CBCC – What is your photographic background?
LK – The first time I decided I “liked” photography was on a school camp to Central Australia in Year 10 – I was sixteen. My aunty lent me her camera to take away with me (which I still have … must give it back to her someday). I remember getting some pretty good feedback, so that must have inspired me I guess. Our art teacher, Peter Lindner, was a bit of a photographer too, he taught me a bit … and we were allowed to take ‘the SLR’ home on weekends … a Pentax something or other.
I finally got my own SLR, a Canon T50 for my 21st birthday – after the T series came the EOS series – so unfortunately none of those old lenses will fit on my current camera – a Canon 40D”
It was quite a long time until I got my first digital camera. I really didn’t think that ‘digital’ would take off. Eventually I decided to bite the bullet and see what it was all about and bought a little HP pocket camera – and haven’t looked back.
CBCC – What are your favourite subjects and/or locations?
LK – I love photographing events, but my favourite subject right now is live music. I used to think sports photography is what I most wanted to do (I still do a bit), but since doing a few gigs, this is where I’d love to be. I was lucky enough to get a free three day ticket to the Queenscliff Music Festival two years ago, so obviously my camera went too. On the strength of those photos, I won a competition on Facebook to be one of the Official Photographers at last year’s Festival – and it looks like I’ll be doing the same again this year. I’ve also been the Official Photographer for the Royal Geelong Show the last three years”.
Night photography is also something I really enjoy. Things look so much different in the dark. What can look pretty bland in daylight, takes on a whole new look after dark – cityscapes for example (it’s about the only time I’ll take my tripod with me too). And the zoo -I love the zoo too!
CBCC – Who/What inspires you to go out and take photographs?
LK – What inspires me to get out and take photos? To be honest, not much. I actually consider myself a lazy photographer – I guess, if I’m with someone that is enthusiastic, then usually I’ll get enthusiastic too.
CBCC – What sort of gear do you use?
LK – I’m a Canon user. I have 2 bodies – a 30D and a 40D, a number of lenses ~ 50mm f1.4, 24-105 f4, 70-200 f2.8, 100-400 f4, and a Sigma 10-20. I also have a little pocket camera which is mostly in my pocket when I’m at work ~ a Casio Exilim. Very handy.
CBCC – Is there photographer that you particularly admire?
LK – I admire many photographers, not any one in particular. Locally, the usual suspects – Peter Marin, John Conway, Heather Hartkamp (all of whom I actually met on-line) and (our own) Barry Feldman have all helped me and taught me a lot. There is quite a big community of photographers in Geelong that interact online and learn from, and inspire each other. I don’t think I’d be where I’m at without that resource. I’d encourage people to go on these meets that are organised – you might only learn one thing for the day, but next time, you’ll learn something else – and you’ll most likely make a lot of new friends – I did!
Below is a selection of Lisa’s images. You can also see more of her work on RedBubble
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