In the following article, you will be introduced to quite a repertoire of Karen’s work seeing how a photographer’s mind’s eye can have such a great impact on the creative process. Her captures of wildlife are equally impressive.
“I moved to South Carolina about 3 years ago from Michigan. For nature lovers, this area provides beautiful coastal scenery ranging from swamps and marshes to beaches and ocean. It is a birders paradise with many varieties of shore and wading birds, birds of prey, and many migratory species. Alligators are plentiful and several varieties of snakes, frogs and dragonflies can be found. Live oaks dripping in Spanish moss are everywhere.”
“There are also many antebellum homes and pre-Civil War era ruins in the area which present interesting photographic opportunities. Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA are nearby providing the opportunity for street and architectural photography. It is sunny most days, which makes infrared photography a good choice as well.”
“Like many, I began photographing nature and wildlife and that remains a favorite activity. However, my interests have expanded to include architecture, macro, infrared, and even some portraiture. The more time I spend with other photographers, the more I find new things to see and photograph in a scene.”
“I learned of Nikonians through a co-worker who was a member. I was impressed with the breadth of knowledge of the members of the community and the willingness of everyone to share information and offer suggestions for improvement and troubleshooting. I continue to value the community for these reasons and have found so many more things to appreciate. The community provides a great opportunity to explore new areas of photography, to learn about post processing, to better master the equipment I have and learn about more that I may need/want, and to learn from other very talented members. Every forum I explore at Nikonians adds a new dimension to my photography.”
“While in Michigan I was a member of the local Nikonians chapter and it was a great way to meet other Nikonians, get together and shoot at new places and learn from one another. Organizing the local chapters takes a lot of work but there are great rewards for participating.”
“Nikonians have helped make me a better photographer with constructive, positive image critiques and suggestions. They have widened my horizons on photographic opportunities and helped me explore the use of new (to me) equipment and techniques. They have quickly helped me solve computer and equipment problems that would have taken me ages to resolve on my own. They have helped me better plan the gear to take on trips as well as what to see while there, and they have inspired me with their photography.
Spend time exploring the forums and don’t be afraid to ask for comments and advice or to contribute to the discussions. I have found members to be very generous with their time and suggestions, and you will likely get a wide range of suggestions and points of view.”
“While on the deck of a ship with other photographers and passengers, one photographer decided to remove his jacket. He placed his camera on the deck by his feet for just a few seconds while he unzipped his coat. The ship hit a small ocean swell. It was just a small ripple, but it was enough to cause his camera to roll over and disappear through the scupper hole into the bottom of the ocean. That taught me to never leave my gear untethered. Memory cards now stay in a zipped pocket of my jacket or backpack, which remains attached to me, and the camera strap is always around my neck. This poor photographer not only lost the pictures he had already taken, but also lost potential shots that disappeared when his camera went overboard.”
Karen has been very active in photography communities and by all indications with other spheres in life to which she is actively engaged. Considering that commitment of time elsewhere it is greatly appreciated that she agreed to participate in this feature.
Thank you, Karen.
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