Featured Photographer - June 2012

Beverly Brett   I bought my first SLR camera, second-hand for $50, for a college photography class in which I had my only dark room experience ever. I was not comfortable with all the camera settings. I missed my simple film cartridge camera. I moved to California in 1980 to attend graduate school at one point driving across the USA from Florida to California with only my cat. A regret during my early years in California is that I didn’t take many photos of places visited or events, including that historical cross-country drive. An annoying line I often hear when someone sees photographs they admire is “I could take photos like that if I had that camera.” So much I have learned about taking photographs is through patience and practice--not because of the particular camera I am using. I bought my first point-and-shoot digital in 2005, an Olympus Camedia C-740 Ultra Zoom with a 10x digital zoom which I thought was amazing at that time. About three years later, I added an Olympus SP-550UX with an 18x optical zoom, which I didn’t like as well as my first Olympus. I always have a compact digital with me in case one of my “grander” cameras fails. My latest acquisition is a Canon PowerShot SX30 IS with a 35x optical zoom which I enjoy more and more as I experience its advanced capabilities compared to my other digital cameras. I joined the Redlands Camera Club last October so I could attend the Oak Glen photo shoot. It was on that trip that I met Jennie Duncan who has become a great friend. She in turn introduced me to Arun Sivanandam. On the recent field trip to Bolsa Chica, I met Rick Strobaugh who patiently gave me tips on how he frames his photos. It is meeting fellow photographers of all abilities who have varying photographic interests that makes being a member of RCC a rewarding experience for me.
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