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Photography Technique / Re: Photographer's Block
« on: August 21, 2014, 03:29:06 PM »

I don't know that's entirely fair... You can grow as a photographer and you can fit more on your plate as time goes...

Asking a person WHY they bought a camera is fair.

I'll answer this question with a timeline.   Back in 2004 my first child was born and like most parents we wanted to capture every moment of our daughter's life.  Fast forward a few years, my wife and I were looking at the pictures we had taken with our Nikon 885 p/s camera and noticed that our pictures looked just as crappy as our parents picture books did.   Though we did 'capture' family memories, we wanted them to look better and figured it was the camera and not technique (noob mistake).   In 2009 I bought a rebel T1i and started with the kit lens and a 70-300 IS USM.   I stuck with that for a few more years.   2011 - both kids start to participate in sports, so now I can't get where I need to be for a good picture being on the sidelines.  Start really using the 70-300 but find that after 200mm the lens was too soft.   I found this website/forum and started to learn as quickly as my brain could absorb.   I lurked here for a year before really starting to participate in the forum.   My techniques improved dramatically and I made smarter lens choices.  I got lenses that complimented my camera: 10-22, 17-55, 60 macro, 70-200 Mk II L IS USM, 85 1.8, 50 1.8, a couple of flashes, a much improved tripod, and last a 1.4 mk III teleconverter.  I focused on technique and glass rather than updating a body.   During the last couple of years I explored macro photography, portraits mainly for family pictures, and nature/wildlife photography.   As my kids got quicker in sports, I grew my skills there by asking our local high school coach if I could take pictures during games from the sidelines.  He liked what he saw and gave me a season sideline pass so I could practice in return for the pictures.  I also take pictures for my daughter's diving team and son's baseball team.  Now, my kids have joined the 4-H club and I'm providing "event" photography for them - again, to build my skills.   I have a few realtor friends who've asked me to photograph their new listings for them.   They've called me back for more work, so I must be doing okay there.   And now, I'm not sure what else to do/try.   So far all of my pictures have been functional rather than creative.   That is the reason behind this question.   I want to break out of the functional mode of photography.  I want to jump start my brain to see the world in a different way and capture that world I live in.     That is why I have asked the question.   I am not a professional and have no plans to be, but don't judge me because I don't focus on one aspect of photography or you believe that I'm upset at how much money I've spent.

So why did I buy the camera? - to make sure my family memories don't look like crap.


edit - I still don't see why the equipment I have makes a difference to my question, nor if am I a photography professional or not.  But, if you feel it's pertinent to your analysis and recommendations, then you have your answer above.

Photography Technique / Re: Photographer's Block
« on: August 21, 2014, 02:54:01 PM »
I've got to question your motives behind asking this question.  Why are you trying to force yourself out of a "photographer's block"?  You clearly are not a professional.  What is to be gained?

I have many hobbies.  If I'm ever in a "creative block" with those hobbies, I don't try to force myself to enjoy it in some other aspect.  I simply leave that hobby alone until a yearning to participate in it arises naturally.  I have an ever-growing model railroad in my basement.  I have gone months without touching it at some points.  But I never try to force myself to enjoy it in some way.  At some point, I get an itch, and then I scratch it.  I never scratch when there is no itch.  There's always something else out there. 

Sounds like maybe you're trying to justify the large expense that photography can be as a hobby (although I don't know what gear you have or how much you've spent).  This is what you do.  Just forget about it for now, man.  When the creative juices start flowing again, you'll know.  That's when you pick up the camera.  For now, partake in another one of your hobbies.  If you sadly don't have other hobbies, find one, it's a huge world out there!

 hmm. It's actually a simple question.  There is no motive behind it.  Yes, I do not make a living off of photography, but I have sold and donated my services.  I've spent about $6,000 on my photography equipment which is nothing in comparison to most.  I do have quite a few hobbies that range from shooting, to guitar, to raising sheep with my kids, to sports, to technology, to reading, and to home improvement.  I even have a garden.  So, no shortage of other things to do there.

Back to the question at hand though.  I hear your recommendation to walk away for a while, and that's fine.  But, what if someone else out there found another way to get out of a creative slump?  If I don't ask the question then I might miss out on an opportunity to ignite my creative juices rather than take the 'sit back and see' approach.  Waiting may end up being the best course of action, but there also may be another way.  That is the motive behind the question. 

So to be clear - I have no shopper's remorse.

Site Information / Re: NEW ___ Sell Your Gear - Beta Test
« on: August 21, 2014, 10:58:14 AM »
Just a thought, if this goes live, perhaps if there are sufficient posts per week, a split into country / regions might be useful - I may be interested in buying a lens in the UK, but not so one in the US for example

This is a good idea given the geographic diversity of the CR members.

Photography Technique / Re: Photographer's Block
« on: August 21, 2014, 10:07:29 AM »

Dear friend Mr. Wes.
Yes, I feel you pain from time to time , too. But When I hit the low spot like 5-6 years ago, I volunteer to be the Official Photographer for the Non Profit Organizations to  When they have the Public Activities, And I take the Photography/ Lighting Classes at the local Community college to Learn some thing New and Difference from my Skill, and try to improve my Photographic Skill. Yes 5-6 years ago, I deep in love with Macro photography, When I got 4 New Macro / Canon Lenses---But since then, I do not do Macro Photography any more------Ha, Ha, Ha---Well Yes, I change my Photography and relaxing style---Just Rent the Hotel at the Beach on the top floor, And Shoot the Seagulls/ Beautiful Ladies on the beach---With out  get beat-up from The Young/ Strong  Lady's Boy friends---Ha, Ha, Ha. ) Just Kidding)
YES,  You can  start to set up " The Local Photography/ Cameras Club" and  Use your Skill / Expertise in Photography Technique ,to teach the Young/ Beginner Photographers in your home city.---That Will be the blessing for the Local Youth, who want to be a good Photographer like you.
Good lick .
Apex, North Carolina, USA. ( Yes, My original Home country = Thailand )

Hi friend Surapon,
   I like your idea of photography from a safe distance and found your shots very inspiring.  I do live in a college town that is about to start its fall semester.   There is no shortage of scenery here, especially during football season ;)

Thank you for your recommendations and advice,


Photography Technique / Re: Photographer's Block
« on: August 21, 2014, 09:40:02 AM »

Photography Technique / Re: Photographer's Block
« on: August 21, 2014, 12:53:45 AM »
Try returning to black and white film.
Try shooting with a view camera - looking at your subject upside down and reversed really changes your perception habits.
Don't bother with a camera. See what you can do with your phone. Make low expectations work for you.
Live in Ferguson, MO.

My family is from Windsor, MO.  Does that count?

Photography Technique / Re: Photographer's Block
« on: August 20, 2014, 11:13:21 PM »
lmao..  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Not sure that will pass the wife test.   .Though I'm up for something new, I have a rule that I won't do something that I would be ashamed to show my mother
... who am I kidding, sure I would.
edit: of course, if she's that hot I probably wouldn't be ashamed to show anyone

Photography Technique / Photographer's Block
« on: August 20, 2014, 10:54:33 PM »
Hi everyone,
   so I think I've hit a new low regarding my enjoyment of photography.  I just can't seem to get inspired to do anything lately.  I've worked on macro, sports, portraiture, real estate, architecture, and wildlife but right now none of those seem appealing.   I figure I'm just going through a lull and that it will pass once fall begins.   I'm not saying that I'm going to give it up, but I'm not as ready to get out there and snap some photos as I used to be.  Also, when I do get out there, my pictures don't look right - it's almost like I'm trying too hard.    Maybe I suffer from Low T - who knows.   
   I'm sure that I'm not the only one out there who has run into photographer's block.  So my question to the collective minds is, what do you do to snap yourself out of this funk?


Landscape / Re: Rural Landscapes
« on: August 20, 2014, 03:04:13 PM »
Horse ranch near Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

EOS Bodies / Re: B & H is already selling 7D Mark II Accessories
« on: August 19, 2014, 11:43:52 AM »
Do you think that this product confirms the name of the camera?  There was discussion regarding if the 7D name would change.

PowerShot / Re: What Else is Coming for Photokina? [CR2]
« on: August 17, 2014, 08:21:34 PM »
So the rumour is that Canon will have something at Photokina...but nobody knows what it is or even if it is....

I believe that sums it up.

Photography Technique / Re: 46 Photography eBooks You Can Have for Free
« on: August 17, 2014, 08:30:36 AM »
Thank you for sharing!

Canon General / Re: Gear Realities
« on: August 15, 2014, 11:07:29 AM »
Great summary Mackguyver.  I always enjoy reading your posts.

Canon General / Re: Gear Realities
« on: August 15, 2014, 11:05:51 AM »

Dear Friend, Mr. mackguyver.
Just  1  more addition tool  In my Idea,  The Tool that I use for Shooting The  super dark area in the Topless Bar ( The Dancing Girls) in Bangkok Thailand---And Super Shook Proof  Camera that build like tank, Which I can us as the Weapon to fight with the Drunk People in the Bar.
I love your post, Great Job, Sir.

You may want to travel to such places with a compact monopod/nightstick

Canon General / Re: Gear Realities
« on: August 15, 2014, 10:30:24 AM »

So in summary, the answer is - it depends.  A good photographer can take good photos with any gear (see the DigitalRev series for proof), but gear does help some or a lot depending on what you shoot.

** A good photographer can take good photos with any gear
Hmmmmm ! let me think;  give him a T1i with a kit lens to shoot boxing fights under dim lighting - you are going to wait 10 years for him to deliver 13 acceptable images for your photo story.

I've got a T1i - give me a crack at it.  I've gotten acceptable results in many difficult shooting situations.  I've not tried a boxing match, but I bet I could get them.
Oh, and I have an American Strat Plus with a Fender Twin.


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