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This is undoubtedly my least productive year for photography in nearly a decade, I've now left the house with camera four times since January (edit - actually since November!), and all of those were in the past fortnight. Three of my trips were hunting for macro shots and I got nothing, and the final outing I played it safe with a landscape shot and ended up being in the wrong place at the right time. Best sunset I've seen in a year, but the best of it was over a hill.

 

Frustrating but it was nice to be out doing a landscape again. I find the process so mentally relaxing and I've really needed that in my life this year. 

 

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@PeteJ Why was this Pete? The lack of photography I mean. Tell me to sod off if its private etc. For me I built up a massive backlog of shots to process and then just got sick of it. I was being too heavy handed with edits and I felt like I was getting nothing out of it. My wife and I started doing a lot of hiking/ hillwalking and I stopped taking the camera with me; I just could not be arsed dragging it around when my phone was fine for what she wanted (insta stuff). 

A few weeks ago I sold my D3300 and all the glass and bought a Sony A7 iii with a 70-200mm F4. Suddenly I'm interested again. Still not sure if I will drag it with me on hikes. 

 

Just grabbing a few jpgs from Whatsapp so quality might be shite.

 

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4 hours ago, idiwa said:

@PeteJ Why was this Pete? The lack of photography I mean. Tell me to sod off if its private etc. For me I built up a massive backlog of shots to process and then just got sick of it. I was being too heavy handed with edits and I felt like I was getting nothing out of it. My wife and I started doing a lot of hiking/ hillwalking and I stopped taking the camera with me; I just could not be arsed dragging it around when my phone was fine for what she wanted (insta stuff). 

A few weeks ago I sold my D3300 and all the glass and bought a Sony A7 iii with a 70-200mm F4. Suddenly I'm interested again. Still not sure if I will drag it with me on hikes. 

 

Just grabbing a few jpgs from Whatsapp so quality might be shite.

 

Ah nothing private so no worries. I was desperately keen to get out and shoot but just didn't seem to have the time. I think working at home 100% of the time has broken any kind of routine I may have had between work and home. Everything just kind of blurs into the same thing and before I know it the day, week, month, year has passed and I've done nothing for my own well being. 

Randomly at work they announced a photo competition - the first time ever - with no prizes so just for fun, and it suddenly jolted me into action again.

 

I know it feels when it all bogs down on you though, you start taking photos for the sake of it or even worse (in my opinion) taking photos to chase likes on social media. Mixing things up is a good idea, for example try a different discipline of photography (for me it's Macro rather than Landscape), so to has having a break from social media!

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@PeteJ Yeah I think working from home for 18 months has killed all my creative spark. I work in a creative role (UX, visual designer) but having a home office and spending 7.5hrs in there with work the last thing I want to do is spend another couple of hours in the same room in the evening or on weekends. It's exacerbated somewhat by having all my photography on a PC built for editing, so its not as if I can just sit on the sofa with my MBP and edit stuff for lulz. 

 

Lightroom over several machines is a utter pain in the tits (Lightroom Classic I mean). 

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It's been ages since I've had the camera out and even longer since I used my macro lens.  I have forgotten a lot of post-processing things too - shocking how quick it is to become rusty with anything.  Anyways - I rescued a bee in my garden earlier on this evening and I managed to grab a few shots.  Any pointers from any of the more advanced photographers here?  I used to post regularly on a photography forum but don't tend to frequent there as much these days.  It was cool to catch the proboscis in the last one but I liked the dominating pose in the first.  I didn't notice the destroyed spider in the bottom left when shooting.

 

 

 

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I think I'm going to have to join a camera club. I've been taking photos for seven odd years now and I'm still not happy with the sharpness of my images or how grainy some of them look. I can't really find any reasonably priced places for lessons in the Bournemouth area so maybe a club would be better. I'm a bit wary about mixing with people, but feel I need to push myself a little (both from a camera and COVID perspective).

I've found BH Photography on a Wednesday night so will try joining that.

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YouTube is a really good resource for the technical side of things.  Sharpness is overrated but if the images are blurry increase your shutter speed, if they are soft stop down your aperture.  Have your ISO at the lowest number you can once you’re happy with the other two.   
 

Broadly speaking you want to be at 1/250th or above if you’re taking photos of people and lenses tend to be sharpest between f/4 and f/8. Obviously your mileage will vary depending upon your individual setup. 

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@Monkeyspill you don't need a photography license to take photographs at railway stations, and staff at Clapham Junction of all places should be used to seeing people  with cameras.  If you've got a big fuckoff 70-200 lens and a tripod then it's a courtesy to tell a member of staff that you are there but most people who will try to tell you off are bored security guards who watched a DVD about hostile reconnaissance during their brief training session and are looking for something to do to pass the time.   Be polite obviously, they shouldn't be coming over to stop you unless you are creating an obstruction or acting foolishly then really all they can do is ask you what your intentions are.  

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9 minutes ago, Naysonymous said:

@Monkeyspill you don't need a photography license to take photographs at railway stations, and staff at Clapham Junction of all places should be used to seeing people  with cameras.  If you've got a big fuckoff 70-200 lens and a tripod then it's a courtesy to tell a member of staff that you are there but most people who will try to tell you off are bored security guards who watched a DVD about hostile reconnaissance during their brief training session and are looking for something to do to pass the time.   Be polite obviously, they shouldn't be coming over to stop you unless you are creating an obstruction or acting foolishly then really all they can do is ask you what your intentions are.  

I know. He was just being a dick. It was a tiny film camera - much smaller than a DSLR. I wasn’t sure at the time so didn’t have the knowledge to call him out on it.

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