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5 Minutes with Mine Kasapoglu

04/21/2021

Hey there, friends! Today we're excited to get 5 minutes with Mine Kasapoglu, a pro sports photographer who is based in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Mine Kasapoglu Interview ThinkTank Photo Female Sports Photographer

Mine gives us some really great insight into her work and inspirations, enjoy your five minutes with Mine Kasapoglu!

Who are you, what do you do and how long have you been doing it?

"I am a sports photographer. I have been taking photos since 1998, started working professionally in 2000 and concentrated mostly on sports photography after 2015"

Mine Kasapoglu Interview ThinkTank Photo Female Sports Photographer

When you started out in the field you’re in, how did you get your first “break” / was there a defining moment you just knew “This is what I want to do!”

"Yes! I had a few defining moments. First one was in college when I put my first print in the developer and started seeing an image appear. I thought this was magical. The next one came in 2002, Salt Lake Winter Olympic Games. I was photographing the backstage of the opening ceremony. During the sound check I got to listen to Sting and Yo Yo Ma in an empty stadium while taking photos. I was completely star struck! I realized what a magical thing a camera is and how it is also an access to many different worlds"

Mine Kasapoglu Interview ThinkTank Photo Female Sports Photographer

When people like me ask you that question “What’s your favourite photograph you’ve ever taken” which one do you think of first?

This is a hard question. Honestly, none of them.. As soon as I think of one, I am like no.. I can do better.. So I tell myself that my favorite photos are not taken yet. I am constantly in competition with myself to take a better photo, and I don’t really like looking back. I try to think of myself as an athlete, trying to beat her own personal best.

Mine Kasapoglu Interview ThinkTank Photo Female Sports Photographer

Do you have a photographic inspiration?

I am inspired by top athletes, their discipline, their passion and their sacrifices. Which is why I love documenting their journeys. My wish is to transfer that inspiration to the viewer.

Mine Kasapoglu Interview ThinkTank Photo Female Sports Photographer

What gear do you mostly use and what bags do you use mainly?

I go everywhere I can with my ThinkTank Airport Roller Derby. I love how easily it rolls around! I also have a backlight 36L backpack, which I use on outdoor shoots and while skiing. Inside them I will usually have some combination of the following:
Sony Alpha 9ii (x2)
Sony 400mm f/2.8 GM
Sony 12-24mm f/2.8 GM
Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 GM
Sony 28mm f/2 
Sony 135mm f/21.8GM
Sony 55mm f/1.8 ZA
Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 GM
Sony 1.4x Teleconverter Lens
Sony 2x Teleconverter Lens
Sony Fisheye Converter
Aquatech Underwater Housing
Black Rapid Camera Straps

Any advice for someone wanting to do what you do?

I find the most important thing is to have an emotional connection with your work. Find what it is that makes your heart beat and follow that feeling! 

Mine Kasapoglu Interview ThinkTank Photo Female Sports Photographer

Thus concludes our time with Mine! Please make sure you follow and support Mine's work on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and visit her website.

 

 
 



 

  


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