Losing the will to click.


Oggy

Link Posted 12/11/2010 - 23:47
Help!

I have been working like a dog just recently and the combination of this and the lack of daylight and a number of other excuses er reasons I find I hardly get near my camera at the moment.

I had a bit of a play when I got my flashguns from Currys and a rather half hearted attempt at some fireworks but...

Does anyone else suffer this?

petrochemist

Link Posted 12/11/2010 - 23:56
The lack of light certainly doesn't help!
My camera bag hasn't moved for 2 whole days - but perhaps that partly because I'm playing with Flickr, having finally joined.
If the weather improves over the weekend we might feel more inspired

Mike
Mike
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Pentax:K5ii, K7, K100D, DA18-55, DA10-17, DA55-300, DA50-200, F100-300, F50, DA35 AL, 4* M50, 2* M135, Helicoid extension, Tak 300 f4 (& 6 film bodies)
3rd Party: Bigmos (Sigma 150-500mm OS HSM),2* 28mm, 100mm macro, 28-200 zoom, 35-80 zoom, 80-200 zoom, 80-210 zoom, 300mm M42, 600 mirror, 1000-4000 scope, 50mm M42, enlarger lenses, Sony & micro 4/3 cameras with various PK mounts, Zenit E...
Far to many tele-converters, adapters, project parts & extension tubes etc.

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johnriley

Link Posted 13/11/2010 - 00:01
The weather could be your inspiration. Even without WR you can use an umbrella. Colours become vivid and exciting in the rain. Patterns, swirling water, dripping flowers, go for it guys!
Best regards, John

Smeggypants

Link Posted 13/11/2010 - 00:55
Lovely Autumn colours at the moment.

Talking of Fireworks, I did one last saturday!! ( Was a fair there too! )

http://www.smeggys.co.uk/images_smeggy_2010-11-06_fireworks_fair.php

Fist time I've really shot fireworks. tried some tripod long exposures until remote switch broke , but handhelds came out cool too
[i]Bodies: 1x K-5IIs, 2x K-5, Sony TX-5, Nokia 808
Lenses: Pentax DA 10-17mm ED(IF) Fish Eye, Pentax DA 14mm f/2.8, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8, Pentax-A 28mm f/2.8, Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.2, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-FA 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.7, Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8, Sigma 135-400mm APO DG, and more ..
Flash: AF-540FGZ, Vivitar 283

pentaxian450

Link Posted 13/11/2010 - 01:12
Rain and city night lights can create outstanding pictures. I believe you're not short of rain in England!
Yves (another one of those crazy Canucks)

Gary Hickin

Link Posted 13/11/2010 - 01:46
How about a bit of still life? This time of year I take most of my shots at night using just a desklamp and/or a candle. Cheers, Gary
http://www.flickr.com/photos/original_gazart/
Last Edited by Gary Hickin on 13/11/2010 - 01:50

Don

Link Posted 13/11/2010 - 02:22
Oggy wrote:
Help!

I have been working like a dog just recently and the combination of this and the lack of daylight and a number of other excuses er reasons I find I hardly get near my camera at the moment.

I had a bit of a play when I got my flashguns from Currys and a rather half hearted attempt at some fireworks but...

Does anyone else suffer this?

yes. When I get the blahs, I force myself to make up a photo assignment and treat it like it was a paying job.
Or find a charity and do some fundraising...
Whatever it takes to feel good about myself and keep the creative juices flowing.

Fired many shots. Didn't kill anything.

Mike-P

Link Posted 13/11/2010 - 06:43
Oggy wrote:
Help!

I have been working like a dog just recently and the combination of this and the lack of daylight and a number of other excuses er reasons I find I hardly get near my camera at the moment.

I had a bit of a play when I got my flashguns from Currys and a rather half hearted attempt at some fireworks but...

Does anyone else suffer this?

Exactly the same thing atm .. just started a new job 5 weeks ago, 4 weeks of rubbish training and then my boss goes sick and I am supposed to run the whole office
My new K-5 has about 35 shots on it and most of those were taken for various items to be sold on here.

Ho Hum .. off to work now.
. My Flickr
Last Edited by Mike-P on 13/11/2010 - 06:44

dougf8

Link Posted 13/11/2010 - 06:52
Yes Oggy into a 7 days on call stretch here. Camera always comes out with me and mostly just gets put back, unused at the end of the day.

but

I'm setting up a link to a theatre group which will give some interesting challenges and new ground.

There are loads of laptop challenges: process some raw, learn some PP/Gimp techniques. Annotate/ categorise your albums. BACKUP YOUR PHOTOS.

As above, the table top macro challenges.

There's a PP college course starts in the new year.

How to finance a K-5 (or similar )

Actually get some A3 prints done.

Get some really nice books on photography and read and look and dream.
Genius of Photography, Kodak Mastering Composition and Light (ebay), Photography as Art, Image Makers Image Takers,

Also pick your fave photographers and start borrowing (Library before it goes, order on line and pick up) buying books on them. Arbus, Eggleston, Robert Frank, Salgado, Strand, Parr, Penn (Still life), Cartier Bresson, Blossfeld, Nadav Kandar etc etc

Buy the Genius of Photography DVD ( 6 re-watchable episodes )or watch the photography films listed in the other threads.

And if I get home early enough I might manage a trip down to some docks and try a night shoot and if its wet I'll just wrap up.

It is depressing but in a little over 5 weeks the days will be getting longer.

(I should copy and paste into the plans for next 6 months)

Look through back issues of the BJP.
Lurking is shirking.!
Last Edited by dougf8 on 13/11/2010 - 07:12

Gwyn

Link Posted 13/11/2010 - 10:28
I'm in the same boat but without the excuse of a demanding job. Just lack of inspiration.
No wonderful autumn colours here - they just didn't happen. The leaves are all down now too.

Must start taking photos though - husband is getting bolshie about all that money on a camera that I have barely touched blah blah blah.

greynolds999

Link Posted 13/11/2010 - 11:07
My camera can sit unused for weeks at a time. Two teenagers, Autumn rugby internationals and flying lessons means it can be hard to find any time to take photographs.

But that doesn't worry me. I'd rather enjoy my photography when I can than try to force myself to take pictures for the sake of it.
My Photobucket

techno-terminator

Link Posted 13/11/2010 - 11:47
I'm really in the same boat

I got back from Belgium at the end of August and since then I've hardly been able to get out of the house for all the work being done

It's no good trying to do much inside either - every time John arrives everything gets covered in dust - inches of it or so it seems , so my camera is spending most of the time in its case

It's fine and sunny just now - but I can't head out - John's coming at 12 to sort out my extractor fan [ not working and then starting to paint gates , fences etc - oh and will be lifting some floor boards to trace some wiring that we don't know where it starts or ends .

I'm cheesed off and will shortly be saying

NO MORE - I want my life back
let the education continue

proud owner of a couple of cameras and a few bits and bobs

Mike-P

Link Posted 14/11/2010 - 07:35
Oh ..its Sunday. I can go out with the camera

Oh no .. just got a phone call, off to work now
. My Flickr

GlynM

Link Posted 14/11/2010 - 09:25
If all other inspiration fails you could always have a go at something for the current fortnightly competition where I have set the subject "Time piece". It does not have to be a clock. Just imagine creating a classy shot with, say, the last few moments on an egg timer .

Glyn

K10D

Link Posted 14/11/2010 - 10:00
Oggy wrote:
Help!

I have been working like a dog just recently and the combination of this and the lack of daylight and a number of other excuses er reasons I find I hardly get near my camera at the moment.

I had a bit of a play when I got my flashguns from Currys and a rather half hearted attempt at some fireworks but...

Does anyone else suffer this?

Not really, life is too short.

Make your own inspiration if others don't inspire. As a photographer, you and you alone produce results, get that bridge built and get over it.

Looking forward to your next images.

Best regards
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