Hello Everyone. I love the site. After Day1 I'm hooked already. It's a great collection of knowledgeable people. I was in a club but the times didn't suit me unfortunately. About the photographic me... I was always attracted to taking pictures and always felt that photos are precious and something to be handled with care. As a little boy I found a Brownie (that's a camera not a turd or a cookie) among the rubbish in the shed when I was a kid and came up with the idea in my head for something a lot similar to the bullet speed motion technique used in the Matrix but who's gonna listen to a kid with wild ideas right? I got no photos from it because Id no money but the mind was inspired by this little box. As a kid I asked more than once for a camera for Xmas. One year as a boy I got a yellow waterproof 110 Minolta which lasted a long time and how cool was I in the swimming pool with a camera that worked under water. Well most people thought it was a radio. Later in my teens I got a Zenith SLR and couldn't figure out how to use it. I managed about 3 exposures that were crap. Insecure people in the know guarded the "how tos" of photography probably to empower themselves and feel intellectually superior or to show that it's a specialist skilled job so they can charge a high price. I'm sure it was just a couple of bad apples but eventually that camera got traded in for probably a day in the video arcade and cigarettes. Later living abroad I bought a P+S Canon that had a 2 point zoom 35mm or 85mm or there-abouts. That gave lovely pictures but it was left on a train one day and of course it wasn't handed in to lost and found. Big loss for me. So I had about 4 other P+S's that were all inferior and all went back to the shop within the 14 days. Next attempt, buy digital!!! But digital is sooooo inferior to film, damnit I'll have to try. 800 for a 3MP Fuji Finepix (maybe a 4800 or a 6800) with 2 measly 128mb cards and a spare battery. I got screwed on price in the Dublin High Street but man did I get the fever for taking photos like never before. What I saved on film meant I sure got back the heavy outlay at the start. People were complimenting me on out doing the pro at weddings and showed sincerity by framing my shots and hanging them on the wall. Until that fatal day in Cefalu on the North Coast of Sicily when I took the picture of the old man looking out to sea. I knew then for sure my composition was getting good but now I was being held back by the camera. It was time to take the plunge and see if photography was something I want to do full blooded. I spent the money and experienced buyers remorse, its not like this thing is ever going to pay for itself. The prior defeat by the Zenith SLR was easily overcome in a new age of helpful photographers, clubs, the Internet and its fair to mention Bryan Peterson's book Understanding Photography. Now 3 years later my little 350d has brought me to the point of owning a whole bag of expensive kit which means the next step is to upgrade to the 1Ds III. I have my Wifes (to be) permission and support as ever (and I may have I said she can have a new car too). So thats a little for an intro or maybe a lot but whats the point of just saying Hello? I notice people look at photos here and say nothing if the photo is not so good. If I post photos please be brutal. I am not satisfied with 98% of my shots so I need to be led out of the woods because I cant see why Im not hitting the point of exceptional content. Ray. Dublin, Ireland.