Twelve days into the new year, and I’m in trouble already….

Do you find that sometimes people take photography far too seriously?  I’m not talking about professionals, who just have to be more serious than us – but about people who don’t seem to ‘get’ the idea that you can relax and play with your cameras and images.

For example…. I took this image just before Christmas

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A friend and myself went to the local woods to shoot some macro – and he had with him a portable smoke machine – well, we had a rare old time, messing about, crawling in the undergrowth – letting the smoke off, and watching the way the breeze seemed to change direction between every shot we took.

We must have taken a lot of images – and were caught by the woodland warden / conservationist, who thought it was funny to see two aged photographers grovelling about in the undergrowth.  He asked what we were doing, and was interested in the effects we were trying to get.  He liked the images too.

Anyway – I posted this image on a social media site, and was heavily criticised by another photographer for putting artificial smoke (read fog) into the image.  At first I was accused of putting the ‘fog’ in during post production.  When I said that we used a smoke machine – I was told that it wasn’t natural, and we shouldn’t have done it.  I tried to explain that it wasn’t toxic – that there was no harm being done, and we were just having fun……  The same poster said and I quote “there’s no fun crawling around getting dirty, and you shouldn’t be using a smoke machine in a public place…..”

So that told me off then…..

I don’t think I approach photography as something trite, but I do enjoy trying new things.  I think the challenge for the commenter here is to find the balance between being stuffy and dour, and letting go to enjoy the hobby.

 

 

Author: Diane Seddon ARPS AFIAP CPAGB BPE3* - D Seddon Photography

I am a retired freelance photographer, based in Louth, Lincolnshire.

6 thoughts on “Twelve days into the new year, and I’m in trouble already….”

  1. Thank you for your latest blog Diane, It was great fun and that is what photography is about, pity some pretend photographers do not have the vision to think outside the box and do something totally different.

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    1. someone asked me today who it was I was grovelling in the undergrowth with – we said it was probably a monk !!!

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  2. Ha! I like it. I think he can be summed up by one of his own comments “no fun”. Then there is that word ‘should’ which implies that he is the source and font of all knowledge. I expect he has been doing the same old thing with added pixel peeping for many decades!

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  3. You carry on enjoying yourself Diane, I look forward to seeing your images and the strange things you get up to.
    There is always one out there who OWNS photography and posting on social media leaves you open to criticism as you well no, often from the less informed!

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    1. Thanks John – I only did the post because it amused me to do so….. LOL 🙂

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