First, thank you. To those of you who’ve been visiting, reading and commenting and those who have been linking me to their blogs, articles, allowing me to guest blog for you, re-posting my blog posts, and generally helping each other out, thank you. If you are here, reading this, I mean you.
The internet is an amazing tool for information gathering. Sometimes that information can be challenged and in some cases, just downright wrong, but the fact that it is a tool that enables all of us to provide the dialogue, has gone a long way in helping me in a variety of ways. I wanted to take the opportunity to thank a few of the folks who’ve helped my blog gain a little exposure and hope to be able to turn a few of my new friends onto their sites as well. Many of the links below may be well known to many of us, others perhaps not, but regardless, I find a lot of value in these sites and hope that others may as well if you don’t already…
Four Thirds Rumors – I have received quite a bit of traffic from avid 4/3 and micro 4/3 users after my articles on the GF1, another using 3rd party lenses via adapters, and most recently my FD>Micro4/3 article were posted on the website. I visit the site daily for fun tidbits be they rumors or reviews. Fun reading and Ale is a great, hard working guy doing it, much like myself, for the love of photography. Thanks Ale and all the 4/3rumors readers!
Photomatix – I had talked with Ron from HDRSoft and he was very helpful in getting me set up to review the popular HDR software and offer my readers a 15% discount. The idea behind processing HDR imagery has been debated, and by some, arguably overused. It doesn’t change the fact that by being able to combine bracketed exposures, it enables photographers to do what their cameras are incapable of doing for many dynamically diverse scenes. If you haven’t tried it yet, I’d certainly suggest checking it out. You can download the full program for free with a non-expiring full version of the software (it will watermark your image, but you will get to see what it can do!) If you like the results, it is a pretty small price to pay for the ability it creates. I have to admit, I wasn’t sold until I actually captured with the intention of using Photomatix and really saw what I could do with it.
Photography Bay – A great, objective review site providing articles full of information and insight. Eric was looking for guest bloggers a little while back, I asked if I could submit my article on color theory using Henri Matisse as an example, and he happily obliged. Thanks Eric and the PB readers that have come by to read the full article.
Chris from “in my view…” – Chris is a very knowledgeable photographer and tireless blogger. Through conversation here, on his blog, and on flickr he’s helped iron out things in my own findings. Check his site out, but make sure you have some time to kill. You just may get lost in the multitude of in depth posts he’s put together.
Richard from “Richard’s Notes” – Richard and I have swam in some of the same flickr pools and I had always enjoyed and learned from his insight and truly balanced help. His blog continues with that same helpful mantra.
Rik Fairlie from the New York Times contacted me interested in talking to a photographer using a micro 4/3 camera for his article in the Circuits section which also ran in the Gadgetwise portion online. We chatted for a little while a few weekends back and I enjoyed his insight and have since enjoyed reading through his past articles. Cool guy, cool blog.
1001 Noisy Cameras has linked back to my blog from an article and a fair few folks have stopped by. Thanks!
GF-One.com is a forum of GF1 users and has been a great resource for all things GF1. From tips, to tech talk, the forum is full of friendly and helpful GF1 users. Anyone that is contemplating purchasing a micro 4/3 camera, especially if looking at the GF1 should stop in. There are some great tidbits there to help. I even try to spend time there as often as possible to see the latest, greatest from a growing forum of friendly folks.
Olympusclub.pl – To my Polish friends, dzienkuje!
Forum sur les Lumix de Panasonic – Merci, et le tir heureux!
There are others that I’ve seen my posts linked to, so I’m sorry if I’ve missed you. I will try to continue to connect as many of us as possible, because when it comes down to it, we’re all in it for the passion, or at least the curiosity, and the more the merrier.
I enjoy reading and writing about photography and hope to continue to do so. I would be doing this even if nobody stopped by, but it helps to know that some of my insight seems to have helped others. Thank you for reading and I will do my best to provide interesting content, hopefully spurring intriguing dialogue in the future. If you would like to sign up to receive my blog posts via email, I have a simple link set up at the top right of the page. I will not use your email address for anything else, I promise. I have also tried to get a flickr group going to continue some of these conversations. If you are a flickr user, please stop in, join up and feel free to propose a topic, ask a question, or inquire about anything photographic.
Finally, if anyone else is looking to do some cross blog promotion, maybe you have something that you’d like me to review, or link to via my blog, email me and let me know. If you would like to see a specific tutorial using a lighting or post processing technique, drop me a line. I would enjoy the challenge and as long as I am able, I will give it my best shot. I have a few posts currently on the drawing board and I’d always like to connect with other folks doing similar things so get in contact, let’s see where this can go.
Thanks to you all! It is truly appreciated.
All my best,