Member Monday Featuring Jessica Lerche

This Austrian photographer has a variety of European landscapes and sights just outside her doorstep. Her work takes a unique point of view to some of the more commonly visited attractions. Today you’ll see the sights of Austria and meet Jessica Lerche!

About the Photo

It is a capture of the fortress “Hohensalzburg”, which was built in the 11th century and overlooks the city of Salzburg in Austria. In the foreground, you can see the old town including the cathedral. The picture was taken in the evening’s golden hour of an extremely hot day in August. The climb on the small mountain opposite of the fortress, the “Kapuzinerberg” was therefore quite exhausting. However, the scenery and the surprisingly clear view for such a hot day were all worth it.

Gear and Software

I used a Nikon D90 with a 18-200 lens that I borrowed from a friend as I had lost my own Sony DLSR to rain a couple of weeks earlier. Quite a loss, however a good reason to upgrade to a better camera in the end. I took the picture at 1/40 sec, f22, ISO 200, 18mm and did the post-processing in Lightroom.

Photography Preferences

My passion for photography lies in travel and landscape photography, however, I also like to shoot other genres. In my pictures, I like colours, especially if they express the beauty of places, people and cultures.

Photography Inspiration

At that time I hadn’t been a member of the KelbyOne platform yet, but before I joined especially Scott’s books about digital photography and Lightroom helped me to get better. 

Favorite KelbyOne Class

There are many great classes of different photography genres and contents, but one that I recently keep coming back to is Scott’s “Travel Photography: Capturing the Essence of a City”. It has really helped me on recent trips to have a better plan in advance on which pictures I would like to take. On top of planning trips regarding sights, routes, etc. I have since then also started to create a picture list with everything I would like to shoot while there, that I refer back to from time to time during the trip.

One other class I would like to mention is “The Art of Digital Photography: The Inspirational Series with Roberto Valenzuela”. Although this is a completely different genre, the main message I took out of it was to go out and do it. Get out of your comfort zone and dare to take risks, you only regret the things you haven’t done.

More of Jessica’s work can be found on her website, and on Instagram.
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