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March Featured Photographer: Linda T Hubbard

Publish Date: 2020-03-15

What is your name and where can people find your work?

My name is Linda T Hubbard and people can find my website here: www.LindaTHubbard.com. I’m also on Facebook.

Describe your perfect staycation in Dutchess, or your idea of a fun weekend in the County

Dutchess County is blessed with beautiful scenery, historic sites and amazing art galleries. Hike the Scenic Hudson Trails around Beacon, either on the mountain or along the river in Long Dock Park. Take the boat tour to Bannerman Island to view the castle ruins. In addition, take in the art at Dia:Beacon, then enjoy Main Street with its many art galleries and shops. The Round House is a great place to stay and its restaurant is delicious, among so many other options in the area! 

What equipment do you use in your photography?

I love the world of digital that allows me to experiment, learn and then print my own photographs.Using my Cannon SLR or my new Olympus Mirrorless and various lenses, I capture the large landscape and/or the macro world. Looking through the lens opens a wide world to you that without a camera in your hand, you might just walk by and never notice.

What is your favorite place to photograph in Dutchess and why?

Flying in a helicopter up the Hudson River is my favorite way to photograph Dutchess County. I've flown with the door off so that there are no reflections or disruptions. You can see the twists and turns of the river, the mansions with their gardens and the bridges and lighthouses. It gives you a very different perspective!

Do you have somewhere on your list that you want to photograph in Dutchess, but haven’t gotten there yet?

On my list are areas of the Appalachian Trail and parts of the Great Swamp, plus so many places that I would love to go back to! Having lived in Dutchess County for over 45 years I have many places that I so enjoy.

Here are some of Linda’s outdoor photography tips:

1. Photograph what you love, what you have a passion for. 

  • What do you want to see through the lens?
  • What do you want to say – is there a story?
  • Do you want to give a sense of place or single element?

2.  Walk around and observe what is special, what is unique..

3.  Look at many different views, different angles, different heights

  • Different seasons, different days, different time of day 

4.  Know your equipment. Your equipment should be part of you, second nature

  • Read the manual, take a course, practice
  • Charge those batteries and put them back in the camera!

5.  Capture the light, the moment

  • Morning and evening light - soft, shadows, warm, glow 
  • Noonday light - direct, cool, harsh 
  • Cloudy day - best color

6. Focus on the composition: “What do I really love”

  • Landscape vs. close up
  • Simplify - find the essential elements that you want to capture

7. Photograph the best - be selective, pick the right season and right time in plant cycle

8.  Leave behind only a footprint - take only images and respect nature

9.   Organize your photos (I use Adobe LightRoom)

10. Enjoy the process of outdoor photography - go for walks, visit gardens, just get out there!

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