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09/29/2009 01:39:56 AM · #51
Originally posted by FireBird:

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


No counter offer for the supermodels? You're not much of a negotiator.
09/29/2009 11:07:09 AM · #52
Originally posted by FireBird:

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. :)


Ya left off the rest of my statement. :) I was implying that the only location that truly hinders me is the one I'm in now -- sitting at my computer. :)
09/29/2009 11:11:26 AM · #53
Yes, I feel like my location hinders me in rural Ohio. But I found a local photographer on Flickr with stunning photos from basically my backyard. So, I am pretty sure it is me and not my location.
09/29/2009 11:18:31 AM · #54
My take on this whole conversation is. It is not what you are shooting but how you feel about what you are shooting. I could find things in my old home town to shoot, But because it was a small town I ended up shooting the same subjects over and over again, It got boring, Now I have a whole new set of subjects and people to aim my camera at, I have been reborn.
09/29/2009 04:10:38 PM · #55
Originally posted by Dr.Confuser:

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!"


Hmmm...I draw a circle on a map covering a radius of a 4 hour car trip...which equates to 400km in one direction. If I look at that circle I would see paddocks, creeks, paddocks, road kill, volcanic shaped hills, road trains, crops, roads, and lots more paddocks....oh and about 6 one horse towns where the horse got up and left. Except for one small city...well at least it has traffic lights. Yup....I am sure that little excercise would find me what I am looking for....lmao!!!! I need to go on a holiday where I can see something completely different....then I will come back fresh and with open eyes again. Yuppers......!!!!
09/29/2009 04:39:44 PM · #56
Ive always wanted to do a random road trip with no destination essentially. Just pick an arbitrary amount of time (like 6 hours) and a random direction, and just drive, avoiding things like I-95 and major highways. And then when the 6 hours is up, just turning around and coming home, but not have any destination so I can stop anywhere I want.

Or do this on a weekend scale...drive 12 hours, stop for 12 hours and then heading home.
09/29/2009 04:51:02 PM · #57
that sounds like something i've always wanted to do, except with a literal twist. I would start out on a major interstate, and when i get off of it, only take roads that are on the right.

When I lived in Boone, NC, we tried this to some degree, just seeing if we could get lost. Found out that all roads lead to Appalachian State, so I figure I might need to tweak the process some. :P
09/29/2009 04:54:23 PM · #58
I used to go on drives around my area with the same intention...I would try to get lost (Because with a gps and a cell phone readily at hand, if I truly did get lost, I could quickly recover) but found that every road I took lead to a major road and to a spot I knew already. I can't do NJ, Eastern PA, DE. So I might have to give Maryland a shot, but even then, Youre never too far from a major road.
09/29/2009 06:55:21 PM · #59
I don't like it when we (most of us in the U.S.) switch to Standard Time (as opposed to daylight saving time). After work, there is usually no daylight left for that type of photography or sunset photography--the sun is already down. :-)

09/29/2009 07:02:47 PM · #60
Originally posted by nikonrich:

Wish i lived in York it is an amazing place, very lucky!

I'm sure where i live (chesterfield/sheffield, UK) people could take amazing pictures of run down industrial works, but it just does nothing for me :(


Yes it is, a real amazing city to photograph, there are plenty of options here, from urban environments to large parks, gigantic zoos, and plenty of people...however, I do lust for the mountains, the giant lakes, the wild animal life. Eventually you feel like you been everywhere, and I don't go on vacations often, and when I do I don't like to fly so my motivation has been down lately, since I feel I have been everywhere.
09/29/2009 07:07:47 PM · #61
Originally posted by AperturePriority:

I don't like it when we (most of us in the U.S.) switch to Standard Time (as opposed to daylight saving time). After work, there is usually no daylight left for that type of photography or sunset photography--the sun is already down. :-)


At times it starts to feel like im leaving for work in the dark or right as the sun comes up and by the time I get home, suns already down. I become a vampire with my cubicle as my coffin.
09/29/2009 07:10:00 PM · #62
Originally posted by AJSullivan:

I used to go on drives around my area with the same intention...I would try to get lost (Because with a gps and a cell phone readily at hand, if I truly did get lost, I could quickly recover) but found that every road I took lead to a major road and to a spot I knew already. I can't do NJ, Eastern PA, DE. So I might have to give Maryland a shot, but even then, Youre never too far from a major road.

Dude, you are SERIOUSLY lacking in eye if you cannot find more than you can possibly shoot over an entire weekend devoted to it.

I know where you live!
09/29/2009 07:16:00 PM · #63
I live in Portland, Or.

No lightening storms
Almost no good landscape scenes. Parks are being modernized with fences and "safety crap". not to metion people littering.
Over populated
Over regulated
rains, but not enough to be anything cool.
Over used
Doesn't seem anyone cares here.

When ever I go some where else, I am just overwhelmed with the beauty other places have. We just don't have that anymore now.


09/30/2009 09:09:39 AM · #64
Originally posted by ben4345:

I live in Portland, Or.

No lightening storms
Almost no good landscape scenes. Parks are being modernized with fences and "safety crap". not to metion people littering.
Over populated
Over regulated
rains, but not enough to be anything cool.
Over used
Doesn't seem anyone cares here.

When ever I go some where else, I am just overwhelmed with the beauty other places have. We just don't have that anymore now.


What????? You've got some of the most beautiful hiking trails and waterfalls just to your east there. Like this which I took out there last year ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/0-999/909/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_714646.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/0-999/909/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_714646.jpg', '/') + 1) . '.

I often foolishly refer to my Western New York as a toxic waste dump, but actually it is quite beautiful. I think it really comes down to challenging yourself to see the unique and beautiful in the sites you see everyday.

It is overcast and gray here today and I am going out to shoot the Erie Canal right now!!
09/30/2009 10:53:51 AM · #65
smichener, you're missing the Over used, over regulated part. :(

You can't go off the trails, we gotta put this fence in the way so people don't kill themselves (not that anyone has or will but it just makes some of us feel like we're doing something. Like spend millions of tax dollars where it doesn't need to be) , blah-blah blah...
09/30/2009 12:44:50 PM · #66
It pretty much boils down to that half empty/half full scenario.

I'm in two camera clubs in my area where people constantly bitch about:

A. There no places and nothing to shoot.

B. They aren't allowed to shoot where they want.

Yet I love the amazing variety of great subject material everywhere around me.
09/30/2009 12:45:20 PM · #67
Originally posted by ben4345:

I live in Portland, Or.

When ever I go some where else, I am just overwhelmed with the beauty other places have. We just don't have that anymore now.


Says someone whose highest score (and a top ten) here was the most overshot subject in Oregon.

Within a couple hours drive there's rocky seascapes or sandy beaches, rain forests, lakes, rivers (raging or large and slow), waterfalls, dunes, a big city, picturesque small towns, mountain ranges, an actve volcano, grassy fields, wetlands, and dessert. We also have the Oregon Vortex. Except for Iceland, who could ask for more?

And there is an occasional lightning storm. Just not every year.

09/30/2009 01:18:48 PM · #68
Originally posted by talmy:

Originally posted by ben4345:

I live in Portland, Or.

When ever I go some where else, I am just overwhelmed with the beauty other places have. We just don't have that anymore now.


Says someone whose highest score (and a top ten) here was the most overshot subject in Oregon.

Within a couple hours drive there's rocky seascapes or sandy beaches, rain forests, lakes, rivers (raging or large and slow), waterfalls, dunes, a big city, picturesque small towns, mountain ranges, an actve volcano, grassy fields, wetlands, and dessert. We also have the Oregon Vortex. Except for Iceland, who could ask for more?

And there is an occasional lightning storm. Just not every year.


The only time the Multnomah falls are decent enough to shoot is when it's nearly freezing and everyone craws back into their hole.

Unfortunately I don't drive, it's probably better that way, too many bad drivers as is.

My statements still apply to those places, over regulated and over populated.
The last awesome place I have been too that has not been caught on is Hell's Half Acre in Wyoming. It's like a unregulated, unpopulated, and etc.. smaller version of the grand canyon.
09/30/2009 01:21:51 PM · #69
Originally posted by ben4345:

I live in Portland, Or.

-Union Station
-Columbia River/harbor
-Lots of bridges/freeway ramps
-Elevated railway

Last time I drove through it was dark, so not that much else stood out for me. You're not that far from the Columbia River Gorge area, are you? I've heard that's pretty nice ...
09/30/2009 01:27:10 PM · #70
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Originally posted by ben4345:

I live in Portland, Or.

-Union Station
-Columbia River/harbor
-Lots of bridges/freeway ramps
-Elevated railway

Last time I drove through it was dark, so not that much else stood out for me. You're not that far from the Columbia River Gorge area, are you? I've heard that's pretty nice ...


-Union Station...........Don't get me started!
-Columbia River/harbor........ last time I checked there's too much damn garbage
-Lots of bridges/freeway ramps..... Don't you think I have used those already?
-Elevated railway..... are you talking about the TRAM? If so, I wouldn't want to photograph that, it's the most embarrassing thing in Portland. So much tax payers money wasted :(

Message edited by author 2009-09-30 13:27:34.
09/30/2009 01:36:10 PM · #71
Originally posted by ben4345:

I live in Portland, Or.


Originally posted by GeneralE:

-Union Station
-Columbia River/harbor
-Lots of bridges/freeway ramps
-Elevated railway
Last time I drove through it was dark, so not that much else stood out for me. You're not that far from the Columbia River Gorge area, are you? I've heard that's pretty nice ...

Originally posted by ben4345:

-Union Station...........Don't get me started!
-Columbia River/harbor........ last time I checked there's too much damn garbage
-Lots of bridges/freeway ramps..... Don't you think I have used those already?
-Elevated railway..... are you talking about the TRAM? If so, I wouldn't want to photograph that, it's the most embarrassing thing in Portland. So much tax payers money wasted :(

Half empty, huh?

Oregon has some of the most beautiful and spectacular land- and seascapes anywhere on earth.

Quitcherbitchin' and get out there.
09/30/2009 01:40:06 PM · #72
Originally posted by ben4345:

-Elevated railway..... are you talking about the TRAM? If so, I wouldn't want to photograph that, it's the most embarrassing thing in Portland. So much tax payers money wasted :(

It sounds like you are letting politics and emotions govern your ability to envision any compositions. An elevated railway--hmmm...I could probably think of dozens of images of that.

Originally posted by ben4345:

-Columbia River/harbor........ last time I checked there's too much damn garbage

Again, sounds like you are too caught up in the environment and sociopolitical views of your surroundings. If you go to the river/harbor in the middle of the day, I'm sure you'll see trash, etc. If you go in the dawn or dusk timeframes, many of these "extra props" seem to disappear (are not as evident).

Many images and compositions are not going to be there, "posing" for you. You'll have to get creative and work around a non-perfect situation. There are not too many perfectly pristene photo ops anywhere these days.

So, as Jeb (and others) suggest...stop being such a "Debbie Downer". Get off your arse, get motivated, and go out and make the best of things.

Message edited by author 2009-09-30 13:42:09.
09/30/2009 01:40:29 PM · #73
Originally posted by NikonJeb:

Originally posted by AJSullivan:

I used to go on drives around my area with the same intention...I would try to get lost (Because with a gps and a cell phone readily at hand, if I truly did get lost, I could quickly recover) but found that every road I took lead to a major road and to a spot I knew already. I can't do NJ, Eastern PA, DE. So I might have to give Maryland a shot, but even then, Youre never too far from a major road.

Dude, you are SERIOUSLY lacking in eye if you cannot find more than you can possibly shoot over an entire weekend devoted to it.

I know where you live!


Huh? I can find plenty, as this is a new environment for me for the most part, but as I also said earlier, I rarely shoot things that aren't people now a days, so its hardly an issue for me. I was just making conversation!
09/30/2009 01:42:56 PM · #74
My current location is awesome. In fact, I apologize for hindering my location with my inadequate attempts to photograph it.
09/30/2009 01:43:41 PM · #75
Originally posted by ben4345:

......Don't get me started!

Well, there's the difference in perspective between someone just visiting/passing through and someone who sees that stuff every day ... those are all things I've found interesting enough to want to photograph, though I don't have many "good" pictures (mostly shooting on the move).

What's wrong with (the outside of) the train station?
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