Nadia Paul

SP1Nadia Paul has been a member of Corio Bay Camera Club since October 2012, when she joined with husband Steve. Like Steve, Nadia has had a much longer involvement in photography, being a former member of the Melbourne Camera Club and gaining a number of photographic awards and honours along the way. Nadia answered a few questions about her photography …

What is your photographic background?

I was given a camera for my 8th birthday – a Kelvin Maior (a fairly simple 35 mm camera made in Italy during the 1950’s) – and was so excited I promptly went out and took thirty six exposures of my cat in every pose possible. As you can imagine, my parents were not amused! Where was digital when I needed it! The camera was then deemed to be for family photos only, and I soon lost interest.

I didn’t get my enthusiasm for photography back until forty two years later when my first grandchild was born. My husband Steve bought me a Kodak point and shoot and I began to get into photography again – firstly taking photos of my grandson, then the flowers in my garden, and from there it was a natural progression into macro.

What are your favourite subjects and/or locations?

I love  nature in all its manifestations but my passion is photographing insects. Getting up close and personal has made me realise how much we overlook in everyday life. I also enjoy taking landscapes but I realise there is  a lot of room for improvement, so I have been challenging myself  for the last year or so. I particularly love scenes that include water, especially waterfalls.

In the last few years we have been fortunate enough to tour in Kakadu, the Red Centre and the Kimberley. Our outback is so unique and beautiful that you can’t help but be inspired and awed. Some of my favourite locations have been the stunning West McDonnell Ranges, the beautiful Corroboree Billabong at sunset, the peaceful lagoon at Muloorina Station and the lunar landscape of Mungo.

Who/What inspires you to go out and take photographs?

My inspiration comes from having opportunity and time, as well as my partner in crime, Steve.

What do you like to communicate through your photography?

There is beauty all around us – I hope that my images communicate how I see this beauty.

What sort of gear do you use/have you used in the past?

My wonderful husband has kept me well supplied in cameras over the years – Kodak, Fuji, Olympus followed by several Canons, the latest being the EOS 6D which I love. The lenses I use are the Canon 100mm macro, Canon 17-40mm L and Canon 70-200mm L.

What do you think is your greatest photographic achievement?

There are no “great” achievements but some of the things that brought me pleasure include the sale of one of my macros for an advertising brochure, being the most successful entrant at the APS National in 2006, having the top EDPI at the VAPS interclub in 2008, and gaining my AAPS in 2009.

Is there anything that you’d like to improve in your photography?

I still have a long way to go to be the photographer I’d like to be so there are many things I should improve on. But I know that practice makes perfect so I just need to take photos more regularly than I do. I would also like to learn more advanced editing techniques.

Do you have any favourite photographic books/magazines and/or websites?

Apart from reading Australian Photography magazine, I visit a number of photography websites for inspiration and follow the work of a number of talented photographers including Karl Taylor, Erez Marom, Alessio Andreani, Robert McRae, Ron Day and Alex Chamberlain.

Is there photographer that you particularly admire? Why?

I admire many photographers including members from our club, but I have to say that no other photographer “blows me away” like  Marc Adamus – he has been called one of the most talented landscape artists of his generation and I certainly agree. The quality of light in his work is just wonderful and the locations so beautiful – his work evokes an emotional response in me every time.

Below is some of Nadia’s work (click on the images to see a larger view)

Walking the Line - This is one of the images from my digital art era and is a combination of two photos with various filters and texture added - this was the image that was top EDPI in VAPS interclub 2008.

Walking the Line – This is one of the images from my digital art era and is a combination of two photos with various filters and texture added – this was the image that was top EDPI in VAPS interclub 2008.

Pas De Deux - A more recent foray into art, this is an image of a water drop on a blade of grass, distorted in two ways, combined and colourised.

Pas De Deux – A more recent foray into art, this is an image of a water drop on a blade of grass, distorted in two ways, combined and colourised.

Melancholy - A favourite portrait of one of my grandsons, I like the quiet mood to this one - a nice change from all the faces the kids pull as soon as I pick up the camera!

Melancholy – A favourite portrait of one of my grandsons, I like the quiet mood to this one – a nice change from all the faces the kids pull as soon as I pick up the camera!

Ron – A portrait of my mother’s friend taken with window light – Ron obligingly grew some stubble so I could take a “character” portrait.

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Bifocal – This was taken at Natimuk Lake, one of the few times I have been up for dawn when the insects are still cold and inactive.

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In The Limelight – Taken in the beautiful garden of St Erth at Blackwood.

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Production Line – Dragon and Damselflies are my favourite insects so I was really excited to see them line up like this – pity the background wasn’t a bit nicer!

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Upstanding – I love flower photography – this was taken near the Grampians.

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Seek The Light – One of the beautiful Sun Orchids at Wyperfeld National Park.

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Dwarfed – A mini landscape taken at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park – the colour of the rock is just amazing!

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Echoes – Having arrived a little late for a sunset shoot at Mansfield and not liking the bigger picture, I was pleased to get the reflected colour in this restful scene.

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Mirror Drop – I liked the overall shape of this moisture laden web and thought the high key treatment suited it.