... sometimes you find you just don't have as thick a skin as you should have. Well, actually, this is only about me and about a comment on a photo that got to me just a little, despite my head telling me that some people are just silly or envious or whatnot when they feel compelled to post a comment of the kind. It is all outside TPF, so has nothing to do with this forum. But every month, anyone can send photos on a defined subject to our local paper so they go into their monthly photo competition. In April, the subject was "clouds". All the submissions (maximum amount is 4 per person per month) get shown on that paper's internet site. So everyone with internet access can go there and look at the submissions as they arrive and get put into the gallery. I thought by myself "Oh my! 'Clouds' ... you need not be a photographer at all in order to capture a good photo of clouds. You see them, recognise them for their photographical value, point, and shoot. I'm not going to post a pic this time." In the end, however, when all the "usual suspects" (there's always the same people participating, this is the countryside!) had already entered their maximum amount of photos, I thought "Ah well, just one photo, just the one!" And posted my one photo on the last but one day in April. My photo won the competition. And this morning I get an e-mail alert that someone has commented on my photo, and there is this lady who downright says that my photo "cannot be", "must be cheap photoshopping", and shows an "illogical reflection of a tree that wasn't there to begin with". While true fact was that, indeed, said photo was nothing BUT a "snapshot" of what was there. Pointed. Shot. Such silly comment should actually leave me totally undisturbed, shouldn't it? I know the tree is there (still is to this day), and I can even see the top part of it, while it's major part of the crown does, indeed, merge with the tree silhouettes in the background - a fact that I personally take as the biggest flaw of this photo. But somehow this comment had me search all my DVDs frantically for the original photo, the all unchanged one, and what did I find? The changes I did were totally minor. To tell you the sad truth: I don't even have the knowledge to apply such "cheap photoshopping" as to "draw" the reflection of a tree into water where in reality there WAS no tree... Ah, if all this was too much theory for you, then here is the photo for you in the size in which every viewer gets to see it (not my choice but else the pages would not load fast enough). Some who have been members of TPF for longer may well recognise it. I posted it about a year ago. And Jeff Canes even nominated it for POTM here, such an honour. That's why I thought, what the heck, the jury of the local paper might like it, too. Seems like they did . Only "Irmgard" doesn't.