Goodbye Darkroom, Hello Lightroom
3. Q: Tell us little about your styles
Kit’s style - I have always been drawn to nature as a place of adventure, tranquility and beauty. Animals with their interactions and reactions to each other, and to humans, have always fascinated me. Through my photography I look to capture the essence of the moment, exceptional light, and the personality of the subject.
Mikes Style – Although wildlife, landscape, and architecture are my primary interest, I am also drawn to unique and unusual visual opportunities that present themselves. I get equally excited photographing a bug or an eagle, dew or a waterfall, a wildflower or a forest. My challenge is to successfully capture images I sense are good design with interesting composition and light. I view life as a continuous learning experience and regularly explore new areas that interest me. Macro photography, focus stacking, ND filters, blurs, night images, and off camera flash photography are subjects I am currently attempting to learn and get better at.
Lightroom is our post processing/ organizational tool of choice. With the exception of occasional black and white conversions in Silver Effects Pro, the only image post processing we do are minor adjustments within Lightroom.
4. Q: Who was the 1st to pick up a camera?
It’s hard to say who picked up a camera first. Kit began using a camera in her teens. By her early 20's She set up her first darkroom and started developing film and printing black and white photos. Her camera of choice was the Nikon F, which she used for almost 3 decades.
Mike acquired his first camera as a gift when he was 6 years old. A Bakelite Kodak Holiday Brownie, which he still owns. His first serious camera was a Yashica Electro 35 rangefinder he bought while in Vietnam. It was an exceptional camera with a fast fixed lens. Kit picked up additional Nikon SLR bodies and a Kowa Six medium format camera over the years. Mike went SLR in 1973 when Olympus came out with the OM-1. At the time Mikes opinion was that conventional SLR’s were similar in size and weight to a brick. He was attracted to the size reduction as well as the design, innovation and performance of the Olympus OM-1. The Nikon F and the Olympus OM-1 were the equipment we were using when we met in 1979.