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    Re: Boring Photographs

    It has been kinda nice developing 120 film at my kitchen sink while watching the rain and the wind outside. We have gotten a couple inches the last day or two...more on the way. Tomorrow might be nice photographically (cloudy, low wind, but no rain), so that might be a nice day to take the 8x10 and/or 11x14 out into the redwoods.

    But today, maybe I'll wander with the Veriwide100 down along the river as there is a break in the rain. This evening when my bathroom is light-tight, I'll load up the last 3 rolls of 120 film I have backlogged (plus any from today) -- and might as well load up a 3005 drum with a few 8x10 sheets of exposed film that I have around. Develop tonight or on the next boring rainy day.

    Bored? -- try something new that will feed into the work one usually does. I have been making contact prints (platinum/palladium) from 120 negatives, mostly 2.25" square, but have been working with 2.25"x3.5" negs lately, too. Working small takes a different way of seeing than larger formats. A challenge.

    Maybe that is the difference between a hobbiest and an artist. When an artist gets bored s/he picks up the tools and gets busy. When a hobbiest gets bored s/he complains about it.
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    Re: Boring Photographs

    Vaughn, I think you can put the hammer away. Looks like you nailed it!

    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn View Post
    Maybe that is the difference between a hobbiest and an artist. When an artist gets bored s/he picks up the tools and gets busy. When a hobbiest gets bored s/he complains about it.

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    Re: Boring Photographs

    +2 Vaughn!
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    Re: Boring Photographs

    On the other side of the dime is the adage: An artist will create when the pain of not creating gets too big. So I am not a lazy artist, I just have a high tolerance for pain...
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    The personal delineation of boring is as critical to the evolvement of a photographer as the mastery of ones materials. Both take considerable time, effort and dedication to the nth degree. Anyone that has picked up a camera and used it has gone down this road. The differentiation of those that have evolved past "boring" is remarkable simple. The insatiable desire to learn from what one knows is in fact boring and continue to pursue image making will eventually hone the skill set of the photographer to continue to look past what they know does not interest them and refine their skill set to a high level of visual interest. Malcolm Gladwell very eloquently expresses the rational for success and failure in his book "Outliers". We cannot control when we were born or the last name given to us at birth. But we are completely in control of the deployment of our passion in the form of effort. I contend that if you want something bad enough, there is nothing preventing you from attaining it.

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    Re: Boring Photographs

    The measure of 'boring' is tightly coupled to the number of words defending the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jac@stafford.net View Post
    The measure of 'boring' is tightly coupled to the number of words defending the same.
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    But that begs the question -- Would a boring photograph ever need to be defended?
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    Re: Boring Photographs

    This is quoted from Bruce Barnbaum The Art of Photography: “Choose any great photographer—let’s say Ansel Adams, for he was great and his work is so well known—and ask yourself how many truly great photographs he produced in his lifetime (50+ years of photography). 50? 100? 200? Maybe more. But that is about four per year at best!”

    Excerpt From: Bruce Barnbaum. “The Art of Photography.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the...31327432?mt=11

    Something to think about when you feel you shoot boring photos. Most of them are, but hopefully we will capture that magic at least 4 times a year.

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    Re: Boring Photographs

    Bored at work and though all 9 pages would add some spice. How wrong with all the philosophical opinions.


    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Williams_812 View Post
    Much depends on the viewer's experience, willingness and perception that makes an image boring or not.
    Quote Originally Posted by esearing View Post
    My taste in boring have changed over the years. I now find over saturated digital color images boring no matter how beautiful the subject I see, I forget.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Jones View Post
    Boring though some photographs may be, they are nothing when compared to boring photographers.
    Quote Originally Posted by Corran View Post
    I used to be in the camp that disliked Gursky and the rest of the Düsseldorf school. But now I am a fan.
    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn View Post
    Maybe that is the difference between a hobbiest and an artist. When an artist gets bored s/he picks up the tools and gets busy. When a hobbiest gets bored s/he complains about it.
    Quote Originally Posted by snommisbor View Post
    Something to think about when you feel you shoot boring photos. Most of them are, but hopefully we will capture that magic at least 4 times a year.

    Tastes change.
    Sometimes a gourmet burger hits the spot, other times junk food burger. Sometimes you may snicker at someone for eating junk. Sometimes I want a salad and other times a steak.

    The layperson may complain about the quality of food yet when confronted to cook he'd burn water if it was possible.

    Clips of my lids are fascinating but pics of other's kids may bore me.

    BTW I loved the parts which I quoted above.

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    Re: Boring Photographs

    What is boring? The tiredness of seeing the same thing over and over again? I am an expert in making boring photographs and the reason I am doing LF photography now is to fix that. It was very easy to shoot a picture with an DSLR and AF lenses. In fact, I have shot about 20,000 in the last 6 years. How many of those I consider Not Boring? A small amount of those. The rest are there in my computer where no one sees it. What am I learning now to make non-boring photos? Composing them well, taking the time to apply those rules of composition, those advices of composition, etc. I take the time now, I measure the light, I estimate the exposure, I develop my film, I scan (for now), and I will print in the dark room. I have the sense now that my photos start to look a bit less boring. Anyway, thanks for the opportunity to express my thoughts here. Here is an example of a boring photo:


    AutoTamronAdaptamatic200-3.5-calizrojo1-1 by Palenquero Photography, on Flickr

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