I used to shoot with a friend who had started with digital. He would take a million pictures, 30 of the same thing. Fiddle with settings, show me the little pictures on the screen. I would silently scoff and be glad that I had shot 8 or 9 rolls of film. Anyhow, one day he asks me what MF outfit would be good. He ended up going for a Mamiya 7 and has since bought the wide lenses (what a jerk, huh?)
I like to think that my prints and negatives helped steer him in a better direction for himself. Only probably that I would think he has is shooting color 120 film and sending it off. I used to work for a store that developed film. Even I couldn't afford to shoot color unless the film were seriously outdated and I printed behind the boss' back.
I'm glad I shot with him. It was fun to watch his batteries die. Then he had to go buy that beautiful real camera and shoot the sharpest negs i've yet to see. Argh.
I usually work alone...not sure why. I only started processing my own film when I took the course up at the local community college last year. I enjoyed every minute off that class except when the darkroom was crowded. It wasn't much fun trying to relax and enjoy the work with students whining about the lack of digital involvement in the class though they weren't all like that. So I purchased my own darkroom supplies and an enlarger and work out of the house.
My wife fully supports me although she prefers "the automated world" with her P/S digital camera. That's fine with me, as she'll always gush over my photos no matter how poor I find them. Plus, she'll give me all the time I need if we're on a trip, hike, etc. to take photos.
I have a good friend who shoots digital; his girlfriend too. We used to take day trips together and shoot. It was fun to compare images of the same subject and see how differently we shot. The last trip we took with them was a bit of a disaster though. They kept fighting with each other, and my friend was upset with me for teasing him about his "chimping". So we no longer take long road trips with them.
The rest of my friends don't comment much on my photography. If they did, they'd probably think it was digital anyways. If people know I am into photography, the first thing they want to know is why I don't shoot digital and photoshop my pictures. I try to explain to them the merits of processing and printing your own work but their eyes usually glaze over. So I've truncated my responses to: "I enjoy film more" , "You know you've really worked hard when you comme out with a great print and you stink like fixer (What's fixer?)" or "I spend enough time at work in front the computer...why would I want to spend more agonizing over a digital image?". I suppose the last one is hypocritical of me; I tend to do my color work digitally...as rare as that is.
I guess it is safe to say I haven't met any other photographers who share the same sort of photographic interests as I do, but that is fine with me. So long as my wife is happy to be alongside me while I'm shooting that's all the acceptance I need!
"(Insert witty/meaningful/inspirational/silly comment here)" - J. Denney
Knowing from another thread that the vast majority here are introverts, I can understand most wanting to shoot alone. I personally enjoy shooting with a group - duh, I'm one of only a dozen extroverts on this site - but I also understand personal space and I don't think I'm a back seat driver or blab about nothing when in a group shoot (Whitey, Gene, Bethe, Drew, Jim, David, others? Back me up here ...).
Then again, I do like to shoot alone too at times. Particularly when I have a purpose in mind. Interestingly, once I've achieved my purpose I like to talk about it, but not necessarily show any of the images. Which is why I have tens of thousands of undisplayed slides. Strange.
I actually like shooting with folks who have different equipment or styles. I like observing folks from afar. Large format shooters make great companions since in the 20 minutes it takes them to shoot one sheet, I can wonder around with my Hassey and maybe take half a roll on my own! LOL
My wife and I go out photographing together, but almost always find different directions to go once we get there. Just a case of seeing differently.
"What if they're not dreams - what if they're instructions
That would reduce the weight a little. I am inclined to think that if someone saw a gun in your kit they would be done asking questions. (Is that a hasselblad?) Just might have to put one in there.
Originally Posted by Pinholemaster
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I enjoy meeting and conversing with other photographers. Its always interesting to get different perspectives on things. I don't think I could handle someone hounding every move I did though.
This thread has made me wonder if I'm an annoying photographer? I hope not!
Photographing alone in forest ...
I'm seeing your post for the first time more than four years after you wrote it .. so I hope it's not too late. My twisted sense of humor can't resist: I think the solution, Kilgallb, is —if you're photographing alone in Kananaskis Country— to pack a gun. It'll also keep your impatient hiking companions quiet (don't tell them you're packin' a heater until you arrive at the desolate spot you want to Anselize). As well, when you arrive home with a furry new rug to put down in front of the hearth, you can respond to your wife's surprised look with, "What's wrong? I told you I'd be out shooting in the forest, didn't I ?"
Originally Posted by Kilgallb
(I realize that this is the "Ethics and Philosophy" category, so I repeat: this is a joke! Sorry ... it's late here and I obviously have time on my hands)
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My partner is a photo buddy most of the time. I understand however how important it is to just do your own damn thing though. If I didn't, I'd likely completely miss shots. Remembering the basic photographic principal is that we're capturing a snippet of time and depending on the subject, if you don't go 'click' at it, its gone and you won't get it back.
Working alone has distinct benefits, I completely agree and normally love being alone. However at other times working around another photographer, regardless of their skill level can open you up to another way of thinking (or occasionally reinforce your own ).
All that really matters in the end is the image, not what your using to create it.
Sounds like you all need to buy a good pair of steel-toe-capped boots, a swift kick in the hanging bits usually takes the breath out of free advice givers and scoffing digiographers - Exceptions are the two former silver jelly digiographers whose Leica, Focomat 1c with Multigrade head and 21mm lens I use for everlasting free
On the issue of safety, I now prefer to work in the landscape with someone else around, preferably with a second car - Australia is big and hot
I like working with others, but with some reservations. The first being that it can't be too large of a group. The second is more important: I find that when you're taking photos together, you need to give each other space. Two people taking the same pictures of the same subjects makes no sense, but when you just casually wander about and each find your own composition, it's a lot of fun. And what's more important, if you have a buddy that likes photography as well, you can motivate each other to go out more and just shoot.