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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 6:30 am 
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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?

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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...

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 2:17 am 
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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.

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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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PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2014 12:10 pm 
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I would recommend simply trying something completely different. Shake things up in a big way. Im not talking trying different angles, but dlip over your whole approach to photography. And see what happens.

On top of this, make sure you are getting enough sleep. The way I look at the creative work I do, is by imagining that it is actually a sport, and therefore I need to keep fit. I really do think it is true when people say 'healthy body, healthy mind' or whatever it is. I'm not saying things like 'no smoking! no drinking!', but when I am in a period of eating well, getting enough exercise and having full nights sleep, then I find my creative mind improves considerably. For along time I was getting awful nights sleep due to a back injury that had a god-awful hangover, and a fifteen year old mattress. My work has never been worse. I got a couple of new mattresses here for the family, and not only do we all sleep better, but our hours awake are better. I can think about my work, enjoy it, and have the energy to be more creative with it. A creative mind needs plenty of zzzzzzzzzzz :wink:


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2014 2:40 am 
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Edit some old photos when you can't or don't feel like going out to shoot new pics. (Convert to B&W or slap some HDR sauce on them.)


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2014 10:05 am 
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You could try joining a photography club they will have all sorts of events and subjects to reignite the spark.

There are always groups who want volunteer photographers to record their events and these vary from things such as sports to recording guide dog training.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2014 10:44 pm 
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I agree with a lot of what was said above... especially popo.

From a little different of a perspective I never picked up a camera due to my love of photography but instead to capture my love of wildlife so with this in mind I have never gotten tired of photography but instead I have grown tired of subjects or a particular subject matter. when this happens I simply change my subject and move on. As some of you may remember I used to post a lot of pics of prairie wildlife and waterfowl especially. I can honestly say that since early last spring I have not photographed any prairie wildlife what-so-ever spending most of my time along the northern BC coast instead and some time photographing wildlife on the Canadian shield. At the end of next week however I will be taking a trip around the prairies yet again as its wildlife has again sparked my interest... at least for one trip.

Think about what drew you first to your particular type or style of photography and see if you can in some way respark that interest or passion... I feel a lot of times when ppl get tired of photography, or any aspect of their life, it is because they have grown stagnant and feel they have reached some form of end or that they have done all they can do or have gotten as good as they can be... evolution is the key of life and it plays a large role even in our interests, professions and hobbies. Always try to change things up...

Its nice to see you are still visiting the pond popo :D

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 9:47 am 
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Hi All,

Thanks a lot for all your tips and suggestions!! I took something away from all of you!

I have had my camera fully cleaned and looking to get my photo geek on when I venture to wonderful Queenstown,NZ at the end of the month, I'll be taking my camera with me everywhere and really trying to soak it up and capture how special this place is!!

I went through my old archives to edit a few pics too (particularly ones which I wouldn't have normally bothered editing). Playing around with some different editing concepts, let me know what you think? Trying to over emphasize the contrast and create a minimalist concept, I guess you'll either love it or hate it :)

Imagelone surfer at manly beach sydney by photography by [ fresh ],

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