I sense that there are a few readers that have been with us throughout 2017, tasted our erudition, benefitted from our skills, learned from our experiences, tutted at our photographic expenditure and excess, yawned at our willingness to repeat ourselves, shaken their heads as we’ve tried, tested and fawned over, or abandoned all manner of technology, including camera phones, sighed at the many ongoing software evaluations and our inability to reach a final, definitive decision, tittered at our sad attempt(s) at humour and yes, occasionally, wondered whether there’s any sanity in play here at all.
To you we say a big thank you and an extremely Happy Christmas and a very Happy New Year.
For the more recent joiners, we salute you for your forbearance. I’d love to promise that 2018 will be different, but I think it unlikely. We like it like this and let’s be honest, there aren’t many sites that can fuse the legendary Otus with a Samsung cell phone so old it still employs charcoal as it’s power source.
Where else can you read entirely opposing views of the Red Dot, all on the same thread? How many other sites offer nine contributors to argue their viewpoints, broaden the content, ideas, suggestions, wisdom and experience on offer?
None. So, if it ain’t broke…
Once again, we say a big thank you.
We do seem to have vacuumed-up a number of new scriveners during the year, their ideas and opinions bringing surprising abilities. Not the least of which is determination – where else can you find someone determined (or fanbooi) enough to stretch his review of a pair of cameras to more than 100,000 words?
That’s a fifth of War and Peace fer crissake. Be impressed. We are.
Amongst these contributors are four Sony A7 pilots. They are due especial recognition for their forbearance in navigating their chosen camera’s menus. I caught sight of Bob’s right hand recently. From memory it looked like this:
Actually, the sketch came from here. Hope they don’t mind me using it, it’s a good read, stuff to warm a photographer’s heart.
In this last week of 2017, the roster at DearSusan – in no particular order of importance – now looks like this:
St Germain, France
Cape Town, South Africa
Newport, West Wales
Adrian (Art) Turner
Retrospectively, It’s been a good year for DearSusan; 139 posts, a Monday Post every single week – quite an achievement if you knew just how much scrabbling around behind the scenes preceded many of these posts – several interviews with leading names in photography world-wide and more planned for 2018.
Moving on, this wouldn’t be any kind of year-end round up if we didn’t have some kind of retrospective. I did ask the various Susans to send in a selfie so that you could see what we all look like in the flesh. I received a few, but in the main, that’s an exercise best forgotten.
Which leaves our Photograph of the Year. No guidelines here, just personal favourites. A potpourri.
Picking my own, I quickly realised just how hard it would be to keep to just one – a conclusion reached by most of us. There are lots, the individual photographers being credited in the captions.
Finally, two small requests from our side:
1) Your comments are welcome, encouraged and usually precisely on point. If you’re a regular reader, or just a occasional visitor, we’d still like to know what keeps you coming back.
2) Please remember that we have a Facebook page, where there is at least one photograph posted every day. Come pay us a visit.
Enough verbiage. Have an absolutely bloody fabulous Christmas, a blissful New Year, we’ll see you again in just a few days.
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