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*shrug*

What good is photography if you're only shooting to please yourself? I don't get that at all. It's like people with thousands of dollars in gear that have never made a print.
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Cant tell if the last bit of your comment is sarcastic or not haha (ive had a long day ) but thanks anyway

Yeah, from a technical standpoint, its meh (with the flare and that) but I had fun shooting that day and that's what everyone should get out of photography, regardless of how/what they shoot IMO

@sub50hz : Haven't really asked anyone specifically , they purely said they liked it is all
True enough, everyone should enjoy shooting. However, beyond the feel someone gets from looking at a photo, there are things that can be evaluated objectively. I agree with what sub said about your second shot. The whole head is dark because of the back lighting, the top of the head is cut off, the flare of course, little if any context is seen in the framing, and a shot from the front with a well-lit face would look so much more interesting IMO. A little constructive criticism never hurts, especially in photography. I like receiving criticism as much as praise for a photo.

And the first shot is really good I think. The framing is nice, as the blurred BG, and the thumbs-up make it a great shot.
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I'm interested in finding out what you're seeing that I'm not. There's no support in the image, it's just the back of a head.
Haha don't get the wrong idea, i wouldn't put it in a magazine or anything. To me it looks like the kid is in the bus, he is resting his chin in his arms on the seat back watching the passing scenery. Possibly boredom or interest in the passing sights is what I get from it.

That is why I say maybe it works as an abstract. It is not such a horrible picture that it does not warrant further looking. I saw it, my focus was immediately drawn to the back of a kids head, I was not very interested by it, but I still took a minute to look a little more in depth and piece together a few minor details about it. All I'm saying is I've seen worse on tumblr from people who've probably thought it was better
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Sub I respect your knowledge and skill a great deal, but to me photography is an art just like painting or dancing. Yes it has a very powerful ability, but unless I'm getting contracted by someone, I shoot for myself.

That being said I can see precisely where you are coming from.
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*shrug*

What good is photography if you're only shooting to please yourself? I don't get that at all. It's like people with thousands of dollars in gear that have never made a print.
If I put up a photo, its cause I like it, or its interesting. If people like it, cool. However if they don't, it doesn't bother me. I think the two of us have completely different views on photography so I guess we can agree to disagree I guess.

@ everyone else posting above, thanks for the input. I've got some more shots from that day too


Japfest 2011-86 by DeanK12345, on Flickr

Could be a little sharper IMO, the copious amounts of smoke was fun however

The second one, im not sure weather only the sticker being in focus is a good thing or not. Opinions ?


Japfest 2011-68 by DeanK12345, on Flickr
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unless I'm getting contracted by someone, I shoot for myself.
Why? Sharing and making impressions on others with your work is the most rewarding part of being a photographer. Ansel Adams didn't get to be so widely-known by stockpiling his images underneath his bed.
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Differing opinions bud. You're probably right, being the professional, but I'm happy doing what I'm doing.
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Differing opinions bud.
Fair enough, although I'm unsure why someone wouldn't want to share their work. Sure, there are good photos and bad photos (and I have taken plenty of the latter, believe me), but how would anyone ever know the difference unless another person took the time to tell them about it?
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Valid point. But don't you think that you almost lose some of your originality by trying to fit this mold that is deemed to a good photo?
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But don't you think that you almost lose some of your originality by trying to fit this mold that is deemed to a good photo?
How do you mean? I'm not trying to evaluate on some list of rules, but there are some very basic things about shooting people that are no-nos, especially when shooting them from behind. Without a face you don't have expression, without surroundings you don't have atmosphere, and without those 2 things there are too many unanswered questions.
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