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    Default Traditions, Habits and UE OCD

    In the wake of the chairs, doors and toilets threads I got more actively curious about habits and traditions explorers have when they're out and how you got them.

    For me it's trying to get at least one group photo and door knobs. I've taken a picture of at least one door knob at every site I've been to and feel strange if I don't get one. It's become enough of a habit that I don't even consciously think about it anymore. I don't think there's any great story about how it became a standard for me. I took one, liked it and decided to use knobs as my "signature" shots.

    Looking at the other threads it seems that doors, chairs, toilets and hallways seem to be some obvious repeat subjects. What are some others floating out there? Shots you have to get at every location or even things you have to do (like wearing lucky socks) when you explore?

    Abandoned Knobs

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    I choose a word of the day ...and I always wear my hat, you all know the one...

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    After going to a few too many spots and realizing 1/2 way through the place that I had been shooting at 1600ISO the entire time I always check, and recheck my ISO when I take my camera out.

    As schmoo, Paranoid?, and Descending always say.. EVERY DAY IS CHECK YOUR ISO DAY!

    i always try to remember/wear one of my funny exploring t-shirts and i do have a lucky pair of boxer shorts i like to wear when i explore.




    plus there is that whole KING thing...
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    I always make sure that my compact flash card is in my camera before heading out. I'm paranoid about that big time.

    In terms of pictures, I think you guys know that I am a hallway and staircase whore. I have to look for them in every abandonment. I don't shy away from doors either. Also I like closeups that are off centered to one side.
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    i also like to mate with abandonments and breed hybrid human/abandonments babies

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    Quote Originally Posted by mentok View Post
    i also like to mate with abandonments and breed hybrid human/abandonments babies
    Ok, now I'm scared. I know abandonments turn you on more than a girl sometimes but this one is kinda freaky. I like your warped and twisted mind my friend!
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    I normally check my camera for a battery a few times... Then once i get to my car i check to make sure I put my camera back in my bag after checking for a battery... I don't think about it... But, I always seem to wear one of two shirts when I go exploring...
    F/RoX

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    I like group shots. and I like low p.o.v. shooting.(its not just my tripod.) and I like self portraits a lot. A great friend and professional photographer once told me to take as many self portraits as you can cause when you are dead and gone they can tell a story of yourself. and I think Zombieism is the new mentok hat or king mask for me... haha
    "I'm coming down fast, but I'm miles above you."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doomed View Post
    I like group shots. and I like low p.o.v. shooting.(its not just my tripod.) and I like self portraits a lot. A great friend and professional photographer once told me to take as many self portraits as you can cause when you are dead and gone they can tell a story of yourself. and I think Zombieism is the new mentok hat or king mask for me... haha
    Don't forget having your batteries die halfway through an explore...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Descending View Post
    Don't forget having your batteries die halfway through an explore...
    thats a must.
    "I'm coming down fast, but I'm miles above you."

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    i like to poop or pee in strange places.

    all those shots of abandoned toilets that people always caption with my name are mislabeled cuz i don't usually poop in them.
    leave the gun, take the canoli.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doomed View Post
    and I think Zombieism is the new mentok hat or king mask for me... haha

    yo tambien.


    Quote Originally Posted by don corleyone View Post
    i like to poop or pee in strange places.

    all those shots of abandoned toilets that people always caption with my name are mislabeled cuz i don't usually poop in them.




    as for me...

    My habits are:
    -take 3-7 different cameras.
    -have a plan.
    -get in the fun way.. even if it's more difficult.
    -find something dead.
    -polaroids
    -play hide and seek with myself.
    -poop wipe with my hand and then wash my hands with my pee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by briansbrains View Post

    -poop wipe with my hand and then wash my hands with my pee.
    please tell me that one is a joke... haha
    "I'm coming down fast, but I'm miles above you."

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    An empty memory card, charged batteries (two sets for the flash) as many lenses as I can handle carrying, and proper clothing. I have been getting in the habit of bringing bug spray with me lately.

    I will usually try to punch a baby/senior before going out as well.

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    Nighttime exterior photos, most places have more appeal once the sun has set.

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    Oh when we went to the Coat Mill, when I pulled my camera out, I completely forgot to charge my camera batteries... so that adds to the paranoia. Good thing my friend has a Canon that uses the same battery as mine, so he lend me his spare. So now I make sure that batteries are good as well.
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    I gotta get at least one of these in every place I go...

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    I actually have OCD...but other than washing my hands I cannot think of any habits of mine.

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    I actually make a checklist of stuff that I am packing for a trip, so I forget nothing.

    As far as what I like to shoot, I like windows. Shots looking out windows, broken windows, curtains and light coming through windows and the shadows/illumination it creates.
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    Tie your shoes.
    Wear clean underwear.
    Take your vitamins.
    Wear gloves, I always wear handling gloves.
    Bring TP for Manvil sized shits in abandonments.
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