Fear and Photography?

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  1. matt-l

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    Has anyone else lost their fears behind the lens?

    I've noticed standing on the edge of a cliff to get a nice landscape shot has not bothered me...yet im terrified just standing there looking out.

    Shooting macro..im a scared ****less of spiders yet, still take shots of them until i realize that hey...i hate these guys and either kill it or walk away.

    Am i the only one?
     
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    All I know is spiders are best killed with an over-under shotgun with both barrels at once! ;)

    Fears eh? I'll have to climb onto a walkway 100' in the air and see if I can walk across by looking through the view finder only. :thumbup:
     
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    That's got to be because your mind is on "the task at hand" instead of letting your discomfort take the lead.


    Not afraid of spiders, so I can't use that. I don't like standing over the edge of a cliff, but have never tried taking a shot in that situation... If I had to get real close, I'd consider going to one knee or lower. Not necessarily because of the the 'fear' thing, but because I shoot with one I closed and would worry more about walking off thinking I have more room :shock: :)
     
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    Your fears in general lost when behind the camera is what i meant.

    But yes..i can see the "task at hand" being one good reason
     
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    Well I guess you had to have fears to get over in the first place. I have never really had any as, the amount of broken bones and stitches I got when I was young would attest. But it is because you are concentrated on getting the shot that it doesnt bother you. It is like when I shot a couple of women naked, I was so busy getting the shot I didnt really notice they werent wearing anything.
     
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    I think it is very easy to get tunnel vision when you are shooting, with all your attention and concentration on getting the shot without sometimes sufficient concern for safety.

    Risks are part of the picture and I take a lot of them as well, but I try not to win any Darwin awards.

    skieur
     
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    To paraphrase "Waltz With Bashir" (the Israeli film that should have won Best Foreign Film this year), what a psychologist said:

     
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    sometimes i get scared when i pull the view finder away from my eye, with a wide angle lens u feel far away, then u put the camera down and realize holy chit im on the edge.
     
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    You're not born with fear, it's a learned condition, and thus can be unlearned. :D
     
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    That's not a fearful moment, that's a put your head between your legs and kiss your butt goodbye moment. :lol:
     
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    Fear is the anchor that keeps your soul from floating away. ;)

    It's a good thing unless it gets too weighty. :lol:



    Great shot Seefutlung, where were you?
     

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