We’re excited to introduce you to KelbyOne member Paul Haley—he’s a photographer based out of England. Can you guess where he was when he took the above photo? Keep reading to find out! (Click to view the full, un-cropped image.)
1.) Can you tell us a little bit about your photo?
This picture was taken in June 2008 in Siena, Italy in the Piazza del Campo at the Fonte Gaia (Joyous Fountain the original parts of which date from 1491). Around the edges of the fountain are statues of wolves spouting water. I noticed pigeons flying down to take a drink from a wolf’s mouth. The birds were used to the presence of humans, so I was able to manoeuvre myself close to the fountain easily without worrying them. The wolves studiously ignored me. I set my shutter to continuous shooting and each time a pigeon came for a drink I fired off a series of shots.
2.) What gear/software did you use to create this image?
I processed the image in Photoshop (I wasn’t a Lightroom user at the time). The processing was largely confined to basic camera raw adjustments, cropping the image for a more satisfactory composition and dodging and burning various parts of the pigeon.
3.) What do you like to photograph?
My main interest is travel photography. Last year I spent time in South West France. This year I have photographed in Lisbon Portugal with fellow Kelby One member and all around great guy Fernando Ferreira do Santos (Chicky Nando). I have also been shooting in Florence Italy. I will be visiting Madrid in September
4.) How long have you been a KelbyOne member and what made you decide to become a member?
Although I have been taking photographs for almost 40 years I really started to take my photography seriously a couple of years ago. Realising how little I knew, I looked for the best source of training available. Fortunately, I discovered Kelby One via Scott’s books. I signed up for a trial period, realised what a treasure trove of information I had stumbled upon and signed up as a Kelby One member immediately. I have been a member for two years and suspect I will remain so for the foreseeable future, (despite feeling somewhat queasy about Scott’s worrying obsession with Nabisco Easy Cheese and Chickin’ in a biscuit!)
Don’t forget to check out Paul’s website to see more of his photography.