Hailing from Alberta, Canada, Katie Goldie is a self-taught photographer with a focus on natural landscapes and adventure photography. Her goal is to create the best possible images from her larger-than-life experiences while inspiring others to get out there and live their own adventures.
What camera did you shoot on?
I shot this project with my Canon EOS 6D body with a set of three types of lenses I have with me at all times, the Canon EF 16-35 mm f/2.8L II USM, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM and the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM.
What inspired this particular project?
New Zealand was something I had in my mind for many months. Inspired by work done by Daniel Ernest, a German photographer, I knew I had to go experience these landscapes for myself. This is the project that really kickstarted my career with photography. I was working full time at a childcare centre before this two month trip and there was something inside me saying that life must have more to offer. I wasn’t prepared to just work the rest of my life and suppress my passions for the sake of fearing the unknown. Security of having a stable job that I enjoyed but didn’t love kept me from really taking photography full time. New Zealand changed that. It was the first time I have ever travelled alone. I found this new freedom never experienced before, I felt like a bird that had been released. I remember being completely at peace and never wanting to stop hiking and shooting.
My creativity bloomed and I met so many people with different stories that made me believe in myself, that this was the life I wanted and I could really do this. I wanted to go anywhere my photography wanted to take me, not to have anything hold me back. The landscapes in New Zealand were nothing short of incredible. I come from a very beautiful place, the Canadian Rockies, but this place was so different. I remember hiking one day by myself and thinking, I cannot see myself going back to my previous job, I want to make this my work even if I don’t make as much money because money isn’t as important as society makes it out to be.
Life to me is about passion and expression and connection, I want to live every day continuing to do what am passionate about. I think in turn it shows in your work if it’s really what you are meant to be doing.
Are you purely a photographer or do you have other creative pursuits?
I am a full-time freelance photographer, but of course many of my other pursuits are centered around that. Hiking, story telling, traveling, art, environment and health are other interests of mine. These activities are either apart of my job as an adventure photographer or what I can be found doing in my spare time.
Why did you choose photography over other creative mediums?
I don’t really think I chose photography as much as it chose me, I sort of fell into the profession. I was always part taking in other activities but found photography was my favorite expression. People really enjoyed my work and that in turn fueled me to continue it. Soon enough companies and travel destinations were offering me work and it felt like the right thing to do.
How does your gear help you be a better photographer?
The type of gear you have can either help you become better or hold you back. For me I was very happy with how I started. I started shooting on a Canon Rebel T5i, which did me so well for the first year. I wasn’t ready to take photography seriously and this camera was exceptional for a beginner, it really helped teach me how to shoot.
I started to feel it hold me back, night photography was difficult and the crop lenses didn’t have the crispness to take my images to print. I upgraded to the Canon 6D because some fellow photographers shot with it and their photos were so clear and stunning. The lenses make the difference as well so I got a good range of excellent lenses to maximize clarity and sharpness of my images. I’ve printed many of my photos and it makes a big difference with the fine details.
Being a better photographer doesn’t mean you have all the latest gear and fancy extras, it’s about what you can do with the gear you have and how better gear is going to come out in your work. The proper gear will let you maximize your creativity.
If you could go anywhere to shoot where would it be and why?
There is a very long list I keep of places I am keen to go. Right now South America is on the top of my list, I really want to explore some of the mountain areas on the continent. I also want to make my way down to Antarctica as well. Antarctica is such a stunning place that not many can visit, the wildlife is almost as incredible as the mountainous landscapes and ice. I really like going to places where humans have had little impact and you feel completely alone with nature, I think that’s why I enjoy the mountains so much.
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