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A photographer is born

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monotone2k Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
First of all, hey everyone. Thanks for taking the time to read this.

So I'm not a new deviant as such - I've had my account for years but only recently submitted any art. I've just begun learning photography (for a second time - I learnt back in school but have since forgetten) and have already taken some images that I'm proud of and want others to enjoy.

I'm using a DSLR that was bought for us as a wedding gift, along with a couple of lenses and accessories I purchased since. My favourite is a prime 50mm f/1.8 lens - you'll probably notice it used a lot in the photos I'll submit! :P

I hope that some of you find my images pleasing, and I'd greatly appreciate any comments or advice you'd like to give (please do this on the actual image rather than here so that I know which image you're discussing).

Also, if any new or experienced photographers want to get in touch, feel free! We can always use more inspiration and ideas, right?

Jamie (monotone2k)
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compoboots Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I will defintly put some up today xD
I have a tripod,but it's a 2 one from the Euro shop xD It's not great.
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monotone2k Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It's still better than nothing! You should try longer exposures now that you're not relying on handheld :)
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compoboots Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Defiantly, I will :P It's been awfully cloudy recently, and drizzly, so haven't been taking many photos xD
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monotone2k Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Cloud and rain are no excuse! Wait til I finish eating and I'll post today's photos :)
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compoboots Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Lmao, okay xD I took some pictures this morning, I like it, but My landscapes just always seem to come out fuzzy, even when I use a tripos,I have no idea why :( Class!
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monotone2k Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Do you use auto-focus or manual? If they're fuzzy, it's probably your focus being slightly off. :)
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compoboots Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Auto focus,My camera doesn't do Manual :( I was hoping to get a new one, but I gave up, my parents got me a horse :O So I'll upgrade when I get everything I possibly can.

It's my most recent photo :)
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monotone2k Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I saw the photo already :) It's a good shot, shame about the focus issues.

Do you know how to focus and re-frame shots?
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012   General Artist
Nice! How are you? what do you like to photograph?
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monotone2k Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey :) I'm great - how are you?

I haven't decided yet what I like to shoot. Feel free to take a look through my gallery - it's a bit of a mixed bag so far :P
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012   General Artist
I'm good!

I shall. :hug:
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compoboots Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
`Hello! I don't have a DSLR (unfortunately) but I have a Fuljufilm S4500 bridge. It's my first camera,but I'm not too new to photography.
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monotone2k Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey!

A bridge is a good start if you don't have anything better. I noticed you don't have any photos submitted - do you have any to share with us? :)
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compoboots Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
It's such a hassle to upload pictures from it xD I usually upload thm to here:
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I forgot my password recently for it though, so I haven't uploaded some stuff in a while :/ Hopefully I'll get some up to DA this week :)
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monotone2k Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I love the 'dandypuff' closeup shot :) Have you considered using a tripod, or even flash, so that you can get steadier/faster shots? The composition of your shots is generally good but some are a little blurred :)

You should definitely get your best shots on here!
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monotone2k Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey guys. I'm still very much a beginner, and haven't yet found my style or favourite subjects. I'm more technically minded than creative, so while I know how to create the images, I struggle to find them in the first place :D

I'm also a shift worker, so finding the time to get out and shoot is a problem. And then when I have the spare time (like right now), I'm too lazy to log off and go outdoors. Not a good mix :P

I love both of your work :D rainylake - the eagle owl photo is stunning! And Inkhi - 'daydream island sunset' is absolutely beautiful! :D

Those are the type of photo I want to be able to take. Guess I need to get out there more often.
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Bella-by-Nature Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Thank you ^^
I tend to get a bit lazy too when I'm off work, especially now that it's dark and wet and cold. Hopefully there'll be some great white opportunities this winter though. So we both have to get off our butts!
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monotone2k Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Definitely! I considered going out today, but I couldn't find my charger last night and both batteries were flat. By the time they were charged today, it was already getting dark.

I only wanted to go out for sunset/dusk, and possibly some light trails in the city centre - missed the opportunity now! :(
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Bella-by-Nature Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
There is always a tomorrow. :) And can still do some light painting :3
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3wyl Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Make sure to hit the "Reply" button so that the other person gets your message. :)
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monotone2k Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
That would make sense. Didn't realise I hadn't :D

You also have some wonderful photos! I love Light and In Wonderland (10mm focal length? That's one hell of a lens you've got there) :)
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3wyl Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!

Light was 50mm, and In Wonderland is 10mm, yes.

I was thinking of selling the 10mm one, actually... but I may just need to play with it more. I haven't shot anything in a very long time. ^^;

What about you and your gear? :D
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monotone2k Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I have the kit 18-55mm, an 18-200mm that was given to me, and a 50mm prime. The prime is my favourite but I tend to take all three out with me.

I gotta say, I'm very tempted to get a wide angle lens - but having a cropped sensor means it's gonna be more expensive to get the same angles that could be achieved for far less on a full frame camera. :(

I recently bought a decent tripod so that I can do longer exposures and also eliminate camera shake (even some of my faster handheld shots came out a little blurred).
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3wyl Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, that's a pretty awesome range!

Yes! I know what you mean there. The prime is mine as well. :D

It's better to take as many as you can.. but it sucks when you're exchanging them and whatnot. :hmm:

That's true.. but then a full frame camera is very expensive anyway, so.. you've got to compromise, I suppose. :hmm:

That's great! How are you finding the use of the tripod and whatnot?
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monotone2k Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I try not to change lenses too often, even if I have them all with me. Too much time messing with the kit means lots of time missing opportunities. In fact, I should probably start going out with an actual goal in mind, and take only the kit I think I'll need.

The tripod is awesome. Couldn't have done the river shot without it - I wanted to be able to do longer exposures, which is obviously something quite tricky handheld! :P Even for stationary subjects, it's nice to be able to choose an aperture and stick to ISO100, then not worry whether it's too slow for handheld or not :)
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3wyl Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, that's very true, but.. then if you don't have the right equipment, you miss out on the opportunity anyway. :hmm:

That wouldn't hurt. :D

I can understand that. :nod:

I do feel it is important to be able to shoot without using a tripod.. becoming too dependent on it can be a bad thing, I feel, but.. yeah, it's a handy thing to use. :D
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Sapphire-Ashesx Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
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Bella-by-Nature Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Hi! "Welcome" to being an active deviant. :P I'm learning photography too. Been lurking on deviantart for years, started back when I used to draw. I gave up on that and took an interest in photography some years ago. Been a slow learner though because of lack of motivation and encouragement due to work and other personal matters. But trying to pick it up a bit more now. I love seeing other beginners and their learning curve. :D
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rainylake Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:wave: Hello! I am a photographer as well. What is your favorite subject to shoot?
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