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Interview with Featured Flickr Photographer Gary Jorgensen

Every month in our Photography newsletter, we feature the work of a new photographer who has contributed to our Photography Newsletter Flickr group. This month, we chose the photo Apple Blossom Time by Colorado-based photographer Gary Jorgensen.

Peachpit: What inspired you to take this shot?

Gary: First of all, I'd like to thank you for featuring me in your newsletter; it's quite an honor! Colorado had a fantastic spring this year, and the blossoms were everywhere. This particular composition caught my eye because the lighting was so perfect, emphasizing the delicate petals against the bold rigidity of the branch behind it. What inspired me to share this photo was that the background turned out to be so simple, yet so eye-catching, with its almost watercolor-like texture.

Peachpit: Camera settings?

Gary: 1/640 sec at f/5.6, ISO 100, 100mm focal length.

Shot with a Canon 10D and a 28.0-135.0 mm lens.

Peachpit: Post-processing?

Gary: I use Lightroom 3. For this particular shot, I used the “Camera Landscape” profile, sharpened (67); and I added a little saturation for the orange and red; clarity (59); vibrance (20); and recovery (90), because the highlights kind of got away from me.

Peachpit: Matte or glossy?

Gary: I haven't printed many of my photos, but if I had printed this one I imagine I would have chosen matte paper, to emphasize the texture of the blossom.

Peachpit: Who or what inspires you?

Gary: I just love the outdoors and outdoor photography. When I am out looking for interesting subjects to shoot, I really try to compose things in my mind as if I were painting them. I draw a lot of inspiration from paintings or artwork that I see that just makes me stop and want to travel through the image. I really can't get enough of a painter named Clyde Aspevig.

Peachpit: Who are you? Where can we find you online?

Gary: I am a mechanical engineer who has been blessed to be living in one of the most beautiful places on Earth—Colorado. I would love to have you drop by and tell me what you think of my work:

Thank you.

Do you have a newsletter-worthy image to share? Post it in our Photography Newsletter Flickr group, and you might just see it in the next issue!