Summer just flew by didn't it?! Always too short. In less than 2 weeks we begin our new year at CCC.
As President I am always giving some thought to the club, the membership and all things photo related. Part of my job is to make the club a positive experience for the members, at least as best as possible. You can't please everyone all the time! One thing I want to work on and I think every member should examine their own behavior in this, is RESPECT. We need to respect everyone's work regardless of whether or not we like it. Something motivated the maker to capture those images and process them. It was important to them. They may or may not have done the subject justice but they believed it was worthy of the effort. We need to respect their effort and offer positive and constructive comment: How we might have handled the shot, What are the good things achieved in the image, Is it technically well done despite subject matter in which you have no interest, Is the processing well done even if it's not a style you like. Everyone's taste is different and just because it differs from yours doesn't make it unworthy. Some of us are still developing an "eye" for good subjects. We practice with the cliché subjects, the common and easily available. We develop skills and eventually become more discerning. There are no wrong subjects. You can be honest too--I don't care for your subject/style but I think you made a great image. More objectivity, less subjectivity should be our motto. It's just simple respect for each other. Look for the good.
President, Coastal Camera Club