This month's Member Spotlight shines on:

                      Duke Smith

                                 (member since February 2009)

 

 

"In 2008, was fishing with a friend in Alaska who walked around all week in heavy waders and full fly fishing kit with a heavy camera hung from his neck. I asked him why and he showed me his photos. When we got home, I bought a camera. That was the beginning..."

                                                   Duke

            

How long have you lived in the Golden Isles?
33 years. First came to Saint Simons Island in 1976. Relocated in 1983.

Tell us a little about yourself.
That would bore everyone to death. But for the record, spent 30 years in the criminal justice system--not as an inmate but as one of the fellas wearing a white hat. Retired from the U.S. Department of Justice. The natural world has always been my playground. Along the way I've managed to be a Life Sponsor for both Ducks Unlimited and Trout Unlimited. Published author, amateur photographer.

How long have you had a "thing" for photography?
In 2008, was fishing with a friend in Alaska who walked around all week in heavy waders and full fly fishing kit with a heavy camera hung from his neck. I asked him why and he showed me his photos. When we got home, I bought a camera. That was the beginning...

What do you like to shoot?
I've yet to land on a specialty, that is to say, something I can shoot well consistently. Again, it's the natural world thing: wildlife, vistas, places that offer solitude and solace. Once in a while street photography can be fun. Mostly, it's about learning. A good friend and I set up a studio last year so we could learn more about light and flash. I've benefited not only by his friendship and what he has taught me about light, I've also found I can take those lessons and apply them outside where I like to spend my time.

What are you working on at this time?  What's your next mountain to climb?
The basics. I'm still learning about composition, focus and patience. Remaining teachable. In another sense, my goal is usually to create a photo that makes the viewer want "to be there." My personal definition of photography is, "The practice of capturing light and subject to create an illusion." Special emphasis on "light" and "practice."

What/Who has impacted your photography of late?
The who: Bryan Peterson, Joel Grimes, Zach Arias, Edward Curtis, Scott Kelby, Brassai, Ansel Adams.  The what: both obvious and hidden corners all over the world.

How did you find out about the GUILD?  What have you enjoyed most about the Guild?Dr. Mel Geer brought me to my first meeting--he was the guy wearing a camera around his neck in Alaska. As far as the guild goes, I learn something at every meeting. I also enjoy the members--they are a pretty good lot all-in-all.

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