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Finding your "voice" #2996920 07/02/19 01:12 AM
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Playing or recording music, after a while, if we're fortunate, we find our "voice", where when we play, we cannot help but play something infused with our personality. It sounds like us.

And so it is with photography or other forms of art also.

With photography, I typically photographed during trips, doing travel photography. This was exotic looking. I went to India, Peru, Ghana, Himalayas, Morocco, Ecuador, Chile, Burma, Thailand, and on and on. I loved doing travel photography, and still do.

But it wasn't until I got into night photography in which something really woke up in me, that I completely resonated with everything - the aesthetic, the process, the experience of being out in the desert at night exploring, the quiet, the deliberate nature of setting up the camera on a tripod and framing the photo in the dark, illuminating the subject with a flashlight while the camera's shutter remained open, the capturing of long passages of time with a single image...EVERYTHING. I thought, "Yes. This is ME. This is what I do." And I just...got it. And it was easy for me to infuse my personality into it.

Have you find this with your photography? What is your "voice"?

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Re: Finding your "voice" [Re: KenElevenShadows] #2996925 07/02/19 01:35 AM
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Thankfully this is NOT a photography contest...

... that said, well, I was NEVER able to take a good picture with a "point and shoot" camera, and I had several different ones... zero.

It was until I got an iPhone 4 with its "HDR" capability of double exposition and that HUGE screen, that I was able to take decent pictures. At least, pictures I actually liked. And with built-in editing, I could enhance ((saturate)) the colors, so they looked "better" to my partially colorblinded eyes.

These pictures are from a trip to Colombia, Puerto Rico and Venezuela when I just got the iPhone 4, in 2010.

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Re: Finding your "voice" [Re: KenElevenShadows] #2996947 07/02/19 06:22 AM
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Would you say that you have found your photographic "voice"?

Re: Finding your "voice" [Re: KenElevenShadows] #2996948 07/02/19 06:25 AM
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It just so happens that I stumbled across this. This is sort of like when you consider purchasing another car, and then suddenly you see then everywhere. grin

How to Find Your Photographic Style - Petapixel article

Re: Finding your "voice" [Re: KenElevenShadows] #2996954 07/02/19 07:24 AM
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Originally Posted by KenElevenShadows
Would you say that you have found your photographic "voice"?


YES

HDR. Saturated color. It's my visual AutoTune. But I finally started enjoying photography ever since.


* I am NOT buying a PRO camera like, never. I travel with so much audio stuff I can't afford to also carry a camera with accessories.
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Re: Finding your "voice" [Re: KenElevenShadows] #2997112 07/03/19 02:32 PM
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That is a hard one.

As far as genre's go, there isn't too much I don't shoot - except night photography. wink

I do a lot of portrait work, but I love chasing sunsets and doing landscapes. I love taking photos of birds and other wildlife too. In the end, I don't have one voice in photography.

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Re: Finding your "voice" [Re: KenElevenShadows] #2997129 07/03/19 05:16 PM
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Some gorgeous photos in this thread... serious inspiration for me, thanks. cheers





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Re: Finding your "voice" [Re: KenElevenShadows] #2997157 07/03/19 07:57 PM
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Cool!! That's what it's all about.

One of the things I love about photography is how much more appreciative it makes me feel about the world around me. I notice a lot more interesting, beautiful, and cool things around me than I ever did before.

Re: Finding your "voice" [Re: KenElevenShadows] #2997166 07/03/19 09:00 PM
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Originally Posted by KenElevenShadows
I notice a lot more interesting, beautiful, and cool things around me than I ever did before.


Me too. One hazard Id this is Im always looking for hawks, owls and other large birds. Ive become a distracted driver as a result.

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Originally Posted by Mike Martin
That is a hard one.

As far as genre's go, there isn't too much I don't shoot - except night photography. wink

I do a lot of portrait work, but I love chasing sunsets and doing landscapes. I love taking photos of birds and other wildlife too. In the end, I don't have one voice in photography.
When I think of a Mike Martin image, I think of a portrait (human or animal) or a landscape. Also, at least from my point of view, you have a very consistent editing style, it has a certain warmth to it.

For me, I found my voice a couple years ago. When I started out in 2012 after getting my first DSLR, I was shooting all sorts of things, but over the years I gradually became more and more drawn to photographing industrial buildings and ruins.

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Re: Finding your "voice" [Re: Mike Martin] #2997336 07/05/19 02:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Mike Martin
One hazard Id this is Im always looking for hawks, owls and other large birds. Ive become a distracted driver as a result.


We're seeing more bald eagles here in SE Pennsylvania but I haven't had the opportunity of a decent photo yet.


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Re: Finding your "voice" [Re: KenElevenShadows] #2997382 07/05/19 07:07 PM
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That would be distracting. Hard to drive and look at birds simultaneously.

Re: Finding your "voice" [Re: KenElevenShadows] #3001643 08/03/19 12:12 PM
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The local camera shop offers lens rentals at decent prices. I saw some really long focal lengths on their website... gonna give it a try.



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Re: Finding your "voice" [Re: KenElevenShadows] #3001677 08/03/19 05:12 PM
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That's the best thing to do when trying something out. I may do that at some point with macro lens.

Re: Finding your "voice" [Re: KenElevenShadows] #3003490 08/16/19 02:44 PM
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Suddenly overcome with GAS. facepalm


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Re: Finding your "voice" [Re: KenElevenShadows] #3004122 08/20/19 03:20 AM
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It happens. I guess it happens no matter what you do.


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