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July 23, 2007


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Coping with frustration + Contest + Features

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


  • Coping with frustration

  • Contest news

  • Latest features

  • Prints


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. :)


  • 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!


  • 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 The art of movement by MonoColour

:thumb59887917: Shadowland II by Pixydream

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


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:

:shop890099: :shop853770:
Many more :daprints: here -->…


Josť Ramos

Be welcome to visit my gallery at -… - your feedback is appreciated! :)

My :daprints: here -->…
  • 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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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 :-)
manaphoto Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Professional Photographer
If creating great images was so easy, everyone would be doing it...haha.
Inebriantia Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Professional Photographer
All I would need would be to live in Hawaii! ;)
manaphoto Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Professional Photographer
No doubt, you would kill it in Hawaii.
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!

Inebriantia Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Professional Photographer
Oh yes we do, pumpkin! :hug:
Ashenden Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007
I completely identify with what you said. I've had so many fruitless photography expeditions!
Inebriantia Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Professional Photographer
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.
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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