Time for a rant I suppose !
I have loved being on ePz. I wish some things were different, but I appreciate that some of the things I don't happen to like will be the favourites of others. I have had so many encouraging comments on my photographs from people on here - not all glowing praise by any means - after all I have only been taking photos for around 40 years and still consider that I have a lot to learn.
The things I like most on here are the ways in which people at all levels can find something to inspire them. My own experience shows that there are plenty of people who support others in all sorts of ways. This encouragement and motivation is especially useful for people new to photography, or new to a particular field or technique. ePz is about inspiring and encouraging such personal development.
So why a rant ?
Well I recently became a member of an ePz group called "Let the Creativity Flow". It was set up at the end of December by Zoe ( Mototaur). I love to be creative with my images and so it seemed perfect for me. I have run community websites before and know how tough it can be to reach the stage of development where things build up their own momentum, so I offered to help Zoe. I did a review of a free web based app called iPiccy. I did this to set up a section where Free and Cheap software that might allow people to get into creative photography. I used iPiccy because I use it when I am doing training for unemployed and socially marginalised people as part of the work of the "not for profit" social enterprise that I run. It always goes down well with people new or relatively new to photography. They get quick results. Then I set up a challenge to people in the group to submit images they had created with the software to a gallery.
All I was trying to do in this was to help get people interested in being creative. I was devastated when a reply took the form of an accusation that i was trying ti gain "free advertising " for the software. Why ? I have no connection with the makers, It is free to use anyway. One of the main points of ePz is that of trying to support others by making available information on techniques, software and other things that will help them to progress their photography. Why this gratuitous criticism. and especially why this criticism from someone who uses their profile as an advert for their own photo holiday business ?
I can't understand it. Why do they want to be so negative about everything. Why knock people who are trying to help others. How can they not see that not everyone is at their level of experience ( though not always "quality" ! ). I just don't get it. i love photography and want to help as many others to love it as I can.
Anyway, rant over. I will persist with ePz despite these people, because of all of the wonderful people on here who feel differently and who have been so helpful to me during my time on the site.
And just in case anyone is interested in the photography behind all of this these are the start and finish results of the image that i used to start the challenge that led to this rant !!!!!!
and I didn't make a masterpiece from it, but boy did I have some fun turning it into this.......