QUOTE(chapmandu @ Jan 2 2006, 07:41 AM)
One thing I often found was the sense of being rushed - people were waiting for me to take the photo, I was in the way, we had to be somewhere else etc etc - so in some situations I feel I could have got a more interesting shot had I had the time to give it some more thought. Is this something you find?
Always, even when I am with a group or a companion, I work in solitude. If we stop and chat, it is just that. If we move on, I am social. But once I plant my tripod, I do not allow myself to be distracted or rushed. If I am with a group, I respect that in others as well. When I go for a drive with my wife, the most I hope for is snapshots.
As landscape photographers, much of what we do is waiting for the light to change. How can you do that with someone waiting to move on?
Yes Phil, I am a very solo photographer. When I get the urge to do some photography, I spend the day- or go away for a few days, on my own. I can then take as long as I wish, whether it be walking the streets, in a country town, city or landscape/nature.
When we are on family holidays or outings it has become a bit of a family joke when I exclaim...Ooooh, please stop the car - there's a fantastic image there!. I am met with a chorus of loving NOOOOOOOOO's from our teenage sons in the back seat, who are used to me being spontaneous like that. Of course the car is stopped, and I do my best to capture and explore the image, being respectful that it is a family outing - not a photographic journey. I would accept the lighting conditions as they were and I would nearly almost spend more time if I were on my own, but happy to have the opportunity at all - one or two a stops in an 8 hour drive is considered a fair thing in our home.
I often have noted interesting locations and have made time to spend a few days travelling on my own to revisit them. ... sometimes the lighting is better as I have more time to wait, or sometimes not as good as it was when I first saw it. My family realise this, so are very accommodating, patient, and do not rush me when I ask to stop. I probably put more pressure on myself to hurry rather than they do.
The intention of the journey needs to be considered and everyone respected. For me, with tourist type tours - enjoy the country, company, culture and happy snaps. With family - communicate and negotiate a happy agreement with regard to the intention of the journey. With a photographic partner or group of photographers, there is greater freedom but still being respectful of others, and itineries. Going solo - no excuses !