When did you first become interested in art, in general?
I really can not remember ever not being interested or directly involved in the arts. My earliest childhood memories is of something pertaining to the arts.
When did you first become interested in photography, specifically?
I remember as a child being handed a small film camera, that was the first time I started taking photographs. As a child I remember being in front of the cameras. I was not allowed to touch the camera or equipment and I wanted to so badly!! I thought it was so neat how my parents talked with the photographer, and how the photographer had so much power as to what I wore to how I sat under the hot lights. The thrill my parents got when they received the photographs , how my parents eyes lit up when someone asked about the large winning photo that hung in the living room of their little girl.
In what other forms of art do you also work, if any?
I have dabbled in many other forms of art, however at this time I just do not have the energy or frankly the time to dive into any other forms of the arts
On which style(s) of photography do you specialize?
Wildlife and Nature is my passion. Remote locations where I can capture whatever wildlife in their natural environment. I do happens to get fence lines etc. in my shots which is natural for the wildlife in our part of Oregon to use as perches. I like to be educating as well as visually captivating. Along with myself we travel with dogs who have gotten me out of jams with the coyotes, bears and the such. I like action, Rodeos I find to be thrilling to my senses and Floral and micro photography, local Cowboys working or Sheep Herders, wild horses to livestock who have been free roaming , Historical places and things…. I love it all!!
Has your style changed from when you first began?
Not at all. My family and the folks who have known me since childhood are not surprised about the path I have taken. The only thing my mother has requested is I use my name Coralie. Thus this is the only name I use to sign my photography.
What kind of equipment do you use?
I use my Canon EOS 50D. My favorite lens is my 70mm 300mm that has manual settings and really this is all I need though I do have one other lens that collects dust. I do use my InfanView. I really do not feel I need to use any fancy program as of yet. I am very quirky about taking shots that should not need much of editing other then basic editing consisting of cropping and or light adjusting. I do like some things in black and white. I had had some training in the dark room and health wise just can not handle the chemicals involved, otherwise I might still be using a film camera and a dark room?
What made you choose that equipment?
Well, I actually was using point and shoot equipment when someone who told me I had talent took me into the city and told me to choose whatever I want. I looked over the equipment and always being a Canon person I kept wondering over to this 50D. As I was looking it over, checking out all the lenses for it and what it could do and not wanting to get the most expensive thing there, I chose this model. Been very happy with it!
How do you choose what you’re going to photograph?
Gosh, this is a hard question for me to answer. Most of the time what I photograph is a opportunity type thing. Other then the wildlife that I have been known to stalk through the brush to take their photograph, I see the photograph before I take it. Gosh, in my mind I see the photograph as it would look as a photograph I am holding in my hands.
What kind of editing do you perform on your photographs, if any?
Just the basic stuff, cropping, light adjusting if needed.
How much time (on average) does it take to complete a work?
Well, there is the actual location we need to get too. We have drove for hours to get to a photo shoot, then if hiking is needed…. Sometimes just walking out my front door. Once uploaded to the computer it takes oh ten minutes? I rarely do just one, but the file from whatever day and this is if I am not to tired. I have many photographs to go through after we get home. If the photo in question does not meet my requirements I delete it and move on typically. Or keep it for another day when I have fresh eyes to look at it.
How do you know when a piece is finished? Is it easy to walk away?
How do I know, it just looks right. Easy to walk away, you betcha! I have a delete button and I am not afraid to use it.
What do you do to overcome a ‘block’?
I grab my camera and head on out the door. There is always something to photograph, always! I have been told my eyes light up even over a spider doing what a spider does. The wind blowing softly some leaves. The horses playing. The photographs do not even have to turn out or to be of any use, this is not the point. I photograph things for me, if others like them great!!
How well do you take criticism and how do you make use of it?
Criticism, it depends on what kind of day I am having as how I take criticism. Who is the one criticizing is very important. I am a chronic pain sufferer and on my bad days I may not be so willing to take any kind of criticism, on other days I will just laugh and walk on. No one can please everyone all the time and frankly I dont care to please everyone. That is beyond my control. I will ponder criticism over, if constructive, professional and not personal.
Who is your favorite photographer?
Ansel Adams hands down. In fact someone who knows me had just brought him up this morning. I even named one of my children after one of his pieces.
Which one of your photographs is your favorite?
Wow, I have a lot of favorites. It is not only the photograph per say, it is the story, the memory behind the photograph that makes one my favorite. The bird who attacked me, the Antelope Buck who charged me, the dirty look I got when I interrupted a hawk eating. The look a wild rabbit gave me as he was curious as to what I was doing, and if I was a threat. The Eagle who was contemplating flying from me, only for me to learn that the eagle in question was not even it its own territory and got attacked by other eagles. The Mule Deer Doe who I came upon resting under a tree, who did not even get up as I photographed her. It is the look in a wild animals eyes that could make something a favorite.
Have you exhibited any of your work in galleries?
Yes actually some of my work is in a local gallery. I have some photographs in a market as well as selling other photographs to such places. I have done some work for businesses, as well as personal families. I am published and was featured in a exhibition last year in front of the medical community. In online newspapers, articles. Some of my work is found on front page of web sites. Featured in many online places. Of course my own web site / blog which has gotten more hits then all the residents in several towns around us. Knock on wood.
Will your work be included at any upcoming contests or galleries? If so, where and when?
I can not answer this at this moment. I may jinx something that frankly, things have been moving very quickly for me. I just want to ride the wave.
What are your plans for the future?
The future is not here yet. I plan on jumping on every opportunity that presents itself. Keep doing what I love to do, take photographs! I think I need to be more appreciative to those who have supported my efforts with their kind words, buying my photography and just being there through my bad days.
What advice do you have for budding photographers?
Do what you love. You have to sleep at night and life is way to short to please other people. Make the possessive over come the “negative”. Listen to that inner voice because this world is hard enough , have fun! If you are one for schooling, do it. Never be jealous of anyone else, strive to be the one whom others can learn from, to even copy. Dont allow anyone to tell you you can not do whatever it is you choose to do! Dont be one of those elderly people who have regrets and wished they did whatever……. Go out and make your mark!
Have you done any courses to help you?
No, I have never taken any courses. I have a attention span as long as a gnat is big!
What do you do to market your work?
A easier question to answer is, what dont I do?? I have been very fortunate to run into, befriend very kind people who pass on information in which I act upon.
Do you use social networking in your day to day life?
Oh gosh yes! Have to keep up with the times!
I try hard to keep up with all of them, and even try to get onto the ground floor of new social networking places as well as keep up with new concepts, way of doing things online.
Are you available for work (commissions)?
We can talk, first step in communication.
Have you got hobbies?
I do, I am a horticulturist who spends a lot of time in my organic garden. In spring and summers we have veggie garden, flower garden. Many of the hybrid flowers, backyard birds, butterflies, frogs and other creatures are captured right here at the house. Some of the hawks, eagles are captured right here too! We have horses, dogs, a cat, my caged birds. We hike, take drives, all these things one can see in my photography.
Where are you based?
High Desert, Central Oregon USA