This interview is with ~DanielleMiner
~DanielleMiner is the founder of #Stand-Out-Shots and has some beautiful urban and rural shots in her gallery.
Firstly, thank you for agreeing to take part in the interview!
I'd like to start by finding out a bit more of your part in Urban & Rural photography. Within Urban and Rural, there are sub galleries consisting of City Life, Country Life and so on. Which do you prefer and why?
Cityscapes and skylines- I like this type because I love to see the city lights reflecting on the water I love how you can go to the same spot on different occasions and take the same shot but due to lighting and clouds you can get a whole different photograph. I never thought how beautiful buildings at night time could be.
What first prompted you to explore Urban and Rural photography?
I got into Urban and rural photography due to a friend who invited me out to take some shots at night time but I did not go out, then when I saw his photographs of what he took I was really impressed of how well everything looked at night time. The next time he asked I said lets go and have not looked back. I live about 10 minutes from the city of Melbourne and try to venture out at least one night per week.
Is there anything in particular that influences or inspires you?
I am inspired by many people on Deviantart as there are so many talented people that use this site. I love seeing what other local photographers are doing as it inspires me to venture out and take photos. I am inspired to take photos because I want to improve and get a better understanding of photography. I receive a lot of great feedback on DA and that keeps me going as I am glad people enjoy my photography. I hope that my work also inspires others out there to take photos.
Is there any post editing or retouching involved in your work?
I try HDR on most of my night time imagines but sometimes they do not work out well for me so I just process them normally. I always shoot in raw so it gives me more options to edit the photos; sometimes I just adjust exposure, contrast and sharpness. If I process them in HDR I use photomatix, noise ware pro then final adjustments in photoshop. I try not to do too much to the photos as I find sometimes they do not need many adjustments.
Of your own work, which has the most meaning to you and why?
Melbourne Yarra Night HDR
This shot is special to me because this was taken on my first night time shooting session. I think this is my best HDR processed imagine as I have had many attempts but I feel nothing I have done has come out this great. I love the details and the golden colours in the shot.
If you could photograph one place in the world, where would it be?
I would love to go to Las Vegas in USA; I think I would have millions of photo opportunities of all the lights at night time. Within Australia I would love to go to Sydney and take photos of the harbour at night time.
Do you have any tips for others who may be interested in exploring Urban and Rural photography?
Some tips for exploring urban and rural photography are,
Use a tripod
Set you camera to take long exposure shots
Look for reflections of light on the water in the big city
Try experimenting with a speed light
Look for well lit buildings or bridges
Can you show us a few of your favourite Urban and Rural pieces from deviantART?
Here are just a few of 100`s of great urban and rural photos
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