What Shootabout is All About

A Walkabout is a spiritual journey commonly undergone by the Australian Aboriginal people and is something of a right of passage. They wander in the “bush” and imitate some of the heroic deeds of their ancestor’s. Webster uses the phrase an “interruption from regular work.”

I’m a photographer and one of the many victims of trying to commercialize my hobby. I want to make money as a photographer so I shoot weddings, models, product, events and just about everything else I can get paid for. This has been great for my career and honestly it’s been a lot of fun, but, I never want to lose the hobbyist passion.

This is why I’m starting a separate side of my photography and calling it “Shootabout.” I want it to be an “interruption from regular work” and a “spiritual journey” in which I can break away from the studios and the clients and get back to my roots. Shooting the world as I see it.

My primary goal is for myself. I want to ignite some of the creative fire I get when it’s just me and the camera, no deadlines, no goals, no clients. My secondary goal is to inspire you to do the same thing by sharing my progress, my revelations and of course, my pictures.

I want your feedback. Whether it’s constructive criticism, praise, or stories and pictures from you own “Shootabouts” feel free to comment or email me. Good luck, God Bless, and enjoy!

Arley Seth
arleyseth@gmail.com

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299 responses

19 01 2012
carolisle

You go Arley, It looks like we’re on the same page of inspiration.

19 01 2012
96arley

Thanks! I just got so burnt out on doing projects for other people I stopped taking pictures that were just for me. Now that I’m working it back into my routine I’m really falling in love all over again :)

28 01 2012
Boyer Writes

Thank you for looking at my site. I am with you on finding the pure joy of photography. If I get inspired by my photography that lends itself to children’s books…then I write a book using my photography. This year I want to publish a real coffee table book using the writings that I have on my blog. http://www.boyerwrites.wordpress.com So we both have some goals for 2012. Keep in touch. I will look forward to hearing good things. Nancy

28 01 2012
96arley

Wow, sounds like you have a pretty busy schedule coming up, best of luck

19 01 2012
girl in the hat

This looks fun. I like that idea of a walkabout or a shootabout. I guess I’d have to call my thing a “writeabout,” which makes it feel even more fun and exciting (and transformative).

19 01 2012
96arley

:) It really is a lot of fun. I enjoy writing too, obviously. It’s fun to just take pictures, or write, without a goal. I think it’s therapeutic, or at least a great stress reliever.

19 01 2012
design6

what a great idea and i love what you called it…

19 01 2012
96arley

Thanks! I had really liked the idea of it for a while before I did it. The blog just kind of happened after I decided for myself to start doing “shootabouts”

19 01 2012
Filipino Festival

Great Blog!

19 01 2012
96arley

Thanks! I appreciate is

19 01 2012
Jeffrey Wineriter

A great idea! It’s awesome Arley, always good to break from our daily routines of work and give our minds some fresh places. I’ll have a link in my post to this page as a great example of walking photography,or as you call it ‘shootabout’.

19 01 2012
96arley

Thanks Jeffrey! I really appreciate you linking me in to your post. I love your blog!

19 01 2012
Inspirational Ideas for Photography « Jeffrey Wineriter Photography

[...] Okay your internet provider is giving you horrible service as usual and you haven’t been near books in ages. Lucky for you I have a third suggestion. Go for a walk. Where? That depends on how far you want to go. A walk can also expand to driving and visiting new locations. Many times somewhere new can offer a broad range of subjects and ideas to shoot. Even if you have been to your neighborhood park a thousand times before life may offer something new and random that was not there before. As I have mentioned earlier, viewing pictures will help you spot and even increase your spotting speed for potential subjects. Soon after I published this post I received a comment by Arley suggesting I check out his blog because it was based on this idea of walking photography, but he calls it instead a shootabout. It’s a very good example of inspiration that can be found from one of these walks. Check it out here, Shootabout. [...]

19 01 2012
Ryua Lia

such inspiring work and story… <3

19 01 2012
96arley

Thanks for the compliment. I love your work and “The Date a Girl” piece too. So true, if only they were easier to come by :)

19 01 2012
nc

Great blog! Can’t wait to see the rest of your journey :)

20 01 2012
96arley

Thank you! More to come soon! :)

19 01 2012
Fish & Bicycles

Hello! Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking one of my posts!

I love the theme of your blog, as it resonates with what other artistic professionals I’ve known have said about the pros and cons of doing something you love for a living.

I look forward to check in on your journey when I can.

Cheers!

20 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, it’s definitely a catch 22 but well worth it when you can use it properly :)

20 01 2012
MADELAINECATHERINEFERGUSON

I totally get where you are coming from. Hence my 365! Can be really draining constantly shooting for other people!

20 01 2012
96arley

I love all the 365 projects. I just don’t trust myself to make the time to shoot every day. I’m going to try to do one shootabout a week and upload the pictures throughout that week

20 01 2012
Jacs

Hello you! Some great photography going on here! I used to enter competitions with my photos, but grew weary of trying to compete with the professionals who join amateur sites. It’s hard to compete when you have a fairly simple 14mpx point and shoot and they have all the latest gadgets. So I understand your comments about “commercialism” and the like. Nowadays I also take photographs purely for my own and others’ enjoyment. Until I get “that shot” – which will blow someone away enough to pay good money for it. ;-)

20 01 2012
96arley

I definitely sympathize. Photography is one of the most competitive fields to make money in. Best of luck, let me know when you get that shot :)

20 01 2012
seekraz

Hello Arley – I noticed that you stopped-by my blog this morning. Thank you for visiting and letting me know you were there…as I now know you are here, too.

It looks like you have great idea going for your own blog…welcome to the ‘sphere.

I’m still a novice photographer with a nice new camera, nothing fancy or extreme…so I’ll have plenty to be inspired-by with visits to your blog.

Thank you again for the visit. Will see you around….

Scott

20 01 2012
96arley

Thanks Scott I appreciate you stopping in

20 01 2012
Bill

Thanks Arley for visiting CorneaCopea. Going to take some liesure time to meander through your own blog now. :)

20 01 2012
96arley

Thanks Bill, I don’t have a lot of content up yet. I just launched on Tuesday and have been trying to get a lot up quick but it’s tough to do around a full time job and a busy personal schedule. I’m really enjoying it though.

20 01 2012
Angeline M

Thanks for the follow Arley. I’ll look forward to all of your posts. I really like your shootabout concept.

20 01 2012
96arley

No problem. I’m a sucker for a 365 blog. I wish I had the self control/time to do something like that. It really is a lot of fun. My hope is more people will start doing it soon and tell me about their experiences

20 01 2012
yearinphotography

Your idea for a Shootabout is really neat. How long has/will it go on for? I’ve seen a bunch of other 365 projects, but yours is different and really great. The day-to-day record might be off by a bit, but it seems like there’s much more meaning to what you find.

21 01 2012
96arley

Hi! I actually just launched shootabout on Tuesday so this is day 5. My intention is to continue it indefinitely, especially with the response it’s getting right now. My goal is to spend a full day shooting every weekend and then write and upload the posts throughout the week. I would love to have daily content but my schedule doesn’t always permit that so I just do what I can for now. This is first and foremost for me, I’ve really gotten a lot of satisfaction from doing it so I’m just pumped other people like it too!

20 01 2012
Gail Schechter

sounds like a great idea…have FUN!

21 01 2012
96arley

Thanks! I am :)

21 01 2012
CMSmith

I think this sounds really good, Arley. I’m going to put you on my google reader. I can’t wait to see what you do.

21 01 2012
96arley

Thank You! I look forward to sharing my work with you soon :)

21 01 2012
CMSmith

You might really enjoy Rudolf Vicek. He’s a doctor, I think, but does photography as a hobby if I’m not mistaken. He’s one of my favorite photographers. I hope this link works for you. https://plus.google.com/u/0/105637423694027427561/posts

I can’t find his blog address at the moment. If this doesn’t work, let me know.

21 01 2012
96arley

Thanks for the recommendation! http://rudolfvlcek.wordpress.com/ is his wordpress

21 01 2012
lamorm1

I like the idea of a shootabout. Photography as a spiritual journey. I have found that when I photograph with a sense of play and creativity with no thought about outcome or pleasing anyone, I do my best work. Good luck on your shootabout.

21 01 2012
96arley

That’s exactly the purpose for this :) thanks for stopping by :)

23 01 2012
mllamoreux

I like it, used to do it. Now I am a climate-change refugee, maybe I’ll document that experience.

23 01 2012
96arley

I would love to hear more about your experiences. Where did you live and what happened?

23 01 2012
BUFFALO RIVER DIARIES

Great to connect with another fan of shallow DoF! I’m looking forward to seeing more of your work. Thanks for stopping by! ~ Red

23 01 2012
96arley

Definitely, I’ve got another shoot done that I’m going to upload today or tomorrow. I’m trying to work more landscapes and big shots but something about shallow DoF shots just gets me. I love drawing your attention to one unique detail and leave everything else to the imagination

23 01 2012
Anita Mac

That’s awesome!!! One should always have the chance to keep their passions ignited, and get out there for the love of it!

23 01 2012
96arley

Definitely, this blog has really helped me do that in the short week it’s been up

23 01 2012
Vickie

Arley thanks for stopping by my blog and the like! I really like the idea of a shootabout. Sometimes we lose ourselves and our vision by taking images that others want. Great way to get my creativity and vision back. Which is why I began taking pictures in the first place! Look forward to seeing more of your posts!

23 01 2012
96arley

Thanks Vickie, I’m glad you could identify. I’m working on a post with some images from friends and fellow bloggers, if you have anything that you think would fit with the theme of this blog feel free to shoot me an email with the picture, a link back to your blog so I can credit you, and a few sentences about the image. I’ll try to work it into an upcoming post :)

23 01 2012
anngraham

Thanks for the like Arley. I’ll be interested to see where your photographic journeys take you – geographically and spiritually.

23 01 2012
96arley

Thanks!

23 01 2012
Mel

You’re very insightful about the reason for this blog. Great to temper the drive for business results with a conscious consideration of your creative side.
Thanks for visiting my blog and reading an entry. Hope to see you there again.

23 01 2012
96arley

Definitely, and thanks for returning the visit.

23 01 2012
philmsy

Thanks for liking my post! Can’t wait to see how your photographs progress.

23 01 2012
96arley

You’re welcome, your blog has a lot of style. I’m enjoying it so far and I hope you enjoy mine too

23 01 2012
DBJohnson

Thanks for the visit to my blog. I’m looking forward to following your photographic journey…really like what you’ve done with your blog!

23 01 2012
96arley

Thanks DB, I appreciate you stopping by too

23 01 2012
mississhippi

I really like what you have decided to do with your blog. We all find it so easy to get so bogged down in life that we forget to live it. I look forward to see more of the places/things you find as you wander.

23 01 2012
96arley

Thanks for the feedback, I hope to come through with lots of fresh content soon!

23 01 2012
Bruce Laister

So many people think that making time for you is selfish – I believe its vitally important and not at all selfish!
Go for it!
Have fun!!

23 01 2012
96arley

Thanks Bruce, you definitely have to set aside some me time every now and then. Whether your thing is photography, writing, games, whatever it is you need to do it to clear your head of all the stuff you do for everyone else. I appreciate you stoping in!

24 01 2012
Sandra Armstrong photographysandra armstrong

So true,the real horror would be if we woke up and didn’t want to take a photograph. I was up late last night ordering photos for a traditional style album, the ratios of which are often wrong for me and a walkabout would certainly help

24 01 2012
96arley

I’m glad I left an impression. If you do start doing a shootabout now and then I hope you’ll let me share it with my followers

24 01 2012
atmtx

I like that name, shootabout and the tie-in to the Aboriginal roots.

24 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, the idea of just breaking away and spending some time without specific goals has always really appealed to me, glad you stopped by

24 01 2012
Miles

Like your concept here. Keep shooting! :-)

24 01 2012
96arley

Thanks Miles, glad you stopped in!

24 01 2012
cyndysmith

Shootabout is a great Idea! Thanks for liking my Dog Lovers post.

24 01 2012
96arley

Thanks and no problem, I had a German Shepard for years and years, he was a very smart and faithful friend.

24 01 2012
scalesurfer

hi,
thanks for stopping by and hitting ze like button!
FG

24 01 2012
96arley

No Problem, I enjoyed the 24 hour museum pictures, very cool

24 01 2012
Eva

Let´s live our dreams! good luck and enjoy!
thanks for the “like”
Eva

24 01 2012
96arley

No problem Eva, I appreciate you stopping by!

24 01 2012
Steven

Great photos. Keen to see how your journey goes.

24 01 2012
96arley

Thanks Steven, I’m looking forward to sharing my next shoot :)

24 01 2012
Aaron

This is a great idea, I think we’ve got a similar passion! Can’t wait to see how things progress throughout the year!

24 01 2012
96arley

Thanks Aaron, if you’re interested I’m entertaining the idea of using some guest bloggers to share content. Email me if you’d like to know more arleyseth@gmail.com

24 01 2012
Alex Boiciuc

Nice blog, nice work! Glad I stopped by!

24 01 2012
96arley

Thanks Alex and me too :)

24 01 2012
KBHimages

I’ll be watching :)

24 01 2012
96arley

Thanks! I hope you enjoy it!

24 01 2012
koihernandez

I love your photoblogs. Very inspiring. Thanks! Kudos! :D

24 01 2012
96arley

Glad you’ve enjoyed it. Hope to see you again!

24 01 2012
Lisa

Hi Arley – thanks so much for coming by Lorain365 and liking what you saw!
I’m looking forward to seeing more of what you find on your journey, too :-)
So far, so good!

http://lorain365.wordpress.com/

24 01 2012
96arley

Thanks Lisa, I love exploring other blogs :)

24 01 2012
vagabondaway

Some really great photos! I admire your courage of pursuing your dream.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and I look forward to your next post.

24 01 2012
96arley

Your welcome and thanks :)

24 01 2012
Developing A New Image

Arley……I got to love it, a “shootabout”. Throw in an “exposure” or “shutter” quest and I think we could start a whole new age movement for photogs………..friends don’t let friends shoot jpegs….en theos….jim

24 01 2012
96arley

Thanks for the high praise Jim. A “movement” would definitely be more than I dreamed, haha. I appreciate you stopping by

25 01 2012
aqueoussun

Thanks very much for your support with my Bruges in December pics, it’s much appreciated….

25 01 2012
96arley

No problem. Glad you stopped by

25 01 2012
rodneymmedrano

Hi Arley! Thanks for stopping by and liking my post. :) Nice article. Just as you said, my ‘shootabout’ is an interruption from the stress and pressure of my day job.

25 01 2012
96arley

Glad you can identify with it.

25 01 2012
upspirits

Hi Arley

I echo Rodney comment above, although my day is not stressful I have taken to carrying a pocket compact camera around now, never know what one may find

25 01 2012
96arley

That’s a great simple way to re-ignite your creative spark. Thanks for sharing!

25 01 2012
bigstretch

Hey Arley,

Like many above, just a quick thanks for stopping by and liking my most recent post at the Big Stretch Photography Blog… You’ve summed up a very common ailment most photogs face at some point and tackled it head on, but with some common sense thrown in. While I love 365 projects, it can very easily become a job in itself, so “knowing your limit and staying within it”, is a great message to convey while helping others find inspiration.

Keep it up!

25 01 2012
96arley

Thanks for stopping by and I’m glad you connected with the concept. And you caught me, I’m a habitual blog explorer :)

25 01 2012
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25 01 2012
allegroandrea

Great blog. Thanks for clicking “like” on a post of mine, so I got to know your good work!

25 01 2012
96arley

You have some really fantastic Black and White work. Glad you dropped in

25 01 2012
Reggie

Thank you for clicking ‘like’ on one of my posts too – that’s how I found your blog. You take amazing pictures!

25 01 2012
96arley

Thanks Reggie, I love exploring all the blogs on here. There’s so much to see.

25 01 2012
Doodling Through Life

So true! When you take only photos of clients, you do tend to get burned out. IT is so important to take your photos for you and to have an outlet for your creativity at the end of the day :)!

25 01 2012
96arley

Couldn’t agree with you more, thanks for stopping by

25 01 2012
M.K. Hajdin

What a great idea. I’m looking forward to seeing your pictures. Thanks for liking my blog post.

25 01 2012
96arley

No Problem, glad you stopped in

25 01 2012
The Barkshire Post

Great photos and blog! Thanks for dropping by our post earlier.

25 01 2012
96arley

No Problem! I love exploring other blogs

25 01 2012
Stuart Hyde

This is exactly what my blog is all about as well…photos for fun …
Great stuff !

25 01 2012
96arley

Thanks Stuart, I’m glad you stopped by

26 01 2012
lakesideindia

Thanks for liking my post.

I’m a ‘hobby photographer’ and agree with you entirely – never lose the love of taking pictures.
Dorinda (lakesideindia)

26 01 2012
96arley

Thanks Dorinda, I’m glad you know what I mean. Glad you stopped by

26 01 2012
mexcelia

Thanks for stopping by my blog, it led me here. What a great blog, and love the title “shootabout.” Inspires me to pick up my little digital and go out and about today to see what I can shoot! I’m currently lucky enough to be in an area that begs to be photographed, but remember being inspired by broken down old buildings while in Youngstown, Ohio. Guess beauty is in the eye, huh?

26 01 2012
96arley

Or the lens of the beholder :) Thanks for stopping by!

26 01 2012
animalartist

That’s exactly what my photography is all about. I take a lot of photos with intention as an assignment or which I know I’ll eventually use in one of my designs, but then I’ll photograph just about anything I see along the way that’s inspiring, and I love to share.

When did you begin this blog, and how did you find so many followers so quickly?

26 01 2012
96arley

The blog has been up for a little over a week. I’m very active on wordpress. I spend several hours every day looking through other blogs on the main reading page. I’ve been able to find some amazing photographers and people there and when I comment, like and follow them, it brings some of them back here. If they like my content, they often follow me too. I’m not “trying” to get a lot of followers but I do like the exposure and hearing what people have to say. It’s a lot of help for me as I try to define what I want to be as a photographer and I hope the photos and notes I share can inspire others in some way too.

26 01 2012
an.ha

Hello Arley,
thank you for liking my sunset pictures! =) It’s very appreciated.
Take care and keep up the good work with your shootabout,
Andreas

26 01 2012
96arley

Thanks Andreas, best wishes to you as well

26 01 2012
Mama's Empty Nest

Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my photo! I love the idea of a “shootabout!” Very novel idea.

26 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, I’m glad you like it

26 01 2012
annefreemanimages

Nice idea. Like your shots, too! Thanks for visiting my blog and the likes.

Cheers!
~Anne

26 01 2012
96arley

Glad you stopped by, thanks

26 01 2012
bwbears

Inspiring and fun idea! Thank you for liking my blog post.

26 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, I’m glad you like it :)

26 01 2012
yamaneoya

Sounds like our plans our the same. I have been able to pick-up a little here and there and it is hard to get into the market. I have been trying various areas of photography and have published one photo-book for friends whom I served with in the Stan and Iraq. Most of the proceeds go to wounded vets but it has started a little something for me. So good luck Arley and hope you make it. Currently I have to take on a full time job as a scaffolder to make ends meet. But it is all well and good just keep you eye on your goal.

Oh thanks for following me. Hope you will enjoy my work as I am sure I will enjoy yours.

Yamane

26 01 2012
96arley

Yamane, I hope you’ll send me an email, I’d love to have you write a bit about your experiences and how they’ve influenced your photography. My email is arleyseth@gmail.com

26 01 2012
crweatherford

Thanks for taking a look at my blog! I love the concept of yours and good luck on your journey. I’ve enjoyed looking through your pictures.

26 01 2012
96arley

Thank you, I’m glad you’ve enjoyed it

26 01 2012
Bethylicious

This is a great idea! It’s refreshing to break away from the “business” part of it and get back to what made you want to make it a business in the first place. I look forward to seeing your journey :)

26 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, I’m glad you stopped by and I look forward to sharing my journey :)

26 01 2012
narhvalur

Interesting blog and thoughts! Thanks for your LIKE buttons on my blog! Ann

26 01 2012
96arley

Thanks for stopping by Ann, and you’re welcome :)

26 01 2012
Lemony(Gr)Egghead

Hi, Arley. So glad to discover your blog. Looks like you have some great things happening here. I’ll definitely be tuning in. All best wishes to you!

26 01 2012
96arley

Thank you! I’m glad you think so. I look forward to seeing you around the site

26 01 2012
quotidianhudsonriver

Thank you for stopping by the Hudson today! The river always appreciates visitors. I have several followers who I think would be very interested in your Shootabout and so I will be linking to you in my post tomorrow.
Meanwhile, I would like to recommend one of your fellow Carolinians to you. She is a writer who occasionally shoots but I find her writing is in the true spirit of a walkabout and think you might enjoy her. Her name is Andra Watkins, her site is The Accidental Cootchie Mama,

http://andrawatkins.com/

Keep on shooting for yourself (I find it is the only thing that keeps me sane.)

26 01 2012
96arley

Thank you so much. I appreciate the offer. You’re more than welcome to grab any picture on the blog to share with your reader’s as well. If you would be interested in writing a guest piece sometime you can email me, arleyseth@gmail.com I’m looking into Andra’s blog right now and I’m really enjoying it so far

26 01 2012
Photos With Finesse

Last September I headed out to shoot a scenic of a specific area for a customer. Got the shots I needed, then realized what an incredibly gorgeous autumn day it was – sparkly frost everywhere, blue skies, warmth building with mist on roadside ponds. I spent the next 4 hours having a ‘me’ day or a ‘shootabout’ in your terms. Fantastic feeling and am still doing it here and there. I have a friend who impulsively calls the night before and says ‘want to see if we can catch the sunrise’. Got a few nice ones out of that too. Good luck on your shootabouts!

26 01 2012
96arley

Thanks for responding. It’s always exciting when you can take a shoot you’re doing for a client and turn it into a shoot you’re doing for yourself at the same time. Thanks for stopping by and I appreciate you sharing how you’ve had your own “shootabouts” too!

27 01 2012
lens2heart

Hi Arley,
Thanks for dropping round at formosainsight.com. Glad you enjoyed some of the images there. I think having personal projects or a blog to spur us on is a great way to stimulate the creative juices and minimise rut time. That’s one of the reasons I started formosa insight. I’m bookmarking shootabout as I always find it good to be stimulated by (rather than copy) the creativity of others. Looking forward to dropping in and seeing more of what your up to from time to time. God bless

Andy

27 01 2012
96arley

Thanks Andy, I appreciate you stopping by!

27 01 2012
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27 01 2012
judenegardner

Thanks for stopping by my blog and ” liking” a post. I am enjoying learning all I can about this new hobby of mine! I’m finding lots of inspiration on your blog…in the photos and the thought processes involved. I look forward to following your journey.

27 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, I’m glad you stopped by

28 01 2012
Cris

Way to go. In some ways, I’m your opposite. I’m just a hobbyist who would like to get paid. LOL

For four years I took photographs for a newspaper. I really enjoyed that, getting out and meeting people. I loved to take photos of people just doing stuff. That was fun.

But since I’ve been driving all night for a living, living in a dump, I don’t get out much any more. Still, because of this weekly photo challenge, I’ve been encouraged to at least photograph what’s all around me. That’s been really cool.

I’ll be watching you, and thanks for stopping by and liking my “Weekly Photo Challenge: Simple (Old Barn)” at https://fstopfantasy.wordpress.com/

28 01 2012
96arley

I have a lot of respect for you sticking it out with your passion even when it’s tough otherwise. I appreciate your candor and hope you’re able to breathe enough life into your photography that it puts you back in a place to make money from it again. God Bless and thanks for the comment!

28 01 2012
Steve M.

I love the idea behind your blog, very cool. Will certainly bookmark / follow!

28 01 2012
96arley

Thanks Steve, I appreciate that

28 01 2012
Diane Seddon LRPS - Oaktree Photography

What a brilliant idea….. it’s a great thing to do.

28 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, I’m glad you liked it

29 01 2012
Alexa Baracaia

Beautiful shots and a really great blog. Thanks too for stopping past mine (yesnobananas) – as a newbie it’s very much appreciated
Alexa

29 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, glad you enjoyed

29 01 2012
avian101

You’re just feeling what all people with artistic talent feel. The persistent “itch” that needs to be scratched, you need to create, exercise your creative mind, follow mind and heart. Wonderful things might happen!
I wish you find the right path to find what you are urged to seek! :)
Thanks for your visit to my blog!

30 01 2012
96arley

Thank You, you’re right, it’s all about the journey

29 01 2012
hinblick

Thanks for liking my photos! I like the description of your blog. I don’t sell any of my photos (Yet? Who knows what might happen, but it’s not my intention anyway.), but I can imagine that it can create a longing to get back to your roots and take pictures without any specific goals in mind. I can think of few things that would be more relaxing than walking around with your camera and taking all the time in the world to focus on the beauty of your surroundings. Keep blogging!

30 01 2012
96arley

Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate the kind words and I’m glad that you could identify with the post

29 01 2012
capturingsnippits

This is what I do and you gave it a great name! I’m not a professional to take a break from typyical photography settings, but mine is a break from my everyday work ( which happens to be unpaid)!

30 01 2012
96arley

I know what you mean, In addition to photography and this blog I work a 9-5 desk job. I’m definitely ready to take pictures by the time I get out of there.

30 01 2012
SYDNEY MILES

Once in a while someone comes along….someone who shares the same passion and interest as you…..thanks for dropping by. I’m thrilled that someone is reading my blog. Your blog is very interesting. I haven’t read all your contents yet, but I am already liking what I am just beginning to see. May the Force be with you for always!

30 01 2012
96arley

Haha, I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog, fantastic work on your blog and keep up the good work, there is no try

30 01 2012
richman22

Arley,
Thanks for checking out my blog. I like your blog and photos, the inspiration that your local surroundings provide. I love that idea. We can overlook so many wonderful photo opportunities right in our house or back yard while we’re in search of that faraway, wonderful land.

31 01 2012
96arley

Well said, thanks for stopping by

31 01 2012
maria gatling

Arley, You are so right on about what your purpose is! That is what will keep your fire burning! You have to take care of yourself first and you’ll be a more creative agent for it! Your clients will love it! Wish you the best.

31 01 2012
96arley

Thanks Maria, I’m glad you support what I’m doing here. Thanks for stopping by and God Bless!

1 02 2012
J. A. Robinson

Arley, THANKS for visiting my “punny” photoblog and leaving a “like.” I have browsed through your photos, and they are exceptional, especially the macros.

–John: TheDailyGraff.com

1 02 2012
96arley

Thanks John, I’m glad you’ve enjoyed my work

1 02 2012
fgassette

Your site was recommended to me by rutheh.wordpress.com and I love your message and your photography. Looking forward to seeing more,

1 02 2012
96arley

Thanks, I’m glad to see you here and it’s great to hear when other bloggers are talking about me :)

1 02 2012
ellansstudio

Thanks for liking my post! I just checked out your blog…love your photos – they are so cool!
In Christ,
Lexie N.

1 02 2012
96arley

Thanks Lexie, I’m glad you’ve enjoyed the blog

1 02 2012
Rich Green

Thanks for liking my post.

1 02 2012
96arley

No problem!

1 02 2012
Babb Photo

I shoot for fun regularly I think it’s so important for my own creative development. I’ll also never stop doing training, workshops and unpaid collaborative shoots for the same reason. It’s so important to do stuff just for you.

1 02 2012
96arley

Thanks for dropping in Babb, glad you agree :)

2 02 2012
Jack Farrell

Arley ~ I really love your idea. I got so burned out practicing law, that I took several all summer “shootabouts” a few years back. Of course, I didn’t walk from California to Alaska. I did take those trips on the famous American bike, 96arley 96og! ;-) Sure hope to do one of those in your wonderful country soon, but have no idea how I would get my 96arley over there. And, I like your photography very much! Inspirational! Will be following you site to gather more creative nourishment. Best regards.

2 02 2012
96arley

Haha, sounds like a lot of fun. If I ever find myself in need of a riding partner (or a lawyer!) I’ll give you a call :)

2 02 2012
William

Thanks for the visit! I think what you’re doing with this blog is a great idea and something very important to do – to keep the fountain of creativity bubbling forth. I completely understand your thinking about this – when I think of something as work, it does lose a bit of the magic. Still enjoyable, but the nature of professionalism introduces deadlines and other constraints that can, sometimes, damper the passion of the endeavor.

3 02 2012
96arley

Well said William, thanks for stopping by

3 02 2012
annerose

Thanks for liking my post.
Making art as a response to the world as you see it, rather than for the clients is so much more satisfying.
I also have this wandering habit, crucial to re energize and just to practice seeing again.
Your photos are beautiful.

3 02 2012
96arley

It’s always nice to find others who enjoy breaking away from the norm with their creative muses

6 02 2012
What Shootabout is All About | shootabout | Four Blue Hills (A repository, of sorts)

[...] What Shootabout is All About | shootabout Posted on February 6, 2012 What Shootabout is All About | shootabout. [...]

7 02 2012
thomag1

Thanks for liking my “Full of Beer” poem….I’ll be stopping by……tom

7 02 2012
96arley

Thanks Tom, it’s great to have you

7 02 2012
Tammy

What a fantastic concept. I hope it is going well. Important to make time for ourselves and it is good you recognize how important it is to you. Be well.

7 02 2012
96arley

Thank You, I’m glad you stopped by

7 02 2012
misty maples farm

Enjoy your journey, I think it may fuel your soul.

Be well.
Jess

7 02 2012
96arley

Thanks Jess, it has certainly rekindled my spirit for adventure :)

7 02 2012
Linda Grashoff

Thank you for leaving a Like on my blog, Arley. Besides making me feel gook it led me to your blog, which I’ve enjoyed. I also appreciate what you say in “What Shootabout Is All About.”

7 02 2012
96arley

Thanks, I’m glad you’ve enjoyed it :)

7 02 2012
Joseph de Lange

I like your eye for detail. It is as sharp as your camera lens.

7 02 2012
96arley

Ha, thanks Joseph!

8 02 2012
thegreatgodpan1

i too do not like turning myn hobbies into money as eventually it stops being a hobby but more of a chore and its spoiled…………….

8 02 2012
96arley

I agree, we have to be careful the way we do it. It’s possible to make money doing what you love but once you compromise the way you do it that’s when you’re in the danger zone. Thanks for stopping by

8 02 2012
aqueoussun

Thanks a lot for your support on Mausoleum @ Kensal Green Cemetery….

8 02 2012
96arley

You’re welcome…

8 02 2012
disperser

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

I can’t say photography is my main hobby, but it’s integrated into almost everything I do, and it will continue to be an important part of my “off time”.

As such, I’m always interested in seeing other people’s photography efforts as an inspiration to what I can shoot for. To that end, this is a great place to stop by, and since it’s relatively new I look forward to taking part in watching it grow.

8 02 2012
96arley

While photography is certainly my main hobby, my other muse is reading what others believe and have to say. I’ve enjoyed your about section and look forward to your commentary on your life. I fall in line with many of your opinions (aside from spirituality) and am certainly of the accord that we as people, regardless of race, religion, orientation, ethnic background, culture or political affiliation, have no right to impose our own beliefs and personal decisions upon another who’s actions do not impose upon our own rights. Thanks for visiting and commenting!

9 02 2012
greenbenchramblings

Thanks for finding my blog, especially as it means I have found yours.

9 02 2012
96arley

Haha, you’re welcome, great to see you stopped by

9 02 2012
Rich Green

Thanks for liking my musicians post.

9 02 2012
96arley

No problem, when I’m not in the blogosphere doing shootabouts, working with musicians is actually one of my favorite assignments. I did live show pictures for Edge of Eternity, Addison Croft, and Kutless last year and it’s tons of fun

9 02 2012
Ryua Lia

your blog really inspires, and moves emotions… now i understood what you mean, shooting for commercial purposes, i’ve forgotten what it was like to shoot only for myself. by accident, i’ve started shooting without commercial purpose –only for me, and it’s amazing… :)

i cannot tell you how much i love your Bokeh shots. :D

9 02 2012
96arley

Thank you for your generous praise. I’m very pleased to hear you going back to shooting for yourself. Enjoy every minute and thank you so much for visiting!

9 02 2012
Susie

Thank you for taking the time to read my recent post “The appeal of surreal photography” – I’m delighted you liked it! And now I’m off to browse your blog… :)

9 02 2012
96arley

Thanks Susie, hope you enjoy your time here!

10 02 2012
rommel

Your level of expertise is out of reach. Great Photography Blog you have here.

10 02 2012
96arley

I appreciate the high praise but I firmly believe everything I’ve learned can be learned.

11 02 2012
judyleung

Thank you for viewing my posts. I will be appreciate if you could leave me your comment. I like the first picture of your “What Shoot about is All About”. The sun is hope. The thorn is life. This is my interpretation.

12 02 2012
adollyciousirony

Hello dear, you are loved, congratulations! I nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award, check it out here:

http://allaboutlemon.com/2012/02/12/i-am-beloved-liebster-blog-award/

Enjoy and have fun :)

13 02 2012
Maya Guesthouse Project

Hello Arley,

thank you for your interest in our straw bale hotel.

We wish you all the best for this year 2012 and a lot of success with your blog.

Greetings from Switzerland

Louis

13 02 2012
teepee12

Trying to “go pro” almost cured me of photography! I gave it up and after a long break, I found my way back again. I love doing it for love, I hated doing it for clients! Maybe you’ve found the perfect compromise.

13 02 2012
96arley

I certainly hope so, it has worked well for me thus far but my secret hope is one day somehow the blog could pay the bills and I could really pour myself into it. As it stands now I don’t get to go out on ShootAbouts near as much as I would prefer

13 02 2012
thegardenimpressionists - our garden blog

Hello Arley from cold West Wales, Uk,
Found your site after you found mine…..don’t know how, but it looks a great blog- both images and texts. And I like the background to why you’re doing it….. as an ex veterinary surgeon, I’m discovering creativity far too late in my life, and trying to share this and our love of the natural world through stories from rural Carmarthenshire. Nice to ‘meet’ you, and look forward to your future posts, Julian

13 02 2012
96arley

Thanks for stopping by, I spend a lot of time in the photography blog feed, I’ve found some amazing blogs out there and you were one of the ones I stumbled upon. Keep up the great work on your blog. I’m fortunate to have an early start on photography but you have a great array of images, keep up the good work and best of luck! (Always love hearing from the UK, I spent a week in Wales as a young man, a beautiful part of the world. Would love to take another trip for photography.)

14 02 2012
Rich Green

Thanks for liking my wintertime post.

14 02 2012
96arley

You’re welcome Rich, keep up the great work

15 02 2012
msproductiveprocrastination

Thank you for visiting my page and I look forward to perusing your pictures!

15 02 2012
96arley

Thank you, I hope you enjoy what you see!

15 02 2012
srinivasan

Blog looks Great ! Amazing photography ! wow :))

15 02 2012
96arley

Thanks, glad you like it!

15 02 2012
Sheila Hurst

That’s a great idea to go on a spiritual journey like that. I was also a reporter and had to quit because writing just wasn’t fun anymore that way so I know what you mean. It felt like factory writing. Good luck on your spiritual journey -it looks like a great one so far!

15 02 2012
96arley

Thanks, it’s so interesting to hear from people with different photography backgrounds, thanks for stopping by

15 02 2012
theorderexpert

Thanks for visiting my blog and for the like! I need to take more photos as I go about my daily activities and see what inspires me and unfolds… Some of the best advice I was given by a professional photographer was to always have a camera with you, no matter what, because you’ll always, always regret the shot that got away. Just subscribed, looking forward to seeing more of your pics.

15 02 2012
96arley

Thanks, that’s some great advice! I almost always have my camera with me in my car and I occasionally resort to my cell phone.

16 02 2012
Rich Green

Thanks for liking my museum portrait post!

16 02 2012
clivejennings

Keep it up great work.

16 02 2012
96arley

Thanks, I appreciate you stopping by!

17 02 2012
thejoyofcaking

First, let me thank you for the like. Second, I can completely relate to this post. I started doing some freelance work. Those jobs are not nearly as fun just “winging it”. Writing and photographing what I want, when I want. Good luck on your journey!

17 02 2012
96arley

Thank You, it’s always encouraging to hear from someone who feels the same way I do! :)

17 02 2012
snaphappier

Thanks for your like Arley! Shootabout is such a good name for what you are doing and I can relate to the concept of only picking up the camera for work! We look forward to cheerin’ you on with your journey, and future shootabouts! Stop buy and see us everynow and then won’t you!

17 02 2012
96arley

I’ll have to do that and thank you for your encouragement

17 02 2012
Rich Green

Thanks for liking my On Assignment with Musicians post.

18 02 2012
Becker

Thanks so much for stopping by “Eyes of the Mountain”.
You’re definitely doing some great work. Have a wonderful time on your continued journey.

23 02 2012
96arley

Thanks for the words of encouragement!

23 02 2012
JoDee Luna

WOW! Your “Shootabout” explanation really hit home with me. Your insights resonate with me and reminded me of a post I recently read that addresses this issue of separating your passion from your work, http://lkayjohnson.wordpress.com/2012/02/19/do-what-you-love-or-maybe-not/. “…is there wisdom in hiding a little piece of your creative soul away from your paycheck?” I so appreciate the perspective you bring to this ongoing dilemma for us artistic types that struggle with whether we should market our passions.

23 02 2012
96arley

Thank you so much for that link, I enjoyed the post. I struggled for a long time to find the balance but I think I’ve got it now, this blog and the community have really been amazing!

23 02 2012
annatheodoraphotography

“I’m a photographer and one of the many victims of trying to commercialize my hobby.”

lol, awesome! ^.^
And the first photo is gooorgeous :)

23 02 2012
96arley

Thanks, that’s probably my favorite line on the whole blog :)

23 02 2012
Cindy

Wow, thanks for visiting my blog and I think your post is great! I think your “shootabout” is a beautiful idea. Even more rewarding for you would be keeping your photography experiences spiritual in nature while you are on your quest. You’ll be rewarded with deeply profound spiritual occurrences that may totally delight your photography!

Good luck. I am not a photographer. God gives me these photos because I choose to stay connected to Him in faith.

23 02 2012
96arley

Hi Cindy, thanks for the comment, I do believe God should be the center of everything we do. It’s worked out pretty well for me and I hope He will take pleasure in what I share and say as much as the many bloggers who choose to follow me

25 02 2012
lakesideindia

Thanks for visiting my blog. I’m enjoying looking at your pictures!
Dorinda (lakesideindia)

25 02 2012
96arley

Thanks! I’m glad you took the time to stop by as well!

25 02 2012
Rich Green

Thanks for liking my Portrait of the Past post.

28 02 2012
Mack Hops

yoyoyo cool page!

Cheers,

Mac

28 02 2012
Mack Hops

Thanks for liking my posts

28 02 2012
Sarah Jordan

Your passion is admirable….I too never want to lose the hobbyists’ passion…and in my case it’s as a makeup artist. Thanks for liking my blog.

29 02 2012
96arley

MUA’s, a photographers best friend :)

29 02 2012
David Marshall

Hmm. I see why you might like my review of Available Dark. Thanks for the like. :)

29 02 2012
96arley

np, In addition to all these pictures I still make time to read, I might have to add that to my book list for this year.

29 02 2012
demetracattalk

That you for liking my post! You have a great blog!

29 02 2012
demetracattalk

Thank you for liking my post! You have a great blog!

29 02 2012
David Marshall

If you’re interested in a “dark” story about a photographer, you won’t be disappointed. Just don’t try thinking too hard about why any of it happens.

7 03 2012
originalapplejunkie

Photography..my secret love :)

9 03 2012
Jeremy

I appreciate you sharing all of your passion with us! I nominated you for the Versatile blogger award.
Details over here: http://365photosbyjeremy.wordpress.com/2012/03/09/honored/

25 03 2012
Mona

Arley, just want to let you know: You were the first person to notice and follow my blog. Tonight, the 100th blogger joined me. THANK YOU. I don’t know how you found me or what you saw in my initial work, but I thank you. ~Mona

25 03 2012
Mona

Arley, even though you are overwhelmed with awards and platitudes, I just want you to know that I appreciate your work and that your images bring sunshine into my day. I nominated you for the Sunshine Award. Check it out: http://monahoward.com/2012/03/25/the-sun-is-shining/

22 04 2012
H2O by Joanna

please check out my today’s post :D

23 04 2012
bulldogsturf

I see you are now following me Thanks very much, your photos are absolutely fantastic. what do you think of mine? hope you are following my photo blog?

http://visitstothepark.wordpress.com/

22 05 2012
ThisHandcraftedLife

Hi Arley,
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love the idea of a shoot about; can’t wait to see what you shoot next!

22 05 2012
96arley

Thanks, I appreciate you returning the favor. I’ll try not to keep you waiting! :)

22 05 2012
glennweissel

looks like a fun site Arley! I like the walkabout / shootabout concept. I was recently at a local fairgrounds (mostly closed for the season) on a light rainy day and had lots of fun shooting without anyone else around! Will be posting these on my blog soon: blog.glennweissel.com

Stay tuned!

22 05 2012
96arley

I’ll be looking forward to seeing them, thanks for stopping by, glad you liked the concept.

22 05 2012
Donkey Whisperer Farm

Life is a journey and you are on a huge adventure right now by taking a risk to step out on your own. Keep your passion moving forward each day I look forward to where life takes you. GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!
Melody

22 05 2012
RedRoadDiaries

Thank you for stopping by and liking my Nova Scotia post. Creativity is a spiritual practice. You are right in what you are doing.

22 05 2012
96arley

Thanks, and good luck in all of your journeys!

23 05 2012
fiztrainer

Thank you so much for coming by my blog and liking my post. I love what you wrote here. Although I’m not a professional photographer, I understand what you’re saying here as far as other areas of my life where I’ve felt the same way. Your photos are really amazing. I love different perspectives and you capture these perspectives I never would have thought of. It challenges me as I am trying to develop my skills. Thanks. I look forward to following your posts. :D

23 05 2012
96arley

Thanks for the kind words! I appreciate you visiting

23 05 2012
marissafh

Shoot-abouts! LOL! I should have thought of that, since I’ve got walk-abouts on my blog. Great pics and training posts! Thanks for the like on my blogpost.

23 05 2012
96arley

I got lucky with a name that clicked really well for a lot of people. It’s a simple concept that has really been a lot of fun for me. Thanks for visiting and keep up the great work on your blog as well.

24 05 2012
Rich Green

Thanks for liking my post Silence.

24 05 2012
brookenado

Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post about Zurich, much appreciated. I love the idea of the “shootabout”, thanks for sharing your thoughts and photos!

24 05 2012
96arley

You’re welcome on both counts and thanks for sending some time here. I’m glad you’ve liked what you’ve seen so far

24 05 2012
chaoticwhitespace

Thanks for stopping by~enjoying your photos~chaoticwhitespace

24 05 2012
96arley

Glad you like them!

25 05 2012
jennysserendipity

Thank you for liking my most recent post :)
Love your blog
Jenny

25 05 2012
96arley

Thanks, I’m glad you’re enjoying it so far!

25 05 2012
jennysserendipity

:)

25 05 2012
7dmichael

I love this page and your theology on a shootabout! Looking forward to following and appreciate you stopping by my page. This is by no means a plug but hope you visit every so often for my pics. Please leave your thoughts as well. I like the diversity in each pic above and can’t wait to see what comes next.

25 05 2012
96arley

Thanks, I’m glad you visited! I don’t mind a plug for you. Your work is phenomenal! I wish I could visit some of the incredible places you have been but you have definitely earned the right with your sacrifices

31 05 2012
thin8air

that’s a really good blog man ! the ones i enjoy reading :) thanks for sharing too:)

31 05 2012
Mariela Campbell Photography

hey there thank you for hitting the “Like” button on my post!!… I thoroughly enjoyed your blog post… I love the concept of shootabout, I do it some myself when I manage to find the time…. I will be doing it on my next trip up north.. :) love the culture and diverse compositions… thnx

1 06 2012
96arley

Thank you, I guess we all need a break every now and then! :)

1 06 2012
Rich Green

Thanks for liking my post Hollywood – Here I Come!

6 06 2012
Artist Desiree East

I love shooting just for the sake of shooting, and I applaud you for taking the time for doing that for yourself, outside of work! Because that is where the essence is, right? The passion? This is awesome, I look forward to seeing more!! – Cheers!

6 06 2012
96arley

Thanks, glad you stopped by!

6 06 2012
nerdmusing

I’ve nominated you for a “One Lovely Blog” award. Thank you for being entertaining, you can read about it here: http://nerdmusing.wordpress.com/2012/06/07/ive-been-nominated-for-one-lovely-blog-award/

12 06 2012
weavinglight

Hi. I’ve nominated you for the versatile blogger award. http://weavinglight.wordpress.com/2012/06/12/versatile-blogger-award/

15 06 2012
bollychees

You have an inspiring blog for those like us who’re relatively new to the blogging universe and love taking photos! Thanks for stopping by and liking our post on Amsterdam. Greatly appreciate it! :)

15 08 2012
The Paths of Old Indian « ShootAbout

[...] What Shootabout is All About [...]

16 08 2012
mickbuston

Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post “The Future of Norwich Lanes is bright” and I really like the concept of Shootabout – sounds like a fun idea so good luck with it.

16 08 2012
96arley

Thanks, I appreciate it!

17 08 2012
shivani pandey

Heyy thanks for visiting my blog and liking my last post…I’m not very regular with the blog so excuse me for my late response…It sure is a great idea to shoot for yourself as Ive experienced the same thing from the time I started out as professional photographer/writer I hardly go out to just click like I used to…I’m inspired n will now try n take out time for ME photography…All the best n I will be following to brush up my skills…your tips are great!!

17 08 2012
96arley

I’m glad you’re picking up something from me. I’ve found I’ve pushed my own photography limits more blogging than I ever did for a client. Money is a poor motivator compared to passion :)

17 08 2012
mondoglobalworld

nice idea behind the blog, great work! Thanks for passing by and visiting my blog too.

17 08 2012
96arley

Thanks, I’m glad you like it!

25 08 2012
Steven L. Campbell

Hi. I nominated you for One Lovely Blog. See http://stevenleocampbell.wordpress.com/2012/08/24/one-lovely-blog-award-and-one-month-later/ for more info.

18 09 2012
Diana

Hi! Thank you for checking out my blog. I like your site, and images. I wish you all the best! Diana

29 11 2012
andelieya 安德洌雅 (official)

Hello Fellow Charlestonian!

29 11 2012
96arley

I’m actually a “Greenwoodian” I just spent some time in Charleston recently, thanks for reading!

30 11 2012
gacochran

Thanks for stopping by Along the Way and the like! I am also a native South Carolinian. Thanks for your photos, stories and philosophy!

7 07 2013
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