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I once said that first and foremost, how you see your artwork is what matters the most. 

I stand by those comments to this day and it really is what matters the most. Insecurity within your own artwork plagues many people. In this day and age of instant gratification with facebook, flickr, DA, 500px, everyone wants a pat on the back and ages ago on DA I wrote several journals about this about how deep down, it's all just meaningless BS. The drive by ego stroking doesn't help you evolve as an artist at all and if anything it can actually make things worse. How so? The answer is a relatively simple one really. People begin to base their self worth as an artist by how much something a piece of art is commented on, by how many favs it has, how many pageviews, how many shares. This is also a relatively new phenomenon. Case in point, if this was 15 years ago, none of us would even be having this conversation right now because the expectations we put on things simply doesn't exist as a medium to do this. If this was 1999 and you were, I don't know, let's say whatever age you are now, what would you be doing? You'd be creating is what you'd be doing and not getting caught up in the superficial rat race of instant gratification & feedback. 

Now I know there are some people who will utterly think otherwise but prove me wrong. I can't even begin to tell you how I have literally watched people hang up their camera, their paints, their pencils, all because they get frustrated because they base their self worth as an artist on social networking sites. They get mad at you when you don't comment on things, fav their things, share their things and thus put pressure on you and the relationship you have with them. Is that right? Is it really? No it isn't. however this is the day and age we now live in. We simply expect too much out of others and place an incredible amount of importance if someone gives us feedback about our work. Now that isn't to say that isn't important because it is however at the same time there is a fine line between expectation and desire. 

3 years ago I made myself a promise. To this day I kept that promise and if so, more than anything, I live it now more than ever. What is it? To take a step back from social networking sites and photography sites as a whole. I did that and to this day I still do it. I concentrate on my photography now as much as humanly possible and I have set forth a very distinct goal to make a living out of what I do and to be the best I can possibly be as a photographer. Eventually this will lead to other things like holding paid workshops and education but right now I want to shoot as much as possible and not stop. I want to be out with my camera as much as I can and I want to see nature, experience life and see things I fortunate to see as much as possible. I follow photographers who I look up to and I don't expect a single thing from them in return. Some of these photographers I call personal friends and I shoot with them while others I don't know but learn from what their photoblogs say and the images which they take. 

Photography, like any other artistic medium is in a constant state of evolution for the artist. It always is and always will be a learning experience that will hold throughout your lifetime. There will never be a point where you know everything & anything, ever. That's what makes it fun though, we never know where the road will lead us or take us. It's a joyride but only if you let it be and don't put so much importance on others and their feedback with "Hey nice shot!". Instead, concentrate on the image itself, on making it, ask questions and concentrate on things which really matter, like improving your own artwork and how to go about doing it. Want to know one of the absolute best resources for doing just that? YouTube. Yes, YouTube. It is literally better than any photography course you could ever take because everything you ever wanted to know is literally at the tips of your fingertips. I bet most don't even know this but there are actually channels dedicated to the art of landscape photography & how to get the shots you want. "The Landscape Photography Show"  is but one of several that are on there. You aren't going to get that sort of information from people saying "hey nice shot!". 

Reality. It's what's for dinner. 
Now get you ass off of DA and take some photos!
John 
Whew, it's been awhile since I wrote my last journal entry kkart.deviantart.com/journal/W… which explained that I was on the road to recovery and all that jazz from having an absolutely massive surgery. Truth be told, I am not fully recovered yet BUT I feel the best I have felt in many, many years and for the first time in over a decade I am able to do the things which I only dreamed of doing. It's really pretty amazing how much the surgery helped me. I honestly feel like Superman! lol I am still amazed by the incision which I have, absolutely massive from being almost sawed in half. It's going good though and since September of last year, I have lost 125 pounds (and to think it wasn't weight loss surgery I even had) I am fitting into clothes from 1997 for crap sakes lol
I know I haven't been around here much, been really busy photographing like a mad man. That was a promise I made to myself when I was laying in the hospital bed.....to shoot as much as humanly possible and to get off the computer as much as possible. These days I spend more time processing photos and shooting than anything else. As a result I am very backlogged but in a sense it's a good thing, just shows it's been productive as heck.

Back in May I decided to make the jump and upgrade from my Sony A550 to a Sony A77. The camera is just amazing and has taken some getting used to. My previous experience using my friends A65 has helped me though. (Thanks Ian!) I am really enjoying it and to think it was completely paid for by print sales is pretty darn awesome! I really need to thank you all for supporting me so much. You all rock. landed a nice little gig with a home builder here in Colorado who wants me to photograph their newly built subdivisions and they'll be displaying my photography in large stretched canvases inside their model homes. I'm pretty happy with that you can say. My plans right now are basically this; I am now fully cleared to go to the mountains finally, so I'll be spending some time up there. Not too much though, I plan to shoot locally a lot as I have some things in the works down here locally. It's kind of nice seeing as how I am planning to spend 2-3 weeks this Fall shooting continuously in the San Juan's, Rocky Mountain National Park along with possibly the Grand Mesa area. Color me excited!

Sunflower season is almost here. I haven't even gotten through processing my photos from last year, sheesh....time flies all too quickly, blink and you might miss it. Get ready for an onslaught for photos from me as well. I have a lot of images to share with you all which I haven't posted yet dating back all the way to last year. I just haven't had the time but now that you can schedule posts on DA, that makes my life a lot easier.

Lastly, I was roaming around here on DA this morning some. I saw some amazing work and I saw some amazing things being said. I found that interesting that so many seem to harbor grudges and hold on to old things from the past. Why? I do not know. I have a new outlook on life, I am surrounded with caring friends & caring people. I have an incredible amount of positive energy in my life and I wouldn't trade it for the world. I'm very happy. If you are harboring something against someone, let it go and give it up. Life is too short for that, way too short. None of us are perfect and often times we are at fault as much as the person who we believe wronged us. Like an autumn leaf, let it float away in the wind. In the end you'll feel a lot better and happier. Trust me. You really will. I'll leave you with this quote---
 “Resentment or grudges do no harm to the person against whom you hold these feelings but every day and every night of your life, they are eating at you”
John

Here's a few images I found recently which I thought were beautiful.

Little Sable Point Lighthouse by JessicaDobbsUT Spurs For Olena by Nightmare-v A Song For Man's Best Friend by DiamonEyes
 
Bubbles by TerkaLoty  Eastern Oregon Barn and Milky Way 9-7-13 by adamsimsphotography Little Oranges by jkrab

Impression 2 by Maciej-Koniuszy Bavarian autumn by Wolfling01 Somewhere only we know by Draken413o
Honestly, those of you who follow me on facebook  already know I have been back for a few weeks now. I just haven't really gotten around to writing this on here. You'll know why shortly.
 
I was on the operating table for 7 1/2 hours. That's a seriously long time but then again the surgery I had was massive. I woke up with a breathing tube in me and on a ventilator, along with an incision which is 4 1/2 feet long and had over 300 staples in me. Let me tell you, fun times right there! lol I don't remember much from the first few days after surgery considering how doped up I was on Morphine & Oxycodone. Everything from then is sort of a blur. They took out a whopping 56 pounds from me. I was pretty shocked by that considering this was for my lungs and circulatory system, not weight loss. I was in the surgical ICU unit for about a week before being transferred down to the regular surgical unit where I would spend another week before being transferred to the PT/OT floor where I would begin my rehab. My nurses and CNA's were the stuff superstars were made of. They went far beyond their calls of duty to help me and I owe them a debt of gratitude. Seeing as how some of my nurses will be reading this, I wanted to say thank you! 

Over all i spent a whopping 3 1/2 weeks in the hospital. At times it was kind of depressing, sitting around much of the day doing absolutely nothing except for when PT/OT would work me out for 4 1/2 hours in split shifts. I remember the first time they let me walk on my own, I was shocked that I was suddenly able to breathe so much better and walk so much farther than I had been in years. I felt like a new person in spite of me having a massive incision which at times hurt like the swords of hell were going in me. I did get a shock though. While being worked out and walking down the hallway, I made a turn into an area which I hadn't been before. What did I see? One of my photographs hanging on the wall. I kind of stopped, looked at my physical therapist and said "you have got to be kidding me, that's my photograph!" She then replied "there's another one very similar to it in the cafeteria, would you like to see it?" Well is the Pope Catholic? So we headed to the cafeteria and I stood in amazement seeing yet another photograph of mine on their walls. I am not sure where it was purchased & the material it was on had me very puzzled. It was a very hard surface, almost like a masonite and had a thin black frame around it. The day I was discharged, the nurses asked me to sign it. I think I just really needed to see that as it acted like a catalyst to completely supercharge me into high gear. 

One of the things which bothered me that I discovered on my own and brought to my doctors attention right away was that my body was beginning to become addicted to the Oxycodone. Not good but expected after being on such heavy doses for weeks. I would get the jitters and shakes, cold sweats and had trouble concentrating. I was taken off it immediately and had it replaced  with a non narcotic pain killer. It was pretty bad I have to say and I understand now why people get addicted to it. It's not so much for the high some folks get but to fight off the withdrawl systems of it. It's evil. 

I've been out shooting a few times since I have been home but I need to be very careful and have to stay very close to home due to the fact that I can't sit in open position very long and must move around as much as possible. This is why I haven't gotten around to writing this here yet. The reason? I have a post-op DVT in my right upper femoral artery in my leg. So I am on massive amounts of blood thinners as you can imagine. I never felt it and it was by a stroke of luck it was found while I was in the surgical ICU unit. That is seriously scary stuff right there as those can kill you. I kind of took a big deep breath when they told me. However it has really motivated me at the same time. As I sit here and type this, I feel the best I have felt in many years. I have home health nurses come every day to check on my incision, clean and change my dressings, etc. 

I have noticed some huge changes since I was discharged. Check this out---
The day I was discharged I put on my clothes I walked into the hospital in. My shirt, my pants, even my shoes, were all too large for me. I lost an addition 24 pounds while in the hospital and backed up with the 56 pounds from surgery, that makes it 75 pounds in 3 1/2 weeks. It was hysterical. Since the end of September, that makes it roughly 130 pounds (it's to early to add everything up at 5am lol) The first day I was able to go out with my camera I was shocked as I stood with my tripod. My o2 wasn't dropping like it used to (thanks lung surgery!) and I was able to breathe. I was floored by this. Completely. Friends say I am a whole new person and in many ways I feel like it. I have a very long road to recovery, one which will take months and after that I am looking at another surgery for other lung & circulatory issues but boy, I am focussed like I never have been before & I am on a high protein, low salt diet. It stinks I have to stay close to home for photography but it drives me to get better, quicker. 

In the end, I just wanted to say thank you to all for the well wishes in my previous journal. I read them while I was in the hospital laying in bed. I couldn't really respond as the wifi at the hospital was slower than dial up but I read each and every one of them. Multiple times over. It acted as encouragement. Thank you to my nurses, physical and occupation therapists and CNA's who are reading this. I owe you guys a lot. I'll stop in a few weeks and say hi to you all and say thank you in person and thank you for spending your breaks with me and keeping me company. It's awesome a few of you are into photography (shout out to Gary on that!) 

Onwards. Upwards. Forward!
---John

Hospital My Photo by kkart







Well, I have kept mostly quiet about this here on DA but the time has come to where I have to write this for all of you.
2013 was a rough year for me, very. I learned a lot, more than I could have bargained for in many respects, I mean who wouldn't when you almost die lol (ya that happened in July after having a septic skin infection) and 2014 is starting off a bang. A very big bang!

This morning I will enter the hospital for multiple surgeries which will happen early tomorrow AM. I am nervous and scared but also very excited by the prospects that finally my lungs will be a lot better. I've waited a long time for this and finally I am getting a chance at starting all over again. My recovery time will be roughly 3 months with very intense physical therapy. I don't know how much I will be around until after that. For the first week I will be in ICU but once I am feeling up to it, I will check in on my tablet and let ya all know how I am doing.

It's probably easier to check my facebook www.facebook.com/jdebordphotog… Google Plus plus.google.com/+JohnDeBord/po… or twitter twitter.com/kkartPhoto as it is so easy to update those compared to DA with their apps and such.

Anywho, hold my beer and watch this! Here's to better things and to better outlooks!
John
Well, I have kept mostly quiet about this here on DA but the time has come to where I have to write this for all of you.
2013 was a rough year for me, very. I learned a lot, more than I could have bargained for in many respects, I mean who wouldn't when you almost die lol (ya that happened in July after having a septic skin infection) and 2014 is starting off a bang. A very big bang!

This morning I will enter the hospital for multiple surgeries which will happen early tomorrow AM. I am nervous and scared but also very excited by the prospects that finally my lungs will be a lot better. I've waited a long time for this and finally I am getting a chance at starting all over again. My recovery time will be roughly 3 months with very intense physical therapy. I don't know how much I will be around until after that. For the first week I will be in ICU but once I am feeling up to it, I will check in on my tablet and let ya all know how I am doing.

It's probably easier to check my facebook www.facebook.com/jdebordphotog… Google Plus plus.google.com/+JohnDeBord/po… or twitter twitter.com/kkartPhoto as it is so easy to update those compared to DA with their apps and such.

Anywho, hold my beer and watch this! Here's to better things and to better outlooks!
John
My camera broke and right now, after having just spend close to a full week in the hospital being very ill (severe skin infection which went into my blood stream and caused me to be septic) I don't have the finances to fix it. I am pretty freaked out at the moment considering sunflower season is right around the corner and fall is knocking on the door. I make 100% of what income I do have from my photography and it isn't easy, in fact, "hard" is an understatement. I thought that I would try to drum up some print sales in hopes of repairing my camera and being able to do what I do love and do best, photography. 
Honestly, I am kind of bummed by this (ok, a lot bummed) as photography has been my "go to" for a little slice of tranquility in an otherwise crazy world. 

I appreciate the support everyone, greatly. My store on DA where prints, puzzles, coffee mugs, canvases may be purchased is here kkart.deviantart.com/store/
Some of the highlights include;

A New Start by kkartWhen The Angels Dance by kkart  The Sunworshiper by kkart

God's Painted Sky by kkart Little Buddy by kkart Thunder Rising by kkart

The Tree Of Life by kkart  A September Remembrance by kkart Fire Of Fall by kkart

Again, thank you everyone for your support. 
---John
I giggled when I saw this. So much so I had to share! I am subscribed until "Hell Freezes Over" so I am guessing that this means that hell officially freezes on January 18, 2038? Should we start hoarding BBQ supplies and Hudson Bay blankets now? Also, 25 years is soon? WE ARE DOOMED! lol




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I recently came upon this article titled "The "Nice Shot" Comment Myth" over on the DIYPhotography.net website which I thought was important enough to share with all of you. I highly suggest that you give it a good read and also take in the comments which are posted on the article itself. It's a very interesting read and one which I find relates directly to DA. I know that many times this is a topic of conversation and one which I have always thought about. I fully agree with the author however in that every comment is a meaningful one and I get his gist of what he is saying and has to say. 
Go check it out!

John


I wanted to invite you all to read a article I recently penned over on my photoblog titled "The Long Road-An Editorial" jdebordphoto.blogspot.com/2013…
I think a great many of you will be able to relate to this, big time.
It is interesting to see "outside the box" if you will when it comes to photography and it is also interesting to have your eyes opened up to things as well.
I would encourage you all to leave a comment if you would like and tell me your thoughts. You can subscribe to my photoblog as well.
Just remember, it isn't about favs, it isn't page views, it's about YOU in your artistic journey as it relates to photography.
Never give up and never stop shooting.
---John

Quick shout out to :iconcaybeach: for redesigning my photoblog. Again, thank you.
A heads up. I see DA is promoting a new contest titled ""A Calendar of Tales" fav.me/d5vit6u and I am here to tell you that there is no way you should even consider entering this by any means.
Shame on you DA for not explaining the terms of this contest in your journal entry that everyone on the site sees....it ain't right.
While this contest sounds all good it is anything BUT.
Want to lose your copyright? How about allowing derivative works being made from your submitted art?
This is, by it's very definition, nothing but a "rights grab" and only a "rights grab".

Looking through the submission guidelines for the contest which are found here on the bottom of the submission page in a tiny link keepmoving.blackberry.com/desk… (scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page to "terms and conditions" and click) you see this;


LICENSING OF SUBMISSIONS/GRANT OF RIGHTS: By participating in this Promotion, and to the extent allowed by law, participants (i) grant a worldwide, royalty-free, irrevocable, non-exclusive, sub-licensable (including the right to sublicense to further third parties), unconditional, fully paid-up and transferable license to use his/her first name, last name and create derivative works of all Submissions (whether acceptable or not, regardless of the form they take, and including, without limitation, any and all copyrights, trademarks, contract and licensing rights, moral rights or "droit moral" and other intellectual property and proprietary rights in Submissions) to RIM, (ii) agree that RIM may license and assign all such rights to Ambassador and others (collectively "Licensees"), (iii) grant RIM and Licensees the absolute right and permission to edit, modify, cut, rearrange, add to, delete from, reproduce, encode, store, transmit, produce, publish, rent, lease, distribute (directly or indirectly through multiple tiers), post, broadcast, publicly perform or display, adapt, exhibit and/or otherwise use or reuse or exploit (without limitation as to when or to the number of times used) and use the content of and elements embodied in the Submissions and the Submissions themselves in perpetuity (except in France, for the duration of rights) in any and all media including but not limited to digital and electronic media, television, cinema, computer, DVD, CD, Competition Site(s), print, audio and audiovisual media (whether now existing or hereafter devised), in any language, throughout the world, and in any manner, for trade, advertising, promotional, commercial, or any other purposes without further review, notice, approval, consideration or compensation to participant or any third party, (iv) shall execute and deliver documents, at RIM's expense, requested by RIM or as may be necessary to vest in RIM the rights and waivers provided herein, (v) agree that email may satisfy any writing requirement that may apply to the assignment, conveyance, transfer, license, or waiver of any of the aforementioned rights, (vi) waive and release RIM from any and all claims that participants may now or hereafter have in any jurisdiction based on "moral rights" or "droit moral" or unfair competition with respect to RIM's exploitation of Submissions without further compensation to participants of any kind, (vii) agree not to instigate, support, maintain, or authorize any action, claim, or lawsuit against RIM or Licensees, or any other person, on the grounds that any use of any Submission, or any derivative works, infringe or violate any of participants' rights therein, and (viii) agree that RIM and Licensees shall have the right and permission to use the name, photograph, twitter handle (if applicable), testimonial or other likeness or personal exposition of a participant (and/or any edited portion thereof) for promotional, advertising and/or publicity purposes in any media, now or hereafter known throughout the world in perpetuity, without compensation or notice to, or further consent of, any participant to the extent permitted by law. Participants also agree that RIM may have access to, may have created, or may in the future create designs, ideas and concepts that may have familiarities or similarities to his/her Submission, and that he/she will not be entitled to any compensation or right to negotiate with the RIM because of these familiarities or similarities.

Shame on you DA for even promoting a contest which completely takes advantage of artists....that ain't right!!!!!! As a website you have a duty to uphold to your members and to not sucker punch them with stuff like this.....sigh....this disgusts me.

Now you know.

Stay the hell away.
So, I was just kind of looking around here this AM and noticed that many of the people I used to follow have left DA, many of the groups I used to belong to are inactive and sit dormant. I figured at some point this would probably happen and it just sort of hit me this AM how much it has happened. many it seems have moved to G+, facebook, 500px and flickr (flickr, who by the way, gave everybody a free 3 month premium membership for Christmas) I have been spending some time over on flickr lately and I forgot just how valuable that site is and how good it really is. Groups there are simply amazing and the wealth of knowledge and info is amazing within the forums of the groups (something which members of DA have been asking for since day 1 and still, no forums inside groups here :( ) Check out the Adobe Lightroom group as an example www.flickr.com/groups/adobe_li…  call me crazy but I get excited by that sort of thing.

I started to wonder though who was still alive around here and thought that many of you who comment on my images, I genuinely don't know. Many of you I have never seen before and I suppose in some ways that is my own doing these days as I am not all that active on here 9compared to the days when I would spend upwards of 8+ hours on here....insane huh? What was I thinking 5 years ago???) but wanted to know "who" you were. So let's hear it, who's who!
---John
Just a heads up.
I was recently interviewed for 'Project Educate' here on DA and that interview with me titled 'Why I Do Art' is now posted and can be read here fav.me/d5lm7n7
In it I talk about photography, why I do what I do and what it means to me personally. I answered such questions as 'What is it about photography that still keeps you going with it too this day?' and 'What advice would you give to other aspiring photographers who may be feeling discouraged by a lack of feedback for their own work?' among others.

Go check it out!
---John
Thought that I would write something real fast and give you guys an idea for the next time you are out shooting!

Now, with that being said and out of the way, I have a little photo tip for you all and hopefully this will throw some ideas into your head. one of the things which I love to do is use a very long lens to study the landscape. Think 300mm and longer here. Of course this requires a tripod to really get a sharp shot and usually fstops at around f16. This though opens up a whole new world to you and your images. In a sense it is similar to photographing macro images in that you start to see things, details, which you never would notice in the first place. A whole world of textures, patterns, light, color and intimate details starts to open up to you. These are what I call "compression landscapes". they are simply a blast to take and I think you will be pleasantly surprised at the world which starts to open to you.  It's pretty amazing! below I have gone ahead and shared a few pieces where I have used this technique.

I hope this helps some of you out and makes you think outside the box some.
I leave you all with a random thought this Sunday morning.

"Judge Not, Least Ye Be Judged Yourself" So the next time you decide to weigh into something you know nothing about, please try not to look as beautiful as a dog who has their ass shaved and is walking backwards. Just sayin'.  Some really need to see a psychologist. Oh wait....
John

Supermoon Above Golden 2012 by kkart A Fall Stillness by kkart Hills Of Fire by kkart

The Rising Of Fall by kkart The Solitary Winter by kkart Summers Late Sundown by kkart


"I am not interested in showing my work to photographers any more, but to people outside the photo-clique. My pictures are not escapes from reality, but a contemplation of reality, so that I can experience life in a deeper way." - Bruce Davidson - 1968 [cited in: Creative Camera April 1970, p. 104]

That is my sort of thinking!
---John
:bulletred: Today over on photoblog I examined why you should never give up on your photography in spite of the criticism you might receive telling you that you should just give up or stop photography all together. No matter what people say to you about your work, never ever give up. I invite you all to read it, I know there are some of you right now reading my journal who feel this very way.
Link --- networkedblogs.com/DPjtm

John
Today over on my photoblog I decided to sit down and go ahead and examine why you should never give up on your photography. Never mind what the haters say about you and your work, if you give in you will never grow as a photographer. I invite you all to check it out. feel free to subscribe to my blog and/or grab my RSS.
Link--- networkedblogs.com/DPjtm

---John
Today over on my photoblog I decided to sit down and go ahead and examine why you should never give up on your photography. Never mind what the haters say about you and your work, if you give in you will never grow as a photographer. I invite you all to check it out. feel free to subscribe to my blog and/or grab my RSS.
Link--- networkedblogs.com/DPjtm

---John
:bulletred: I stumbled upon this tutorial yesterday and thought that some of you may be interested in this. I haven't tried this myself but it does look rather interesting. The only ND filters I own are two ND8's though I have wanted a ND400 for awhile now and probably will get one shortly. I am rather impressed with the end results of this tutorial and considering how much something like a Lee Big Stopper filter costs, it would seem that this is a viable alternative. In a way the workflow is similar to a HDR workflow involving several images but that is about where that comparison ends.  I am VERY curious though and will have to try this out for myself in the days to come.

Link here www.verdantvista.com/gallery.p…

:bulletred: Speaking of long exposures and filters, I have another one for you all as well. Not so much a tutorial but rather a little chart which shows exposure times and shutter speed times when using a 10 stop filter (Lee Big Stopper or B&W 110) This makes things pretty easy instead of having to do the math in your head.

Link here www.verdantvista.com/gallery.p…

---John
Kind of. Not really though. 

There was once a guy I used to shoot with. A guy who I once considered a "close friend" if you will (ya I was stupid) who after awhile became insanely jealous of my photography. It kind of makes me smile in a way when people say things like "you shoot the same location" or the "you digitally manip your images"  (maybe if he actually understood how to use level and curves in Photoshop his images would wouldn't look washed out) or the invariable "you hardly get out of the car" (that last one REALLY has me in almost in tears!) Actually there was a time when I would shoot a great deal from the car, in some respects I still do because as any wildlife photographer will tell you, cars make for excellent blinds. I use something called a Puffin Pad  which is sort of a beanbag alternative. I haven't shot with this guy for almost 2 years so he hasn't any idea. I had a run in with this guy over the last couple of days on here and on facebook, I find it almost ironic that he likes to talk a lot of smack about my work yet he doesn't have the images to back it up. Nope, in 6 years his work hasn't changed one little bit. It still looks the exact same as it always did. He's an ok shooter, I have seen worse and I have seen better, yet to talk smack and not have your work get any better in that amount of time? If you are going to enter in an argument about my work please have the images to at least back it up. 

In a way I feel kind of sorry for people like that it just shows that they have serious self esteem problems in their own life (which doesn't amaze me as this guy is the same one who leaves cryptic suicidal messages on his yahoo) and are very envious and jealous of someone elses photography. What got me though was the line of "your friends talk smack behind your back but won't say it to your face". I found that quite funny. Friends who i shoot with. He knows but one friend of mine who I shoot with these days and doesn't know anybody else. There used to be a group of us who would shoot together, I basically said "adios" to several of those people and got myself a new group of people to shoot with. Guys who aren't always comparing their stuff to others, people who are more focussed on their career as a photographer. People who support others. Quite a few of these people showed up to my annual photo meetup this year. They are good people, not what I can say about my former friend and his shallowness. 

You have to love it when people have to revert to their childhood and act so petty as to say something along the lines of "you lie about the locations you shoot, I shoot better locations, mine are better!". Folks, if you ever run into someone who acts that way and starts to talk trash about your photography in that sort of form, do yourselves a favor, close the door in their face and never look back. I don't have time for people like this in my life. I happy where I am at and I am happy with my photography. As for my former friend, I just billed Coors out for $1200. How ya like me now? 

Jealousy only leads to one thing and that is you looking like a complete little child. Instead of hibernating 9 months of the year, maybe my former friend should actually get off his ass and use that thing called a camera and quit complaining about how life sucks, how we wants to kill himself and how he thinks other people's photography sucks and start being happy with himself for once. 

So here is the moral of the story folks; no matter what you do, do your art for yourself, do it to make YOU happy and in the end don't listen to the haters. Keep trucking and forward looking, chase your dreams and they will come to you. In life you will always encounter those who will try and keep you down with your art as sure as the sun rises. When they do, move on and move on leaving those types in the dust. Don't give in or up on your creativity because someone else thinks it isn't good. If anything ignore them and prove them wrong. Now get to it!

That is all. Onwards and upwards. I have to be on location to do what I do best, photography. 
---John 
Fall is finally starting to wind down some and for this photographer it has been my most successful Autumn to date. Over 20,000 images taken and finally a little downtime. I have been going like a madman for over a month now. I spent most of my time in the northern and central Colorado Rockies, held a photo meetup over 2 weekends in Rocky Mountain National Park and shot up there for almost 2 weeks straight. Traversed in rural areas of Park, Summit, Gilpin, Teller, Boulder, Larimer and Clear Creek counties seeking out unseen and undiscovered photo subject matter and am now just starting to wrap up photographing our state parks.  It my friends has been super productive year! To say I will be busy all winter processing is probably an understatement lol So that explains why I haven't been around here much at all or any other site really at all. I have been however posting my work on my facebook photography page and in time I will be uploading it here as well. 

Onwards and upwards folks! I hope you all are doing ok out there!
---John