Slow Photography Movement Challenge – First Attempt

Following on from my last post about the slow photography movement, this is my first attempt and the first entry into the challenge. Having walked along the river bank for a few hundred meters I didn’t find anywhere safe to set up the tripod as it has been raining very heavily over the past few days. I was always going to get wet, just how wet depended on how brave I was.

Eventually I found an opening in the trees and a a few stepping stones out into the river. That’s when I decided that the next shot I took was going in as an entry into my slow photography movement challenge. I must have spent at least 15 minutes jumping from rock to rock and back again finding the best place to set up the tripod. I hope you think the results are worth it.

It would be great to see others adding their photos to my slow photography movement challenge. Remember, the only way for other to find out are for you to get the word out there.

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The Slow Photography Movement – A Challenge

Hi All,

A few days ago I was reading a few reviews over on dpreview.com on the Nikon D610 and something really struck me about some people’s attitude towards photography. The original poster was asking about user experience with colour quality versus the Nikon D800. Reading down through the review it soon broke off topic into a discussion about frames per second or FPS. While that’s fine to discuss if FPS is important to you, one user said that with the advent of 4k or even 8k video they would be able to get stills taken at 40FPS and would be “assured of the capturing the moment”

This appalled me. There is so much more to a decent image than firing off your camera like a machine gun and scanning through hundreds or even thousands of images looking for the one good one you might have got. Sure fast FPS has its place, sports photographers need to fire off images in quick succession but hand a camera capable of shooting 8FPS to just anyone and they still won’t get a decent image. Depth of field, lighting, composition etc still need to be taken into account.

When I first got into photography about 10 years ago I decided to study it for a year and did this course. Everything was manual. I used a Nikon FE-2 and 50mm F1.8 only. Prints were all hand developed. Even the film was rolled off large spools into 35mm canisters by hand in pitch black rooms. I had the habit of closing my eyes while doing it even though the room was pitch black. As a poor student every shot was costing me money in film, paper and chemicals so each shot had to count. Everything about the image was thought through before going out, it couldn’t be a starker contrast to the comment above.

Now in these digital days it’s just too easy to take hundreds of pictures. I’m very guilt of this myself and I have to admit my images have suffered as a result. Little mistakes are creeping in more and more often with the attitude that I can fix them up afterwards in Photoshop and that’s just not right. It’s not how I was thought and it’s not what sparked my love of photography off in the first place.

We’ve had the slow food movement, now it’s time for the slow photography movement. I want more people to take their time over the art and I’m beginning with a challenge to all of you

The idea is simple, when out and about you must decide on taking a photo specifically for this challenge. You only get one shot at it on any given day. You can take all the practice shots you like, it doesn’t matter how many pictures you take before or afterwards but you must decide on the one you will be submitting BEFORE you take it and you only get to take one picture for this challenge per day. It can be of anything, pets, people, landscape, macro etc. The only rule is that the image you submit must have been decided on before you took it and you only get one shot at it per day. If it didn’t work out then take the lesson you’ve learned and try again tomorrow. The final day for submissions is the 30th November.

Shots can be submitted by linking back to the image on the comments section below. The only way this can take off is if you, dear reader, will get this challenge out there. Reblog it, link back here, pay a man to walk around shout it if you like. It’s success is counting on others knowing about it. I’d also welcome anyone offering their services as a judge to pick the final winner. the more opinions the better. The winner will receive pride and place in my blogroll and the admiration of your photography peers.

Looking forward to some amazing images and thanks for reading

Conor