View Poll Results: Your personal anxieties about LF (You can vote more than one)

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  • 1) Limited local places to shoot

    33 18.75%
  • 2) General costs & logistics (transportation, space, learning)

    30 17.05%
  • 3) Time away from other priorities (family, job, pets, etc.)

    36 20.45%
  • 4) My age/health/motivation/fulfillment

    35 19.89%
  • 5) Gear (camera/lenses/tripod/enlarger/scanner)

    8 4.55%
  • 6) Film & development

    48 27.27%
  • 7) Printing & display/exhibitions

    22 12.50%
  • 8) Scanning/digital processing

    20 11.36%
  • 9) My post count (too low/too high) ;^)

    4 2.27%
  • 10) Other: (Please share!)

    26 14.77%
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Thread: What's your #1 anxiety about LF (in your personal life)?

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    Re: What's your #1 anxiety about LF (in your personal life)?

    At 75, I started 4x5 LF this year and my back is giving out. My heavy medium format kit isn't helping the situation either.

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    Re: What's your #1 anxiety about LF (in your personal life)?

    My biggest anxiety when shooting film is that something will happen and I'll not get a usable shot, whether due to a light leak, a shutter mishap, or similar. I don't have a lot of time to do LF photography at the moment, and wasting time, effort and money is a sadness. I haven't shot my 8x10 since my last outing, where light leaks ruined all but one shot due to a camera fault.
    May tomorrow be a better day.

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    Re: What's your #1 anxiety about LF (in your personal life)?

    It's not anxiety, but concern. As I approach 92 years in the next month, I find it harder to carry the equipment and get it on a tripod. I also don't have the energy to make more than 3 or 4 negatives per day.

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    Re: What's your #1 anxiety about LF (in your personal life)?

    Being a world class introvert, my anxiety with LF photography has always been that I hate drawing attention to myself. Setting up a tripod and fixing a giant camera to it is guaranteed to get you noticed. I hate having an audience, but once I’m set up, I can usually block out distractions. One other anxiety is my reluctance to venture onto what I assume to be private property to get a photo. If I see someone, I always ask first. Years ago, a friend and I were chewed out by a property owner for setting up in a field he owned.

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    Re: What's your #1 anxiety about LF (in your personal life)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Calwell View Post
    Being a world class introvert, my anxiety with LF photography has always been that I hate drawing attention to myself. Setting up a tripod and fixing a giant camera to it is guaranteed to get you noticed. I hate having an audience, but once Iím set up, I can usually block out distractions. One other anxiety is my reluctance to venture onto what I assume to be private property to get a photo. If I see someone, I always ask first. Years ago, a friend and I were chewed out by a property owner for setting up in a field he owned.
    Me too. On both scores. But it was worth it. Here's the shot. (taken with MF)


    Snowset
    by Alan Klein, on Flickr

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    Re: What's your #1 anxiety about LF (in your personal life)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Klein View Post
    Me too. On both scores. But it was worth it. Here's the shot. (taken with MF)


    Snowset
    by Alan Klein, on Flickr

    That’s a beauty — nice light.

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    Re: What's your #1 anxiety about LF (in your personal life)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Calwell View Post
    That’s a beauty — nice light.
    Thanks. Yeah, the woman was really upset I was on their property. She sent her husband after me. He was laid back when I explained I didn't see any signs that it was private. Apparently, it's happened before. I got his email address and sent him a copy of the picture about a month later. Funny thing, I was just driving by at the right time and noticed the light and snow with all the pinks and blues. The property is on the main road a few miles from where I live but next to county property. So it's easy to get confused especially when you're blinded by the light

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    Re: What's your #1 anxiety about LF (in your personal life)?

    Yes...good idea to make amends by giving a copy to the property owner.

    Funny (and poignant) story. Years ago I noticed a truly wonderful old maple next to a farmhouse as I was driving past. Well after the fall though - so this tree was devoid of leaves...and the cloudy backlight was spectacular - moody. While I was not specifically out to photograph...I did happen to have a vintage Zeiss Super Ikonta 6x9 RF with me, so I circled back to compose a photo. As I did this, an elderly woman suddenly appeared from the farmhouse. "You can't take that picture...the leaves are gone!" She seemed genuinely pissed...not because I was there with my camera generally - but because, well, the leaves were gone!

    Long story short...I gave the woman a mounted, framed print of this photo - and many years later after the woman had died, I established a friendship with her daughters family...who by then had moved into the same house. Sound like a cliche...but over the fireplace mantle in that house, there was my photograph...which, according to the daughter, her late mother had treasured!

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    Re: What's your #1 anxiety about LF (in your personal life)?

    Quote Originally Posted by John Layton View Post
    Yes...good idea to make amends by giving a copy to the property owner.

    Funny (and poignant) story. Years ago I noticed a truly wonderful old maple next to a farmhouse as I was driving past. Well after the fall though - so this tree was devoid of leaves...and the cloudy backlight was spectacular - moody. While I was not specifically out to photograph...I did happen to have a vintage Zeiss Super Ikonta 6x9 RF with me, so I circled back to compose a photo. As I did this, an elderly woman suddenly appeared from the farmhouse. "You can't take that picture...the leaves are gone!" She seemed genuinely pissed...not because I was there with my camera generally - but because, well, the leaves were gone!

    Long story short...I gave the woman a mounted, framed print of this photo - and many years later after the woman had died, I established a friendship with her daughters family...who by then had moved into the same house. Sound like a cliche...but over the fireplace mantle in that house, there was my photograph...which, according to the daughter, her late mother had treasured!
    What a great story!

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    Re: What's your #1 anxiety about LF (in your personal life)?

    Quote Originally Posted by John Layton View Post
    Yes...good idea to make amends by giving a copy to the property owner.

    Funny (and poignant) story. Years ago I noticed a truly wonderful old maple next to a farmhouse as I was driving past. Well after the fall though - so this tree was devoid of leaves...and the cloudy backlight was spectacular - moody. While I was not specifically out to photograph...I did happen to have a vintage Zeiss Super Ikonta 6x9 RF with me, so I circled back to compose a photo. As I did this, an elderly woman suddenly appeared from the farmhouse. "You can't take that picture...the leaves are gone!" She seemed genuinely pissed...not because I was there with my camera generally - but because, well, the leaves were gone!

    Long story short...I gave the woman a mounted, framed print of this photo - and many years later after the woman had died, I established a friendship with her daughters family...who by then had moved into the same house. Sound like a cliche...but over the fireplace mantle in that house, there was my photograph...which, according to the daughter, her late mother had treasured!
    That's a wonderful story. It teaches a lesson. Forget saving your photos on drives and the cloud or worrying about what heirs will do with your pictures. (Your wife's next husband will probably throw them all out anyway. ). Make blowups, frame them, and give them to friends and family. They will treasure them and while you're still alive, always give you thanks and appreciation. What could be better?

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