i laughed reading your article. very well done! and yes.. you also could have been describing me. Just spent 5 days in Colorado with a 2 year old grandson.. and 700 photos later.... lol edit... crop.. every single one..... been home 4 days and I am almost halfway through! it does become an obsession!!!
Wonderful blog! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it word for word.
Every time we are out socially and I take a few photos (even with my iPhone), as soon as we get home my wife says "have you downloaded the photos yet?" As soon as I have, she immediately imports them into Picassa on her PC, does the odd "I feel lucky" and then uploads them to FB, before I have even finished imported them into Lightroom. Is nothing sacred :).
Thanks for a very creative and enjoyable read.
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The pinnacle for me was when my kids (4 and 6 at the time) asked me if I could wipe the bird cr@p of the slide at the park - then they said "or do you want to get a picture of it first?"! Hopefully they know my standards are higher than that :)
I seem to share the same experience on the family photos - I'm way to critical of shots being slightly out of focus!
I had a similar case, besides the obvious fact that everybody hates me either for taking too many photos thus bugging them, or conversely not taking photos when I supposedly should.
We have some good friends we go together on outings. I usually take hundreds of photos, during the 2-3 day trips. At the end I cull them mercilessly and end up with 10-15 good photos that I postprocess and send out. They kept bugging me to see all of them. I refused to show, and the story repeated itself a few times. Finally I gave in, made a CD put on it all the junk that came out of the trip. I am sure they never went further than the first 20-30 photos. Since then they stopped asking for any photos edited or not.
With the digital photography making it so cheap to create an image we indulge on pressing the button more than necessary. Few people are aware there is a price to pay. One needs many hours of hard work to reduce the collection to something manageable and enjoyable.
Another thanx folks.
Gmargittai - yeah, I take way too many at times and yes, time to delete/edit after the fact is a price. Fortunately for me, I don't mind the after stuff. And i think in the long run only presenting the end results is best... Love your redwoods.
Infokus - thx, cool avatar.
Lejoch - thx. Nice avatar with those umbrellas. love it.
Brad - Bird crap. lol. I took a photo, of all things, a dead deer on the side of the road once and combined it with a deer crossing sign. Over the edge as far as standards go. a niche horror shot. I now get my wife and daughter razzing when they see road kill and asking me if I want to take a photo.
My daughter even called me once 'cause she saw a bird eating road kill on side of road and wondered if I wanted to drive out and capture it.
I don't think i'm ever gonna be allowed to move past the deer photo!
Wow! That is a nice blog! I kept smiling all the time I was reading because I go through similar situations and I feel the same as you for the rejection of photos. ''I suppose I'll just have to ease-up on the family photos....
NOT!'' ; what a nice ending!!! Thanks for sharing!
Love this post. Even as a MicroStock Noob I can relate. This week alone has been a transformation. I have always been the photo-guy at get together events but have always had the latest point an shoot equipment. Monday evening I received my first real DSLR. Four days later I am 400 pictures in, about 80 keepers, 20 micro stock worthy, 9 currently submitted. No pictures of the bathroom yet, but I briefly contemplated one the other day. Yours with the wet floor sign is superior to the one I passed on. Transform away.