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Nino Coletti – WMUR's uLocal User of the Month

June 8, 2011

UNH IT security analyst Nino Coletti has been named WMUR’s uLocal User of the Month. Coletti has been submitting his stunning photos of natural landscapes to WMUR for three years. We thought we’d ask him about his photography and get his insights to taking fabulous photos. To see his photos, visit WMUR’s uLocal site at http://www.wmur.com/ulocal/28094530/detail.html.

When did you start taking photos?
I remember taking photos as far back as I can recall but I got my first serious camera - a Pentax SLR - in college in the 1970's. It was quite an investment at the time but got me thinking in terms of photos not just snapshots.

Why do you enjoy photography?
I'm naturally observant of the world around me and really enjoy seeing things that others might miss. Taking photos allows me to remember and share those moments.

What are your favorite subjects to photograph?
I tend to shoot a lot of sunsets and landscapes, which happen while I'm out walking the dog, but I also take photos of flowers in our home garden, farms in the area, and, of course, the grandkids! 

Do you have a favorite photo?
I have lots of favorites. Those that I've posted at WMUR's uLocal, about 100 to date, are the tip of the iceberg, so to speak.

What is some advice you could give about taking great nature photos?
First, be patient. Often you have to wait for the right light or for animal to get into the shot. Second, try shooting early or late in the day when the sun is low and gives drama and depth to your photos. Finally, don't be afraid to shoot when it's overcast or wet. You can get really vivid colors which might wash out when it's sunnier. 

What camera would you recommend for a beginning photographer?
Well, I use a “point and shoot” camera with a long-zoom lens myself, which allows me to get a good shot of a bird, for example, without trying to get too close; it also offers some simple controls and options. I think too many beginners immediately go for a sophisticated DSLR camera and are overwhelmed with the complexity of the device. They focus on that rather than the photos they're taking. 

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