What gets you off your ass?

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  1. joshuatdlr

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    I am simply curious about other peoples thought process on getting out and taking pictures. Where does your drive come from? How did you build the confidence to hit the streets, the patience for long exposures and time lapses, the determination for landscapes? I want to know what pushes your tenacity for photography. Tell me why this is your passion.
     
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    zombiesniper The camera takes the Pic. I just point the way. Supporting Member

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    I have and "A" type personality and like to learn things. Most of the things I like to do have some form of learned skill.
    I've taught myself to weld, play drums, build CNC machinery etc. just for the adventure of learning how to do it.
    Right now I play airsoft and shoot wildlife. The two have some similarities in that you are trying to get as close to the objective for the best possible shot without detection.

    The drive part of it for me is the hunt and getting the shot. It helps that Jr. will ask sometimes to go shoot up to 3 times a day.
     
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    The first thing? Light. I don't do any studio work. Most of my shooting is outside in natural light. There are times when I'm not even thinking about photography but then I'll see a certain quality of light and all I'll want is a camera.

    The second thing? Self-expression. When I'm feeling like I need to work out some emotions, I'll grab a camera and see how close I can get to matching an image to the way I am feeling.

    Confidence? I don't know how much of it is confidence rather than a sense of "What the hell, it's just a picture." If it comes out badly or not how I intended, what are the consequences? Nothing. I'm not shooting for anyone else or hired to get a specific image. I shoot for myself, so if I try something new and it doesn't work, the only thing that happens is that I shrug and say "Oh well" or I try again and again until I get it right. Depends on how badly I want to accomplish a certain look.

    The reason for my tenacity or passion? Again: self-expression. My first choice is to express myself through writing, but there are times when words fall short. That's when I turn to photography.
     
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    "Passion" and "Tenacity" would infer to me that photography is something I couldn't do without. That I strive to improve my photography to the exclusion of all else and would never dream of going anywhere without a camera. For me that isn't the case. I enjoy photography very much but it doesn't rule my life. I have other things in my life that deserve part of my time.

    I shoot when and where I want to and it's been that way for decades. If my cameras sit in the bag under my desk for a month it doesn't bother me because I know they will be there when I want them. I shoot a lot of motorsports from spring to fall and birds and wildlife in the winter. But if I want to go to a race or a walk through the woods in the morning and leave my camera at home I do so and never think twice about it.

    I learned long ago that for me being passionate and tenacious about a hobby leads to eventual burn-out. I've enjoyed photography for a very long time and I think that one of the reasons is that I don't allow it to rule my life. I think I'll keep doing it that way.
     
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    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Beats the Hades outta me... it's just there.
     
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    Dean_Gretsch Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    We have a boxer that requires a few walks per day so she doesn't get into trouble, so I take the camera with me and sometimes opportunities present themselves. I have always enjoyed photography though. I took a class in high school and learned to develop B&W film. It made me LOVE digital, lol!
     
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    This year, my motivation was to try and understand the exposure triangle. I was obsessed with it. The other was getting it right in the camera.

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    Sometimes the motivation is the inspiration to get a certain shot, whether it's a landscape that I want to capture at a certain time of day or something interesting that I've seen and decided I have to shoot.

    Sometimes I see something that makes me think of something else which makes me think of something else which makes me think of something else which gets me thinking about how I could photograph it in a certain way and then I have to make that work.

    Sometimes I'm just bored and want something creative to do.
     
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    Sometimes it's a challenge, sometimes it's another photo I see, sometimes it's an event that's going on.
     
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    Having spare time + opportunity.
     
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    There's always a better picture out there waiting to be captured
     
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    Nevermore1 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I've always had an interest in photography. I haven't done much this past year but want to change that this coming year. When I first started doing photography it was just because it was something I loved to do with my spare time. For the past several years it was both something I loved to do and I got to do it with my best friend who took up wildlife photography when he gave up drinking (the camera replaced the beer as his addiction). He is one of the few people I know that I can say really had a "natural talent" for photography. We would spend hours hanging out in swamps or the woods looking for things to photograph so for both of us it turned into something that gave us an both an excuse to spend time together and an opportunity to just get away from reality and think (we had one of those relationships where we could just sit together and not say a thing for hours and be perfectly comfortable and content). As I mentioned, I haven't done much this past year since he died last Christmas and I've just lacked in the motivation department since then. I'm starting to make myself go back out again as it is a good stress reliever to just get out and away from everyday things and I already have a few days trips planned to force myself to get back out there. I really miss having someone to go with but I enjoy photography too much to just give it up. So I guess you could say for me my "drive" is to be able to get away from things and de-stress for a few hours. Sometimes I don't come back with much and other times I can come back with hundreds of photos and a few keepers among them.
     
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