And you wonder why I don't post here much anymore

Started May 14, 2012 | Discussions thread
Joel Stern
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iaredatsun Re: And you wonder why I don't post here much anymore
In reply to iaredatsun, May 20, 2012

iaredatsun wrote:
Joel,

I can't say too much but I stopped visiting this forum regularly a long time ago. I have my GRD and my GR1 and I have long stopped thinking about a new Ricoh but drop by occasionally to see any news.

With regards Ratty's comment here – I agree that some camera forums here attract a fair amount of vitriol and the Ricoh has on the whole been fortunate to escape that. It is usually a nicer group of enthusiasts to be found in this forum, to be sure.

With regards your feelings, though. Others here have complained about the lack of comments on their photos before you. Mitch famously left when his work came under criticism and then found a special rangefinder forum where people could talk more about photography. The fact is when real critiques come along , you have to accept the rough with the smooth.

But I say this – these forums are camera forums. People on these forums are, on the whole, more interesting or comfortable in discussing technology than they are the 'art' of photography.

I'm afraid that cameras are the lowest common denominator in the art of photography – there really is only so much you can say about a black computer-box with a lens on it before the sun sets on the subject;)

I'd advise that you find a specialist website/forum where people discuss photography and not cameras.

Having said that, the biggest place for photos is flickr and no one says anything constructive about photos there! I think that the internet somehow resists useful discussion on the arts.

Have you the ability to find courses and real world contact with photography enthusiasts?

All the best with your back.

regards

El Datsun

Joel Stern wrote:

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El, thanks for your thoughtful post. I think I will take the advise of our friend AndrewTee and visit serious compacts, it may surprise me and put a smile on my face. While I do want to talk gear, I also want to post images and even if they are not technically great, as Bart said, he was happy that I have shown him parts of my life in my photos.... It is nice to know others are not just looking at your photos but have something to say. I stopped adding comments on many photos as the posters simply never commented on mine, maybe that was childish, maybe not....the world does indeed take all kinds as do forums. Thanks again.

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