I think I have hit the wall.

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by KVG, Feb 22, 2013.

  1. KVG

    KVG Banned User

    May 10, 2011
    yyc(Calgary, AB)
    Kelly Gibbons
    Every winter since I hate the cold, I take less photos since I'm stuck inside. Lately I also have a lack of motivation even when I get out. I still really enjoy looking at people work on here and on other sites, but I just not feeling the vibe myself. Help!!!
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  2. DynaSport

    DynaSport Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 5, 2013
    Been there myself. It's just a hobby. It will likely come back. It did for me. Don't worry about it.
  3. twokatmew

    twokatmew Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jun 1, 2012
    Lansing, MI, US
    I'm having the same problem. Can't wait for spring! :eek:
  4. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Richmond, VA
    Richard Elliott
    Move south ;)
  5. veereshai

    veereshai Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 12, 2011
    Arlington, VA
    The solution that works for me is to go back to the reason why you started pursuing photography as a hobby and finding the right people to share it with. Join new groups on meetup and go meet new people or explore a new locality/city. It's a phase that'll eventually pass, hang in there :smile:.
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  6. elavon

    elavon Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 1, 2012
    Tel Aviv Israel
    Take a short trip to a new place. This will bring back the fun of shooting.
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  7. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Legend Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    Yeah, same here. That's when I start churning gear! Nothing to shoot, so I start double-thinking my gear. Sorry, no solutions. Just feeling your pain.

    We're going to the Caymans in April. Travel always helps.
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  8. fransglans

    fransglans Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 12, 2012
    I use to Increase my photoshop skills in times like that
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  9. Dave in Wales

    Dave in Wales Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 5, 2011
    West Wales
    Been there, done that, got the 'T' shirt....more times than I care to remember.

    DON'T whatever you do, sell your gear....I have many times and lived to regret it every time....'Ho-Hum'
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  10. drewbot

    drewbot Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 21, 2011
    Toronto, ON
    Yupp. That's Canadian winter.

    I've been pacing indoors all week and I feel antsy.
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  11. elavon

    elavon Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 1, 2012
    Tel Aviv Israel
    Read this Photo book. It will challenge your photo skills.
    It really helped me shooting indoor objects using flash.
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  12. robin3mj

    robin3mj Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 30, 2012
    But...the same old landscapes take on a different look in the winter, which is worth shooting. And I think the further North you go in the winter, the more interesting the quality of the (admittedly brief) sunlight.

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  13. KVG

    KVG Banned User

    May 10, 2011
    yyc(Calgary, AB)
    Kelly Gibbons
    Thats a great idea, I might do that, or take a course for fun.

    I am planing on taking a trip back home to Vancouver next month :biggrin:

    I have been resisting the same urges to buy and sell stuff.

    Can you guys suggest some sites/blogs for me to check out?
  14. savvy

    savvy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 28, 2012
    S.Yorkshire, UK

    Which photo book, no link? I'm interested in learning more about indoor flash.


  15. tdekany

    tdekany Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    Because I am new to photography, I don't have any issues taking pictures. How long have you been a photographer?
  16. elavon

    elavon Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 1, 2012
    Tel Aviv Israel
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  17. KVG

    KVG Banned User

    May 10, 2011
    yyc(Calgary, AB)
    Kelly Gibbons
    I've been back into it for 3yrs now, but winter always kills me.
  18. ean10775

    ean10775 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 31, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
    This. I find winter to be a good time to go though older images and see what I can do with them, but admittedly I seem to acquire or reshuffle all my gear in the winter as well. In fact, I just sold a lens and purchased a body.
  19. fin azvandi

    fin azvandi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 12, 2011
    South Bend, IN
    I'm in the same boat, Midwest USA winters can be beautiful but there are many dull grey days too. I carry my camera with me most days but often come home with nothing. I think it's a combination of bad light and being in the same place day after day. At least when the weather is nicer there are more things/situations outside to shoot on the walk home.

    I think the best strategy is to change up your routine somehow - go to a different location than normal, find something indoor that might be fun to shoot, etc.
  20. tdekany

    tdekany Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    Sorry to hear that.

    How about (don't know what camera you have) using one of those art modes? The pictures I have taken with some of them sure looked different and fun to me. :thumbup: