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Been a while since I've seen anything quite as cool.
New IR photo batch.
My session was once again cut short due to factors beyond my control so I ended up getting only a fraction of the places I wanted to photograph actually captured. Made a few valuable observations on my 450D though. There seems to be a slight focus shift if the phase detection is used. CD-AF doesn't work on slower lenses but seems to work fine with my 50mm F/1.8 and produces very accurate focusing.
I stumbled upon something which I find hard to find proper words to describe...
Knowing what these photos represent I find it hard to describe them beautiful but they definitely hold some magnificence to them.
On a side note, thunderstorm outside... I smell a photo op...
Edit: Seems that I managed to miss the storm, or rather it managed to miss me. Seems that it's passing roughly 60 miles south of my location.
Anyway I'll monitor the lightning radars. Maybe with a strike of luck (pun intended) the storm turns...
Did manage to get some proof of concept exposure tests done so one's hoping to be ready if it indeed passes overhead.
Edit2:Another storm front seems to be approaching. Though it will be roughly 3 hours until it reaches here. That would make it 3am. Well not much sleep for me this night it seems...
Here's a question...
What do you do for inspiration?
I've ran into a bit of a photographer's block. Lately I've been feeling more and more that I'm forcing it and it shows.
Have you guys experienced anything similar and if so what have you done about it? Do you still go out with the camera hoping that the decent shot finds you or do you wait for some kind of idea for it to appear before you take the camera for an outing?
Do you study other photographers' work or some other form of art in hopes for inspiration?
Just out of curiosity..
While I do look at other photography to get an idea of what I'm looking for at a point in time, I usually end up finding myself just strolling around waiting for that shot to find me. Any day I feel like going on a long stroll I bring my camera and whenever something catches my eye, I'll take it into consideration of whether or not to photograph it.
I've fallen out of photography big-time. I used to run outside with as much gear as I could carry whenever I had an idea of a scene that I wanted to capture. On weekends or days that I'd finish my work early, I'd head out and look for photographic opportunities. Yet I haven't touched my camera in over a month (almost two months at this point, actually).
At this point I think I've taken a long enough break that I could get back into it just by doing some sort of photography that I'd traditionally enjoyed (macro photography, perhaps), but since I'm pretty busy it's actually a bit of a relief not to have photography constantly on my mind
But sort of in line with what
said, looking at the works of other photographers (both those who engage in forms of photography that you do not, and those who do the same type of photography as you) tended to be inspirational for me when I was still heavily into it. I'd try to figure out why their pictures felt more (or less) appealing than my own, and then try to incorporate it into my own shots. Or I'd branch out into new areas of photography... that sort of thing.
A few interesting links.
Okay since Picture It seems to attract only fairly limited interest here's an idea. After the current event, assuming we even get the amount of entries that it's feasible to go on to voting, we call it quits in it's current form. As a replacement there would be challenges.
A quick challenge howto.
First of all anybody and everybody could create one. I think it would be better to limit the amount of open challenges to say something between five to ten. Each challenge would have a theme picked by the challenge creator.
A challenge would run for as long as it takes to gather 10 entries and each participant would be allowed to submit a maximum of two entries to it. When the entry goal would be reached the winner would be determined by public vote just as in Picture It.
The technical rules would be the same in all challenges to avoid confusion. I'd suggest going with something alike the current ones in Picture It though there are a few adjustments I'd like to make to allow a bit more room to maneuver.
It would probably be best to set some kind of time limit to the challenges though. For example four to six months. If by the deadline there would be 4 or less entries the challenge would be closed, if there would be 5 or more we could either put it to vote as it is or allow more than 2 entries per participant.
As it seems that the members tend to be quite busy with other things, myself included, this would remove some of the problems with meeting the schedule and would allow for more variety in terms of theme, thus increasing the probability that everyone interested in participating in the group events would find something that they're comfortable with and interested in.
I like the idea because as you said it gets around some of the problems with people being busy. I say lets give it a try.
I'll leave this discussion open until the current Picture it is finished, so speak your mind.
A clarification on the rules, which I forgot.
I'd limit the number of active challenges to one per member.
The change on the technical regulations I was thinking of getting rid of the rigid pixel dimension rules and replacing it with total pixel count limit. The one I had in mind was 2Mpxl.
With 4/3 aspect ratio that would make the maximum dimensions 1631x1226, with 3/2 it would be 1732x1155 and with square 1414x1414.
A calculator can be found
I'm probably a bit late with this but...
Welcome to the group
Old Event Threads
Would anyone object if the old event threads would be deleted, since there isn't a whole lot of content there in the first place.
This gave me a giggle...
The one exposure per motive was what got me on the ground laughing.
Jeez is this group dead or something?
It's indeed been a bit on the quiet side lately...
Hey people. Create challenges or something...
for me its kinda confusing because of all the f-stops and stuff :/!
But oh well it's always fun when you get good photographs!
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