In a wilderness scene, suddenly finding footprints within the frame is extremely annoying. I usually abandon the scene as I do not (and never will) include signs of human presence in wilderness scenes. Asthetically, I concentrate on seeking out simple subjects either in isolation or complimentary. I do not photograph people tracks or buildings.
One often disabling turn-off is 120 or 35mm film suddenly jamming, either on/during wind, or near the end of rewind. With no changebag handy, I've often resorted to diving into bushes with a black raincoat and hurriedly yanking out the offending roll — irrespective of the gaggle of curious people nearby.
Digitally additive/modified images that skew reality so badly I don't bother a second passing glance.
And finally: My pet-hate is fishe-eye lens photographs. Please —! We've all seen the effect — too often and it is nothing new under the (360 degree) sun!
Canon EOS1N ('Brutus', 1993—), TS-E 24mm f3.5L, 20mm f2.8, 17-40 f4L, 70-200 f2.8L
Pentax 67 ('Pentaximus', 2010—) + SMCP 45mm f4, 55mm f4 & 165mm f4LS;
Zero Image 6x9 multi-format pinhole (2008—); Sekonic L758D;
Olympus XA, Nikon Coolpix P7700
"If you're not having fun, then you're not doing it right!"
I can recommend my favorite photographers. Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand, Todd Papageorge, Lee Friedlander, a few shots of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Elliott Erwitt, Tom Wood, Trent Parke and similar.
There are plenty of their photos online, but there also books, and some galleries have their prints as well.
Turn-off - cat photos.
Turn on - pornographic photos.
Interesting question... One I find very difficult to answer. Every time I think I have a "style" of photography I dislike, I see something in that genre which I really like a lot. And, every time I'm convinced there's a "style" I do like, I see something which doesn't do it for me. I guess I'm not able to make generalizations- each image I view elicits a unique response, regardless of genre. But, this is one of the reasons I love seeing photographs (indeed, all art), as my response to the work never fails to surprise me.
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What about kitty porn?
Originally Posted by tomalophicon
I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.
Homeless (its wrong to take advantage of someones plight)
Long exposure docks/pylons/etc in the water
Centered everything (esp in combination with long exposure docks)
Long exposure light writing
Strict adherence to rules
Anything wedding photography
Well composed/Timed Street
Long tonal ranges
Effective use of shadows and or negative space
Good toning with selenium, sepia, or alternatives (wine, coffee, tea)
theres probably more for both, but thats just off the top of my head
Only when it's very tasteful. But no one really wants to look at furry pussies anymore
Originally Posted by lxdude
And there goes the thread.....
Originally Posted by tomalophicon
On... a unique and consistent vision
grasp of technique
-cats, dogs, tombstones, scrapyards... photos of bald eagles sitting on trees, out of focus bald eagles
-bad technique, blair witch tributes, fuzzy things weather fuzzy in reality
-black and white that is nothing but dark greys... it's not light and dark grey photography!