Gary Migues, a trained optometrist, applies his knowledge of the science of vision to the creative spontaneity of photography, with nature as his muse. Read on to find out more!
1) Your user name on YourArtGallery.com is “Perceptual Reality”, and you are a trained optometrist, how does that effect your work as a photographer?
As an optometrist you learn early on that objective measurements do not always correlate with a patient’s visual perception. The challenge is to find that balance between objective and subjective realities ( perceptual reality ). I have found photography to be the perfect blend of art and science that allows me to be somewhat creative with my left-brain still running the show!
2) Your subject of choice appears to be nature, why have you chosen this topic, as opposed to objects or people?
I love surprises! I really enjoy finding images that I didn’t expect and then taking on the technical challenge of transferring my perception to the camera. I don’t think a studio setting would be much fun for me and I get stressed out just thinking about weddings!
3) You are based in the state of Colorado. Do you primarily shoot close to home, or do you also photograph locations out of state and outside the country?
Colorado is home but wandering aimlessly is in my nature. Since leaving the optometric world a few years back I have afforded myself, although somewhat limited; freedom to explore. Sitting in one place waiting for that perfect sunset for nights on end does not appeal to me. When the sun is getting low in the sky then I start looking. I know I miss a lot of great shots by being in the right place at the wrong time or vice versa, but I’m constantly amazed by images I find off the beaten path. I would love to travel abroad but North America is amazing and camping is a lot less expensive than an Italian villa!
4) Water seems to be a popular subject, within the genre of nature, in your work. Is there anything special you find in shooting water?
I’m not sure what attracts me to water? I guess it’s the motion? I can easily manipulate the scene with a quick little shutter adjustment. The water’s reflections as well. With my polarizing lens I can change the image from a sparkling brook to a crystal clear mountain stream. There’s a lot of creative freedom with water.
5) Do you shoot both digital and analog? What type of camera and lenses do you shoot with? Do you prefer to edit images on the back end or set up most of your shot on the front end, i.e. black and white images and cropping choices?
My first camera was a Canon EOS Rebel t3i that I purchased in November of 2011. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve had little cheap cameras in the past but nothing more than point and shoot. So, when I started reading the books and taking classes it was all digital. Digital photography is challenging enough, I have not found a reason to add film to my repertoire.
I definitely prefer to edit my images in camera. My limited ability working in Photoshop is probably the reason. As my understanding evolves I can see myself spending a little more time post-processing.
6) Lastly, you seem to have a great rapport with the YourArtGallery.com community. Can you tell us a little bit about that?
I understand that YourArtGallery.com has a business to run with goals of their own. I have never felt that my goals were being ignored. This interview is a perfect example of how they care about their members and what we have to say. Keep growing YourArtGallery.com , I wish us all success!
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