I know you all have a picture in your files that you asked yourself "Why did I shoot this". I have plenty. Some silly some just plain dumb.
My challenge is, go on and scan one of those dumb photo's and post it for all to see. It doesnt have to be a poorly taken photo, just a dumb one that you don't know why you bothered to shoot it. I think it's time for all of us to have a little chuckle at ourselves.
This is my submission. It's just plain dumb. I remember shooting it. It was taken with my CP950 with an 8x Monocular attached. It's an 1 1/4 inch frog bolt taken from about six feet away.
Hello RickD, This photo is far from dumb. In fact, it is absolutely beautiful. I don't feel qualified to comment on intricate technical aspects but you certainly seem to have a subject worth expanding upon (what is the bolt attached too, what tool made the tool marks in the upper left edge, who's hand held the tool, passage of time, history, etc.). The photo conjures up images of an industry past on, of jobs lost, lives moved on. Or perhaps the rebirth/revitalization of the same. What appers to be oxidized copper (blue color) makes me wonder if the photo was taken near salt water and conjures up an image of an aged fishing boat, broken and no longer profitable to fix, scuttled in some backwater marsh. It seems that it would make a good contribution to a photo essay on life/lives come and gone in the industrial age or perhaps something as simple as a collection of discarded machine/industry still-lifes/abstracts. Either way, very, very nice photo.
Who the heck am I amyway: Amature, newly registered, very first post to this or any forum/discussion. Sometimes images just hit you.
This is a fine shot. How often does one actually see the dreaded giant worm stalking its prey!? Sometimes, an odd perspective is worth capturing just because it does look a little odd - and is seen in different ways by different personalities.
The second one has the look of the troll bait some guys post on photo.net and such. They then defend their "art" claiming that the sink represents such and the toothpaste something else etc. I don't quite understand their type.
The first shot isn't too bad, it's a unique view of bananas, to be sure. I have enjoyed all of the pictures in this thread.
Nikonian in the High Desert of Southern California.
In 1979 at the age of 15, I begged until my mother finally bought me my first 'good' camera (a Pentax K1000 w/50mm f2 lens). I just wanted to take pictures of SOMETHING...ANYTHING. What's interesting is that, in the full-size version (from my film scanner), you can read the titles of all those LP's and 8-tracks.
I had just bought myself a department store flash...a Woolco brand...'Brentwood'...
By the way, this photo needs to be adjusted in size, the ideal size for this site is around the 600x450 range, also the maximum file size is 70K, this one is around 337k, we have safeguards up to prevent the uploading of such large files, this one must have snuck through somehow. Oh well. Thanks for posting, and please try to keep the size down in the future. It's much faster for everyone if you do.
Never work with children or animals? Almost all of my photos of my dog include someone's hand feeding it. How else do you get the thing where you want the thing long enough to focus and click at it?? Especially when you've got burgers to turn on the grill, spilled juice to mop up and kids on the trampoline to watch!?
Family photos are, for me, the one assignment where it doesn't matter about composition, lighting or any other consideration other than capturing the subject in the moment. My family is so totally unconcerned about positioning - they (apart from my wife, perhaps not unusually) just want to see themselves, remember the occasion and enjoy the memory.
So, long live the FamilySundayFundayPhoto, for there-in lie generations of storytelling.
This is one of those really strange photo's that has a strange fascination to me. I filled the frame with the subject (a jellyfish laying on the beach) and just happened to snap the photo as a wave hit. Turned out to be a poor photo of the jellyfish, but I find the frozen droplettes of ocean fascinating. (N80, Sigma 28-300mm, Fuji Superia 400)
DaveDosch Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but bubbles.
Sometimes it happens, kind of unrecognised urge to shoot. And I used to shoot. Never know why. Everyone can find hundreds and hundreds of pictures done in such a way. But it also happens that years later digging in the piles of pics you draw one of that in amazement: what a picture! Couple of years ago passing by that lever of winch controlI pressed the button of my camera rigged with AF 28-80/3.5-5.6D. Couple of weeks ago I found it and thought: well, it looks nice, isn't it! But till now do not know why did I shoot this...
I don't know. I think it's either a fleeting moment when the light hits something just right, and we either see something there (or think we see something) and take the shot. In my case, the camera doesn't quite get what I think I'm seeing...
I do not throw away photo's. (My wife will if it's a pic of her). I like to hang on to them in case I need a reality check. I'll be taking a picture, and with faux arrogance tell my wife, "this one will be perfect!" There is always that stack to remind me of how little I really know...
Oh yes, I like the handle sticking out of the canvas! I probably would have looked under the canvas, and tinkered with it a little bit before I took the picture.
#31. "RE: Nikonian Challenge-Why Did I shoot This?" | In response to Reply # 30
Sun 14-Apr-02 04:55 AM
Well, it wasn't funny at the time. And to think about it, it still isn"t funny.
Went to Mexico, Had 6 days of great surfing. On the day before we were to come home. It was one of those. "Just one last ride" and we will meet the wifes at the bar. I swam up the wave and ended up in a ball on the beach, half scalped and a broken neck. Then spend 6 days as you see in a Canadian hospital with two spikes stuck in my head and full body traction. Two operations and some metal and bone plugs and I am up walking around.
The only funny thing out of all of this is. Watching me drink canned drinks because I can not tip my head back any more. I have to bend backwards at the waist to finish the can.
So now my surfing days are over. I just take pictures of them now.
Sorry it wasn't a funny story. I always like a good laugh.
One rainy night I realised I had a couple of frames left on a roll and was taking some film in for processing the next day so what to do rather than waste it...
Dig out my little used PK-13 extension tube and the little knight key rings I'd picked up from a recent visit to Warwick castle.
FM3a, PK-13 tube & 35mm/1.4, Fuji 800 Superia, Tripod, Table lamp, Sheet of white paper as a reflector. I had them set up in the very edge of my coffee table as working distance was only about two inches.... I kinda like the outcome