Fun Photos vs. Work Photos

The last couple of weeks have been a flurry of activity here in the Italian Dolomites, both personal and work. We have had a number of assignments around which we have spent time doing our own thing at the usual frantic summerย pace; mountain running and cycling.

All our images get downloaded into a computer to an incoming folder, and from there they are separated into either a Work or Fun category. Fun being primarily from the iPhone or outtakes from photoshoots.Work is work; clean, sometimes produced, sometimes from the hip.

Today I began cleaning out the folders as we have processed the jobs and the workflow is complete. There, side by side, was two weeks of work vs. fun. Beyond the quality of the pixels themselves, I was happy to see that we have brought together everything we do, our work is much the same as what we do anyway. I thought it interesting to compare them.

Fun iPhone…

Work Digital SLR…


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  1. Great photos! More power to you. They couldn’t pay me enough to climb those mountains to take those shots.

  2. I always enjoy great photos and I really like these! I really love the backdrops!!


  3. love the cow, I think you guys love the cows as well, you take enough shots of ’em
    Beautiful work, as always!

  4. Great photos… I loved that photo which showed you eating macaroni… very impressive ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. What a great post! Really shows us photographers that we can make a living doing what we love to do! Thanks!

  6. Spectacular stuff. Neat to see the work vs. fun photos. My favorite is the second one from the bottom, with the two hikers in the foreground walking under a rock outcropping. Great photos, man!

  7. Hiking through those beautiful places must have been a wonderful experience. Assuming this is not something you do often, I don’t doubt that you’ll remember an adventure like this for years to come.

    With Love and Gratitude,

    The Intentional Sage

  8. I bet they had to cook those spaghetti noodles according to the “high altitude” instructions. You don’t have to do that around here.

    The Codger

  9. I like your pictures. So what is the difference between “work” and “fun”? Both look pretty cool to me.

  10. All amazing photos – work or fun regardless. I visited the Italian Dolomites a couple of years ago in summer time and they provided some of my favourite travel photos to date!

  11. Great shots – the comparison is interesting – especially with that third iPhone photo – at first glance, I’d think it’s from an SLR.

    I might have to get an iPhone 4 after all in order to be a companion to my Nikon…

    1. Thanks to everyone who posted a comment, fun to read – hopefully our pics inspired.
      What I learned was that it is not about the image quality, it is about the feel of the image that is most important – so no matter if you have an iPhone, a point and shoot or a big, expensive pro body, just make lots and lots of photos of what you enjoy and what inspires you.

  12. Nice photos! I especially like the close-up of Betsy (cow) lol but all the shots are beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. Great photos!
    I especially liked the 2nd and 3rd pictures from top. It’s because I enjoy how there is an athlete with the background of mountains.

  15. I like the idea of having fun while on the job. If a job isn’t fun than why do it? haha Good job ๐Ÿ˜€

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  17. What amazing shots!! And scenery you do not associate with Italy more with Switzerland type of places….thanks for posting these!

  18. both pictures seemed fun pictures 2 me :-p anyway they were all so beautiful; i love landscape photography

  19. I lived in Italy and used to drive quite often on E45 Verona – Bolzano – Innsbruck but I didn’t know these beautiful mountains exist. The 6th and the 10th are really really amazing. These could be better than many postcards. Or are they postcards?

  20. I run myself and these photos really capture the beauty of running. Sometimes people don’t understand why people run, but these photos do a good job of showing how peaceful it really can be! Great job.

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  21. Great Pictures. These are something definitely places to visit to take some time off.

  22. Great photos!
    The scenery is very beautiful. I would love to visit these places!
    It’s interesting how you compared the fun photos vs work photos.

    1. We primarily process them in camera, 95% of the time, but occasionally I’ll twaek something with a desktop using PS

  23. They all look like fun photos to me! I very much enjoyed the shot of the cow and the guy eating – nice distortion from the wider angle there.

    How did you get to shoot in croatia? I loved croatia while I was there, but I was there to lay on a boat and relax, not shoot. I’d probably prefer to be shooting though!

    1. Kris, we just went to Craotia for a fun trip, do some climbing, make some photos, relax. The place is superb. We actually have a new post up at our DolomiteSport about it: http://dolomitesport.com

  24. Great shots. Photography is more within the eye of the camera holder – some see a photo and need to snap the picture, others just take pictures. Well done whether work or fun.

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