IN FOCUS WOMEN IN PROFILE - Louise May, Western Australia
What sparked your interest in photography? I’ve always loved getting outside, I used to walk along the coast in Perth every day after work at sunset, and the sunsets are pretty great in the west. I would always take a snap with my iPhone on the way. Eventually when I moved to Albany, WA, I had a range of scenery to snap on my phone, and the upgrade to a camera was the next natural progression from that!
How long have you been shooting for? December 2020 marks two years with my camera in hand! And what an incredible 2 years, connecting with other photographers, so much learning, getting out and exploring WA. I look forward to seeing more of Australia (some parts again) now that I’m armed with some camera equipment.
What is your favourite type of photography? I love landscape photography, with a special place in my heart for seascapes having grown up by the ocean.
What is in your camera bag? Camera body: Canon 80D Current Lens: Tokina AT-X 11-16mm f2.8 Also take: Canon EF-S 18-135mm f4.0 Filters: NiSi Landscape Starter Kit Plus Since purchasing that I have also added a 2 stop reverse grad and a 2 stop soft grad Tripod: Sirui W-2204 + K20-II Ball Head
What would your dream kit be? Where to start! I’m lucky to say I think I have some kit that I wouldn’t change! I would definitely stick with my tripod and filter kit. I would LOVE to get my hands on the R5, and get an RF 100-500mm as bird and wildlife photography is something I would love to try my hand at. Of course I would add in something wide for landscapes and astro photography too, the Sigma Art 14mm f1.4 I think! I would also add a DJI Mavic Pro 2 for some aerial shots as well.
What software do you use to process your images? Mainly Lightroom! I would like to spend some more time getting to know Photoshop and some astro-editing software too.
Who are your top 3 photography inspirations? This is a tough one to narrow down, there are so many who inspire me. - Hamish Stubbs @hamishstubbs - Elisa Eves @elisaeves - Sean Fox @a_trotting_fox
What are your top 3 bucket list locations you want to shoot? I feel like I need to be broad here because my photography bucket list is still so long! 1. New Zealand 2. The Kimberleys, WA 3. Iceland
How has Covid-19 changed the way you shoot? We are really lucky in country WA that our communities haven’t been continuously affected by COVID. Most locations that I visit here, I find myself with the spot to myself or one of very few. Having said that, I’ve also been giving a few popular locations a miss if there’s lots of people around, which has pushed me out of my comfort zone to find new compositions and locations.
What advice would give a beginner? Make friends with the equipment you’ve got! Get to know how to make the most out of it, what settings it operates well on, even if it’s not the newest or top level camera.
What are your social media handles? Instagram: @beginningofmay Facebook: Photography by Louise May