Sunday, October 26, 2008

Tiny creatures of our Islands

NATATANGING LARAWANG PINOY CONTEST #15: Tiny creatures of our Islands
WINNER: Alj_manila


Here is the interview of Alj_manila:

1. Please share some background information about yourself.

I am Ariel Jimenez, in my 40s, a CPA by profession, grew up in Makati and currently residing at Mandaluyong City.

2. Who or what initially sparked your interest in Photography?

It was my father who introduced photography to me when I was in high school. He let me use his Minolta film SLR then. After high school I got busy with other interests and hobbies and photography took a backseat. Early this year, I saw photos taken by a friend using a digital SLR and I found them very nice. It rekindled my interest in photography.
And so the story goes.

3. What inspired you to capture this winning photo?

It was my first trip to Hardin ng Rosas and I wanted to take some bird photos. I soon realized that my 250mm is quite short for bird photography. As I was walking down the field I saw a lot of butterflies and dragonflies. I took notice of this particular dragonfly who was like in a headstand position on top of a flower. I took a lot of shots and concluded my trip happy.

4. Did you have any professional training in photography?

I took Jo Avila's basic photography workshop.

5. How do you keep your photographic skills/knowledge up-to-date?

I read books, read online tutorials and watch online video tutorials among others. But for me the best fun way to keep my knowledge up-to-date is to hang out with fellow photography enthusiasts and learn from each other.

6. What is the most memorable experience you have in photography?

It was in those high school days when my father used to take time and teach me photography.

7. What's in your bag of tricks? Camera equipment and post processing software(s)?

Cannon 40d, 55mm, 28-135mm, 55-250mm. I use Photoshop CS3 for post-processing.

8. Please give us your take on post processing photos. Are you for it or against it?

I find post processed photos amazing. I admire those who know much about PP. I also know of some photographers who are against and don't do any PP on their photos.
I'd say I'm somewhere in the middle. I am for PP only to enhance and bring out the beauty of a shot. I am not for major alterations of a photo.

9. What type of photography is most interesting to you and why?

Presently I like sports/action photography best because I like the thrill of being able to capture the action at it's precise moment. I also find landscape and macro photography interesting.

10. What is the best advice you could give to a novice photographer?

Have FUN.

Thanks to Roe Empleo for the interview!

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