Totally agree Viv, when I first joined the Blog I remember biting at someones comment, which put my pic down, but did not offer an explanation for the reason why or offered help for me to improve. This person has never commented on any of my pics since, even though I removed my reply.
I also know a few other members, super members who have never once commented on any of my pics even though I comment on theirs regularly and this makes you feel as if you have done something wrong or offended them in some way.
The reason I have never critisized anyones work is that I am not a pro, nor an expert, I just love photographing wildlife and if I see a shot I like I comment.
I find it hard commenting on architecture, portrait or photoshoped images because this is one side of photography I hardly ever delve into, so I can't give a negative comment without understanding what it takes to achieve such shots.
One point I hardly ever make is that the snakes I photograph range from 8 inches to 4 feet in length. If you can catch a long one they are easier to manage, you can hold them gently by the tail and they will calm down allowing you to get your shot. The small ones however are not as easy to control and you have to rely on them staying put.
Most of my snake pics are hand held on the floor using a 400mm lens with an extention tube (or 2) to blur the background and give me a closer range, but then I lose the autofocus. Try manually focusing on an adder hand held at 400mm in a gorse bush. Not good. I also have a 100mm macro lens and its hard using this lens with a small snake as they move around quite a lot and I have been bitten in the past by taking my eye off them. A tripod is not practical so in the undergrowth I go trying not to lye on more that could be around.
What I am trying to say is that a lot of shots are given average comments or no comments at all, but if we knew what it took to get that shot we would respect it more.
Kelly (Jass) recently posted a pic of a Nightjar, even though the pic was cropped severely and fuzzy, I gave her a good comment because I have only been lucky enough to see one myself in my whole life.
I posted some shots of some nesting Peregrines and one of the pics collected 0 comments even though I explaned that these birds are protected and you can not go near their nest sites. I photographed it from the other side of the quarry over 120 metres away.
If we devulge more info about our shots and what it took to get them, we may get more comments.
So come on lazy fingers, stop posting and get typing, or you might end up a Billy no mates...!!!
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26 Aug 2008 - 17:51