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Interview with Andrew Gardner

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13 November 2015

Posted by Anna Fraser

Hi Andrew! Tell us about yourself in two sentences - who are you?

I’m based in the UK and married with a teenage daughter. I developed my love for photography after experiencing the limitations of point and shoot cameras, so around ten years ago I bought my first DSLR camera and never looked back, as it is a tool that helps me to be more creative in my work.

QWhat's the weirdest situation you've found yourself in while taking a photograph?

ANot so much weird, more humorous – I spotted what I believed to be a water vole swimming in a pond, so I spent considerable time trying to capture my subject with passers-by querying what creature I had seen – I confidently stated a ‘water vole’. It was only when I gained a clear view of the ‘water vole’ I realised, to my embarrassment, it was a rat. From this, albeit humorous, situation, I learnt that knowing your subject matter before telling people is extremely important!

QWhat do you shoot on? What's your favourite set up?

AI have two favourite set ups at the moment – a Canon 50D and Sigma 105 mm Macro ex Lens, which I use mainly with a ring flash for macro insect photography. This enables me to get closer to insects without disturbing them too much. The ring flash allows me to shoot at speeds up to 1/250th, helping me to gain a sharper image. My second set up is a Canon 5D classic. Although it is not as technologically advanced as its successors, it produces beautiful, smooth, colourful images. When coupled with a Sigma 50 mm macro ex Lens the maximum aperture of f2.8 allows for fantastic shallow depth of field.

QWhat's your number one tip for an aspiring photographer?

AResilience is key! Don’t expect every shot to be a successful photograph – every image should be seen as a learning curve. Many different aspects bring an image together; be it lighting, being in the right place at the right time, or having the right mind set. Sometimes a composition just doesn’t work, but never lose heart as there are endless other photo opportunities to grasp.

This is my favourite image of a blue tit at my local park; the blue tits are regularly fed by visitors, but are nevertheless so timid andwary that they swoop down and take the f... Read more

This is my favourite image of a blue tit at my local park; the blue tits are regularly fed by visitors, but are nevertheless so timid andwary that they swoop down and take the food in a split second. This blue tit allowed me just enough time to focus, but from his stance,it was obvious he was listening intently to the camera shutter firing. I love the way the vibrancy of the background contrasts nicely againstthe timid subject. At the time, I saw this shot as a breakthrough as I had finally managed to successfully balance shallow depth of fieldwhilst maintaining focus on the bird. Read less

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This was taken in early October this year when the hoverfly remained unusually still, allowing me to pursue different shooting angles. Thevibrant colours were a refreshing sight... Read more

This was taken in early October this year when the hoverfly remained unusually still, allowing me to pursue different shooting angles. Thevibrant colours were a refreshing sight in contrast to the cool, overcast October day. Read less

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I was lucky enough to discover these newly hatched garden spiders on the door of my shed. As garden spiders only hatch once a year, I feltprivileged to witness the fascinating e... Read more

I was lucky enough to discover these newly hatched garden spiders on the door of my shed. As garden spiders only hatch once a year, I feltprivileged to witness the fascinating event. Another case of being in the right place at the right time. Read less

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This is our pet cat ‘Peter’ asleep on our lawn in the summertime. I used a shallow depth of field to capture a dreamy appearance, reflectinghis contentment as he soaked up the w... Read more

This is our pet cat ‘Peter’ asleep on our lawn in the summertime. I used a shallow depth of field to capture a dreamy appearance, reflectinghis contentment as he soaked up the warmth of the summer sun. Read less

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I experimented with a low shooting angle so as to capture the sense of scale through a different perspective. This shot was trial and erroras I couldn’t see exactly what was in ... Read more

I experimented with a low shooting angle so as to capture the sense of scale through a different perspective. This shot was trial and erroras I couldn’t see exactly what was in the viewfinder, and it reinforces the fact that resilience is the key to a successful image. Read less

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This was taken in August this year at Golden Acre Park in Leeds, and although it was summertime, the available light under the tree canopieswas limited. As the squirrels tend to... Read more

This was taken in August this year at Golden Acre Park in Leeds, and although it was summertime, the available light under the tree canopieswas limited. As the squirrels tend to be jittery, I needed to implement a fast shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, so in response I pushed myISO to 800 in order to account for the low light. My favourite Canon ef 100 – 400 IS-USM Lens was well suited to shootingthis image. Read less

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When I took this photograph the chrysanthemums were at their best and I like to experiment with a shallow depth of field, especially in my flowerimages. In this photograph, I wa... Read more

When I took this photograph the chrysanthemums were at their best and I like to experiment with a shallow depth of field, especially in my flowerimages. In this photograph, I was aiming to highlight a single flower against a back drop of defocused flowers in order to create an isolated focalpoint for the viewer. Read less

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When I saw my daughter painting with water colours, I saw the opportunity to capture the moment when the watercolour paint transferred to the brush.I feel that the addition of t... Read more

When I saw my daughter painting with water colours, I saw the opportunity to capture the moment when the watercolour paint transferred to the brush.I feel that the addition of the brush brings to life the photograph, and illustrates the work of the artist. Read less

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