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Acute ­ Exposure
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Mar 01, 2012 12:29 |  #1

I don't know why but I just haven't had any desire to take any photographs lately. I'm hoping to get some inspiration soon to kick start my hobby back up but it has been months.

I took a couple photos at the track but they are flat and boring. I've been to the zoo a zillion times, I've shot all the creative ideas I had in my head, and everything I think of bores me to tears. I need to get my mojo back.

Anyone else go through this? I guess it is fairly normal over time but I just haven't had this long of a stretch in a long long time.


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Mar 01, 2012 12:35 |  #2

Its normal. There are a couple of ways to break out of it. One is to make yourself do a mini 365 project where you just shoot your way out of it. Another is to add a new bit of gear to open up a new avenue for discovery, like off camera flash, macro, lensbaby (ugghhh not really) but you can see where I am going here.




  
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Mar 01, 2012 12:41 |  #3

gonzogolf wrote in post #13998330 (external link)
Its normal. There are a couple of ways to break out of it. One is to make yourself do a mini 365 project where you just shoot your way out of it. Another is to add a new bit of gear to open up a new avenue for discovery, like off camera flash, macro, lensbaby (ugghhh not really) but you can see where I am going here.

I don't think I could do a 365. I like the buying new gear idea though. ;-)a


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Mar 01, 2012 13:33 |  #4

Acute Exposure wrote in post #13998386 (external link)
I don't think I could do a 365. I like the buying new gear idea though. ;-)a

I dont mean to actually do a 365, as those most often end up declining into a series of self portraits or "shots of things on my desk". But rather force yourself to shoot something, anything, every day until you get the feel back.




  
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Mar 01, 2012 14:46 |  #5

gonzogolf wrote in post #13998730 (external link)
I dont mean to actually do a 365, as those most often end up declining into a series of self portraits or "shots of things on my desk". But rather force yourself to shoot something, anything, every day until you get the feel back.

That sounds much more doable. I'm going to spend some time this weekend thinking of projects that could fit that bill.


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Mar 01, 2012 17:03 |  #6

this is a timely thread, as i've very much lost the desire to take photographs. Some of it can be blamed on work/stress and part of it on not having an event or exciting opportunity for photographs. I dunno, I hope when the weather gets better i get the desire to explore. Either that or a vacation.


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Mar 01, 2012 17:44 |  #7

I had the same thing happen to me..
I just took a break from it for about half a year, then somehow went right back into it. Don't know if that'll work for you though. Instead of a 365, maybe try a 52 week instead


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Mar 01, 2012 18:06 |  #8

Yep happened to me very recently. I used to be really enjoy landscape, street and wildlife photography, but then I just found that I was no longer interested in the subject matter. I somehow got into portraiture work and it was a refreshing new challenge, learning how to interact with people, new techniques. This is what I've been mainly shooting for the last two years (just people) and its only in the last month or so where I've felt its time to go back to some of those previous subjects and start shooting wildlife again.


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Mar 01, 2012 18:14 |  #9

happens every so often to me. I go on 500px.com to get inspired and usually I find a new subject or style that I want to try.


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Mar 02, 2012 22:49 |  #10

try something new. how about astrophotography? nothing gets the juices flowing like taking pictures of the sky at night.




  
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Mar 03, 2012 00:51 |  #11

I'm a bit the same. I've got no desire to go out & shoot where I live, it's fallen to pieces by large earthquakes. All the interesting places to photograph are cordoned off no go zones. Regardless I feel the nice parts of where I live have been photographed to death anyway.

I definitely need to take my camera 'out'-of-town' to get motivated again.

I'll come right eventually I'm sure, my gear won't become obsolete any time soon.


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Mar 03, 2012 03:38 |  #12

High magnification macro will keep you occupied for a while.


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Mar 03, 2012 04:17 |  #13

My suggestion would be to travel with the specific purpose of photography. Pick a place and plan out the specific shots you would like to get and what lenses you would need to use. There are endless possibilities and you can also rent very high dollar lenses at a reasonable cost.


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Mar 03, 2012 09:40 |  #14

It happens to me every ounce in a while, I've learned I'm just not pushing myself. Try something out of your comfort zone, it might give you the extra boost


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Mar 03, 2012 09:51 |  #15
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master another art-form altogether. try poetry, or work on your memoirs.




  
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