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Nowhere in this thread, or in any of the blow ups that I've had with Brian, have I ever changed my position on anything. People do have a tendency to either read too much into what I write, or attempt to twist my words to win arguments. A lot of people simply don't like me because I don't adhere to their norms -I don't focus stack, don't use a tripod, etc. If I listened to all the zealots out there when I first got into macro I wouldn't have half of the images that are in my gallery...
I don't focus stack and I don't use a tripod. You come across very well in your youtube videos and, as I suggested above, if I didn't like you, I wouldn't comment.
BUT... you are very disingenuous and not just with me. As you know, this whole artistic vs. documentary thing is something that I've been advocating a lot recently. Your photos kind of remind me of a bunch of rookie French journalists I used to edit about 15 years ago. Their texts were riddled with poor grammar and syntax and the excuse that every single one of them used was that it was just their style. Bollocks. Your style, your art, does not lie in cooked highlights and oversaturated blacks and yellows. It lies in the composition and the original lighting of the photo, the subject and it's expression. You do so much right but your lighting and post-processing really are awful. Sorry but they are. And I don't understand why you bother posting your background work if you know it's bad. I did post a moderately interesting/useful comment at the beginning but you didn't pick up on that. You went straight into argumentative mode.
I'd rather not send PMs, this should be an open discussion. But if you were published in National Geographic Young Explorers or whatever it was, then it may have been the worst thing that could have happened for your photography.