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This is awesome to hear Dudeman, for reals. I've been getting that burning feeling in my hands to break out my smaller bag, grab my 5D, 35L (on Monday) and my 70-200 and just get out and shoot. It's actually snowing for the second (real) time this season right now, I bet if I used my think thing I could find something friggen ridiculous to go shoot right now.

I know in college I shot for that reason - I used to love to get out, pop in cheap rolls of B&W film, come back, and just develop and see what kind of cool stuff I could do. Fast forward to March of last year and I decided to get back into DSLRs (I ended college shooting a Sigma SD-9 for my Digital Photography course - back when CF cards were so small and the images were still considered so big that it was kind of like shooting film because I only got ~30 images per card) and it's just become fun to accumulate gear, use it in different scenarios and know that if I want to go shoot something, I can.

I used to love doing cityscapes, walking around Boston with an old Minolta X-370, four rolls of film and a grand total of twelve bucks in my pocket. I could get lunch, a couple of drinks and still get back to Bridgewater on the commuter rail and have money for breakfast the next day. I always felt weird about getting candids with film, but with digital I'm loving it.
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YES! Now you see why I have been telling you to do that for so long. Your perspective changes a ton when you're on a bike and can think less about getting somewhere and more about going nowhere. Some of my best stuff has come from wandering around places, even the immediate area near my home.
The answer to your question, though, about why I shoot is more than just the simple pleasure of taking photos. Sometimes I like shooting people because something about it is very humbling to see them acting naturally -- though my main focus now is on the decay of America's prosperity and otherwise forgotten items and places. Shooting scenes, rather than objects, is much more interesting to me, and paints a bigger picture of what life was like for people and what it has become in light of both advancements in technology and economic hardships. Sadly, though, that whole project is about 5 months in the working, and I won't be putting any of it up until I'm finished, as I would prefer to present a cohesive set of images that's very powerful, rather than snippets that are intertwined with my day-to-day shooting.

Well I've always felt like this, but I never really put any deep thought in to it like "Oh man this is wonderful."
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A lot of people want to make films and do photography and things, but I'm quite happy doing what I'm doing.

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