There are really no words to describe Lindie Kolver’s photographic images that will do them justice … “Wow!” is the instantaneous reaction, as she manages to capture a huge variety of subjects in different settings, and the finished product shows not just a picture – but truly tells a unique story.
Lindie’s originally from South Africa, is widely travelled and truly feels blessed to lead a life she loves …
Hi Lindie. What’s a little bit of your background in the Greater Port Macquarie area?
Frank and I moved to Port from Brisbane in late 2010.
I had emigrated from South Africa in late 2007, met him, we were married a while later and when he retired from airline flying, decided a sea change was in order. We downsized and moved to Port.
Why/when were you originally inspired to pick up a camera and start shooting images?
Are you kidding? I grew up in Africa. With a wealth of wildlife on your doorstep and amazing opportunities whenever you travel, almost everyone has a camera (at least a point and shoot).
We decided to join a photo club in 2011, and we picked Hastings Photography Inc. (The Fun Club). The high quality of images we were competing against inspired us to become technically more proficient with our new cameras and to travel even more.
What/whom do you most like to photograph (and why)?
I love portraits, because I love people. I am not shy and will talk to anyone; Frank will tell you. This trait gets me lots of great portrait shots.
I love wildlife and birds (keen Birder, I am) and therefore it’s Africa and one other country for us at least once a year. Macro photography is my other passion.
Where are some of the places you’ve travelled to you feel have inspired your photography?
Africa, of course. Madagascar, Thailand, Japan, New Zealand (love the South Island), Scotland, Lapland, Spain, Germany, France, Portugal, Costa Rica, Hawaii, North America, Croatia, Singapore and Italy.
Nature happens around you 24/7, and so does life – it gives with an open hand – be ready and prepared.
I’ve seen quite a few of your photos, and I’m amazed at your ability to capture fantastic images of moving subjects in low/artificial light. This is a difficult feat for many people – what are some of your tips to ensure great shots of this kind?
Again, one needs to be quite prepared by attending a rehearsal beforehand, to know the score/dances/movements.
Know where you’ll be shooting from, which lens would work best. Lisa Blackman, owner of Movement Studios in Laurieton, allowed me access to rehearsals at the Glasshouse. Knowing my cameras, I could coax the very best out of them under difficult lighting conditions. I also shot the dance sequences in continuous shooting mode – one cannot wait for the action to happen and then start shooting. I was prepared and bagged several great images.
What photographic clubs or magazines/blogs are you a member of/do you subscribe to, and how do they help you hone your skill behind the lens?
We belong to Hastings Photo Club in Port and Belmont 16s in Newcastle.
I am chief cook and bottle-washer and the Competition Steward at HPG. I have learned a lot from members in the club, both technically and the very important post processing aspect.
I also have a viewing gallery with Viewbug. I’m a curator for them, get to vote and asses thousands of images (that develops your eye for a good image, for sure). I am subscribed to Wild Planet Photo Magazine, Photo Masterclass and Birds and Wildlife of Africa.
I love Facebook for the variety of photo groups, am a member of at least 10 and interact with the authors, ask questions, read comments and learn a lot and get great ideas.
What recognition have you received for your photography to date?
I have received a gold medal for an image I entered in Maitland International Competition. I have won an iPad for an image, won featured Photographer with Viewbug, won quite a few Top Image of the Month at the club, been chosen as Top Mono Photographer, have won Northern Zone Best Image of the Competition in 2016, and have been published in Wild Planet Photo Magazine and won some money.
Challenging question: if you were told you’d been awarded a land-based, lucrative photography contract (no details provided about subject/place/time) and had to pack your camera bag to cover the contingencies, what would you take?
My two Nikons … D600 and D500, enough batteries, my 105 mm f1.8 Macro Lens, my 70-200 Nikkor, my 300 mm f 1.4 plus1.4 Converter. With a bit of imagination, I’m sure I’ll be able to cover most of what this “lucrative contract” can throw at me!
What’s your ultimate photographic goal – where/what would you like to photograph?
Photography to me is a hobby I am passionate about. I have no ultimate goal, other than taking better photographs all the time, to become more proficient in Photoshop and have a load of fun whilst doing it. Besides, Henri Cartier-Bresson said: “Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst!”
I have great fun at TAFE when I’m shooting hair and makeup, at the Glasshouse, at Panthers when I’m shooting the Retrofest or the Ballroom Dancing, in South Africa shooting an athletics meeting, in Scotland shooting Red Squirrels and Puffins, in Namibia standing at the Ukaukuejo Waterhole for 12 hours, sitting in the Hide at Lake Panic, watching the bush television unfold before me.
I would love for Nikon to phone me one day and say: “We’d like you to be our Ambassador and we’ll pay for all your travel and accommodation and give you all the gear you’d ever want” … but reality is, I’m an amateur who is fortunate enough to travel a lot and have great gear and enjoy my life. I call photography “My Secret Garden”.
Where can we see more examples of your photography, or find out more about you?
If any of what I said resonated with you, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or come along to our meetings at the club (Hastings Photography Group, aka The Fun Club on Facebook) and also have a look at www.northnsw.myphotoclub.com.au
I am involved in arranging a HUGE Photographic Convention in Laurieton, 18th – 20th May with great guest speakers and free workshops and shoots led by famous Australian photographers.
Final say …
A little more about the photos: The image called Alpha Macaque is my Gold Award Image.
The Cheetah won me the iPad.
I have been thinking about a blog to describe my encounters with various people, and I think this interview with FOCUS has just inspired me. Maybe, when I come back, I’ll start doing a blog.
Thanks Lindie … and you should definitely start a blog!
Interview by Jo Robinson.