Last week while Bluey and I were in Bend we saw clouds every day, everywhere...except where we wanted them. At Sparks Lake there wasn't one single sorry little cloud. Blue and I play a little friendly game when we shoot together called "This spot is MINE" and I usually lose. You see, she finds the best places to shoot and then I waddle over with a gleam in my eye and try to take over her spot and she threatens me with bodily harm if I don't get back. ;) On our first morning here I was forbidden from an entire portion of the lakes edge after she laid claim to it. Then, when we returned for this sunset, I wandered around uninspired by the compositions, kicking rocks and whining as the light faded. Having already found a good one, she took pity on me and invited me to come share her spot with her. :) I paid her back for her kindness by beating her home and processing the shot before her. :)
I don't understand why she is so worried....you would think I coined the term CompStomp or something. ;) Thanks Blue....you are the best. Thanks for letting me strong arm you for your comp.
For those of you that are unfamiliar with the term CompStomp or have heard it before and wondered just exactly what it is and where it came from...let me fill you in on the official definition. In the famous words of G.I.Joe.....knowing is half the battle. Someone you know may be, or may have fell pray to, the devious motions of a CompStomper. Remember, when in the company of such...protect yourself at all times or you may wind up getting CompStomped yourself.
v. compstomped, compstomp•ing, compstomps
To tread or trample heavily or violently on a fellow photographers composition.
1. A movement involving a deliberate, heavy step towards an ideal photographic composition.
There is a phenomenon running rampant throughout the photographic community... It is called CompStomping. This tragic event takes place when one photographer, seeing another more fortunate photographer having a more desirable composition, moves in and tries to trample into his area and take his composition by force.
Sneaky tactics put fourth by these CompStomers include "The Wiggle" (an attempt to move you over by getting too close for comfort) "The Gitzo" (bumping ones tripod up against your tripod) and "The Swindle" (telling fantastic stories about another, fantasy comp somewhere else in the area). All of these tactics, and many variations of said tactics are avoidable if you keep your eyes open and remain aware.
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Remember...friends don't let friends become CompStompers. :)