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May. 28, 2022 | Saturday
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Bill Tatarnic: An eye out for scenery
Bill Tatarnic. (Richard Harley/Niagara Now)

Photography is a family affair for Bill Tatarnic.

An amateur photographer focusing on scenery shots in Niagara-on-the-Lake and the Niagara region, Tatarnic, 55, said he has been pursuing the hobby steadily over the last few years.

He encouraged his daughter, Cassandra, to explore photography during camping trips when his family was young.

“When we started camping with the family, she wasn’t too interested in (camping). So, I decided to give her the camera and let her take family photos and stuff like that.”

He said he became an impromptu chauffeur for his daughter, assisting her on her photographic journey by driving her to shoot pictures all over town. He suggested which photos to take and where she should point the camera. When she began taking more of an interest and asserting her independence, Tatarnic said he wasn’t ready to call it quits.

“When she became more independent, I thought, well I really want to take a picture of these things.”

He said that’s when the hobby started to take hold.

Since then, he said his daughter has been working up to a photography career after studying at Sheraton College. She shoots weddings on her own and is employed with a studio, growing her portfolio on the road to her own photography company, Tatarnic said.

As for him, he said he’s strictly a hobbyist.

“For me, it’s more a hobby. I think it’s really hard to get into photography as a career. Seeing my daughter go through it, and other people I’ve talked to online; there’s a lot of competition.”

Using a Panasonic G9, he said he’s usually out snapping photos by himself.

While shooting in the winter is tough because the sun isn’t as prominent, he said he does enjoy the peace around town in the colder months.

“Winter is hard because it’s not as sunny. The sun really helps with the quality of the pictures.

It’s gloomy in winter, so it’s hard to take really good shots.”

There is an upside to winter photography, though.

“There are opportunities with the ice and the snow. I like Niagara-on-the-Lake downtown, I like taking pictures at night. There are no crowds in your way.”

Experiencing new opportunities and learning along the way, Tatarnic said he’s open to furthering his knowledge of the craft. A co-worker and friend of his is also into photography, Tatarnic said he mentioned taking a course down the road.

“That’s something I’d like to get into.”

He’s had some playful run-ins with animals as well. A red fox came right up to him while he was shooting one day, he said it must have caught scent of a granola bar he had earlier.

“I think he was just looking for food. He went right inside my jacket.”

Another time, he said a bird landed on his head, “I think it was playing with me, trying to show off to its friends.”

Taking the opportunity to learn more about historic buildings in NOTL, Tatarnic said he will often take photos of the name of a building so he can learn more about it when he gets home.

While he said he doesn’t see himself taking photography past the hobby level, that’s for his daughter, he does plan to continue taking scenery shots around town and the region.

“It’s something I’ve really enjoyed.”

His pictures can be viewed on his Instagram page under the username @bylt63.