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Reed Radcliffe Contact

January 3, 2010

Hello again!

It has been just a little over a year since I joined TE, but I really didn't participate for the last 5 or 6 months of 2009. It takes a lot of time to do this right, just as it takes a lot of time to become a good photographer. I have plenty longer to go! Luckily I have many other photographers to learn from here and on TrekLens - and I've been watching, just sort of lurking when I could because work and life demanded that I spend much more time with them than my photography. It wasn't fair to post my photos and expect others to critique them if I could not reciprocate. So I kind of dropped out. 2009 was a horrible year, for the most part, anyway!

I'm hoping for a better year in 2010. I generally do not make resolutions - I have no will power - but I thought I might resolve to participate in TE and TL once again, if you all will have me back.

Here's my original, re-written intro page, in case you forgot about me:

Welcome to my blatant self-promotion page on TE.

I felt compelled to re-write my "Intro" from the worthless blather that it was to something a touch more interesting, more introductory, more, well, compelling (to repeat myself). So this probably won't be much better, just longer...

Should I allow my posted photographs to speak for me? Should I try to impress everyone who bothers to look at these words with the words themselves? I think not on both.

I'm just another amateur photographer who wants to have the most impressive photo album on the holidays when I bore the crap out of my relatives with my DVD slide show.

I'm just another self-taught computer nerd who managed to parlay an understanding of technology into a career and enough smoke and mirrors to impress the technological layman.

Then I stumbled upon TE, looking for a travelogue of the Maritime Provinces in Canada so I could begin to plan next year's vacation. It might as well have been TZ (for Twilight Zone). Now I am spinning around in cyberspace, exploring the known and unknown world in the photography of so many other photographers, perhaps professional or wanna-be like me. Such knowledge, such talent, so many SMILIES!

Have I found an opportunity - or an addiction?

The jury is still out. I've been here short of two months, posted 45 photographs as of today. Will the other photographers help me to learn to be a better photographer? Will the other photographers stroke my ego with applications of little green smiling faces? Will the more honest of the community really offer me some constructive criticism?

I find myself hoping for all the above. I find myself surfing TE at odd hours of the day and night, even at *gasp* work when I think I can get away with it. I'm going to go on, though. I want to see what shakes out, what effect TE can have on me - and what effect I can have on TE.

Thank you for being here - hope to see you in the gallery!

Addendum: I got an account on TrekLens so I could post my photographs that don't fit here.

Reed Radcliffe
St. Louis, Missouri, USA

"A picture is worth a thousand words, but it takes a thousand times more disk space"
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Nikon D300, Nikon D7000, Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom, Olympus C3030Z, Olympus D-490Z

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