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A Call for all IT Photo Enthusiasts

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Jul 21, 2010 13:33 |  #1

After reading several posts of forum members, I've noticed that a high % of self described photo enthusiasts/hobbyists are from the IT profession. As a Sr. Analyst/developer I'm curious as to what drew each of you to photography. In my case it is an outlet for creativity. Lets face it, the IT profession is NOT said outlet! Still, the other aspect of photography that interests me is attempting to master the digital technology. Any other IT people share these thoughts?

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Jul 21, 2010 13:39 |  #2

Computers used to be an outlet for me, since I did creative programming in my free time (graphics stuff). But basically it was too close to what I did at work. Photography allows me to get away from the screen, but its has a technical aspect which I like. It allows me to be artistic aswell, as I dont quite have the skill or was never happy with the results from drawing / painting.

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Jul 21, 2010 14:15 |  #3

Hello, Systems Engineer specializing in server virtualization and storage here! :)

I think most people in IT are the highly-analytical type. We enjoy taking complex problems and finding the solution. For me, I got started when I noticed that my portraits I was trying to take of my daughters really sucked compared to some that a professional photographer had taken. I wanted to know why and what was the difference in what we were doing. I'm a smart guy, surely I can figure this out. So that got me into SLRs and lenses and reflectors and now each shot is a bit of a technical riddle, but in an artistic and relaxing way at the same time. Its the same things that drew me to IT, but in a completely different way. Also, it is a way to have a computer-related hobby, that takes me away from the computer. I come back to process the shots, but I had to go walk around the mountainside for 2 hours first.

Oh, and I also like researching and messing with gear of all kinds. You can configure an SLR+lens+lights in the same enless fashions as a MoBo+hard drives+CPU+ Ram, GPU, etc.

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Jul 25, 2010 23:34 |  #4

TKB nailed it for me... " the highly analytical type"

I was in electrical engineering, but settled down in Software QA. I LOVE the hunt of researching a trip, pre trip planning, hours in mappoint and google earth.. to finally decide on a route and timeline. Then actually going on the trip and either getting the shots you hoped for (Death Valley... The Playa) or didnt and had to adapt accordingly (Havasu falls. Injury, uncomfortable and blah weather).

Regardless; I can't wait for the next one. This fall is Yellowstone.. Another place I've always wanted to go.

For me it's the thrill of the hunt... What random places can I discover and share with friends (including POTN) and family?

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