Lifetime Shot - When?

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by ReD, Mar 7, 2014.

  1. ReD

    ReD Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    Ok Something Pdh said about being dissatisfied with his current photos & I been playing at this photography lark for just over a year now so I'm just wondering when I will be taking my Lifetime Shot

    Its unlikely to happen sometime soon but I'd just like an idea of when things amalgamate
  2. pniev

    pniev Student for life

    May 13, 2013
    Not sure if you want to make your lifetime shot already. If so, the fun is gone. As soon as I know I made THE shot, I will stop taking photos.

    It is like tasting the best salmon in the world or drinking the best coffee or wine. As soon as you've tasted it, everything else tastes bad. The problem is that you will only know in hindsight and by that time it's too late.

    BTW: I think you're doing great. I love your shots and creativity.
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  3. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    From all evidence, I made mine in 1977 and I don't have any evidence of it any longer. The prints are gone, the negative is long lost. But I remember it so clearly I could draw an exact replica of it if I could draw. It was a street photograph before I was even conscious of the concept, let alone practiced at it. I'd love to have it again, but it works well enough as a memory. And it hasn't kept me away from always trying to match it... I only know it was the one because I haven't matched it and its been a little while now...

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  4. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    ReD, I can't believe you've only been "at it" for a year. The images you create are really something special.

    For me, I'm not chasing after "the One". Rather than one epic high point, I'd prefer just elevate the level of my everyday shots. But it seems I peaked a couple years ago and am now just going in reverse. So maybe a good goal would be to just never regress.....LOL.
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  5. Djarum

    Djarum All-Pro

    Jul 10, 2010
    Huntsville, AL
    Good Grief I know I've never taken one. Maybe never will.
  6. ReD

    ReD Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    Been interested in Photography for years since 68 / 69 but never to the scale that it has been this last year since getting the F660 - much of this down to this forum & unquenched curiosity

    There's a lot of images here (at least one a week) I'd be proud to have taken
  7. olli

    olli Super Moderator Emeritus

    Sep 28, 2010
    Metro Manila
    I suppose in theory your lifetime shot could be the last shot you ever take so if you think you already have it you might discover in a few more years that you were wrong. So it's probably better to think about your best shot so far. If you were to ask me this my choice would change from one day to the next, possibly even from one minute to the next. So it's probably best to think about your best shots so far.

    I'm also dissatisfied with my current output. I've been in a photographic slump for getting on for two years now, which is a lot since I've only been shooting seriously for around six years. But I don't believe I'll be there forever. In the same way that your photographic purple patches don't last, your photographic slumps don't last either.

    In the meantime I take pictures and occasional videos of pandas at the DC zoo. My three year old niece thinks they're all absolutely brilliant.
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  8. Dewi Sant

    Dewi Sant Veteran

    Dec 20, 2013
    Lancashire, England
    It's chasing rainbows, isn't it? Once you've found your pot of gold is there anything left to aspire to? I'm not actually sure I ever want to make that "lifetime shot", it's something that as photographers we all seek, but secretly hope we never find. I've been shooting since I was ten years old - 53 years now - and never taken it, I've come close sometimes but it's my guess I'll never take that one picture that I can truly call my "Lifetime" shot.
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  9. I already took mine, in 2007. I'll never better it and my only regret is that I didn't have a "better" camera at the time. Taking it has made me continue to seek to better it, though.