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Barbara Burke


Three years ago I joined ACES (Anaheim Camera Enthusiasts) photo club to learn more about the art and craft of photography. For most of my life, I had been a bystander, as my father photographed, developed, and printed his photos, and more recently as my husband became more involved in photography. I had always been more interested in identifying flowers, birds, and other natural objects than photographing them. Last year I retired from teaching and now have more time to continue learning and practicing photography.

I am primarily interested in macro photography. I enjoy studying and recording the array of colors and structural patterns of flowers and other natural objects. My goal is to find camera views that best show the unique qualities of color, structure and composition of each individual object I photograph. I have found that these camera views are especially impactful when backlighting is used for translucent flowers, leaves and other objects. I use The Light Panel by Port-A-Trace as the back lighting source (with a color temperature of about 5500 K). I have recently begun exploring the photography of objects and their reflections using black acrylic glass. This highly reflective, black surface provides a unique venue that very elegantly displays the natural beauty and structure of flowers or other objects being photographed. I use a Nikon D7100 camera with a 105 mm Nikkor lens for macro work.