Lately I have unintentionally taken a break from TPF. I've been shooting more, I've been wasting more money on equipment, etc. I came back here to post some photos for C&C in the galleries. <<<That's the good stuff right there. Maybe my assumption is wrong, but I would assume that members of this forum are here because we want to learn how to be better photographers. However, with some of the topics started lately, it seems that TPF is beginning to be a lounge for photographers who are content with their limited expertise. If you could care less about getting better as a photographer, stop here and don't read any more. I hope this is more inspirational than a rant, as we've had our fair share of those the past few days. All I'm saying is get off your butt, go shoot, post in the galleries, and accept some good harsh C&C and learn from it. While you're at it, hang around the galleries for awhile, and give C&C to the users posting photos there. That's another way to learn a lot. As you give C&C, you develop your opinions on photographic styles and techniques...and you're helping somebody else. Try something new...a new style, a new piece of gear, a new technique. I have 2 40D's and finally a piece of L glass & several other nice lenses. Never used a film SLR. But, today my brother-in-law sent me his EOS ELAN II. What fun! I went out and got some B&W film for it. Figured out how to install the film, and I think it works. Hooked up my 50 1.4 to it and had a blast just figuring the thing out. So far I've only taken one picture with it...pretty weird, because I have no clue what that shot looks like, and won't know until it gets developed! The suspense is sweet, and the thrill of trying something new is exhilarating. I can't wait to post shots to the galleries from "my first roll of film". Anyway, that's where I am at...there's my vow to spend more time posting photos and C&C in the galleries, than I spend in Foundations of Photography. Why did I get wrapped up in this? I notice that if a user submits a pointless thought or question in Foundations, they get 50+ replies instantly. However, in the galleries, sometimes posts go without replies at all, and that's where the replies are most needed, and most valuable.