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How far we've come

Discussion in 'Other Genres' started by WoodWorks, Dec 30, 2013.

  1. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    Charlyee suggested that I post some of my older photos as a form of encouragement for those here who are just starting out. So I thought I might start a thread where those of us with no shame and robust egos can reveal our earliest blunders, er, works.

    If you're game, there are only two rules: 1) the photos must come from the FIRST year of your digital library (Lightroom, Aperture, iPhoto, etc.), and 2) they have to be "artistic" in intent. In other words, no family or pet snapshots, "test" photos, etc.

    Of course, we've all deleted the really bad photos we took back then. So these will be the best of the best of your original photos. Images that have, over the years, survived multiple cullings of your digital library, and that, for whatever reason, you just haven't had the heart to drive a stake through their pathetic little hearts.

    Here are a couple of mine, both taken with an Olympus E-10 on a trip down to the Antelope Poppy Preserve near Lancaster, CA back in 2003. I hit the peak of what turned out to be the best bloom in decades. If only I knew then what I know now. :rolleyes:

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    I had learned enough to know that smaller apertures yield deeper fields of focus. So hey, why not close it down to f/11? Diffraction? What's that? And ooh, look how a polarizing filter makes the sky look so blue. Let's crank that sucker up to 11!!!

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    And how about this one? Don't talk to me of rules. I'm an artiste!!!
     
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  2. SpaceManSpiff

    SpaceManSpiff TalkEmount Top Veteran

    547
    Dec 13, 2013
    Tucson, AZ
    Eric
    Oh, I think this is a great idea! ^^^I was a docent there in 2005 and everyone kept asking if I had been there for the big bloom in '03 :chargrined: (I moved there in '04)
     
  3. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    Yeah, I've ridden past there almost every spring since, but no year has come close to the display in '03. :shakehead:
     
  4. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    Austria
    Oh man, I shot some really bad photos back then ... Well, still do. I was most interested in close up animal shots back then. Well, I'm still interested in that, but I'll start again with that once I got my flash setup and 50mm Touit to play with.

    Btw., great idea for a thread here. All three shot with the kit zoom, the first one was on the first day with my NEX-5.

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  5. José De Bardi

    José De Bardi Assistant in Virtue

    Aug 31, 2013
    Dorset, UK
    José
    Well TBH I still put myself at the bottom of the pile - I have a lot to learn. Only just graduating from iPhoto to Photoshop as we speak!

    This was shot number 265 from my Nex - which is my first proper camera... Prior to this all my pics were just on my phone so I don't think qualify for this thread!

    Was taken in June '11 from the top of the Marina Bay Hotel, Singapore (anyone that's not seen it, Google image search NOW!!).
    I had bought the Nex the same day at Sim Lim Square shopping centre (7 floors of tech wonderland!). If anyone gets a chance to visit this city snap it up - it's GREAT. I've been lucky enough to go 3 times and love it every time!

    This shot is actually printed and sits on the shelf in my living room as it is still one of my favs!

    For sure, I had no idea what I was doing at the time, but apparently the 'P' program (I at least knew to stay away from iAuto!) selected ISO6400, f-3.5, 1/25 for this shot with the SEL18-55. It was done balanced on the hand railing of the bar - and I had sunk a few beers by this time of the night!

    Enjoy!

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  6. quezra

    quezra TalkEmount Top Veteran

    916
    Aug 22, 2012
    Neat idea! I had to fish these out of an old FB album, and I do remember being very pleased with them at the time!

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    The horizon in the third photo is hilarious. And I have no idea what I was doing with the last one... I think I was trying to align my camera with the rails to make for 'better' composition. Now I just look at it in horror! All shot with my trusty Samsung point-and-shoot that I had for 3 years before my NEX-5N
     
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  7. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    Nice thread idea :)

    I still consider myself an amateur with photography (only bought my first "real" camera 1,5 years ago)


    Anyway, here's my very first photo taken with a Nex-5 and 18-55mm kit lens (it was actually taken 1 day after I purchased the camera)
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    And here's a few more:
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    (I know OP said no pet but hey atleast I'm leaving out some good family portraits I shot :D )
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  8. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    I said no family or pet snapshots! That there is pet ART! ;)
     
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  9. radimere

    radimere TalkEmount Regular

    71
    Apr 2, 2013
    Great topic, Woodworks & Charlyee.

    One from 2007:
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    Another from 2013:
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    My composition skills are still hit & miss, but I do expose and process images much better now IMHO. :)
     
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  10. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur

    Nov 13, 2012
    Netherlands
    Ad Dieleman
    The OP's rules protect me from having to show some very embarrassing examples from my early years. This is one of my first pictures with my first digital camera, a second-hand Sony DSC-F828. Great camera, sadly it got defective. I saw the subject offered something and I still think it does. I regret that I didn't explore the subject more exhaustively, "work the scene" like Scott Kelby says in his talk about composition. Also my processing skills have improved (but still learning!), a quick 3 minute edit in LR5 yielded the second one.

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    Reprocessed
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  11. bmg123

    bmg123 TalkEmount Veteran

    310
    Jan 15, 2013
    England, UK
    Well, my library only goes back a year anyway, but here goes:

    Some from my original camera, the iPhone 4:

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    First shot with a NEX on file (NEX-F3, January 2013):

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    First shot with NEX-7 on file (March 2013):

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  12. TonyTurley

    TonyTurley TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Apr 24, 2013
    West Virginia, USA
    What are you guys talking about? I still take photos sometimes that make me go "UGH!" and hit the delete button.

    Tony
     
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  13. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    Sometimes?!! Geez, I try to be fairly deliberate with my shutter activations, but easily more than half of them end up being just finger exercise.

    I read somewhere that the main difference between a good and bad photographer is the images they choose to let you see.
     
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  14. Grisu_HDH

    Grisu_HDH TalkEmount Veteran

    397
    Dec 16, 2012
    Southern Germany
    Markus
    I always knew I'm SOOOOOOO GOOOOOOD... *biggrin*
     
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  15. ChangshaNotes

    ChangshaNotes Super Moderator

    Aug 15, 2012
    China
    Colin
    I have been shooting a little over a year. My first camera was a NEX 5n before that I used phones.

    This was the first shot I have kept, taken in the store I bought the camera on iAuto. 00011 July 29th 2012

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    This was my first street shot the next day

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    That same evening.

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    First shot I kept with the NEX-7 in October of 2012

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  16. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur

    Nov 13, 2012
    Netherlands
    Ad Dieleman
    Usually I come home with somewhere between 50 and 100 shots and I end up keeping 5 to 10 if I have had a good day. Of these kept I usually show only 1 or 2. On a bad day I end up throwing away everything and try to find out what to do better next time.
     
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  17. bmg123

    bmg123 TalkEmount Veteran

    310
    Jan 15, 2013
    England, UK
    Over my NEX life I've taken what I estimate at being around 5000 shots, not including tests and general tomfoolery. My Flickr has 462 photos, quite a few of which I don't even like!
     
  18. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    Austria
    Well, I shot about 25.000 shots since I got my NEX-5 and I've only 17 of them in my 500px Photostream, even less in some other networks. It's all about what you want others to see. If somebody sees 10 awesome photos you shot and nothing else, he'll think you're a great photographer. If someone sees 400 photos you shot with maybe 20 awesome ones in there, he'll think you're average at best.
     
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  19. TonyTurley

    TonyTurley TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Apr 24, 2013
    West Virginia, USA
    Sounds about like the day I had today. Just a few keepers out of 92.

    Tony
     
  20. radimere

    radimere TalkEmount Regular

    71
    Apr 2, 2013
    Sadly (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), photography is not a performance art, and it's quite common, for me at least, to go home empty-handed despite having shot hundreds of frames. Still, from a life documentation standpoint most photographs aren't totally worthless, even if they're devoid of photographic merit. So I still keep them. :)
     
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