I’m currently working on the grounds maintenance team at a school in Sydney while I study ancient history and secondary education at Macquarie Uni. I enjoy most things that get me out and about. I grew up on a farm where shooting and motorbike riding were regular past-times, but when I moved to Sydney and had little access to those hobbies I took to things like bushwalking/hiking, etc. I also like to keep in good shape physically so do a fair bit of exercise, and I enjoy music (I’m primarily a singer), and photography of course.
What gear do you use?
I’m a Nikon shooter, for no reason other than the fact my Mum had a Nikon camera so that’s what I was used to seeing. I have 2 bodies; a D800E and a D610, as well as the typical range of lenses covering wide-angle to 200mm.
What type of photography are you into?
I’ve only ever really been drawn to landscapes, so that’s what I shoot.
How did you start photography? What inspires you?
I’m a relative newcomer to the photography game and have only owned a camera since March 2019. Growing up on a farm gave me good access to nature and I’d appreciated things like sunsets and the stars for a long time, so that was what compelled me to save up for a camera (in 2015). After stockpiling my birthday money for a few years I bought a Nikon D5600 and from there just fell down the rabbit hole.
In terms of inspiration, it ultimately comes down to me wanting a capture the beauty of God’s creation. He’s the artist.
Top 3 photo locations?
I’ve not yet done much travel for photography. I did have a two week trip to Iceland locked in for June this year which was going to be my first major photography jaunt but that got canned due to the ‘rona’. The positive thing here is that all my top photography locations are rather accessible and within a day’s drive of Sydney:
- The farm at Hillston.
- The Blue Mountains.
- The Victorian Alps.
Top 3 photo/editing tips?
- Try using negative clarity.
- Don’t include too many colours in your image.
- Figure out WHY you like a scene and deconstruct it in your head. Order is more aesthetic than chaos.
What has been your most memorable experience?
Capturing a cloud inversion at Katoomba in late May this year. As the sun came up the cloud thickened until only Mt Solitary was poking through. It was pretty unreal.
If you had superpowers, what would yours be?
Flying really fast, so then I could avoid airfares and just take a day trip to Iceland or the Faroe Islands.
What have you been doing at home during this time?
I continued working through the lockdown (thankfully) so didn’t have much additional time stuck at home, but now I’m back at uni so that keeps me on my toes when I’m at home.