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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 6:30 am 

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Location: Auckland, NZ
Hi guys, I'm an amateur photographer based in Auckland, New Zealand. I've been shooting on my DSLR for about 2.5 years since I first bought my camera. I was previously living at Manly beach, Sydney Australia up to October last year. Every weekend i'd be up taking photos of sunrises, surfers, the beach etc. Now I've moved back to Auckland and I've just be bogged down with the busy city life.

I still love following photography, viewing pics and appreciating good photographers. But feel I can't find anything different to shoot which excites me!

I only have two lenses from my Canon 60D, a 24-105 f/4 L Series + a Sigma 30 f1.4. I'm thinking of buying the Sigma 10-20mm f3.5 to bring a different angle to my shots and to make me get out and about. It's been about 1.5 years since I bought a lens.

Just wondering if anyone else has gone through this? Any tips to bring back to the creative spark?


richie | auckland, NZ

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beach, travel & street photography

PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 7:41 am 
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I think it happens with many things, not just photography. Doing anything for longer periods can result in a reduction in interest. I think with photography I experienced a big slowdown after 2 or 3 years or so.

Don't force yourself to do something. If you're not in the mood, you're never going to be at your best anyway and that might create a negative feedback cycle. It sucks, I suck, why bother?

I found revisiting old favourites helpful. For me it was my local park. At my peak I'd visit practically every other day. Now it is more like once a quarter, so it is fresher and different every time.

I never found more kit to help much at provoking interest. It is a short term thing, and the initial interest wears off after a while. It does of course open up new possibilities, but if it can sustain is another matter...

Canon DSLRs: 7D, 5D2, 1D, 600D, 450D full spectrum, 300D IR mod
Lenses: EF 35/2, 50/1.8, 85/1.8, 135/2+SF, 28-80 V, 70-300L, 100-400L, TS-E 24/3.5L, MP-E 65, EF-S 15-85 IS
3rd party: Zeiss 2/50 makro, Samyang 8mm fisheye, Sigma 150 macro, 120-300 f/2.8 OS, Celestron 1325/13
Tinies: Sony HX9V.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 2:17 am 

Joined: Sun Nov 07, 2010 11:55 pm
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Location: SE Texas
I can understand being bogged-down by big-city life. I think I am interested in nature, landscape, and astro photography, but rarely get a chance to try them. Additionally, the evidentiary photography I do during my working hours, as a police officer, is often a negative experience, with little to no joy in it, and this tends to have an effect on my desire to put my hands on a camera during my personal time.

I try to look at books for ideas and inspiration. Elliott Erwitt, in particular, can lift my mood, and inspire, with his images, at the same time.

I agree with popo, regarding new equipment. A new camera or lens can stimulate one's interest, but it will not necessarily have a long-term effect. Keep in mind that Henri Cartier-Bresson did almost all of his shooting with a 50mm lens. Gary Winogrand mostly used a 28mm lens. I remind myself of this when I suffer a bout of Gear Acquisition Syndrome.

Canon 7D/5D/40D/1D2N; Nikon F6, D700, FM3A, & Coolpix A; Canon 40mm 2.8 STM, 135L, 50L, 35L, pre-II 50mm 1.8, 100mm 2.8L Macro, 10-22mm EF-S, 28-135 EF, 400mm 5.6L; Nikkor 50mm 1.2 AI-S, 50mm 1.4G, 50mm 1.8D, 16mm 2.8D Fisheye, 180mm 2.8D, 100-300mm 5.6 AI-S; Tokina 17mm & 100mm 2.8 Macro

PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 2:52 am 

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If I may offer a slightly different take: perhaps the new lens plus your new surroundings will (re)inspire you. I mean, obviously a Sigma 10-20mm wouldn't be ideal for surfing pics (which is what you used to shoot in Sydney), but it might help you discover an interest in another type of photography better suited to your current (city) environment.

Architecture, perhaps? - Mark

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