Young Augustan, Jack Monnig, is a freshman at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Augusta Family Magazine caught up with Jack over the summer to ask him some questions about his growing interest in photography.

When did your interest in photography start?
Our family, really my parents, purchased a DSLR for our family to better document family trips and special events, such as graduations and trips. When our family returned from visiting Alaska in 2015, I got my hands on the camera and I haven’t stopped taking pictures since then.

What do you enjoy most about taking photos?
I love having the ability to capture moments and preserve places I’ve been. When I shoot a gorgeous view or a group of friends, I can go back and relive those moments and memories through my pictures, as well as share them so others can experience them too. It is also a nice outlet, to just be able to take time to slow down and actually appreciate the scene around you.

Describe one of your favorite photos and why?
This is definitely a hard question, but if I had to choose one, I would actually go with a recent one. I was just in Alaska traveling with Georgia Tech’s Outdoor Rec program (ORGT). A group of seven other freshmen and I, along with three student leaders, had the opportunity to take a bus tour in Denali National Park. We saw the mountain– which is only visible about 30% of the year– but I got some amazing shots of the surrounding mountains as well. One stood out to me, taken at Polychrome Pass, because of the caribou we were able to get so close to, the color of the tundra and mountains behind it, and the surprising size of the landscape.

What kind of equipment do you use?
Currently, I’m shooting on a Nikon D3300, but upgrading to a D750 in the near future for higher resolution photos and better color. In terms of lenses, I use an 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 for most of my pictures. The lens has a wide range of focal lengths that I can use for landscapes, close up wildlife pictures and anything in between. When I’m taking portraits and more personal work, I use a Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 prime lens. This lens is much faster so it gives a better depth of field and bokeh than the zoom lens.

This article appears in the December 2019/January 2020 issue of Augusta Family Magazine.
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