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    Quote Originally Posted by hopefulphoto
    I love taking photos...I've got a Nikon D70s with a 18-70mm lens. I take it everywhere I go whether I'm going out for groceries, to work, anywhere. But I'm in a bit of a rut. I don't know what to shoot. I've taken lots of pictures of the pretty areas around town (lakes, trees, animals, etc) and I'm not sure what to shoot next. I would really like to get into people photography but I'm always afraid that if I do that and someone sees me, I'll look like a creep, you know? Or am I just blabbering here? Any help?
    maybe you can try this ...shoot something communicating certain emotions or feelings:

    safety
    security
    access
    connection
    risk
    despair
    noise
    instability
    caution
    indiference
    loss
    stubbornness
    elation
    lethargy
    ambition
    abndonment
    grief
    love

    and emphasis and incorporate whatever possible elements of design
    line
    shape
    form
    texture
    pattern
    color
    - quoted from Bryan Peterson's Learning to see Creatively

    Whether in Canada or Spore there is a lot to shoot !!! If not you most welcome to pass me your D70
    Last edited by shyanyap; 21st March 2006 at 02:03 PM.

  2. #22

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    Those were just examples to illustrate the points made:

    a. That photography should support your passion and not be an end in itself;

    b. That if you don't figure out what you like to do, and how photography can support it, then you'll be stuck in a rut for a long time.

    Wai Leong
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    Quote Originally Posted by hopefulphoto
    Alrighty! Thank you for the great suggestions. All of those suggestions give me a better understanding of what I can shoot next. Unfortunately, I don't live in a big city so I can't really take photos of events, or local talents, etc. Good thing is I will be moving in August to a big city so I'll have no more excuses to find subjects to shoot!

  3. #23

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    I absolutely loved Victoria, British Columbia!! I was only within the downtown region so I didn't see everything but just downtown by itself was simply beautiful. I probably took 200+ pictures of the Inner Harbour alone. There's so much that you can shoot there...but I guess that goes for any location really. I've lived in Lethbridge all my life so I've seen pretty much all of it and to me, it's becomming very mundane.

  4. #24

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    Quote Originally Posted by hopefulphoto
    I absolutely loved Victoria, British Columbia!! I was only within the downtown region so I didn't see everything but just downtown by itself was simply beautiful. I probably took 200+ pictures of the Inner Harbour alone. There's so much that you can shoot there...but I guess that goes for any location really. I've lived in Lethbridge all my life so I've seen pretty much all of it and to me, it's becomming very mundane.
    Yeah, I didn't venture far from the downtown area also. There were simply too many things there to keep me during the 10 days of my trip such that I didn't have any more time to go visit Vancouver. You can actually walk along the coast all the way to Ogden (sp?) Point and there is a long breakwater that stretches out into the sea. There are many people taking a stroll along that but I didn't dare because it was really cold then and I was afraid that the wind would blow me away.

    Searched the web and found this.. Maybe you've seen them all but it sure is something new to me. If you haven't seen them, then that may give you some ideas?
    http://www.lethbridge.ca/home/Enjoyi...ry/default.htm

    Do the weekends allow you to travel somewhere else?
    Last edited by lsisaxon; 22nd March 2006 at 02:23 PM.

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    Ooh thank you for the link! I haven't even seen some of those spots listed on that page. I really liked this http://www.lethbridge.ca/NR/rdonlyre...ridgelarge.jpg... I wish it was a little nicer outside - not so brown.
    Now, if I was in Victoria, BC, I would have lots and lots of things I could shoot! Plus, it's green there and their flowers are out already.

  6. #26

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    Quote Originally Posted by hopefulphoto
    I am located in Western Canada right now. I have gone into the countryside and taken a few photos of the flat land that surrounds our city. I would like to take a trip to the mountains sometime when the weather is much nicer but that probably won't be able to happen until mid-April.
    Ahahah u dunno how many of us here are salivating to shoot places like where u r from
    Ok for me alone tt is :P

  7. #27

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    Quote Originally Posted by waileong
    You could start by reading "On Being a Photographer" by David Hurn. He explains why your photography should support your interest in life rather than being your interest in life. ...

  8. #28

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    Quote Originally Posted by hopefulphoto
    Ooh thank you for the link! I haven't even seen some of those spots listed on that page. I really liked this http://www.lethbridge.ca/NR/rdonlyre...ridgelarge.jpg... I wish it was a little nicer outside - not so brown.
    Now, if I was in Victoria, BC, I would have lots and lots of things I could shoot! Plus, it's green there and their flowers are out already.
    Yeah... it just goes to show that, soemtimes, you just need to look from a different perspective from what you're so used to look at. Victoria.. I will probably go there again.. This time I must visit Vancouver too!! It's a total of 36 hours of flight to get there from here and back!!

    Oh by the way, it's green here all year round and we really hope to have more colours..

  9. #29

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    Well I made the plunge this morning and bought the 70-300mm zoom lens for my Nikon D70s!

    I will definitely have to get out now and take some pictures (once it gets a little more green here) and post them up

  10. #30

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    Quote Originally Posted by hopefulphoto
    Well I made the plunge this morning and bought the 70-300mm zoom lens for my Nikon D70s! http://static.flickr.com/25/11691070...1e2e93.jpg?v=0

    I will definitely have to get out now and take some pictures (once it gets a little more green here) and post them up
    Looks like a nice piece of lens. So now you cannot find any excuses not to go out and shoot anymore and especially so when spring really kicks in.
    Last edited by lsisaxon; 24th March 2006 at 09:50 AM.

  11. #31

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    Quote Originally Posted by lsisaxon
    Looks like a nice piece of lens. So now you cannot find any excuses not to go out and shoot anymore and especially so when spring really kicks in.
    If the excuse to shoot is a new gear, and not because one have a passion for something, there will always be more excuses not to shoot.

    The problem here is the mindset.

    Not equipment.

    Not locations.

    Not lack of "photo opportunities".

  12. #32

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    Quote Originally Posted by student
    If the excuse to shoot is a new gear, and not because one have a passion for something, there will always be more excuses not to shoot.

    The problem here is the mindset.

    Not equipment.

    Not locations.

    Not lack of "photo opportunities".
    Sometimes, some people need motivating factors, some don't. For me, I shoot anything. Even if I don't have an SLR with me, most of the time I will have a digital compact with me. But of course, back to the original post, shoot only when you think it is really good. That will be even more motivational. If you just shoot anything and have to look through lots of lousy pictures, then you'll tend to get sick of it and lose the momentum. This, I find, might be one of the stumbling blocks for people who start with digital.

    For hopefulphoto, I think having the 70-300 will be very useful because of the large spaces there, and it will nicely compliment the 18-70 and open up more opportunities.
    Last edited by lsisaxon; 24th March 2006 at 10:11 AM.

  13. #33

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    Quote Originally Posted by lsisaxon
    I think having the 70-300 will be very useful because of the large spaces there, and it will nicely compliment the 18-70 and open up more opportunities.

    Opportunities are opened by the eyes, not by equipment.

    Yes, I know you cannot photograph the eye of the house fly with the kit lens.

    Yes I know you cannot photograph the golden eagle flying one mile away with the kit lens.

    If one aspires to do macro photography and wildlife photography, yes you need specialised equipments.

    But still, with the simple 50 mm lens, Cartier-Bresson and hordes of similar minded photographers made incredible images. They made incredible images that most of us cannot do with the 70-300 mm lens.

    Don't blame equipment and locations for lack of passion and vision.

  14. #34

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    Quote Originally Posted by lsisaxon
    For me, I shoot anything.
    That's what I tried to do. I tried taking pictures of everything that I saw but that was also consuming my battery and my time. I was searching through thousands of photos, many of them were awful. I need a subject to shoot...I can't just walk around and snap photos like some people can. I wish I could but unfortunately, I donít work that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hopefulphoto
    That's what I tried to do. I tried taking pictures of everything that I saw but that was also consuming my battery and my time. I was searching through thousands of photos, many of them were awful. I need a subject to shoot...I can't just walk around and snap photos like some people can. I wish I could but unfortunately, I donít work that way.
    Perhaps, you don't have the burning passion some of us here has? It's nothing worng.

    We need a break/vacation from work, so do we need it from a consuming hobby. Maybe, you should stop shooting for a while, a few days, a week, a month, or longer. Works wonder for me everytime. The longest break I took was 5 years, the last one lasted for 3 months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hopefulphoto
    That's what I tried to do. I tried taking pictures of everything that I saw but that was also consuming my battery and my time. I was searching through thousands of photos, many of them were awful. I need a subject to shoot...I can't just walk around and snap photos like some people can. I wish I could but unfortunately, I don’t work that way.

    In my opinion, "shooting anything" - without thought, and feeling, is plain stupidity.

    Anything is "photographable", but it does not follow that you must/should photograph "anything".

    The idea that one can "Shoot anything" means that "anything" can be a photographic subject.

    I can photograph "anything", but I do not. I do not photograph events. I do not photograph underwater life. I do not photograph wild life.

    Even though I am a person photographer, I do not photograph what is called "fashion photography". I do not photograph the type of family photographs that people do in formal studios.

    One do not photograph everything what one sees. One photograph things/subjects that one in connected to, emotionally, and meaningfully.

    Do you not need to "search for a subject" to shoot. You need to search inside you, and ask what subjects you are connected to. You said you like to photograph people. Do you really like people? Or is it more that people are subjects only for your photographs? If you are interested in people, then show that you are interested in them, wherever you are. Talk to them. Shake their hands. For a little while, get involved and be part of the strangers life.

    And you will find people right where you are. Not big cities. In fact, because you are in a small place, it is easier to get involved with people. And then, being part of them, you can make photographs of them.
    Last edited by student; 24th March 2006 at 02:00 PM.

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    shoot something that interest you




    or something you are not interested with at all

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    Quote Originally Posted by hopefulphoto
    That's what I tried to do. I tried taking pictures of everything that I saw but that was also consuming my battery and my time. I was searching through thousands of photos, many of them were awful. I need a subject to shoot...I can't just walk around and snap photos like some people can. I wish I could but unfortunately, I don’t work that way.
    When I say I shoot anything, I only shoot when it's worthy of a shot. I shoot anything, but that does not mean I shoot everything. For example, when I see something different about the thing which I get to see everyday. A different point of view, something which I feel not many will even take a second glance. Anything can be a subject, but only when you make it into one, a unique one, a unique experience you want to keep or to share with someone.

    If you're just trigger happy, you will exhaust yourself out because the bad shots will outnumber the good ones. You will feel like just giving up and throwing everything away. I bring a camera out with me not because I want to shoot everything but when the moment is there when I feel I need to capture, I will not regret not having at least a digital compact which can get something decent with me. But if the situation is way beyond what the digital compact can handle, I will not shoot it because it will be a waste of time.

    'Student' is very experienced and has provided a great insight into people photography, a subject which I am definitely far behind and still have a long way to go. People are not easy subjects. You will definitely need to find the right moment to release the shutter to capture the exact mood you want to convey. Like an artist, a poet, the people photographer need many years of practice and which is why he still calls himself 'Student'.

    The moment you think that you are already the master, that's when you will no longer learn, no longer push for something better. That's when you will stagnate.

    People who walk around and snap photos are what I call sight-seers. They may be just tourists who only want a memory of the place. Maybe it's time to learn when to shoot and when not to. Photography is something which requires patience too. Some photographer can visit a certain place so many times but the lighting is wrong and they don't shoot, but they will go back again and when the sky and lighting is just right, that is when he has captured a piece of art. Bird and animal photographers can study the animal behaviour for a period of time before they really embark on a shoot. The pictures they get are those which you can almost feel the animals are telling you something. These all require patience.
    Last edited by lsisaxon; 24th March 2006 at 02:03 PM.

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    Don't take the wrong way, but I see shooting as an outlet. I can grab my camera and escape from everything else that's going awry in my life. I couldn't bare to take a break from it. I'm only a youngin' when it comes to photography. I can't say I'm very experienced as some of those on this board but I'm just starting out and I would appreciate the support and encouragement when it comes to what to shoot next and not receive a lecture.

  20. #40

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    Quote Originally Posted by hopefulphoto
    ..... not receive a lecture.

    If you consider the efforts by people who spent time and thoughts in writing to assist you as a "lecture", you will alienate many who try genuinely to help you.

    In any case, with this statement of yours, you are now on my ignore list.
    Last edited by student; 25th March 2006 at 12:58 PM.

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