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01/02/2020 10:40:01 AM · #1
Originally posted by pixelpig:

I would love to see, am still hoping to someday see, a lively discussion in the forum here about what drives each of you to keep on doing photography. I would not be surprised if for some the motivating factor is the technology of the camera & lens, for example.

Grabbing this from another thread.

I have two reasons:
- To document things. Family and event photos fall into this category.
- To create something.

I'm forty, I have millions of Lego's. I still play with them every day. For Christmas it's all my wife and kids bought me. In the new year I'm going to try and make more time for photography because I like the creative process.

Specifically related to DPC, I love thinking about ideas that are outside the box.
01/02/2020 10:59:54 AM · #2
I like exploring. According to my ex wife, I also have a thing for lots of buttons & switches.
01/02/2020 11:29:12 AM · #3
Utter fascination with the world around me.

The thrill of discovering something I'd not found before.

Structure of things man has built, whether it be vehicles, cars, bridges, or whatever....
01/02/2020 11:32:21 AM · #4
Tech doesn't motivate me, but I'd be lying if I didn't say that a new lens doesn't push me to get out and shoot.

I guess one major motivator for me is simply capturing the "extra" in the "ordinary" of nature and its surroundings. Getting a photo of a bird or animal that I see every day that shows it in an uncommon way makes me smile.

Travel is another, though I don't do it as much as I used to. It's not so much about vacation photography as it is about again finding something outside the ordinary where I am - the uncommon in the common.

Finally I'm motivated by challenges to push me outside of the norm. If I look through my front page images a good chunk of them come during the team competitions here where I'm forced to actually think about what I'm shooting before I go out and shoot it. It should be no surprise that this idea is the first thing mentioned in the 1% Rule article that was posted. When I think and execute instead of just running scattershot looking for something that fits a category I will almost always produce a better photo. This even works with nature photography as simply knowing what lens(es) to have on at any moment greatly increases your chance of not missing something.

01/02/2020 11:33:49 AM · #5
These days it is for me a very important anti-depressant. It takes my mind off big worries.
01/02/2020 01:06:45 PM · #6
the older I get the more amazing things seem. photography a way of savouring.
01/02/2020 02:05:59 PM · #7
my drive sadly seems to have left me
01/02/2020 02:21:35 PM · #8
Originally posted by tnun:

the older I get the more amazing things seem. photography a way of savouring.
This says everything I was going to say, in fewer words.
01/02/2020 02:28:56 PM · #9
Been here since 2004 would be nice to finally win a ribbon or 2. but if it doesnt happen the last decade has still been great on DPC and with the changes happening will be better
01/02/2020 10:48:25 PM · #10
I have always been a hyper focus individual. That has been good because I am able to deeply concentrate on the task in front of me. It can be bad because sometimes I miss what is going on outside my focus. Photography addresses both of those characteristics. I can immerse myself in learning new techniques and imagining where I want to go with a creative composition and yet when I am shooting I have to be totally aware of my surroundings so I donít miss an opportunity gone by. The challenge is the happy medium.
01/03/2020 03:19:08 PM · #11
I have long been in love with New Yorker Magazine covers. I love trying to capture juxtapositions and ironic, quirky, eccentric moments. 1x always motivates me.
I also love being on a team here at Dp. Yesterday, I got a new Nikon mirrorless which has also motivated me. I know that the technology is
not as advanced as Sony but the thought of learning a whole new system was daunting. I am in love with the viewfinder and motivated again!
01/03/2020 04:55:39 PM · #12
Thanks for posting this Chris. I had a birthday yesterday & this was like a cool little gift.

What drives me in photography is the same as what drives me in every other thing: curiosity, creativity, problem-solving. I have a strong attraction to the abstract. I strive to avoid preconceived ideas, expectations so I can respond to what's there. I prefer to work intuitively, rather than technically.

Light is very abstract. We never actually see it except as reflected/refracted light. Human eyes can see only less than 1% of available light. And our processes of seeing all involve past experience, expectation, & preconceived ideas. All of this makes abstract photography an interesting challenge. You know the saying 'seeing is believing'? It's true, but it would be more accurate as 'Believe first. Then see.'

Anyway, I hope to see a bunch more comments in this thread. It's an interesting subject.

Message edited by author 2020-01-03 16:57:26.
01/03/2020 05:05:46 PM · #13
Originally posted by marnet:

These days it is for me a very important anti-depressant. It takes my mind off big worries.


Ditto! ;-)
01/09/2020 08:33:03 PM · #14
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01/12/2020 02:03:25 PM · #15
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