source Name: Kathy
Country: United States
Thank you for your time Kathy,
Could you get us started with a quick introduction please?
At the age of 4 I knew I wanted to be a photographer; as life happened photography became a dream deferred. I spent most of my adult life working as an Administrative Assistant, in an office environment, making travel arrangements for others; wishing I was doing it for myself. In 2008 I began working in Real Estate, the agent put a camera in my hand–a job duty; shooting residential and commercial properties.
One day I took photographs of a man-made pond by the front door of a home I was shooting for work. When I returned to the office and loaded the shots my heart stopped because I could not believe the beauty of nature before me. I posted them on Facebook, someone asked me why I was posting photographs from National Geographic on my page. The rest is history.
Where are you in the world currently?
I am currently living in Santa Cruz, California. I arrived here at the end of 2015. Once I realized the magnitude of my location I decided to make Santa Cruz my home. I have the coastline, the mountains, and the surrounding states hold countless photography experiences.
Where do you plan to get to this year?
This year I will travel to Washington State, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico. Next year I plan on visiting Africa, New Zealand, and Germany.
What would you say has been your favorite place?
I do not have an all time favorite place because each state that I have traveled to thus far has been rich in scenery, and culture; simply absorbing all of it has been enlightening and magical for me.
Could you please share your favorite photo you have taken?
It is extremely difficult to pick my favorite photograph because each place has been unique; however, I would say the ocean at sunrise or sunset when there are ample clouds in the sky to provide white balance is a favorite because it allows for the variety of colors…no two sunrises or sunsets are identical. The camera will detect colors that the naked eye cannot see.
What is it about taking photographs you love?
Photography allows to tell a story, capture a moment in time, open the mind and heart of others, and if I am fortunate enough to spark a passion within another. We are lucky enough to live in a time on Earth when we can reach out to people all over the world; do it! Open your mind, open your heart, learn, share, and learn some more. Lay on the ground, climb a tree, get your shot but remain safe and aware of your surroundings.
Do you have any photo editing tips for our readers?
Create a delete file for photographs that you believe should be deleted. Do not delete them, keep them in your delete file you will find as you learn more about photography that many of those shots you thought weren’t worthy actually are.
What should every backpacker carry?
When backpacking, pack a variety of clothing; pack something for each season because climates change quickly especially along the coast or backpacking through the mountains; take extra memory cards, batteries, a film camera, and a compass. Shoot everything that moves you.
What is your top backpacking tip to our readers?
Travel, travel, and travel some more. Start with a place you’ve always wanted to go, once there, walk or use public transportation, it allows to you interact with the locals, learn the culture, and see things you cannot see from a car or the tourist route. Why limit yourself to what you have already seen in the movies, books, and magazines.
What has been your favorite food whilst away?
My favorite food has been the salad created in a local restaurant because of the use of local produce, often adding veggies that are a staple within the region and the house dressing is always an original recipe.
What has been your favorite activity whilst backpacking?
My favorite activity when I am traveling is interacting with the local people. I do not like to shoot things that everyone else has taken photographs of. I lived in Brooklyn, New York. Whenever I handed someone my business card I was always asked where I took the photo that I used as my background. I would always smile, and say, “That shot was taken in Brooklyn, you realize you live in an amazing place, yes.”
Do you have any words of inspiration for anyone undecided about traveling?
I have made it a point to stay away from the tourist sections of a city–those limit you to what others want you to see. Ride the bus, ride a bike, walk, and walk some more. Keep an open mind, do not be afraid to go places; talk to the locals. Research the area before you go; Google Earth is a great researching tool, create an itinerary, and do not allow others to defer you from what YOU want to see.
Thank you for your time Kathy! What amazing photos you have shared with us today, you have a real talent.
We also love how you followed your passion due to a compliment at work 🙂
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