We extend a welcome to Dianne Clark who became a Nikonian member in January 2016 and we have come to know her work through the lovely images that she has posted in the forums.
Dianne comes from the Land of Oz and speaks of home and her photography relating that she comes from scenic Melbourne, Australia. With the variety of city parks, gardens and unique laneways and regular travel to country Victoria and coastal New South Wales she has found many fascinating opportunities.
She relates, “Australia presents unique challenges for photography as the native vegetation is often stark and sparse. These challenges, however, present opportunities for more sculptural landscape photographs.
As well Melbourne still adheres to its British “heritage” and does have picturesque English style gardens providing a wealth of opportunities.”
As with most photographers, Dianne’s interest has evolved, “I had long had a dream of photography as a medium to express my artistic imagination. I dreamed and I researched then in December 2015, I made my first purchase on an impulse. I arrived home with a D750 and 3 lenses, laid them out on a table and wondered where on earth to start.
I started with landscape photography, parks and gardens around Melbourne, then ventured into country Victoria. I spent endless analysing my photos, researching, reading tutorials.
Melbourne is riddled with tiny laneways which once served the purpose of removal of nightsoil when Melbourne was a brash, young city in the 1950s. Now a tourist spot attracting quirky and interesting graffiti.
Eventually I discovered that the real art of photography is not so much the technical as the ability to immerse oneself in the surrounding beauty, see it with the artist’s eye and capture the sheer joy of the experience.
This led me on to bird photography, which has become a passion, my friends say an obsession. Though I still challenge myself to continue with landscape, cityscape and what I would term “Art” photography. I also love to photograph water: the sea, still pools, reflections.”
Upon finding Nikonians Dianne comments, “Very soon after I purchased my camera in December I found the Nikonians community website. It has become my greatest source of both knowledge and inspiration. I visit the website almost daily.” She continues, “I read the published articles, follow blogs, and sometimes participate in the forums. I study many of the photographs that are posted, referring to the equipment used and the settings, always seeking to reach the level of some of the wonderful photographs taken by members both new and experienced. I can honestly say the Nikonians have been my greatest source of learning and inspiration.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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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