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  1. Dykstra

    Dykstra TPF Noob!

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    I wasn't sure where to post my introduction, but anyway, my name is John and I'm an 18-year-old amateur photographer. I haven't shot for long, but I've already fell in love with the hobby and am looking for a community to share my love with. ;) A community where I can give and receive critique, as well as share my personal opinions and philosophies on photography.

    For example, just recently I've finally started looking at scenes that I want to photograph less in terms of the objects, and more in terms of the light on the objects. I realized that as a photographic artist, my medium is light. I manipulate light, I paint with light, I understand light. Most importantly, I understand that all it takes to make an outstanding photograph is the magical light which defines everything it rests upon. Light is how I see, and light is how I feel; it's alive, it's always changing, and it is ultimately what makes the subject as beautiful as it is. When I set out to photograph an inspiring landscape, it is my foremost intention to capture a lightscape. Light is passion, light is emotion, and light is information. With an earnest understanding and passion for light itself, you can make a field more impressive than a mountain. And this is my goal; to portray the beauty of our earth through the power of life-bringing light. This change in perspective has radically altered the way I go about taking a photograph.

    OH, and I'm also in a high-school photography scholarship competition, and I'd like to ask you to view my submission and consider voting for me! If you don't believe I deserve it, then don't vote. Here's the link: Sigma - Scholarship contest :blushing:

    The prize totals out to $6000, all of which I would be dumping on gear I need to get the photos I'm dying to capture. I'd LOVE to make a career out of this, and this competition is a major jump in that direction.

    Anyway, just thought I'd meander in here and introduce myself before I start moping around the forum. See you around town!
     
  2. Bitter Jeweler

    Bitter Jeweler Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Do you have more images online to share?
     
  3. reznap

    reznap No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I would have hung around here longer first, then posted asking for a favor before advertising my need for votes.

    I think half the people here are likely to vote against you..

    Not trying to be an ass but I've seen it happen before.

    I like your pictures though.
     
  4. Dykstra

    Dykstra TPF Noob!

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    I do! Flickr: John.Dykstra's Photostream



    Well, that's unfortunate on their part if they feel the need to go out of the way to vote against someone, but it's all good. That probably would've been a smart idea.

    Anyway, thanks!
     
  5. reznap

    reznap No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I think I've seen your pictures on computer wallpaper sites.. have you had them featured on any?

    They're good enough though, really..
     
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    Bitter Jeweler Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Rez, I actually gave him points for being the first to say "If you don't believe I deserve it, then don't vote."


    Nice images, John. I like "Out From Obscurity" in particular.
     
  7. reznap

    reznap No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I didn't even read that part... my fault. I didn't want to come off in a bad way, also I had skimmed a bit... yada yada yada, vote
     
  8. Dykstra

    Dykstra TPF Noob!

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    Thanks a lot. No, I haven't had my stuff featured on any wallpaper sites. I have been offering people high-res photos for use as wallpaper though to entice them into voting a while back, so that may be the case. A lot of the kids I'm up against have a lot of connection over the Internet, and I'm just having a hard time raising my numbers to match them.

    Thanks a lot, Jeweler.
     
  9. Bitter Jeweler

    Bitter Jeweler Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Call me Bitter. :p:lmao:
     
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    ghpham TPF Noob!

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    Love your photo's John. Very well done. I voted. Good luck!
     
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    Dykstra TPF Noob!

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    Will do!
     
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    vtf No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Bitter:thumbup:

    John, are all 5 on that page yours?
     

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