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    Making a commitment

    About two months ago I made a commitment to myself that I would make an average of 5 new view camera exposures each day for the next year. I recognize that there are days that I will not photograph and there are days when I will make 15 4X5 and 8X10 exposures.

    I calculate that in the next year with days off for printing and other matters that I will still make 1500 new exposures. Will I be able to live up to the commitment? I don't know but in the past two months, I have made well over 250 new exposures.

    My reason for doing this is that I believe that my ability to see and my photography will benefit from this exercise. Has anyone else made a commitment of this type and if so how did it work out?

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    I sometimes make different type of commitment to myself. I shoot macros and what with the high magnification and all the crawling around in the mud, there is the temptation to shoot off as many as possible once you get an insect acceptably in focus. I know a lot of digital shooters take the machine gun approach to insect photography - handheld flash and all - and then crop and sharpen wildly to get acceptable results.

    However, in my attempts to resist this sort of approach, I often say to myself when I am going out to shoot at dawn that I will make no more than, say, 6 exposures. It forces me to be meticlous with the framing, metering, focussing, even if it means missing some shots. Once I reach my quota, I pack my things and go home even if there are more shooting opportunities.

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    My commitment isn't as specific, but I do try to at least do something photo related each day. That may be researching, shooting, testing, or developing. Lately I've been doing a lot of researching and testing. Hopefully I will be done with that soon so that I can shoot more.
    RL Foley

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    As my other post states, I am building a darkroom. My commitment is to work as much as possible to be completely caught on with my backlog.

    Plus, I have a show in August and then December, so my plan is to be done 30 days ahead. Wish me luck.

    And good luck to you Donald.

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    Hey Don

    I shoot a short roll of film for myself, not a client, once a week.
    "One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid,
    and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision"

    -Bertrand Russell

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silverpixels5
    My commitment isn't as specific, but I do try to at least do something photo related each day. That may be researching, shooting, testing, or developing. Lately I've been doing a lot of researching and testing. Hopefully I will be done with that soon so that I can shoot more.
    That is what I've done.
    Robert M. Teague
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    "A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist" -- Louis Nizer

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    My commitment is to pursue this project I've started recently.

    If I'm not actually out shooting, I'm contacting potential shot locations, scouting maps, doing research, working on my website for the project...this even goes so far as to cover preparation on the vehicle. Maintenance on my truck is paramount to this project, I cannot afford to break-down or get stuck hours from no-where, so even that is tied into this project.

    I admire the goal of actually putting a number of shots per day down and keeping it. A buddy of mine did a similar thing a while ago, but he shot one exposure of his daughter every day for a year. After the year was over he put together a collage which was very interesting.

    Anyway, the goal is a big one, but worthwhile. Good luck with it!

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    There needs to be balance in life...next year resolve to only take one photograph of each scene photographed which you KNOW will produce a strong image. You will probably condense ten years of learning into two.

    Murray
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    Quote Originally Posted by MurrayMinchin
    only take one photograph of each scene photographed which you KNOW will produce a strong image.
    I love this idea!
    "Where is beauty? Where I must will with my whole Will; where I will love and perish, that an image may not remain merely an image."

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    Quote Originally Posted by MurrayMinchin
    There needs to be balance in life...next year resolve to only take one photograph of each scene photographed which you KNOW will produce a strong image. You will probably condense ten years of learning into two.

    Murray
    Unfortunately for me, it doesn't work that way. What I consider a strong image now, may not be so later....and vice versa. I can go back to negatives that I didn't think much of a year or two ago and actually make better prints with it than the ones I thought were the best back then. You just never know...which is another reason I don't throw away negatives I don't like.
    RL Foley

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