MOOSE JAW CAMERA CLUB

Member Profile: Tamara Dirkson

IMG_9223Bio:

My friends call me Tami. I inherited my love of Wildlife and Photography from my Father at a young age. I received my first camera for Christmas when I was 14 yrs old. Like most photographers I feel much more comfortable behind the camera than in front of it.

In 2014 I enrolled in Greg Johnson’s (Tornado Hunter) Introductory Photography course. It was an interesting course and he was awesome! My main interests are Extreme Weather, Lightning, Aurora and Long Exposure image capture. I am an Environment Canada CanWarn trained Storm Spotter/Storm Chaser. My husband and I spot storms to help Environment Canada with on the ground truth, we call in reports of hail, lightning, wind damage, funnels and Tornadoes. We provide them with photographs and video so they can get warnings out to people in the path of dangerous storms. Our current chase vehicle is a PT Cruiser. We never know where the storms will take us, but we are always sure that there are plenty of photo opportunities along the way.

I am a member of the Saskatchewan Aurora Hunters on Facebook. We are part of the very large Storm Spotter circuit (#SKstorm on Twitter). As chasers we depend on Twitter, Facebook, Texts & Radar. We surround storms & report back to each other as to what each chaser sees to help keep one another safe. My username on Twitter is “PrairieChicpics” (if anyone wants to follow me!)

I am a business owner in Moose Jaw (Cindy’s Cutting Corner Unisex Salon) being self employed helps me to provide for my family & spend quality time with them and doing the things I love.

My biggest weakness is photo editing. I joined the photo club hoping to learn more from members about post processing, general editing of photo’s. I am currently using Corel PaintShop Pro X6 and have a lot to learn!

The following images are a wonderful representation of Tami’s interests and talent. All images were shot with her EOS Canon Rebel T2I with the Tamron 18-270mm lens.

Light Painted Canoes at Griffin Lake BC Aug 28th/2015, settings were: Manual F/4, 30 sec, ISO100

Light Painted Canoes at Griffin Lake BC Aug 28th/2015, settings were: Manual F/4, 30 sec, ISO100

Jesus Praying over the Cemetery below. f/3.5, 10sec, ISO 800, Manual Focus

Jesus Praying over the Cemetery below. f/3.5, 10sec, ISO 800, Manual Focus

Aurora Guns, Bayard SK, Set 12/2015. F/3.5, 18mm, ISO 6400, Manual Focus

Aurora Guns, Bayard SK, Set 12/2015. F/3.5, 18mm, ISO 6400, Manual Focus

Supermoon, Avonlea Badlands, SK Sept 27/2015. F/6.3, 1/80sec, 270mm, ISO 400, Manual Focus

Supermoon, Avonlea Badlands, SK Sept 27/2015. F/6.3, 1/80sec, 270mm, ISO 400, Manual Focus

The Chase Vehicle: PT Cruiser. F/13, 1/400 sec, ISO 800, 18mm

The Chase Vehicle: PT Cruiser. F/13, 1/400 sec, ISO 800, 18mm

Moose Jaw, July13/2015 settings were: F/5, 70mm, ISO 400, 1/1600 sec, AV Mode.

Moose Jaw, July13/2015 settings were: F/5, 70mm, ISO 400, 1/1600 sec, AV Mode.

Mule Deer, taken Briercrest, SK July 4/2015. f/6.3, 1/500 sec, ISO100, Aperture Priority

Mule Deer, taken at Briercrest, SK July 4/2015. f/6.3, 1/500 sec, ISO100, Aperture Priority

The Rocks, taken at Griffin Lake, BC August 25/15, settings were F/8, 1/160th sec, @92mm, shutter priority mode

The Rocks, taken at Griffin Lake, BC August 25/15, settings were F/8, 1/160th sec, @92mm, shutter priority mode

Thank you, Tami for sharing your passion and images with the membership! We look forward to seeing more of your work during the year!

This entry was published on October 30, 2015 at 5:17 am. It’s filed under Action Photography, Landscape Photography, Member Feature, Member profile, Moose Jaw Camera Club, Night Photography, Photography and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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