Tony Lucas [stormwalkernz]
Do you have an online gallery where one can view your photos?
For how long have you done photography? How did you begin?
About 4 years seriously with digital media before that I fooled around with 35mm taking wildlife photos.
What has been your education as a photographer?
Nature itself, im basically self taught.
Please list any exhibitions in which you have participated.
None so far but if anyones offering .....
Please list any awards for your work.
Publication in the Laurettes Photojournal and also Photogrpaher of the month.
What is your favourite type of photography?
Nature photography its so unpredicable and beautiful.
What do you try to express through your photography?
The diversity and beauty of the world in which we live and all things in it.
How do you choose your subjects?
If I happen to see something that has potential I wait until the time is right and like any predator Pounce.
What type of preparation do you do before undertaking the photo session?
Ensure equipment is up to scratch and working and I have everthing Im going to need.
Do you normally photograph with a purpose already in mind, or do you let yourself go with the flow?
I go with the flow mother nature dictates the terms I just follow along.
Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Sigma, Olympus, Sony, Pentax...which do you place your bets on and why?
Nikon its the best camera Ive worked with and gives me exactly what I want when I want it.
Describe your current equipment: cameras, lenses, computers, accessories...
Nikon D60 with micr filters and various lenses and filters.
What software and plug-ins do you use to retouch and manage your photos?
I use Photoshop as it gives the best results and is easy to use.
What measures do you take to protect your work against Internet piracy?
I copyright all my work. Its important as there are alot who will gladly steal a good pic if they can get away with it.
Are you a good salesperson of your work? In what should you improve?
No Im not - I dont promote my work enough.
Which past masters of photography do you most admire?
There is no one I think all nature photogrpahers that go that extra inch to get a good shot are heros to me.
Are technology and digital retouching reducing the gap between professionals and amateurs?
Yes somewhat but you can tell a retouched photo there is nothing like an original original.
What is your team of habitual collaborators like?
A wild bunch.
It is generally me and mother nature - you cant get good dhots with a crowd tramping around after you.
With which other photographers do you normally team up with or do sessions with?
I prefer to work alone.
Do you consider yourself more technical or more artistic?
More artistic I like to see the beauty in things come through in my pictures.
What have you learned about the art of framing and composition?
I let mother nature deal with these as you can never get a good shot worrying about the framing and composition as by that time its gone.
How does one develop the instinct of knowing when to press the shutter release button?
When it looks right and feels right you press, if you take 100 photos and only one is THE SHOT it was worth it for that one moment .
When should one use film, and when should one use digital?
Film is becomming more and more outdated, I would never go back to film, digital is jus so much easier.
Does photography have the recognition that it should have in contemporary art museums?
No it doesnt, there are some really greatworks out there that are comparable to anything in art museums but other medium is generally preferred.
Which websites for photographers do you frequently visit?
I generally google and see where the trail takes me if something good comes slong I sent it to onenote for future reference.
Is there any particular technique that you could share?
I love using blacklights with flourescent minerals and flowers the effects are amazing and so colourful in a spectrum we cannot see.
What is your specialty? What subjects do you deal with?
The sciences mainly, but also fringe sciences, UFo's cryptozoology and the paranormal.
I have also worked on the aquarium hobby front as well and done a few articles on Marine issues.
In which media do you presently work or have you worked?
Both writing for online and offline journals and webpages as well as contribution to books. I also do freelance photography with a theme towards scientific and nature photogrpahy.
Please list a web address where where one can view an example of your work.
What is "news"?
News is as the main part of the word says NEW, its anything that catches the publics attention that is new, informative and relavent.
To you, what is objectivity?
It is reporting the facts, no preconcieved ideas or judgements but the facts as they are.
There is no room for personal views or sentiment in good journalism.
What is the best headline you have ever read?
I cant recall as there have been many.
What headline would you like to see printed one day in the newspaper?
World at peace and all is well.
Which paper do you buy on Sundays? Where do you read it?
I dont buy newspapers I generally get all my news from the net and read it in my office with a good cup of tea.
Does freedom of expression end where the editorial line begins?
I think the line here is very blurred as each person does leave their own mark on their work its how the editor percieves that mark and the tolerence to it.
Do you feel that analytical and investigative journalism is being lost?
no somewhat restrained but not lost, there are still a few out there that are capable of really good analytical and investigative Journalism but that is not filtering through to the new generation to come.
With a camera on every mobile phone, is every citizen becoming a correspondent?
yes and its a good thing as we would not be aware of half the things we are in the news if it was not for people in the street taking the initative and capturing the moment.
How would you explain the boom of the tabloid press?
I feel more and more people are wanting to know whats going on in the world. We are becomming a global community and more people want to know whats going on in it.
What is your position regarding the right to privacy of famous people?
The price of fame is comming into the public eye and its an occupational hazard of that fame. Beyond the point of decency they have made themselves public property and its something they have to live with.
What can you teach us about the art of the interview?
The greatest assets are having done your homework so you dont sound like a fool and listening to what you are told and accurately recording it.
Please list well-known people you have interviewed.
quite a few Professors of biology and anthropology.
Would you say the journalism blog is revolutionizing the profession?
I think blogs are creating the writers and journalists of tomorrow.
It has made the profession more open to not just the qualified few.
Will the paper press disappear?
eventually as electronic media gains more popularity and becomes more affordable to the masses.
We are already seeing signs of it now.
What are your thoughts of the free papers distributed in cities?
I think its a great idea as it gets news out ot the population, especially those that cant afford it.
What is the book you would like to write?
A book on New Zealand Cryptozoology, there are alot of enigmatic creatures in this country that even the general public are unaware of. Its part of our heritage that is slipping away year by year.
Is there a motto or ethical principle that clarifies your decisions in moments of confusion?
if it doesnt feel right it probably isnt.
What advice would you give to someone who has just left university and wishes to start in the profession?
develop a thick skin there are alot of knockbacks and gut kicks and you just got to let it go and carry on. If you dont you may as well quit now.
Hastings - New Zealand