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Old 04-04-2010   #1
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still having fun?

making some assumptions here...

that for most of us photography is a hobby and that part of any hobby is to have some fun.

in the day to day postings we sometimes get hung up on gear (what's the best?) and contentious issues (film or digital?)...

but, are you still having any fun with your photography?
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Old 04-04-2010   #2
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Yup. Today I'm fiddling with a Pentax 645N (ran out of 35mm, and everywhere's closed for Easter). Yesterday I chased my four-year-old son and his friend round the Horniman Museum with an F4S-full of Neopan 1600. The day before it was the pair of them tearing up my house; an OM-2N did the honours. There's an Olympus Trip 35 riding in my work bag every day, and I usually carry a 'real' camera with me wherever I go.

And all the gear is secondary to the sheer pleasure of seeing and capturing everything around me.
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Definitely yes!

After 47 years shooting I found that photography is a kind of chronic disease, that infects you at anytime in your life, goes with you up to the last minute, brings a lot of Fun (and sometimes happyness too), and requires from you only to get close to other people just to infect them.
Of course, no regrets about.
Less of course after doing my first exhibition past January.
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Heck yes. I love a day when I can go out shooting. I even had a gear-related moment of happiness the other day. I usually only shoot rangefinder, but I've had my father's old Nikkormat FTn for a couple of years. I took it to the swamp and got some amazing (I think) shots of tree frogs that wouldn't have been possible with my rangefinder kit. The whole SLR experience was fun and different.
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Sure. I just today took a couple of snaps and developed a roll. Amateur(ish)-photography without having fun would not make much sense to me.
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Over 60+ years with cameras and still enjoy taking and seeing the images I produced.
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I don't think the fun will ever go away no matter what camera I'm using. But what about you Joe? You haven't said whether or not your still having fun.
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Usually. Not always. Illustrating a monthly magazine column (Land Rover World) with a single, light-hearted image is sometimes harder work than it should be, especially when I'm the subject and art director and Frances is pressing the button.

But if it weren't fun, I wouldn't do it. I don't do accountancy any more, for that very reason.

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That was not my case... Not to start a discussion, but for some time I didn't have fun some years ago, when I went digital. Besides that, I learned I enjoy a lot more shooting for myself than for money... Before earning money on photography I thought doing it would be great, but no, it became just a job, almost boring... I'm a lot happier when I shoot in the street, without a precise plan, and not being paid...

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(Photography? Fun. Batch scanning with Vuescan? Not fun. Except for the neighbours who get to learn a whole new set of expletives.)
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Oh Yes! Had fun out in the sunshine today after days of sh*t weather.

Took the Mamiya 7 for a walk, shot about 20 frames of FP4 - life is good.

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I don't think the fun will ever go away no matter what camera I'm using. But what about you Joe? You haven't said whether or not your still having fun.
i love photography, looking at what i have created and i love the gear too.
i sometimes get too hung up on what to carry and wind up taking too much and then it's not as much fun for me.
the m4/3 cameras have brought much of the FUN back for me. just get up and go and shoot.
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Photography should always be about enjoyment. To me it's a hobby & even if I was ever talented enough, I don't think I would ever do this for a living because I see so many (but not all) after a while lose that spirit of enjoyment & it becomes too stressful. The reason they got into the business to start with is buried somewhere deep in their soul, lost, & it needs to be rekindled again. Several blogs I've read from pros say when burn out comes the cure is always found when they grab a camera & simply return to their roots & head off somewhere focusing on themselves for awhile & forgetting about others.
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Photography has been my job and primary hobby my entire adult life. It's always been fun. Been snapping away with my Yashica A this morning after spending all day yesterday covering a local festival for work.
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Always fun, even if my shots turn out mediocre I'm still glad I tried. I went out with my Yashica A on Good Friday and played with double exposures.
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I don't know that I'd call it fun. It's compulsion. Like scratching an itch. Which is sometimes satisfying. And sometimes leaves you more itchy.
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I don't know that I'd call it fun. It's compulsion. Like scratching an itch. Which is sometimes satisfying. And sometimes leaves you more itchy.
Yep, that's it; but then that's life I suppose?
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I'm in much the same boat as Ernesto. There's the satisfaction of doing a job competently, there's the rather greater satisfaction of giving prints to people for whom they will have lasting value, and there's the boost of having people say good things about my work.
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I'm in much the same boat as Ernesto. There's the satisfaction of doing a job competently, there's the rather greater satisfaction of giving prints to people for whom they will have lasting value, and there's the boost of having people say good things about my work.
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the m4/3 cameras have brought much of the FUN back for me. just get up and go and shoot.
+1 for the 4/3 format. My E-P1 feels just right and, no arguments please, digital shooting makes the fun part even easier.
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+1 for the 4/3 format. My E-P1 feels just right and, no arguments please, digital shooting makes the fun part even easier.
Maybe more automations (digital point and shoot?) can make easier some people's shooting... I enjoy automations too: sometimes I forget about exposure and focus even shooting film, with my point and shoot XA... It makes even perfect low ISO slides!

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I love the act of photographing.. it's a different story regarding the developing and scanning... ;D
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so, just 20 or so of us having fun?
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so, just 20 or so of us having fun?
Nope, I'll chime in. I had a lovely day Friday on a hike with my family, snapping away with a GA645 when I saw something interesting. Saturday, I had a commercial gig that I quite enjoyed with a 5D also. I never reach for the digital when it's for me, and I never reach for film when it's for somebody else. Suits me fine and keeps me happy as a clam.
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Fun.. but it can be frustrating. I spent the whole morning trying to get a shot of the Easter Bunny and came up empty. Of course, I found some eggs.
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making some assumptions here...

that for most of us photography is a hobby and that part of any hobby is to have some fun.

in the day to day postings we sometimes get hung up on gear (what's the best?) and contentious issues (film or digital?)...

but, are you still having any fun with your photography?
Yes, yes, yes, and yes.

I am happy to report that gear talk is as engaging as photography. And I mean Photography, not just stopping down to f/16, setting to A and clicking away. Photography as a means to capture a scene, to freeze a moment you saw that nobody or hardly anybody else had the chance to see, and the ability to express oneself.

Some see it as intellectual posturing. Others as overstated understatement.

But the joy is still there.
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making some assumptions here...

that for most of us photography is a hobby and that part of any hobby is to have some fun.

in the day to day postings we sometimes get hung up on gear (what's the best?) and contentious issues (film or digital?)...

but, are you still having any fun with your photography?
More than ever !

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Yes ,having fun and still enjoying peoples reactions when they see themselves on film over the web.What a combination. Love it. Poor old Roger still writing for Landrover World .I haven`t bought that for a while.
My Landy is going in on Tues . Electric window has packed up . Yes ...its one of the new ones but still works hard towing.
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Yes ,having fun and still enjoying peoples reactions when they see themselves on film over the web.What a combination. Love it. Poor old Roger still writing for Landrover World .I haven`t bought that for a while.
My Landy is going in on Tues . Electric window has packed up . Yes ...its one of the new ones but still works hard towing.
BURN THE HERETIC!

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Fun to a certain point!

When I go through periods of not getting the results I want I become extremely frustrated and the fun starts to disappear which causes me to become a little 'snappy' in my approach which gives less result and pisses me off even more!

Occasionally I'll get so annoyed with myself and the process that I won't take a photo for a couple of weeks!
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It's fun ok ... now go outside and play.

It's also a bit like eating if you eat everything in sight you get sick

Off to the Jazz festival now with the evil slr that will be fun
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I had a fun day shooting at work (a bakery), and then later an alley crawl with my wife: both of these with my new OM4T (I blame you people and this forum for my sudden need to possess one).
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Yes, I am still having fun with Photography. I like going out with just one "Lens of the Day", or my arsenal of lenses. Depends on my mood.

I am gear conscience, but not for owing thing the greatest and latest.. but as a tool to achieve my end goal. I own both a DSLR and a Film RF, I have Film SLR too, but I let my son play with it

I have been letting my DSLR sit for a while, since I got the M5. I may even sell it to get a used DRF (Epson), But, I'd prefer a used M9.

I like both Digital and Film cameras... each has is Pro's and Con's. Each can deliver excellent IQ, IMO, just different IQ.
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YUP still having fun, did the first outdoor shoot of the new year Wednesday morning then spent yesterday morning shooting around the tidal pool in DC and finally spent this morning scouting a local park for possible locations. Ended up putting a total of 14 rolls of film through four different cameras.
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