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Dianne Clark (Dianne340) Interview

Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2)


Keywords: d750, landscape, birds, water, diane340

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However the single most inspirational article was Richard Dubiel’s “Bird Photography in the City.” I read it just as I was developing my passion for birding. I sought advice and had wonderful feedback on the best birding lens to buy (within my budget} I then set out with google maps in hand and have discovered the most amazing parks and waterways on my doorstep. The joy has been not only the thousands of bird shots I have taken but the amazing hidden places I have found. Thank you Richard. Eternally grateful.” 

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Eastern Great Egret Flying.
Nikon D750, Tamron 150–600mm @ 600mm, f/6.3, 1/800s, ISO 800.
Tripod mounted. Aperture mode.
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With respect to sharing some advice Dianne hesitantly responded with,” My experience is still new and I would be presumptuous to comment here except to say that I have discovered my best plan is to think about what I intend to photograph for the day, take time to set up my equipment, think about the technique before I leave home then immerse myself joyfully in what I am doing. I am sure the sheer joy of ‘being in the moment’ with my camera yields the best photographs.”

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The Rainforest Floor - Fairies live here. Taken for my grandchildren.
Nikon D750, 16-35mm Nikkor @ 35mm, f/14, 1/8s, ISO 100
Hand held. Manual mode.
Click for an enlargement

 

In sharing a memorable moment she commented, “There have been so many from sitting in the bush for hours on end just waiting for the shyest of the birds to emerge and make friends with the camera to standing on a rocky beach with the waves pounding around me waiting to capture a moonrise.”

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Late Evening Light on Water
Nikon D750, 16-35mm Nikkor @ 16mm, f/22, 1/13s, ISO 100.
Hand held. Manual mode.
Click for an enlargement

 

Dianne’s future plans include gaining knowledge in all aspects of photography, to learn more in the area of post processing, and to continue this journey with photography for many years.

In closing Dianne shares some inspirational remarks, “Perhaps the greatest benefit of photography for me is the challenges it brings to my life: of reading and learning, of going out most days and exploring places and opportunities, just even the joyfulness of feeling a sense of “belonging” to the Nikonians community. Living alone and in my 70s I see too many friends age simply because they have little to do. I hear the word “bored” and I am appalled. Photography is such a great source of living in the moment and finding joy in each moment, whether taking photographs, processing photographs, learning techniques, striving for improvement, or taking on the next challenge of Photoshop which will improve my technology skills.”

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Nikonian at Work. Self Portrait.
Taken in the National Gallery of Victoria against an installation of glass and mirrors.
Nikon D750 with 70-300mm Nikkor @ 70mm f/5.6, 1/5s, ISO 100. Hand held.
Click for an enlargement

 

We at Nikonians would like to sincerely thank Dianne for her motivating comments and wonderful images.  You really have discovered how to enjoy life!  It will be a pleasure to see what you post next and to follow many, many future images.

 

 

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Originally written on July 11, 2016

Last updated on November 29, 2017

Marsha Edmunds Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2)

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Stephen Bywater (steveby) on February 1, 2018

Hi Dianne Nice to hear from a fellow Melbournian Great photos Cheers Steve

Paul Blais (PBlais) on August 19, 2016

Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2017 Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the 2017-2018 fundraising campaign

A wonderful collection of diversity!

Keith Moxham (kmox2163) on August 8, 2016

Dianne You are not along, I also live in Melbourne (Berwick) and am in my early 70's and have relatively recently rediscovered photography. And yes like you my greatest source of learning and inspiration has been my Nikonians membership, have experienced some other forums through motor homing and flying, and it is hard to find a more accepting courteous helpful bunch than the Nickonians. I found you words and photo's an inspiration thanks for doing the interview. My wife and I are currently on the Gold Coast (Main Beach) and at the end of August I have enrolled in a My Nikon Life landscape course for a day, this will be the first time I have ever had some structured teaching of photography, am really looking forward to it. Am most impressed with the progress you have made in such a short time, keep up the good work. Cheers Keith

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) on July 22, 2016

JRP is one of the co-founders, has in-depth knowledge in various areas. Awarded for his contributions for the Resources

(Edited by jrp Friday, 22 July 2016 ) Yes, the kangaroo was photographed with a 70-300mm Nikkor @ 300mm. Thank you, Harish.

Harish Subramanian (Harish1957) on July 21, 2016

Very well written article and great images too.I also joined the Nikonians in January 2016 and I find it a very lively and useful forum. By just going through the posts and articles, one gets to learn of new techniques. The only disappointing part is that I find that many of the images in the Gallery do not carry the camera or the lens through which the images were shot. There appears to be a small typo in the above article - the Kangaroo shot states that it is taken with a 70-30 mm Nikkor - I think it ought to be a 70-300 mm Nikkor.

Don Roarabaugh (NatureDon) on July 19, 2016

Marsha and Dianne, thanks for sharing the story and photos. I like what you said about immersing in the surrounding beauty. That, to me, is the pleasure of the outdoors. Thanks and Enjoy! Don

Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2) on July 15, 2016

Donor Ribbon awarded for her support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Fellow Ribbon awarded for her continuous encouragement and meaningful comments in the spirit of Nikonians. Donor Ribbon awarded for her generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Ribbon awarded for her generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2017 Awarded for her in-depth knowledge and high level of skill in several areas.  Awarded for winning in The Best of Nikonians 2019 Photo Contest

This was such a pleasure doing this interview with Dianne. If you read through to the end of this feature you cannot help but be very inspired and impressed. So great of you to add your comments.

Sanjay Gupta (Gupta) on July 12, 2016

Melbourne is truly lovely. Used to travel to Oz a few years ago on a regular basis and stay at the Hilton across from the MCG. Have taken some great shots in Melbourne and Sydney with at that time a D90. That does not speak of my skill as a photographer but of the beauty of your country. Your images are lovely, never did get out to take pictures of Roo's or into the alleyways as you have done. Super shots. Thanks for the great reminders. Cheers.

Richard Dubiel (Dubes) on July 12, 2016

Awarded for his high level of achievement and willingness to help others – most notably in wildlife photography. Awarded for his in-depth knowledge and high level skills in various areas, especially Macro and Wildlife Photography Laureate Ribbon awarded as a Winner in a Nikonians Best of Images Annual Photo Contest  Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015

Another wonderful prepared article Marsha illustrating the talents and methods of active members. Wonderful images Dianne, always a joy to feel someone's enthusiasm coming out in their work. Thank you for you kind words. Taking a bit of a break from Nikonians, but always pleased to help or motivate others.

Tom Jacob (sevendayimages) on July 11, 2016

Awarded for his continuous knowledge and images sharing with community members Awarded for his win at the Best of Nikonians 2016 Photo Contest Awarded for his in-depth knowledge and high level of skill in several areas. Awarded for winning in The Best of Nikonians 2019 Photo Contest

Very well written article, interesting to get to know members a bit better, and it comes with great images. What more can you ask for :) Thanks for posting it and good luck on your photographical journey Diana. You are learning very quick and I am sure you can be of help to anyone starting out and trying to jump over the same hurdles as you did in the beginning. Have fun out shooting and hope to see more of your work! Cheers,

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