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Old 25-09-2011, 11:41   #1 (permalink)
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Out of Ideas.

I am in a Blue Funk.

Completely out of ideas.

The weather is just awful.

I lost me Mojo.

My camera has been sat there so long BOTH batteries have lost their charge....

Come on people, give me some good ideas to go do something?.....

I need a project....

The sillier the better, perhaps, but ideas like catching a clown climbing a tree, maybe not, I want something easy to go do?...
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Old 25-09-2011, 11:43   #2 (permalink)
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Fortnightly Assignment?

You will have to be quick. The current one closes today.
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Old 25-09-2011, 14:07   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Out of Ideas.

My recent list includes:
Fungi - got that yesterday
Beyond Limits sculpture exhibition in the garden - Chatsworth house official website - on until end of October but we're going to try and go a couple of times
Husky racing season will be getting going soon, so as many of them as we can get to!
We've tickets to Birds of Prey and Falconry in Cheshire at Gauntlet Birds of Prey Eagle and Vulture Park. - so hoping to go there some time to check it out. Not an obvious one for me but tickets were really cheap so might be fun to try

Alternatively, get a dog - most of my time/pics are of one of our mutts (and always a challenge but so often rewarding). The Boy came with me on the Fungi shoot so I didn't spend too much time shooting (although he's remarkably patient when I tie him to a tree!)

Then there's all the wildlife that I've just not had the time to go out and get: garden birds, mice, deer, water rats, etc - haven't picked up the 500mm for a few months!
Been meaning to go to Dunham Massey sometime for the deer

Another one is the autumnal colours - best at some sort of arboretum but I bet Lyme Park's pretty good

Salford Quays for the architecture (another on my list of places to go one day)
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Old 25-09-2011, 14:55   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Out of Ideas.

I came back from the football yesterday on the bus and notice along the side of the A57M some fantastically developed buildings along the canal.

Some great listed frontages and some superb glass facades.

Got to be worth a go!
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Old 25-09-2011, 16:25   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Out of Ideas.

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, (! cue music!) is to go to the local shopping centre and try street photography. Candid portraits of people going about their everyday lives, warts and all. Post the images on here, Im sure there are plenty of people who will offer constructive critisicm.
There used to be a science type museum thing near the Coronation street tours, that was always worth trying, I think they had engines in steam every now and then as well
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Old 25-09-2011, 19:57   #6 (permalink)
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That ^^^^

Manchester is GREAT for street photography!
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Old 25-09-2011, 20:39   #7 (permalink)
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2nd that
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Old 25-09-2011, 21:47   #8 (permalink)
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Your right one of my friends lives up there this is his Salford Quays Sunrise, I'd be inspired if I knew that was outside

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Old 25-09-2011, 22:57   #9 (permalink)
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I felt that a while back so what I did was limit myself to my 50mm f1.8 prime, I've used nothing else for the last week or so, zooming only with my feet and having to think hard about composition. I'll just go for a walk, round the streets or out of town into the country just looking for shots. I'm not thinking, what makes a good subject, I'm just picking random stuff then looking for the best way to set the shot up. I've had shed loads of duffers, but I'm learning so much and loving every minute, and the ratio of keepers is starting to grow.
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well if you where closer i would invite you to come shoot the snakies.............

have to say for a while there i had to work really hard to get my mojo going, i think i was just tired and was doing a few weddings and never seemed to have time to shoot for me( does that make sense)
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Old 26-09-2011, 07:49   #11 (permalink)
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Get on the top deck of a bus and take a few street scenes through the windows if they are clean! then get off take a few more street scenes head to the local pub have a drink if there are any locals in there ask if they would mind having their picture took for a project you are working on, then there is the Zoo or the Botanical Gardens and if all fails then its back home and practice a bit of still life or table top photography, but at this time of the year it has to be Autumn leaf pictures for me.......happy snapping.....
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Re: Out of Ideas.

Some good ideas... and yes, I do choose to accept some of the challenges...

Just a slight problem....

Couple of weeks ago, shortly after posting the thread, I had a slight "Incident" at work.....
I have not been able to walk very far for a couple of weeks.
I have done something painful to my back....

I do intend to recover soon, I am currently ignoring the doctors advice of "Complete rest" and trying a little pottering about the house.

Thanks for the advice folks......
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There are images all over the house. I think if you look every room has possible subjects in.
The simplest things can make great images,some will say "its all in the light".
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Water droplets. Go for the double so that the second hits the splash from the first and crowns it.
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Old 29-10-2011, 04:41   #15 (permalink)
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"House" photography....
We have a deal.
I have promised not to "Play" with the camera inside the house anymore, and the wife has promised not to tell the dog to chew important parts of me.....
The dog is part-Husky.
I think I may keep up my end of that bargain?....

I may take a walk down the local park quite soon.....
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"Studio" then.
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