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07/13/2004 06:15:24 PM · #1
From a previous thread: I was talking about when I first started DPC / photography some of the shots here really inspired me to shoot more and improve to meet such standards.

Thought it might make an interesting thread.

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As for style, I had an instant attraction to Don Mccullin which again inspired me.

I couldn't believe it wasn't done by some famous professional.

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07/13/2004 06:24:14 PM · #2
The one, single photo that turned my eye to photography was one of my stepfather. He was a rodeo clown/bullfighter and when I was about 13 years old I found and old B&W picture of him dressed in his clown makeup and baggy clothes. He had a serious expression which contrasted the smile that was painted on his face. I'll see if I can get a scan of it. That is the solitary reason I picked up a camera when I was 14. My first roll was B&W and I immediately began working freelance for the newspaper just so I could shoot. Yup, a freelancer at age 14. I got paid 50 cents per square inch.
07/13/2004 06:25:48 PM · #3
My interest in photography started (again) with my tropical fish and my attempts to get better pictures of them. I seem to keep fish that don't lend themselves to photos very well, either silver or black, this guy spends most of the day totaly black but does get a blue tinge on him after feeding. 18mths and 4 cams later I seem to be going backwards :(

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07/13/2004 06:31:20 PM · #4
this is the picture that got me wondering if this was something I might be able to do. So I kept on with it. Don't seem to be doing to bad I guess. but this is the first picture I took that I really liked! This got me started.

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07/13/2004 06:34:15 PM · #5
well, I had been tinkering with photography since High School. When I got a digital camera in November, I decided to start taking it a little more seriously. I remember searching the web for photo contests, and here I was. The picture that really inspired me on this site was this one. It really made me think about what can be done with the camera.

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07/13/2004 06:39:18 PM · #6
I had actually hated cameras before because I associated them with having my picture taken (which I hate) and people trying to "document" life rather than live it. I only deterred from this when my daughter was born (16 photo albums later, but no pics of me in them!!) Anyway, I love photography as an art form and am a very "visual" person. I respond to color and light. I love techno gadgets, too, so I just had to have one of these digital cameras! But what to take pictures of? At first, it was pretty mundane stuff and a lot of digital playing, but I still got the "bug" and it was growing. THEN, I stumbled upon DPC and that was the beginning of my demise. LOL. I had a life before this place, as you all can relate to! The photos on the site made me want to learn all about how these works of art were created. I want to be able to control the camera so I can eventually produce a photo that is "what I see". I am an obssessed woman in dire need of intervention or a good 12-step program.
07/13/2004 06:41:31 PM · #7
I was out on our boat when I was 15 and took a point and shoot 35mm shot of the sun rays bursting out of a storm cloud. When I got it printed, I wanted to take thousands more like it.

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07/13/2004 06:43:32 PM · #8
Well, as a mom, I have taken snapshots for years. I actually took a lot of pics in high school as the editor of the yearbook and being on the newspaper staff. I also have always taken a lot of pictures at work, either of my students, the school, functions, and the like. But one day after getting a camera for Christmas last year, I came across this site and saw this picture...
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...and I realized how beautiful taking pictures of your kids can be. I wondered if I could do it nearly half that well. I'm still working at it, but thanks to the things I've learned so far, I have made improvements and at least have decent snapshots for our family albums now.
07/13/2004 06:44:15 PM · #9
It wasn't any one image for me. I've been wanting a digital camera for years, and finally bought one on an impulse buy, because it was decent megapixels, and affordable. Luckly, it has manual controls that got me looking into how to use them. In that search, I came across this site with tons of wonderful shots that have really got me looking at learning more. I think if I would have purchased another point and click, I'd be no more interested today than I was with my cheap film camera's. I also really like photoshop, and this has given me a reason to improve my skills there too.
07/13/2004 06:47:34 PM · #10
I started taking photographs when I was very young, possibly because I was jealous of the fact that all the adults got to do it. I soon became the family photographer. Later in life my focus grew to skateboard photography. Once college came around I was strickly working on video. My x-girlfriend's family bought us a digital camera a few years ago and I immediately started shooting again. It was a great feeling. The processing time is so much less than video and I had become such a computer oriented person that having photos processed in a lab and then having to scan them was a major pain. Now I don't see how I could live without digital photography.
07/13/2004 06:51:02 PM · #11
I have a weird obsession with electronics.
07/13/2004 07:23:41 PM · #12
Originally posted by jonpink:


Mine was when I saw this shot by Gordon


this would make a great comment on the shot <she nudged> such a tribute.
07/13/2004 07:27:13 PM · #13
20 years ago, I was on the other side of the planet and wanted to photograph it!
;-)
07/13/2004 08:14:02 PM · #14
I was working at MacUser magazine (now Macworld) a few years ago when we got the first digital camera from Apple for review. It was awful -black and white only and tiny image size- but I was amazed that I could take pictures and then see and edit them almost instantly.

MacUser bought their own digital camera and I started taking it everywhere to photograph conferences and events. If you saw a picture on MacUser's/Macworld's web site in 1998 or 1999, there's an excellent chance I took it. :-)

When I moved to Japan a year ago, I wanted to document it as well as I could to show the family back home, so I started doing more research on photography. That's when I found this site, and now I'm hopelessly addicted.
07/13/2004 08:21:15 PM · #15
Well, it wasn't any one photo for me, either, it was more my obsession with modeling that got me started with photography.
07/13/2004 08:24:51 PM · #16
Originally posted by christie3:

Well, it wasn't any one photo for me, either, it was more my obsession with modeling that got me started with photography.


Christie: Good for you! I wish I could have discovered photography at your age! No matter waht age - it is a great form of expression. Good luck to you!
07/13/2004 08:39:29 PM · #17
Nothing really special made me start. I was bored one day so went and bought a digital camera. :) I'm not great at it, but I don't have to be because I'm not in it for profit. I enjoy it and that is all that matters.
07/13/2004 08:46:34 PM · #18
I traded an old futon for an old 1 MP digicam.

I shot 15000 shots with an Astra Cam. They don't take that many clicks. Trust me.

I forgot to stop shooting.

Upgrade to Oly 720 to shoot Korea.

Upgrade to DReb cuz I've got the bug.
07/13/2004 08:50:59 PM · #19
Photography has always been like "magic" to me. I had a Brownie box camera when I was 8 years old that was my love. It took wonderful pictures. I can't draw or paint like other talented members of my family, so this is my artistic outlet (such as it is). I take pictures that please mostly me :) I'm still learning how to make what I see with my heart appear out of that magic box we call a camera.

I am constantly inspired by the images this community pulls out of the "magic box". Thank you, all of you, for sharing these glimpses of your hearts.
07/13/2004 08:53:31 PM · #20
Originally posted by ancientimages:

Photography has always been like "magic" to me. I had a Brownie box camera when I was 8 years old that was my love. It took wonderful pictures. I can't draw or paint like other talented members of my family, so this is my artistic outlet (such as it is). I take pictures that please mostly me :) I'm still learning how to make what I see with my heart appear out of that magic box we call a camera.

I am constantly inspired by the images this community pulls out of the "magic box". Thank you, all of you, for sharing these glimpses of your hearts.


This is stated so well! And beatifully. So many of us also say tht while we can't draw . . . . . . or whatever, this allows us that creative opportunity.
07/13/2004 08:54:53 PM · #21
Travelling around Iceland with my parents/grandparents. I just love nature. Got my first camera at age 13. Totally crappy Kodak Disc. Saved up for a Olympus OM-2 while my peers were buying mopeds and soccer shoes. :)
07/13/2004 09:02:51 PM · #22
Originally posted by Havok:

I have a weird obsession with electronics.


"ditto"
07/19/2004 08:44:39 PM · #23
The same thing got me into photography that got me to quit smoking. Our daughters. Our walls are being covered with good pictures of them. Albums are being filled with pictures of them. Staples is getting rich on ink, & photo paper sales, the Dollar store can't keep document frames in stock, from us. I shoot a lot of other things too, but my kids are the reason I got into photography.
07/19/2004 08:55:01 PM · #24
I started into photography (not snapshop taking) rather recently after winning a trip to England and Scotland last June from Coca Cola. From there on its been hell since. ;)
07/19/2004 09:50:35 PM · #25
What really turned me on to photography is my fiance. I never thought I would meet such a wonderful and beautiful person that could return the love that I had. When we first met we became friends and were stuck in that mode for 6 months, then finally moved on. One day I had taken a simple photo of her and had placed her image on my desk at work. I absolutely hated each day I walked into to the place, but everytime I saw her photo it would make my day shine. I wished that I had the capability of capturing the growth of our life together, she reminds me of how beautiful it all is. I had cameras but I was always taking those quick snapshots that had no real umph about them. Well anyhow, I started taking pictures of her and I with my 35mm film camera and she absolutely hated every picture she was in, so I puchased the Fuji 7000 so I could really learn to take photos without the expense of processing film so that one day I will take a good enough photo for her to see how beautiful she is. It saddens me that she can not see herself the way that I see her. While trying to perfect my techinques I have learned to see life in a different way, and I want to capture as much of it as possible before I go. I guarantee a majority of them will be of her and I. She is what gives me a reason to want to wake up every morning. I love you Kally!
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