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03/12/2007 11:03:40 PM · #1
Just curious....do you tend to like to go shooting with other photographers or do you prefer to "do your own thing" and have the freedom of shooting alone?

Me...I tend to like to be on my own. I enjoy being with others as well, but my photos are definitely better when I'm by myself and not rushed, watched, or distracted.
03/12/2007 11:04:41 PM · #2
By the way...that doesn't mean you can't invite me somewhere :) Just curious to know what other's thoughts are.
03/12/2007 11:06:09 PM · #3
I dont mind shooting with others but prefer to be alone. Mainly because I get in such deep thought I would hate for anyone to think that I was ignoring them. (photographer or non photographer)
03/12/2007 11:07:07 PM · #4
I generally spend too much time talking if I'm in a group, and don't really care to take photos... however, I do enjoy going out with one or two people that I know really really well.
03/12/2007 11:09:08 PM · #5
I prefer going alone. I've never been to one of the get-togethers with other photographers.

If I got somewhere alone, I can spend all the time at one spot that I want. I don't have to worry about someone else hurrying me along.
03/12/2007 11:10:34 PM · #6
hans solo

Message edited by author 2007-03-12 23:17:48.
03/12/2007 11:11:01 PM · #7
I find I shoot a lot less when I go to GTG's. Guess 'cause I spend too much time talking (mostly listening really, not much of a talker) and watching what others are doing.

I like going out and shooting on my own. Mostly, I just find it relaxing. But I also like going out with a freind or two at times. So I guess it just really depends on what mood I'm in and what I want to accomplish.

Suppose that didn't really answer your question at all. Just call me Ms. Wishy Washy. :)
03/12/2007 11:11:04 PM · #8
I usually fly solo, but I'm not opposed to getting together with a group.
03/12/2007 11:11:14 PM · #9
Im usually Alone
03/12/2007 11:12:41 PM · #10
So far I've only shot photos by myself, except when another photog nearby comes by to chat and shoot for awhile with me.

I've had planned on attending Florida GTGs twice last year but one ended up having very low attendance and the next one died out altogether several weeks before it was supposed to take place.

I now have plans to shoot socially at the St. Augustine GTG in April and again at the Red Rock GTG two weeks later. Both of these seem to be solid and look like something that I'm really going to enjoy.

Links to these get-togethers...

North / Central Florida GTG -- St. Augustine

2nd Annual Red Rock GTG Apr. 25 - 30

Message edited by author 2007-03-12 23:16:04.
03/12/2007 11:14:38 PM · #11
i just float around by myself, i think if i went with anybody else they would get sick of me and be constantly asking where the hell i was going.
i never know where im going and i like it like that.
03/12/2007 11:17:24 PM · #12
Originally posted by boysetsfire:

i just float around by myself, i think if i went with anybody else they would get sick of me and be constantly asking where the hell i was going.
i never know where im going and i like it like that.


You might need someone to say once in a while, HEY THERE'S A CLIFF RIGHT THERE!
03/12/2007 11:17:24 PM · #13
I like to do my own thing -- that way I don't have to be polite and ask what someone else wants to do or if my companions would rather go somewhere else. I tend to go into sort of a trance when I'm shooting, and people who don't know me well think I'm ignoring them. I also have the unfortunate habit of veering into alleys and side streets to find cool windows and doors. My friends then have to spend a lot of time hunting for me and that gets boring for them, or I have to spend valuable shooting time hunting for them.

OTOH, I really do like to get together with friends and look at each others pictures. I really learn a lot that way.
03/12/2007 11:18:30 PM · #14
I usually end up shooting by myself. I don't mind if there is another photog along, but being more of a loner anyhow I don't care for groups.
03/12/2007 11:19:07 PM · #15
I think I like talking/listening to other photographers more than shooting with them ;)
... not that i had much experience with either ,,,

03/12/2007 11:19:10 PM · #16
Alone. Many many wonderful hours alone with my thoughts and my camera. I love that feeling of being a silent observer in a world that moves around you.

I do love meeting other photographers, but when I shoot seriously, I shoot alone.
03/12/2007 11:24:07 PM · #17
I shoot alone, but I'll drink with almost anyone.
03/12/2007 11:24:34 PM · #18
usually I'm alone ... don't have anyone close to me that is really interested in photography ... If I'm headed downtown or to a 'not so nice' part of town I'll drag my boyfriend or my brother with me as a security guard ...
03/12/2007 11:26:53 PM · #19
Yes.
03/12/2007 11:29:07 PM · #20
I like going alone. It gives me the freedom to wander where I want without worrying about who is tagging along and the fact they aren't finding it interesting enough.
03/12/2007 11:31:27 PM · #21
I prefer my own company. That is what a total introvert do. Maybe I am too dark.....
03/12/2007 11:33:42 PM · #22
Solo all the way...I find it very cathartic.
03/12/2007 11:38:36 PM · #23
Definitely solo. I don't mind the occasional group outing, but I generally feel a bit constrained. I definitely see more when I'm alone. And I'm somewhat self-conscious my dinky camera while others in the group have these beautiful DSLRs.
03/12/2007 11:49:08 PM · #24
I prefer to shoot by myself most of the time.
03/12/2007 11:50:39 PM · #25
Socially...I don't like heading out in the woods and stuff alone. Call me chicken... *bawk, bawk*


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