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Interview with Featured flickr Photographer Tony D. Locke

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 Padilla Bay by Washington based photographer Tony D. Locke.

Peachpit: What inspired you to take this shot?

Tony: Those clouds and the interaction & balance with the water landscape below them… I’m mostly a landscape photographer, along with abstracts, macros and other oddities. I’m always looking for something unusual, out of the norm on my hikes. Those clouds caught my eye and I knew they’d make a great photograph.

Peachpit: Camera settings?

Tony: This is my Canon 17-40mm f4L lens, it’s my favorite for landscapes. Settings were 1/13 sec, f22, ISO 100,  @17mm. I’m on a Manfrotto tripod with an Arcatech ballhead, a great combination.

I primarily shoot in Aperture Priority, at around f11-f18 or so. I’ll watch my histogram and use Exposure Compensation to tweak the exposure as needed.

Peachpit: Post-processing?

Tony: I’ve been in using and teaching Photoshop for many years, currently on CS5. But once Lightroom came out, I find I spend 90% of my time in that now, going to CS5 for panoramic and the photo restoration work I do for customers. I do all of my B&W processing in NIK Silver Efx Pro2 and my HDR in HDR Efx Pro.

Peachpit: Matte or glossy?

Tony: That’s a tough one, as I like both depending on the image. I’ll have to say Semi-gloss, as 80% my images go on Ilford’s Gallerie Smooth Pearl.

Peachpit: Who or what inspires you?

Tony: Everywhere I look I find more inspiration, from other photographers to painters. Many times I’m that person that people hate having in the car with them, as I see everything!  Flickr’s a great place to explore what others are doing and gain new ideas.

If I were to choose one person that’s inspired me the most, it would be Dick Garvey. A Brooks Institute graduate and former instructor, he taught many of the workshops that we produce with Alternative Focus too. He shot beautiful medium and large format images of mostly landscapes. He loved to harass digital shooters (in a loving teachers way) for not slowing down and watching the light — Which is one of the biggest things I learned from him… “Watch the light, and wait if needed.” He had just started exploring what could be done with a digital camera before suddenly losing a battle with colon cancer at 58. We all miss him.

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

Tony: I enjoy teaching as much as shooting, and have tried to get myself to find the time to write more too. I have 3 blogs & 3 eBooks so far.

Our workshops are at —

Photography Tips —

Photoshop and Lightroom Tips — I’ve also started to do more

and Travel Photography at —

On Facebook you can follow my activities and upcoming workshops at  —

It’s still a “work in progress”, but my prints can be bought at —

Thanks for the opportunity to be interviewed here,

Tony D. Locke, MM

(still reigning Master of Madness)

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