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    Are you a snapper?

    While driving to work today, I was thinking that I am most probably a snapper. If I am doing a studio shot then I may take a considerable amount of time in preparation before shooting, but if walking about with a camera, I think I could be described a snapper. This is not a very professional term and perhaps a bit demeaning, but do others recognise this or otherwise in their approach to photography?

    “The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention”

    Francis Bacon

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    Yes, much of the time.

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    No.

    BTW...How much a pound does a commie, I mean a red snapper go for these days?
    Last edited by Vaughn; 03-08-2012 at 04:28 PM. Click to view previous post history.
    At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.

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    Oh... and I don't think I feel demeaned by that expression.

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    I think of it as finding unexpected photo opportunities. Nothing wrong with that.

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    I'm a snapper, when i think its interesting enough.
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    Snapshooting is a valuable way to let new threads of seeing emerge

    When using LF I am generally very careful and considerate, the medium draws one in that direction, well, film costs do anyway

    I use a couple of snapshot cameras, a Vitessa and a Retina for pix of Rae, the garden, travel and all sorts of things - When I have been starting a new portfolio of "serious work" (hear celestial trumpets) I am stunned by the number of times this new work has been pre-figured in my casual images, or where I made an image tangential to the main body of work I was doing

    These snap-glimpses are valuable - Where they are not, the pix are loved by Rae's family and friends around the world

    Here is a pic of my snap-cameras, a Voigtlander Vitessa and a Kodak Retina - The wretched, overrated and unreliable Leica may be replaced by a FED2 in a couple of months

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy Old Man View Post
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    I agree! I take snapshots much of the time. I started out with 35mm and still shoot that format most of the time. "Wasting film" (to hear my parents tell the tale) is how I learned photography. 35mm became a sort of "photo notebook" for me. When I had an RB67, I would sometimes go back to a scene I shot with the 35mm and make a 6x7cm negative of a specific subject that I first found with the 35mm. Now that I have access to 4x5 and 8x10 cameras, that's even more my way of working.

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    I used to do a lot of snapshots with 35mm, I'd say almost all of my pictures then were shoot now think later. But now that I do not regularly shoot 35mm ( just a om1+50mm and a few rolls of really old film), I try to lessen "snapshots". The costs will be too prohibitive for me if I continue doing them.

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    I take photographs, I don't recognize that term, it's too deterministic for me. Art is art and I know it when I see it (thanks Potter Stewart), any term to describe the method just gets in the way.
    Andy

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