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Old 11-07-2005, 01:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Can we get so wrapped up into trying to be better then the last shot that we lose why we picked up the camera in the first place? Do we have to prove to ourself that we need to be better then our last shot? Can we just shoot like going to the range and vent out and target practice?

I still like shooting simple. Simple is as simple does. However, when your done it's still the same simple stuff and you have not impressed anyone. Constantly battling the "shoot the same stuff" syndrome but the fact remains, I like simple. I like the routine. I like having fun. I like straight forward beauty. I like to shoot the subject just to be shooting the subject. No matter what it's different, different mood, different look, different time. "just stand there and be pretty" ......I'm happy, are you?



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Old 11-07-2005, 01:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I always liked the KISS concept.....
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Old 11-07-2005, 01:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Wow! Kelly looks amazing. Not like she ever doesn’t. But nice work!
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Old 11-07-2005, 02:09 PM   #4 (permalink)
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JT.

Great shot... like you ever dont take a great shot of Kelly....
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Old 11-07-2005, 02:13 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Great post. I seem to always be thinking about the next idea but my favorite is a simple shot on a beach (easier for me cuz of my lack of lighting ability but also, I just like the atmosphere and simplicity).

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That shot of Kelly is, as always, beautiful. She obviously is a great model but what always draws me in to her photos, are her eyes. I know, kind of a side note here, but just always wanted to say that...

 
 
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Old 11-07-2005, 02:56 PM   #6 (permalink)
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This is the first time I've ever replied to anything on GG, and I've been here for about months.

JT-I've completely forgotten the fun part. I've been trying to "one up" myself every single time I pick up my camera. Part of me wants to say that if you're not trying to out do yourself every time, how can anyone take you seriously in all of this.

I think for me because so many people have camera's and are calling themselves photographers, I've been on this mission to distance myself and maybe in the process I have forgotten why I started doing this in the first place.

Nice post... makes you think.

Next shoot I'm going to focus on fun... only it has to be more fun than the last time. LOL! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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With a subject like Kelly...
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who wouldn't be happy.

put her in a burlap sack and shoot with a disposable and she would still be stunning.

I'm still a newbie, so every shoot is a new challenge to 'get better'. Someday...
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Old 11-07-2005, 03:07 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Way to go JT. I just finished an artical in Shutterbug where the author was saying the same thing. We get caught up in all the technical aspects and forget about what really matters the subjects in front of our lens and the finished images that we enjoy.

Thanks for your imput and vision

BTW. Great shot of Kelly.

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Old 11-07-2005, 03:33 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Too many people confuse simple and easy. It's simple to run a marathon, just keep putting one foot in front of another for 26 miles. But it isn't easy.

So don't look down on simple. Some times complex is easier.
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Simply.... Beautiful
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Hello JT,

All I have to say is "Please, have more fun and share the results with us."

I do try to "out do" my last shoot myself every time I pick up my camera, but so far that hasn't resulted in it being a drudgery or anything YET. I imagine that will become a drudgery once I have appreciably improved. Like most skills, in the beginning there is a lot of excitement because you make vast improvements that you can easily see, but as time goes on it and you become more proficient those gains can become difficult to impossible to spot. At that point the motivation has to come from somewhere else. But I still have my first "real" camera on my shelf (a Seagul twin lens reflex) looking down on me to remind me why I got involved in photography.

Anyhow, I am getting too philosophical for a Monday afternoon.

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