Women in Photography
This time around for Women in Photography we are shining the light on Lauren Pearce. Based in Wollongong, Lauren has a strong focus on landscape photography, and has captured some stunning photos of a range of environments. She creates amazing depth and vivid colours in her images, delivering a unique perspective of our surroundings. We are also loving her astro photography work, that beautifully showcases the world above and beyond us. It is obvious that Lauren’s technical skills are incredible, and it really shows through her images how carefully she plans and executes each shot.
Lauren was kind enough to write a little bit about how she got into photography, and we cannot wait to see what the future has in store for her.
The first camera I received was a Kodak Easy Share C813, which had an 8.2 Megapixel and a 3x optical zoom (which seemed massive at the time). I first started taking photos on my family holidays where I was constantly running behind everyone with my camera, taking way too many photos along the way.
I really discovered my passion for photography during High School when I enrolled in a film photography subject. From there, I completed a three-year degree in Bachelor of Arts, where I majored in Photography. To finish my degree, I produced a major work where I captured images of the Australian Simpson Desert. I love photographing landscapes and being able to explore our country. It feels so special to be able to capture the Australian landscape and the natural beauty that is on offer.
Through the lens of a camera, I have developed a better appreciation for my surroundings and the beauty that can be captured when you take the time to stop, look, wait for the perfect light to take the shot. Taking time to get it right. This is the essence of my photography.
Lauren has been a DCW team member for just over a year now. She has been an integral part of the team and has provided some incredible content for our product reviews & social media channels. She has an amazing knowledge of all things photography and is always happy to share and pass on her expertise. We are very lucky to have her on board!
For our third Women In Photography feature, we are highlighting Caitlin Bear. Based between Sydney and the Gold Coast, Caitlin has captured some absolutely stunning landscape photos. Although she is relatively new to the photography game, Caitlin’s natural talent shines through in her images. She has a knack for creating vivid and striking images, and captures the bold colours that nature has to offer. Caitlin’s long-exposure images really make her stand out from the crowd and show how creative you can be with them.
Caitlin’s collection of photos really caught our eye, and she was kind enough to tell us a bit about her photographic journey so far. Here’s what she had to say:
“My journey in photography started only just over a year ago. I consider myself a beginner photographer, but the comparison from a year ago to now only encourages me more every day. While I work in the media industry, I do not work as a creative. I hope one day to develop my photography far enough to turn it into a job. Mostly, photography is a creative adventure that makes me happy and that's what it should always be like.
I particularly love shooting long-exposures of landscapes at sunrise or sunset. The fast-changing colour and light is a fun challenge that always results in a different shot each time. The shot of golden hour of the Opera House is a favourite as it was originally a throw away idea to zoom in that close and take a long exposure, but sometimes it's when you don't plan out a shot is when it ends up working best."
Continuing with our Women in Photography series, today we are featuring Phyllis Quealy. Phyllis is a nurse by trade and has a passion for photography. She regularly participates in our social media challenges and has shared some absolutely stunning images with us. From travel images, sports snaps, landscape, and portrait photography and a few on the abstract side, Phyllis is a versatile and creative photographer who captures the beauty of the world in every shot. During these times of isolation and social distancing, although Phyllis has not been able to get out and shoot as much as she would like, she has been making the most of sharing her memories and previously taken images to social media.
We asked Phyllis to share a little with us about herself and her photography journey, and here’s what she had to say:
What a great companion my camera has been to me. A visual language that connects you to community, places, and people. I have always had an interest in photography, but it grew as a way to connect with my son and his football. When the DSLR digital camera came along, it pushed my photography passion even further. Today, I volunteer my time as a photographer for the Fitzroy Football Club and as a nurse assisting with the medical issues that the game presents.
Isolation has been an interesting time, as my daughter and her partner live in London. As an Event Producer, the coronavirus has impacted her life greatly. She was confined by virus like symptoms and has since recovered. So, for us, sitting in the comforts of our home on the other side of the world unable to help, being aware of the darker side of the world has been tough. While travel has halted, experiences can only be relived through the capture of images.
Fortunately, nursing has kept me working, although photography has taken a hiatus during this time. Thankfully though, social media has filled the photography void, but I cannot wait to get back out there with my trusty companion “Canon”, learning through my lens and trying to see the world differently.”
You’d better believe we are still rolling with our Women in Photography series, and our featured photographer in this blog is Wendy Klein. Living in Brisbane and working as a nurse, photography is a huge part of Wendy’s life. Taking up photography just four years ago, Wendy has now won multiple awards and lends her time to help others become better photographers.
We asked Wendy to share a little about her photography journey, and with Mother’s Day just around the corner, we also asked what the occasion means to her. Here’s what she had to say.
“Photography means the world to me. It allows me to express myself through the lens and means I have the ability to capture scenes and places from my life to remember. It is fun going out capturing moments and emotions, and exploring the world. Photography allows me to capture my travels as I explore the world and creating those magic moments; it gives me the ability to be myself. To me, photography means that I can freeze a moment in time within an image that I can enjoy for ever.
My photography journey started around four years ago when I really wanted to learn about how to use a camera, so I purchased a Nikon D5500 with a Sigma 10-20 lens. I had my first lesson and knew nothing about anything. I didn't even understand the any of the terms used in photography, but after doing one on one lessons and attending various workshops things started to gel. This camera was great, but one day at the beach the wind blew over my tripod, and the camera ended up in the salt water. So, the very next day went and got myself a full frame Nikon D750, which is a fantastic camera. I would practice as much as I could and put into practise everything I had been taught. I then bought a Nikon D850, which has been a brilliant camera. I also bought Nisi filters and learnt how to use them properly, and since then and my photos have improved out of sight! I am continuing to learn and always will be. Photography is a real passion and I'm obsessed with it. I feel lost without a camera in my hand.
I have also now won awards, which include:
- Brisbane Lord mayor's Greenpeace award
- People’s Choice Award In Symmetry with the Australian Photography Magazine
- Highly Commended award with the Australian Photography Magazine
- Highly commended award with Capture Australia for the Australia's Emerging Landscape Photographers category
- Best sunrise/sunset landscape photo with the Photography Academy (worldwide competition)”
We also asked Wendy what Mother’s Day means to her, where she explained:
“Mother’s Day to me is a day of celebration of a beautiful gift. Getting spoilt and just being together; a day where I can say thank you to my mum for just being there when I went astray .It means I can say thank you for every hug, and all the words of encouragement and love given to me. It also means to me that it’s a day to remember that you went above and beyond to help raise me and it has given us a special connection that I cherish.”