Meet A Member – Linda Aller

Member Name: 
Linda Aller
Member Position: 
Vice President of Hillcrest Camera Club and Inside Print Co-Chairperson
Interviewer: 
Jean Sharp

I met Linda as she prepared to retire from her thirty-three year career as a registered nurse to embrace the entrepreneurial world as a certified dog trainer. Four years ago, as we walked our dogs around Meadow Breeze Park, Linda mentioned an article in one of our local papers about a Hillcrest Camera Club meeting. We checked it out and both of us got hooked on photography. From that point on, Linda went on to exceed what is expected of most newbie photographers.

Competition is challenging, fun, and a great learning experience

Wasting no time, Linda entered nearly every HCC photo competition and was acknowledged regularly by our guest judges. In 2016, she was awarded HCC’s honor of 1st Place Color Print. This year Linda was awarded HCC’s honor of 1st place: Pictorial Image Maker, 1st place: Monochrome Print Maker, First place: Color Print Maker. She attributes much of this success to the guest judges who critique our members’ work. “I have learned so much from the judges’ critiques at our monthly meetings” she said. “Also, I benefited enormously from seeing the work of others in the club, especially our veteran members who are so generous in sharing their expertise.”

The call of the wild

As a child, Linda started shooting with a Brownie camera. Since joining HCC, she mastered the challenge of her Nikon settings and experienced the rewards of investing in a more powerful lens. “It is often said that the world is your canvas and you can literally photograph anything. Photography provides time in nature and wildlife is my favorite subject.” Linda is always game for joining or organizing an outing with fellow members.

Recalling one of her most memorable photo shoots, she said, “I wanted to get a shot of a great blue heron in flight. I was focused on that bird for 20 minutes while he stood in the water and I was determined to wait him out knowing he had to fly sooner or later. My 600 mm lens was riveted on him as I remained still as a statue. Sadly, I turned my head for a split second, I kid you not, and when I turned back the heron was gone—out of sight. Lesson learned, you don’t blink. And such are the moments of those of us who choose wildlife photography.”

When asked who the photographer that she most admires and why, Linda responded, “I’d have to say Melissa Groo. She is a wildlife photographer who respects animals. She studies their behavior and is not intrusive, nor does she bait them or damage their environment to get a shot. Not to mention, Groo takes phenomenal images.”

One of Linda’s favorite images is this red fox. “I wanted to photograph a red fox for the longest time. A friend told me about the location of a fox den. This female recently gave birth to a litter of kits and this image was taken as she was leaving the den to hunt.”

Join a club, get involved, and have fun

What advice does Linda give to anyone who is just starting out in photography? “Join a club and meet members of all ages and levels of expertise. Pick up that camera, use it every day—and have fun.”