Corner Member Close Up: Teresa J. Delikat

When the calendar strikes Friday, it means, around the Corner at least, that we get to browse through an interview and some photographs on the Corner Blog. This week in our Corner Member Close Up we meet one of the most popular members of the PhotographyCorner community: Tj_Delikat. Enjoy the 20+ photos below - always a great way to kick off the weekend!

Name: Teresa J. Delikat
Username: Tj_Delikat

Portrait - photo by StudioSmith


Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Teresa Delikat. I am 49-years old, married to Marty (a photographer too), Mom to three grown children and Nana to one granddaughter who turned two in November 2010. I was born in Pennsylvania but lived in Oregon and Wyoming (on a Ranch hear Kemmerer) all before my first birthday. Soon after I turned one, my family returned to Pennsylvania. I grew up in a small rural town in Juniata County, Pennsylvania where I spent a lot of time hiking and biking through the mountains and local forests. My favorite place was a large oak tree in the middle of a mountain meadow that overlooked the small town where I lived. I would sit in that tree for hours reading, writing, bird watching, or just daydreaming. A few years after High School, I moved to Allentown, Pennsylvania (the town Billy Joel sang about) where I still live and work for an educational fundraising company as well as operate my own photography business, Delikat Photography. I enjoy all genres of music, reading, family history research, spending time with my family, being outdoors (hiking, camping, kayaking & fishing), and of course, photography.


What does your username mean?

Tj is the nickname one of my Uncles gave me years ago. The nickname stuck and I use it in association with my photography.

Northern Officer

How old were you when you took your first picture with a camera; any camera? Was it any good?

I was 8 years old when I helped my Uncle take photos at the family reunion (He's the one who gave me the nickname). Uncle stood me on a picnic cooler behind his tripod and camera (a Brownie) and let me take the group photos when he was in the photo. I don't remember anymore how good the photos were, if they were any good, or who else was even in them anymore but I remember how good I felt knowing I had taken them! I still smile when I remember how Uncle called me his apprentice that day.

Civil War Boy

What was it about photography that made you want to become a photographer? Why do you take photographs?

My photography tagline is "Capturing the Moment for a Lifetime". I believe that to capture a moment in time; however life changing; time stands still for evermore as you saw it in that one instant. Moments in time pass so quickly and it's sad to think that they can be lost forever with no record of having ever happened. That is why I am also such an avid family historian.

Civil War Officer

How long has photography been a passion for you? When, where and how did it start?

My passion for photography began that day when as an 8-year old, I helped my Uncle take those family photographs. When he later showed me the photos I had taken, I was immediately hooked on photography. In High School, I worked on the Yearbook and newspaper staff. Since High School, I am rarely without a camera.

Lake Sunrise

What is your background/training in photography?

My photography mentors were my Uncle who taught me the basic rules of photography and my Grandfather Flood who I credit with teaching me to see the world around me. Because of Grandpa, I still find myself framing photos when I'm looking at landscapes or watching people walk down the street even if I don't have a camera in my hand. In High School, I learned about light and photo developing in our school's darkroom where I spent every free moment in school.



What was your very first camera?

The first camera that I ever used was my Uncle's Brownie. The first camera that I owned was a second-hand 35mm that I bought in High School and used until it died. After that I owned a Minolta Maxxum QTsi, both a 3 megapixel and a 10 megapixel Samsung digital Point & Shoot, a few Kodak 110 film cameras and a Polaroid Instamatic mixed in there somewhere. I currently shoot with a Sony A200 dSLR. My white Dahlia photo was taken with my 3 megapixel Point & Shoot. Cameras and photo processing have changed quite a bit from Uncle's old Brownie!

Peace Valley

What equipment is in your camera bag now? What pieces of equipment will be added to the collection next?

My Equipment includes items that I have bought or inherited and consists of 2-Sony A200's, many lenses, and Flashes: Sony HVL-F20AM Flash, Sony HVL-F56M Flash, and a Quantaray MS-1 Flash Booster. I also have a Promaster SystemPro Portable Shooting Kit (light box), Macro Diopters, Several Filters, 2 Wireless Remotes, 2 tripods, 2 tabletop macro tripods, and a monopod.

My Lenses include: Minolta 28-85mm f3.5-4.5, Minolta AF 35-80mm, Minolta AF 35-80mm PowerZoom, Minolta 50mm, Sigma 28-70mm High Speed Auto Focus, Sigma 28-210mm 3.8-5.6, Sigma 28-210mm 4.0-5.8, Sony 18-70mm f3.5-5.6, Tamron 75-300 f4-5.6, Tamron 100-300mm f5-6.3 Zoom, Five Star 500mm, Kenko 1.5x and 2x Teleconverters. What would I add next? Hmmmm! Definitely a new case to fit this all in and maybe a fisheye lens?

French Classic

You are asked to choose one lens from the following group: 14mm wide angle, 50mm prime, 200mm telephoto, 105mm macro. You could only use one of these for the rest of your photographic life. Which would you choose and why?

At first I thought about the 50mm since I've recently purchased one and love it, but my true photography love has always been nature photography so I'd choose the 200mm telephoto.


Bonus Questions

Do you think that photographers take photos because they can't paint; or do painters paint because they aren't good photographers?

I think photographers and painters both capture their surroundings with the medium they feel most comfortable using; the same as with a writer and a storyteller who can both enchant you with their words, in different ways.

Assateague Pony

What are your favorite places/subjects to photograph? Why?

More often than not, I find myself drawn to Assateague Island in Maryland where I go to photograph the wild ponies and the landscape. In October of 2010 I was asked to guide the local photography club members on a 2-day trip to the island.

The Real Santa

You are given a dream assignment to photograph one location in the world. Where/what would it be? When would you shoot it? Why that place and that time?

I'd photograph my 3rd Great-Grandfather Daniel Flott's boyhood home in Wembach-Rohrback-Hahn, Germany (which is a Restaurant today). If it were possible to go back in time, I'd photograph it in 1830 on the day when as a 17-year old, he left Germany with his Father, Brother, and 3 Sisters to come to America.


What photo did you take that you are the most proud of up to this point in your photographic journey?

Oh that's hard to say! I have several favorite photos from different times and places. When asked this question, I like to quote Imogene Cunningham who said, "Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I'm going to take tomorrow."

Perfect Harmony

The Corner

What initially drew you into Corner?

I wanted to join a photography community where I could share my love of photography. I lurked for a while browsing the various forums and the beautiful galleries and watching the Challenges. They drew me in as did the members. Everyone is so friendly and willing to share and comment!

Stars n Stripes

What keeps your hanging around the Corner?

The members of the forum are a great bunch of people and photographers - such talent! I am happy to consider many of them friends. Also, the Corner Challenges and the Premiere Projects. I'm having so much fun with them... when my schedule allows me to get a photo entered! One of the things that I have done for many years is read about different types of photography, lighting, lens, etc then spend time working on learning how to take photographs with this new information... a challenge of my own! The Corner Challenges and Premiere Projects are wonderful ways to challenge and hone your skills.


What section of the Corner is your most frequented or favorite?

The Photo Sharing Corner. I love seeing what othes are photographing!


What advice would you give other members of PhotographyCorner?

Keeping shooting. I try to spend time with my camera every week.

Photographic Monet

If you could meet any member of the Corner, but could ask them only one question, who would you want to meet and what would that question be?

Hmmm. So many! I have, however, had the priviledge to get to know Infiniticubed (Kenn Miller) through the local Lehigh Valley Photography Club before we found each other at the Corner and I recently met Strutter (Mike Dorn) after knowing him through the Corner for over two years!



What thing about yourself as an artist do you want to be remembered for?

That I loved photography, captured moments for a lifetime, and that I took a good photograph or two.

Blue Bells

If you knew it were your last day with your equipment, whether it be by choice or not, what would you photograph and why?

There are so many photographs that I have yet to take but if I knew this was the very last day with my equipment, I'd spend the day photographing my family.


Posted by Tim L. Walker on Fri, 2011–01–21 23:41