Introduction

I think l’ve been Word Pressganged – No, l’m sure l’ve been Word Pressganged. One minute l was securely sailing along in my own little world without too many cares or worries – dabbling with brush, crayon and camera for my own gratutitous pleasure – Then suddenly, bang, the WordPress Gang get in my head and hijack untold hours of my life that are now dedicated to making redstuffdan the best l possibly can.

I do not remember the exact moment, or circumstances in which l was Shanghaied by them but l know my life is not the same. I am addicted to my little Canon camera and iPhone and look at everything as though through a lens seeking the perfectly framed photo, l listen more intently to others and read, with an insatiable appetite, about art, literature, the human condition and my grand passions wine, golf, photography and France..

Although l sense l have arrived in this place against my will l know l am really enjoying the experience and being Word Press-ganged is not such a bad thing after all.

(All the photographs, artwork, other images and text in this blog are copyright and cannot be reproduced without my written permission and consent)

277 thoughts on “Introduction

  1. wish I could be more eloquent but wow! (so unbecoming a phrase to a writer) Your photographs are wonderful.

    Thanks for dropping by my blog – I might have missed you otherwise :)

    1. Hi J

      Thanks for your support and follow – I have been trying to write a crime thriller for years and that old deletetitis keeps kicking in. The Dr says its not terminal but needs to be monitored regularly in case it develops into full blown writers block. LOL

      Regards

      Dan

      1. Ah yes…you don’t have to tell me about that old deletetitis. I’ve got that one pretty bad haha!

        I love crime thriller novels though, so I hope that you end up finishing it!

  2. Spectacular images here and such warm sentiments! Thank you very much for following my Blog, what a compliment … which I return!

    1. Bonjour John

      Thank you for your complimentary words – l really appreciate them.

      I would say about 45% of my stuff is subject to post edit enhancement – occasionally l take a picture which doesn’t need it. What software editing Tools do you use?

      Regards

      Dan

      1. Hi Dan….thank you. Most of my editing is done in Lightroom 5 but I like Photomatix Pro 5 as well for a HDR effect. I rally have not seen editing done as well as yours. May I ask which software editing tools do you use Dan? Thank you for taking your time with me.
        Adieu.
        John

      2. Hi John

        I use a mixture of CoolHDR, Splash and Snapseed apps on the iPhone and Photoscape & Windows Essentials on the Laptop – all free.

        Hope it helps

  3. Hi, Dan! I have been remiss in thanking you for following my blog (not to mention the many likes you have left)! I really appreciate having you along! And now having the chance to spend time in your wonderful blog, I am so enjoying everything I am seeing. I am delighted to be following you right back :)

  4. Very nice photos, dear redstuffdan! Did you ever think of also uploading your photos at panoramio.com? From there most pics migrate into Google Earth, and through the comment-feature you “get to know” peers from all over the world. No, this is not lurking you onto another side for which reasons ever, but there you may also find a larger audience than here, and with both, WordPress and panoramio (Google Earth), “redstuffdan” may become better known, which his photos deserve! (Salut from Francfort-sur-Main)

  5. What beautiful work! You’ve a fantastic eye. So glad you stopped by my photo so I could see your stuff. So much wonderful talent, so darn little time with that JOB thing interfering :) Look forward to seeing more.

  6. What might be fun with the mirrored images could be to find ways to introduce non-mirrored components into them so they become more ambiguous. How to do that might take a bit of thought, though.

      1. A third element is one possibility. Another is to mirror from half an image and combine with the unmirrored half.

        Let me know with a comment here if you post some.

  7. Dam…..I love your photographs! They are very intriguing, and thank you so much for touching down on my little blog the other day with your comment! I will be back here visiting as soon as time allows! Lori

  8. wow Amazing work.Such beautiful pictures.

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog as it led me to your beautiful blog. Loving my visit here.

    Cheers
    Aanchal

  9. Beautiful pictures. It makes me want to just sit and stare at the pictures. Something about the state of symmetry where everything double or falls away to a point. I saw both in there. It feels unique but also draws in.

  10. Hi Dan, thank you for following Mia Musings! Your photographs and paintings are absolutely awesome. Love the way you play with colours. Look forward to seeing many more.

    1. Bonjour Mia

      Thank you for your lovely compliment – it’s always nice to discover new and original bloggers. I thoroughly enjoyed discovering your musings and will become a regular visitor l think.

      Regards

      Dan

    1. Hi Caroline

      Thank you for your support and comments – they are very much appreciated. I mainly use iphone4 and a mid range Canon DSLR with standard lens – it’s all l can afford. The enjoyment for me is discovering the results as l am a point and shoot – lots of shooting to begin with but less and less with learning by trial and error. Your stuff is pretty good already – l look forward to following your progress.

      Regards

      Dan

  11. Good morning, Dan. Thanks for stopping by and following my blog. I am new in photographing and eager to learn. This WordPress community has taught me a lot already. Looking at your wonderful photos, I am sure I can learn a lot here. I am looking forward to reading more. Have a great day! Helen

  12. Lovely photography! And do I ever know of which you speak! My Canon has taken over my life, and it’s only a digital one with no special lenses! Exhibiting at the Henry County Fair this year really got my juices going to upgrade my photo equipment and… Who knows?

  13. Thank you for stopping by Displaced Beachbums. I linked back to your blog and was greeted with such a feast for my eyes! Your photos are amazing ~ love the colors, variety, etc! I’ll definitely be following…

  14. I to must confess that I have been Shanghaied by the WordPress Gang. I am obsessed with taking numerous pictures with my new Canon (on a daily basis) and keeping up with 3 WP sites. Oh my… yes, I also feel that my life has drastically changed with the sliding scales of the Internet, not for worse or better, but just different….

    Thank you for such fabulous prose and your amazing photogenic insight.

      1. Lol… now that is funny. I am sure there a more than a handful of people who have been WP ganged. Hmm, I will have to think about a logo.

    1. Hi Lotof

      Thank you for the compliments about my pictures and your advice about marketing them. I see that you offer all your own pictures for sale through your blog – Is that very successful?

      Regards

      Dan

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