One year ago today, I was walking away from my 32 year long career as a software developer – not by choice mind you – my company had decided to ship many programming jobs overseas and they didn't “need” me any more. It was a traumatic day to say the least. But the good news was, as I described in my post “planet5D rocks full time (the end of my day job)” that I was free to run planet5D full time.
The one theme that I keep posting on twitter and to anyone who listens is that I'm truly blessed to be doing something I absolutely love! You guys rock – pushing me onward every day with your emails and kind words! Sure there are ups and downs, but the extreme enthusiasm that you guys and gals show me every day just drives me on to do even more great things. THANK YOU!
One year out
It has been a glorious year actually – things at planet5D have been growing beautifully and you guys are the best in the world! You are what is keeping planet5D growing.
In the last year, traffic has more than doubled in the forums – and we're going to continue bringing you some great giveaways! Right now, every post in the planet5D forums in the month of April is an entry to win a Letus Hawk viewfinder! Read more about that here. Our goal is to make the planet5D not only the best HDSLR forums on the planet, but to make them the nicest. Other sites I visit have trolls and naysayers who love to stir up trouble and bash others… well, there's none of that here! Give the planet5D forums a look – you'll stick around because you'll love the atmosphere.
The planet5D review site hasn't fared so well tho – not everything can be a great success I guess eh?
On the live front, we've been really having fun with our planet5D LIVE! conversations – and I know many of you have been as well. And we're definitely keeping these going. Just this morning we announced the Tyler Stableford event next Monday – hope you can tune in for that. We've got many more coming!
We're also thrilled with the way the @stillmotion short film contests are going as well. We're only on our second since partnering with them, but there's lots to win and learn when you're working on a film and you should get involved. And, there aren't any other contests I'm aware of where you'll get an individual review of your submission! Great great learning tool provided by the folks at stillmotion!
There's a lot going on every day (and don't forget to bookmark the HDSLR news page and ALL of the HDSLR news from around the blogsphere!) and we intend to keep growing.
Of course, we're looking forward! We've got plenty of things in work for the coming year. Just can't tell you about them yet – not until things are firmed up!
Hopefully, we'll be very excited about a new line of Canon and Nikon and other brands of HDSLRs – we know there's a lot of stuff in work, but just when we'll get to talk about them time will tell.
Things I like
Often, I spend a ton of time working of finding stories – but maybe you don't know much about me so I thought I'd share a little personal stuff.
As I mentioned somewhere before, I am mainly a photographer and am learning filmmaking like many others of you. I don't get to shoot much video – tho I'm trying to change that.
I thought it would be fun to share a couple of my photos with you. This first one is one of my examples of photoshopping the heck out of a good photo. It was shot on one of our fall drives (actually it is very close to the house on the cover image!). I liked the photo but didn't like the land jutting out and I sure didn't like the sky.
So, I went to work on it – replacing the sky with a prettier blue sky with some wispy clouds and pumped up the colors some. And of course, I removed the dark land in the foreground. It was a fun exercise in using photoshop!
Here's just another photo I liked from the year – this was shot outside Madame Tussaud's House of Wax in Hollywood when I was out for the PhotoCine Expo last fall.
(cover photo credit: planetMitch – this is a house I stumbled upon on our annual fall drive to see the colors of the trees… it has a sign in the front door that says “Posted” so I think someone still lives here… every year I try to go by there and take another photo if the family will indulge me… it is just a fascinating little house with lots of things to examine – oh heck, here's a bit bigger version:)
So there you go – a little bit more background on me – and I can't wait to share the next year with each and every one of you!