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RayPA
11-17-2006, 16:04
OK with the recent spat of genre-bashing threads (not really, but...) I thought I'd open a poll. What's your favorite photographic genre? One choice. Elaborate if you want.

Have a great weekend, All!


:)

p.s. apologies in advance if I missed your favorite. I still have 4 options so I THINK I can edit and add.

Todd.Hanz
11-17-2006, 16:16
I really enjoy suburban-middleclass-nude-housewife-photography...but since that wasn't a choice I chose street.

Todd

bsdunek
11-17-2006, 16:46
Well, it's really hard to pick just one. I do landscape, nature, portrait, street, product, etc. (hardly ever nude housewife in the landscape). :cool:

rover
11-17-2006, 17:25
How about every day life.

woodphoto
11-17-2006, 17:27
Other, being that I'm a photojournalist. The closest in the poll would be sports.

egpj
11-17-2006, 17:45
I like looking at the documentary stuff so picked other. I like to see the photo books and check out a project that someone has dedicated allot of time and effort. Want to do the same with my own images one day.

tkluck
11-17-2006, 17:51
I really enjoy suburban-middleclass-nude-housewife-photography...but since that wasn't a choice I chose street.

Todd
Should have been a choice...but
Do you mean favorite or what you do the most of?
That would be "family".
Rather like "street" but you can yell their names and they might turn, and they probibly won't steal your camera.

DougK
11-17-2006, 20:10
Landscape. No surprise there, I'm sure... :)

Dougg
11-17-2006, 20:48
Environmental-type portraits, and community/documentary... can't really call it "street", but it's not portraits in the sense of arranged groupings or studio work either. Landscapes too. One category missing from the list would be academic/intellectual, like artsy geometric shadows for instance.

back alley
11-17-2006, 21:16
i picked street because i don't really do much of anything else.
90% of my shooting takes place in roughly a 3 to 6 square block area centred around life on whyte avenue.

joe

Bryce
11-17-2006, 21:32
My favorite genre to shoot is the "death of industry" or "industrial ruins" category. So I chose other. Guess it could sort of fall under landscape, but it's closer to architecture or historic documentation...
I don't have a clear favorite to look at. Like movies or music, I like whatever tickles the spot, whatever genre.

IGMeanwell
11-17-2006, 22:21
I tend to be a big fan of documentry photography

but lately I have been a sucker for portrait photography; specifically the older Vogue and Harper's photographers

If for no other reason to see the different technique, posing, and style

Its all interesting to me

RayPA
11-17-2006, 22:42
I really enjoy suburban-middleclass-nude-housewife-photography...but since that wasn't a choice I chose street.

Todd

:p Funny!:p I'm sure there's SOMETHING on the 'net that'll fulfill that particular fetish! :cool:


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RayPA
11-17-2006, 22:48
I chose street, because for me it provides the greatest opportunities and challenges. I also enjoy landscapes, particularly urban landscapes and street segues nicely into that, it's a two-fer category for me.



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scribble
11-17-2006, 23:55
Portrait. Even my street photography, i like to get in close and acually get a person with a good "feel" in the location. So i guess what i call street, most would call environmental portraiture.

Nachkebia
11-18-2006, 01:16
Portrait and Street but together :)

jonasv
11-18-2006, 02:11
documentary...

DavidH
11-18-2006, 02:53
Well, since "cold isolating visual extractions" wasn't an option (or even proper english)...I chose 'other'...
:)

I do enjoy the street photography on rff...I just can't do it...

Rafael
11-18-2006, 04:39
I chose street. I certainly love portraiture. But when I manage to find the time for some of my own photography, I invariably spend it walking the streets in search of images. Street potography is what I most look forward to.

FrankS
11-18-2006, 05:09
What I would like to do is nudes in abandoned industrial, urban, and rural settings. All I need are the models and the permission.

markinlondon
11-18-2006, 05:22
I've gone for other, as I can't nail down my "strolling and snapping" style into any of these categories.

dcsang
11-18-2006, 06:00
Oh.. this is an easy one..

My favourite photographic Gene is GeneW of RFF..

oh.. wait.. that's not what you're asking is it ?? :D


Dave

cbphoto
11-18-2006, 07:51
you forgot one very, very major genre - fashion!

leica M2 fan
11-18-2006, 08:07
and right now that is my fav, but I also enjoy landscapes. Face it, the choices are all great.

Gabriel M.A.
11-18-2006, 08:47
I chose "other" because I like street and urban portraiture, as well as street and urban photography. I'm sure that's a genre, but hasn't been categorized as such other than "street". I take lots of shots indoors that aren't "street", but are "urban".

So... "other".

GeneW
11-18-2006, 08:53
Other for me. My main genre is nature photography, which encompasses both landscape and macro and several unlisted categories.

Gene

GeneW
11-18-2006, 08:54
Oh.. this is an easy one..

My favourite photographic Gene is GeneW of RFF..

oh.. wait.. that's not what you're asking is it ?? :D


Dave
LOL! :)

Genre ... er, Gene

jmi
11-18-2006, 11:02
My favourite genres are portrait/street, but I shoot exclusively "nature" (macro, landscape) and some still life. Really should start doing it the other way around....

Trius
11-18-2006, 11:03
Some people just have the genes for great photos.

Dougg
11-18-2006, 11:09
What I would like to do is nudes in abandoned industrial, urban, and rural settings. All I need are the models and the permission.Wynn Bullock comes to mind, for the rural anyway?

Flyfisher Tom
11-18-2006, 11:24
Street, particularly those that show some element of isolation or alone-ness in otherwise crowded cities.

for example:

http://www1.neweb.ne.jp/wa/nobuhiro/

I've noticed quite a lot of good photographers in this genre from Japan. Don't know if that is a consequence of culture, city-dwelling or just random coincidence. Partly culture I think, as NY photogs tend to give off a crowded, as opposed to the isolated sense of Japanese photographers.

RayPA
11-18-2006, 12:50
you forgot one very, very major genre - fashion!

So true, Chris. I have failed as a pollster. :( But there's always 'Other'.

cbphoto
11-18-2006, 13:34
So true, Chris. I have failed as a pollster. :( But there's always 'Other'.

i feel so marginal in the "other" category ;)

nomade
11-18-2006, 13:35
I chose street photos, i think that's what i mostly see and like, but it's tough to choose in general.

Nachkebia
11-18-2006, 13:39
Flyfisher Tom : what a great shot, what a amazing gallery!

danielnorton
11-18-2006, 15:18
I like to shoot portraits of fashion models who are wearing little or no clothing, so I picked landscape.

thawkins
11-18-2006, 15:20
Abstracts!

popstar
11-18-2006, 20:41
I love documentary and portraits especially. Mostly I love just taking pictures for picture-taking's sake. But if I can document something in the process, bonus! Sometimes that means I'm on the streets, but not necessarily. There's change all around, it's just figuring out what to show, and how.

Thanks for the poll!

skhan
11-18-2006, 23:33
I love (to borrow a term from the TimeLife photography library,) ``the human condition'' photography (i.e. ``life, as the camera sees it''); I'd say, its a subset of street photography.

wlewisiii
11-19-2006, 07:49
I chose landscape as it's closest - from traditional to urban/industrial landscapes. It's usually more the area I'm interested in than the specific individuals who might be in the shot so I don't consider my urban work to be street shooting.

William

RML
11-19-2006, 12:20
Genres. Hmmm, who needs to be pidgeon-holed? I have preferences, yes, but I will not pidgeon-hole myself nor let someone else do it for me. :) I think it limits me too much to think I'm a "street" photographer, or a "landscape" shooter, or whathaveyou. I do all when and if the situation calls for it.

RayPA
11-20-2006, 10:32
Genres. Hmmm, who needs to be pidgeon-holed? I have preferences, yes, but I will not pidgeon-hole myself nor let someone else do it for me. :) I think it limits me too much to think I'm a "street" photographer, or a "landscape" shooter, or whathaveyou. I do all when and if the situation calls for it.

Hmmm...the only one that can pidgeon-hole you is you--creatively speaking. :) By you admitting a favorite genre only shows what might be your influence(s). I see this as two-sided: the photographer side which is open-ended and creative and the viewer side which views the work and seeks to understand by creating categories. Categorizing is human nature and is one way that we learn, understand and make sense of the world. You can't stop anyone from viewing your work and trying to make sense of it by categorizing it.

I find the aversion to categories and genres amusing. You're right creative people don't consider genres when they create. I shoot what I want when I want without regards to genres. However, I'm influenced by a type of photography that has lineage in what has become known (categorized) as street photogrphy. I also like landscapes. None of that has ever stopped me from making portraits, sports, macro or nudes.

:)

RML
11-20-2006, 12:11
You can't stop anyone from viewing your work and trying to make sense of it by categorizing it.

100% agree with you, RayPa. But this is not a poll about how our viewers perceive our photography but what we consider ourselves to be. At least, that's how many respondents seem to interpret this poll.


I find the aversion to categories and genres amusing. You're right creative people don't consider genres when they create. I shoot what I want when I want without regards to genres. However, I'm influenced by a type of photography that has lineage in what has become known (categorized) as street photogrphy. I also like landscapes. None of that has ever stopped me from making portraits, sports, macro or nudes. :)


I don't mind genres. Like you say, they ease making sense of life. But with my photography I'm not ready to make sense of it. I shoot what tickles my fancy. Not putting myself in a genre makes it easier for me to indulge in that tickling. Too many people are forced in a genre simply because they happened to be "recognised" as that genre photographer (or actor, or artist, or employee, or whathaveyou). I don't intend on staying an IT specialist my whole life, even though it's what I've been doing for over 8 years now. And in that same vein I don't intend to just shoot IR, digital rf, etc. I do all of the above, and more, and hope to do other things to in the future. Not pidgeon-holing myself helps me to keep my mind open about other opportunities and possibilities.

DougK
11-20-2006, 14:01
Hmm, I understood the poll differently. I interpreted the poll in terms of what I like to view as well as what I generally shoot, which in my case happens to be landscapes (and which I define fairly broadly).

Either way, nothing is set in stone. I may get bored and decide to shoot mostly portraits or still life or something else.

pvdhaar
11-23-2006, 03:52
Hmm.. if it moves, I shoot. And if it doesn't move, I also shoot. Basically anything remarkable that catches the eye. It's something that even bothered me a while ago, thinking that it would block my development as a photographer if I didn't concentrate on a genre.. but in the end, I find I approach photography as if an observer. I see something nice, I snap a picture.. and some come out real fine.

varjag
11-23-2006, 04:04
I have two favorites: street (voted it), which I do most of the time, and still life, which I mostly enjoy from others' works. The latter I feel is the most underappreciated genere out there, and among the harder ones to shoot.

steve garza
11-28-2006, 09:54
I really enjoy suburban-middleclass-nude-housewife-photography...but since that wasn't a choice I chose street.

Todd

suburban-middle class-nude housewives.....

Sparrow
11-28-2006, 10:01
Abstracts!

Irony from Texas.. Yeeehaaaaa


:D

Harry Lime
11-28-2006, 10:06
Street, photojournalism and documentary work.

sf
11-28-2006, 10:16
I love street photography, but my favorite is really Landscapes and cityscapes.

Magnus
11-28-2006, 10:24
Theres this song from the 60-ties "Little Boxes" .... and apart from that all these polls are sooooo boring, .... but then most RFF users seem to love them ... so why not

jan normandale
11-28-2006, 10:29
Lately I don't know what I'm shooting so I selected 'other'

RayPA
11-28-2006, 11:14
Lately I don't know what I'm shooting ...

LOL! I know the feeling!

If we go by what we're shooting "lately," instead of favorite genre, then I guess "Holiday shots of over-fed and inebriated relatives" would be my selection ('Other').

:)

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ErnestoJL
12-03-2006, 09:21
I´ve got to support my vote
I do a lot of street photography, however this doesn´t reflect the real truth.
I shoot to landscapes, nature, architecture, and all this (and many other subjects) can be named "others", as I´m not tied to any fixed scheme.
In fact I´m bringing my camera with me all the time, allways loaded with B&W ISO 400, and I shoot to everything that I like.

Ernesto

dostacos
12-03-2006, 14:35
ah, streetscape:D

I have been known to grab the subjects of the word no word and go out and try to nail as many as I can in one day.

And that is what I intend to do on the all day shoot in March.

BigSteveG
12-30-2006, 17:11
Street....

JonathanA
01-01-2007, 09:45
Add another one to street.

mattmills
01-10-2007, 05:18
add my "other" vote as a vote for documentary, as it's what I do. I sometimes introduce myself as "Matt Mills, photographer to the invisble and unseen."

ruben
01-10-2007, 07:51
In my case I have to differentiate between the images I like to see and those I like to make.

For seeing, in general whatever good pic is there I enjoy to look at, no
matter what genre it belongs to. Special mention for Vogue fashion (they drive nuts) and street photography (I have token so much about Beniliam that I am afraid another single word and I would be expulsed from RFF...).

For making, the few years I practiced freelance Photojournalism, they have been a shaking experience. In the broadest sense photojournalism involves politics, history, philosophy, survival. If you are a politically minded person, you are breathing History in the making each morning you start thinking where to go.

These days: entry level amateur position at street photography.

Björn Ylinenpää
01-10-2007, 08:13
Documentary and photojournalism mostly, but i do love Imogen Cunninghams work any many other who aren't documentary photographers or photojournalists.

This feels more like a poll for favortie subject since most genres can contain all of those mentioned.

bmicklea
02-09-2007, 14:04
Right now I find street photography the most difficult and engaging - especially when it's done well. I'm struggling with it so I'm obsessing a little right now. I'm generally all over the map though.

shadowfox
02-09-2007, 14:19
I like Street, Landscape, Still-life/Products, in that order.

I like to see other people's good street photos. Those that scared me, cracked-me up, or saddened me. (mine pretty much sucked, have long ways to go).

Landscape, only a few that are original enough to impressed me nowadays. But I have learned medium format now, so the next time I get to travel, it'll be fun :)

Still-Life is challenging for me because it's easy to do but hard to get right at the same time.

maitrestanley
02-09-2007, 16:12
As a rangefinder forum, I'm not surprised that Street photography has most fans.

I've played with all kind of styles in the past and never really stick to one. I've done landscape, architectural, documentary, macro, abstract, portraiture, nudes, family, street, etc.

I find that lately I've been doing mostly street because I have a newfound appreciation for it. I especially love photographing people! It's such a challenge and is extremely exiting and rewarding. Also, it is practically always available because all you need to do is step outside your door.

steamer
02-09-2007, 17:07
I love it all, even pictures of flowers, macro insects, dogs and cats are OK with me,
but if pressed I'd have to say urban landscapes and well rendered everyday life are my favorites.

Pherdinand
02-21-2007, 00:23
You mean watching it or doing it?
I love most well done photography, but it should include some kind of people or traces of people to make it really appealing to me.
As to what i like to DO, well i have not succeeded yet to figure that out.
First I have to have a photo session with Milla Jovovich and then maybe i will know:D

Finder
03-13-2007, 10:55
I don't know what "street" is. What is the difference between "still life" and "macro"? Can't they be the same thing? Is a "nude" just a "portrait" of someone with no clothes? I find that these terms have no real meaning. I guess I like "good" photography.

rbsinto
03-13-2007, 11:40
Photojournalism and street photography.
However, I much prefer to use SLRs rather than a rangefinder to take my photos, because I have a better choice of SLR lenses, and can focus faster with my SLR's than with my rangefinder.

Trawlerman
05-10-2007, 17:37
I take photo's of shipping on the River Humber as my #1 genre in photography.
It's hard to classify that but perhaps Landscape would be closest although at times it's more of an industrial landscape than a nice picturesque rural one.

cpborello
05-10-2007, 18:41
What I photograph mostly -- my daughter.

What I would love to try to find the time to photograph -- industrial decay. There is plenty of it in and around NYC, and particularly in NJ (e.g., the ironbound section of Newark). I used to frequent such places, but before I got into photography. Unfortunately, the current job that pays the bills is about 70 hrs/week, leaving little time for this.

sepiareverb
05-18-2007, 12:44
Urban Landscape, but in small towns for me. Usually.
Think Friedlander (who I never see mentioned here 'bouts)

SteveM(PA)
05-18-2007, 13:06
I've seen some Friedlander talk from time to time...William's self portrait in his truck was reminding me of him.

Personally I've been obsessed with Philip-Lorca diCorcia (to go with my Antonio Carlos Jobim obsession :)) but I guess he's passe or maybe his trendiness has mutated into other trends, or something... I'm not sure what the genre of that is...posed banality maybe?

Marc-A.
05-22-2007, 00:58
In my case I have to differentiate between the images I like to see and those I like to make.
Ruben, I add another category: the images I would like to make.

I like to see: street photography
I like to make: portraits
I would like to make: photojournalism/documentary (on the working class, immigration and cultural toleration)

I don't know what "street" is. What is the difference between "still life" and "macro"? Can't they be the same thing? Is a "nude" just a "portrait" of someone with no clothes? I find that these terms have no real meaning. I guess I like "good" photography.

Finder, your comments are always very stimulative. You're right to point out the vagueness of such terms, but IMO you only pretend not to understand :rolleyes: We had so many discussions about what "street photography" is (especially during the RFF contest) that I don't want to reopen the debate.
I just want to underline the fact that even if "street photography", or "nude" or "still life" (is a portrait of a dead portrait or still photography?) ... are vague terms, they refer to representation types that have been built in the history of photography - and beyond, in the history of painting. philosophia generalis? is it exclusively about being (ens)? etc. Metaphysics is just a type of philosophical speech, and refers to books written by Aristotle that are supposed to follow books on physics]
We "know" what is nude photography, and we don't need define it precisely. If we had to define it precisely, of course we would face some difficulties and tricky questions: Is a "nude" just a "portrait" of someone with no clothes? But we don't have to. Besides, there is no "pure" category, hopefully, otherwise we would speak a "primitive" language composed of abstract terms: one, matter, space, time ... etc (see Leibniz). No pure concept, no pure category, no pure photographical types. We know what we're talking about, even if those termes have loose meaning.
Best,
Marc

Carzee
05-22-2007, 02:39
I voted other.

Currently - live rock n roll performance. Its a substitute - my fav work would be stills shooter on a movie set. And what sort of movie?? Well, if I ever find time to daydream, I would dream that I was the stills shooter on "The Last Picture Show" movie by Bogdanovich I think. Every other scene would make most b/w enthusiasts drool.

...and how would you label the shooter (name him please) that constructs a set piece photo on a street somewhere that meets his vision... he waters it... he decorates it... he puts the car and the blonde sitting in it, seemingly abandoned there in the middle of the intersection with the door open and a twilight sky in back of it all... and he does another set piece, a murder scene in a bedroom.

Sparrow
05-22-2007, 02:44
Anybody else find it strange that only seven people selected Nudes in the pole; considering photos of Nudes are clearly so popular when they’re posted in the gallery

Marc-A.
05-22-2007, 04:09
Anybody else find it strange that only seven people selected Nudes in the pole; considering photos of Nudes are clearly so popular when they’re posted in the gallery

I didn't vote for "nudes", but I like this kind of photography when it's not crude and vulgar like a lot of pictures you can see on deviantArt for example (so called "Artistic Nude").
But you cannot be surprised that nudes are very popular though only a few members selected this category: we mostly look at nudes for non-photographical reason, right? :rolleyes:
Best,
Marc

Sparrow
05-22-2007, 04:23
I had my tongue, very firmly, in my cheek as I typed the comment.

I’m not surprised I’m certainly as capable of hypocrisy as anyone else is

Steve B
05-22-2007, 18:11
I voted for Portrait as that's what I enjoy looking at the most. Like many people, I think, I love looking at interesting pictures of people. I'm bored by many landscapes, especially my own, even though that's what I shoot the most. Go figure.

dryice66
06-25-2007, 06:45
Streets of Hong Kong.... with or without people.... would love to do more portrait stuff though....

giellaleafapmu
06-25-2007, 06:48
Uh, was it "the one you do better" or "the one you most enjoy to watch"?

The one I feel more confident are macro, still life and architecture (I would say anything as long as it doesn't move!) but what I really like to see are nature and sport shots...maybe because I cannot do them.

Just seeing a kestrel in the very moment he catches its prey or an athlete
at the top of the effort is for me the ultimate of "catching the moment"...even if it is done with a 10f/s camera an image stabilizer and who knows what other tech gizmo...

I can no longer find it but I had a picture of a small girl doing gimnastic at some olympic game. It was a front view of her in the moment she catched the bar. She has the legs in an almost complete split, the hands are just touching the bar, two white clouds of magnesia powder are around both hands and she has the eyes almost closed and every single muscle and nerve tense... I could watch that picture for 30' straight without getting bored. I have no idea who got it and how he did it (was it a stop from a movie/TV camera? I don't care!) but I wish I were able to take a shot like that!

That's why I votes for sport (was it possible to vote for more than one genre?).

GLF

Chris101
06-25-2007, 14:47
Other. As in photos others would not make. Kind of a combination of urban/street/portraiture/architecture with just a pinch of nekid housewives thrown in to keep 'em coming back.

I guess they call it 'experimental'.

Edward Felcher
06-25-2007, 19:53
I like cat photos and photos of living rooms taken by men in their late 30's to early 60's who formerly have used cheap automatic cameras but have just purchased $5000 rangefinder cameras and $3000 lenses, the possession of which have made them better photographers after overcoming their initial technical befuddlement about why they have done so.

rich815
06-25-2007, 20:35
Nice review and info Edward. And I like your photos too. I like this emulsion too and plan to hav my wife grab as much as she can carry in her carry-on luggage for me when she goes to see her sister (assuming it's still around!).

You and I obviously treat it quite a bit differently though as I got a much less contrasty look and more open shadows, plus seemingly finer grain. Could be my treatment with D-76 instead.

Some examples on my Flickr pages here:

http://www.flickr.com/search/[email protected]&q=ERA100&m=text

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Tuolumne
06-27-2007, 12:50
Nudes...Yeah, I wish...:rolleyes:

/T

chris000
09-24-2007, 12:07
I voted Landscape as that is what I do most - even my 'street' photography leans towards landscape. Bur really I wish I was a great portraitist :(

DrLeoB
09-24-2007, 12:35
Food, astronomy, scientific ..... "other"

Thardy
09-24-2007, 13:54
Travel is my favorite. But it's not a choice

eli griggs
09-24-2007, 14:11
I enjoy seeing good documentary and street work as it makes my world a little larger, but I voted for nude because I think a well executed nude is something extra special, whether it's a photograph or a Victorian era painting.

Eli

landsknechte
10-05-2007, 19:29
What I would like to do is nudes in abandoned industrial, urban, and rural settings. All I need are the models and the permission.

I think I'm in the same category, minus the nudes. I just love rotting buildings. Never quite know what to call that genre.

Pherdinand
10-06-2007, 03:29
here. Find the nude.

cp_ste.croix
10-30-2007, 10:32
i chose other because i favour abstract images...

sem
12-21-2007, 11:52
I would vote for men, that is most interesting, street or portrait is not a choice to me.
sem

Sisyphus
12-21-2007, 12:01
Rich,

You captured an image of one of my favorite restaurants:

http://fujirangefinder.com/document.php?id=987

So delicious.

Nice photos too . . . always curious to see how others photograph their own backyard.

Cheers!

minoltist7
01-16-2008, 12:33
This poll should allow multiple choices.
I primarily interested in photographing people - and it can be classified as portrait, street, nude, or even landscape, whatever. I voted for portraits though.

LeicaTom
01-17-2008, 00:38
Well......I voted "other" while what I LOVE to do is Retro PinUp Photography

........ or lot`s of half naked young women in fast old cars, I`m sure that can stir the imagination :D

http://www.modelmayhem.com/member.php?id=118

http://www.myspace.com/koolgirliestuff


Tom

photobizzz
01-17-2008, 04:31
I voted street but really it is a mixture of street/people/non-traditional portraiture.

FallisPhoto
02-15-2008, 10:55
Nudes, landscapes, street, and etcetera. However, since a really good street scene or landscape doesn't come along every day (or even every week), and nudes are a lot easier to set up, I voted nudes.

thomasw_
05-19-2008, 16:06
Portrait and Street but together :)

Yes, the everyday life of the human or his society, as Rover stated long ago on page one. But 'life' is so rich, diverse and full of various environments...so it is challenging to categorize it. So if I could pick a category, it would be 'Everyday Human Life', for it would permit the blending of certain options.

narsuitus
05-19-2008, 17:38
I love to shoot them all; however, my favorite photographic genre is people.

Since “people” was not an option, I voted “other.”

Nh3
05-19-2008, 18:13
Landscape. In an ideal world I will be traveling all over and photographing landscape but unfortunately I don't have that luxury.

jan normandale
07-02-2008, 06:33
I think I'm in the same category, minus the nudes. I just love rotting buildings. Never quite know what to call that genre.

Chris, your shot of the razor wire and active stack is exceptionally good!

pesphoto
07-02-2008, 06:34
nudes are my favorite....

......oh, youre asking about photographing? That would be ok too.

Concrete Island
07-07-2008, 13:52
Architecture and Nature mostly.

PetarDima
08-06-2008, 10:48
Portrait and Street but together :)

same here ... street portrait :D and everything about street :D

italy74
08-06-2008, 11:43
With a RF, the answer (looks to me) is obvious: street.
With a SLR, well, I'd say I like shooting people and places.

kxl
08-06-2008, 13:08
I chose other because what I really like is travel photography (which inherently implies that I am not stuck at work).

crawdiddy
08-14-2008, 08:04
I think I'm in the same category, minus the nudes. I just love rotting buildings. Never quite know what to call that genre.

I also enjoy the rotting buildings. In fact, anything dilapidated, rusting or decaying. Would that be decadent photography?

otaku
08-14-2008, 09:39
I love all genres but lately (I blame my girlfriend) I am into nudes the female body (not so much male nudes haha I'm biased) is so beautiful.

MickH
08-14-2008, 18:15
Other... Anything interesting to me that passes in front of my lens and is worth recording.

For viewing I really enjoy other people's family snapshots. They must be 15 years old (the photographs) or older and taken on crappy "consumer" cameras, Kodak Instamatics or the like. Even better if they are flea market/boot sale finds (the photo's) with no context whatsoever.

Bill58
08-29-2008, 19:25
"Street" all the way for me too. Maybe if I was still in TX it would be different but being a foreigner here gives me a certain fascination for photographing all Korean people--but especially women in their 20s to 50s. Nudes would be nice here too, but in this unbelievably conservative country, that would be impossible.

nitrogen28
02-14-2009, 06:13
I really enjoy suburban-middleclass-nude-housewife-photography...but since that wasn't a choice I chose street.

Todd

Does it look like this suburban-middleclass-nude-housewife-photography (http://wongablog.co.uk/2009/02/07/the-olympus-om1-gets-the-important-shots/)

al1966
02-15-2009, 06:13
Other as Im primarily interested in the photographic diary, the recording of points and things that prick my eye (or maybe as Barthes calls it "punctum" ). I am influenced by the philosophy of photographers such as Wolgang Tillmans, Nan Goldin and William Eggleston. You might say Im interested in recording life in its multiple varied aspects. I will photograph anything and everything if it raises an emotion, I have photographs of half eaten burgers!

wblanchard
04-21-2009, 06:54
What I would like to do is nudes in abandoned industrial, urban, and rural settings. All I need are the models and the permission.

If youre ever in Germany, I will hook you up with my friend who shoots industrial nudes.

larmarv916
04-21-2009, 21:01
Other...Why? I see it like this..if you go out hunting for only a particular subject you have cut yourself off from 95% of the creative fruit that is surrounding you.

Or lets say you see people who say.."Oh I cant shoot "that" because it reminds me to much like a photo shot by...Mr. X ( Famous Photog ) or the reverse which is people who try and duplicate a famous image. All of these people are subverting the creative process. They are so blocked or bent that in the end all of the images lack any creative spontaneity..a failure.

"Other" to me means that you walk out the door as a totally open creative player who is stimulated to shoot based on internal creative impulse.

Nothing contrived or forced....some days you shoot nothing. If so your mind is blocked and unable to "see'

All the Best....Laurance

swoop
04-22-2009, 03:04
I like crime and disasters. They're exciting.

And oddly enough, macro can be relaxing.

And I always feel weird doing landscapes. Like I get the feeling people are wondering "Why the hell is this dude in the middle of nowhere taking pictures of a tree?"

sjones
04-24-2009, 03:19
I voted "street," but that effectively encompasses anything I see outside that visually summons my attention.

colker
04-24-2009, 05:54
sportive nudes set against lanscapes filled w/ streets.
yes, that would be my favourite genre.

colker
04-24-2009, 06:51
If youre ever in Germany, I will hook you up with my friend who shoots industrial nudes.
what would be an industrial nude? :confused:

wblanchard
04-24-2009, 07:43
what would be an industrial nude? :confused:
Naked girls inside abadoned factories. Like posing her near giant steel pistons or stuff like that. using available widow lighting. its pretty nice when shot right. soft beauty of a woman against the cold, hard industrial background.

le vrai rdu
04-24-2009, 16:17
street street street, mostly people at work

peterm1
04-24-2009, 17:40
I am having a lot of fun with abstracted urban landscapes right now - not an everyday kind of category I must admit - but lots of room for experimentation in both color and black and white. As you can also see, reflections can play a big part too. But mostly its about interesting patterns of light and shadow.

Sorry, but for some reason the following only work as links not as embedded objects. (Although I am sure when I posted something yesterday it did embed the photo - ho hum, mysteries of the internet!)

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Phil Tompson
05-29-2009, 21:07
I choose landscape. I can't believe that street is beating out landscape.

jky
07-03-2009, 06:08
Street.
Isn't that what RFs are for?.... ;)

Mcary
08-17-2009, 05:25
Nude, why simple I don't completely stink at it, of course there's a big difference between not skinking and being good at something.

johnastovall
08-17-2009, 05:34
Other:

War and conflict... Capa, Duncan, Page, Burrows, Nachtwey, Emilio Morenatti....

sevo
09-02-2009, 09:45
Some other: Technical photography - not as a author, but I do collect old product shots of machinery (a dying art now that everything gets rendered straight out of Autocad), the heavier, the better.

And vegan porn (a.k.a. flower shots) - as useless as they are (can't remember having sold a single one in a thirty year career), I have a secret weakness for plant stills.

selloutboy
11-03-2009, 19:07
I choose street since it was what really fascinated me with photography, the everyday things you see on the street :D

Although my father on the other hand loves taking shots of flowers and nature stuff. He already has an extensive collection of flowers and koi fishes. Oh well, that is what he loves I guess :)

Chris101
11-03-2009, 21:30
They all overlap so much, I can't vote on this.

Rayt
11-03-2009, 23:54
I don't like landscapes unless it is really exceptional b/w such as from Ansel Adams, Minor White and really cool stuff from Michael Kenna. I like cityscapes that documents the humanity and its environment. Not interested in posed portraits of any kind especially of celebrities, except fashion photography. It takes a real craftsman to shoot good fashion.

Keith
11-03-2009, 23:56
Polling what the most popular photographic genre is around here is a little like asking a bunch of Catholics to name their prefered religion! :angel:

squinza
11-03-2009, 23:57
I really love macro. Not with my M6, of course, for such things DSLR are the only answer...

Ezzie
11-06-2009, 22:06
I chose none. I rather like doing all types of photography, which is why I'll probably never be good at any of them.

Brad Maestas
11-10-2009, 14:29
I chose street. I certainly love portraiture. But when I manage to find the time for some of my own photography, I invariably spend it walking the streets in search of images. Street photography is what I most look forward to.
This is a great way to put it and encompasses my feelings on the subject. Part of my obsession is also because I am always trying to get better at it. I think it's one of the most demanding genres and no matter how long I will have done it, there will always be room for improvement.

Lilserenity
11-22-2009, 23:28
Ultimately most of my work is landscape. I do other things and the landscapes are often serving a documentary purpose not just an aesthetic purpose. The landscapes I tend to shoot are of course the entirely aesthetic but I do a lot of 'as it is' stuff, if I picked a photographer some of the closest to my heart photography is along the vein of, I'd say Stephen Shore.

I've written about this on my blog of why landscapes are my foremost interest:
http://lilserenity.wordpress.com/photography-and-darkroom/
(first 3 para's under Me and Photography if your're that interested! :))

I do other things like street and portrait but a cursory glance of my Flickr pages (http://www.flickr.com/photos/lilserenity) will show you the balance of power very quickly :)

Vicky

Damaso
11-23-2009, 03:39
I voted for street but would have liked to have seen documentary as a choice...

Ansel Adams
12-02-2009, 10:07
Landscape and street, but i vote landscape.

Enrico

wgerrard
12-02-2009, 10:51
I don't how to vote. I just go someplace with a camera and start walking around. The travel, the walking and the photography are all of a piece to me.

mark-b
12-02-2009, 11:28
Urban landscape. I still am not understanding what "street" encompasses. Does street have to have people in the photograph, or can it literally be the street?

FS Vontz
12-22-2009, 13:08
I chose street but truth be told the last time I did some proper shooting was in Berlin(in bloody October too) and that was mainly architectural. Street is what motivated me to stick at photography, and that's why I chose it.

jsrockit
12-22-2009, 13:45
I've gone for other, as I can't nail down my "strolling and snapping" style into any of these categories.

That's street... unless you are doing it in the woods...then its nature. :D

jsrockit
12-22-2009, 13:46
Urban landscape. I still am not understanding what "street" encompasses. Does street have to have people in the photograph, or can it literally be the street?

I walk the streets and make photos in NYC. I rarely make photos of people, but consider it street photography. However, wikipedia disagrees:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Street_photography

sara
12-27-2009, 18:17
Anything with people and only people.

Hate landscapes, hate nature :P

Juan Valdenebro
08-25-2010, 18:36
Anything with people and only people.

Hate landscapes, hate nature :P

Same here... People is my field.

I love nature... I admire it... And meditate on it... A sunset, a new day, the sea, the moon, clouds, grass, flowers, everything in nature is a miracle to me: a photograph of nature is pale in comparison... With photographs including human feelings it's different to me, to my heart and my mind: they're interesting, moving, and offer me the possibility of dreaming while I'm awake... I find people are deeply mysterious... All people!

Cheers,

Juan

Chris101
08-25-2010, 19:03
And yet, what with being organisms and all, people are part of nature.

Juan Valdenebro
08-25-2010, 19:09
We are the ones being the passengers here... Nature isn't here to learn from us, nor from its own freedom, behavior, mistakes... We incarnate the vanishing moment...

Cheers,

Juan

Neare
08-25-2010, 19:14
Fine art photography count? :)

Chris101
08-25-2010, 19:31
Fine if it's fine Neare. Unless it's plagiarized, then you'll pay a ... somebody stop me!

Chris101
08-25-2010, 19:34
We are the ones being the passengers here... Nature isn't here to learn from us, nor from its own freedom, behavior, mistakes... We incarnate the vanishing moment...

Cheers,

Juan

I like the line "We incarnate the vanishing moment..." because it's mystical, yet practical. I do believe that we have some influence on the direction of nature though.

Juan Valdenebro
08-25-2010, 19:44
I like the line "We incarnate the vanishing moment..." because it's mystical, yet practical. I do believe that we have some influence on the direction of nature though.

Very true. In a way we're the subject and nature is the background... Our sad effect on nature can be an interesting field too. A human one.

Cheers,

Juan

bizarrius
08-25-2010, 23:42
I like street but i am not good at it.
I love portraits and i think i am going somewhere.

Dovecam.W
08-26-2010, 01:40
I like to chase the moments happening at streets, also love landscape, so I am always accompanied by my Nikon camera whenever going out or travelling.

Steve_F
08-26-2010, 03:01
I chose none. I rather like doing all types of photography, which is why I'll probably never be good at any of them.

That is without a doubt one of the most honest answers I've ever heard. Me too.
My answer is therefore "Ditto"

As we say in England - "Jack of all trades, Master of none".

Steve.

SimonSawSunlight
08-26-2010, 03:11
'human and general condition and random last frames to finish the roll' is what I say.

israel_alanis
09-17-2010, 22:26
I like all of them, but Street is my favorite, with expressions and locations.

Regards.

Kolame
09-18-2010, 07:22
Definitely landscape! Nothing lets me calm down like shooting landscape. There’s noone going on my nerves. I have time to compose. It can be very minimalistic, I like that a lot. I find myself there. It gives me some kind of inner calmness. Dunno how to say that in English, in German it would be „innere Ruhe“.

Mister E
09-18-2010, 15:35
For me travel photography is all I am interested in.

intense
10-05-2010, 23:00
Portrait photography is my favorite.