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Photographer's Note

It's time to celebrate another anniversary. I couldn't imagine how this site could change my life. Well, not my whole life, of course, but at least it changed the way I occupy most of my free time, not only for the hours I spend in the site, but also for reviving my affection for Photography, in an intense and pleasing way that I had never experienced before.

I think that what makes TE different from any online community I knew so far is the way that personal and social relations mix so well with the more technical or aesthetic discussions, and how these two aspects complement each other and make each other more effective. That is why I am so worried with the technical problems the site has experienced in the last weeks.

There are plenty of sites out there to show our photos, some of them may even be fancier in many ways, maybe in some of them there is more chance that our photos receive more frank (blunt) critiques that may eventually be more useful to our evolution than the sugar coated comments that are usual in TE, but those are the exception, as in most of the other sites, photos get much less comments than here and most of them are laconic and superficial, completely useless. And when it comes to the feeling of community, I don't know anything like TE. A newcomer that reads this may wonder how that can be so important in a photo site, but the fact is that knowing (even if it's only online) those who write about your work an their own photos is completely different and not only more pleasing, but also more effective, than getting some apparently more insightful critiques of people about whom we don't know anything. I notice that in other online communities focused in technical issues, so it's only natural that it happens even more in a community focused in an activity that is more social by its nature - while we don't need others to get pleasure from Photography, if we put our photos online is because we want to show them to others and, even if we don't think about it, we also like what they think about them and we want to improve ourselves to produce better photos.

I haven't yet met much TE members "in person", but all the few encounters I had were much rewarding. I feel that I have friends that share with me the same interest in Photography in a way that I knew very little people. Many of them live in distant parts of the world and even those who live closer to me, I would hardly get to know them. In every meeting I had with other TE members, the feeling of familiarity with people I had never met in person before was almost immediate, and that happened even with those with whom I hadn't much contact.

The last of those occasions was the opening of an exhibition of Keribar in Lisboa, that happened last Monday. Sadly, I had missed the meeting with him and other members the day before. Besides Keribar, the other TE members present were Riclopes, AiresSantos and Tober. I had never met the latter neither Keribar and the I had been with Ricardo and Aires only once, last January, but even so I felt much more at ease than if I had gone with many people I know for much longer. By coincidence, I met there a former work colleague and her husband; if I felt minimally out of context, probably I would have spent much more time with them to have company and chatting, but actually I didn't. We were the last ones leaving the exhibition.

About the post: my first post in TE was shot the day before, not far from this one. A year ago, I chose another photo of this area to commemorate my first aniversary, then I did the same for my 300th post, so now I am giving continuity to the tradition. I wonder if next year I'll still have anything to post from this trip, which in a way is related with a change in my attitude towards Photography, as it was during it that I began shooting again in a more serious fashion, after many years of doing almost nothing. Some two years afterwards, it I wasn't doing much more than just the occasional and banal snapshot of trips, holidays, family and social events, but the bug never went down so low as it had before and revived when I bought my first DSLR and even more when I joined TE.

You can find about the place and my impressions of it in my other posts of the area.

WS: Another view of the same place.

Location (latitude, longitude): 28.8236,83.8164 (I am not sure about the accuracy, but my guess is that the error isn't higher than 2 Km / 1.2 miles).

Note on the location in TE: according to Wikipedia, all this region, from Jomsom to Lo Manthang and Muktinath is part of Dhawalagiri district. I put my posts in the Gandaki district following the others, as almost no one posts their photos of the region in the supposedly right place.

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