QA: Brad Perkins

Fairy Duster

What inspired you to take this photo? I don’t know if I could really say that I was inspired to take this photo. I was taking a hike in Arizona and thought it was beautiful so I stopped to take the shot.

Why did you capture this photo the way you did? Well, I have always loved shallow depth of field to emphasize the subject so I wanted to achieve that with the anther(I believe that’s what they are) of the Fairy Duster. I also just received my extension tubes the week before so I wanted to capture something close, powerful and colorful.

What were you feeling? What mood were you in? I love traveling so of course I was in a good mood. I do remember feeling slightly more engaged in my photography during that specific hike.

How did you plan this photo? No planning here! Like I said I was just out and about…it just happened.

What sort of post-processing did you do afterwards? I used Adobe’s Lightroom 3 beta which I now own. I was pretty unfamiliar with the software at the time so I just used a preset and altered the colors a bit.

Do you have a connection to the subject and/or location? My girlfriend’s Grandma lives in Tucson so we all went down there for the weekend. It was my first time there so it was a great experience being able to photograph different subjects in a more dry area than I am use to.

PHOTOGRAPHY QUESTIONS:
Why is Photography important to you? Photography is the one true passion in my life. It’s the only thing I can completely lose myself in. I can spend hours learning, taking photos, and editing. I grew up surrounded by my dad’s photography. He let me borrow his 35mm Minolta when I was about 19 and the rest is history. I haven’t stopped learning and progressing. I can’t imagine my life without it.

How do you overcome creative blocks? I complete a semester of school. I am a Computer Information Systems major and there is nothing more effective at impeding my photography than 8 hours of school work and 3 hours at a job a day.

But to answer the question, I think just getting out there and exploring is the best way to get some shots of something you may have never seen before. If you don’t get a great photo then at the very least you may get a good idea. Meeting new people who share your passion is another great way to change and progress.

Where did you study photography? Or are you self taught? I am self taught. Like I said, I can get lost in photography books, articles and blogs for hours. When I first discovered strobist I spent a whole week reading almost every post on his blog. Practice

What do you enjoy photographing most? I don’t have a favorite. If it makes for a good photograph then I’m happy.

What motivates you to do what you do? Just the enjoyment of creating beautiful images that I hope people enjoy!  

Do you ever use your skill for a good cause? I volunteer at the Weld County Humane Society taking pictures of dogs. It’s a lot of fun doing what I love and getting to take the dogs out for a little bit. Not to mention, hopefully speeding up the adoption process!

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  • Rsmithouse

    really love the photo, brad. it is soft but dramatic. great job. TAS