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DaveMead

Thanks for dropping in. I believe in composition over colour and camera over computer. I also believe that the only rule of thirds is that there is no rule of thirds. I also believe that if you set out to take your version of somebody else's composition, you will never experience the true thrill of landscape photography.
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  • Note to self: Go to Burnley and take nice pictures. Smile
  • I promised a full report on my week as GE so here it is, a few days late. I really enjoyed the experience, I had previously used the filters on the Photo Gallery and had not looked much beyond Landscape/Travel. Having removed the filters, my eyes were opened to the wide range of images uploaded to ePz, some of which - even though I have no interest in taking pictures like them - are incredible and of a very high standard. Having watched the GEA Gallery for awhile, I felt that landscapes were under represented and was determined to correct this imagined imbalance. However, certainly in the first half of the week, I was drawn to other subjects and, to be honest, the landscapes were a little disappointing. I was pleased to able to make an award to a panorama as they seem to consistently underperform on this site as, I guess, most people skip through the gallery thumbnails where panos are at a size disadvantage. Towards the end of the week our local broadband network (I live in a rural area) crashed for nearly 24 hours and it took two marathon 6 hour sessions to catch up but, happily, the standard of the landscapes improved drastically during this time and I was able to hand out several awards to some real quality work. I gave out 20 awards in total over the 7 days and saw literally hundreds of first class images. I would certainly do it again but at a different time of year as you can become somewhat tired of blue tits, nuthatches, snowdrops, crocuses and, of course, Buchaille Etive......Grin
    Dave
  • That's me done, thank you so much Pete for the opportunity, I'll give a full report on the experience tomorrow
    Dave
    P.S. Good luck for the coming week Sam Smile
  • I'm sorry everybody, our community broadband network broke down on Thursday evening and is not yet working again (Friday afternoon). I have been told it will be working again sometime later today and I promise I will catch up with everybody's images. I've enjoyed it no end so far. Smile
    Dave
  • Thanks Pete, here goes..........Smile
    Dave
  • Pete
    Do I get a big red button in order to wield the power? Smile
    Dave
  • Thanks Pete, looking forward to it. Smile
    Dave
  • Pete
    I could do next week (15-21) if it's still vacant or late May onwards. I'm a farmer and we start lambing on 1st April (ish) so April and probably the first half of May are out. I've been really impressed with the GEA's (not least because I won one a couple of weeks back Smile) and so I'm keen to see them continue.
    Dave
  • I don't know if it really counts but the image I uploaded on Monday (Cold Dawn) was shown on BBC Look North last night. Chuffed to bits. Smile
    Dave
  • Hi Julie
    A belated welcome to the site, I hope you are enjoying/learning plenty. It's nice to see another fan of the moors on here. Your first posts are excellent and I look forward to seeing more.
    Regards,
    Dave
  • Now I'm really worried. I have done everything listed on this threadSmile and still the sensor is dirty. So, Jessops (yeah, I know) said they would send my 400D back to Canon under warranty. However, it would seem that might be a waste of time judging by comments on here. So, should I go to a proper camera shop or what and what sort of costs might I be looking at? Any help would be much appreciated.
    Cheers,
    Dave
  • Hi Jamie
    I use the Huey Pro and have no complaints at all. Certainly, people seem to like the colours on the images I have uploaded to ePz so far. I don't do much printing at the moment but when I have had images printed professionally, they have certainly benefitted from using this software.
    All the best,
    Dave
  • Hi Terry, welcome from another newcomer. I joined last weekend and haven't looked back. Enjoy.
    Dave
  • Hi Darren
    It's an interesting move you are making but having got the ND Grad Kit you're certainly set up to go. I have been taking almost exclusively landscapes for about 7 years now when, in June, my wife took me to the Bramham International Horse Trials. The freedom I felt at being able to concentrate on action rather than light was exhilarating and the results very pleasing. Since then I have also photographed a motorbike trials and, this evening, a cricket match. I will never stop taking landscapes and, indeed, I still have so much to learn, but it is great to be able to snap away madly every now and again. So, go for the landscape stuff and I hope you enjoy it, but don't give up the Sports - it's far too much fun.
    Dave
  • Thanks for the welcome Pete and Jas. Claire joining ePz to comment on my picture of her has totally blown me away and I've learnt loads in a very short space of time. Photography has been a fairly solitary pursuit for me thus far, but I have a feeling that's gonna change.Smile

    And Penny is doing a brilliant job of looking after me too.

    Thank you to everyone.
    Dave
  • I live in a place called Farndale in the heart of the North York Moors and it's the most beautiful place in the world.Smile
  • Hi Chas

    Welcome. I've been here a little under 24 hours and I've learnt a heck a lot already. Oh, and met some very nice people along the way. Enjoy.

    Regards,
    Dave
  • A little less than 24 hours and I've become an e2 Member.

    It was the least I could do after the warm welcome from you all and the kind and constructive comments on my pictures. Best of all, I got to talk (sort of) to Debbie again. All that and I finally got my sheep clipped this morning, happy days.

    Thanks again all

    Dave x
  • Hi Debbie

    It's brilliant to hear from you.....

    Quote:This is probably gonna end up being my claim to fame.......

    no, no, no, you will be famous for your photographs and for the positive energy you bring to photography.

    Dave xx

  • Quote:Welcome Dave,..... if you haven't run a mile already.
    Lovely first upload.
    Penny



    On the contrary, I feel like I'm getting nice and comfy on the sofa. I've been made to feel that welcome. Thanks, Penny

    Dave

  • Quote:Are you near the NYMR by any chance, Dave - - if so, you could have some new best friends!


    15 miles or so, Fran, from the Pickering end (and I love photographing steam trains).......... how am I doing?

    Dave x

  • Quote:Ssssh Doug he might have a spare room .. did Debbie tell you that its customary for new members to play host?....


    Not quite but I do run a very quiet (and very reasonable) campsite and camping barn. It is something of a dream of mine to walk these hills in the company of kindred spirits.

    Thank you all for the warm welcome, I'm looking forward to this (although Fran's pictures are scarily good).
  • Hi Everyone
    My name is Dave and I am lucky enough to live in the North York Moors National Park. I spend as much time as possible photographing my surroundings with a Canon 400D and Sigma 10-20mm lens. I arrived at this site from Waterfront Photography, a wonderful site belonging to a wonderful lady called Debbie whom I met at a Joe Cornish Workshop last year. She has been a great help and inspiration to me and if ePHOTOzine is good enough for her, it certainly is for me. I am hoping to post some pictures as I could do with some positive criticism from fellow photographers rather than the platitudes one tends to get from family and friends. Thanks for taking the time to read about me.
    Dave