Reflecting On The Moments

Reflecting On The Moments

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Profiling Photographers – Barry Moore

I first met Barry Moore via my membership in Toastmasters International. Barry is also a member and previously was the District 70 Toastmasters Official Photographer, and is an accomplished speaker himself. Thank you Barry for participating in this series.

Gear: Canon 5D Mkii, 50D, 400D, EOS-M – various L and non-L lenses from 10mm to 400mm. Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 is my favourite portable camera for bushwalking.

  • Why did you choose Photography as your medium of communication?  

I have always enjoyed the creative process. Snapshots capture a moment in time but can tell a story as well. Landscape’s convey the beauty and isolation of a remote areas as well as the memory of the adventure. I started with an instamatic slide camera, then a TTL 35mm SLR (Hanimex Aka Practika clone). Then an OM1 for ages before the digital revolution. But it’s not the camera or lens. Often it’s that you see the shot or anticipate the shot and then capture it. There almost a sense of a “hunt” for the best shot and then the smile of satisfaction of “nailing” the composition.

  • Which Photographers have been the greatest influences on you & why? 

Ansel Adams and David Moore are great examples – they tell a story with a single image. My current favorite in Ken Duncan. Sheer beauty and the enormous patience to get his compositions right are amazing.

  • What inspires you to create the type of images that you do?                

I want a “wow” or “Ah” when people see my pictures. I love remote areas and it is great to be able to share the image and location with them.

  • What do you think makes your style unique? 

I like all style…. Deep silhouettes and shadows give great depth to an image, so I look for this.

  • Do you have any advice for an aspiring photographer? 

Practice and experiment. Attention to details is paramount. Check the background always and remove all distractions from the image if you can. Get rid of any ‘bad’ photos and try to only show the best. It’s hard to do this though.

  • What is the next big adventure for you, photographically?

I want to do some model photography or street candids. It’s an area I am lacking in.

To explore more of Barry’s creativity, click on the following inks:

http://www.pbase.com/barry_2718

http://www.modelmayhem.com/barry2718

I’ll Read It Later…

One of the challenges of modern living is all the information we have at our disposal i.e. books, magazines and, in particular, the Internet. There are millions and millions of pages of information on probably everything imaginable, and some probably unimaginable.

We all live busy, demanding lives and all have family, interests, hobbies, sports etc. on top of our business or work commitments.

168 hours every week is what we receive to fit in ‘all of the above.’ Given that we need to prioritise and work out what is most important.

As a lover of the information/knowledge I enjoy reading articles on the Internet, particular if they anything to with photography, public speaking, painting, writing, poetry and music. Therein lies the problem. There is only so much time and too much information…

For many years now we have been able to enjoy this and often, faced with a perceived ’shortage of time’ I have come across articles and videos that I have deemed would be of great interest to me but didn’t have the time to read at that moment.

A great idea a ‘creative’ came up with was to invent things like ‘Read It Later’, ’Save To Pocket’,and Facebook has the capacity to ’Save’ things to read or view later. When things like this first came out I thought, ‘brilliant!’ Unfortunately now, I have so many things I’ve ’saved for later’, I don’t know when I will get to read them.

When does ‘later’ come?

These are all wonderful tools. I just need to learn to use them better, for at some time in the future, I will ‘run out of later….’

Perhaps the following may help me (and any others out there like me):

  • Clear out anything you have already saved for later, longer than a week old
  • Discipline ourselves on ‘what we save for later?’
  • Set a time aside for reading/viewing this information

Perhaps you might have some suggestions to help as well! If you do, please feel free to add them. 🙂

 

Written by David Johnson
March 2016

Eligia Sword – Profiling Photographers

 

Welcome to another instalment in the series, Profiling Photographers. Eligia is passionate about photography and wildlife and very active in the Camera Club world in Brisbane. I hope you enjoy her insights and photography as much as I do. Thank you Eligia for being part of this series.

Gear:

Canon 5DMk3 Camera. Lenses: 100-400, 24-105, 100 Macro and 50 Prime 1.8. My next purchase will be a wide angle lens.

Why did you choose Photography as your medium of communication?

I won a minor footy tipping contest and decided to buy a camera. Joined a Camera Club, took some beginner’s lessons and haven’t looked back since. It is not a passion, it has become an obsession in a good way.

Which Photographers have been the greatest influences on you & why?

I don’t have any favorite photographers at the moment. I visit lots of Websites, read magazines, go to photo exhibitions and join online photography sites to expand my knowledge of the type of photographs that are possible to create. I have learnt a lot at the Photographic Club with the guest speakers, long time members and entering the monthly competitions.

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What inspires you to create the type of images that you do?

I like to go for a walk in the morning and my camera comes with me. I have developed a great interest in birds, bugs and butterflies. I don’t have any trouble finding any of those in the local parks and if I can’t get out and about I can always find some in my back garden.

What do you think makes your style unique?

 I’m a bit of a perfectionist and I don’t give up on a photo until I’m satisfied that I couldn’t do any better.

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Do you have any advice for an aspiring photographer?

Have your camera with you at all times. Photograph most days if you can and try all sorts of photography. Eventually you will find what you are good at and when that happens I bet you won’t be able to stop.

What is the next big adventure for you, photographically?

I would love to go to Africa. To me it would be the ultimate wildlife adventure.

The next photographer in the series will be ‘Barry Moore.’

Opportunity Knocks!

In July 2015, I was offered a speaking spot at Campbelltown Probus Club on 27 January 2016 by Nola who was on the Executive at the club, whilst we working at an Election Day Polling Booth.

A Probus Club is an organisation for retired or semi-retired business or professional people, and operates worldwide.

In Toastmasters International, we are taught that, ’if you are offered a speaking opportunity then you should take it’ whether that is inside or outside Toastmasters.

Remembering this, at the time, I had absolutely no hesitation in saying, yes! As Nola began to fill me in some more details, like the speaking time (40 minutes) and audience (up to 120 people), I started to realise the enormity of the experience, compared to what I had done previously…

It is amazing sometimes how fear and doubt can creep into the psyche.

The choice of the topic was left up to me and I decided to speak on the subject of ‘Communicating Creatively’ a subject that is very dear to my Heart. The one thing I didn’t want it to be though was ‘ok, this is what I do’ and that’s it. That would only be an information talk only and if the audience wasn’t particularly interested in photography, poetry, writing or painting then it could be quite dry for them.

What I needed to do was to involve the audience as it is they, the audience who are the most important people during the speech, not the speaker.

There were two main objectives that I had set for the speech:

  • To convey and obtain agreement that we are all creative to some extent
  • To show people ways that they can communicate creatively

One of the best ways to commence a speech is to involve the audience straight away via a question. There were 100 people attending that day and I asked for a ’show of hands’ of those who thought that they were creative in some way? 3 hands went up…

I explained to them that often the word creativity is often thought of only in terms of Arts & Crafts and went on to say that if we were to list all the previous occupations in the room, there would (I imagined) be quite a diverse range or White Collar, Blue Collar workers: Accountants, Engineers, Retail, Teachers, Public Service etc.

Engineers e.g. need to be creative to solve problems, don’t they? Henry Ford wanted 8 cylinders cast in one block. His engineers told him it could not be done. Henry Ford told them to find a way. They used their creativity to solve the problem.

Another show of hands was requested. This time about half the room put up their hands.

After opening their minds as to the fact that they were creative, I began to show them ways I communicate creatively, i.e. through Photography, Writing, Poetry & Painting and how they could too.

The presentation over, a number of people came up to me asking questions and stating that they intended on exploring photography, painting etc. This pleased me.

If I had said no to the opportunity I would have missed out on the following:

  • A chance to converse and connect with 100 people and hopefully inspire them
  • A chance to practice my presentation and public speaking skills
  • Presenting my longest presentation/longest PowerPoint to the largest number of people
  • The chance to present using a microphone
  • A chance at getting another speaking spot with another Not-4-Profit organisation

Was I nervous? Yes, definitely! In fact I was probably 10 times as nervous as when I competed at a Division Final International Speech Contest (a 5-7 minute speech in front of 100 Toastmaster members), probably because this presentation was outside the Toastmasters environment, i.e. the real world.

I said yes to the opportunity because of my involvement with Toastmasters, which has given me the confidence to step outside my comfort zone and take on new challenges.

It is only by practice, making mistakes, revision, more practice etc that we improve. I have a long way to go to get to where I want to be as a Public Speaker but am sure having fun on the journey!

 

David Johnson
March 2016