There are times when I really do struggle to see what is wrong with some photographers, and also why they have to be so damn rude and nasty. Here’s a recent example…….
Following a day at a local race circuit photographing the motorbikes I thought I would share some of my images on a “motorbikes page”, along with a paragraph or two what I had been up to. You know, the standard stuff that goes on these pages.
Within an hour of posting the photos I had received no less than five comments (from different members may I add) saying:-
One thing I want to point out is that I didn’t ask for the photos to be critiqued, so why other members took it upon themselves to do so, and in such a nasty way is beyond me.
The other thing I want to point out is that I intentionally shot at a high ISO to introduce some noise and artifacts (i.e. make the photos look a little ‘grainy’) to make them look raw and a bit edgy. That’s right – I wanted to introduce noise in to my photos, and it is not there because I forgot to adjust a setting.
The difficulty with shooting motorbikes is that there are hundreds of photographers all with the same equipment, standing on the same corners, shooting the same rider and bike, using the same settings lap after lap, and at the end of the day there are going to be hundreds of identical photos by different photographers.
I wanted to capture some different motorbike pictures and ones that are unique. I couldn’t get closer to the motorbikes (because of health and safety and the crash barriers), I couldn’t get higher to shoot down on the bikes, I couldn’t get lower to shoot upwards towards the bikes – the composition was fixed and there was nothing I could do about it. I, like every other photographer on the circuit could only stand there and snap the bikes as they went past.
The only way to capture individual photos was to do something different with the settings, and I thought the way to go was to increase the ISO and get some noise or grain in to the motorbike pictures. Motorbikes are raw, they are edgy and powerful and I think grain in the final photo shows this. I could have stuck with the “perfect settings” and captured the same type of photo as all the other photographers, but what’s the point in that?
I am fully aware the photos are noisy and grainy, and I don’t need that pointing out to me. It is pretty obvious, and I am not that stupid. I also know how to eliminate digital noise and grain, and don’t need that pointing out to me, and I know what software I need (because I have it!) to get rid of noise (when I want to that is). If I want help and assistance I ask for it. If I want my photos critiqued (and sometimes I do) I post them in the “Critique my photo” section of the forum.
The final comments are simply rude, arrogant and not necessary. The two members who spent their time making those comments are pathetic, sad and really need to get a life. Perhaps, rather than spending time being nasty on a forum, they should spend that time posting some of their (no doubt perfect) photos for others to look at, admire and learn from.
I didn’t bother responding to the narrow minded idiot photographers that commented on my photos because I didn’t want to waste any time or energy in explaining myself. Besides, I shouldn’t need to justify myself on the photography forum, so I simply deleted the post.
This may seem like a bit of a rant and vent, and in some ways it is. However, this article does have a moral to it and that is to only critique photos when asked, offer advice and help only when asked and not make nasty and spiteful comments (even if you intend them to be funny or sarcastic). At the end of the day it is the photographer who has the vision, and you have no idea what they are trying to achieve and what you consider under or over exposure may well have been intentional. What you consider noisy may have been intentional. What you consider out of focus may have been intentional.
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