Old 12-01-2008, 06:46 PM   #1
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Default Shots you can't believe came out as they did.

When you find that great light and great spot you know your shot is going to be one of your best. Sometimes it doesn't work out as planned but youthought it was going to be spectacular. How often do your better shots come unplanned and unseen untill one day when you decide to process it? When you shot it, it look like any old shot, when you previewed it you went right passed it, and then one day it is like you found a diamond in the ruff.

When I found this location with the lighting and rain and the landscape it had I knew the shot was going to work. This is not what this post is about.

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This shot was unplanned completely. It just worked, but I saw what I had when I pushed the shutter. I am also not talking about these shots.
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These shots I didn't realize what I had untill I started looking closer at them on the computer and started playing around with them after they were passed by a few times. These are the shots I am talking about.

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Do you have any?
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Old 12-01-2008, 06:53 PM   #2
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Do you sit around trying to think of new thread topics to start?
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Do you sit around trying to think of new thread topics to start?
He does, but then has no new ideas so he renames a previous thread!
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Maybe this one:

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I had no intentions of it going anywhere...I was just jealous of that dude's home (especially since I was in CO specifically looking for a house).
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Do you sit around trying to think of new thread topics to start?
Yes, it gets the blood flowing.
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Old 12-01-2008, 08:05 PM   #6
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He does, but then has no new ideas so he renames a previous thread!
There aren't to many ideas left so instead of using CPR on an old thread I go to Europe and clone new ones from the old.
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This wasn't planned, but I caught the pulsating Mars Light on the back of the Milwaukee Road observation car Cedar Rapids going around a curve with Mars in the sky, which I thought was pretty neat.
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Taken with no tripod, train running at speed, in a -35F WC, ISO of 1600, shutter of 100, at night.
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Travis, I see you're back on street corner. I especially like how you went through the trouble of including a photo of your own to demonstrate what doesn't qualify for this thread.
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Travis, I see you're back on street corner. I especially like how you went through the trouble of including a photo of your own to demonstrate what doesn't qualify for this thread.
Two photos of my own!
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Travis, I see you're back on street corner. I especially like how you went through the trouble of including a photo of your own to demonstrate what doesn't qualify for this thread.
That's my favorite part of the message as well, Mike. This is an example of what this thread is not about, but I want you to click on more of my pictures anyway.

OK, Travis, I'll play along with this round of view-whoring.

Step 1) Find a shot of mine that's not that popular.

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- Check.

Step 2) Make up a reason it's posted here.

Ummm....I was doing night shots and the train left, so it streaked out of my picture.

- Check.

Step 3) Profit.

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That's my favorite part of the message as well, Mike. This is an example of what this thread is not about, but I want you to click on more of my pictures anyway.

OK, Travis, I'll play along with this round of view-whoring.

Step 1) Find a shot of mine that's not that popular.

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- Check.

Step 2) Make up a reason it's posted here.

Ummm....I was doing night shots and the train left, so it streaked out of my picture.

- Check.

Step 3) Profit.

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Have you ever seen your view count before and after you post it on this forum? I have checked a few times and it is worth about 4-10 views.

This post has to be about your own photos. I was just seeing what others have for those suprise photos they have that they didn't expect and most post steer away from the point quickly so I was making a point of what not to include while whoring at the same time. It's a win, win situation for me.
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This one:

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Step 3) Profit.

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Profit?!? Well...I guess we all can't steal from our brothers piggy bank.

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Have you ever seen your view count before and after you post it on this forum? I have checked a few times and it is worth about 4-10 views.
That would be valid reasoning if you only did it once or twice. However, we are all well aware of how often you do this so all of your whoring has most likely resulted in a significant number of extra views.

Ultimately, I think your motivation behind all of this is about more than extra views. You're also looking for compliments and acceptance from your peers which gives you more self worth. It also gives you a sense of satisfaction in that all of your hard work was worth it. In a hobby that is often thought of as strange by the masses, having your work appreciated is even more rewarding. I can't blame you for seeking this out because only a person with a cold and dark heat does not desire acceptance and self worth. I just find how you go about acquiring it rather comical and transparent.
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That would be valid reasoning if you only did it once or twice. However, we are all well aware of how often you do this so all of your whoring has most likely resulted in a significant number of extra views.

Ultimately, I think your motivation behind all of this is about more than extra views. You're also looking for compliments and acceptance from your peers which gives you more self worth. It also gives you a sense of satisfaction in that all of your hard work was worth it. In a hobby that is often thought of as strange by the masses, having your work appreciated is even more rewarding. I can't blame you for seeking this out because only a person with a cold and dark heat does not desire acceptance and self worth. I just find how you go about acquiring it rather comical and transparent.
Did you at least view one of my photos?
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Have to be honest, the shots that I didn't think were going to work, um... I was right.

EDIT - okay... I'm going to add one of my dad's here... because when I first saw this slide back in 1977 I was really disappointed in it. We were on the wrong side of the sun (I took a similar shot on print film, standing next to my dad), and there was no locomotive in the shot. Now looking at it, I'm personally very happy with the shot... mostly for the historic value, but I also really like the framing, even with the sun in front of us.

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And then there is this one of mine... I got this hotel room with a view and all I wanted was sun... and every time a train came the sun would literally go away... once, the sun disappaeared as the train came (in the exact moment... sun, train horn, sun, train, cloud, picture... aaaarrrrgggghhh). At home I discovered that this throw away shot in the pouring rain actually turned out to be the best shot I took.

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And then there is this one of mine... I got this hotel room with a view and all I wanted was sun... and every time a train came the sun would literally go away... once, the sun disappaeared as the train came (in the exact moment... sun, train horn, sun, train, cloud, picture... aaaarrrrgggghhh). At home I discovered that this throw away shot in the pouring rain actually turned out to be the best shot I took.

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But of course! Nice to view this one again, Charles.
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I did Travis... the other three I already clicked on, and if I remember correctly even gave a PCA vote for one.
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Did you at least view one of my photos?
What do you mean at least? To answer your question, no, I did not. I've seen those photos before so nothing new for me.
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Ultimately, I think your motivation behind all of this is about more than extra views. You're also looking for compliments and acceptance from your peers which gives you more self worth. It also gives you a sense of satisfaction in that all of your hard work was worth it. In a hobby that is often thought of as strange by the masses, having your work appreciated is even more rewarding. I can't blame you for seeking this out because only a person with a cold and dark heat does not desire acceptance and self worth. I just find how you go about acquiring it rather comical and transparent.
You hit the nail on the head. I got to give to you Mike, for a troll you are wise once in a while
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I just find how you go about acquiring it rather comical and transparent.
You know what's comical? Watching this forum self-destruct.
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You know what's comical? Watching this forum self-destruct.
Oh, that's too fatalistic. There is still plenty of photography being discussed here. Just avoid popping in to certain threads once it is clear they have - gotta say it this way - run off the rails.
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Oh, that's too fatalistic. There is still plenty of photography being discussed here. Just avoid popping in to certain threads once it is clear they have - gotta say it this way - run off the rails.
Oh come on, J, compared to some of my posts this rant was pretty much on topic.
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Oh come on, J, compared to some of my posts this rant was pretty much on topic.
Fair enough, but then John has already said you are wise and piling on additional compliments would be entirely too much.

I agree with you that this thread is not a problem. My comment was directed at rusty's general assessment that the forum is "self-destruct"ing, which is entirely over the top and absolute and thus the style of the statement reminds me of a certain Mike B. at his worst.
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Here I am a day later, and after reading through this thread, I still can't quite grasp the topic. Care to explain it a little clearer, Travis? Or maybe someone else can. I'm still scratching my head.

What kind of picture are you whori...oops...looking for?

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