Featured Photographer: Alyssa Douglas

26 June 2015

I’ve been very lucky to grow up and live in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. I’ve spent many hours enjoying our beautiful beaches which have now become a focal point of my photography. Also living very close to our city I’ve had the opportunity to capture some of Sydney’s most iconic landmarks.

I’ve always admired other peoples photography but it wasn’t until a couple of years ago when I was given a Canon EOS 7D for my birthday that my passion for photography really started. I knew very little about the camera. I remember the first few times I took it out had no idea what I was doing just using it on all the auto settings. I then decided that I needed to learn more, so I went exploring on the internet to see what I could learn. I slowly started to put the information I had learned in to practice. I gradually started experimenting with the camera’s manual settings and was amazed at how different the images could be when using different manual settings.

One of my favourite techniques is taking long exposure photos.  This technique which uses neutral density filters and leaving the camera’s shutter open for a longer period of time produces some stunning images that we can’t see with our own eye. This type of shot can capture the movement of clouds and can make water look silky smooth.

Photography is a bit of an escape for me. I find it very relaxing while standing there taking beautiful shots, I also get the opportunity to admire the marvels of nature around me.

Every cloud, every sunset, every sunrise and every wave is different every day. I love that no two shots will ever be exactly the same.

I enjoy that people stop and chat and want to know what I’m trying to capture. I’ve been lucky enough to get to know some other amazing photographers through going out and shooting and also social media, who have helped me along the way. I love that my photography can bring so much joy to other people and knowing that my photos are hanging on people’s walls gives me even more inspiration to keep learning and shooting as much as possible.

Instagram: aphoto
Email: aly_70@hotmail.com

Bare Island, La Perouse

Bare Island, La Perouse

Bondi Icebergs

Bondi Icebergs

Bronte Baths

Bronte Baths

Camp Cove, Watsons Bay

Camp Cove, Watsons Bay

City Skyline, Kirribilli

City Skyline, Kirribilli

Customs Tower, La Perouse

Customs Tower, La Perouse

Evening At Ross Jones Memorial Pool, Coogee

Evening At Ross Jones Memorial Pool, Coogee

Harbour Bridge From Kirribilli

Harbour Bridge From Kirribilli

Ivor Rowe Rockpool, South Coogee

Ivor Rowe Rockpool, South Coogee

Jeffereys Street Wharf, Kirribilli

Jeffereys Street Wharf, Kirribilli

La Perouse

La Perouse

Mahon Pool, Maroubra

Mahon Pool, Maroubra

McKell Park, Darling Point

McKell Park, Darling Point

Milsons Point Wharf

Milsons Point Wharf

Mrs Macquarie's Chair

Mrs Macquarie’s Chair

Opera House From Kirribilli

Opera House From Kirribilli

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

Sunrise At Ross Jones Memorial Pool, Coogee

Sunrise At Ross Jones Memorial Pool, Coogee