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The objects of your attention!

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{Photography.13.1}: Kai Hagen {kai} Fri, 18 Jul 2003 12:38:51 CDT (HTML)

There are many aspects to photography, of course. And the location or subject is just a starting point.

In fact, it is quite interesting to see how different photographers apporach the same location or subject, with highly distinct perspective, composition, use of light and so on.

Nevertheless...where you are and what is there provides the raw material the photographer works with. I won't be taking any pictures of skyscrapers or whales or tropical rainforests this afternoon (though I am happy to travel to see and photograph each of those things at times).

What are some of your favorite subjects? Do you find that most of your images are of people or buildings or natural objects and places? Do you tend to get right in there and take intimate shots, or do you stand back and shoot entire settings and landscapes?

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{Photography.13.2}: Leanne Collier {chiles} Fri, 18 Jul 2003 16:19:17 CDT (8 lines)

Oooh.  I always used to go for "arty" pictures in my 20s, until I
realized that my intimate closeups of nature weren't working.  ;-)

I have taken a couple of really good landscape photos- one of a wooden
rowboat in SF Bay is hanging on the wall and has gotten lots of good
comments over the years- but my forté is apparently portraits,
especially candid ones.  I have some good ones of my husband and son
that just glow.

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{Photography.13.3}: Rachel {sugarfreak} Fri, 18 Jul 2003 16:33:47 CDT (7 lines)

Definitely a people person...at least when it comes to photography.

Mostly enviromental portraits. Straight portraits are kind of boring,
unless it's really close up.

I'm not interested in making people look "good" which is what most
people expect of photographers. I'd rather take an interesting photo.

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{Photography.13.4}: Leanne Collier {chiles} Fri, 18 Jul 2003 16:42:24 CDT (6 lines)

Don't you notice that those photos turn out pretty good though?

I have one of my husband that I took pretty quick with the SLR and
although he is waist deep in water, soaking wet, and looking off to the
left, it's a *good* picture.  Not representational of the way he looks,
necessarily, but flattering nonetheless and an interesting photo.

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{Photography.13.5}: Rachel {sugarfreak} Fri, 18 Jul 2003 16:47:56 CDT (4 lines)

I think they're good! But usually the subject (especially if it's a
woman) will make a face and say, "I look horrible!"

It's not like I'm taking a Glamour Photo!

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{Photography.13.6}: Leanne Collier {chiles} Fri, 18 Jul 2003 16:52:10 CDT (4 lines)

Exactly.  And while we're on the subject, I *detest* Glamour Photos.
They have no relation to reality, OR their subject.  If you want your
spouse to look like that, just keep the model's picture that came in
the picture frame and save your money!  <crab off>

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{Photography.13.7}: Rachel {sugarfreak} Fri, 18 Jul 2003 17:00:37 CDT (3 lines)

Haha!

Yeah, Glamour Photos are not about looking like yourself.

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{Photography.13.8}: Kai Hagen {kai} Fri, 18 Jul 2003 17:12:00 CDT (HTML)

Your thread makes me realize...

I'm going to open a "Taking Pictures of People" topic, and move a few of your posts over there to start. Seems well worth a topic of its own!

Here: People Pictures!
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Leanne: Any chance you could scan the "wooden rowboat in SF Bay" picture, so that we could get it posted in this forum?

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{Photography.13.9}: Leanne Collier {chiles} Fri, 18 Jul 2003 17:44:22 CDT (2 lines)

Heh.  I scanned it for ya, but my scanner is crappy, so see what you
think when it comes through (at 132K).

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{Photography.13.10}: Kai Hagen {kai} Fri, 18 Jul 2003 18:47:16 CDT (HTML)

Got it. Thanks!

Makes me nostalgic for our Bay Area days.

Shrunk the size a wee bit, and the file size a bit more.


Leanne: "The print is actually a LOT sharper- my scanner is really cheap. The sun on the bow and the pier is much more contrasty in in the print, and the wavelets are much sharper, so this isn't very rep of the picture on my wall.  Sound like a true apologist/ prima donna don't I?  Ha!  So be it."


Attachment: LCsfbayboatweb.jpg (61K)

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{Photography.13.11}: Suzanne Griffith {sggriffith} Fri, 18 Jul 2003 19:12:05 CDT (4 lines)

I think glamor shots are downright creepy, especially of little
girls. Yuck!

Let's only do glamor shots of adult males ;-)

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{Photography.13.12}: Which Hazel? {hazel2} Fri, 18 Jul 2003 22:01:56 CDT (8 lines)

Leanne, did you live in the Bay Area too at one point?

What are the objects of my attention? Hmmmm. I seem to take more
macro nature stuff more than anything else. I'll usually do "studies"
of something, almost like "drawing" it with a camera from many
different perspectives. Twenty five versions of magnolia buds opening.
Forty different abstract compositions of seams in rocks. Occasional
landscapes, some architectural stuff now and then.

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{Photography.13.13}: Kai Hagen {kai} Fri, 18 Jul 2003 23:30:26 CDT (9 lines)

I take more nature pictures than anything else, too - close ups and landscapes and
everything in between. But I also take a fair amount of people pictures, and more than
a few urban/town shots.

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Leanne: I just realized where you took that picture and the direction you were facing.
The telephoto view misled me, at first. We used to live just out of the area in that
picture (about an inch down and less than an inch right of the upper right corner).

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{Photography.13.14}: Leanne Collier {chiles} Sat, 19 Jul 2003 15:35:43 CDT (12 lines)

Nostalgia.  :-)

We lived in the City for many years- Marina, Cow Hollow and finally
Polk Gulch.  I took a picture when the QE2 sailed out of SF once- it's
a terrible picture and wildly underexposed, but it's notable because it
looks like the entire ship (and this is a massive ship) is ablaze in
the middle of SF Bay.  That bay is a treasure trove of good shots.

I have some seriously crappy shots of the bottom side of the GG Bridge,
the bow wake of the Emperor Norton and water crashing over the seawall
at Fort Point.  Good scenery isn't always good photography, and I'm the
girl to prove it.  ;-)

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{Photography.13.15}: Diane Hamilton {dianeh} Sun, 20 Jul 2003 10:14:35 CDT (2 lines)

I take a lot of pictures of my dog and our grandson Zachary.  I also
like to take pictures of the birds at the feeders in my yard.

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{Photography.13.16}: Diane Hamilton {dianeh} Sun, 20 Jul 2003 10:29:08 CDT (HTML)

Well, not always the dog and the kid ;-)

Cape May Lighthouse


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{Photography.13.17}: Amanda Peck {amanda615} Sun, 20 Jul 2003 22:02:00 CDT (8 lines)

I do lots and lots of cat and dog pictures, remarkably few people.
Lots of landscapes.  Just now I'm documenting (fancy word for
wandering down the hill with a camera in my hand) the pole barn.

But I think I'll send you to my thumbnails instead of posting
something here.

http://groups.msn.com/ap615/spring2003.msnw?albumlist=2

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{Photography.13.18}: Kai Hagen {kai} Sun, 20 Jul 2003 23:18:14 CDT (HTML)

Neat to take a series of images of a work in progress like that, Amanda. I took a decent number of the construction of our house, but I wish I had had a digital camera at that time. Would have taken a lot more.

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Diane: Lighthouses are really popular subjects. I remember rreading something about the number of people who take pictures of the scenic Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse in Acadia National Park, in Maine. In that case, I think there is one spot in particular where people stand to take the "classic" shot.

I put lighthouses into Google, and got a LOT of hits...including some interesting sites - and including a heck of a lot of sites of or with the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse!

Here is a picture I took of a different lighthouse in Maine last year. Not a great shot, but not a bad one, either. Hard to get the right shot in the middle of the day.

Portland Light


Attachment: portlandlightjune02web.jpg (33K)

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{Photography.13.19}: Elizabeth Lower-Basch {izbit} Mon, 21 Jul 2003 07:53:40 CDT (6 lines)

I work about a block from where they're building the new Smithsonian
American Indian museum.  It's a neat building, with all the walls
curving in odd ways.  I've tried taking photographs of it at various
stages, and am totally unhappy with all of them.  I think the range
from the street is wrong -- I can't get either close enough or far
away enough.

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{Photography.13.20}: E Lakin {elakin} Mon, 21 Jul 2003 09:48:09 CDT (11 lines)

i've traveled a lot, so i tend to have a lot of pictures of famous
buildings.

they're static, and therefore, easier to catch in pictures than the
elusive human subject matter.  i usually like my photos that have
people in them better than ones that don't.

nevertheless, here's a couple buildings;

<http://community.webshots.com/scripts/editPhotos.fcgi?
action=viewall&albumID=82198722>

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{Photography.13.21}: {kai} Mon, 21 Jul 2003 10:08:37 CDT (0 lines)
{erased by kai Mon, 21 Jul 2003 10:08:53 CDT}

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{Photography.13.22}: Kai Hagen {kai} Mon, 21 Jul 2003 10:09:02 CDT (HTML)

I think you may have to change some permission settings there, Eddie (I think you can do that by folder/album at Webshots). I got this:

A problem has been detected.

You do not appear to be the owner of this album.
Make sure you are logged in.

Or, you can e-mail the picture to me, and I can attach on or both of them here.

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> I can't get either close enough or far away enough.

That can be really frustrating. When we when to England the first time, I had a couple of lenses, but the "widest" was 55mm. That was irkingly restrictive in a few ways, but none more than trying to photograph big old buildings in old (small streets) urban settings. I have to try all sorts of odd perspectives and artsy angles, and settle for a piece of it.

The next time we went to Europe, I had a 28mm lens! :-)

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{Photography.13.23}: E Lakin {elakin} Mon, 21 Jul 2003 10:12:39 CDT (4 lines)

whoops.  thanks, kai.  let's try this one;


<http://community.webshots.com/album/82198722FmrFqY>

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{Photography.13.24}: Kai Hagen {kai} Mon, 21 Jul 2003 10:42:17 CDT (HTML)

That worked. Eddie.

Nice!

I really like the first three - the two from the Guggenheim in Bilbao and the unusual perspective of the Eiffel Tower.

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{Photography.13.25}: thanks {elakin} Mon, 21 Jul 2003 12:04:37 CDT (0 lines)


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