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What is your point to a successful picture?

 
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Jul 23, 2013 16:24 |  #31

davidfarina wrote in post #16145525 (external link)
So tell us what is your main point with which you shoot your best pictures?

Or what is the most important thing in photography for you and for your style of shooting?

The main point for me is that the picture conveys my message.

The most important thing in photography for me, is my state of mind, if its not in the right place, I can't shoot.

The most important thing for my style of shooting, is the camera and the film inside it. With film I have to trust myself much more then with digital, because I don't want to waste money or time, so I try to make sure every time I actuate the shutter it counts and I'm not just snapping away mindlessly. Of coarse no one has a 100% keeper ratio but its hugely beneficial to the way I work. Film is also integral to the aesthetic I want for my work. The camera is also important, I use a TLR and I love it for many different reasons, I like shooting with the waistlevel finder, I like that its fully mechanical, I like that it slows me down, and when I ask someone for a portrait I like the effect it has on them. I also use a 35mm point and shoot or rangefinder when I want to be stealthy and work fast.




  
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Jul 23, 2013 20:23 |  #32

davidfarina wrote in post #16145525 (external link)
So tell us what is your main point with which you shoot your best pictures?

Or what is the most important thing in photography for you and for your style of shooting?

David, this is a great idea for a thread - thank you for starting it!

What I am after when I go out shooting is as much perfection as I can get. I want absolutely flawless, perfect images - and I want a gazillion of them!

I photograph wildlife. I think that wild animals are pretty much the most beautiful things God put on this planet. I want to take photos that show just how incredibly good-looking the animals and birds really are. And I want to do it in style.

I want all of the beautiful things in my compositions to be showcased in a wonderful, realistic way, with properly balanced exposure and finely resolved detail. And I want all of the "messy distractions" to either disappear in shadows or be blurred into oblivion. I want the habitat surrounding my subject to be depicted in a way that shows just how very beautiful it is - so that someone viewing my photos would want to be there in the flesh, just to experience it for themselves.

I want dynamic action from my subject. Not just action for action's sake, but action that is beautiful because it shows just how cool-looking the leg positions are on a running deer, or just how tremendous the wings are on a bird when they are opened up a certain way during flight.

I want to capture the stuff that my eyeballs and memory cannot - stuff that's just too fast or too far away for my very human senses to capture. My camera shows me things about animals that my eyeballs could never detect - things that no one could see with their own eyes. Hence, I want my images to be used to show other people just how awesome and beautiful my wild subjects are!

I would describe my style as "relentless". Any animal will look beautiful from many different angles, in many different kinds of light, in many different locations, and while doing any number of different things. I want to capture all of that. Any animal or bird presents thousands of beautiful, unique images within the course of just a single day. Even the best photographers in the world can only capture a handful of these moments.

The following story is an account of my insatiable lust for more & more great images:
I found a house wren's nest two weeks ago. I have been there to photograph the wrens almost every day since. I spend many hours there every time I go, and have taken thousands of images of them as they repeatedly come back to the nest to feed their babies.

I will capture many hundreds of unique images while they are at the nest, each and every one different from any of the others. But when they fly away to hunt for more food, they are undoubtedly looking as gorgeous as ever, and getting into some really dynamic action poses as they pursue their prey. But I cannot capture that, as I am back at the nest waiting for their return.

I may capture many great images, but the thousands upon thousand of images I am not getting will ever haunt me. I'd love to be looking thru my viewfinder at the wrens every second of every hour of every day, taking world-class photos of them at every moment of their lives. But even my best efforts will fall so far short, as 99.9% of what these wrens do will never be recorded by my camera. This is very unsettling, and the only thing I can do is to work harder and harder and harder in an attempt to get as many great images as possible.

Will I ever, ever be satisfied? No, not even close. But at least I can try, and push myself to my very limit in the trying. I revel in that, and it defines my photographic style, "relentless".


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Jul 23, 2013 21:37 |  #33

Simple answer, I'm not a photographer, I'm a story teller, photos are my unwritten words. When viewed and the story is understood, it's a successful photo.


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Jul 24, 2013 02:48 |  #34

Im happy you guys like the idea. I love to read all your stories, i think it is good to remember what were doing, and why we are doing it. Often the need for better gear or the pressure to shoot a unique photo overcomes some of us time to time - including myself. Reading all your stories will tell me, and hopefully many other photographers out there why we are doing it;
- freezing the time only is possible with photographs
- keeping memories when we forget our past
- telling a book of stories within one single image
- capturing things as unique and beautiful as they are
- and last but not least, to fulfill our satisfactory, when looking of every picture which was worth it going ou and taking photos

Thank you all for your story!


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Jul 25, 2013 19:26 |  #35

"Impact"!!!


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