Vernon Datu, senior, takes his time as he attempts to capture the perfect scenery shot. Photo Credit: Shantil Gamiao
Q: What sparked your passion for photography?
A: When I was younger, my parents would always travel around the United States, and I had the ability to discover new things. My dad would always carry a camcorder and I would always be interested in holding the camera during our travels. From there, I would always be responsible for taking family photos and also document the events during the new adventures we came to partake in.
Q: Who gave you your first professional camera?
A: When I got older, the camera we have been using for years became outdated due to the new technologies that were produced. So my brother who was stationed overseas in Japan bought me a new video camera for my birthday and
from that point on my photography passion raged.
Q: What is your current focus for photography?
A: For me, I love to take pictures of the scenery, especially when the sun is about to set. Las Vegas is a perfect setting for beautiful sunset pictures because of the mountains that surround us.
Q: What do you love the most about photography?
A: For me, photos are a frozen piece of time that give you the ability to document your whole life and moments of certain events that trigger memories. I love how I can keep a piece of time with me for the rest of my life.
Q: Do you view being a photographer as a hobby or does being a photographer have a deeper meaning than that? Why?
A: For my whole life, I have been surrounded by photography and I feel that I have a deeper connection to photography than it just being some hobby. Photography comes so naturally to me that it is practically second nature to me. Without photography, I would probably be a different person because it has changed the way I view life.
Q: How do you photographs mirror your personality and emotions?
A: The photos I mostly take are of relaxing scenery and this reflects my personality because I always have a positive outlook on life which makes it difficult to ever be angry or upset at people.
Q: What is the most difficult aspect of photography?
A: The hardest thing about photography is that it is more difficult than individuals assume it is to capture the perfect picture. You literally need to lay out a plan before you even press the button to capture a picture that I hope will turn out to be perfect.
Q: What are some accomplishments that you have earned due to your photography?
A: One thing that I have achieved is the state of my photography abilities. With the abilities that I have practiced on perfecting over the years, my skills have awarded me with the position of junior events photographer at my church and the senior superlative for “Class Photographer.”
Q: Do you prefer digital photos or developed photos? Why?
A: I prefer to have developed photos over digital photos because you can make photo albums and scrapbooks out of them. It’s something you can have for the rest of your life as mementos and memories and you can pass it down through generations to come. I wouldn’t prefer digital copies because I really do not trust them and I am often afraid that they would magically disappear.
Q: Do you see yourself pursuing a professional photography career in the future?
A: When I was younger, I would always love to travel and take pictures with my family. After high school I want to go on bigger adventures that involve traveling around the world and proceed with my passion for photography. During my travels around the world, I want to embark on thrilling adventures that will allow me to become a professional photographer and excel in my photography so that I can enter them in contests.