Photographer: Chris Dalton
Shooting subject: Portraiture, Landscape, Weddings, Sports
Equipment: Nikon D200, Nikon D70, Nikon 18-200mm VR lens, 18-70mm, 70-300mm, 50mm f1.8, Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 and 200-500mm lenses.
After studying Visual Arts and a Diploma in Multimedia, Chris Dalton says it took him a while to find a medium for his creative outlet. Initially picking up photography as a means of creating stock images for the Web sites he was creating, he then realised he enjoyed the photography more than the Web site work.
Purchasing his first digital SLR, a Nikon D70, in 2002, he discovered a love for capturing sunrises and sunsets around his then-home in Manly Vale, Sydney. He was torn between wanting to surf the waves and wanting to take photos of them. As he built up a decent-sized collection of approximately 30,000 images, he began doing the odd photography job -- a wedding here and there, some family portraits, and then selling them as canvas prints or framed works.
It was around this time he captured his most popular image -- lightning striking over the Opera House with the Harbour Bridge in the foreground. Taken at 11:35pm when a storm rolled through Sydney, he had decided to go for a drive to check it out. Crazy and lucky, he says. This image was the winner of the Casino Beef Week 1st prize, his first photography award.
His photography business, IndigoReef Photography, is named after his two boxer dogs, Indigo and Reef. Working in the corporate arena, he also shoots weddings, portraits and covers sporting events, his favourite being the Foster's ASP Quiksilver Pro on the Gold Coast for which Foster's comissioned him.
"I love capturing weddings and feel so privileged to be a part of such a special time in the bride and groom's lives. You cannot help but get caught in the emotions of the moment. My job is to capture it."
He is in the process of organising his first exhibition, something he has wanted to do for a long time. The event will be advertised on his website.Camera details: f25 - shutter 30sec - 25mm