Betty Sederquist, a resident of northern California, has been publishing her images in magazines, calendars and textbooks since the 1970s. Her first love is nature photography: wildlife and landscapes. Since 1999, she has led photo workshops and trips near and far. A former resident of Alaska, she has returned to the northland with other photographers almost every year since moving from the state in 1979. Another favorite destination is Africa; she has been to Tanzania four times. Other beloved destinations have included Iceland, Ecuador and Bhutan.
Your Name: Betty Sederquist
Title of Your Winning Image: Painterly View of Tom Turkey
About your winning Showcase image:
1) How I Got the Shot
I’ve been doing a lot of work with textures and special effects in recent years, harking back to my high school and college days when I was a painter. This love-smitten turkey was literally in my front yard, and it chased my car over and over as I drove down my rural driveway. I think he saw his reflection on the side of my vehicle, considered me a rival, and so after several incidents like these I finally grabbed my camera gear. I took the photo from the driver’s seat of my car. I have dozens of closeup shots of these colorful toms.
2) What I Used
I used a Fujinon 100-400, hand-held but braced on the edge of my car window. I also turned on image stabilization on the lens. Camera body was a Fuji XT-2. Settings were f/5.6, 1/1100 SS, ISO 800, 400mm (actually closer to 600mm with the Fuji sensor). The photo languished in my files for a while, and then I decided to try a texture from Daily Textures. From an artistic standpoint, textures can be hit or miss. I keep trying and trying until I get it right. I work in Photoshop with layers and masking to get this effect.
3) About Me
I live in Lotus, California, on beautiful and wild rural property. The tiny town is in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Sacramento. I guess I’d call myself a full-time photographer, although I also do a lot of writing as well. These days, I mostly teach workshops and lead trips. I’ve been a serious photographer since the early 1970s. My front yard is a favorite “destination;” I’ve often joked that I could do a coffee table book on what I find here. Other than that, Alaska is especially close to my heart. I seem to fall in love with pretty much every place I go, however. There’s always something wonderful to find! Iceland is a landscape photographer’s visual feast. East Africa, of course, teems with wildlife. Bhutan is a breathtaking melange of rugged peaks and colorful culture.
4) My Photographic Journey
As the daughter of a state park ranger, I grew up in wild areas of California, and have always felt most at home in wild places. I did some traveling to exotic locations in the early 1970s, picked up a Nikon camera and called myself a photographer. Little did I know how little I knew! Former National Geographic staff photographer Bruce Dale did some mentoring early on, as did NGS photographer George Mobley. I also worked for various commercial photographers in Anchorage, Alaska, and for years had my own black and white darkroom business. Slowly, I learned the craft. In recent years I’ve been inspired by Galen Rowell, Jack Dykinga, and Dewitt Jones. There’s always more to learn. Playing with apps on my smartphone has led to trying bold painting techniques on my “real computer.” Most of all, I have been inspired by my many talented students over the years.
5) NANPA and Me
At least since 2012. I attended the NANPA Summit that year and was inspired and impressed by the organization and all the incredible talent gathered in one place. I also attended the San Diego Summit a few years ago. And I’ve been recognized in previous Showcases almost every year that I’ve entered. I consider it a great honor, as there’s so much talent in this group.
6) Where Can People Learn More About You?
My NANPA Portfolio is: https://nanpa.org/portfolio/betty-sederquist-2019/