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I think once I get back home I'll probably start finding some inspiration again. My mind has just been having to share its time with photography, classwork, my job as a TA, setting up my summer internship, fraternity stuff, glee club stuff, and my girlfriend.

I'm planning to take a lot of time this summer to get back into the rock climbing gym and get out hiking, particularly up in the Presidentials. No matter what I do, I always find my mind going back to the mountains... I figure once people start to recognize me down at the rock gym I might try to start photographing people while rock climbing.

And going back to gear, I think that's one area where we have a bit of a disconnect, Sub. My whole point is that I had one style that I was shooting for a while, started dabbling in other styles for a little while, and then took a moment to reflect and realized I preferred my original style and that in the meantime I had found that my equipment was not working for the new approach I was taking with that original style. I've always been more of a landscape/cityscape/street photographer more so than sports or portraiture (I've only done one or two portrait gigs for friends and I don't enjoy it).

I feel like I was a little rash when in the span of a year I went from a D5000 with an 18-55 VR to a D7000 with a 12-24 f/4, a 30 f/1.4, and a 70-300 VR. I bought the 70-300 VR because I wanted a telephoto and wanted something a little more durable than the 55-200 VR. Then I got the 30 f/1.4 because as part of my duty as photographer for my chapter I was shooting a lot indoors in our house or around campus which meant light was unpredictable. I had wanted the 35 f/1.8 because it was cheaper, lighter, smaller, and sharper overall, but due to the floods it was out of stock everywhere or cost more than the Sigma. I then got the D7000 because I liked the idea of having decent video quality and also wanted a camera that would have more capabilities that I could grow into over time. Also, my D5000 was just starting to feel tiny in my hands. I then got the 12-24 because I basically only shot with my 30 last summer. It worked, but there were so many times where I wished I could get a little more into my frame but just couldn't back up any further.

So now I'm here. I love my 12-24 for landscapes and it's probably the lens I shoot ~75% of the time these days. It works beautifully for almost everything I want to shoot. I shot the 30 almost exclusively for six or seven months, and I had reservations about it the entire time. Yeah, it worked, but never for what I wanted exactly... I try to travel light when I'm out on trips, so I've recently been leaving my flash and my 70-300 at home. That's part of the reason I kinda want to "downgrade" to the 35 f/1.8, as then I can shave half a pound off what I carry.

EDIT: Dude, I think depending on whether I feel I can afford it, I'm strongly considering taking the summer to load up my N2020 with Velvia and just shoot as much as possible with my 50 f/1.4. I still haven't developed the color rolls I ran through when I first got it, so I should probs get on that. If it wasn't such a pain in the ass to get there, I'd just take the three rolls I have into the local Walgreens that still devs C-41 on site.

Also, here are some of the few photos that I actually like that I've taken with the past few months.

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Symmetry by laboitenoire, on Flickr

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DSC_4155 by laboitenoire, on Flickr

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DSC_4214 by laboitenoire, on Flickr

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DSC_5996 by laboitenoire, on Flickr

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DSC_6088 by laboitenoire, on Flickr

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DSC_6104 by laboitenoire, on Flickr

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DSC_6124 by laboitenoire, on Flickr
Edited by laboitenoire - 5/2/12 at 10:52pm
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Just went over your stream, I'd just stick with your wide, get a fast mid range and a macro and then just explore every little bit with your style. Easy as that
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... LAB i like every single one of those shots you posted.
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if you analyse the quality via screen or printed ,make sure you have stable voltage.now a day a lot of tool we use in imaging get magneticly corrupted or get image issue from overvoltage or undervoltage.imagine an old electrical appliance that can scamble regular hd tv, imagine someone like you in way higher image fidelity and quality.this would probably affect your field of fun way more then average joe i suspect
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Completely stolen, thanks JJ from POTN (though I dont know if he stole it or not) ...

Beginners worry about gear, professionals worry about skill and masters worry about light.

IF you really want to challenge yourself, do this: pick up your oldest DSLR and your cheapest lens. Shoot the smallest, lowest quality file size you can. Toss that in your bag, and just go about your day normally. See something you like? Pop out your camera and take a pic. Heck, I'd suggest shooting in b&w but most cameras actually remove data to do this, and it's not worth it.

That may not be your thing. If it's not, pick another hobby that you have, and take a step back from it. Shoot it instead of participating. That's what I'm doing -- I used to like being on stage, playing bass in bands, etc. Now, I'm working on shooting bands, etc. It got me free access to the Bluez and Brewz Festival in my hometown this year (I'm actually shooting for the venue though, meaning I can't drink), but at least I get free music, exposure, etc.

There are a couple of things you accomplish with the above; one is, by shooting with your cheapest equipment at its lowest quality settings you'll see that you can still capture perfectly good images. (not that you need that, the stuff you posted above is definitely better than the average GWC).
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OP I was going through the same thing a few months ago, got some new equipment and shot things I normally wouldn't, which in turn renewed my interest.

All the advice in this thread is on point.
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