Why I love Photography

Discussion in 'Photography' started by rufref, Mar 28, 2005.

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    rufref Guest

    I see posts for why I love digital, and why I love film, but no one says why
    they love photography. Whether digital or film, it is the image and story
    you are trying to tell, the emotion, the smack
    you-in-the-face-damn-that's-good feeling. And you created it.

    rufref, Mar 28, 2005
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    Scott W Guest

    Good post and good topic.

    I love photography because it lets me capture the world around me and
    the life of my wife and myself. I don't aspire to make fine art
    prints as much as capturing the look and feel of the things I see. I
    took photos of our canoe team's Molokai race last year and seeing
    the team members delight in the photos was very satisfying. I
    photograph those things that I want to remember, whether it is a place
    person or activity. My favorite photos are the ones where I capture
    an emotion on someone face.

    Scott W, Mar 28, 2005
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    Mark Lauter Guest

    the emotion, the smack
    Which you can only get from shooting film.. heh heh.. <eg>

    Seriously though, good point.

    Mark Lauter

    Photos, Ideas & Opinions

    Why shoot black and white? Because it isn't color. Color is for vacation
    Mark Lauter, Mar 28, 2005
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    info Guest

    You should of captured the one you made me express when you posted a
    negetive comment on something I spend hours a day doing and loving.

    Thanks again Scott.
    info, Mar 28, 2005
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    Scott W Guest

    Sorry I upset you, you asked why people did not give your site as a
    reference and I gave what I thought was the reason. The point is that
    I am not sure what your site adds that the others don't have and all
    the major ones, the ones people give as references, go into far more
    detail then what you do. Sure doing a web site that reviews digital
    cameras is a lot of work, but the other sites are doing this work and
    that is why they get used as references.

    Scott W, Mar 28, 2005
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    Mike Kohary Guest

    Well put, I agree. :)
    Mike Kohary, Mar 29, 2005
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    Scott W Guest

    Kind of sad that this thread has so few posts to it.

    Scott W, Mar 29, 2005
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    rufref Guest

    that says a lot doesn't it.

    rufref, Mar 29, 2005
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    Rob Novak Guest

    Most of the people around here'd much rather wave their dicks around
    in a "my gear is better than yours" flamewar than actually discuss
    photography. Not cameras, mind you - photography. Not that many'd
    recognize that they are, indeed, two different things.
    Rob Novak, Mar 29, 2005
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    Guest Guest

    Because it earns me a living, but I also love it anyway, even when it cost
    me a living.
    Guest, Mar 29, 2005

  11. All of us obviously like photography, so there isn't that much to say.
    Most prefer not to post "me too" type messages, so they often reserve
    comment until there is something to really sink their teeth into.

    Further, the digital enthusiasts control this newsgroup now, posting many
    messages for every one posted by film users (of the messages where the
    medium is identifiable). Therefore, they pretty much control the content of
    the discussions here. Based on those discussions, their favorite recreation
    is glorifying digital and trashing film. Since the film users who post are
    plainly outnumbered, we either stay out of the way (seldom post) or get hits
    in where we can.

    In my own case, your thread fell into the "stay out of the way - seldom
    post" catagory up until now. After this message, it will likely go right
    back into that catagory.

    Dwight Stewart, Mar 29, 2005
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    Scott W Guest

    Ok Dwight, the whole idea of this thread was to talk about photography
    without worrying about digital or film, and in this thread not one
    person has made a signal comment about digital, until you. So relax
    and stop worrying about something that this thread is not about and
    tell us why you love photograaphy.

    Scott W, Mar 30, 2005
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    BillB Guest

    Not really. It might mean that all of those that really love
    photography are out there doing it and don't want to waste their
    time here talking about it. Your other post, where you said
    actually made me smile when I read it, because such photos are also
    my favorites, and it allowed me to recall a few of them. I didn't
    think it would contribute much to reply only with "me too". But
    these aren't the only pictures I fondly remember. One was taken
    outside of a church about 30 years ago during a wedding for one of
    my brother's friends in a Pittsburgh suburb. I took a picture of
    two young neighborhood boys, probably 10 to 12 years old, too far
    away to make even a half decent snapshot. They were walking away
    from the camera so only the back of their heads were visible, not
    their faces. But they were obviously good friends, walking arm in
    arm, one black, one white. That one I kept in a little frame for
    many years. I'm not sure where it is today, but without having
    taken a picture of it, I doubt that that scene would have registered
    so vividly in my memory.
    BillB, Mar 30, 2005
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    rufref Guest

    I am amazed at this. The newsgroup is alt.photography is it not. Someone
    in this group must have a passion for photography, my God, why spend all
    that money on equipment and time trying to capture something that you want
    to say something or invoke an emotion in a person. The war between Digital
    and Film is bogus, it is the image you are trying to capture, whether with a
    digital camera or a film camera. Lighting, composition...doesn't
    matter....folks reconnect with WHY...you might have more fun and more

    rufref, Mar 30, 2005
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    rufref Guest

    You see, now that is what I am talking about. What brought us here, the
    memories of good shots and ones that got away.

    I will always remember "one that got away" because I was afraid to approach
    the person. I was in China, the New Territories just outside Hong Kong and
    not into the Republic. There was a woman sitting on a stool, she must have
    been 90 years old. Her face covered with lines and looking like she had the
    wisdom of the ages. Oh what a picture! Only I did not take it because I
    did not want to intrude or cause a problem. Knowing more now I would have
    asked someone to talk to her and see what it would have taken for me to get
    a couple of shots....

    rufref, Mar 30, 2005
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    BillB Guest

    That's just Dwight The Persecuted, who counts me as one of those
    intent on "glorifying digital and trashing film" at every
    opportunity. As usual he's totally wrong. I didn't even retrieve
    his message until after I posted my other one in this thread, and
    should add that the picture I referred to was taken about 30 years
    ago with a Nikon, using film (obviously). No comment about how
    digital might have saved the picture (it wouldn't have). Telling
    him to "relax and stop worrying . . ." is good advice, but from long
    experience, many of us know it fell on deaf ears. You'll see.
    BillB, Mar 30, 2005
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    Scott W Guest

    So I thought it might make sense for people to post a photo that they
    were glad they took, not necessarily a photo that they think is good
    but rather one that they are glad to have. The one I am putting a link
    to is from a New Year's eve party in 2003, the photo is not all the
    good but I like what it captured, it got the feel of the night.


    What better thing can a photo do then remind us of the happy times with
    good friends.
    The photo is not frame well and is just a snap shoot, still I am glad I
    took it and I am glad I have it.

    So let's see other peoples, rules are not one gets to put down anyone
    else's photo.

    Scott W, Mar 30, 2005
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    McLeod Guest

    It is an excellent image. It makes us feel an emotion, rather than
    just an "I wish I took that landscape shot". Hang on to that image.
    that is what photography is about.
    McLeod, Mar 30, 2005
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    paul Guest

    paul, Mar 30, 2005

  20. Sorry, but that is virtually impossible, Scott. No matter where I post,
    whatever the subject, it is only be a matter of time before one or more of
    the digital enthusiasts rush in. Bill, Mike, and friends, are not satisfied
    with their fellow digital enthusiasts just dominating this newsgroup.
    Instead, they have made it their business to harrass any film user daring to
    have an opinion different than their own. As you can see, Bill has already
    made his way here, slyly complaining about what he knows to be the truth.
    This nonsense has been going on for weeks and I'm not foolish enough to
    believe it wouldn't happen here - which is exactly why I didn't respond to
    your message earlier. To prevent this thread from degrading any further,
    I'll end my participation.

    Dwight Stewart, Mar 30, 2005
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