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fudgy 7 48 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2011 9:02AM
Do you have a specialty when it comes to taking pics ?

I am still in the stages of been on one long snapathon Tongue

so for you who have been at this while , did you start out with a specific area of photography or did you just click away at anything ?

and the beginners , do you just go for it or are you trying to specialise in a specific thing.

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JohnParminter 11 1.3k 14 England
26 Jan 2011 9:33AM
Hello Fudgy,

I bought a camera 4 years ago specifically to see if I could capture landscapes that I have been seeing and scenery that I have witnessed for the last 30 odd years of walking and running in the mountains.
I snapped away at general scenic landscapes for a bit while I learnt how to use the camera but now have very specific areas within landscape photography that I concentrate on. I'm only really interested in photographing mountains these days and these mountains, the weather and conditions have to be specific as well otherwise I rarely get the camera out of the bag.

Ian-Munro 10 200 15 Wales
26 Jan 2011 9:33AM
I'd like to think of myself as a landscaper but the British weather is so crap that I find myself creating composites and getting creative so to speak. Grin
JohnParminter 11 1.3k 14 England
26 Jan 2011 9:59AM

Quote:but the British weather is so crap

That's just a state of mind Ian..... Wink

I love the British weather and embrace it. If you have had the pleasure or mis-pleasure of working in the arabian desert with the weather stuck in one mode for months on end ie sun and blue skies then you tend to appreciate that the weather we have is probably one of the most diverse in the world.

The trick is just being able to predict it and take advantage of it..... Smile
User_Removed 8 4.6k 1 Scotland
26 Jan 2011 10:09AM
I'd need to agree with John about the weather. Some of the most dramatic landscapes are taken in the foulest weather.

But, even after nearly 60 years of "snapping", I still don't have a speciality. I enjoy landscape and wildlife, try my hand at macro now and then and experiment with still lifes and abstracts. Probably the one genre that has never caught my fancy is portrait (possibly because of lack of access to glamorous models!)

PS - I do appreciate that someone is going to say about portrait what I said about weather - that some of the best portraits are of essentially old, wrinkly, ugly faces.
whipspeed 13 4.2k 22 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2011 10:16AM
Shot lots of things over the years, but sometimes tend to go for one thing at a time & practice until I'm reasonably happy, which is quite often not alot of the time! I've always been one for seeing the faults in my work, as has my husband & son who critique just about everything I do and don't always mince their words. Grin But that does push me to try again.
I suppose I've practiced the most with cycling photography as that was the original reason for wanting to improve so that I could get shots of my hubby racing and now, I'm mostly happy with the shots I get, although I always see something else that makes me want to push my knowledge a bit further. The biggest compliment I had this year was when a photographer came up to me at a race and said that my work had inspired him to have a go and was the site he used for reference. I was really chuffed at that.

As for the British weather, my favourite cycling shots have mostly been the rainy ones.
MeanGreeny 12 3.7k England
26 Jan 2011 10:49AM
I try to specialise in not specialising
JackAllTog Plus
9 5.0k 58 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2011 12:48PM
Hi Lesley,

I'm still snapping almost everything, hoping to find a few areas where i can get repeatably good results but still know enough about other styles to be able to keep it mixed up a bit.

I think specialising is often driven by both given and made opportunities, when opportunities seem to be appearing for me i'll be try to get the most out of them, and hopefully specialism will follow.

I'd love to do some landscapes but opportunity is rare when based near london AND GREY UK CLOUDS steal the light. LOL.

26 Jan 2011 9:46PM


As for the British weather, my favourite cycling shots have mostly been the rainy ones.

Back in the 60s before we could see cycle racing on TV, we got our fix by reading Cycling Weekly. Everything at least a week or more out of date by the time we got to see it! I loved the tough gritty pics of Classics contested in foul weather, Tommy Simpson, Jacques Anquetil, Raymond Poulidor, spare tyre round their shoulders, mud and rain dripping off their chins onto the handlebars, faces covered in road dirt . . . Bliss!
whipspeed 13 4.2k 22 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2011 5:20PM
Definate Bliss Smile We've got a couple of books on the Paris-Roubaix. A Journey through Hell & A Century of Paris-Roubaix. There is just something so wonderful about the older shots from the classics and from the classic races in general, they seem to have so much more emotion & heart about them.
Don't know where about in the country you are, but have you been to the East Midlands CiCLE Classic, otherwise known as the Hell of the East Midlands?
Brilliant race, run on roads and farm tracks, somewhat like the Paris-Roubaix without cobbles.
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
27 Jan 2011 5:29PM
I`ve never had a specific area, cycling, I might indulge later this year Smile

whipspeed 13 4.2k 22 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2011 5:44PM
Triathalons are something I've not shot before, but should be good.
fudgy 7 48 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2011 12:25PM
I started this then forgot ...must be the vodka Tongue

thankyou , its very interesting to see what your all about and how you started in this game.

my camera is a permanent fixture on my arm now , but I haven't found my place ..I don't know that I am looking for a certain place to be in all honesty..

I so want to do nude photography ..that sentence is a bit black and white I know , but it's hard to describe what I actually mean , but a bit more than just "nude"...but I only have myself to photograph Tongue so I wont be hitting the headlines just yet !! Wink

thankyou for your feedback Smile
Robin_TB 8 204 9 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2011 2:01PM
I started relatively recently and still try and take a mixture of things. I wouldn't say I have any speciality, I'm just seeing if one develops. My 'plan' (in the loosest possible way) is to try everything and see what I enjoy most. At the moemnt I just enjoy experimenting and learning the camera.

I haven't done much protrait stuff, never done nude stuff with a model or in a studio. Self nude requires more confidence and time in the gym! Trouble is with that sort of thing is that to do it justice you need to know what you are doing, otherwise the result can look a bit 'Readers Wives'. Great, if that's what you're going for but doesn't cut it compared to some of the amazing art nude stuff on here. I have been advised the best way to gain the experience and techniques for this kind of thing is to do a photography course that includes a shoot with a model. At least you have expertise on hand and the model will be aware that the result may be less than portfolio standard. Alternatively, learn the ropes on clothed models/friends and then progress to nude later.

Probably the worst thing you could do would be to hire a model and then just snap away, as you could get a bad reputation through modelling agency websites that could be hard to shift.

Hope that's of some use.
digicammad 15 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2011 4:35PM

Quote:Do you have a specialty when it comes to taking pics ?

Nope and I don't want one either.

Most of my images are landscapes, but that is more to do with opportunity and a love of being outdoors. When I get the chance I love studio photography, macro, wildlife, abstract and anything else you care to shake a tripod leg at.

The only thing I wouldn't do is self portrait, but only because I hate seeing photos of myself. Smile

One area I have not had chance to try yet is nude. I intend to do so and have a fair number of ideas of what I want the shots to look like, the main concept being 'subtlety'. Frankly I find page 3 style shots boring, titillation is much better than in your face (well in my opinion anyway).


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