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10/03/2009 09:08:50 PM · #1
Do you ever feel your location hinders you? No way! I live in a beautiful state with magnificent opportunities for photographers. My portfolio may not demonstrate it very well, but that is only due to my lack of skill, not sue to the lack of surroundings.
10/03/2009 07:29:52 PM · #2
Originally posted by bergiekat:

I'm curious to see what you start seeing!


Inspirational quote from Richard Avedon:

The art of seeing is the beginning of art.

R.
10/03/2009 01:27:33 PM · #3
Think smaller. Think texture and form and color.

Colorful pebbles in the wet mud, tracks, textures in the sand...look at what makes up these landscapes that you feel are blah! take a stick and paint in the mud or use the mud to paint a person and shoot...

You've got some great stuff in your profile and your front page out scores the crap out of mine, so your blah setting must be looking pretty good to the rest of us! :) If something looks boring...look to the components of what all make up what you are looking at and see what you find. I'm curious to see what you start seeing!
10/03/2009 01:16:28 PM · #4
Originally posted by gys:

For me, it's a big yes to the topic question.

I live next to an ocean with no waves or rocks - just mud. Year-round the sky is a uniform blinding grey. There's a worthwhile sunset maybe twice a year. Visibility is impaired by either dust or humidity. The temperatures are in the high 40's (C) for most of the year - during the high summer even insects disappear. There are no mountains, or even hills, no rivers, just a few locations with somewhat OK dunes.

I've been detained by the police twice for taking pictures in perfectly innocent locations - luckily never arrested, but each time it takes long explanations and signed letters to wriggle out of it.

But, I guess the biggest problem is that my creativity is severely underdeveloped - if it's not jumping up and down shouting "photograph me", I just can't see it.

It does make for a lot of photography fun when I go back to South Africa for vacation though!


It may seem bleak to you -- but use that bleakness! It's a place that most of use will never see or experience, so we'd love to see the pictures! (now I have to go look and see if you have any in your profile, because I'm curious...)

ok, the sand is fascinating! and the sandstorm is also! I am fascinated with the desert. I'd like to see more!

Message edited by author 2009-10-03 13:18:44.
10/03/2009 07:51:49 AM · #5
For me, it's a big yes to the topic question.

I live next to an ocean with no waves or rocks - just mud. Year-round the sky is a uniform blinding grey. There's a worthwhile sunset maybe twice a year. Visibility is impaired by either dust or humidity. The temperatures are in the high 40's (C) for most of the year - during the high summer even insects disappear. There are no mountains, or even hills, no rivers, just a few locations with somewhat OK dunes.

I've been detained by the police twice for taking pictures in perfectly innocent locations - luckily never arrested, but each time it takes long explanations and signed letters to wriggle out of it.

But, I guess the biggest problem is that my creativity is severely underdeveloped - if it's not jumping up and down shouting "photograph me", I just can't see it.

It does make for a lot of photography fun when I go back to South Africa for vacation though!

10/03/2009 01:23:05 AM · #6
Portlamd, Or is just dead to me.

Other parts of Oregon are great, just Portland. Yuck!
10/02/2009 10:51:37 PM · #7
Originally posted by soup:

you want to come out with me in the middle of january while it's -20F w/o the wind ?

we could get some cool shots of chattering teeth, and the effects of frost bite. maybe document how long a alkaline battery lasts in those conditions... PM me if yer interested :)

Originally posted by NikonJeb:

Perhaps to those who have trouble getting a new take on the same old, same old, taking a new photographer along would help?


I spent most of my life in Minnesota. -20 with -60 windchills are nothing. You can even head up to northern Minnesota. Tower and Embarrass are constantly vying for coldest place in the lower 48. I believe somewhere in the -60's is the coldest that tower hit, because the thermometers kept breaking at that point.
10/02/2009 10:47:12 PM · #8
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10/01/2009 07:43:14 PM · #9
With all the gripe about not many good places to shoot in Oregon, the Bing search engine featured an Oregon image today on their main page. Although it has a handrail in view, it does not detract from the image and blends in.

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It's from the Silver Falls State Park.

Message edited by author 2009-10-01 19:45:47.
10/01/2009 07:02:32 PM · #10
wabi sabi
10/01/2009 06:26:51 PM · #11
you didn't explain what the * related to...

you know. the catch... only 50grams fat, IF you only eat one chip....

Message edited by author 2009-10-01 18:27:00.
10/01/2009 01:40:29 PM · #12
Originally posted by NikonJeb:

Perhaps to those who have trouble getting a new take on the same old, same old, taking a new photographer along would help?


Originally posted by soup:

you want to come out with me in the middle of january while it's -20F w/o the wind ?

we could get some cool shots of chattering teeth, and the effects of frost bite. maybe document how long a alkaline battery lasts in those conditions... PM me if yer interested :)

Sure......I'd love to!

I'm *always* game for a new experience!
10/01/2009 12:41:52 PM · #13
you want to come out with me in the middle of january while it's -20F w/o the wind ?

we could get some cool shots of chattering teeth, and the effects of frost bite. maybe document how long a alkaline battery lasts in those conditions... PM me if yer interested :)

Originally posted by NikonJeb:

Perhaps to those who have trouble getting a new take on the same old, same old, taking a new photographer along would help?

10/01/2009 12:38:20 PM · #14
Originally posted by NikonJeb:

MAKE the time, get out there, look around. only actually stand there, take a deep breath or two, slowly and carefully look at what's right in front of you.

If you still see nothing, maybe you ought to sell your camera.

If you don't want to put forth the effort, why bother?


Originally posted by Nullix:

Well said. I'm always amazed at what others see and photograph that to me looks obvious and mundane.

After I made that post I wasn't sure my wording was as it should be.

I have to remember that I am the eternal optimist and that I always look for the beauty in everything. That serves me well.

I *do* have friends that are just hard-wired in such a manner that they have a tendency to always see the downside.....often, when you need to have a contingency plan in place, that's a good thing.

Perhaps to those who have trouble getting a new take on the same old, same old, taking a new photographer along would help?
10/01/2009 12:33:30 PM · #15
Originally posted by NikonJeb:


MAKE the time, get out there, look around. only actually stand there, take a deep breath or two, slowly and carefully look at what's right in front of you.

If you still see nothing, maybe you ought to sell your camera.

If you don't want to put forth the effort, why bother?


Well said. I'm always amazed at what others see and photograph that to me looks obvious and mundane.
09/30/2009 10:00:17 PM · #16
The one thing that I have found out by experience is you kindof have to get out of your element. A trick I am starting to use if I am on the road (and can't take a pic or the lighting is wrong)I will mark where it is on my GPS so I can revisit. Sometime you have to get out of your element. Unfortunately for some they live on islands etc. and can't really get out of their element....
09/30/2009 09:36:55 PM · #17
Originally posted by ben4345:

Oregon has some awesome stuff, it's Portland I hate. I am glad no one mentioned the ******* gardens oh what an embarrassment.


Originally posted by talmy:

The Portland Japanese Gardens? Or the Classical Chinese Garden? Or the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens? The Rose Garden in Washington Park?


Spoilsport!

LOL!!!
09/30/2009 09:35:49 PM · #18
Originally posted by ben4345:

I call bullshit on that.


Originally posted by Nullix:

You call bull$h!t on the Candid Frame or Confucius? They both can be full of it.

I worked in Santa Monica for a long time. At one point I had a handicap plackard. This ment I could park anywhere without having to pay. I just never had the time.

It's not where you're at, it's if you have the time.

Gee.....why is it no surprise that you'd weigh in with a pessimistic response.

Why have a hobby/passion/pursuit that requires you to invest time and effort if you're not willing to do so?

MAKE the time, get out there, look around. only actually stand there, take a deep breath or two, slowly and carefully look at what's right in front of you.

If you still see nothing, maybe you ought to sell your camera.

If you don't want to put forth the effort, why bother?
09/30/2009 07:52:04 PM · #19
Originally posted by Rmac:

Living in the Ozark mountains has it's moments. It can be beautiful at times and other times, not so much. Sometimes, I think it would be nice to live where the sky was bigger, but all in all it's not too bad.


And where I live, the sky tends toward the boring. Always blue from April to NOvember. And foggy the rest of the time! :) I wish we had more fast moving storm fronts. On the whole though, I can't complain.
09/30/2009 07:47:04 PM · #20
Originally posted by ben4345:


Oregon has some awesome stuff, it's Portland I hate. I am glad no one mentioned the ******* gardens oh what an embarrassment.


The Portland Japanese Gardens? Or the Classical Chinese Garden? Or the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens? The Rose Garden in Washington Park?
09/30/2009 04:59:18 PM · #21
Living in the Ozark mountains has it's moments. It can be beautiful at times and other times, not so much. Sometimes, I think it would be nice to live where the sky was bigger, but all in all it's not too bad.

09/30/2009 04:45:19 PM · #22
Originally posted by ben4345:

I call bullshit on that.


You call bull$h!t on the Candid Frame or Confucius? They both can be full of it.

I worked in Santa Monica for a long time. At one point I had a handicap plackard. This ment I could park anywhere without having to pay. I just never had the time.

It's not where you're at, it's if you have the time.
09/30/2009 03:40:08 PM · #23
Originally posted by Nullix:

I remember listening to a Candid Frame podcast and the interviewie made a great point.

Paraphrased: "If you can't find a good shot where you're at, how will you find a good shot when you travel to [some exotic location]."

"No matter where you go - there you are" -- Confucius


I call bullshit on that.

Best regards :P
09/30/2009 03:28:00 PM · #24
I remember listening to a Candid Frame podcast and the interviewie made a great point.

Paraphrased: "If you can't find a good shot where you're at, how will you find a good shot when you travel to [some exotic location]."

"No matter where you go - there you are" -- Confucius
09/30/2009 02:35:29 PM · #25
Originally posted by Citadel:

Originally posted by glad2badad:

Originally posted by AJSullivan:

... I guess my arguement would be that to take great images you really need to get out of your environment. ...

Try this (if you haven't read it): "Photography and the Art of Seeing" by Freeman Patterson.


Haven't read much past this thread but didn't Freeman suggest taking a wire hanger then making it into a circle and throwing it on the ground and using that area as your shooting area? Tough exercise but if you can shoot in 1-2 square feet of space and get interesting images you can shoot anywhere.

eta: Ok...point still stands after reading the thread

Yep. That was one of the exercises. :-)
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