Finding good spots to shoot

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Randy W. Sims, May 17, 2005.

  1. How do you find good spots to shot? I know there are good shots to be
    had in most places, but I guess one of the things I'm interested in is
    finding events that might be worth looking into. For example, there is
    an exhibit at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens right now, "Locomotion",
    with a large model railroad with models of some of Atlanta's buildings
    (see my gallery link in sig). I never would have known about this neat
    exhibit except that I happened to go into a place that had a paper
    opened up to a page that mentioned it, laying out on a table. Okay, so
    the paper would be one place. But I thought maybe there might be a
    mailing-list, newsgroup, etc, where photo hobbyist share resources and
    information that would appeal more specifically to photo hobbyist as
    opposed to weeding through current event notices, etc.

    Randy.
     
    Randy W. Sims, May 17, 2005
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    Stacey Guest

    What I ussually do is make a "project" and try to follow through with it.
    One year I went around shooting the local parks, trying to get a different
    perspective and how they fit into the city. Another time I went looking for
    old gas stations that looked interesting. This spring I got hung up on
    shooting macros of flowers. For me if I have some sort of focus on what I'm
    going out looking for, I seem to find interesting things to shoot even if
    it doesn't turn out to be what I went out looking for in the first place?

    One thing I always avoid is going to place that have been shot a zillions
    times before. For me there are too many cool things that have never been
    shot to bother with yet another image of half dome etc.
     
    Stacey, May 17, 2005
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  3. That brings up another question: How do you find old gas stations? I
    took some shots of an old mill near where I live a couple weeks ago, and
    I was thinking I would like to find some other mills, but I don't know
    how to go about finding them. I really like old buildings, barns,
    houses, mills, etc.

    Something occured to me the other day. I was sitting in my local Barnes
    and Noble Bookstore, sipping a valencia mocha when I looked over beside
    me and spotted some books on Georgia (USA). I always ignored them,
    thinking they were tourist books. Well, since I've started photagraphing
    stuff, I guess I am a tourist. Flipping through some of them gives me
    some ideas for places to go. I wonder what other resources are available.
    At this stage (beginner), I actually want to photograph things that have
    already been done before. It gives me something to compare to. I don't
    have anyone that I can show my efforts to that can give me the necessary
    critical feedback I need to improve. But if I mimic more experienced
    photogs, I can compare mine against theirs and hopefully learn something
    that way.

    Randy.
     
    Randy W. Sims, May 17, 2005
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    Stacey Guest

    Road trip! Load up your camera gear, get some road maps and go out looking.
    Exactly. Your must "tour" to be a tourist. I've found some cool spots just
    driving around on the backroads.
    But it's hard to really get any "style" trying to repeat what someone else
    has done.

    Sure you do, just post them online and wait for the critiques..
     
    Stacey, May 17, 2005
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    imagine Guest



    I usually spend my time hanging around parks and other courting spots
    (discretely concealed, naturally) in order to add worthwhile photo's to my
    'Peeping Tom' gallery.

    A decent lens 300mm -400mm is usually essential - and always use a monopod
    to help you with the necessary long exposure (no pun intended) times, as
    they are much easier to run with than a cumbersome tripod. Further, on the
    subject of running, sensible footwear is a must - don't skimp on decent
    trainers, they could well help you avoid unpleasantness.

    A stroll around the neighbourhood late at night might well reveal some
    bedroom curtains left carelessly open - and ideal opportunity if you go
    prepared (as I always do) Better still, if you are nimble you might be
    lucky enough to find a convenient tree adjacent to the un-curtained window.

    Happily, my branch of our hobby is on the up, at the moment - thanks to the
    extraordinary growth in public sexual intercourse.

    There are some 'Tom' purists, however, (myself included) who deplore the
    growth of wanton exhibitionism. Spying you with a camera, many couples
    these days are more likely to invite you over to photograph their lewd acts
    in excruciating detail! This is quite a change from the days when 'peeping'
    was a true sport - and one that carried the very real risk of a broken nose
    if you were tardy about getting away once spotted!

    In my opinion, every sport requires that vital risk if it is to remain
    challenging and enjoyable. Couples who are begging to be spied on don't
    really do anything for me - but, of course, that's just my opinion.
     
    imagine, May 17, 2005
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  6. (Snip)

    Best spots to sho(o)t are leopards!!!
     
    Ivor Longwonne, May 17, 2005
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    Frank ess Guest

    Are you for real?


    --
    Frank "Grumpy this morning" ess

    PS: The best photographs come from being in love with something and
    someone, and dragging a camera into the relationshp; the other
    conjugation of the relationship (loving a camera and trying to find
    something to love with it) sometimes comes close, but never a cigar. I
    think.

    F e

    PPS: I'll bet you will be interested in this
    http://worldphotoday2005.com/
     
    Frank ess, May 17, 2005
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  8. Good way to get technique though. A time-tested method, in fact.

    I can't find a quote, but I believe Picasso suggested that where
    one's imitations diverge from the original, one can find one's own
    style. Even if it's not apocryphal, he may have been pulling
    someone's chain, of course. Nevertheless, I like the advice.
     
    Ben Rosengart, May 17, 2005
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    Mr. Mark Guest

    How do you find good spots to shot?

    My girlfriend and I are making a point to tour all of Florida's state parks.
    Over 180 of them, so this keeps us busy on the weekends. :)

    We're shooting mostly nature and wildlife, but also there are people in the
    parks to shoot. We also tool around in downtown Tampa sometimes. And of
    course we have at least 1 camera between us at all times and everywhere we
    go because "you never know what you might find."

    So find something that interests you and shoot it. Architecture, nature,
    people, whatever. I see a few old barns in your gallery. I bet there are
    LOTS of old barns in the Atlanta area. Maybe you can find a few north of
    there that still say "see rock city".. Those are rare if they even still
    exist.

    Hope this helps.
     
    Mr. Mark, May 17, 2005
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  10. LOL.

    Dragan

    --
    Dragan Cvetkovic,

    To be or not to be is true. G. Boole No it isn't. L. E. J. Brouwer

    !!! Sender/From address is bogus. Use reply-to one !!!
     
    Dragan Cvetkovic, May 17, 2005
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    John Tucker Guest

    That's why context is *so* important. :)
     
    John Tucker, May 17, 2005
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    Stacey Guest

    You do have a point, but I think I'll puke if I see anymore B&W shots of
    half dome! :)
     
    Stacey, May 18, 2005
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    Frank ess Guest

    Why do you seek discomfort when even those small pleasures are so
    enjoyable?
     
    Frank ess, May 18, 2005
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  14. Expect tall men in black suits, from Homeland Security, to come calling in
    the night!!!
     
    Ivor Longwonne, May 18, 2005
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  15. Imitation might be good for the budding artist -- it doesn't mean
    anyone *else* will benefit from seeing the work. :)

    What's this half dome of which you speak?
     
    Ben Rosengart, May 18, 2005
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  16. What's this half dome of which you speak?

    It's a rock formation in Yosemite National Park, and a subject that
    obviously inspired Ansel Adams. One of the best known images in the
    history of landscape photography is:
    http://www.anseladams.com/Moon-and-Half-Dome-by-ANSEL-ADAMS-P18C110.aspx


    In 1927, it would have required a bit more effort to get to the
    location, now any jackass can just drive the SUV up the 5 to state
    120, and plenty of jackasses do.

    Don't go there expecting to find the solitude that Adams must have
    enjoyed there, before even the first hotel was built in the area.
     
    James Of Tucson, May 18, 2005
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    Jer Guest


    You're right, what would be the point? Thanks for the tip.
     
    Jer, May 18, 2005
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    Zal Guest

    There must be books about like "Day Trips"...or "Forgotten Places of..."...
    I just go for a drive, out of town. When something catches my eye, I stop
    and explore more.
    Even in the city, to go to the older part of the city on a weekend, when
    there is no much traffic and people.
    Look at the buildings, look up!
    In the park, don't be afraid to climb on something that will give a better
    and different view.
    Go to a small old town. You'll find very attractive spots there.
    Zal
     
    Zal, May 18, 2005
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    JPS Guest

    In message <>,
    "They called it Paradise; I don't know why
    You'd call some place Paradise,
    Kiss it Good-bye"

    The Eagles, "The Last Resort"
    --
     
    JPS, May 19, 2005
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    JPS Guest

    In message <qyrie.24237$>,
    Are there any witnesses?

    --
     
    JPS, May 19, 2005
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