APC Featured Photographer of the Month – Kelly Cullen

Ajax Photography Club

Looking for some photographic inspiration? Well, look no further than the current members of the Ajax Photography Club. Each month a different APC member will be featured and we will provide a glimpse into their photographic life.

This month, the featured photographer is APC member, Kelly Cullen.

Bio:
If asked who I am…I’m a nurse by education, a photographer for the love of it, and a sentimental mom who truly believes you can never have enough photos of the ones you love!

 

  • How would you describe your photographic style?
    My photography style, not sure and actually I think I am still developing my style. I do enjoy nature/wildlife and family/portrait photography.
  • Which photographer is your biggest inspiration?
    I can’t say I have one because many people inspire me to learn and do more with my photography. For example friends like Jamie Pelrine, who first introduced me to photography and Laurie Taylor who always finds new learning curves for us to explore. The internet has exposed me to Fro Knows Photo, Sue Bryce, Kelly Brown, Chris Marquardt, to name a few. The photo club has presented many different photographers that have inspired me to try new creative options, one of my favourite being Don Komarechka.
  • How long have you been interested in photography?
    I first sparked an interest in photography in high school. I wish I would have followed my passion and made it a career. Instead, I went into nursing, which is rewarding and provides a stable career. I would have loved to be a sports photographer or National Geographic photographer traveling the world, who wouldn’t!
  • What was your first camera?
    After college, I purchased my first DSLR, a Minolta. Then when Minolta was being replaced by Sony I made the jump to Canon and have never looked back!
  • What is your dream photo trip?
    In Nov 2016, I was fortunate enough to take my dream trip to Africa. We landed in Cape Town, South Africa and departed from Johannesburg. The trip was amazing and more than I could have imagined. There is still so much of Africa to see and I hope to return soon. Even before I left Africa, I knew I wanted to go back one day.

You can view more of Kelly’s work, visit http://www.kellycullenphotos.com/home/ And https://www.facebook.com/kellycullenphotos/

APC Featured Photographer of the Month – Alex Vanderzand

Ajax Photography Club

Looking for some photographic inspiration? Well look no further then the current members of the Ajax Photography Club. Each month a different APC member will be featured and we will provide a glimpse into their photographic life.

This month, the featured photographer is APC member, Alex Vanderzand.

Bio:
I am retired and am busier in my life than ever before. I have the time to do the things I want to do and have discovered new things to try. I enjoy traveling, exploring new interests and just enjoying life. Among my interests such as wood working, painting and carving, photography has added a new dimension. To see things from a different perspective, to manipulate light and shadows and the ability to push things to what you imagined is totally rewarding to me.

  • How would you describe your photographic style?
    I enjoy all aspects of photography to capture the images of what I have seen and witnessed. From travel, landscape, macro and wild life. To help preserve memories through my photography is very rewarding, satisfying and comforting. I thoroughly enjoy using Lightroom and Photoshop to enhance my images and at times pushing them into a creation of my imagination. This for me is a personally stimulating and challenging process.
  • Which photographer is your biggest inspiration?
    There isn’t a single photographer but rather an exposure to many. For example, when you see the staging, lighting and composition of BBC features and the quality of work created by other photographers you become inspired. When you see the images APC members and are involved in their information sharing, the inspiration continues.
  • How long have you been interested in photography?
    In my late teens I discovered the magic of photography. When the prints/slides came back from the processor I was amazed to see a moment frozen in time. A moment that would conjure up my feelings and emotions of the moment the image was taken. I also had a lot of images that were blown out, out of focus, under/over exposed but as my story goes, this seldom occurred.

    The introduction to digital imaging has been amazing. After an extended period of time of not being active in photography, my son suggested we both should try out this new “thing” and this has become a very big interest in our lives. The journey goes on.

  • What was your first camera?
    A Kodak box camera and then a Pentax Spotmatic with a 50mm lens and a lot of Kodak film.
  • What is your dream photo trip?
    A tough question. While there are many spectacular global site to witness and photograph I think that to spend time on the Bruce Peninsula with its rocky Georgian Bay shores, sand strewn beeches along Lake Huron and the diverse fields and marshes has a large appeal to me. Waterloo county with its beautiful farm country and its diversity has a similar attraction to me.

You can view more of Alex’s work on our Meetup site.

APC Featured Photographer of the Month – Todd Murrison

Ajax Photography Club

Looking for some photographic inspiration? Well look no further then the current members of the Ajax Photography Club. Each month a different APC member will be featured and we will provide a glimpse into their photographic life.

This month, the featured photographer is APC member, Todd Murrison.

Bio:
During the day, I’m a freelance commercial illustrator specializing in TV storyboards working with some really great creative Ad Agency teams across North America! Just over 4 years ago, I purchased my first DSLR, a Canon T3i. And like yourself, I guess you could say, “I got the shutter bug!” After falling victim to a bad case of G.A.S (Gear Acquisition Syndrome), I quickly learned that the gear does not make the picture, and have now focused on education, listening and most importantly; observing!

The fun thing is just trying new directions, honing a style, and hopefully create unique imagery from a frozen moment in time

  • How would you describe your photographic style?
    My comfort zone is definitely landscape. However I feel it’s best to try different areas of photography, and integrate or crossover visual aspects from one area to another.
  • Which photographer is your biggest inspiration?
    A LOT of my favourite photographers are no longer with us (Henri Cartier-Brisson, Ansel Adams. Yousef Karsch, Phillipe Halsman & Elliott Erwitt), Some of today’s visionaries I admire are Joe McNally, Evgeni Dinev and Max Rive.
  • How long have you been interested in photography?
    Back in the 80’s, I used to be an art director, and would hire photographers: It all seemed like magic to me at the time! And I still get a kick out of these cool, digital “magic boxes” today!
  • What was your first camera?
    I remember having a Kodak Pocket Instamatic 10 as a young teenager in the early 1970’s.
  • What is your dream photo trip?
    I’d say New Zealand. There’s a reason Trey Ratcliffe lives there 🙂

You can view some of Todd’s work on his Flickr link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/whitby61/  or 500px: https://500px.com/toddmurrison

APC Featured Photographer of the Month – Chris Noronha

Ajax Photography Club

Looking for some photographic inspiration? Well look no further then the current members of the Ajax Photography Club. Each month a different APC member will be featured and we will provide a glimpse into their photographic life.

This month, the featured photographer is our very own program director – Online, Chris Noronha.

Bio:
I am a Graphic Designer and hobbyist photographer who grew up in Scarborough, but now living Ajax. I enjoy all types of photography, but I especially enjoy taking landscapes and nature images. I am also a self professed long exposure junkie. I try to put my love of the outdoors into my images. I am always looking to learn & improve my photography, which is why I joined the Ajax Photography Club. Really glad I did!

  • How would you describe your photographic style?
    It is mostly Landscape and nature themed. I do a lot of long exposures along the waterfront. Although, I also enjoy taking architectural and street shots.
  • Which photographer is your biggest inspiration?
    I get inspired by the people around me. We have some very talented photographers in our club that continue to inspire. I would be hard pressed to not mention some of the masters that I have always admired like Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and Sebastiao Salgado (just to name a few). Currently I have been fascinated by the work Daniel Kordan.
  • How long have you been interested in photography?
    From as long as I can remember, I have been interested in photography. I would always be the one taking pictures, even as a kid.
  • What was your first camera?
    My very first camera was a Nikon FG film camera that my aunt gave me. I never really caught the photography bug until I purchased my first DSLR, a Nikon D40X to take on my honeymoon. I’ve been bitten ever since.
  • What is your dream photo trip?
    There are so many wonderful places in this world that I would love to see, but currently Patagonia in tops on my list.

You can view some of Chris’ work on his Flickr page HERE or his Instagram @chrisnoronhaphoto.

APC Featured Photographer of the Month – John Stafford

Ajax Photography Club

Looking for some photographic inspiration? Well look no further then the current members of the Ajax Photography Club. Each month a different APC member will be featured and we will provide a glimpse into their photographic life.

This month, the featured photographer is John Stafford.

Bio:

I am a teacher in Scarborough who has been a DSLR owner for many years who mostly took pictures of my daughters sporting activities. I would get some great shots and some awful shots without really understanding why. When my daughter started university, I realised that I had a great deal more time on my hands and needed to find a hobby that I enjoyed.
I decided to take photography more seriously and I started looking into college courses and was shocked at the prices so I decided to check out camera clubs. I found the Ajax Photography Club about 4 years ago and took all of their introductory courses and finally understood how to use my camera. I have upgraded to a Nikon D800 and fitted myself with a variety of lenses and filters. Through courses and workshops I have learned a tremendous amount and my photography has improved greatly.
  • How would you describe your photographic style?

    I am more of a passive photographer in that I don’t like to stage scenes or do portraits. I enjoy wildlife and landscape photography the most. I’m not sure I have an actual style, but I like pictures that are sharp and have a lot of drama.
  • Which photographer is your biggest inspiration?
    I would have to say that Ansel Adams is my biggest inspiration because I was immediately drawn to his work long before I became interested in photography. I do not know or study photographers but that is something I might pursue more in the future.
  • How long have you been interested in photography?
    I have been using a DSLR for over 20 years, but have only taken it seriously for 4 years.
  • What was your first camera?
    My first camera was a probably a disposable Kodak when I was a kid, but my first real camera was a Nikon D40.
  • What is your dream photo trip?

    My dream trip would be one of the cruises offered by National Geographic. They travel to photographic destinations with National Geographic photographers. I think the trip to the Galapagos would be the preferred one for me.

You can view more of John’s work on our Meetup site.

APC Featured Photographer of the Month – Malyar Nahil

Ajax Photography Club

With the start of the new APC season in full swing, we are excited for the return of our Featured Photographer of the Month.

Every month we select a member to be featured and showcase their work. It’s a great way to display the talent of our ever growing club.

This month, our featured photographer is Malyar Nahil.

Bio:
Photography is one of my great passions; I have a home studio where I play with a variety of lighting and backgrounds, to create unique portraits.
I also enjoy travel photography and have photographed weddings. The APC and it’s guest speakers are a great source of learning for me.

  • How would you describe your photography style?
    Anything in what I find “Beauty” and how I can communicate this view to others.
  • Which photographer is your biggest inspiration?
    I don’t have a specific photographer who inspires me, I am fascinated by all beauties.
  • How long have you been interested in photography?
    I was interested to photography for ever; my family remind me that I was trying to build a camera with a cardboard box and a Loop… when I was very young.
  • What was your first camera?
    My first camera was a “Canon point & Shoot” and 1st SLR was “Canon Rebel G”, a film Camera that I had in Montreal.
  • What  is  your  dream  photo  trip?
    My dream photo trip would be somewhere like China, India…etc. Where all is different and also I dream about visiting Canada’s Banff National Park.

You can view some of Malyar’s work at https://www.flickr.com/photos/nurlight/

APC Featured Photographer of the Month – Ron Pereux

Ajax Photography Club

Looking for some photographic inspiration? Well look no further then the current members of the Ajax Photography Club. Each month a different APC member will be featured and we will provide a glimpse into their photographic life.

This month, the featured photographer is past APC President, Ron Pereux.

Bio:

I am from a small pulp and paper community north of Winnipeg called Pine Falls.  Lived near a french community in the area called St.George, on a small hobby farm.  My father is a retired accountant and small craft commercial pilot. Spent much of my younger life in bush planes, and training horses. Attended University of Winnipeg, and Red River Community college.  Worked as an Animal Health Technologist, then continued education as Medical Radiation Technologist. After graduation moved to Toronto, worked in Diagnostic Imaging at Women’s College Hospital, now at Rouge Valley Health System.

For 26 years I have been taking photos inside the body, now enjoy photography outside the body. I joined the Ajax Photography Club 6 years ago when it started, was asked to take on the role of Vice- President, then moved into the President’s Chair for 3 years. I am beyond proud how the club has evolved, my photography has evolved with it. I continue assisting in programs and education roles with the club. It was not achieved alone, the amazing executive team and members have made the APC today.

  • How would you describe your photography style?
    Style evolves with time and experience.  I like images that have impact and captures emotion.  Looking at images from history that make them famous…why? I like all areas of photography especially music concert photography and black & white photography.
  • Which photographer is your biggest inspiration?
    For portraiture I like Yousuf Karsh… a Canadian Armenian photographer that captured some of the most famous people in history.  To see impact and emotion look at his image of Winston Churchill.  Read about how he captured it.  For photography of musicians,  I really enjoy the stoic images of Herman Leonard.  The smoky jazz clubs of famous icon musicians like Billie Holiday. For inspiration, I look to David du Chemin and Joe McNally.
  • How long have you been interested in photography?
    Ever since I was a kid in grade 9. We had a small photography group with our science teacher.  We experienced the chemical marvels of the classic photo darkroom.
  • What was your first camera?
    It was an older Brownie Camera that took 135mm rolled film.
  • What  is  your  dream  photo  trip?
    So many on my Bucket List….it would be someplace that has diverse topographical geography.  New Zealand or Tanzania.You can view more of Ron’s work on our Meetup site.

Note: The APC Featured photographer of the month will return in September. Enjoy your summer. Don’t forget your camera!