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Simon Says -- SimonSawSunlight Photo Technique From time to time its been suggested that RFF have a mentor Photography help section in terms of Technique - how to shoot this or that. 1st of all I had to find someone whose work I really like. 2ndly that photog had to be willing help others. That's the catch: so many excellent photogs just are not wiling to make the time for that, or just as likely, simply don't give a damn about helping others. SimonSawSunlight is an excellent up and coming photog whose work seems to go well beyond his 24 years.

You can view Simon's work at http://www.simonbephotography.com/  and www.facebook.com/simonbphotography Simon has been published in in FAZ (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), LFI (Leica Fotografie International) and more recently in Radiate Magazine. He also recently had a large solo-exhibition in Berlin. Not too Shabby! So, let us begin this adventure and see where it goes. Thank for taking this on Simon!


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Old 05-01-2013   #1
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what hinders you?

is there anything that stops / hinders you from producing the kind of photography you would like to? if so, what is it?
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Old 05-01-2013   #2
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i produce images that i like...on a consistent basis...i rarely get any solid feedback and seem to not have much impact with my images...wouldn't that stop you?
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My inability to be comfortable approaching total strangers and asking to take their picture. Always feel like I am intruding, stealing some of their privacy, being a burden.

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Oh, the usual thing, being stuck on the internet while I get things like invoices, FTP transfers done. After today, I am outta<>Here....
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i produce images that i like...on a consistent basis...i rarely get any solid feedback and seem to not have much impact with my images...wouldn't that stop you?
Try to get that in person from someone local who's work you respect, trust me, it is waaay better than the internet gush circles. I had my portfolio gone over last week by a true master, in person, I find it a good thing to do once and awhile...
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Old 05-01-2013   #11
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Being in the right place really helps.
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The place I'm at, definitely. There's only so much you can do on a rural campus, when I'm finally in Charlotte or NYC I want to point my camera at everything that moves...
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Overcoming my sticking points, namely shooting younger people especially women and children. I see the picture a thousand of times but am to afraid to pursue it. Maybe it's also signaling that I'm a photographer rather than a hobbyist with a camera that worries me. I dunno.
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Sometimes it is just not there though after the moment I press the shutter I thought that it will be there.
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There is a lot of talk on here about one's location getting in the way. The best piece of advice given to me that I pass on is that in every corner of every town in the world everyday, there is a mind blowing, award winning image waiting to be had by one who has the talent, drive and tenacity to reveal it.

In 1994 I moved from visually bustling LA to a small town in Kansas....I won a lot of national awards with images I made in that town because of my attitude towards the task at hand. But you have to be confident, bold and approach people with that confidence and do so with an aire of getting to know them and care about their story even if it does not result in a photograph.

In other words...you have got to be real....
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Time and money. and then Time and money again. That is why I am contemplating going digital. But I don't want too!
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Nothing stops me. My own ability and skill are not always up to the challenges I put in front of myself but I am still pushing myself hard to become better. I am surprising myself more and more often but I probably still have most of my 10,000 hours still ahead of me.
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There is a lot of talk on here about one's location getting in the way. The best piece of advice given to me that I pass on is that in every corner of every town in the world everyday, there is a mind blowing, award winning image waiting to be had by one who has the talent, drive and tenacity to reveal it.

In 1994 I moved from visually bustling LA to a small town in Kansas....I won a lot of national awards with images I made in that town because of my attitude towards the task at hand. But you have to be confident, bold and approach people with that confidence and do so with an aire of getting to know them and care about their story even if it does not result in a photograph.

In other words...you have got to be real....

It's very hard to photograph the Zion national park from Edmonton, for instance.
You probably could do it, though
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Lack of time, some lack of money -- new baby means less free time, and less spare cash -- and lack of a darkroom.
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Thinking too much about what I shoot will keep me from getting the images that I want. If I can just look and react from within I do fine I believe but, if I am thinking too much about what to shoot my images have no life to them. The images are often dead. Cold weather also stops me since I hate to get out and shoot on cold winter days. - jim
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What holds me back is imagination and a moderate lack of moxie.

I want to move further away from photographs toward "images" that have a
lot of computer content. But the inspirational visions aren't flowing at the
moment. I need some very very solid compositions as starting points, and
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My problem is that I just carry my camera everywhere.

I use it, but only when it's possible. That means: when I am not also carrying groceries, running to get somewhere on time, holding the hand of my wife or entertaining my friend's kids.

I see many good shots but miss them, because my hands are not free, can't stop because I have to catch a train or I feel it would be rude to the other person I'm with to go after it. Especially on holidays.

It's a simple problem with a simple solution: just get out all by myself, specifically and only for taking pictures. Do NOT combine with any other task like shopping or visiting friends or relatives.


Now putting that in practice.
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Lack of time.
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is there anything that stops / hinders you from producing the kind of photography you would like to? if so, what is it?
I don't live in the right place, I live in London, but my favourite type of photography is beautiful landscapes. London does not have those. It has cityscapes etc. but no beautiful natural vistas.

Lack of time can be an issue too.
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Diligence.

I can produce the pics I like. But it's the hassle of matting, framing, arranging exhibitions, dealing with publishers... All the bits I don't like.

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Time. 60 hours at work doesn't leave time during the weekdays, particularly as there is nothing interesting in walking distance around my home or office. Lots of the remaining time goes to either spending time with my wife, housework, etc.

For several years I did a good job getting out for at least 2-4 hours on either Saturday or Sunday but I've been too exhausted recently to do it. I haven't even been motivated to develop a few rolls I have at home. :\

I was doing well getting comfortable photographing around people but 6 months without shooting much put me back to the start. Really frustrating as I was getting close to a point where i was happy with my results.
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presence - With respect to street photography - It's hard for me to approach people close enough to get a good shot. Being intrusive is not my strong suit.

composition - In general photography, often times - I see a good subject, take the shot and then later realize there's a tree sticking out of their head, or in Chicago the ubiquitous "Pay for Parking" signs everywhere mar street scenes. I work on checking the setting first, choose my background and then waiting for a good subject

light/time - best time of day to photograph is early or late, not midday. I find it hard to be out at these best times due to family considerations, or life in general.
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Lack of feedback. Living in a country where my style of photography isn't understood much. Therefore, spiraling into self doubt, thinking whether my stuff is any good, and wanting a Leica :P
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nothing hinders me. iīve got the equipment i want, i love the pics i produce and i donīt need feedback to keep me motivated. itīs just wonderful these years.
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