“My journey into photography started some four years ago,” says Sylvia Tuck, whose image ‘Bold and Bright’ was awarded third prize in the Alverton Penzance “Month of May” Photographic Competition.
“The house we had rented had a lovely garden with bird feeders aplenty. I had just inherited a Canon 350D SLR, which came with a standard 18-55 mm kit lens but also with a Canon 70-300mm telescopic. I took the equipment – and the camera handbook – with me but the biggest discovery I made on that trip was in finding a suitable chair. The health & safety fraternity may not have liked how I stood on this chair but the terrific viewpoint this position created allowed me to take shots through a small open window of the wide variety of birds visiting the feeders outside. And as the birds were not aware of my presence on the other side of the glass, I soon became hooked as to close-up shots I was able to take. All I had to work on was my technique and I soon discovered one of the joys of digital photography allowed me to delete the not-so-good shots without any penalty.
“I am very fortunate in that over the last four years I’ve been able to travel overseas a lot on holiday. And while these travels have introduced me to all sorts of different subject material, I have become fascinated in how the huge differences of light – and shadows – can affect the variance of landscapes; flowers; birds; seascapes and still objects.”
“Sylvia is something of a one-off,” comments Roger Driscoll, owner of the Alverton Gallery and joint host of the contest. “Her approach to digital technology is unorthodox, some might say quirky, but she always gets there in the end and the final results are a joy to behold.”
“I have since upgraded the equipment I use to a Canon 650D,” Sylvia explains. “I have also invested in new Canon lenses with the user-friendly Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS STM lens as my first choice. To cover both ends of the lens spectrum, I also have a Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM wide-angle plus a Canon 70-300mm IS USM.
“To enhance the quality of my digital photography, I soon became aware of the potential of post processing. But while many people utilise home computers working with all manner of different soft-ware applications, I simply use an Apple I-Pad with two basic apps.
“Although I came to photography late in life (I am now past three score years and ten!!) it’s fair to say this new interest has given me a new lease of life. I have discovered that every day has the potential to allow me to create what might be the best ever photograph I have ever taken.
Isn’t life/photography simply a joy?”