Upload & Sell: On
I just read through this thread and thought I would make some comments. Although I am a "photographer" I do not consider myself a "pro". This is not how I make my living and I do not have a specific area of expertise. I am what someone on here referred to as a Jack of all trades master of none. I do landscapes, an occasional wedding or portrait, and love wildlife and macro shooting. Because of that I have not posted a lot of pictures here even though I have been a member and "lurker" for many years. Yes I have been inspired to do better by some of the images here, but I have also been prodded to do better by some of the responses to the few images I have posted. So for anyone to say that "seeing" is enough and words will do nothing to help inspire someone, that is not true. Some of us need that word (even if it might be harsh at times) to help us "see". Also, if you were not on the forum when it began don't try to tell us what it should be like now just because you have posted here for a year.
It's been a while since I have visited and the biggest reason for that is because of what Tom started off with. The forum gradually changed and I became bored. You saw the same stuff over and over and if you checked in a week later some of the same threads might still be near the top. Ten years ago it was like the buy and sell thread, you posted and an hour later came back and had to skip ahead a couple pages to find it. I would love to see the forum get back to that. Yes, I too like to see some of the well done ID shots. But I also need to see those artistic, creative, different shots to help me open up my own creativity. And when I do post one of my own I expect criticism. That is how I learn. I have always thought of Fred Miranda as a "pro" site even though I myself am not a pro. If I wanted to post a picture for the sake of "sharing" with other bug enthusiasts there are other websites I would go to.
Tom, thank you for giving this forum the slap it needed. I can share a pretty picture on facebook and all my friends will like it. I can share it on here and you will tell me why it sucks lol. I don't want to suck! And by the way, I wandered where you went. Good to see you back.