First shot you appreciated

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  1. cliveh

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    Can you remember the first photograph, print, slide you produced and thought – Yes, that’s exactly what I wanted?
     
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    yes, the first 10,00 were useless
     
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    Yes, I remember it clearly. And both of the others... LOL
     
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    Nope. But I haven't developed the last roll I shot yet. :smile:
     
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    +1

    Jeff
     
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    I'm still waiting....
     
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    Farting around in the high school darkroom with a negative of a guy silhouetted against a window. Stumbled onto the idea of sandwiching a piece of lens cleaning tissue into the carrier with the negative. Got so excited with the result that I took the print into the classroom to show the teacher before it was properly fixed. Had to make another print that ended up featured in that year's yearbook.

    Wish I had not let so many years intervene between then and becoming recaptured by photography...
     
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    Most of the shots I enjoy are........uhm...........well..............they are great mistakes from experimenting. They do not come out to my vision but are still something I like.
     
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    The sprinkler and snow in my gallery.
     
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    Surprisingly, the first good photo I took was off the first roll of slide film I shot. Canon AE-1 Program and 50/1.8 lens. Darn near froze getting to the spot.
     

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    I'm always pleasing myself with how well something comes out at first; it's always after the fact that I look back and think "eh, that's dumb/boring/not very good" etc. I haven't yet taken a picture which, in hindsight, I'm more impressed with it than I was when I took it.
     
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    Well Andy, perhaps if you spend less time thinking and reading about the philosophy of imagery and more time looking, you will produce more shots you are impressed with after you take them.
     
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    Snipe if you want, I'm not bothered either by your unexamined creative approach as hobbyist, nor my self-critical eye, evolving sensibilities, and ambition to produce better work.
     
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    Sorry Andy, my intention was not to snipe or cause offense and if you thought I did, I do apologise. We are all entitled to our own opinions.
     
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    S'all good.
     
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    it was a sheet of adhesive tape peeled off a telephone pole that i drew on
    and enlarged ... and then i was in disbelief that i printed it.
     
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    I've found this to be somewhat true. But for me, it depends on how long has passed. In regard to your 'evolving sensibilities' comment - which is a... sensibility I also share - the very fact that my past work is so different, a year or two later, I can appreciate it a little more objectively - that's not to say I think it becomes stronger. It becomes unfamiliar, and for a short period, intriguing - if only in terms of self-reflectance. Regardless, it's important to be progressive and I try not to look back too often.
     
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    I have a 5x7 of the first photograph I ever made. a snowman my dad and I built. I was about 3, the camera a Bessler Topcon Auto 100. The noisiest SLR ever made even though it had a leaf shutter behind the lens.
     
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    This is a sign of a maturing "eye" and sensibilities.
    -- in the end don't be too hard on yourself.

    I group photographs I make into 3 catagories.

    -personal / life documentation
    -commercial work that pays my bills
    -work "for the ages" -- photographs that may or may not be personal to me that may be of great importance to others in 100 years or more.

    They all can overlap a little or have a little of one-another mixed into each. My favorite photos sometime only satisfy one point/// and "true art" "none" of the above.