So why do you take photos?

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  1. vonnagy

    vonnagy have kiwi, will travel...

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    So what inspired you to take photos or get into photography?

    There are thousands of other mediums that you can use to express yourself - but why did you choose photography? What sparked this interest?
     
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    i used to love sitting in front of the camera .. i use to model for photographers in my day ....

    i would get my girl-friends together and we'd have a polariod party, buy about 20 packs of polaroid film, even b&w .. play dress-up and shoot all night (still got most of those photos)

    then i met the hubby and he would take lots of photos of me and he'd have me take some of him .... we'd walk the streets late hours of the night taking photographs... then i started using this digital camcorder we had to take self-portraits and portraits of him... he bought a new camera and gave me his "hand-me-down" digital camera and the rest they say is history :D ....

    he taught me to look for interesting things (even though our styles were similar from watching him for a while) ... i've grown a lot, and still have a lot of growing to do ... im ready for the next level ... i need to breathe :D
     
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    For me, it is a chance to take some time to myself and get lost in something. I usually shot landscape or off the beaten path photos, so usually I shoot with little or no people around.

    I thought we did this topic before, if not I blame you, yes the person reading this thread right now.
     
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    Four years ago, i was in a place called East Timor as part of an Australian and UN peace keeping force and i became involved in a project where we made a Jpeg CD-rom of our unit's deployment for all of the members of the unit to keep as a momento. Came home and forgot about it all, then after Sept. 11, i went away again to the tiny island of Diego Garcia as part of the coallition effort against Afghanistan. My happy snap camera was not liking the humidity there so i thought what the heck and bought a 1.3MP Sony Cybershot Digital and started snapping away at everything and anything on the island. A lot of the guys were not taking pictures but they were all enjoying my pics and asking for copies. So i repeated the Timor CD-rom thing and i think that was when the bug hit me. Got so wrapped up in taking photos but quickly outgrew the Cybershot. Lashed out on the Olympus 15 months ago and haven't looked back.

    For those who actually read all of this...Well done :)
     
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    Yo,
    Because everyone else was doing it, so I thought, "Why not me?!"
    Ha ha also because I used to (and still do) spend hours a day looking at other people's galleries online and I decided that I should give it a go!
    Me, the Flea
     
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    I can not even remember not having an interest in it.

    Ever since i picked up a polaroid when i was 6, i cant keep the damn things out of my hands.
     
  7. MDowdey

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    never having to say, "i dont remember being there"



    md
     
  8. Jewel

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    My whole adult life I've had a camera - usually a point and shoot cheapie. My partner and I went on a huge bike trip this time last year, and we took heaps of photos. I was just disappointed in the lack of options with the camera. People kept telling me I had a good eye, but the camera didn't allow it to show as well as I wanted.

    So........ I went out and bought the aged fully manual jobbie, then joined this forum to get ideas on how to use it! I was (and still am to a point) totally clueless. Getting better, slowly, and having a heap of fun with it. I find I'm getting more good shots per roll now than I was, and I've had a go at night photography and a few other things I would never have tried before. Biggest problem I have is lack of time!

    And one of these days I'm gonna get me one o' dem digital thingos, and give that a go too!

    Cheers
    Jewel
     
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    For most of my life I have always been drawing and sketching. The majority of my subjects came from beautiful photographs. I was, and still am amazed at the amount of effort and skill that went in to taking such amazing photographs. A recent "push" from my girfriend (who is a wonderful photographer) really made me get into it.
     
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    I have always been into drawing. Its basicaly what got me through highschool and all the art classes I ended up teaching. Well I was always into pictures that i saw in magazines because I would end up drawing most of them.

    Part of it was to have pictures to draw. Now its because I dont have time to draw. My pictures are my artistic expressions.

    There is just something relaxing about photography. The camera can see a lot of things we cant. Thats what makes it exciting for me.
     
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    I started in photography because I wanted to take photos of my saltwater aquariums. My (then) fiancee and I had a good night at the casino one time, and we invested in a good sony digital (which we quickly outgrew), and now I'm turning 'pro' and starting to shoot weddings and senior portraits and stuff. :D
     
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    My husband is an aerial photographer, and shortly after we started dating, he got it into his head that he wanted to do weddings. I assisted him as best I could, but I watched it all and was fascinated with his beautiful results and happy clients.

    Soon he placed his old Pentax ME in my hands with high speed B&W film and told me to go get candids ("Don't point it at a window!"). Despite these in-depth instructions, I still managed to shoot a lot of awful things, BUT some damn good ones, too - surprising both of us and delighting the clients who thought they were getting the best of both worlds when they saw their proofs. We were just starting to get really kickass when he started losing interest (weddings are a LOT of work). So, we got out of that, but I was hooked by then. :D
     

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