Local photographer profile: Margaret Duncan - The Community Leader and Real Estate New and Views

Photos: Margaret Duncan.


I inherited a bit of an artistic streak from my mother and always dabbled in a bit of drawing, painting and photography. Our family moved to Queensland, where I eventually got excited about photography, but it was a long time before I met up with someone who explained that taking family holiday shots on auto was only the beginning. She recommended joining a camera club, and here I am, with boundless support and learning opportunities!

I like all sorts of photography, but I particularly like working in black and white. Even though most of us see the world in colour, it is sometimes more exciting seeing it stripped down to one colour made up of light and dark shades, tones and textures.

Modern cameras enable us to shoot in colour and convert to black and white later, in which case you need to be able to imagine that scene or person in black and white. But not all colour images are suitable to convert. Conversely, we can shoot in black and white with an option to convert to colour later. See how much I am learning?

I am trying to train myself to visualise in black and white. It is refreshing walking around and imagining the scene and people in front of you stripped of colour and focusing instead on tone and light.

I’ve still got a long way to go, but it is really a never-ending journey and at the end of the day, it’s all about enjoying the journey.

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