Your message gives me a lot of positive energy. A whole-hearted thank you for that! And no worries: I will not change, who I am and I will not stop doing, what I do. Also no worries about being anon, although I can assure you, that I would never - never ever - tell anyone anything about things, that should not be public. I would never endanger anyone.
With that having said: I find it strange, disturbing and unbelievably sad, that the Tumblr photo-community is quite obviously not about photography, but only about who has how many followers or notes. And about some people, who are jealous because they quite obviously don’t have a life and build their entire existance on trying to be the center of the Tumblr photography-universe – how sad these people are!
But simply by the fact, that these people obviously try to intimidate others, tells the whole story.
They must not know, that you are in contact we me and Lani? Wow! How unbelievably threatening Lani and myself must be for their ego. You would not get support by these people anymore, if they would know, that you are in contact with us? Sorry, if I sound a bit sarcastic here, but do you see, how miserable these people are? Sad, sad, sad people! I never ever thought, that I would ever be in the spotlight. And I never intended to be (even though those people will not believe it and say, that I’m just trying to be famous *lol* Famous for what? For photos of trees and railway tracks *lol* Sure! I know, who these people are and I also know, they leave a trail of destruction behind them. And just think about it: Art is creating things and not destroying things. They come and make a big fuss and then they leave when they see, that the focus is not on them anymore. Please excuse my harsh words, and again: Rest assure, that your message means the world to me. Because it proves, that many do see it the way Lani and myself see it: Projects like PWS, TPS, 1p-1000p are there to celebrate creativity and create a bond between creators and not (and I repeat NOT) about celebrating the curators. Thank you again! :)
One last thought: I have to say, that it makes me really, really furious, that all the followers, who „just“ want to see photography and are not photographers themselves, have to see „the dark side“ now. And I sincerely apologize to all of you. But I guess, I had to answer this.
Big hugs and keep on creating! And I can only say, that we will continue to support creators with all our ressources! No matter what others say or do.
Hope, this clears things up
Having posted some pictures from the flowstone caves of Dirou (to be found here), I guess it could be interesting to tell a little bit about it and about taking pictures in almost complete darkness.
During my short stay in Greece, the flowstone caves of Dirou were of course a “must-visit”.
About 3-5 km of the caves are accessible by boat. The boat-trip lasts about 30min. The passageways were very narrow and the ceiling was quite low sometimes. And when I say “quite low”, I mean extremely low: About 50-60 cm (2ft) to the water surface.
And it was dark. The stalagtites and stalagmites (who shut me in and locked me tight - excuse the
inappropriate Genesis reference ^^) were lit by floodlights. Else it was … well … dark.
I was equipped with my Canon 550D (T2i), my “nifty-fifty” Canon EF 50mm 1.8II, my Canon EF 28-135mm and the Canon EF18-55mm kit lens. I didn’t bring a flash, because … well, actually I forgot to bring it. But I guess, I wouldn’t have used it anyway (I love to work with ambient light whenever possible) and I also guess, I wouldn’t have been allowed to use it.
I was unsure, which lens to use. There were three factors that I tried to weigh up against each other: Darkness, the unsteady boat and the narrowness of the caves.
The “nifty-fifty” of course is the fastest lens. It is almost 2 stops faster than the other two lenses on the wide side. But the nifty-fifty is unstabilized and has (on the APS-C sensor of my camera) a quite narrow angle of view, which makes it even harder to keep the camera still with longer exposure times. And the DOF at 1.8 is very shallow.
Both other lenses are stabilized, so… rocky boat + longer exposure times + a bit more DOF because of maximum aperture of 3.5 … hmmm … I went with the kit lens, because it is a good amount wider than the 28-135mm.
At that time, I was quite cautious with ISOs, so I had my camera restricted to max ISO 1600. In the meantime I have learned, that even ISO 3200 is not really a problem (for me) when shooting mainly for the web or putting the pictures in a photobook.
And yes, the first couple of pictures turned out quite well.
But then it got even darker… I was really tempted to change lenses in almost complete darkness, in that rocky boat “surrounded” by salty water (it dripped from the ceiling, so it was not just below me).
I thought one or two minutes about it and then I said: "No, I won’t risk, losing a lens or getting saltwater into my camera" … and then I ducked because of a low passage… and changed lenses. About three times during that 30 minute underworld-trip.
And to be honest: I would do it again. The pictures I got, are the highlight of my photo-collection (apart from my model shoots of course, but that is a different story).
The danger of losing a (affordable) lens weighed up against not getting pictures… I might be an amateur, but I’m not stupid ^^