Dawn Anderson is a creative photographer based in Orange County, CA. The bulk of her photography centers around the beauty of California landscapes- especially the beaches.
Dawn has transitioned to the world of photography after a long and successful career in residential real estate. She explains the transition as “a calling to become more interactive with nature and to convey the natural beauty and colors that surround us.”
Her works are displayed locally in Southern California, and she has won and placed in several local photographic competitions.
Tell us a little about yourself and your photography.
I’ve always had an interest in photography, but I never really focused seriously on it until about a year ago. Now, as I am nearing 50, I think I’m able to appreciate my subject matter- nature more, and I think that appreciation is beginning to reflect in my work
Why do you love photography?
For me, I love being outdoors, and photography is just a means to interpret or express my outdoor experiences and share those encounters. I love the fact that digital photography allows so much creative tweaking so that a photographer can make each scene their own. And it also gives me an excuse to hang out at the beach.
You do some amazing, vibrant and almost painting-like shots of ocean waves. What is your secret for getting those shots?
It’s taken me a lot of time just staring at waves and tides and currents to try to figure out the best time and place to shoot and stand. It’s also been a lot of trial and error. My current formula is early morning shots, preferably at low tide shooting at about a 45 degree angle to the water with a slow shutter speed. The early morning light seems to allow the softer more “painting like” results
Your love for the California beaches really shows through. How do you bring forward the special atmosphere of a place?
The beach is and has always been where I’m most comfortable, so I think that contentment shows through my work.
What are some other photographic projects you enjoy working on?
Well, like a surfer, I’m always trying to catch the perfect wave… lol
I suppose more travel is in the future to capture different beaches as well as landscapes. With winter coming up, there will be more clouds here and I think that’s when the best shots come about.
What kind of a camera and lenses do you primarily use and how do you select your equipment?
I have always been a Canon fan, and I primarily shoot with the 6D. I believe in buying the best lens you can afford rather than as many lenses as possible for the same dollar amount. I do stick with the L series lenses, but I am fortunate enough to have a variety of L Series prime, wide angle, and telephoto lenses. I stick with one brand because I am comfortable with Canon- their quality and their service. Just a personal preference.
Can you name some tips for those who want to start taking nature photographs?
My advice is to shoot what you love and the passion will come across in the work. It’s important to know how to use a camera, but in shooting nature, success comes when an individual is able to communicate their interpretation and put their personal spin on a subject.
Thanks Dawn for showing us your special love for the Californian beaches!
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