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Interesting thoughts. I don't think I'd do a 365 project, as I'm not a prolific photographer in any case and forcing myself to do something, everyday, rather than be inspired and creative when it comes, would not be for me unfortunately. Yes, it forces you to go out and do something, but life's not always that accommodating in my case normally, so I think that for me it would be come too stressful
I do have a project in mind, featuring an ASBO rabbit, that's mulling around in my head at the moment ... it may come to something, may not. But it could prove fun ...
And I'd also give a vote for the 'Artist's Way' book - I've got it and have read it, but it was so long ago that I should probably go and re-read it.
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Quote: I must admit I'm not a great fan of the 365 idea. It seems to me that you end up being forced to take an image in order to get you one a day. That said you have come up with an original idea which goes beyond the standard '365'.
When I was in the doldrums, I too was looking for something to tax my mind and make me think again. I also was not too sure on the 365 idea. Anybody can take a picture of anything and then say they did a shot for every day. Some of the albums on another site are appalling and are just a virtual duplicate picture every day. As you say it seemed to be a little bit of "just take a shot only 234 to go" which is why I looked for something that made you think rather than just snap.
I found that planning ahead was crucial. Ideas kept popping into my mind as the days went by that were perhaps not appropriate for that day, but could be useful for some date in the future. To that end I created an Exel spreadsheet where I could cross reference Day(date) / Colour / Letter. That allowed me to prepare for a studio image, or travel to a location where I had seen a relevant object/place.
This not only helped me through the thin photographic time but also kept my brain working and further kept me active. But as TanyaH says life has a way of interrupting. Then it all comes down to just how determined are you. Being retired I have plenty of time on my hands, but I'm afraid I'm a bit like a dog with a bone. Once I've started then very little prevents me from accomplishing what I set out to do.
For the last few years I've been interested in photographing butterflies and have learnt a lot about them; well, enough to tell which is which of the common ones - I haven't actually turned into a lepidopterist.
My plan this Autumn is to get some photos of sea birds. I don't know one from another - if they're white then they are seagulls as far as I know. I'm not after 'great photos' (although I won't complain if they are and pretend etc....) just things I can take home and check.
My trusty Fuji bridge camera which was really not that useful for the distances involved is getting too cranky, but the replacement I've ordered may enable me to get a bit closer so I'm looking forward to the new game..
I have a good book called "The Artist' Way"
I think that book has been mentioned on here before so may look it up.
I'm pretty sure that I have mentioned it before on here at some stage, so this may not be a recommendation from another person, if you see what I mean.....
Some years ago I spent about 6 months teaching myself how to capture bees in flight and since then have had an on-going project to record as much as a I can about the various species in my garden and their habits.
So far I have a reasonable record of
- Honey Bee
- Wool Carder Bee
- Hairy Footed Spring Flower Bee
and less complete but still interesting records of
- Tawny Miner
- Leaf Cutter
+ many other random shots of different species
(we are lucky enough to have a property built on old meadow land, hence the variety )
As to what has been done with them,
the Hairy Foot was my first real success as I was the first / one of the first to report it this far West so have had images of it posted in a specialist magazine and also have the same images in a permanent display in a Museum in N. Italy (both had been studying the spread of the species from N. Europe across to E. England and Westward from there)
I'm also now providing training people in the use of my techniques so that they can get hooked on the same obsession (and make a few bob at the same time )
Quote: featuring an ASBO rabbit
The mind boggles
Quote: Some years ago I spent about 6 months teaching myself how to capture bees in flight
With a net ? Joking aside you must have the patience of a saint. I have no idea how many species of bees there are but you have obviously set yourself a long term project.
Quote: Being retired I have plenty of time on my hands,
Same for me - one of the reasons I need a project.
Quote: My plan this Autumn is to get some photos of sea birds. I don't know one from another
I think one of the advantages of photography (which I've never seen mentioned) is the fact that it can sometimes generates curiousity and the need to learn (in your case, learning to identify seabirds). I recently bought a s/h book from a charity shop called 'Flowers of the British Isles' and I never knew there were so many varieties !
Quote: With a net ? Wink Joking aside you must have the patience of a saint. I have no idea how many species of bees there are but you have obviously set yourself a long term project.
I've been tempted to use a net a few times believe me.
Nope, the patience of a gnat (that's why it took me so long )
Once learnt its a very simple and quick technique which mostly involves standing about watching bees and learning how they are behaving, if they aren't doing what I want its time to go in for another cup of coffee and a bun
As to being a long term project - I suspect I will be laying on my death bed saying something on the lines of "just another 5 minutes Guv, I nearly got the shot I wanted"
Quote: ....I think one of the advantages of photography (which I've never seen mentioned) is the fact that it can sometimes generates curiousity and the need to learn (in your case, learning to identify seabirds). .......
I was about to 'say' that it was the other way round, and that photography was a useful hobby for the curious, but I'm not so sure...it's probably the black & white photos in a book I had as a kid that fired the original interest in butterflies / moths. I'd still love to photograph a death's head hawkmoth as the illustration intrigued me, and of course with B&W photos it was mostly pattern that showed.
Nature and Wildlife, that's what I do, apart from getting me out and keeping me active, it drives me to learn as much as I can about my subjects. I love reading John Shaw's nature photography instructional books; I have 2, Close-ups in Nature, and The field Guide for Nature Photography, I'll wager I've read them a dozen times each, and I learn something new each time.
Speaking about butterflies Pete, I spent two seasons frequenting the butterfly house at our zoo, and it really opened my eyes to some of natures most amazing creatures. Sure, they're in captivity, but how else would one find them? They are from all over the world, almost none from my environment. I watched a documentary the other night about butterflies, and recognised about 3/4 of them, because I had photographed them at our zoo. I keep up my annual membership, and go when the weather's nasty, or mid-week, when it isn't crowded, it's fun.
That must have been fascinating, Denny. I guess it's about making best use of what's available - I've never been really interested in sea-birds, but we're near the coast (walking distance) and every so often I get curious about them. Plenty of cormorants and I'm pretty sure that one time we were watching some sort of tern in the harbour. I believe this is a good area for migrant sea-birds as well, so perhaps it will be interesting.
In the way of zoos we have an 'auarium' and that's pretty much all there is here. I did have annual membership last year but health problems made it pretty-much impossible to go - just hoping to stay reasonably mobile (and that the weather doesn't close in) for the Autumn (Fall?)
should say 'aquarium', not 'auarium.'..
Just been looking up John Parminters book on amazon but at £3819 it's a bit pricey for me
Probably need to get intouch with Amazon John!
....a bargain at - er - twice the price
Quote: Just been looking up John Parminters book on amazon but at £3819 it's a bit pricey for me
Still amazing value considering all the effort I put in......
Never really been one for projects as such - but do go through "phases" of interest...
Probably, in order...
Landscape is a good starter because you can do it alone, and not get any hassle off people... and countryside is pretty and healthy and all that.
Architecture takes a bit more balls if you hit city centres - people ask you questions, chance of being robbed etc.
cars - you need access to them, that's the main issue
people - well they move, look awkward, get bored, get cold... unless you are good
If you're bored or uninspired... try something else
Maybe get a book on the go - you can do a BLURB Book or something...
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