Go Back   Rangefinderforum.com > Cameras / Gear / Photography > Rangefinder Forum > Rangefinder Photography Discussion

Rangefinder Photography Discussion General discussions about Rangefinder Photography. This is a great place for questions and answers that are not addressed in a specific category. Take note there is also a General Photography forum.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes

Old 11-18-2016   #41
benmacphoto
Registered User
 
benmacphoto's Avatar
 
benmacphoto is offline
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Philadelphia
Age: 31
Posts: 884
I always have my M5 with me.
Doesn't matter where I'm going, it's with me.
__________________
Instagram

Website
  Reply With Quote

Old 11-18-2016   #42
Shab
Registered User
 
Shab's Avatar
 
Shab is offline
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Basque Country
Posts: 483
I always have a camera with me, but it isn't an rf camera.

A lot of days I don't take any picture, but when I "see" something there is my camera with me, so I take my camera and... ...a smile.
__________________
My web
  Reply With Quote

Old 11-18-2016   #43
robbeiflex
Registered User
 
robbeiflex's Avatar
 
robbeiflex is offline
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Luxembourg
Posts: 1,017
I go to the same office and see the same people most days. It is not the kind of environment to actually wear the camera all of the time. However, I do often keep a Rollei 35S, or a 6x4.5 folder in my work bag just in case my commute, meeting up with friends after work, or some other happenstance would provide a photo opportunity. Whereas when on longer business trips (except during the actual meetings), vacations and on weekends, you will rarely find me without a Leica M (usually the M6).

Cheers,
Rob
__________________
"They say, ‘If you use this digital camera, you can take a clear picture in the dark’. The dark should stay dark. You can’t really see that much, and you don’t really want to see that much anyway.” Nobuyoshi Araki 2006

My Flickr
  Reply With Quote

Old 11-18-2016   #44
Roger Hicks
Registered User
 
Roger Hicks is offline
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Aquitaine
Posts: 23,900
Used to, for decades. Not so much any more. Why not? Dunno. Might start again: I just found I can get an an M2 or M4 +collapsible 50 in the top pocket of my newly acquired dungarees (no belts until I recover from my recent operation...) Or I might resuscitate the Retina II, or even go for my Pen W. Or get the Ikonta working properly...

Cheers,

R.
  Reply With Quote

Old 11-18-2016   #45
robert blu
quiet photographer
 
robert blu's Avatar
 
robert blu is offline
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Italy
Age: 69
Posts: 5,311
Quote:
Originally Posted by Roger Hicks View Post
... (no belts until I recover from my recent operation...)
Cheers,

R.
Just take the opportunity to wish you a speed recover Roger!
robert
__________________
Remember: today is the Day !
from Ruth Bernhard recipe for a long and happy life

my quiet photographer's blog

My RFF photos and my albums on RFF
  Reply With Quote

Old 11-18-2016   #46
noisycheese
Normal(ish) Human
 
noisycheese is offline
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 1,272
Quote:
Do you wear your rangefinder camera every day if going out from home, work?
Almost every day - probably 95% of the time.
__________________
The Leica M passion: From the inside it's hard to explain; from the outside it's hard to understand.
  Reply With Quote

Old 11-19-2016   #47
gb hill
Registered User
 
gb hill's Avatar
 
gb hill is offline
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: North Carolina
Age: 59
Posts: 5,788
Been enjoying reading what you all have been carrying with you everyday. I have a Zorki 2c & a Leica Elmar 50/3.5 that I'd like to just stick in my pants pocket but the camera is so heavy it feels uncomfortable to me. It must be far more weightier than say a Leica III.

Now that the cooler months are upon us I just may start sticking it in my jacket pocket. See how that gets along. I really would like to use this as an every day carry.
__________________
Greg
flickr
  Reply With Quote

Old 11-20-2016   #48
brennanphotoguy
Registered User
 
brennanphotoguy's Avatar
 
brennanphotoguy is offline
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Nashville, TN
Age: 28
Posts: 936
Quote:
Originally Posted by gb hill View Post
Been enjoying reading what you all have been carrying with you everyday. I have a Zorki 2c & a Leica Elmar 50/3.5 that I'd like to just stick in my pants pocket but the camera is so heavy it feels uncomfortable to me. It must be far more weightier than say a Leica III.

Now that the cooler months are upon us I just may start sticking it in my jacket pocket. See how that gets along. I really would like to use this as an every day carry.
Slim jeans aren't conducive to keeping much of anything thicker than a phone in my pockets haha. I just use a coat pocket when it's cold or just carry a small bag when it warms up.
__________________
M3 / IIIg / Rollei 3.5E3
www.instagram.com/brennan_mckissick
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-15-2018   #49
Archiver
Registered User
 
Archiver is offline
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 988
Return of the living thread.

I tend to wear a RF if I'm on a photographically centred day. Otherwise, the RF is in my bag, or more likely I'll carry a pocket camera like the Ricoh GR, Panasonic LX7, or now the LX10.

If I'm away on holiday, the M9 is across my body every day, all day, all night unless I'm asleep.
__________________
~Loving Every Image Captured Always~
Archiver on flickr
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-15-2018   #50
Chriscrawfordphoto
Real Men Shoot Film.
 
Chriscrawfordphoto's Avatar
 
Chriscrawfordphoto is offline
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Age: 43
Posts: 8,532
I carry a camera everywhere I go. When I still had my Leicas, I carried one of the two M6 bodies I owned. Later, I carried a Canon 5DmkII for many years, but it got too heavy for me, as I have a lot of health problems, so I recently switched to micro four thirds. I carry an Olympus Pen-F (the M4/3 digital, not the old film camera). It goes everywhere with me.
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-16-2018   #51
gavinlg
Registered User
 
gavinlg's Avatar
 
gavinlg is offline
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Wellington NZ
Posts: 5,001
I generally carry my MJUII with me everywhere in my weekender or duffel bag and have done since about 2009. If I'm travelling or going on a short trip I may bring whatever film SLR I'm using at the time too. Rarely shoot digital for personal stuff now.
__________________
NO PRAISE
@gavinlagrange
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-16-2018   #52
Axel100
Registered User
 
Axel100's Avatar
 
Axel100 is offline
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Germany, north
Posts: 531
Rangefinder - no but a camera is nearly always with me. I have a small digital compact (Fuji F900EXR) with the shape of a minox 35,
a tack smaller and lighter than Ricohs GR, living in a belly-/bumbag.
In case of expecting interesting locations or events there is always a place for an additional bigger camera on my shoulder,
around my neck or in my hand.
It depends - digital mirrorless, SLR, rangefinder or whatever even feels to be right for my mood and the "job".

Like some others said before - the biggest advantage and the reason I prefer digital cams is to raise the sensitivity whenever light gets dim.
And the stabilization.
So my oldest lenses take pictures they never would on a film body.

A bit sad to see my film cams getting used less and less. But life goes on.
__________________
its all Fuji my photos here
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-16-2018   #53
Dogman
Registered User
 
Dogman is offline
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 1,174
I usually have a camera with me. If I'm going light, I just put the Ricoh GR in a pocket with a spare battery and feel well armed enough. I always take an X-Pro1 or an X100S when I go for a walk in the neighborhood. Other times, I'll take a bag in the car with up to three X-Pro1 bodies with lenses. Those times the cameras are nearby but not actually being "worn".

I don't own a rangefinder anymore.
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-16-2018   #54
cnphoto
Registered User
 
cnphoto's Avatar
 
cnphoto is offline
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Sydney, Australia
Age: 35
Posts: 574
Leica M4 & 35mm in a neoprene wrap is always in my work bag. I need to find a good wrist strap or grip to put on it again (or both), when I used to hand carry I always took far more photos than the neck strap I have now.

I've taken almost no photos in the last 12+ months while on my commute / daily errands, but still can't leave home without it.
__________________
http://www.craignye.com
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-16-2018   #55
airfrogusmc
Registered User
 
airfrogusmc is offline
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 5,149
Quote:
Originally Posted by robert blu View Post
Just take the opportunity to wish you a speed recover Roger!
robert
Yes I want to echo these words. I hope you have a speedy and complete recovery.

I take either my MM or my M 10 with me most of the time but not all the time.
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-16-2018   #56
capitalK
Warrior Poet :P
 
capitalK's Avatar
 
capitalK is offline
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 1,160
For about the last two years I have been wearing a very lightweight army-style jacket almost every day (in the winter, I will wear a heavier coat over top). It has large pockets, which easily accommodates my camera in the right hand side and a handheld light meter in the left.

Usually, I take my M3 but more often lately I carry my Canon VT. This week, I am taking my dad's Rolleiflex SL35 with me everywhere I go. Not a rangefinder, but I haven't used the camera in many years and just rescued it from the scene of a house fire (it's a little smokey).
__________________
-------------------
Flickr
www.kennetharmstrong.ca
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-16-2018   #57
brennanphotoguy
Registered User
 
brennanphotoguy's Avatar
 
brennanphotoguy is offline
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Nashville, TN
Age: 28
Posts: 936
Winter is definitely easier. Big coats = big pockets. Although I do also have a denim jacket I wear in Spring and Fall that has a weird inner pocket that comfortably fits my IIIg. Summer sucks and I hate it so I usually carry a bag. Either my Domke F3XB or my Peak Design 5L Sling.
__________________
M3 / IIIg / Rollei 3.5E3
www.instagram.com/brennan_mckissick
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-16-2018   #58
davidnewtonguitars
Family Snaps
 
davidnewtonguitars's Avatar
 
davidnewtonguitars is offline
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Beaumont, TX
Posts: 1,110
You are right Brennan, winter, even in Texas, it's better to carry in a jacket pocket.
My daily "getting out" is usually on a bicycle, with the M2 it was a chore to carry. Now with this new-to-me Leica II & Elmar, it slides so easily in my jeans, I have no excuse. With the Nikkor 35 it hangs up a bit pulling it out. I wish I was not so addicted to a meter. Simplify.
__________________
Leica M2 / Leica ii
Canon 3.5cm-f2 / Nikkor 3.5cm-f2.5
http://davidnewtonguitars.squarespace.com/
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-16-2018   #59
rhl-oregon
Cameras Guitars Wonders
 
rhl-oregon's Avatar
 
rhl-oregon is offline
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 3,690
Yes, pretty much every day anywhere.
The GR has a long loop; I wear it like a black brooch or a pince-nez.
Tripod-bushing shoulder slings are nice for heavier cameras like the Sigma SDQ or an M with, say, the CV 35/1.2.
A couple of cameras feel underdressed if they’re not wearing their nice leather neck straps/half cases, like the RX1 with its frou frou Gariz ;-) But it is so light and does not give me a pain in the neck.
And I do love wrist straps, e.g. the wide leather noose on the X100s strap lug, or a perfectly engineered old black patent leather Canon strap that swivels freely when screwed into the tripod bushing.
__________________
Robert Hill Long
Ferndale California USA


http://rhl.photography

Robert Hill Long Tumblr
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-17-2018   #60
skucera
Registered User
 
skucera's Avatar
 
skucera is offline
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Harrisburg, Oregon, USA
Posts: 234
This discussion reminds me of dedicated "concealed carry" guys who scoff at anyone who doesn't pack their pistol on them during all waking hours, out and about or in their home. Carrying a piece of metal all day everywhere takes a level of dedication that most photographers, or CCW gun owners, don't have. I own many small, pocketable cameras, and I don't carry any of them every day... except for my iPhone. Even my Olympus XA is giant compared to an iPhone.

I should be clear that I'm not dissing anyone who carries a film camera of any sort everywhere. That is serious dedication! I carry my cameras for fun, usually on weekends, and often when my daughter wants to shooter her rangefinder too.

Scott
__________________
1940 Kodak 35 Rangefinder
1955 Leica M3
1969 Canon New Canonet QL17-L
1976 Konica Autoreflex T3n
1977 Canon 110ED 20
1979 Minox 35 GL
1979 Olympus XA
1980 Pentax Auto 110
1987 Polaroid Spectra
1996 Canon EOS Elan IIe
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-17-2018   #61
:: Mark
Registered User
 
:: Mark is offline
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Barcelona
Posts: 201
I thInk that it is mainly a street photography thing, where good opportunities are so rare that you do not want to miss any chance. Some of my best street shots were of prostitution, taken on the way back from shopping in a local supermarket with a bag of goods in one hand and a Ricoh GR in the other.

The biggest problem for me at the moment is knowing which camera to take, as I have two ongoing street(ish) projects - one using B&W film and one colour digital

(There is a lot to be said for standardising on one camera, lens, film and EI, and then carrying and using that everywhere.)
__________________
Mark
PhotoBlog
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-18-2018   #62
Archiver
Registered User
 
Archiver is offline
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 988
Quote:
Originally Posted by skucera View Post
This discussion reminds me of dedicated "concealed carry" guys who scoff at anyone who doesn't pack their pistol on them during all waking hours, out and about or in their home. Carrying a piece of metal all day everywhere takes a level of dedication that most photographers, or CCW gun owners, don't have. I own many small, pocketable cameras, and I don't carry any of them every day... except for my iPhone. Even my Olympus XA is giant compared to an iPhone.

It's funny, but thinking about the past 15 years or so, I can't think of a day when I didn't have at least one camera with me. Taking photos has become so important that it's as habitual as eating.

At home, there's always a camera in reach, and when I'm out, there's at least two, sometimes three. For a couple of years, I carried a film RF with a fast 35 and a digital zoom compact like the Canon G7 or G10. Now it's a Ricoh GR and Panasonic GM1. So maybe I'm the camera equivalent of those CCW guys!

Winter jackets: I've got a fantastic double layered black jacket (stylish water resistant layer on the outside, quilted second jacket on the inside) with pockets large enough to stash a Zeiss Ikon ZM. Another favourite is the Scottevest Outback jacket (now sadly out of production).

When I'm out, I almost always have a bag of some kind, either a shoulder bag or a bum bag slung across my body. Occasionally I'll use a light backpack, like Samsonite, Crumpler or Incase. I don't know how I lived without a bag, before.

I carry every day.
__________________
~Loving Every Image Captured Always~
Archiver on flickr
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-18-2018   #63
Erik van Straten
Registered User
 
Erik van Straten's Avatar
 
Erik van Straten is offline
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 7,358
Not always, but quite often I have a camera with me but no extra lenses. The reason therefore is simply that I do not want to be tempted to change lenses, because then all concentration on the subject is gone. So: one camera (M2, M3, M5 or S2), one lens (50mm or 35mm).

Erik.
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-18-2018   #64
Vince Lupo
Registered User
 
Vince Lupo's Avatar
 
Vince Lupo is online now
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 4,153
While still in undergrad at Ryerson in Toronto (in their Still Photography program, as it was called at the time), I had a chance to visit with a working photographer at his Toronto studio. He was a friend of one of my sisters and she thought it might be a good idea for me to meet him and get some insight into the business from a professional photographer. We spoke about the trials and tribulations of being a commercial photographer in Toronto etc etc, and then I asked him: “So what do you do photography-wise in your spare time, for yourself?” His response surprised me: “After working all day, every day in photography, the last thing I want to look at in my personal time is a camera.” At the time I thought: “How can you say that? Betraying your craft?!” I was fully convinced that I would never ever become like that, as I knew my commitment to photography was unshakable.

Yet here we are, about 27+ years after that meeting (and currently 21 years in the business), and sometimes I find myself saying the same thing as he said. I still do take pictures ‘for myself’ and am working on a personal project when time and money allows me the opportunity to work on it. But after working all day, virtually every day in some aspect of photography, sometimes the last thing I want to look at in my personal time is a camera.
__________________
Check Out Our Redesigned Website! http://www.directiononeinc.com

flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/direction-one-inc/sets/

'Mapping the West' - Named as one of the Best Photo Exhibits of 2016 by the Washington City Paper: https://www.flickr.com/photos/direction-one-inc/sets/72157635064297991/
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-18-2018   #65
Erik van Straten
Registered User
 
Erik van Straten's Avatar
 
Erik van Straten is offline
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 7,358
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vince Lupo View Post
after working all day, virtually every day in some aspect of photography, sometimes the last thing I want to look at in my personal time is a camera
That is one of the reasons why I never jumped into professional photography. I have seen what Vince says with other professional photographers too.

Erik.
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-18-2018   #66
leicapixie
Registered User
 
leicapixie is offline
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Toronto.Canada
Posts: 1,438
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vince Lupo View Post
We spoke about the trials and tribulations of being a commercial photographer in Toronto etc etc, and then I asked him: “So what do you do photography-wise in your spare time, for yourself?” His response surprised me: “After working all day, every day in photography, the last thing I want to look at in my personal time is a camera.” At the time I thought: “How can you say that? Betraying your craft?!” I was fully convinced that I would never ever become like that, as I knew my commitment to photography was unshakable.
My thoughts and feelings about that answer and one I give to such fellow photographers.
"You are a hack. Only work when the meter is on!"
Photography like any of the arts, requires constant working!
I always carry a camera, mostly a "toy" digital but often a film camera.
The Leica used in worst cold winter days!
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-18-2018   #67
robert blu
quiet photographer
 
robert blu's Avatar
 
robert blu is offline
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Italy
Age: 69
Posts: 5,311
I don't wear a camera with me every day. I have very oft a camera with me, when I feel to be "inspired" but not daily.

But every day I see almost one good picture I could have taken if I had a camera with me (and with the right iso film was in it!). Ok, sometimes I snap it with my i.phone (old one!).

On the other side a part from family/friends photos I do not like to take pictures which do not fit in any of my projects...at my age I have already taken so many pictures...

robert

PS: before someone jump into explain it I know that with digital I can in any moment select the correct iso
__________________
Remember: today is the Day !
from Ruth Bernhard recipe for a long and happy life

my quiet photographer's blog

My RFF photos and my albums on RFF
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-18-2018   #68
Vince Lupo
Registered User
 
Vince Lupo's Avatar
 
Vince Lupo is online now
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 4,153
Quote:
Originally Posted by leicapixie View Post
My thoughts and feelings about that answer and one I give to such fellow photographers.
"You are a hack. Only work when the meter is on!"
Photography like any of the arts, requires constant working!
I always carry a camera, mostly a "toy" digital but often a film camera.
The Leica used in worst cold winter days!
I guess my only response to your response would be: Walk a mile in his shoes. Not sure if you've ever been a commercial photographer, but I think I've walked in his shoes to an extent, so I can now better appreciate his sentiment after all these years.

Sometimes you just need a mental break, not to mention other interests.
__________________
Check Out Our Redesigned Website! http://www.directiononeinc.com

flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/direction-one-inc/sets/

'Mapping the West' - Named as one of the Best Photo Exhibits of 2016 by the Washington City Paper: https://www.flickr.com/photos/direction-one-inc/sets/72157635064297991/
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-18-2018   #69
airfrogusmc
Registered User
 
airfrogusmc is offline
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 5,149
I get exactly what Vince is saying and I have seen it too with other photographers I have known over the years. For me the personal work is what keeps me going and has kept me from burning out all these years.

This had been full time for me since graduation in 1986 so 32 years. There is rarely a day that I am not shooting and or processing images. There are some days I have to push myself to get out for me. Some days I can't wait to get out.

The commercial work is in many cases a collaboration with other visual professionals and ultimately the client is making all the final decisions so it is the client's. My personal work is all mine and without that I would have been crisp years ago.

The professional work pays the bills buys the equipment and is the base that makes everything else possible. I do it not only to support the family but also to support the personal work thus I have complete freedom with my personal work. I can't think of anything else that I would rather do for a living. But there are days I just want to get away from it all. That is very human and I understand why some full time pros do not even want to touch a camera after a long and hard week of shooting for others.
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-18-2018   #70
steveyork
Registered User
 
steveyork is offline
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 524
Almost always have a camera with me. Don't always use it but always there. Don't wear it though.
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-18-2018   #71
Rob-F
Likes Leicas
 
Rob-F's Avatar
 
Rob-F is offline
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: The Show Me state
Age: 77
Posts: 5,545
I will only wear a Leica or SLR, or carry a camera bag, when intending to photograph. That usually only happens on vacation or trips. But I often have a small P&S with me. My Fuji X20 fits nicely in a cargo pocket, and is secure there. My Leicasonic D-Lux 6 is smaller; and my old D-lux 4 is so small I can just keep it in my pants pocket even when not wearing cargo pants.
__________________
May the light be with you.
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-18-2018   #72
rfaspen
Registered User
 
rfaspen's Avatar
 
rfaspen is offline
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Corvallis, OR
Posts: 1,530
Interesting comments from folks who make a living with photography.....

I completely! understand. There are a number of reasons I didn't pursue photography as a profession, even though I had good success with my dabbling into it. One reason was how the fun gets sucked out of photography when it becomes a job. There are a few other reasons why I avoided photography. I probably don't have to go into those.

I had this same experience with woodworking. I truly enjoy building pieces (usually furniture) in my shop. But when I started making things on commission, it became a job and the fun was gone. Its a rare occurrence now.

Both photography and woodworking are for me creative outlets.

Now, as for wearing an RF every day. Yep. Drives everyone around me crazy. I've learned not to pull out the camera when certain people (friends) are around. I can just hear the sighs... So the camera (usually a true RF) stays in the briefcase or bag but still nearby for when it simply must come out. I have not regretted having a camera with me either. I have come home with images for my troubles.
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-18-2018   #73
airfrogusmc
Registered User
 
airfrogusmc is offline
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 5,149
Quote:
Originally Posted by rfaspen View Post
Interesting comments from folks who make a living with photography.....

I completely! understand. There are a number of reasons I didn't pursue photography as a profession, even though I had good success with my dabbling into it. One reason was how the fun gets sucked out of photography when it becomes a job. There are a few other reasons why I avoided photography. I probably don't have to go into those.

I had this same experience with woodworking. I truly enjoy building pieces (usually furniture) in my shop. But when I started making things on commission, it became a job and the fun was gone. Its a rare occurrence now.

Both photography and woodworking are for me creative outlets.

Now, as for wearing an RF every day. Yep. Drives everyone around me crazy. I've learned not to pull out the camera when certain people (friends) are around. I can just hear the sighs... So the camera (usually a true RF) stays in the briefcase or bag but still nearby for when it simply must come out. I have not regretted having a camera with me either. I have come home with images for my troubles.
For me the fun never gets sucked out of my personal work. Photography is my job and what i do to pay bills. I love it though sometimes and some clients are better than others but my personal work is fun.

It is my hobby and probably not that different than an account that has photograph as a hobby. It just so happens it is also how I make my living. The two are usually very separate.What I do for me is a much different world than what I create for others.

I am a photographer. It not only is what I do is it is part of who I am. I wouldn't have it any other way. Well maybe I could just make a living on my personal work but then having the freedom to not have to eat from that part still gives me the freedom that helps me keep my sanity.
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-18-2018   #74
rfaspen
Registered User
 
rfaspen's Avatar
 
rfaspen is offline
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Corvallis, OR
Posts: 1,530
Quote:
Originally Posted by airfrogusmc View Post
For me the fun never gets sucked out of my personal work. Photography is my job and what i do to pay bills. I love it though sometimes and some clients are better than others but my personal work is fun.

It is my hobby and probably not that different than an account that has photograph as a hobby. It just so happens it is also how I make my living. The two are usually very separate.What I do for me is a much different world than what I create for others.

I am a photographer. It not only is what I do is it is part of who I am. I wouldn't have it any other way. Well maybe I could just make a living on my personal work but then having the freedom to not have to eat from that part still gives me the freedom that helps me keep my sanity.
This is how I've felt about my career in science, although recent political events have essentially destroyed that. I remain a scientist as my core identity, and fully understand Photographer as identity; it makes perfect sense to me.
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-18-2018   #75
Saul
fighting inertia
 
Saul's Avatar
 
Saul is offline
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Baltimore MD
Posts: 398
Quote:
Originally Posted by Erik van Straten View Post
That is one of the reasons why I never jumped into professional photography. I have seen what Vince says with other professional photographers too.

Erik.
The trick might be to earn enough of a living as a commercial photographer without having to work everyday.
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-18-2018   #76
Emile de Leon
Registered User
 
Emile de Leon is offline
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 836
There are 4 things that usually need to be addressed & balanced..if personal satisfaction is to be enjoyed in life..
1. Work
2. Play
3. Study
4. Service
If these are not all addressed..then the person may feel...something is missing...
How photography fits into one or another of these 4 realities..is both individual..and often changes within the life..
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-18-2018   #77
Swift1
Registered User
 
Swift1's Avatar
 
Swift1 is offline
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 1,552
I always have 3 cameras with me... but I have a $25,000 wheelchair to carry them with
__________________
Colton

If you're gonna shoot, shoot, don't talk. The Ugly
My Flickr
My Website
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-18-2018   #78
Gerry M
Gerry
 
Gerry M's Avatar
 
Gerry M is offline
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Medford, Oregon, U. S.
Posts: 847
My camera bag sometimes hitches a ride with Swift1 .
__________________
Flickr
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-18-2018   #79
skucera
Registered User
 
skucera's Avatar
 
skucera is offline
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Harrisburg, Oregon, USA
Posts: 234
Quote:
Originally Posted by leicapixie View Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vince Lupo View Post
We spoke about the trials and tribulations of being a commercial photographer in Toronto etc etc, and then I asked him: “So what do you do photography-wise in your spare time, for yourself?” His response surprised me: “After working all day, every day in photography, the last thing I want to look at in my personal time is a camera.” At the time I thought: “How can you say that? Betraying your craft?!” I was fully convinced that I would never ever become like that, as I knew my commitment to photography was unshakable.
My thoughts and feelings about that answer and one I give to such fellow photographers.
"You are a hack. Only work when the meter is on!"
Photography like any of the arts, requires constant working!
I always carry a camera, mostly a "toy" digital but often a film camera.
The Leica used in worst cold winter days!

Actually, your professional photographer's outlook was much the same as mine when I was a professional graphic designer. I made art all day long, and when I walked out of the office, I looked forward to anything other than doing art. Only after changing careers to testing software, and later testing hardware, did I start making my own art again for the fun of it. (Now, after 25 years as a test engineer, I can still astonish coworkers with doodled portraits in meetings, or orthographic and perspective drawings of our handheld computers on whiteboards. Art is much more satisfying as a pastime than as a bread-winning job. )

Scott
__________________
1940 Kodak 35 Rangefinder
1955 Leica M3
1969 Canon New Canonet QL17-L
1976 Konica Autoreflex T3n
1977 Canon 110ED 20
1979 Minox 35 GL
1979 Olympus XA
1980 Pentax Auto 110
1987 Polaroid Spectra
1996 Canon EOS Elan IIe
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-19-2018   #80
David Hughes
David Hughes
 
David Hughes's Avatar
 
David Hughes is offline
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 6,837
It's difficult to believe that people who earn a living from their cameras don't take pictures of their wives, sweethearts (but never together), children, cars, motorbikes, dogs, cats etc.

Perhaps they mean that they don't take so many pictures when they are off duty...

Regards, David
  Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 12:42.


vBulletin skin developed by: eXtremepixels
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

All content on this site is Copyright Protected and owned by its respective owner. You may link to content on this site but you may not reproduce any of it in whole or part without written consent from its owner.