Today I am interviewing
a very talented friend,
Janice takes gorgeous
photographs of nature
and I asked her
if I could share
some of them with all of you!
Aren't they lovely?
How long have you been taking photographs?
JW: About 2 years ago I was taking a class at the Chicago Botanic Garden
and began walking through the gardens with my camera after class.
At the same time my kids introduced me to Instagram
(not realizing that I would soon be on it more than them),
and something just clicked.
I had an ever-changing array of subjects at my disposal every week
and this is what sparked my passion for photography.
What kind of photography classes have you taken?
JW: I started out with absolutely no training! I just started out with a vision in my mind of what type of photo I wanted to create and just made it happen.
Since then I have taken an intro class in digital photography
at the Chicago Botanic Garden to just learn the basics
and also to just figure out how to use my camera and get the most out of it.
What are your favorite things to photograph and why?
JW: My family will tell you that I will photograph anything in my path!
However, what I love to do most is macro nature photography.
I love this super close-up way of taking a photograph
because it allows you to get on a whole new level with your subject.
Something that looks ordinary in a standard photograph
can become extraordinary on a macro level.
Nothing makes me happier than strolling through the garden
and stumbling upon a flower and finding a way
to capture it that is very intimate and detailed.
Plus, the flowers, unlike a person, never complain
about how they look in the picture!
Do you ever sell your photographic work?
JW: Yes! I sell through a company called Twenty20.com .
I love selling through this platform because the customer
can use my artwork to customize a product or print to fit their needs.
They can transform my art into a unique iphone case, note cards,
or a framed piece that suits their decor.
To purchase from my gallery go to
What kind of camera do you use to get
such gorgeous close ups?
JW: I started out (and still rely on) using my Nikon Coolpix
point and shoot camera. As my passion grew I moved up
to the Nikon DSLR cameras and have both the Nikon D3100 and D7100.
But thanks to a new product called the Olloclip lense,
my iphone has been able to provide amazing shots
at up to a 21x magnification. Sometimes I will shoot
the same subject with several different cameras
to see what provides the best shot.
As my photography teacher told us,
the best camera is the one that you have with you!
What's the best advice or tip on photographing
something close up that you can share with bloggers?
For people interested in macro photography
there are a couple of technical points to keep in mind.
You need a lot of light and a steady hand, so think about investing
in a tripod.Most cameras have a macro or a flower setting,
so just switch over to that and see what happens.
Getting macro shots can take a lot of practice, so have patience.
However, I think the most important thing is changing your mindset
of how you look at things. You need to be willing to get down on the ground
and have your camera stuck in the middle of a flower.
People are always stopping me in the garden
and asking what I am looking at in there
and inevitably if I show them an image I shot
they are astonished of the details I found
that they didn't even notice a few moments before.
If someone wanted to reach you
to inquire more information about your
lovely images, how can they reach you?
lovely images, how can they reach you?
For people who would like to see my work they can follow me on Instagram,
I go under the user name of queenofjewels . If someone is interested in purchasing my work they can go to www.Twenty20.com/queenofjewels
and browse my gallery.
They can also feel free to contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
|Janice won a contest with this photo of the Chicago Botanic Gardens. |
Beautiful, isn't it?
Thank you so much, Janice
for sharing your images and your passion
for photography with us.
You have certainly inspired me
to take a closer look at the beauty in my garden.
Now I'm more anxious than ever for the
spring flowers to start blooming!
Have a great weekend,