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Old 30-06-2005, 20:59   #1
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Do you go taking photos after work?

I love getting out at weekends and on days off to get photos and that, but you know what? Try as I may to motivate myself, I just wind up doing other stuff after work during the week.

Even during the summer it takes something really special (like that failed sunset expedition the other day) to get me out of the house with the camera.

Is there some bottled motivation out there that anyone would care to share with me? I really can't get it on. And to make matters worse, I can't be bothered taking snaps either!
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Old 30-06-2005, 22:24   #2
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My D70's been in it's bag for the last two weeks, keep meaning to go out and take photos, but always leave it behind. I'm giong to start keeping a notebook in the car and jot down any interesting photo ops I come across then revisit them at a later date.
Trouble is, like you as soon as works finished I just want to get home and relax, then the day's gone.
Really should make the most of the Summer and light mornings / evenings, 'cos before you know it... it'll be dark when you go to work and dark when you go home...
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Old 30-06-2005, 22:28   #3
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a suggestion though, maybe your work has places?

I know a lot of workplaces wont be photogenic but there may be places nearby for a quick snap or 2 at lunch?

I am 1 minute from a few liverpool museums/etc but at lunch i want food not photos!
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Old 30-06-2005, 22:30   #4
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I know a lot of workplaces wont be photogenic but there may be places nearby for a quick snap or 2 at lunch?


On a hill overlooking a ghastly retail park about 2 miles outside of one of Northamptonshire's trashiest towns... it couldn't possibly get any worse!



Nice idea tho.
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Old 30-06-2005, 22:34   #5
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a bit of B&W work and add some noise then there ya go, 'industrial images'
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Boink - so refreshing to hear that I'm not the only idle one! You'd think after being a desk jockey all day you'd be bursting to get out into the sunshine, when in fact soft furnishings and a cold beer always seems to be the favourable option!
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Old 30-06-2005, 22:54   #7
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Industrial Decay - for ths months comp

I know what you mean though. I'm lucky in that I work in a Berkshire village. I do go down to the river at lunch occassionally, which is where the ducks and stuff I took came from, but I don't do it nearly often enough. But yeah, evening's it's hard to motivate oneself
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Old 30-06-2005, 23:00   #8
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I go out frequently after work, esp in the summer finish at half five and be on a beach for 6-30
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To knackered after work and I get in late anyway. Weekend is tough too as I'm recovering from the working week. Wish I could retire at 32
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I know how people feel. I'm so envious when I look through people's samples on dpreview, and they work in the heart of Honk Kong or overlooking Yosemite. It should spark your enthusiasm, but the rain clouds over the B&Q warehouse just don't do it for me.
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Old 01-07-2005, 08:26   #11
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To be honest Keiron, I don't know if working in the middle of Hong Kong would be enough to inspire me after hours!

I'm really hoping that by doing this C&G course I can kickstart my enthusiasm. Wrong word - I'm enthusiastic, just not "driven".

Tricky stuff really. And the difficulty is by taking the odd photo at weekends I don't really "develop" technically, nor creatively for that matter.

Damn pesky work thing - as someone else said further up. Still, pays for them lenses!
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Hey, it's the first of July. I'm making a new month's resolution to try and take one decent photo a day. I feel pretty fired up at this prospect.
Shooting digital should mean instant results (obviously), but I'm also going to load up some of my film cameras (Holga, Diana, maybe the Mamiya C33) and shoot some film too. Unfortunately, 5 day processing turnaround & not having a scanner means these won't get displayed probably within the month.

I'm going to do this. Anone else want to try? We could set a new thread aside for this.

Jon

now where did I put my D70???
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I go for weeks without taking mine out. I work in London so by the time I get home its close to 7pm and usually the last thing I want to do is get out and take photos - I'm finding it hard to muster up the enthusiasm to even go through the photos from my hols in France the other week when I get home at the moment.

Retirement sounds nice - where do I apply? And will they pay my mortgage?
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Tempted Boink...very tempted.

Yeah, waht the hell
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If you want to do the photo a day thing, you should set up a photoblog as that's the trendy way to do it now

Check out www.photoblogs.org
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Already got a blog, was going to use that anyway
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Man I'm way too lazy to go out shooting after work. I only bother if something interesting is happening at home - storms, visitng friends, or a nice flower has opened when I get home and inspect the range, but to go out specially...

If I post a picture a day then I can guarantee that it will be taken somewhere at home or in the garden May get boring after a while. That reminds me though to get pic up in the general forum so that some kind soul can identify what's wrong with my plum tree
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Broz, we really don't want pictures of your plums!
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Broz, we really don't want pictures of your plums!


I guess it could go either way on the familiarity front. You might either get bored of capturing similar things, or actually develop your creative skills by looking at different ways to snap them.

The back door to the garage is wooden (this isn't an open invitation to come and easily ransack my outbuilding, by the way ) and there's a kind of gold-coloured lock and handle on it. There's some creeping green stuff that during the summer almost reaches down to the handle. It makes a smashing shot - but before I got a DSLR I'd never viewed it in that way.

I always get enthused by those pics of auld walking boots slammed against the perspex windows of sheds, in a sort of gloomy b&w fancying way. But I haven't got any windows in the garage.
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Broz, we really don't want pictures of your plums!
and they're pretty shrivelled to boot
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