Canada Day is quickly approaching and celebrating our nation’s birthday always makes me think about how lucky I am to live in such a beautiful and inspiring country. From towering mountains to sandy beaches, wide-open plains to deep, mysterious forests, Canada’s natural beauty is absolutely astounding. And to celebrate that beauty, ROYALE challenges Canadians to send in their best photographs each year for the annual ROYALE Canada Collection.
For the 2012 Collection, more than 9,000 photos were submitted and more than 500,000 votes determined the winners. And one of the honoured recipients was a woman from my own home province of Saskatchewan! Mrs. Julia Herperger was kind enough to join me for a brief interview so that I could get the inside scoop on her thoughts on photography and her winning picture:
1: What is your favourite thing to photograph?
Flowers are one of the most photographed subjects, so I enjoy the challenge of taking a photo of it in a different way, from a different angle, so that it isn’t just another photo of a flower but instead is a unique photo that would make people pause for a moment (hopefully!).
2: What inspired you to take this picture?
The texture of the flower and the curved shape of the petals made it especially beautiful to me.
3: How important is a high-quality camera for photography? What camera do you use?
I know, of course, that which camera you have matters very much when it comes to photography but I think there is a tendency to focus on having an expensive camera instead of focusing on seeing, observing, and being attentive. The best camera in the world won’t make you a photographer, in my view. I took this photo with a point-and-shoot camera – an Optio E10 by Pentax.
4: Do you have any tips for aspiring photographers about how to take great pictures?
The most important thing is to see. Open your eyes and see what’s around you – all the details, everything. It’s seeing that makes you a photographer – seeing and, in turn, revealing what you see to others through your photos.
I appreciated getting the inside scoop on this gorgeous photograph and to help other aspiring photographers get started capturing Canada’s special moments, ROYALE is offering one lucky Mommy Kat and Kids reader a special photography prize pack containing a $50 gift card to a photography store and facial tissue boxes from the 2012 ROYALE Canada Collection! To enter to win, just leave a comment with your favourite tip for taking great photos!
Canada is a country worth celebrating and these beautiful boxes of facial tissue from ROYALE do a great job of showing that. I just love how the facial tissue boxes dress up my living room and even the boys’ bedrooms with their bright and beautiful designs! Check them out for yourself and see which winning photo says “Canada” to you!
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