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    Default Photography thread.

    Interested in taking photos? Or simply looking at them? Is the techie side of it your bag? Cellphone shooter? Longtime film burner? Wet plate enthusiast? I thought a dedicated thread might be appropriate.

    Please note it's not my intention to tread on the toes of any other thread (Hello, 'Beautiful Pictures' thread!) in this matter. And I hope there's little of the elitist 'My camera/lenses are better/more expensive than yours nyah nyah' nonsense. I don't care if it's a high fashion shot with a digital Hassy or a Box Brownie snap of your cat - feel free to share. It's all good.
    Current status: not Photoshopping an arched back while blindfolded.

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    I am interested in taking photos

    I once read this quote of Jay Maisel

    try to go out empty and let your images fill you up

    the next day I bought my Canon Powershot

    it is a unique experience to see what you want to see through the lens

    I also like to explore the meanings behind the work of great photographers

    b & w photography is favourite to me

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    ^^^ outside of work I shoot black and white almost exclusively.

    Not a great shot, but this illustrates one of the reasons you should always carry some sort of camera, and also not just look at the potential of your surroundings, but also what the light is doing. I was outside the studio on a break and had a work camera with me. I looked up and across the street and noticed the semicircles, squares, rectangles - all the geometric shapes. Then I realised I had about two seconds to lift the camera and focus on the guy to catch that triangle of light pointing directly at his head.

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    That's a photo of a print and so much of the shadow detail is lost. But hopefully you get the point.

    Yes, black and white is where it's at. But I miss Kodachrome...
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    Quote Originally Posted by clara s View Post

    I also like to explore the meanings behind the work of great photographers
    Maybe there's a photo you would like to post and we could discuss? If not one of your own, perhaps by a photographer you enjoy the work of?
    And I know there are posters here who are interested in and have a knowledge of art. They're welcome to contribute too - you don't need to be a photographer to join in.
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    I like to take photos, it's my third profession, so to speak.
    My hometown, but not the view from my house.
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    A photo I entered into an online competition recently, I was an honourable mention. The Washington Monument.
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    A photo I took near my home one winter day at sunset.
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    Old Manhattan: 1 of 8
    28th Street Looking east from Second Avenue; April 4, 1931.jpg
    28th Street Looking east from Second Avenue; April 4, 1931

    A Hooverville in Brooklyn, ca. 1930-1932. The area is now Red Hook Park in Brooklyn..jpg
    A Hooverville in Brooklyn, ca. 1930-1932. The area is now Red Hook Park in Brooklyn.

    Amid road construction, the Hudson Diner advertises''Tables for Ladies'' on November 20, 1929, o.jpg
    Amid road construction, the Hudson Diner advertises''Tables for Ladies'' on November 20, 1929, on Marginal Street, looking east from 125th Street.

    Coney Island looking east from Steeplechase Pier showing Sunday bathers, crowd on beach; July 30.jpg
    Coney Island looking east from Steeplechase Pier showing Sunday bathers, crowd on beach; July 30, 1922.

    crowded street market under New York City Rail Road tracks, looking south on Park Avenue from 12.jpg
    crowded street market under New York City Rail Road tracks, looking south on Park Avenue from 123rd Street in June of 1932.

    Old Manhattan: 2 of 8

    Grand Central Station.jpg
    Grand Central Station

    Hayden Planetarium, American Museum of Natural History, West 81st St, between Columbus Avenue an.jpg
    Hayden Planetarium, American Museum of Natural History, West 81st St, between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West

    herd of sheep in the Sheep Meadow in Central Park, New York City, ca. 1900-1910.jpg
    herd of sheep in the Sheep Meadow in Central Park, New York City, ca. 1900-1910

    IRT Lexington Avenue Line - City Hall subway station (original); 1904..jpg
    IRT Lexington Avenue Line - City Hall subway station (original); 1904.

    Italian vegetable sidewalk stand, Bleeker Street near Church of Our Lady of Pompeii; August of 1.jpg
    Italian vegetable sidewalk stand, Bleeker Street near Church of Our Lady of Pompeii; August of 1937.

    Old Manhattan: 3 of 8

    Lower Manhattan skyline at night, from beneath the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn; February of 1938..jpg
    Lower Manhattan skyline at night, from beneath the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn; February of 1938.

    Manhattan Bridge, under-construction, seen from the roof of Robert Gear Building, showing suspen.jpg
    Manhattan Bridge, under-construction, seen from the roof of Robert Gear Building, showing suspenders and saddles, on February 11, 1909

    Meeker Avenue Bridge under construction, looking south at Brooklyn approach; June 29, 1939.jpg
    Meeker Avenue Bridge under construction, looking south at Brooklyn approach; June 29, 1939

    Men cut ice from Kissena Lake in Queens, ca. 1860-1900.jpg
    Men cut ice from Kissena Lake in Queens, ca. 1860-1900

    Old Manhattan: 4 of 8
    Monday Morning In New York City, 1904 postcard.jpg
    Monday Morning In New York City, 1904 postcard

    New York Fire Department demonstration of a steam pumper converted from horse-drawn to motor-dri.jpg
    New York Fire Department demonstration of a steam pumper converted from horse-drawn to motor-driven, at 12th Avenue and 56th Street.

    New York Police Department evidence photo, homicide scene. Jos Kellner, 404 East 54th Street, mu.jpg
    New York Police Department evidence photo, homicide scene. Jos Kellner, 404 East 54th Street, murdered in hallway, on January 7, 1916

    newspaper boy and other''newsies'', on Delancey Street, on December 26, 1906.jpg
    newspaper boy and other''newsies'', on Delancey Street, on December 26, 1906

    Old Manhattan: 5 of 8

    night view of Midtown Manhattan, looking south from Madison Avenue and the 50's, ca. 1935-1941..jpg
    night view of Midtown Manhattan, looking south from Madison Avenue and the 50's, ca. 1935-1941.

    Ninth Avenue El trains 2 levels of tracks, 66th Street El station in background, in October of 1.jpg
    Ninth Avenue El trains 2 levels of tracks, 66th Street El station in background, in October of 1933. Photo taken on Columbus Avenue, nwest of Lincoln Square & 65th St

    Painters suspended on cables of the the Brooklyn Bridge; October 7, 1914. (Eugene de Salignac.jpg
    Painters suspended on cables of the the Brooklyn Bridge; October 7, 1914. (Eugene de Salignac

    Powell House at 195th Street and 58th Avenue North, Queens, on May 20, 1941.jpg
    Powell House at 195th Street and 58th Avenue North, Queens, on May 20, 1941

    Old Manhattan: 6 of 8

    Queensboro Bridge - An experimental exposure; February 9, 1910..jpg
    Queensboro Bridge - An experimental exposure; February 9, 1910.

    Queensboro Bridge under construction, on August 8, 1907.jpg
    Queensboro Bridge under construction, on August 8, 1907

    Queensboro Bridge, showing reconstruction of tracks looking east, on November 22, 1929.jpg
    Queensboro Bridge, showing reconstruction of tracks looking east, on November 22, 1929

    Red Hook Swimming Pool, Clinton, Bay & Henry Streets, Brooklyn.jpg
    Red Hook Swimming Pool, Clinton, Bay & Henry Streets, Brooklyn

    Old Manhattan: 7 of 8

    Shadows cast by the Brooklyn Bridge - from from a stable roof; May 6, 1918..jpg
    Shadows cast by the Brooklyn Bridge - from from a stable roof; May 6, 1918.

    Sixth Ave. and 40th St - Man reads paper with headline, ''Nazi Army Now 75 Miles From Paris.'' M.jpg
    Sixth Ave. and 40th St - Man reads paper with headline, ''Nazi Army Now 75 Miles From Paris.'' May 18, 1940

    Subway Road Comes up for air in Brooklyn -- in background, a view of Manhattan from subway eleva.jpg
    Subway Road Comes up for air in Brooklyn -- in background, a view of Manhattan from subway elevated tracks, 8th Street, Brooklyn, New York, on March 21, 1938

    superstructure - under-construction Manhattan Bridge - Washington St. New York; June 5, 1908.jpg
    superstructure - under-construction Manhattan Bridge - Washington St. New York; June 5, 1908

    Old Manhattan: 8 of 8

    Times Square. Times Building, Loew's Theatre, Hotel Astor, Gaiety Theatre other landmarks; Janua.jpg
    Times Square. Times Building, Loew's Theatre, Hotel Astor, Gaiety Theatre other landmarks; January, 1938

    view down an alley, as rows and rows of laundry hang from tenements ca. 1935-1941. Seen looking .jpg
    view down an alley, as rows and rows of laundry hang from tenements ca. 1935-1941. Seen looking west from 70 Columbus Avenue or Amsterdam Avenue at 63nd Street

    Williamsburg Bridge, looking west - congested traffic in Manhattan; January 29, 1923..jpg
    Williamsburg Bridge, looking west - congested traffic in Manhattan; January 29, 1923.

    and one from 1965 ~
    Statue of Liberty, New York harbor - aerial view; January 27, 1965.jpg
    Statue of Liberty, New York harbor - aerial view; January 27, 1965
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    nice photos, I love photography and been taking photo for $$, well sort of. But my equipments are mostly beginner entry level.

    mainstream city skyline view...
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    Quote Originally Posted by senza sordino View Post
    I like to take photos, it's my third profession, so to speak.
    My hometown, but not the view from my house.
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    A photo I entered into an online competition recently, I was an honourable mention. The Washington Monument.
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    A photo I took near my home one winter day at sunset.
    Attachment 46795
    Good stuff.
    So, how did you find your way into having photography as one of your professions?
    Current status: not Photoshopping an arched back while blindfolded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jurianbai View Post
    nice photos, I love photography and been taking photo for $$, well sort of. But my equipments are mostly beginner entry level.

    mainstream city skyline view...
    IMG_9115 - jurianbai.jpg
    Looks like you're doing just fine with your beginner/entry level equipment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mirepoix View Post
    Good stuff.
    So, how did you find your way into having photography as one of your professions?
    I didn't mean it literally, sorry. I only have one profession that earns money, my second profession is my hobby of music, my third profession, actually a hobby, is photography. I have had one photo used in a children's travel book, and a couple of photos used by websites. I haven't earned any money from photography, but I have earned lots of satisfaction.

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    No, my mistake - I should read things properly!
    Your satisfaction is certainly a great measure of success. Sure, it's good to keep the client happy, but I know that shooting outside of work leads to my own fulfillment. Having said that, your shots being published shows you're doing alright for yourself, because the market is saturated and some people never get to see their work being used.
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    I remember getting my first camera. Well, my first SLR. I was about thirteen years old and I took a job delivering milk in the mornings before school. I'd get down to the depot at about 04:30 and then carry crates of milk bottles up three or four flights of stairs (bonus of this was that the protein from the 'free' milk and the exercise helped make my core and back strong from an early age) until about 08:30. I did that for about one year until I had enough money for my camera. I gladly quit the job and went into town to buy it...but found it had gone up in price! So, back to climbing stairs with milk...

    Eventually I owned a camera and a 50mm lens. That was my only lens for more than a year. But I learned how to use it. I learned what it was capable of, and to this day I can make a 50mm lens do a decent impression of a wider lens. My next purchase was a flash and a PC cord. After that I got a longer lens and started shooting portraits for neighbours and family friends. The (little) money I earned mostly went on buying more film - Tri-x.

    By 15 I had a Saturday job in a studio. I wasn't even an apprentice - I mostly swept the floors and stuff like that. I was paid in free studio time (during quiet periods) and all the Kodachrome I could eat. But I always had my camera with me and sometimes after they'd finished for the day the models would pose and let me shoot a few frames. Yay for being exposed to so many unfeasibly attractive women at that age! (Haha)

    The next year I was full time and my camera died. It wasn't built for such heavy use and I'm surprised it lasted so long. But I still own and use a few lenses from back then. Come to think of it, I'm surprised I've lasted so long too.
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    Roscrea.jpg

    That's a photo I took a while back using my phone, into direct sunlight at 10am. It's kind of a gimmick of mine, but I like to see what unusual effects it can have. This time, it looks kind of foggy and later in the day...
    The Brain - is wider than the Sky

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    More from my downloaded collection I; 1 of 10

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    Bob Dylan in Taxi, from ''Rock Dreams'' Guy Peelaert

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    American Way; John Vachon 1940

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    Aula de Especialización ~ Motel

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    Aula de Especialización ~ Xiaoxi Liao-China

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    Asia Storefront

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    Signage
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    Until a few years ago this was my most stolen photo. I've seen it used in adverts for dating websites and hair products and all manner of nonsense. Ridiculous, because it was an outtake and worth nothing.

    PSX_20140717_140414.jpg


    Techie stuff: harsh lighting/hard edged shadows (suitable because it's a dude's face) courtesy of a bare flash fired at the studio wall, which acts like a huge reflector.
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