PSNZ MEMBER SARAH Caldwell was recently announced as
the winner of the Sigma D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year competition for her image,
Houston Main Street Metro. Sarah describes the making of her image.
“I had a stop in Houston, went out looking for buildings to photograph and wandered down the Main Street in downtown Houston.
I came across the short canal-like water feature that covers a block; there was no wind and as
I love reflections as much as buildings, it was great to be able to combine the two.
Then a train came along – so that was a bonus. The canal is right in the middle of the street with ลาวสามัคคี
the train tracks on either side and a single lane for vehicles next to the footpath.
I stopped in the middle, where there was a pedestrian crossing, lay down and held my camera low over the edge of the canal until it was almost touching the water.”
Sarah’s aviation career (as an airline Captain) takes her to many destinations around the world.
In turn, this offers her the opportunity to indulge her passion for architectural photography.
Form, lines, shape and a love of symmetry guide her current photographic passion.
The second image featured here, of the Natural History Museum in London, won Sarah the Won Voubs – VIPA Architectural Photographer of The Year 2016.
Again, Sarah describes the process of capturing the image.
“On a London trip, never having been to the Natural History Museum before, I decided it was time to go.
A little research online allowed me to work out the less popular times (fewer visitors).
I set off later in the afternoon, arriving about 90 minutes before closing.
I made various images throughout the Museum and ended up as high as I could go to get my version of an image I had seen on Instagram.
I waited patiently until people moved away from the foreground balcony where I was positioned to hide the ground floor that had quite a few people still milling about.
As no tripods were allowed, I used the rounded handrail to hold my camera on and it was central, so I got the symmetry I love.”
To be able to achieve the depth and expansiveness shown in these images, Sarah almost exclusively uses an ultra-wide angle lens.
She started with the Sony 16- 35mm; finding that this did not give her the outcome sought for interior images, Sarah bought a Voigtlander 15mm.
As many public building interiors do not allow the use of tripods, a recently purchased Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero D has become her preferred lens.
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