Thanks to the advent of iPhones, we all have cameras in our pockets. We all have the potential to be hobbyists when it comes to the art of photography. And to project a vision of the world through various lenses is a beautiful thing. But, of course, some of us can simply take a photo and some of us can create a moment in time. Mike Svach does the latter.
Though his day job is in finance, it's clear that Mike's true passion (as evidenced by his catalogue of work) is photography. That's why we reached out to the local artist to get a glimpse behind the lens to see what makes this father, husband, musician, and many other things tick.
Take it away, Mike!
Cincinnati Refined: What first inspired your interest in photography?
Mike Svach: Has to be my father. He was the guy who always had his camera out. He did all his own developing in the darkroom of the basement, and it was watching him that got me into photography. He passed away a couple of years ago, and it was his passing that re-kindled my love for taking pictures.
CR: Favorite subject to shoot?
Svach: I love taking landscapes. I enjoy shooting the Roebling Bridge and the Cincinnati skyline, but I’ve really fallen in love with shooting nature, waterfalls, and farmlands. There is nothing like getting up early and heading out to catch the sunrise. You never know what you will find and how the light will be. As a landscape photographer, you are always chasing light. It's wonderful when it all comes together and you're offered an amazing sky as you come across the perfect scene to capture.
CR: Camera of choice?
Svach: I’ve been shooting with a Nikon D750; and as of recently, I've also been using my Olympus Om-D Em-1 Mark ii.
CR: What’s the one lens you can’t live without?
Svach: That’s a tough question... I guess I couldn't live without my f2.8, 24-70. It is my go-to lens.
CR: How would you describe your photographic style (i.e. what makes a Mike image stand out from another photographer’s)?
Svach: I try to re-create the feeling of the scene as I saw it. I like to bring out the details of the surroundings and lighting in an image.
CR: The best photo you’ve ever taken is _______.
Svach: I would like to think that it is still out there to take. I was lucky enough to capture a flock of birds taking off on a foggy morning while shooting the Roebling Bridge. That picture won first place at the Roebling photo contest last year and has been well received.
CR: What’s at the top of your photography bucket list?
Svach: To take a trip out West and shoot some amazing landscapes.
CR: Any advice for aspiring photographers?
Svach: The secret behind a great photograph is knowing where to stand. Pay attention to the details, and move around to find the right composition.
CR: Motto(s) to live by?
Svach: My daughter gave me a picture for my office that reads "LIFE is like a camera, FOCUS on what's important, CAPTURE the good times, DEVELOP from the negatives, If things don't work out take another SHOT!"
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Don't forget to scroll back to the top to view Mike's photo gallery of pics. And if you want more, head on over to his website.