Our next Guestblogger comes from Traralgon, Australia. I first came across Gayle Knowles’ website in the DPReview forums more than a year ago. Then she was posting photographs taken with her “little” Canon Powershot A70. And what wonderful photographs they were then! These days, Gayle takes photographs with a Canon EOS 20D and an interesting variety of lenses. Do take a look at her site and her large collection of beautiful pictures
Image title: Pussyfooting Around
Name: Gayle Knowles
Location: Traralgon, Australia
Equipment: Canon EOS 20D, Canon 24mm f2.8, Canon 35mm f2, Canon 50mm f1.4, Canon 200mm f2.8L, Canon 24-85 f3.5-4.5 USM, Sigma 15mm f2.8 fisheye lenses. Canon 420 EX Flash.
About your image: The subject is a Burmese cat named Harriet. She loves playing in boxes and when she jumped in this one, I couldn’t resist taking a few photos of her. My daughter was standing out of the frame, waving a toy at the cat to encourage her to put her paw out. I loved the end result and it’s one of my favourite photos. I enjoy taking photos of our cats and it’s always a thrill when I manage to capture something original and special.
Your favourite subjects: Anything and everything! Landscapes, candid portraits, pets, wildlife, still lifes, travel photography. I really enjoy street photography although living in a country town, I don’t often get a chance to practise it but when I make my way to the city for a day’s shooting I make the most of it. One type of photography I don’t do much of is studio portraiture because I don’t have any lighting set ups and tend to prefer natural light and unposed people shots.
How did you start out in photography? I was given a camera when I was nine years old, an Agfa Iso-Pak. From then on, I was very prolific at taking snapshots and my compositional skills improved as I got older. About three years ago I was looking for a new hobby to take up and I decided to teach myself the finer points of photography and the very first SLR I ever used was the Canon EOS 300D. I’ve always had a fascination with fine art and travel photography and it seemed a natural progression to take it up myself.
Are there any special themes/ideas that you like to convey in your pictures? Any favourite places (in your local country or overseas) for taking pictures? My favourite location is the area in which I live, a beautiful region in south eastern Australia called Gippsland. We have beaches, mountains, pretty towns, rainforests and vast tracts of Australian bushland all within a short drive. Therefore, most of my photos tend to reflect my surroundings. I always strive to capture and process each photo as I saw it through my lens. I love to go to local events and put together a photo essay of the day, or drive 2 hours down the freeway to Melbourne for a change of pace.
Apart from your own photoblog, are there any others that you would like to recommend here? Don Ellis – http://www.kleptography.com/, Humberto Olarte Cupas – http://nugar.com/, Skeezix’s Scratching Post – http://www.skeezixthecat.com/scratchingpost/
Who would you like to dedicate this entry to? I’d like to dedicate this to the memory of my special friend, Fil Lockman who died from cancer earlier this year. Fil taught me more about the artistic content of photography than I could ever have learned on my own; and he always encouraged me to rise above average. I’d also like to dedicate this to my family; my husband Rick and my four children, Jordan, Ryan, Brittany and Bryden for the patience they display when I have to “get the shot” and for always waiting for me when I’m lagging behind. And because I love ‘em!