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    I have done quite a few multi-days photographic trips with other photgraphers. Most of the time it is, "I'll meet you back at the car (or campsite) for lunch (or after dark)." The exception is working around/on sand dunes when it is best to stick together and not chance putting footprints across someone's potential photograph. These trips have been very productive -- as productive as my solo trips. And it is nice to be able to split the gasoline costs!

    Photographing with the 8x10 on family vacations is difficult, but not impossible -- one just has to remember that it IS a family vacation -- not a week+ long photo trip...and grap the opportunities as the come and enjoy the light when one can't haul out the camera.

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    A bit of both for me. Sometimes I really like watching someone work. I learned more about photography watching Per Volquartz set up, compose and expose a negative, than I had in the entire previous year.

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    I shoot alone..........but I don't drink alone. I would, however, love to tag along with an experienced LFer and just watch.

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    I have no problems at all photographing with my "best bud" photographer. He shoots only digital, I shoot only film. We often make suggestions to each other, but we are free to tell the other to go to hell, with no hard feelings. I think it depends on your personality, and my bud and I are big kidders, not afraid to call each other idiots, and we each get very good images. But I too, am not afraid to stomp down some offending weeds to offer a better view of what I am shooting, or have my bud hold back a limb during exposure. I like going out with someone else, as we often have to climb up or down slopes, with equipment, and I am glad there is someone there in case of emergencies. I think it helps that we both like the same subject material (old bridges), so we plan a day of specific locations where bridges are. He is also better at spotting poison ivy than I am, so he is the official poison ivy spotter.
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    I enjoy photographing with other large format photographers. My experiences have been very rewarding. I've had the opportunity to photograph with Richard Ritter on a few occasions. We normally go to a place called Cavendish Gorge. It is a small remote area and quite dangerous. The photographs can be wonderful! When we arrive Richard heads left and I head right or vice versa. We stay out of each other's way and we also have the support if one of us should need help. I'd never attempt to photograph Cavendish Gorge without someone else in attendance.

    I've also had the opportunity to take an extended photographic trip with Bruce Barlow. We spent a week in Maine together this past October. We would arrive at a predetermined location at Arcadia National Park and there was enough photographic subject matter, that the only times we saw each other over an entire morning was if we crossed paths while heading back to the truck to get more film holders. Once we tired of that location, we would hop in the truck and tour the many harbors. It was very nice to have the company of another photographer. We and our meals together and shared the gasoline costs. I know we both achieved our photographic goals during this trip.

    As others have stated/experienced, YMMV

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    If I shot with someone like in the OP, I'd definitely want to shoot alone. Maybe I've been pretty lucky, but the people I've shot with have helped me spot good shots (and, I hope, vice versa). The key is finding someone you get along with well in the first place. And someone who doesn't shoot totally different things from you. At least, that's what's worked for me. I might be more productive when I'm by myself, but it's fun to have company sometimes, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PHOTOTONE View Post
    We often make suggestions to each other, but we are free to tell the other to go to hell, with no hard feelings. I think it depends on your personality, and my bud and I are big kidders, not afraid to call each other idiots.
    Reminds me very much of my 'best bud' photo friend as well... He's trucking off to Portland next year to live - bastard!

    Photography for me in almost all aspects is a very social thing.
    Cleared the bowel problem, working on the consonants...

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    Although I do meet up with other photographers probably around 6 - 8 times a year, I prefer shooting alone. An outing with other photographers is often more of a social gathering rather than serious photography. Alone you have the freedom to spend as long as you like in one location without feeling obligated to move on when the others do. I always come away with more keepers when out by myself.

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    I prefer to work on my own. When I'm on vacation with my wife she's very understanding when I'm taking pictures. I tend to stop suddenly which probably drives uninitiated people nuts.

    The last thing I need is someone yammering around me, interrupting my flow. I've had people say things like "You and your xxxxxx photos ... I don't know ... I don't get it ...." :rolleyes: What's to get? Shut up and let me work
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    I like going to locations with someone but ultimately prefer shooting alone. I guess sometimes I feel like I have no right photographing anything out in the open. Having someone else around makes it easier. I think i'm agoraphobic.



 

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