Interesting videos, Michael. I share the imposter syndrome feelings, often feeling that I’ll never be good enough or accomplished enough to satisfy my own appetite. But what I know for sure is that since I was 20 years old and clicked a camera shutter for the first time, I am never happier than when I’m taking photographs, or making something creative from the photos I’ve taken. I love it when one of my images wins in competition and like Jennifer, I get bummed when a judge’s comments aren’t laudatory, but that isn’t the be all and end all for me. I do think competition makes me try harder, not for a judge but for my own sake, to make awesome photographs, to learn from the critiques, try new ideas, pay better attention. I may never join the master group, but I hope I can keep trying new things and keep the love of seeing through a viewfinder alive. These are the spirit of photography for me.
Ladies thank you very much for your thoughts and insight. I feel better knowing that I am not alone. I had suggested quite awhile ago that if someone posts on the forum we all get an email saying this are new posts or new topics, even if it was only once a week. Obviously it didn’t happen, that is why i sent out and email. I appreciate you taking the time to respsond. I do better understand why people choose not to compete a bit better now as Jennifer said. I have started a photoshop artistry class and have a very long way to go but it is fun learning new skills.
What I took away from the responses is there is a lot of support for NC and it is becoming more popular. Quite frankly I don’t see it being done away with. As I said in my message we need to make sure members are aware of new posts and critique requests on this forum. If we can find a way to do that, this forum will probably become better utilized for all the topics as well as Critique. Hopefully this will be possible. The bottom line is we need to make our meetings shorter. Perhaps we do NC first and then competition, I don’t know. I received and email this morning that suggested we do the following:
Start meeting promptly, no messages at beginning
Break times strictly kept
Keep judges on task
Only 1st places discuss their photos
1 photo from sequence only
No fiddling with Zoom…test ahead
These are good and workable ideas, I am hopeful the board will tackle this issue soon.