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September 11, 2010



What keeps me coming back is the fact that you don't review cameras and such. You're a photographer. Not too many around these days.

Photography is a lifestyle. Sharing, discussing and, of course, *doing* is what any lifestyle is about. I appreciate the technological sophistication of my D700; its ability to give me acceptable prints from shots made in near darkness has opened a new creative outlet for me. When it comes to the practice of photography, I prefer to share and absorb opinions and insight on creativity and the art. That's why I come here. I don't want to learn how to build a camera or design a lens.

I come back because you are not like the others. I go to the other blogs to learn about gear and trends and all the fancy things. I come to your blog to think about photography. To learn simple tricks and rules that work both for film and digital. And also because I like the way you write.

Everytime I come here to read another of your posts, I am in for a thoughtful piece of photographic and "ordinary" wisdom. I like and share the way you think about photography.

Best regards from Germany

I had to think about this for a while and have to say that your postings are always "interesting". A while back Mike at TOP referred to your site and I never left. My only criticism would be you don't publish enough, but that is a blessing, because your articles are never diluted because you need to meet a deadline and use filler. Your articles always have substance.
Photography is a hobby for me but a big and important one. You have created a site with opinions and ideas add substance to what I do for fun......Muchas Gracias

If your 30D is "aging" then my 20D must be straight-up "aged."

I read your blog, Gordon, because you have a comfortable 'voice' which never sounds condescending, preachy, over-confident (just confident enough, thank you very much); you don't engage in bragging or any sort of elitism.

I read your blog because you have an open philosophy. You seem most concerned with two things in your personal journey: your experience and your results. The way you tell it, you favor methods or gear or whatever if it works for the person using it and not otherwise.

I read your blog because you are thoughtful, and I find the way you think and the ideas you think about to be inspiring. Your thoughtfulness is thought-provoking for me.

I read your blog because of your photographs. I was mesmerized by some of your work when I first browsed your Zenfolio. I wanted to know what makes you tick. I don't think it's ever possible for one person to know fully what makes another tick, but I think I've learned about me while watching you and reading your words. You take wonderful photographs.


Okay, now I'm blushing.

I, too, found you as a result of a link from TOP. I continue to visit because I like your mix of a bit of gear talk blended into more philosophical photographic issues. You talk about things I either haven't considered, or don't think about enough.

Which I realize is a bit vague, but whatever it is you're doing I like it.

I first found you through TOP as well. I like your focus on photography as an art not on the equipment and how we should be constantly updating. Although you have done some nice reviews, there are plenty of those elsewhere. Also you seem to view it as art that we can do, not just you. If you know what I mean. I now also own the Umbrella Lady as well, Even though I'm not a big fan of color photography, due to that artistic sense you have. That's why I come back.

You. Period.

Also found you through TOP and own the Umbrella Lady, too. I like your photography very much. Like some of the things I admire, I find it hard to articulate why. For me that's a sign that it moves me and is worth exploring more.

Because you are about the image, not how you got there. I feel so many people get wrapped up in the gear (I used to be) and forget that photography is about the image, be it print or pixels, the image and the story it tells. You get that, and help to show others.

Gordon, it seems that a consensus is shaping up. Though I, like others appreciate a bit of technical information when it helps me get closer to the images I want to make, it is the talk about the process that I find the most illuminating. Your photographs are quite nice (better than nice actually), and provide your bona fides to add weight to your gentle direction. And that is one thing worth comment: you never talk down or preach, but seem to lead by example. Art is so much harder to discuss than specifications which may explain why so much is written about things, and not so much written about ideas and feelings at most blogs.
I read several photo related blogs on a regular basis (found my way to you through TOP) and would only suggest that you occasionally reference blogs that YOU find interesting.

Thanks for the good reading,

I like the way you write and your approach to photography. And you seem to be a nice guy. Also came here from TOP and stayed.

The low frequency of your update stream is a refreshing diversion on the net.

"Mostly I just post my photos and write about what's motivating me to keep taking pictures these days."

Which is why I keep coming back! A refreshing change from many of the other blogs out there, and a great source of inspiration!

What can I say that hasn't already been said--except that I don't own the umbrella lady and I REALLY wish I did. Not buying it was a stupid "Oh gee, I really like it but I can't afford it" moment.
I too am a TOP-sent reader and started to read your blog when Mike first mentioned it. About 6 months later I left my first comment, encouraged by your conversation-like style. It was also the first comment I had ever left on a blog.
Before writing this comment I went back and looked at your earliest posts; they were good, but the posts you have written over the past year seem to be more personal, and even more appealing as a result.
I have friends who appreciate a good photograph, but few who "get" what it is to make one; your blog helps to fill that gap.
Thanks for doing what you do.

What attracts me to your blog on a regular basis, is the feeling that, once a week, I'm having a visit with a friend. And that just visiting once a week is a part of what makes the visits so special.

Sometimes the visits are in the morning over coffee, or a light lunch, or maybe in the evening over a drink. But they are always visits with someone who has something to say, and makes me think about this hobby called photography.

I think the equipment comments tend to be more about ease of use, rather than ultimate capabilities. Being prepared is more important than the equipment.

As long as you are willing to share your insights and thoughts here, I will continue to enjoy my visits with a thoughtful friend.


I usually don't post comments, here or elsewhere, unless I have something that adds to a discussion. In this case, however, it is clear that I may not be saying anything new, but I am strengthening the consensus.

Your philosophy, such as it is, is approachable. Reading one of your posts, is like chatting with a friend.

I believe that equipment is relevant, but pictures are important. And all too often, on the internet, those priorities are switched.

My own blog is inspired a little bit by yours and a little bit by TOP's (where, like many other commenters, I came across yours).

So thanks.

I come back because I love your writing style and the way you interpret your photos :-). And I like the reason you do it. It is primarily the reason why I do mine - sharing photos.

What everyone else, especially Christian, said. (And I'm new here; I don't even know what TOP is, lol. :-) )

Also, re: today's shot itself? IDK why so many fuss about the 18-55 kit lens. I think that shot looks great.

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