan Digital Photography's Facebook page.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

September Feature Postponed

Due to time limitations there will not be a September featured photographer, to make it up to you all October will feature 2 photographers in a new format. Sorry. J

Monday, August 1, 2011

August '11 Featured Photographer


July '11 Photographer: Corinne Schwarz      Flickr Screen Name: corinne.schwarz
Age: 33Flickr Member Since: June 2007

The Corinne.Schwarz interview...
Eyes of Gold by corinne.schwarz
Eyes of Gold, a photo by corinne.schwarz on Flickr.
1: How would you describe your skill level in photography?
A: I know "always learning" isn't technically a skill level, but that's what I'm going to answer with. Every time I get to the point where I feel that I'm on top of everything, I find myself learning about something else. I'm constantly being made aware of new ways to do things and think about things.
2: In the last 6 months what aspect of your art do you feel has improved the greatest?
A:  In the last 6 months I started using Adobe Lightroom instead of Photoshop, started focusing on keeping my ISO down, and started shooting RAW. Those three things have made a world of difference. (all of these were done per the suggestion of people in the SEMIDP group)
3: Have you attended schooling/training for photography or are you self taught?
A: One day I found myself without work. I had a friend who worked in a photo lab, and he got me a job developing film. After a month or two of that, I weaseled my way into a small studio inside of Target, as a manager #based on previous retail management experience#. I did much better at the photography part of that job, so I asked to be put into one of the large portrait studios as a photographer. I quit that job to work as a photographers assistant for a local lady, because I figured I'd learn more about how to use a camera, but it was horrible. I spent my time driving her son around town #soccer practice, band, etc#... After she fired me by telling me she hated me, I got the out of her studio and I got out of photography, all together.
So, basically, I've learned the details of film processing. I've learned studio lighting, posing, and portraiture. I've learned how to be very quiet and not disturb a bratty photographer. I never learned about f. stops and shutter speeds through any of this. All the studio work was so structured #cameras had fixed focal lengths and locks on them to keep them set at f16#, that all you had to do was know how to pose and focus.
Sparkling in the Sun by corinne.schwarz
Sparkling in the Sun, a photo by corinne.schwarz on Flickr.
4: When did your hobby/career in photography start?
A: I started loving photography when I was a kid. I remember watching my dad use his camera, turn the dials and adjust the tripod, and thinking that he was the most amazing person on earth. Photography, for me, is full of contrasts; it is both the tough engineer and the enlightened lover.
5: Who or what influenced you to become a photographer
A: My dad and my love of the moment.
6: Do you believe in the expression “A picture is worth 1,000 words?"
A: Yes, I do believe it to be true. When you look at a picture, you get to exactly see the moment. You have every detail before you. Could 1,000 words leave you with that same level of understanding?
7: Do you have a favorite photograph?
A: Afghan Girl by Steve McCurry.
8: Do you have a favorite photographer
A: I have a lot on Flickr... Ansonredford, Mjo, Ipsy, yyellowbird, andrew evans., mskimmaree, vincent ribbers.
9: Do you think that society would be different if photography was never invented?
A: Maybe not a lot. Information would be harder to convey accurately. I mean, look how hard it is for them to do it WITH photography!... but I digress.
10: Do you think that a person must possess talent to capture emotion and expression in a picture?
A: Yes. Or considerable luck.
Church of God by corinne.schwarz
Church of God, a photo by corinne.schwarz on Flickr.
11: Do you have a special style in your photographs that can single you out like strokes in a painting?
A: Well, I have always wondered this... and a few times over the past few months people have told me that they always recognize my pictures, and how I have a "style". Well, let me say- that is the BEST COMPLIMENT one can give.
12: What makes a good photographer in your opinion?
A: Someone who can see beneath the top layer of life. Observant.
13: What do you enjoy most photographing?
A: I love photographing people. I love catching them at their best moment and being able to show their beauty. However, I hate how "aware" people are of a camera, and I stress myself out by trying to be inconspicuous.

14: In your opinion, what makes photography an art?
A: Not everyone can "see" like a photographer. They see light, texture, shapes. Not everyone can arrange these elements into something that invokes emotions in others.
15: What motivates you to do what you do?
A: Getting better.
Work Flag by corinne.schwarz
Work Flag, a photo by corinne.schwarz on Flickr.
16: What weak points, if any, do you feel you poses in photography?
A: I'm too shy with people, and it limits me. I'd love to do more portraits, but I feel intrusive. When I did it professionally, it didn't feel like this. Because that was my job and this is my art.
17: What do you shoot with?
A: Just got a Canon XS to replace my 10D. The 10D was 8 years old, and less than 7 megapixels, so it was time to go. I can't say that the XS is significantly better, though.
18: Favorite lens?
A: I like my Sigma 18-50 F/3.5-5.6. Mainly because I do a lot of landscapes, but it's also cool because I can get more in the frame.
19: Do you prefer color photographs or black and white?
A: Color, typically.
20: What do you feel influences your photography?
A: The weather and the light.
21: What are your thoughts on Flickr’s explore?
A: I think it's nice to get on Explore because it opens you up for more views, which is always cool. I don't think it says much about the photograph, though. It just means you got the right hits from the right people who said the right kinds of things in the comments section.
22: Have you had any photographs achieve explore status?
A: Yes, My first Explore, I didn't even realize it had been explored until probably a year after the fact.
tiny toes by corinne.schwarz
tiny toes, a photo by corinne.schwarz on Flickr.
Second:
Center of the Universe by corinne.schwarz
And third:
Long Cloud by corinne.schwarz
Long Cloud, a photo by corinne.schwarz on Flickr.
23: Why do you feel these photos made Explore over your other photos?
A: I really have no idea why these particular photographs made it to Explore. I like them all, particularly the mountains and moon shot, but there are other pictures that I've uploaded that got largely ignored, so... it's beyond me. I know there's a algorithym for how pictures make it on Explore, but I'll be damned if I can figure out to how manipulate it in my favor!
24: Do you feel that your photos achieving Explore has done anything for your art?
A: No.

25: Coke or Pepsi?
I don't drink much pop, it burns my mouth! (whatever, its true. Stupid carbonation.)
26: Have you always lived in Michigan?
A: Yes, I have. I've travelled a lot (Egypt twice, Rome, Mexico, all over the US, including Hawaii), but that was before I really had this photography stuff figured out, so I don't have many great pictures from it.
27: Do you feel that Michigan offers anything special to photography?
A: The seasons, obviously. There is constant change when you look around outside. By the time I was tired of snow/ice/white photographs, it started to get green, etc...
Centered Tree by corinne.schwarz
Centered Tree, a photo by corinne.schwarz on Flickr.
A note from the interviewer:
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I hope you've enjoyed the interview with Southeast Michigan Digital Photography photographer Corinne Schwarz. Make sure you take in the full sampling of Corinne's work by viewing her photo stream on Flickr.
Special thanks to Corinne for all she does and brings to the Southeast Michigan Digital Photography group.
corinne.schwarz - View my most interesting photos on Flickriver


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Thursday, June 30, 2011

July '11 Featured Photographer

July '11 Photographer: Donald Anson    Flickr Screen Name: ansonredford
Age: 44    Flickr Member Since: Oct 2008
The Ansonredford interview...
DSC01951 by ansonredford
DSC01951, a photo by ansonredford on Flickr.
1: How would you describe your skill level in photography?
A: Still learning, an amateur, 1 through 10, a 5.
2: Have you attended schooling/training for photography or are you self taught?
A: Self taught.
3: Being a self taught photographer, what advice do you have for other self taught photography enthusiasts?
A: Learn the controls on the camera and use them, take lots of shots.
4: When did your hobby in photography start?
A: Start as a hobby at 9 years old.
5: Who or what influenced you to become a photographer
A: A 5th grade art teacher, sorry can't remember his name.
6: Do you believe in the expression “A picture is worth 1,000 words”?
A: No. I believe a 1000 is a little of a exaggeration.
7: Do you have a favorite photograph
A: No, to many photograph.
8: Do you have a favorite photographer
A: No to many photographer.
9: Do you think that society would be different if photography was never invented?
A: Yes, I could not imagine society without photography.
10: Do you think that a person must possess talent to capture emotion and expression in a picture?
A: Not sure, but I think so.
Panorama Kent Lake by ansonredford
Panorama Kent Lake, a photo by ansonredford on Flickr.
11: Do you have a special style in your photographs that can single you out like strokes in a painting?A: I don't think I have a special style.
12: What makes a good photographer in your opinion?
A: Have a good eye to find something interesting.
13: What do you enjoy most photographing?
A: Just getting out and try do find something to capture.
14: In your opinion, what makes photography an art?
A: To me all photographs are art, you either like photography or don't.
15: What motivates you to do what you do?
A: The challenge of going somewhere and trying to capture a good image.
DSC00515 by ansonredford
DSC00515, a photo by ansonredford on Flickr.
16: What weak points, if any, do you feel you poses in photography?
A: Equipment and taking pictures of people.
17: What do you shoot with?
A: Currently DSLR Sony A-350 and Point & Shoot Sony H-5. In the past Mavica MVC-CD500 and SLR Canon T-70 .
18: Favorite lens?
A: Sony AF DT 16-105mm F3.5-5.6.
19: What, if any, software do you use for post processing?
A: Corel Paint Shop Pro.
DSC02546 by ansonredford
DSC02546, a photo by ansonredford on Flickr.
20: Which of your photographs is your favorite?
A: ------------------------------------------->
21: Do you prefer color photographs or black and white?
A: Color. I like to capture fall color, sunsets and flowers and those photos look better in color.
22: What do you feel influences your photography?
A: Flickr, weather,The price of gas.
23: What are your thoughts on Flickr’s explore?
A: Seems tough to be explore.
24: Have you had any photographs achieve explore status?
A: Yes, only two made it but were dropped.

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25: Coke or Pepsi?
A: Coke
26: Have you always lived in Michigan?
A: Yes
27: Do you feel that Michigan offers anything special to photography?
A: Michigan has lots to offers. The Great Lakes, rivers, waterfalls. National Lakeshores and park.Detroit, light houses, bridges.Four seasons,etc.
DSC09073 by ansonredford
DSC09073, a photo by ansonredford on Flickr.

A note from the interviewer:
ansonredford - View my most interesting photos on FlickriverSpecial thanks to Don, ansonredford, in accepting the role of being the first ever featured Michigan photographer from Southeast Michigan Digital Photography group. Don's colorful and sharp nature photographs are something to inspire even the most seasoned photographer. Be sure to check out Don's work on Flickr!

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