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More Survey Results

I’m excited about the Upcoming Webinar! Even though people are signing up, we are still looking through all the online survey results to see what interests you. I’ll keep reading over these before the class to make sure I touch on all these various topics of interest.

Photography is a very personal thing. People interpret what they see through the lens differently, and they look through that lens for so many different reasons.

It’s been interesting to hear the many different reasons folks have given when asked “Why are you so interested in photography?”, and I thought I would share some of them.

“Why are you so interested in photography?”

Lifelong Interest:
“Always have been, from black and white film when I was 12 to digital now and I am 72.”

Cheapskate:
“I’m cheap. I can pay hundreds or thousands of Simoleons for 1 picture from someone else to put on my wall or I can drop the same amount into equipment and take a bunch of cool pictures and have something I made along with a story to tell people when they ask.”

Clumsy:
“I have a creative mind and ten thumbs, so my only choices for a creative outlet are photography or writing.”

Artistic Expression:
“The same reason I write music. Nobody can hear what I hear unless I play it. Nobody can see what I see unless I share it.”

Legacy:
“My dad is a photographer, my grandfather was a photographer.”

Girlfriend-less:
“Cause I don’t have a girlfriend right now.”

Need A Break:
“I love photography because it gets me out of the house. I work all day in a office and I have two small boys and its really nice to take a few hours for myself every once in a while.”

Right-Brained:
“Photography helps me see. Photography helps me slow down. Photography feeds the right side of my brain.”

Left-Brained:
“It’s the perfect mix of art and technical – being an engineer, I lean toward the technical. But my artistic ability is essentially zero. So photography can force me to be artistic with something that can be very technical, since the latter is only half the equation in photography!”

Timeline:
“Life is a timeline, and I like taking photos at various tick marks on that timeline where my life and others intersect.”

Time-Travel:
Time never stands still…and recording that one moment in time is precious. I am able to look back and remember what I saw and rediscover the experience again. I can also share it with people who have missed that moment…hopefully they are able to see and experience what I saw from that one snapshot and gain a better understanding of it.

Thanks again for taking this survey… I get comments here on the blog a lot, but it is very interesting to read through them in this format. I’ve said many times that the community here inspires me a lot… and now that you see it all laid out like this, I think you see why.

Daily Photo – Tower on the Azure Coast

This sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it? “Let’s rent a car in Montpellier and drive along the Mediterranean Sea, jumping from town to town.”

It’s not nearly as easy as it sounds, especially when you get stuck inside of a confusing French city for an hour just trying to get out of it! There’s so much construction in Montpellier that it’s pretty dang crazy. At one point, we even ended up driving through the middle of the town square, at which point we realized we were indeed not on a road any more. This was very embarrassing.

But, eventually, we made it down to Marseille. That is another huge city where the roads are as confusing as can be. Parking by the seaside, I took a little walk to see this round tower that shot out into the midday clouds.

HDR Photo

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  • http://photostry.com Kristi Hines

    Thank goodness the cars are small in Europe… probably couldn’t drive a hummer through a city square as unnoticed. :) Great image, and looking forward to the webinar!

  • http://timetotakepictures.blogspot.com Keith Moyer

    Love the composition on this. Also, great clouds and the detail in the tower is amazing!
    Check out some of my latest pics at http://timetotakepictures.blogspot.com Let me know what you think!

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks!

    Kristi – yes it was a tiny little car for sure. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t cause a scene in the town square.

    Keith – thanks for posting a link over to your work… I encourage all commenters to do this! :)

  • Patrick Ahles

    Great shot, POV is beautiful. Did you get to climb the tower to enjoy the view?

  • http://deysonortiz.com Deyson

    The image is missing. When I click on the image I get this:

    503 Service Unavailable

    No server is available to handle this request.

  • Susan

    Great shot – love the textures in the bricks – the webinar sounds cool and wish I could have seen you trying to drive through the square – lol!

  • Simon Morris

    Nice shot Trey – I like the towers weathered look after many years basking in the strong Mediterranean sun… classic local stonework too, looks great all year round!
    Have a fab weekend all :-)

  • Gail in Montana

    Love the photo of the tower, Trey, great job. I may have mentioned before that my brother in Sweden is digging into our family history. He’s going to the Ancestry.com site now and finding a lot more. Hundreds of different family crests and neat castles. This reminds me of one of those!! I think we must be related to everyone on the planet, lol. My hubby keeps kidding that he’s going to start bowing down to me, ha ;-) I have to go through all the different things he has posted on facebook and count the crests. Some are repeats, of course. I really like the Stewart crest!!
    Thanks again for sharing your photos so generously. Have a great Friday!!!! :-)

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/fullcex/ Filip Farag

    Cool shot Trey, great wall texture! I think Ezio and Altair would love this tower, hehe! :)

  • http://williambeem.com William Beem

    Dear Girlfriend-less:

    Chicks dig fast glass.

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Trey Ratcliff

    Deyson – sorry I fixed the image!

    Thanks all!

  • http://KidsLoveAnimals.com Paul Garrett

    Today’s photo reminded me of Qutub Minar in Dehli, India

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kidsloveanimals/5147764442/in/photostream

  • http://kirantarun.com/lens Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    Great shot. That girl-friend less comment survey is hilarious :D

  • Abel Mendieta

    Whats up Trey, love your work its amazing i just got into hdr photography and wanted to learn so i did a search and your website came up awesome photos

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks!

    Abel – good to see you here – thanks!

  • http://cropsensorphoto.wordpress.com/ Jeff Peterson

    Great photo. Southern France is a beautiful area. Notre Dame de la Garde in Marseille is a really beautiful church.

    Haha, chicks dig fast glass…that’s classic.

  • http://www.jimstephensphoto.com Jim Stephens

    Marseille… In 1971, on a Saturday afternoon I was driving through Marseilles in my brand new 1971 Dodge Challenger RT on my way to Monaco for the Grand Prix the next day. I came to a large intersection that had several streets emptying into a massive traffic circle. I followed what appeared to be the proper etiquette for negotiating this mess, I hit my horn and drove in looking for the proper out street for Nice. All of a sudden a gendarme in the center of the intersection blows his whistle and holds up his hand motioning for me to stop so I did. I saw an opening and started for it but he put his hand out, again stopping me. After a few moments he looked at my car. Walked around it twice. Then he came up to my window and motioned for me to lower it. When I lowered it he asked a question in French. I said “I don’t speak French”. He said “you are an American and do not speak French”. I said “yes” as he shook his head sadly. He then asked in English where was I going and I told him to Monaco for the Grand Prix. He says, “one moment”, moves to the center of the traffic circle, blows his whistle holding out his hands stopping traffic in all directions. Then he bows at the waist and motions me on my way with one arm. He just wanted to have a good look at my new, loud, Dodge Challenger RT. Ah Marseilles.

  • http://www.jimstephensphoto.com Jim Stephens

    Oops, I forgot. I enjoy your work and this site. That’s twice I almost got lost in Marseilles. :-)

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Trey Ratcliff

    hehe great story Jim – thanks! :)

  • http://von-m.com.au von Maedler

    Great story – thanks for sharing.

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