trending J O ANN TOMASELLI graduated with a degree in photography and writing from Stockton College in Pomona, New Jersey, in 1980. She was most influenced by her college mentor, professor and landscape photographer, Joel Sternfeld. She saw how he used the natural world to bring emotional connection to fruition in his photographs. Tomaselli uses a Canon 5D Mark 2 with a variety of Pro Series lenses and also began shooting with a Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone four years ago. Tomaselli travels and photographs all over the world and still considers her backyard the best place to shoot. “Away is good but home is best,” she says. Tomaselli photographs the sky in her Hampstead backyard with nature at her doorstep. Her online Instagram Gallery, Same View- Different Day, displays hundreds of photos of the sky from her backyard. The sunrises are low-light images shot on a tripod with a Stingray filter. Her smartphone photography process includes shooting images with an Olympus and transferring the image to phone applications for post processing. Tomaselli uses Snapfeed, Photoshop Express and Perfectly Clear applications for post processing. “I love digital photography. It’s a fantastic way to play and be affordable,” she explains. A member of the Cape Fear Camera Club, Tomaselli talks to other photographers and believes the best way to get better photos 20 WBM may 2015 is going outside and into the experience. “It is like digging in the dirt. … You have to go out and play,” she says. “Slip Slidin’” is an early morning, blue hour, sliver of moon in the sky with long exposure. Tomaselli says, “If I could pick one place to photograph, I guess I choose to go to the moon.” Tomaselli thinks photography should be fun and chooses not to get caught up in the kind of gear used. “I think the best camera is the one you have with you. Record what you see,” she says. In the Sky JO ANN TOMASELLI SLIP SLIDIN’ Tomaselli photographs the sky in her Hampstead backyard with nature at her doorstep. “I love digital photography. It’s a fantastic way to play and be afford-able,” she explains.
Wrightsville Beach Magazine May 2015
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