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Take Less Pictures

Ozzie_Traveller

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G'day Mike

A most interesting article - and I commend your mate for his text
One could also say 'bluddy tourists' ... or 'bluddy Insta-tographers'... or even 'bluddy drivers' when they do not obey traffic signals. To some extent we all [society] at some time or another choose to disobey the rules, often with no good reason

However with the world seemingly asking / demanding more & more compliance to society's rules, there will inevitably be a backlash of some sort, and like so many things, the 'one bad apple in the box' affecting the entire box does cause us all some heartache

Here in Oz recently we have had several deaths from Insta-tographers trying for selfies from the wrong side of safety fences high above cliff tops & etc. Sad to say, but "if one breaks the rules ...."

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Fewer!

Sorry that one gives me gas. :p

It's an interesting article.
 

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Interesting read.

I visited Dachau a few years back. While we were having a look inside the crematorium some prat climbed over the barrier and shoved his head into the oven so his mate could grab a picture with his phone. The pair of them giggled away while posting the picture on Facetwatogram... :mad:
 

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G'day Mike

A most interesting article - and I commend your mate for his text
One could also say 'bluddy tourists' ... or 'bluddy Insta-tographers'... or even 'bluddy drivers' when they do not obey traffic signals. To some extent we all [society] at some time or another choose to disobey the rules, often with no good reason

However with the world seemingly asking / demanding more & more compliance to society's rules, there will inevitably be a backlash of some sort, and like so many things, the 'one bad apple in the box' affecting the entire box does cause us all some heartache

Here in Oz recently we have had several deaths from Insta-tographers trying for selfies from the wrong side of safety fences high above cliff tops & etc. Sad to say, but "if one breaks the rules ...."

Phil from the great land Downunder
We recently had an incident here, in which selfie taking tourists have almost destroyed a field of sunflowers resulting in the farmer closing the field to any photography.

https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/we-had-no-control-farm-closes-after-sunflower-selfie-seekers-swarm-field-1.4037631
Interesting read.

I visited Dachau a few years back. While we were having a look inside the crematorium some prat climbed over the barrier and shoved his head into the oven so his mate could grab a picture with his phone. The pair of them giggled away while posting the picture on Facetwatogram... :mad:
On my recent Venice trip it was obvious that the city as suffering from over tourism. I did wonder how the Venetians cope with the mass influx of tourists (20 M per year). The Venetians can't afford the rent so they leave. These houses are then converted to Air B&B and hotels. Selfie sticks were everywhere!

''Even the 900-year-old fish market is at risk of closing down as tourists happily snapping Instagram photos of the incredible architecture are replacing actual customers. “Venice without Venetians is not Venice anymore,” he says. “You’re killing a civilization, the civilization of people living in the water, for more than 1,500 years.”

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/how-battle-tourism-is-dividing-venice-1137019
 

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It's all Apples's fault, they started it :)
 

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I don't see many tourists here, we are a tourist city but I don't go to the touristy places very often so I don't see any rules broken but I very much agree with the 'will I still find this picture interesting in three months'. I have taken many pictures, usually just quick snapshots that I have looked back on and wondered why I had taken them. An awful lot of my photo's are 'uninteresting' but I just can't get rid of them just yet, like a squirrel in the park, the squirrel is too small to even see but I can't get rid of it yet :( One day hopefully I will.
 

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The problems identified in the article have more to do with a lack of consideration by some than with photography. While the author's resolution is fine and will likely make him a better photographer, he should feel no burden of guilt from the actions of others.
 

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The problems identified in the article have more to do with a lack of consideration by some than with photography. While the author's resolution is fine and will likely make him a better photographer, he should feel no burden of guilt from the actions of others.
100% agree MikeB
 

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Yea, this whole "take fewer pictures" "get out from behind the lens and actually experience life" blah blah blah is nothing new. It was big a bit over a decade ago and I tried it. Results? I have very few pictures of my oldest daughter or our family vacations for a 3-4 year period while I "experienced life", and I deeply regret it. We like to look back through pictures now and then, and the pictures evoke memories we had "forgotten"....
 

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Interesting read, For me, this read is about the lack of self control the world of instant gratification from social media had created and those that just get out of hand when all they can think about is I have to prove to social media I was here I have to make my self look interesting to people I don't even know, and I will do anything to do that.

As SharonH said above,"I have taken many pictures, usually just quick snapshots that I have looked back on and wondered why I had taken them." I think in this day and age of digital photography we all have these kinds of photos either from daily life or vacations that we look back on and think why did I take this it reminds us of nothing and is just waisted digital memory. But when we take those photos we think it will help us remember a time but in all reality we were so focused on capturing that quick moment in image form that we really forget to look at what we are finding interesting, then when we go to look back at those photos we can't truly remember that moment at all.

I think that there is a fine line as with most things of knowing when to step back from the lens and just enjoy what we are seeing and knowing when to try to capture a true memory of a place and time while being respectful of our surroundings.

Let's stop being "Picture- takers" that are only in it for the instant gratification of social media. Let's remember to take a step back and think about that all so important image first. We need to ask our selves do I really need to risk my life for this photo?, What is my real reason for being disrespectful to get this photo?. Will those extra likes on social media from people I really don't know make that big of a difference in my life to make this photo worth it?.

In the days before digital, we actually had to think about the photos we took or else we just ended up we printed photos that made us ask our selves why did I take this. Let's get back to that frame of mind! We were a lot less rude in the days before social media and the need for instant gratification. Stop ruining the real memories and breathtaking locations with our daily selfies.
 
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The two girls I work with went to the Royal Welsh show recently to photograph in the horse showing rings. Over the Monday to Thursday they took 18,000 images between them and by Friday night they were all up on their website.

Then over the weekend their phone would ping every few minutes as another order came in.
 

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When my wife and I visited Yellowstone NP and waited patiently for "Old Faithful" to erupt, I took a few still images but my wife video recorded it on a VHS Video recorder, although it was filmed in colour the eyepiece was a small B&W screen, so , she watched the whole event on a 1" mono screen and really missed the majesty of it all ..... I (we) vowed never to miss an event again due to recording it, so on return home the video recorder was banished to the loft.
Mind you we do have a great video of it all ............ :) :cool:
 

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Thanks for your comments so far everyone. One does have a strike a balance between capturing the moment and enjoying the moment I think. My wife does remind me to put away the camera and let’s have some fun now. When we get home she will ask, “ have you got anymore pictures?” I have started using my phone a lot to take photos when out with the family. Some of my favourite family photos have been taken what way. It is so convenient to take out the phone and then put it away.
 

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Been covering a horse show today with a team of five (four photographing and one printing). Only got 3,270 photographs to be checked, edited and uploaded by tomorrow lunch Itd 3d Ani W60 Smiles 062
 

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Only 3,270? Have you been slacking? ;)
 

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The ones that are good enough are up on the internet now - hopefully I'll now have time to go and buy food soon or we'll be missing supper :)
 

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In view of the discussions about the article above, have a look at this photo.
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