What is your favourite type of photography?
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carstenw
Registered: Dec 26, 2005
Total Posts: 16067
Country: Germany

We all probably have multiple interests, but ultimately I think that for the vast majority of people, there is one subject which moves them more than others, *photographically*. Even if you have two equally favourite subjects, please indulge me, and choose one, for the purpose of this poll. I would give everyone three votes if I could, but I can't. Note that you should choose one which you actively pursue, or which you spend a lot of time reading about and dreaming of pursuing. For example, I can imagine that I might love to be a portrait photographer, but I don't pursue it at all and I don't know when I could, so I will pick something from my current activities.

The number of categories here is very large, which only works with a very large number of participants (we have almost 500 in the "How old are you?" thread :http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1167212), and at the same time, I am almost certain to have missed something important. I am hoping that the "Other" category will have very few votes here... If not, and I missed something important, please let me know, and I will consider rebooting this thread with a fix. If you did find the category you prefer, then please keep coming back anyway, in case I need to reboot the thread.

(Suggested by someone on the "How old are you?" thread.)



douglasf13
Registered: Apr 09, 2008
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Country: United States

Hmmm, I'm not really sure how to answer. I'm usually more interested in a particular artist's works, rather than a type of photography, and, once I find an artist I like, I enjoy all kinds of photography types from that person.

I'll have to think about it and hold off voting, for now. I think it would be easier to pick which types of photography that I don't generally like.



carstenw
Registered: Dec 26, 2005
Total Posts: 16067
Country: Germany

Another poll? But it would be too hard to set up such a poll here with only one vote each. There are all kinds of photography I don't like. Flowers (except Briantho's), etc.

So far: landscape winning by a landslide (2 votes versus max. 1 in other categories ).



weezintrumpete
Registered: May 18, 2005
Total Posts: 2280
Country: United States

I chose Portraits...for lack of a better category. I guess I have to classify that as "pictures of posed people that aren't nude".



mpmendenhall
Registered: Aug 09, 2008
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Country: United States

I selected "landscape."

My personal preferences seem to lie somewhere at the intersection and not-quite-any-of-the-above between landscape, abstract, architecture, and flora. Not landscapes in the sense of sweeping wide-angle vistas, nor abstract as in unidentifiable/non-representational subjects, nor architecture as in capturing an overall essence of design, nor flora as in descriptive/aesthetic documentation of species. I tend towards geometrically driven fragments of larger scenes, incorporating elements of landscape/architecture/flora as available but without either emphasizing the whole of the constituent parts or using them as purely abstract motifs.

Anyway, shouldn't "resolution test charts" be on the list, too?



trenchmonkey
Registered: Oct 22, 2004
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Country: United States

Voted "other" for candids



carstenw
Registered: Dec 26, 2005
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Country: Germany

weezintrumpete wrote:
I chose Portraits...for lack of a better category. I guess I have to classify that as "pictures of posed people that aren't nude".


I guess your photos squeak by as non-nudes

Yeah, I know, everyone does something slightly different. I kinda wanted to choose landscape, but actually what I prefer is just trees Or tree, as the case may be. Not really landscape. But anyway, I ended up choosing UrbEx, which I have done far more of.



carstenw
Registered: Dec 26, 2005
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trenchmonkey wrote:
Voted "other" for candids


Wouldn't candids be either portraits or street or family? I guess if they were non-portraits of friends...?



carstenw
Registered: Dec 26, 2005
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Country: Germany

mpmendenhall wrote:
Anyway, shouldn't "resolution test charts" be on the list, too?


*facepalm*: I forgot brick walls and benches!!!



carstenw
Registered: Dec 26, 2005
Total Posts: 16067
Country: Germany

mpmendenhall wrote:
I selected "landscape."

My personal preferences seem to lie somewhere at the intersection and not-quite-any-of-the-above between landscape, abstract, architecture, and flora. Not landscapes in the sense of sweeping wide-angle vistas, nor abstract as in unidentifiable/non-representational subjects, nor architecture as in capturing an overall essence of design, nor flora as in descriptive/aesthetic documentation of species. I tend towards geometrically driven fragments of larger scenes, incorporating elements of landscape/architecture/flora as available but without either emphasizing the whole of the constituent parts or using them as purely abstract motifs.


Think of yourself as contributing to a widening of the category of landscape, rather than a misunderstood artist



mpmendenhall
Registered: Aug 09, 2008
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Country: United States

carstenw wrote:
Think of yourself as contributing to a widening of the category of landscape, rather than a misunderstood artist


I never worry about being misunderstood, because my photos have so little to understand. They are little more than images of what they are.



carstenw
Registered: Dec 26, 2005
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Haha, I would love to see that on an artist's statement in a gallery: "my photos are what they depict, nothing more", instead of the interminable babble one usually sees.



Jman13
Registered: May 02, 2005
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Country: United States

I chose Architecture, as that's been longstanding my favorite, but since I haven't been traveling much in the past few years, I'm not as enthusiastic at the moment, given that I am shooting the same stuff a lot in that genre.

I love doing landscape photography, and both landscape and architecture combined under a "Travel" heading, which I would have chosen had it been present.

That said, by far the most shooting I do is portrait, mostly of family, but it isn't my photographic passion (though I enjoy it plenty). I also quite enjoy macro photography and abstract work, of which I've been doing a little bit more of recently.



carstenw
Registered: Dec 26, 2005
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Argh, Travel. Okay, I did blow it.



joakim
Registered: Apr 06, 2008
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Country: Sweden

For me it was an easy vote, landscape. Although I kind of wish that it will be harder in the future and that I pick up a second and even a third field that will interest me equally.



mortyb
Registered: Feb 15, 2009
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Country: Norway

* Abstract nature/landscape.
* 50mm type portraits
* Adventure/travel with myself/people in the frame.



sebboh
Registered: Nov 02, 2009
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Country: United States

mpmendenhall wrote:
Anyway, shouldn't "resolution test charts" be on the list, too?


oh man! you beat me to it.

i like to shoot pretty much anything that doesn't require a tripod. it's mostly time and travel constraints that decide what i shoot.

edit: i guess environmental portraits are the type i find most interesting to look at.



mcbroomf
Registered: Mar 18, 2003
Total Posts: 2538
Country: United States

I voted landscape but include sea, city as well as land in that category. I have a very large collection of religious/cemetery images though.. not sure where I woudl put them if they were #1..

Mike



naturephoto1
Registered: Nov 09, 2005
Total Posts: 1819
Country: United States

I see that I voted for the largest group of Landscape. I most enjoy Landscape, nature, which is not on the list and wildlife, which is on the list.

Rich



H.Lux
Registered: Nov 21, 2010
Total Posts: 450
Country: Germany

I miss a category like "people". For that one I would have voted. There may be more fmers who like that kind of photography best.

Cheers Stefan



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