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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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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!
CarlaSophia Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007   Photographer
Ja agora, foste onde?? lol

Ás vezes tb me acontece disso :)
Inebriantia Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Professional Photographer
Praia da Ursa. Isto é, tentei ir! :D
CarlaSophia Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007   Photographer
:D :aww:
0ry0n Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007
yeeeee...contest! :clap:
Inebriantia Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Professional Photographer
I'll be looking forward for your participation! :)
0ry0n Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007
i am too.
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.
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! :(
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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