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Jan 17, 2012 00:29 |  #1

just like the title says, what has the hobby of photography given back to you.

for me its getting outside more, relearning not to just walk by life but to actually take a moment to really look at it and see some of the more beautiful things out there. could be a deer in the wood's, or realizing there's a free ice rink down town and you realize that people still go outside and enjoy things.

so lets hear it POTN


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Jan 17, 2012 01:03 |  #2

It has taught me so much more about the wildlife species I photograph than I would ever know if I only observed them. Photographing wildlife effectively, I have found, requires a thorough understanding of their life cycles and behaviors.


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Jan 17, 2012 01:08 |  #3

good one, i would imagine knowing when a certain animal is more active or where they live helps alot with wildlife.


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Jan 17, 2012 01:13 |  #4

Photography gave me my escape from this world (external link) which was sucking the life out of me and gave me an entrance into this world (external link) where my soul breaths much freer and my life has a new-found purpose.

I know this sounds overly dramatic but it couldn't be more true...


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Jan 17, 2012 01:23 |  #5

Jay, wow!


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Jan 17, 2012 01:26 |  #6

Thought you knew my "history" Tony...?


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Jan 17, 2012 01:28 |  #7

You know, I don't think that I can sum it up because over the years, actually over decades, photography has "given back" all kinds of different things! A memorable scene, a "moment", an "idea", a "vision", whatever, sometimes just a reason to get out and do/create something!


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Jan 17, 2012 01:45 |  #8

it has given me a reason to be here on POTN :lol:

seriously, I think photography as a hobby gave me a different perspective on everything I do :lol:
for some reason, the world feels more exciting now :D


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Jan 17, 2012 06:53 |  #9

I've only been into photography 4-5 years, probably not as into it as most of the rest of you are at this point, but still feel like I know what I am doing technically.

It's given me a useful skill, it's a good hobby that is not just a waste of time like so many others are.

I feel like people respect me when I the "official" photographer for something. And when I am shooting I don't feel a shy as i normally am.

Looking back on images I've taken months or years ago is the ultimate reward. Having good quality images is so much nicer than auto-mode P&S pictures with washed out faces from direct flash.

Can't say that I have any kind of profound spiritual experiences like others on here, though... I'm mostly just a gear junky.


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Jan 17, 2012 06:55 |  #10

Well, it has given me a great hobby, an excuse to cycle down to the local airport to hang around planes where normally others wouldn't be allowed to go to.

School-wise, it has given a good representation of me to universities that are looking to accept people who actually have a life - I not only study, but enjoy extracurricular activities.

Photography has, in an indirect way, taught me way more about aviation and identifying aircraft. (Planespotting - what is the difference between a 737-400 and 737-800 w/o winglets?)

And of course, a horribly lit, but memorable shot back a couple of years...

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Jan 17, 2012 07:03 |  #11

For outdoor stuff it pushes me to explore new areas.

I mostly shoot models though, so it's given me a chance to meet a lot of cool people I wouldn't have met otherwise. Plus it's given me something to look forward to learning constantly. There is always something to improve.


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Jan 17, 2012 09:28 as a reply to  @ JAE Photography's post |  #12

Photography has gotten me on the "good side of the fence" at sporting events, concerts, and other interesting events I cover. I am really thankful to be able to move around at will and shoot feature material instead of deadline work. For me it's simply a good time about 12-15 times a month, which keeps me away from the TV, and puts me in touch with countless interesting people. There is no doubt that photography has greatly enriched my life.


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Jan 17, 2012 12:14 |  #13

The camera gives me something to hide behind in social events. I used to have to stand around and try to make awkward small talk.


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Jan 17, 2012 13:51 |  #14

Something to do. I've been retired for almost 14 years and needed something to do, it's also given me a way of looking at things - I see things as photographs now.




  
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Jan 17, 2012 14:55 as a reply to  @ rick_reno's post |  #15

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