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    Quote Originally Posted by ChristopherCoy View Post
    Brad, I know it's irritating, but when people ask you those things you have to look at it as an opportunity for education.
    Quote Originally Posted by Prof_Pixel View Post
    It's a valid question and a great chance to educate the asker about film. Why be annoyed? Lighten up and enjoy the opportunity.
    Yeah, I know it is an opportunity to educate...but, sometimes, I just want to photograph and be left alone. Besides, I find few who actually want to learn. The exception seems to be kids (teens) who've never been exposed to photography (I mean photography in the traditional sense) - who are genuinely curious about the materials, equipment, and processes. I do enjoy talking to those who are genuinely interested in learning about photography.

    Most who stop and stare, and ask a bunch of dumb questions just don't really seem to be very interested in learning about photography. They do not want to learn anything. They seem to be more interested in...well, I don't know what....

    Like I said, the question I most loath is "Why would anyone use that?" - this invariably comes from somebody who is old enough and has the experience to know damned well what I'm doing and what is involved. It just seems combative.
    Last edited by BradS; 12-12-2012 at 12:34 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    The answer is" because I'm not a lemming".

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBrunner View Post
    The answer is" because I'm not a lemming".
    The answer I usually give, when I can muster the the inner calm necessary to keep me from simply blurting out something vulgar, is simply...

    "because it lightens my spirits" or, " because it is fun"

    both of which are the bare naked truth.

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    As Freud might say.."Sometimes a phone is just a phone".

    http://www.collegehumor.com/video/68...kelback-parody
    "Photography, like surfing, is an infinite process, a constantly evolving exploration of life."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mainecoonmaniac View Post
    As Freud might say.."Sometimes a phone is just a phone".

    http://www.collegehumor.com/video/68...kelback-parody
    That's awesome! Thanks.

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    Tell them to 'google' it on their phone :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BradS View Post
    ...the question I most loath is "Why would anyone use that?"
    Quote Originally Posted by JBrunner View Post
    The answer is" because I'm not a lemming".
    Or, "Because I can..."

    Or, "Because it's (the 8x10) the equivalent of a 1,300 megapixel camera." * (Or whatever the equivalent is for the camera you're using.)

    Or, "Why are you using a phone to take a picture? Do you hammer nails with a screwdriver?"

    Ken

    * A scaled-up rough estimate from a generally assumed 35mm equivalent of ~20-24 MP. Like Bluto Blutarsky in Animal House, in the given context accuracy don't really matter. He's on a roll...

    "They are the proof that something was there and no longer is. Like a stain. And the stillness of them is boggling. You can turn away but when you come back they’ll still be there looking at you."

    — Diane Arbus, March 15, 1971, in response to a request for a brief statement about photographs

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    Quote Originally Posted by BradS View Post

    so why is it that every time I pull out a camera, I get at least

    "What kinda camera is that?"
    Because it's not a camera phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tkamiya View Post
    Easy... just buy an iPhone....
    I don't plan on ever owning a phone which doesn't connect to the telephone exchange via a wire coming into my house.


    Steve.
    "People who say things won't work are a dime a dozen. People who figure out how to make things work are worth a fortune" - Dave Rat.

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    Phones are made to communicate with and sharing photos is simply another means of communicating. Not every photograph has to be a work of art.

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