by Deborah Sandidge
How have you been keeping busy?
Given travel limitations, many projects have been locally based while others evolved into working with photographers online through web-based activity. I feel that virtual/web-based focus will continue to expand as the needs of photographers grow. I love traveling. My last international trip was to Tanzania, although I still enjoy trips throughout the US. I look forward to getting back to that. I like the personal interaction of teaching in small groups and speaking at activities like PhotoPlus, CES and other photo-based learning conferences.
What have you done to spark your creative drive?
Creative need: For creative opportunities, I spent more time shooting video and wildlife. I have a unique opportunity as I live in a wooded area with lots of birds and wildlife, including the occasional bear. I set up my camera inside my home office window and set up a birdfeeder about 20 feet away at the wood line. I placed a wireless microphone just under the feeder to record the bird interactions. It was absolutely fascinating, and I learned a lot during the process…and I had fun!
Adapting to the current situation means exploring my home state of Florida in more detail. I love photographing Florida because it is opportunity rich. Florida’s east coast beaches are amazing, and sunrises are second to none. I’m also working with a waterproof housing for my camera and fish-eye lens in order to add another creative element to my work. This is something I’ll continue to explore as I love the ocean, waterways, and springs.
What is your go to camera setup?
My camera setup includes the Nikon Z 7 and Nikon Z 6 mirrorless cameras. I’ve been using them for travel near and far. I’m a big fan of the new mirrorless system, the technology and image quality are amazing. My favorite lenses are the NIKKOR 14-30mm, 24-70mm and the 8-15mm fisheye zoom.
What f-stop gear are you carrying?
I started out using the f-stop gear Kashmir many years ago. It’s been my most loved, most worn, go-to camera bag. I can safely and conveniently fit my cameras and my filter case inside. The filter case can easily strap onto my tripod, making it so easy to have everything at my fingertips. The Kashmir is the most comfortable fit for the gear I carry, plus it easily handles extras like a jacket, water bottle, flashlight, and masks. I’m very attached to the Kashmir as my favorite bag. I also often carry a smaller bag like the Dalston, because it is right sized for daytrips or walkabout shooting.