|The Green Door|
|The Long Wait|
Do you have a traditional photography or art background?
|C. Maimone Tailor, Melbourne|
|Hats & Hood Melbourne|
Who or what inspires you?
|Dabb & Co Chaff Store & Corn Crushing Maldon, Central Victoria|
|The Little Red Door Eaglehawk, Victoria|
Your style is eclectic with architectural images, street photos and beautifully textured painterly images. Is there a subject and style you prefer?
|Scarred beauty Melbourne|
|Walking in the winter rain Webb Bridge, Yarra River, Melbourne|
I noticed you are a member of several groups on Instagram - rsa_preciousjunk, rsa_doorsandwindows. Do you ever meet up with any other group members for photo shoots?
Actually, I have never met up with anyone. I have people with whom I regularly exchange comments and likes, and I think it would be really fun to actually meet up with some of them. For now, my hobby is really a personal thing. I know that it can be quite irritating, for friends or family who are not so into it, to constantly have to wait for me to take a shot or ten. I actually prefer taking time to wander on my own and shoot whatever catches my eye.
|Mt. Buffalo © Julie Hollow|
|Lifting the lid on the old Blüthner Aliquot Grand|
Do you plan your shots with an end in mind or do you just shoot what you see and figure out what to do with it later?
|Texture, Light and Shadow|
|Rust Glorious Rust!|
Describe a typical workflow and the apps you use. (Geri's note - Julie was generous to provide a mini tutorial for us!)
Quite a few weeks later I was reading about two different water effect apps. I already had one (ColorLake Free) but the advice on The App Whisperer blog was that the other one (Flood) was better. So I bought it and was just playing with it on this particularly photo, with absolutely no intention of using it in an edit. However, I did have a bit of fun and I liked the way the stone wall had disappeared! At some point I converted it to black and white.
|After the Flood|
I then decided (for some odd reason) to put it through another recently acquired app called Trimaginator, which I had not yet used either. (I must have been feeling a bit uninhibited that night, because this was all right out of my usual comfort zone!)
|Here is what evolved in Trimaginator|
Suddenly the man looked like he was walking forward and it started to grow on me. He seemed to have his hands in his pockets as he moved away. At this point, I decided that it was time to add some texture and colour. I can’t say exactly what apps I used to add the texture, but possibly DistressedFX plus some ScratchCam; perhaps some Mextures and another saved texture. I always like to overlay multiple textures so their source is not so obvious. I am not that good at keeping track of what I do. I know that I also did some layering with the original photo (probably in Superimpose), because I can see some extra detail from the original in the finished shot. I think the yellow hue came from a filter in Superimpose.
Do you have a favorite photo or series of photos? If so, which one(s)?
|Just looking… Echuca, Victoria|
If you could share one secret you've learned for taking a good photo, what would it be?
I think the main thing is to take a genuine interest in the world around you and enjoy the process. I have learned to see so much more, that I find so many possibilities everywhere. I try to keep the frame clear of things which do not really add to the image, by moving around the scene until the elements I want all come together. Often this will happen after many shots have been taken.
|Floral Bicycle Basket Bright, Victoria|
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I would really like to thank you Geri, for taking an interest in my images and for giving me a chance to share them here. I think your blog is such an inspiration to many and I am so glad that I found it.