Howdy everyone! Here’s another stunning showcase where we can admire the artwork of Lana Walker, a young photographer from Russia. She will share with us part of her beautiful portfolio of macro photography especially, which is a combination of silent poetry and the beauty of nature.
Along the way, Lana will give, in an exclusive interview, interesting information about the life as a photographer and we will get to know her a little bit. It is well worth it, so stay tuned for her advice concerning photography and some amazing shots!
“Sisters of Rain”
Q: Hello Lana and welcome to pxleyes.com community. Please tell us a few words about yourself.
Hello! First of all I’d like to thank you for inviting me for an interview. It’s my pleasure to be featured on pxleyes.com.
I’m 25 years old, and I currently live in Moscow, Russia. I’m a very positive and nature-loving person. Photography has been my hobby for over three years.
At first, I was simply shooting for fun with a point and shoot camera and I was totally happy with the result not realizing what advantages a DSLR camera could give.
Then I met my future husband, who was an amateur photographer and who introduced me to the DSLR world. He was the one who pushed me to “grow”, explaining lots of stuff about focus, the depth of field, aperture, exposure, light and so on.
Ironically, now I seem to take even more shots than he even though I still consider him a much more skilled photographer. That’s just a matter of free time we both have, I guess.
Besides, my work keeps me in the internet most of the time, so I have more opportunity to expose my shots.
My husband is still my guru though, and I’m very grateful to him for not making me stew in my own juices.
Q: Your nature photos are simply breath taking! What does it take to capture such photos?
Patience and sincere passion about what you’re doing. I can spend hours looking for a subject to shoot and then shooting it from different angles.
Often it means lots of squatting down because grass, droplets and bugs are my favourite photo subjects.
I often hold my breath when I shoot macro, up to the point when I realize I forget about breathing at all, so I need to take a break to recover, hehe.
Sometimes in cool weather your hands get really frozen: your forefinger won’t even feel the shutter button.
That means it’s time for a break, too. In spite of this all, I really love what I’m doing!
Q: Do you use any software to enhance your photos? If so, which one and what’s its favourite feature?
Sometimes yes, sometimes no. When I do, I use Photoshop. I cannot say I have a favourite feature because usually it works best when you apply several features.
The most typical processing steps I can do are noise reduction, slight sharpening (for macro shots mainly), colour/light correction, and cropping.
Q: Do you have any ongoing projects or future plans regarding photography?
Actually, no to both the questions. As I said earlier, photography is just my hobby, and I like the freedom it gives me this way, meaning that I’m not bound to anyone or anything.
I shoot when I’m inspired and when I really feel like shooting. Of course, some people told me I could make money on my shots, and it’s something I’ve considered, indeed.
Nonetheless, right now I’m not going to fully dedicate myself to photography.
Not even am I ready to place my pics on a photo stock website. The latter is something, however, that may happen someday in the future.
“Green and Yellow”
Q: What other hobbies do you have?
I love roller skating and figure skating. I’ve been attending roller & figure skating classes for about four years and I really enjoy them.
A few years back, I was passionate about learning foreign languages, but right now it’s something that doesn’t take as much of my time anymore.
“Footsteps of Spring”
Q: Please give a little piece of advice for the ones who really appreciate your style and want to follow this path.
Always be passionate about what you’re doing. If you don’t truly enjoy taking pictures of this or that subject, try something different until you find the field you really like. Catch the moment.
Whenever you have a possibility to take a nice shot, do it. Some of my best shots were taken like this.
Glimpse of Golden Morning
Beauty of the Rain
Footsteps of Autumn 2
Everything was silent
Taste of Autumn Flowers 1
Taste of Autumn Flowers 2
Beauty in the Eyes
Droplets on the Grass
Magic in Water
Frozen without Frost
Shy to Show Its Face
Caught in Sparkling Light
Stop Poking that Lens in My Face!
Your Delicate Morning
Ready for my Closeup
Staring at you
Those brown eyes
Many Legs Towards You
Sort of Red Carpet
Feel of Winter
You Smell the Spring
What an Interesting Plant