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07-08-2010, 09:51 PM   #1
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Compelling subjects

What kind of subjects do you feel compelled to shoot? It doesn't necessarily have to be your favorite subject or what you find most photogenic, but the thing or things you just can't pass up when you've got a camera on hand. Feel free to post some photos of what it is for you.

For me, it's abandoned buildings. Old or new, rural or urban, an abandoned building will draw me in like a siren, and make me take a picture of it. At the same time I feel compelled to shoot them, I have a hard time ever getting a picture of one that I really like. I think that might be why I'm so drawn to them; because I see a beauty in them that I find extremely hard to capture in a photo.

Here's one of the few that I've taken of abandoned buildings that I actually like:


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The proper term here is not compelling photos but compulsive. Compelling means that the pictures compel. Compulsive means I feel the need to take them. Considered from that angle the answer is ducks. I have taken hundreds probably thousands of duck photos. I seldom get anything new or particularly interesting. I just am fascinated with ducks.
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What a coincidence! I love photographing ducks as well.

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Actually compelling is the correct term. Feeling a compulsion to photograph a certain subject is the same as feeling compelled to photograph a certain subject, and "compulsive subjects" would have a completely different connotation than "compelling subjects".

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Sunsets.

Exotic flowers.

Beaches.

Anything involving a large body of water.
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I've been shooting at a lot of classic car shows this summer, and I always seem to come home with a lot of door handle shots. My wife laughs about it.

Here's a few:



















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That is a lot of door handles.

I also have a thing for doors and door knobs.
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I like abandoned building, too. Those shots are film shots though from my old K1000.
Now it seems to be anything with intriguing shadows. I have 3 huge old (over 200 years) oak trees in my yard. They cast the most amazing shadows during the day. I have yet to get a shot to my liking, though, with the K-X.

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QuoteOriginally posted by hangu Quote
What a coincidence! I love photographing ducks as well.
That's great. I love it!
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QuoteOriginally posted by slinco Quote
I've been shooting at a lot of classic car shows this summer, and I always seem to come home with a lot of door handle shots. My wife laughs about it.
If you're good at something, well you're good!
Great shots! You should consider doing a coffee-table book of classic car door handles. Seriously.



I gravitate toward reflections in water, so I guess I should leave the polarizer off sometimes...

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