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Coping with frustration + Contest + Features

Journal Entry: Mon Jul 23, 2007, 4:43 PM
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JOURNAL CONTENTS:



  • Coping with frustration


  • Contest news


  • Latest features


  • Prints




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Coping with frustration




Ever planned to go somewhere and take some terrific photos, and then ended up not even taking the camera out of your bag, or coming home with a lot of crap?



This has already happened to me quite a few times, specially in the beginning, when I didn't even pay attention to the weather of the place I was heading to.

Still, even nowadays, that I always try to know beforehand the places I photograph, there are still surprises that could ruin a afternoon.... or not....and this is the main point of this writing...


I recently went to a place I had never been before. I got off work and headed there, hoping I'd take some cool photos, based on the images I've seen of that spot. The weather was cloudy and menacing, just as I like it, so everything seemed to be in place. Unfortunately, the weather changed a lot, the sky got immensely clean and dull, the terrain was extremely steep and technical, my backpack weighed a lot, and to make things worse I followed the wrong path several times. The end result: 3 hours hiking and 0 photos!


And was this bad? Well, to be honest, NO. When we are so deeply involved with photography, there's a certain point when you start looking at everything from a photographic point, and nature's elements are watched as part of a virtual photographic composition, with the potential of being captured with a camera. This has extremely positive aspects, such as the increase in awareness for the beauty that surrounds us, but also tends to put everything into a perspective that is conditioned by the act of taking a photo.

And this is why I don't think I had a bad afternoon. After stopping for a moment amidst the amazing scenery I had in front of me (yes, even without the clouds I like so much...), it was more than obvious that I had to be fulfilled with the fact that I had the opportunity to be in such a powerful place, with the fact that I felt connected with my nature roots, and with the fact that there aren't many pleasures in this life as great as walking and contemplating these works of art, beautiful on their own, even without a camera. :)



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  • Contest news:



As I have said in my previous journal, I'm currently planning the launch of my first contest here on DA. I have already gathered an amazing panel of judges, and some prizes, and I already have a theme/title for the contest.


I'm still looking for devarters who want to collaborate with prizes and journal features for the winners. Your help is extremely appreciated, and it is needed to make this as big and productive as possible. Please send me a note, should you want to collaborate.


I'll be looking forward for your participation!





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  • Features:



And now, a feature with my recent favourite deviations. Go show your support to them, because they fully deserve it!


Tyinfjorden II by pheelfresh Catch My Breath IV by JoannaRzeznikowska

Life Without Sense by orang3 Red flowers... by Michel-Lag-Chavarria

Forest of death by mjagiellicz Boathouse at Sunset HDR by courey

Final day light by PhilipMatthews

Golden Gloom by MarcelaBolivar :thumb39722987:

:thumb59887917: Shadowland II by Pixydream

e p i s o d e by fludish unity in frame by brumie




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Latest PRINTS for sale


If you see a work in my gallery you would like to buy, but which isn't available as a print, send me a note, and I'll add it immediatly.

When Magic Happens II by Inebriantia :shop1349140:

:shop1316683: Bipolarity - the balance... by Inebriantia

Secret Pursuit by Inebriantia Lava Visions by Inebriantia

Branched Worlds by Inebriantia :shop985418:

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Many more :daprints: here --> inebriantia.deviantart.com/sto…

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Josť Ramos
Inebriantia/Amphion

Be welcome to visit my gallery at - inebriantia.deviantart.com/gal… - your feedback is appreciated! :)

My :daprints: here --> inebriantia.deviantart.com/sto…
  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: Porcupine Tree - Fear of a Blank Planet
  • Reading: magazines...
  • Watching: Life unfolding...
  • Playing: The always strange adult game
  • Eating: Vegetarian always
  • Drinking: Coke
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:iconandymumford:
AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007
Great journal and I agree with everything you said.

Once you are truly "lost" in photography then you see things much more deeply...with the same fascination and curiosity we have as a child.
I get fascinated by changing light, by the way it brings out colours and sculpts shadows and contours. I love looking for compositions, seeing the joy of nature, the beauty all around us. I've just spent a wonderful 7 hours driving back to Lisbon from Lagos, through winding roads in Alentejo. There are places around Almodovar, Aljustral and Grandola that are so beautiful. I didn't take a single picture as the light wasn't good enough (it was too early) and there wasn't a single cloud...but it doesn't matter, it was beautiful scenery...and besides, I now know some great locations to go shooting in Spring when the fields are in bloom.

Lovely features as always Jose :-)
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:iconmanaphoto:
manaphoto Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Professional Photographer
If creating great images was so easy, everyone would be doing it...haha.
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:iconinebriantia:
Inebriantia Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Professional Photographer
All I would need would be to live in Hawaii! ;)
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:iconmanaphoto:
manaphoto Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Professional Photographer
No doubt, you would kill it in Hawaii.
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:iconmewsa:
MewSa Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007
Ora aí é que está uma grande verdade, odeio a sensação de já ter estado em alguns sítios magníficos e ter pobres recordações mentais / sentimentais / espirituais deles por ter passado maior parte do tempo a observá-los por de trás de uma lente. E acho que isso é um crime, quer as fotografias estejam a sair mal ou mesmo bem! De que vale um album recheado de bonitas fotografias se nao passarem disso? Há sitios onde provavelmente só vamos estar uma vez na vida e por um curto periodo de tempo, num dado momento há que pousar a máquina e viver... A fotografia é uma arte linda mas também tem o seu lado de droga aditiva... But hell, we love it!

:kiss:
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:iconinebriantia:
Inebriantia Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Professional Photographer
Oh yes we do, pumpkin! :hug:
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:iconashenden:
Ashenden Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007
I completely identify with what you said. I've had so many fruitless photography expeditions!
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:iconinebriantia:
Inebriantia Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Professional Photographer
:)
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:iconinsidesignz:
insidesignz Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007   Photographer
Bem, tu não supões, isso é exactamente igual ao que me acontece, desde que tiro fotografias, agora olho para tudo com outros olhos, sempre como se tivesse a enquadrar algo para tirar fotografias. É engraçado, mas ás vezes é cansativo não ver as coisas naturalmente.
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:iconinebriantia:
Inebriantia Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Professional Photographer
Ora nem mais! Resta-nos tentar controlar esse impulso e passar a usar de vez em quando o ultra wide angle dos nossos olhos! :D
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:iconmonocolour:
MonoColour Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007
Olá José,
Muito obrigado pelo feature! Tens sido um querido....
E já agora onde é que foste?

Beijo grande, vou dar uma espreitadela aos outros Favs
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:iconinebriantia:
Inebriantia Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Professional Photographer
O prazer é todo meu. :)

Fui à praia da Ursa, isto é, tentei ir! :D
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Eileithyia Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007
Frustração seria o sentimento dominante de uma pessoa completamente obcecada pelo facto de conseguir boas fotos, mas o simples facto de poder desfrutar de um momento a sós com a Natureza deveria ser um bom motivo para nos sentirmos realizados e felizes, como tu tão bem disseste. Ao ir para um sítio fantástico, caso me esquecesse da máquina, sentiria uma terrível perda, mas apenas nos primeiros segundos. De seguida ficaria completamente deslumbrada pela beleza que me estava a ser oferecida e esquecer-me-ia de uma coisa tão normal como me esquecer da máquina. É certo que por vezes queremos partilhar as nossas memórias com quem mais amamos ou gostamos, mas isso simplesmente não é possível, até porque as memórias têm sons e cheiros que não ficam guardados. :rose:

Quanto ao concurso, ofereço feature no meu journal! :P
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:iconinebriantia:
Inebriantia Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Professional Photographer
Infelizmente às xs a obsessão apodera-se de mim sem dar por ela. É delicodoce mas também melíflua! :)

Muito obrigado pela feature! :)

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:iconhannah19:
Hannah19 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007
fica-se um bocadinho, mas a tecnica é...voltar lá e insistir, há k explorar os locais várias e várias. todos os dias a natureza se transforma :)
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:iconinebriantia:
Inebriantia Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Professional Photographer
Sem dúvida. E não há nada mais frutuoso que regressares várias vezes ao mesmo local, sempre em busca da "luz".
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:iconthalassy:
Thalassy Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007
Como já respondi no teu poll, passar uma tarde na natureza é excelente. Nunca fico frustrada por não tirar boas ou más fotos. Quantas vezes já não sai eu de casa, sem maquina, e fui para algum lado que o tempo era excelente?! E que tudo se encaixava perfeitamente? Em vez de ficar frustrada pela maquina ter ficado em casa, gozei o momento. Creio que o inverso é valido. :)

Espero que tenhas recebido a minha note sobre o teu concurso. :)
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:iconinebriantia:
Inebriantia Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Professional Photographer
Olá amiga. :hug:

Sim, recebi a tua note, e está tudo aqui apontado, para eu te contactar assim que a coisa começar. :)
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:iconjrose-photography:
JRose-Photography Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007   Photographer
Bad days happen all the time with me, but sometimes I find things to photograph that I wouldn't of seen or the conditions wouldn't of been right for :)
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:iconinebriantia:
Inebriantia Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Professional Photographer
Destiny commands... :)
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:iconmichel-lag-chavarria:
:heart: Thank you José....! :D
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:iconinebriantia:
Inebriantia Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Professional Photographer
My pleasure Michel!
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:iconmorca007:
morca007 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007
Photography changed the way I view the world.

When I look at things, I automatically frame up, and compose, when I see things happen at exactly the right moment, it'll "click" in my head, and I'll silently wish I had a camera inb my hand.

I like it, I notice more.
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:iconinebriantia:
Inebriantia Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Professional Photographer
How about an implanted camera on our brain? That would be amazing. Our eyes are the best lens ever made, and no mechanical device gets even near them! :)
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:iconmorca007:
morca007 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007
Those'd be some pretty wide angle pictures. ;)
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:iconjoannarzeznikowska:
JoannaRzeznikowska Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you :)
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:iconinebriantia:
Inebriantia Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Professional Photographer
My pleasure.
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:iconcurtition:
curtition Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007
Ah, great intelligence in your words...

:D
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:iconinebriantia:
Inebriantia Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Professional Photographer
:D
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:iconphilipmatthews:
PhilipMatthews Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007
Muito obrigado pelo feature Jose! E acredita que o que referes no journal esta-me a acontecer bastante agora... parece que nada é suficientemente bom ou novo para entrar na galeria, depois acabo por n postar nada de novo ou nem sequer tirar a foto.
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:iconinebriantia:
Inebriantia Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Professional Photographer
Pois... vamos subindo o nível, e torna-se cada vez mais complicado, mas também mais desafiante. Importante mesmo é não esgotar a vontade!
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:iconcarlasophia:
CarlaSophia Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007   Photographer
Ja agora, foste onde?? lol

Ás vezes tb me acontece disso :)
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:iconinebriantia:
Inebriantia Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Professional Photographer
Praia da Ursa. Isto é, tentei ir! :D
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:iconcarlasophia:
CarlaSophia Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007   Photographer
:D :aww:
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:icon0ry0n:
0ry0n Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007
yeeeee...contest! :clap:
:P
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:iconinebriantia:
Inebriantia Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Professional Photographer
I'll be looking forward for your participation! :)
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:icon0ry0n:
0ry0n Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007
i am too.
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:iconiamgoatman:
iamgoatman Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007
I agree with becoming almost too involved in photography to an extent when you view everything as you would through the viewfinder. Most trips i take i will return with no usable shots, but i get used to it. But what really gets on my nerves is getting ready to go on a trip, get everything ready then to have your camera fall 2 feet to the ground and just die, to then later spend 3 weeks on the phone to the insurance company and a further month for repairs, now THATS annoying, but i guess it does give time to view nature the way i once did before i carted all my gear around which can be a very nice change, but sometimes not. Returning with bad shots is just something that photographers have to get used to, i guess it comes with experience.

Great features as well, especially "Forest of death" by *mjagiellicz, a great feeling in that image.
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:iconinebriantia:
Inebriantia Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Professional Photographer
Do you have your photographic gear on insurance? Here in Portugal there are almost no companies that offer that.

As to having your camera on repair, I've already experienced it, and it SUCKS! :(
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:iconiamgoatman:
iamgoatman Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007
The gear was on the house insurance but at the start i was unsure whether it would cover it, but turns out luckily it did. I dont think there are many companies that insurance photographic equipment, but there are some reasonable prices with insuring with a photography insurance company, i may start looking into it.

Im keeping my fingers crossed for a brand new, dust free one if they cant actually repair it.
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:iconinebriantia:
Inebriantia Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Professional Photographer
But usually, house insurances don't cover photographic equipment outside the house, I guess.
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:iconheatherwaller-rivet:
HeatherWaller-Rivet Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007  Professional Photographer
great journal as always and so true..just being out there is a reward in itself:D
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:iconinebriantia:
Inebriantia Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Professional Photographer
:highfive:
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:iconpixydream:
Pixydream Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007
Many thanks for this very kind feature José! :hug:
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:iconinebriantia:
Inebriantia Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Professional Photographer
My pleasure. :)
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