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On your doorstep

Pete

Photography and music are my two passions. I edited photography magazines for around 20 years and launched the UK's first digital imaging magazine. I founded ePHOTOzine and was owner / publisher until 2013. The photos in my portfolio are ones I like from shoots I do in any spare time I have.
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On your doorstep

28 Jul 2009 9:45AM   Views : 492 Unique : 396

The buddy challenges are going well. We could have many more members enter these but for some reason they don't like the effort. But the effort is more about challenging yourself and your photography. It's also about your skill in assessing someone else's photo and making a useful critique. It's what we should have been doing long ago. The formula is seemingly perfect.

And so to the title of this post..."On your doorstep" is the theme of next month's challenge. Photos taken from near you home. To be honest I'm already looking around and finding this one a struggle. I don't find my "doorstep" that attractive photographically speaking. Over the years the times I've either written technique articles (or proofed, or read) on the same subject, yet now it's my turn to "practise what I preached" and I'm struggling.

So I wonder A) if there really is nothing to photograph in Worksop or B) If I've just become so used to everything that it no longer offers any excitement.
I'm tempted to say A (if you've been to Worksop you'd know why), but I wonder what those feel like who live in beautiful locations. I often think this when going to tourist spots and see locals milling around seemingly unaware of the beauty around them. Do you become blase about your familiar surrounds?

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Boyd 13 11.2k 11 Wales
28 Jul 2009 5:19PM
Wouldn't these buddy challenges be easier to find if they were in the critique gallery ? I know that a lot of people are tagging them but surely as these are essentially for critique then not only would they be easier to locate but also act as a great advert for the critique gallery itself.

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Boyd 13 11.2k 11 Wales
28 Jul 2009 6:12PM
As for your question, how far from your doorstep are you allowed to stray? Is the Priory possible? Clumber park? Mr Straw's house? Langold Lake (I saved someone's life there - admittedly it was me who threw him him Smile)?
Alternatively why concentrate on the usual 'beautiful' suspects? Try some war zone style shooting down in Manton, follow the biggest bloke you can find and take pictures of him shopping in Wilkinson's, some architectural shots of your locality...

The limit is your imagination.

BTW I live in a beautiful place and I never fail to appreciate how wonderful it is.
Pete Plus
16 18.8k 97 England
28 Jul 2009 8:16PM

Quote:Wouldn't these buddy challenges be easier to find if they were in the critique gallery?

They won't work in the critique gallery as they won't be individual in the gallery just up as mods, or in a some random way grouped by a tag search. The meeting area means they are all together. It's not ideal but if the section takes off we will build a special section for them.


Quote:Is the Priory possible? Clumber park? Mr Straw's house? Langold Lake
Yes and the library, park, canal, etc but the funny thing is these things don't strike me as doorstop Worksop. Maybe I've lost some imagination. It's going to be an interesting challenge for me.
Boyd 13 11.2k 11 Wales
28 Jul 2009 9:42PM

Quote:The meeting area means they are all together.
The two aren't mutually exclusive though. You could have the system as it stands but all of the images are in the critique gallery too, highlighting the critique gallery as the place to receive constructive advice.
conrad 13 10.9k 116
29 Jul 2009 9:30AM

Quote:We could have many more members enter these but for some reason they don't like the effort.


No, not true in all cases, I've seen several people say that they liked the idea, but just don't have the time at the moment - which applies to me as well. I I had more time right now, I'd join in, but I've hardly had the time to take any photos since my holiday in May. Some day, though...


Quote:if the section takes off we will build a special section for them


Excellent idea.
ade_mcfade 13 15.2k 216 England
29 Jul 2009 11:25AM
I thought the next challenge was

"Where I Live"

Which amounts to the same thing as "on my doorstep" in many respects, but using the word "live" opens up more posibilities - be it a shot of their laptop with cans and fag ash around it, their well turned out garden, an unimaginative view of their house or even a burned out car and graffiti.

it could be a comment on a divided society?

all sorts really..


Quote:I've seen several people say that they liked the idea, but just don't have the time at the moment


The reason I chose "Self Portrait" was to get round this issue - everyone has their face with them at all times, so taking a self portrait is one of the easiest things ever, just look at Facebook, most shots are taken from arms length, camera pointing back at them Smile

The truth is, a lot of people went the extra mile on this one, we got such a diverse selection from Chris's hands to fishnet's death scene - so I guess my assumption that self portrait was going to be a no brainer was naieve really. Fingers crossed for the next one anyway... and I've got a few more crits to do before then, just seen some more arrive in my groups
SteveCharles 14 2.3k 18 England
30 Jul 2009 10:50AM

Quote:So I wonder A) if there really is nothing to photograph in Worksop or B) If I've just become so used to everything that it no longer offers any excitement.


I often go out in my home town of Woking, trying to find a different way to photograph it each time. Each time is harder, because I'm more familiar with it, I do think that familiarity with somewhere can reduce your interest in it. But that's the challenge. I personally don't seek out the nice stuff, but try to make interesting images out of the everyday urban and mundane. Lighting can make a big difference - my recent images of a bland industrial estate shot early on a sunny morning and heavily polarised are a good example I think. So rather than thinking 'what is there interesting to shoot', look at what's there and think 'how can I make this interesting'.
fauxtography 12 6.6k 36
31 Jul 2009 2:54PM
Go out with your T&S lens Pete... shoot Workshop with a different technique or gear.
WelshKiwi 9 3.2k 2 Wales
4 Aug 2009 1:25PM
Wow, funny how different people think and have different perspectives.

What I wouldnt give to be in a built up area.....

Its my birthday on Friday and OH and Eif have asked what I want...

Ive asked for a day off to go to Liverpool to all the derelict roads and streets of empty terrace houses.

My love of taking photos again is starting to ignite just thinking about it.

Wanna swap beautiful Anglesey and Snowdonia for Worksop with me Pete, for a little while at least, I would soon want to return but would love to be where you are, it would be a different experience and would maybe provide me with some much needed inspiration and time with my camera on a personal level...

Lee Smile
webjam 13 292 11 Netherlands
12 Aug 2009 2:29PM
Ahummmm, where can I find these Buddy Challenges....

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