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I am sorry I have not been about for the last four or five weeks but it has not been the best of times for me.

Firstly I have been very frustrated with my photography and just not happy with anything I have been taking, added to that three weeks ago I was out with Patch in the mountains with my camera set up on a tripod when Patch jumped a wall about 30 metres from me and took a nasty fall the other side, on hearing his screams I grabbed the camera and tripod and ran over and jumped the wall to get to him, It was probably about twenty minutes before we got back to my original spot to find my camera bag and all my gear including my Canon 2.8 macro L lens and all my filters had vanished.

As you can imagine my heart has just not been in it lately, I have decided not to take things so seriously and not to plan my photography as much and just snap things in front of me, which I have done with this image while sitting in the garden, I would not have dreamed of uploading this image a few weeks back but things change.

The good news is Patch has made a complete recovery because believe me he is much more important to me than camera equipment.

Please understand if I do not get around to visiting you for a while.

Regards. - gary

Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:Canon 24mm-105mm F4 L .
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Changing times
Username:gary_d gary_d
Uploaded:11 Jul 2012 - 8:40 PM
Tags:Close-up, Flowers & plants
Votes:Voting Disabled

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paskinmj
paskinmj  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2012 - 8:44 PM

Nice DOF.
Matt

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 6337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2012 - 8:47 PM

So sorry to read about your current struggles. However I'm very pleased that Patch is OK
I think you may well find new horizons in the more ordinary things around you Gary.
I really like the colours in this shot - the leaves against that blue material work very well indeed - I certainly find endless opportunities around me
Take care SmileSmile
Helen

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8686 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1531 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2012 - 8:58 PM

My goodness, what an experience, Gary, and of course you are right, Patch was more important than the camera equipment, and I am so glad he has made a good recovery. It must have been a nightmare for you, but it's interesting to hear that you have changed your attitude to your photography. It will be interesting, too, to see how it changes.
As for this image, it's simple and yet extremely well taken.
Give Patch a big kiss from me.
When last in Spain I had 3 cameras stolen and can therefore completely empathize with you.

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 6Badgerfred vcard Wales
11 Jul 2012 - 9:01 PM

Hi Gary, sorry to hear about your misfortune, I have only recently started posting again after 1 year away, best wishes,
Fred.

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GillyB
GillyB e2 Member 8313 forum postsGillyB vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2012 - 9:33 PM

So sorry to hear you have had such a traumatic experience. As I was reading your description I was expecting to read that Patch had not survived but was so relieved that was not the case. However, to have your bag and kit taken is horrid and must have shaken you completely. I hope you continue to take photographs like this one and perhaps build on your own unique style.

gill

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 4966 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England129 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2012 - 9:35 PM

It's sharp, colourful, and detailed. Don't put yourself under pressure, do what you want.

Dave

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 53991 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2012 - 9:42 PM

Poor old Patch. I'm so glad he's OK. I thought it was going to turn out for the worse for a bit.
A complete pain about your photo gear. There always seem to be people lurking just around the corner these days to take advantage of the slightest thing. What a day.
I like your image today. There are possibilities all around and sometimes the small things you snap in passing can often turn out to be the most successful.
Wishing you well.
Chris

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2012 - 9:45 PM

Dreadfully sorry to hear the tale, Gary, but at least you and Patch are all right.
Not planning can be good for you - I think you force yourself to become more observant wherever you are, not that you have ever seemed unobservant. Be yourself!
Regards
Bill

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7328 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom884 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2012 - 9:47 PM

Sad story. Disasters (of various sorts... ) can happen so easily. Glad Patch is OK.
I like this, it's my sort of shot. Random details that hang together, create a story. That umbrella hanging gently in the background behind the crisp sharp foliage - loads of atmosphere.
Moira

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4133 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2012 - 9:53 PM

I was wondering about you as you had been absent for a while, but so glad to see you back although your story up top is so distressing.
The main thing is that Patch has survived and recovered from the mishap........camera equipment whilst a great loss can be replaced.......not so Patch.
I hope you regain your drive and can rekindle your interest in your hobby, and find interesting subjects worth your attention.
For myself, more than half my images are captured around the garden or my nearby park, less than a minute's walk from the house.
But keep your chin up and get over this rotten experience in your own time.
Kindest regards,
Ronnie.

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luckybry
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11 Jul 2012 - 11:17 PM

sorry to hear bout your gear mate but glad patch is ok like Ronnie i hope you get your photo mojo back as your images inspired me

bryan

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EAS
EAS e2 Member 5EAS vcard Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2012 - 11:23 PM

So very glad that Patch is OK and can readily imagine how much more important the wee fellow is than you camera gear, though what a loss to you that must have been too. As others have said, Patch is irreplaceable unlike the camera gear. You've captured some lovely colours, details and light in these beautiful leaves.

Ann

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2012 - 11:33 PM

Dreadfully sorry to hear the tale, Gary, but at least you and Patch are all right.this is fantastic gary,like the colour.light and detail in this fine image,very well done,
saeid

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2012 - 11:41 PM

Yes,like most here Gary,glad to hear patch is OK.I say on my PF I do not take my photography too ''serious'' and it is an approach that works for me.I normally do not have a planned outing as such and just have my G11 in a case on my belt.If I see something on my wanderings then I just take a pic !!
A good example with that approach on your one here.
Mick.

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tonyguitar
11 Jul 2012 - 11:54 PM

This may be a chance to think of new ways to do things. I have a bridge camera with a long zoom. They seem to do wonders for so little money.
One serious photog I met, [while he and the wife were travelling], left all his big dslr at home and carried only the Canon SX40. He assured he he would put his cedar waxwing images up against anyone's.
Also, I was wondering about the new mirrorless cameras. No flippin' mirror. They must be quick for flight shots? I carry minimal gear and what does come along is carried in a dark cloth shopping bag. So far so good. You'll bounce back. Even a Kodak Z990 is a marvel at only 179 cdn$. TG

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taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2012 - 12:02 AM

Yours is a complete disaster tale, so sorry about your gear--wonderful that patch is on the mend---- and I look forward to some new images from you whenever!

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 3Irishkate vcard United Kingdom72 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2012 - 1:31 AM

Glad Patch was OK.
So sorry about your gear - did you not have insurance?
Sometimes we forget to claim for things which may be covered.
I've had several repairs to my camera which would have bought me a new one
but I couldn't be without it now - you'll get back there too.
Good to look at things differently too- as image shows you're turning over a new leaf or two!
All the best.
KateGrin

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andylea
andylea e2 Member 537 forum postsandylea vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2012 - 11:50 AM

so glad patch is on the mend gary sorry to hear your bad news love the shot it's good to stand back and take a different view of life dont stay away to long mate your far to good a tog not to be here you and patch are in my thoughts Wink
andy

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12 Jul 2012 - 4:28 PM

Nice to see you back posting Gary and sorry to hear about what's been happening! Poor old Patch, at least he's made a recovery, Sue will be pleased Grin
Keep your pecker up mate and just do what you need to do......Sometimes a break is as good as a rest, I've been known to take a break from it on more than one occasion and start another hobby of some sort. The only trouble being photography has this awful habit of making me come back to it in some shape or form. Just look at my p/f, I used to be right into birds at one stage, now I hardly bother with them.....They just didn't challenge me any longer! That's when I moved back into macro again, especially with that new lens I have, which has been a real big challenge, but combined with my mothing activities it gave me a whole new lease of life. But, I'm sure as per usual I'll lose interest in this soon enough and will want to try something different. I must admit I quite fancy a stab at portraiture and glamour.....Can't see my missus letting me get away with that though eh? Tongue

Talking of partners, hope Sonia's ok.....Best wishes to you both......Ade & Sue.

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 4Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2012 - 8:08 PM

Thoughts are with you Gary, and so pleased to know that Patch is now doing well.
life really has its way of knocking you back..and I think in the past year you and Sonia have had your share..
hopefully soon the sun will be out, and you can get outside and put that sun umbrella up!
Lillian

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14 Jul 2012 - 1:24 AM

Hi Gary, glad to hear that your faithful friend Patch is alive and well, sorry to hear that you lost all your camera equipment, I will catch up with you again as soon as I can, all the best mate Ed

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Rende
Rende e2 Member 737 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2012 - 11:36 AM

Sorry to hear about your misadventures Chris, but glad Patch is OK. The shot has lovely detail and colour combination.
Rende

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zapar40
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17 Jul 2012 - 7:49 PM

i missed this one, sorry that you and patch had some misfortune, and glad patch is ok.
lovely depth of field for this shot.

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AnnChown e2 Member 4180 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jul 2012 - 8:46 PM

I missed this too Gary. I'm so sorry to hear of your troubles. I did wonder where you were and checked your p/f a few times. I then saw you had commented on somebody else's image and popped over here to see. I hope things pick up for you in all ways...
Ann

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