Re: Seriously On the Decline...
think at some point perhaps we reach a plateau of advice and such. Many of also focus our talents in specific areas. I shoot dogs and landscapes from and trails and occasionally wet my foot into event, sports, and street photography. But for my subject I am at a point when I know if I "nailed" it, and it I missed it.
Its not that I am looking for likes, or "great shot" comments only but many times I find that most critiques fail to account for shooting conditions. I would almost rather the, doesn't quite do it for me over the you should add HSS strobe flash to better light your subject...when the context of the shot does not allow flash photography.
Rocky has been shooting birds for quite a while now and of course airplanes as well. I don't think there is much advice I could give him to help him get better. I can only say yeah you nailed that one, or picking 1 image of the multiples that I like the best.
I have been trying to get participation in photo challenges for fun and skill building. September's Subject is Retirement. The Previous theme was "Our Best Friend". No must shoot this month rule, prizes, just and exercise of thought and practice. Yet participation is nearly non-existent. Perhaps its boredom, apathy or facebook or the latest in social media, forums all over seem to be dying (except for political ones which only seem to serve to piss people off).
I have always enjoyed looking at everyone's photos and your (all of you) past critiques have indeed helped me to grow, but I think there are even fewer new people signing up and registering so its just us old fogeys