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Ideas? Challenges?
« on: February 26, 2013, 08:48:46 PM »
Thanks to my recent spell of depression, I've forced myself to take photos at every opportunity, aiming to get some enthusiasm back.

And now I'm looking to challenge myself, seek out new ideas to try. So off to google, and I know, hollywood icons. Image search bought up classic shots of Audrey Hepburn (always my fave!) Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra along with others such as Gina Lollobridgida.

Spent time analysing where I feel the light is coming from, and whether soft/hard and working how to homage them.

Hopefully in the coming weeks, I'll have some shots to post!

Anyone else working along these lines of trying something new?
Carl

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« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2013, 10:24:26 PM »
Carl-glad to hear that photography helps you overcome your depression. For me it is not soo much about setting myself a topic but more about limiting myself to going out with little gear and sometimes with gear that I usually do not use.

I.e. I went to Shanghai, mainly for photography and I took only a Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 lens with me and nothing else. I regularly go out with just two items - a lens and a body and try to make th best of it. It helps me to concentrate on subject matter and not on "what lens am I going to use now..."
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« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2013, 02:28:55 AM »
Carl, I am not much good at any style so keep trying new things to prove I can do them (after a fashion).
I'd love to see what you come up with...john
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« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2013, 10:36:29 AM »
Thanks Stef and John!

That Tamron is a fine walkaround lens. Bought for weddings, used at every opportunity when I take trips out to places like Liverpool and Chester.

John, have a look at www.photographymonthly.com/phototv they've shot an Audrey inspired spread and at work, our oasis/rest spot fits perfectly with the setting (spotlights above, big window, table...) for the classic Audrey Breakfast at Tiffanys. One of the managers has very similar features and she's "agreed" to be shot. So just waiting for gloves/cigarette holder to be delivered.

I may also do myself as Bogey!
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« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2013, 02:05:40 AM »
Carl

Good topic. And, hey, you as Bogey would be cool. I never saw a Bogart film...but love this song.

Anyway. As you know I take a lot of photos but I think they lack depth. Sort of "same old same old." Birds and scenery. In Feb 2006, we went to Mexico as volunteers to do some work with less fortunate children. A few days before we were scheduled to leave, the project manager asked me to be the photographer. Instead of participating in the daily chores, I simply took photos. At each stop, I slithered of the bus and simply tried to blend in to the masses and I took photos...of anything and everything. It was a treat for me and the other participants appreciated my efforts.  It was most enjoyable and I had free rein and did not have to ask permission. I just took photos.

In our society today it is so difficult to shoot "street" scenes for fear of offending people.

I supposed the opportunities are endless in our minds...it is more difficult when it involves others. I have a large collection of cloud photos..maybe something not wise to suggest to Brits..as you tend to get a lot of clouds, right? Nonetheless, weather and clouds are great subjects. (I am just rambling along here... ;) )

Pat was doing vanatis a while back. (Pat .. sorry, I never got mine done yet. :-[ ) And she and Mr. W were doing parodies of famous paintings. They were top-drawer.

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« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2013, 07:35:17 AM »
Setting yourself a project can be rewarding. I'm in discussions with a former pro photographer in my Hertfordshire village about producing a book about people at work in the village; I'm envisaging just using a single prime lens for the project and shooting in mono   Early days, but it concentrates the mind and helps combat the depression!
I look forward to seeing what you produce
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« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2013, 08:34:49 AM »
Richard wrote " a book about people at work in the village"

Reminds me ... 2 or 3 years ago we visited a small-town museum in what was once a prosperous coal mining area. Today, the area remains prosperous because of agriculture and oil and gas in the area, but the small coal towns took a big hit when diesel replaced coal used in trains.

The museum has a display of about 30 B&W photos along with 30 short essays featuring 30 old mine workers and their wives. Each photo and essay is mounted and framed. I did not read all of them but read a few and the works provide a lot of insight into the days of mining in the region.

This project was done in the late 80s or early 90s so the photos were taken with B&W film and I was blown away by the clarity of the photos. Just amazing.

Anyway .... Richard may be on to something here.

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« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2013, 10:02:21 AM »
Thanks chaps!

It's quite challenging with both lighting and processing. First attempt at a "Bogey", lighting to be tweaked for better separation!