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

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

July 2012 Featured Photographer

Kenji Gunderson
Flickr Member Since June 2006

dog wagon1. What's the most important thing you've learned about photography? 

I'm still learning, I really haven't studied formally. I started out by shooting a lot of photos. I thought it was a numbers game with maybe 2 percent of my photos coming out. I thought if I shot 100 photos maybe 2 may come out to be "Nice photos" that were worthy of sharing with other people. I think if I had more time to study, ( work gets in the way of my photography) I would have learned earlier about lighting and composition. I find that it is great to meet up and socialize with other photographers. It really helps to have a community to learn from and inspire each other.

2. Which of your own photos is your favorite and why?

 I really like this photo that I took in Amsterdam. 

I was practicing my panning shots on people riding their bicycles. When this Gem came across my path. At first I was like what is this guy wearing. I shot about 8 shots of him and he was gone. Later on when I looked at my photos, I got really excited. You just never know when the "Shot' will come along.

Detroit hoops
3. What's the most "cringe worthy" photo you've uploaded?

I uploaded a photo along time ago it was titled Detroit Hoops. It was selected for FLICKR EXPLORE. I was shocked!! But I did a really bad quickie photoshop job on it. Then It got a bunch of hits, I then became embarrassed by the shabby photoshop job I did. The photo was a buried in my archives for a couple of years. It was taken with a point and shoot before I got my first DSLR. I dusted it off, cropped it, took out some telephone poles then posted it. I can't believe it got so much exposure. I didn't know what Explore was at that time.

4. Who inspires you? 

There is an AMAZING portrait photographer from the U.K. that I found via flickr Lee Jefferies. He does portraits of homeless people, I think that he finds the "Typically not so beautiful" and makes them really appealing, in the sense that when we see the Pretty people in all of the magazines and T.V. they don't appear to be special anymore. The portraits he captures are so full of character. He is truly inspiring, with his choice of subjects.

I am consistently blown away by his work.


5. What mode do you shoot in?

 I usually start in aperture priority then into manual. I just recently started to really understand and experiment with the other modes.

6. What hobbies or interests do you have outside of photography?

I play in a Blues/ Classic Rock/ Old R N B band. It's a nice release from my day job.

7. What is your favorite thing to photograph?

 I recently started to get into portrait photography.

8. Is there anything you don't like about photography? 

I don't like getting sucked into the.....ooh I gotta have this or need that but I have definitely have fallen into that trap.

I want to ride my bicycle
9. Why does photography appeal to you?

 I really like being able to capture the times in our life. A few years from now I can look back and pull out memories and remember things that would have otherwise been long forgotten. It also helps to have somebody around who can take great photos, I look back at the change and difference in the style of my photography from my point and shoot days. 

10. If you could photograph anything you wanted, what would it be?

 I think I would like to photograph some Big live bands. I do on occasion photograph my band and some of my friends bands. 

Thanks for checking out my work.

Dev and Bodhi

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