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09/28/2009 04:30:22 PM · #26
I do know what you mean. I have lived in Arizona for about 13 odd years and Southern Arizona was just brown, dusty, hot and full of things that would spike, snap or bite you.

This year I bought a really detailed map of Arizona and started studying it. So far I have traveled up mountains, down mountains, went sideways once, been caving, skinny dipping, found tons of ghost towns, lakes that no one knows about, some gold nuggets.

All from looking at a map and kicking myself in the butt and saying, Go find something. Cos last year, all I would say about Southern Arizona is that it was brown, full of cactus and dusty.

Bu yourself a big booked map for 20 bucks, best thing you can do!
09/28/2009 04:33:59 PM · #27
I have many of Judi's 'problems' too, but there is beautiful architecture around here. Not much light pollution, no real graffiti to speak of, a few heavily medicated types wandering around the nearest hamlet cause they're outpatients from a psychiatric hospital. But no crazily exotic wildlife, giant insects/arachnids, or poisonous snakes either. Damn!
09/28/2009 04:40:56 PM · #28
One of the reasons it's so expensive to live where I live is there is so much STUFF everywhere ... within a five-mile radius I have (among numerous others) about forty churches (including a Mormon Temple), UC Berkeley, Lawrence Hall of Science, three marinas and a shoreline park, two botanical gardens, significant architecure by John Galen Howard, Julia Morgan, and Bernard Maybeck, among others, the country's oldest wildlife (bird) sanctuary at Lake Merritt, California Museum, Chinatown, a few regional parks which get you into a rural environment ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/0-4999/1031/120/750095.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/0-4999/1031/120/750095.jpg', '/') + 1) . ' pretty quickly, and an OK view of San Francisco ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/0-4999/1031/120/749668.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/0-4999/1031/120/749668.jpg', '/') + 1) . ' ...

Expand that out to 25 or 100 miles and you add mountains, two valleys, two major river/delta systems, redwoods, the State Capitol, and Big Sur ... pant, pant ... ;-)
Originally posted by snaffles:

But no crazily exotic wildlife, giant insects/arachnids, or poisonous snakes either. Damn!

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Message edited by author 2009-09-28 16:44:10.
09/28/2009 04:42:01 PM · #29
Yes, I sometimes (quite a bit, actually) feel like I'm missing out on landscapes/seascapes here in southern California because of the cloud situation. More specifically, the lack of clouds. From April/May to October or so, there are usually no clouds in the sky. The marine layer often comes in, but that's overcast skies, not the "dramatic-effect" clouds. Every now and again, there may be some sunrise/sunset clumps of clouds but most of the time it happens so fast that I can't get to the beach in time. I finally did a couple of weeks ago and capture this rare occurrence of clouds:

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09/28/2009 04:42:59 PM · #30
Originally posted by pawdrix:

Originally posted by lyn100:

Steve, my other half, has been all over Europe and he says there is nowhere like England.


I agree there's plenty to shoot everywhere. I guess that's what having an eye is all about.

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Love London. Can't say I've been far outside, the city proper but it's wonderful to shoot, without question. I've been there a bunch of times and next visit I'm gonna hit Richmond park, early in the AM hours and get me some deer. Alex...are you listening?


Alex aint here anymore - but I'll happily give you the guided tour..
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09/28/2009 04:44:09 PM · #31
I've felt this way before. I used to live in Nebraska and I had to try hard to find things to photograph. I moved to Hawaii a year ago and now everywhere I go there's a picture just waiting to happen - it's beautiful here. I'd say that every place has something unique about it to photograph, you just have to find it. In Nebraska, it was severe weather/thunderstorms during the summer and snow/ice storms and fog during the winter. Those are things that I don't get to experience here in Hawaii. While it's easier here in Hawaii, I find myself being less creative than I was before. I guess if I lived somewhere that I could truly not find something to photograph, I'd just buy a bunch of studio lights and shoot inside all day.
09/28/2009 05:03:07 PM · #32
Having moved from a lack luster small town in Wisconsin to Wellington New Zealand, I gotta say, Yes I was hindered. I now live about 3 blocks from the Ocean with Seals, Penguins, Mountains and Rock Formations also a City full of culture to shoot. Makes a difference. That being said, My highest score image since I got here is of people inside a house which I could have taken anywhere on earth.

Here is an example of what i have been missing out on.

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Message edited by author 2009-09-28 17:08:55.
09/28/2009 05:10:26 PM · #33
Actually I'm more hindered by a lack of ready-made models (children, wife... ).

09/28/2009 05:17:53 PM · #34
Originally posted by Simms:

Originally posted by pawdrix:



Love London. Can't say I've been far outside, the city proper but it's wonderful to shoot, without question. I've been there a bunch of times and next visit I'm gonna hit Richmond park, early in the AM hours and get me some deer. Alex...are you listening?


Alex aint here anymore - but I'll happily give you the guided tour..
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I'll take you up on that...fer sure.

All I caught was this crapo shot in Bushy Park while they were resting in the shade on a wicked hot day. No drama whatsoever. I was a little too hung-over the next morning to get out of bed and go for a proper try. Next time...right?

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Message edited by author 2009-09-28 17:27:01.
09/28/2009 05:22:23 PM · #35
Getting my kids or my wife for that matter to pose for me is nearly imposible.

Originally posted by citymars:

Actually I'm more hindered by a lack of ready-made models (children, wife... ).
09/28/2009 05:29:10 PM · #36
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.


Very good recommendation. I think I need to pull it off the bookshelf myself...
09/28/2009 07:37:48 PM · #37
Originally posted by AJSullivan:

I remember feeling that a lot before I moved, and my reasoning was that nothing seems exceptional to me there, as its what i've seen. I guess my arguement would be that to take great images you really need to get out of your environment.

Not sure if I believe that, but it seems to make sense to me.

Makes a certain amount of sense to me, too. I understand the argument of "work with what you have," but sometimes it seems that you've really worked what you have to death. Then you see photos of some exotic location somewhere, and you think - "If I was there, I could take amazing shots!"

I think traveling out of your environment helps spark the creative process and make great photos. And then returning home helps you see what you have there again.
09/28/2009 08:50:12 PM · #38
As I drive around, go from place to place, I am constantly scouting for photos. I makes notes ... this place would be awesome at twilight ... next time we get a thunder storm, this setting could be spectacular ... next time I'm here, I'm bringing the camera - this angle is something I never tried before ...

Well you get the idea.

Then it comes time to shoot a challenge or a free study ... I pull out the list.

I also look at photo sites, and search for my home town. Sometimes I'll see a photo that would be interesting/challenging to recreate. So I grab my kit and go shoot it.

I read the "fun things to do this weekend" section of the paper on Thursdays, and often go there for interesting photo opportunities.

I find that shooting with photographer friends sometimes opens my eyes to seeing the same ole same ole - differently.

Sometimes I think you can't really capture a place until you've seen it in different weather, different light, different seasons, ... and it takes awhile to get a feeling for what you want to shoot.

This may all sound like work ... but if it's your passion to photograph, it is truly a labor of love.
09/28/2009 08:55:53 PM · #39
Originally posted by zeuszen:

stop looking for subjects. Examine the trite and mundane and shoot the light.


This I like very much. A zillion things ran through my mind all at once and something just hit me. Kind of like a full circle flashback.

EDIT: Umm...I think I am going to coin that phrase "like a full circle flashback"...what kind of coin would be best do you think?

2nd Edit: Can I do that if this guy uses the name already?

Message edited by author 2009-09-28 21:10:11.
09/28/2009 08:59:04 PM · #40
My favorite photographs are all from trips we've taken. The photographs are interesting because they're something out of the ordinary. It's easy to take spectacular photos in spectacular places. It's a lot harder to take anything but ordinary pictures of ordinary things.

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So yes, I often feel severely limited by location.
09/28/2009 09:05:13 PM · #41
As far a landscapes, I live in heaven, 20 minutes from Zion in hurricane Utah. I don't like landscapes, I would rather street, go figure..
09/28/2009 09:14:29 PM · #42
I do think my location hinders me at times. But then again, I have troubles really getting out because I have a 1.5 year old who is hard to keep a handle on because he's a big ball of energy and likes to explore, so having time to be able to compose a good shot doesn't happen as much as I like. Something that makes me think about how I take pictures is to let my 6 year old nephew use my small P&S camera... the stuff he captures is interesting and often hilarious!
09/28/2009 09:23:07 PM · #43
Originally posted by Bugzeye:

Getting my kids or my wife for that matter to pose for me is nearly imposible.

Originally posted by citymars:

Actually I'm more hindered by a lack of ready-made models (children, wife... ).


LOL, I almost never get my wife and daughter to model for me. I have one teenager that is willing (most of the time, but not all of the time) to model for me. However, winter is coming and I doubt she'll be overly enthusiastic to be outside modeling in -20 weather.
09/28/2009 10:31:48 PM · #44
Originally posted by NathanW:

Originally posted by Bugzeye:

Getting my kids or my wife for that matter to pose for me is nearly imposible.

Originally posted by citymars:

Actually I'm more hindered by a lack of ready-made models (children, wife... ).

LOL, I almost never get my wife and daughter to model for me. I have one teenager that is willing (most of the time, but not all of the time) to model for me. However, winter is coming and I doubt she'll be overly enthusiastic to be outside modeling in -20 weather.

Ever heard the phrase "indoor studio"? :-P
09/28/2009 10:44:29 PM · #45
Originally posted by zeuszen:

shoot the light


If you are bored by your familiar surroundings it could be that you've just stopped looking. I agree, stop looking for subjects. Shoot the light.

Message edited by author 2009-09-28 22:44:49.
09/28/2009 10:52:51 PM · #46
Sometimes I wish I had some of the awesome sights that others have, but then I have subjects here that they don't. I find that the photography has made me look at my local area with a new eye.

And I agree on the "shoot the light" thing. Learning to see the light was one of the big breakthroughs for me.

Message edited by author 2009-09-28 22:54:09.
09/28/2009 11:20:30 PM · #47
This is kinda making me twitch......I just shot what may be the best shot of my life this weekend. I can't show it to anyone 'til after the Free Study goes out, and I don't necessarily think it's going to do all that well. I'll be interested to see.

I did however, get it printed this afternoon in an 18x24 size......the printer and I just stood there and stared at it all but struck dumb. I edited it and my wife saw it on the screen and said, "That's a great picture!".....and she pretty much doesn't see most of my work any more unless it's something really good. I printed it out in an 8x10 and it was better yet. It just keeps getting better as it gets bigger.

If I took off work for six months, and limited myself to a 100 mile radius, I'd sooooo run out of time before subject material.
09/29/2009 12:49:01 AM · #48
That's a really good point.

If you took a map and drew a 60 minute driving circle around your house ... all the places you could get to in an hour ... I'll bet there are some interesting photos within that circle to capture. Or if you're willing to drive 2 hours, or 4 ... a 4 hour radius is more than 180 Thousand square miles. Surely there are photo opportunities in 180,000 square miles you haven't explored.

Hey, "Let's Go Exploring!"
09/29/2009 01:33:06 AM · #49
Originally posted by LalliSig:


Yeah, I am sure you would love it here, almost no bugs or fauna to photograph. Wanna trade places?


Sure. I don't photograph macro anymore. Down to one camera and lens. Would take nice landscape photos. Plenty of unique landscapes there to photograph, plus the northern lights in the back ground at night. Of course I'd have to learn how to be a fisherman as the Iceland bubble has burst and that's probably all that's left. But I could give it a try. LOL
09/29/2009 01:34:47 AM · #50
Originally posted by karmat:

Yea, my location hinders me sometimes.

:)


You live in the back yard of the mountains, and that hinders you? ARrrrrgggghhhhh. I have to drive 6 to 8
hours to get there. Man. :)
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