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Changing times

By gary_d
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

Tags: Close-up Flowers and plants

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paskinmj Plus
9 11 1 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2012 8:44PM
Nice DOF.

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helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2012 8:47PM
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
pamelajean Plus
11 1.0k 1986 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2012 8:58PM
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.
11 Jul 2012 9:01PM
Hi Gary, sorry to hear about your misfortune, I have only recently started posting again after 1 year away, best wishes,
GillyB Plus
12 317 8 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2012 9:33PM
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.

Jasper87 Plus
7 1.9k 150 England
11 Jul 2012 9:35PM
It's sharp, colourful, and detailed. Don't put yourself under pressure, do what you want.

SlowSong Plus
9 7.2k 30 England
11 Jul 2012 9:42PM
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.
woolybill1 Plus
11 22 71 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2012 9:45PM
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!
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1852 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2012 9:47PM
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.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
11 Jul 2012 9:53PM
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 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,
11 Jul 2012 11:17PM
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

EAS Plus
8 1 13 Scotland
11 Jul 2012 11:23PM
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.

11 Jul 2012 11:33PM
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,
mikbee Plus
10 3 8 Scotland
11 Jul 2012 11:41PM
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.
tonyguitar Plus
5 61 37 Canada
11 Jul 2012 11:54PM
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
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
12 Jul 2012 12:02AM
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!
Irishkate Plus
7 41 111 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2012 1:31AM
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.
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2012 11:50AM
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
Ade_Osman 14 4.5k 36 England
12 Jul 2012 4:28PM
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.
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2012 8:08PM
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!
Glostopcat Plus
11 255 2 England
14 Jul 2012 1:24AM
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
Rende Plus
10 38 4 Netherlands
15 Jul 2012 11:36AM
Sorry to hear about your misadventures Chris, but glad Patch is OK. The shot has lovely detail and colour combination.
zapar40 Plus
7 66 5 Wales
17 Jul 2012 7:49PM
i missed this one, sorry that you and patch had some misfortune, and glad patch is ok.
lovely depth of field for this shot.
AnnChown Plus
8 203 1 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2012 8:46PM
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...

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