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05/16/2013 10:53:49 PM · #1
7 years, 700 challenges, 107,000 votes. bye-bye!

I tried to hang in there. It's too much hassle. Too many people hate me. The SC hates me. I get attacked by tear-down sharks when I am out doing my photography. I don't have time to sit on my butt watching the forums. The challenges here are often a waste of time because they are ill-conceived and/or poorly timed. There are many fewer quality challenges offered. There is a shift to Expert Challenges preference.... something I didn't sign up for. Legal collaborative efforts have evolved into cliques. Forum and voting rules are not enforced. I don't think anyone is in charge.

It's time for me to reallocate my time to better use. I have a photography business which is growing. DPChallenge has been very important to my development as a photographer. I loved the way I used to learned something new every day. In my mind it's a tragedy to observe this grand house descend into chaos. I suspect many will cheer my departure. So be it. I will miss my friends.

To my many friends... You know where to find me. I'll stand by until my May challenge entries complete their cycle.
05/16/2013 11:23:59 PM · #2
I wish you continued success with your photography and your business, Richard.
05/16/2013 11:26:14 PM · #3
Ditto. All things considered, I'm pretty sure it's the best choice for you, Richard. I'll miss you, but we'll stay in touch.
05/16/2013 11:28:35 PM · #4
Originally posted by nam:

I wish you continued success with your photography and your business, Richard.

Thanks, nam. My wife applauds my decision, as she was aware of how much time and energy I put into this site. She is excited I will redirect my energy fully to my business and family. In a significant way, I spent way too much time here. I'm energized by the prospect of being free from what were my daily contributions here.
05/16/2013 11:29:05 PM · #5
I will absolutely miss your entries and you as well.

If it doesn't work out, feel free to come back. And please don't go and delete your wonderful portfolio ok?
05/16/2013 11:30:35 PM · #6
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Ditto. All things considered, I'm pretty sure it's the best choice for you, Richard. I'll miss you, but we'll stay in touch.

Thanks, Bear_Music. You know how much I admire your talent and leadership skills and friendship. We will stay in touch.
05/16/2013 11:35:39 PM · #7
Originally posted by Cory:

I will absolutely miss your entries and you as well.

If it doesn't work out, feel free to come back. And please don't go and delete your wonderful portfolio ok?

Cory, conditions at DPC have gone "beyond the pale". I don't take my departure lightly. I will retain my portfolio. But, I won't be coming back. I really tried to stay, but things are on the steeply downwardly-inclined slippery slope.
05/16/2013 11:36:55 PM · #8
I'm sorry to see you go... please let your portfolio stay alive.
05/16/2013 11:39:26 PM · #9
I will miss your knowledge that you shared in the forums and in your comments on my photos through the years. You always put in the extra effort to explain in good detail how to be better.

I will also miss studying your beautiful landscape shots, hoping that in turn it would help me understand my own better.

Good Luck in your business and I hope that your passion really takes off and your reach your wildest dreams,
05/16/2013 11:43:56 PM · #10
Originally posted by Hot_Pixel:

I will miss your knowledge that you shared in the forums and in your comments on my photos through the years. You always put in the extra effort to explain in good detail how to be better.

I will also miss studying your beautiful landscape shots, hoping that in turn it would help me understand my own better.

Good Luck in your business and I hope that your passion really takes off and your reach your wildest dreams,

Thanks, Hot_Pixel, for your kind comments. Truth be told, my passion and energy for photography and business was being blunted in the last few months by DPC. Tonight, I am free from what had developed into a burden.
05/16/2013 11:49:09 PM · #11
Originally posted by PennyStreet:

I'm sorry to see you go... please let your portfolio stay alive.

Thanks, PennyStreet. My portfolio will persist. But, my decision is firm. A sense of peace and calm has come over me. Life is good!
05/16/2013 11:52:33 PM · #12
Originally posted by hahn23:

Originally posted by Hot_Pixel:

I will miss your knowledge that you shared in the forums and in your comments on my photos through the years. You always put in the extra effort to explain in good detail how to be better.

I will also miss studying your beautiful landscape shots, hoping that in turn it would help me understand my own better.

Good Luck in your business and I hope that your passion really takes off and your reach your wildest dreams,

Thanks, Hot_Pixel, for your kind comments. Truth be told, my passion and energy for photography and business was being blunted in the last few months by DPC. Tonight, I am free from what had developed into a burden.


I am glad to hear this Richard. I can understand fully. I barely, participate on DPC and more and almost never post to threads these days, However, I did want to make sure that I said thanks to you for what you have done at least for me thru the years.
05/16/2013 11:55:43 PM · #13
Hi Richard,
We have been silent virtual friends for many years on various sites and I've watched and witnessed the joy, the fun, the laughs, the hurt, the pain. I hear you. If it's no longer fun, redirect your energies to that which is. Your family and you will only be the richer.
If you do upload your wonderful natural scapes and wildlife (especially bird) images please notify "me" on Facebook or Google+ (Or create a mail newsletter registration option or RSS feed on your website) I'd hate to miss another Colorado scene of yours or a beautiful American bird.

Enjoy the new found freedom. Thanks for all the great images over the years and the odd comments on mine.

Harvey.
05/16/2013 11:56:31 PM · #14
I can certainly understand your wanting to spend your energies elsewhere, but I will miss you and your photos: you are yourself, just as your portrayals are your signature, no mean achievement.
05/16/2013 11:58:57 PM · #15
Good luck to you Richard. I really do think that you will find the time away somewhat cathartic. I love the work you have posted here so I am glad that it will remain. I hope this new direction leads you to many exciting and creative adventures!
05/17/2013 12:01:57 AM · #16
Thanks, HarveyG, tnun and colorcarnival. Your comments mean a lot to me.
05/17/2013 12:05:56 AM · #17
Good luck, Richard. I have admired you photography and learned a lot from it. I have a lot more to learn, and I am sorry I will not be seeing new work from you. I wish you the best.
05/17/2013 12:07:49 AM · #18
Originally posted by markwiley:

Good luck, Richard. I have admired you photography and learned a lot from it. I have a lot more to learn, and I am sorry I will not be seeing new work from you. I wish you the best.

Thanks, markwiley. I have recognized for some time your great potential as a photographer. Keep up the great work.
05/17/2013 12:13:46 AM · #19
Richard, I kind of grew up going to Estes Park as a kid so I still try to get up there a few times a year and when I do I love seeing your images hanging aroundtown. Maybe someday I will bump into you up in RMNP. Take care and good luck.
05/17/2013 12:15:27 AM · #20
Sorry to see you go, but I do understand and sometimes share your feelings about things here. Got a personal website or page somewhere else I can bookmark to see what you are doing?
05/17/2013 12:16:15 AM · #21
Originally posted by PapaBob:

Richard, I kind of grew up going to Estes Park as a kid so I still try to get up there a few times a year and when I do I love seeing your images hanging aroundtown. Maybe someday I will bump into you up in RMNP. Take care and good luck.

Thanks, PapaBob! My Alpenglow gallery is open every day. Stop in and say, "hi".
05/17/2013 12:16:19 AM · #22
Best of luck, Richard. There's not enough time in the day for the things we do enjoy, let alone the things that have begun to become an aggravation. I wish you continued success in your business and much enjoyment in your environment that you capture and present with such passion and skill.
05/17/2013 12:18:18 AM · #23
Originally posted by Yo_Spiff:

Sorry to see you go, but I do understand and sometimes share your feelings about things here. Got a personal website or page somewhere else I can bookmark to see what you are doing?

One of my top priorities is to create a world-class website with shopping cart. Now, I'll have time. It should be ready by 4th of July. Thanks for your comments Yo_Spiff! You're a good human being.
05/17/2013 12:18:44 AM · #24
Originally posted by hahn23:

Originally posted by PapaBob:

Richard, I kind of grew up going to Estes Park as a kid so I still try to get up there a few times a year and when I do I love seeing your images hanging aroundtown. Maybe someday I will bump into you up in RMNP. Take care and good luck.

Thanks, PapaBob! My Alpenglow gallery is open every day. Stop in and say, "hi".


I will do that!
05/17/2013 12:19:22 AM · #25
Originally posted by bohemka:

Best of luck, Richard. There's not enough time in the day for the things we do enjoy, let alone the things that have begun to become an aggravation. I wish you continued success in your business and much enjoyment in your environment that you capture and present with such passion and skill.

Thanks, bohemka. Well said. Much appreciated.
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