20th Anniversary PUG is Up!

Christine Aguila christine at caguila.com
Mon Apr 3 22:34:04 EDT 2017


The first review I read of yours was for our first PDML annual.  Such a joy to read!  Thanks for doing this great review for this wonderful PUG.  Like you, I really enjoyed reading everyone’s story that went along with the photo, and I, too, was struck by people’s connection to PDML and the image they chose.  PDML is such an important part of my online life even though I haven’t been that active lately.  I will be soon as I am about to clear some obligations off the to-do list.  Hopefully, life won’t intrude with new obligations.

Congratulations to everyone who participated.  Many of the names I’ve never seen before, which created intrigue for me.  I loved all the photos.  What a great way to celebrate a another milestone for PDML!

Thanks, Cotty for your kind words.  I got a little lucky that day.  xoxo

Cheers, Christine







> On Apr 3, 2017, at 5:24 PM, Steve Cottrell <cotty at seeingeye.tv> wrote:
> 
> On 3/4/17, Brian Walters, discombobulated, unleashed:
> 
>> Well, we ended up with 70 submissions - well done all!  A fine way to
>> celebrate 20 years.
> 
>> As usual you'll find the gallery here:
>> 
>> http://pug.komkon.org/
> 
> Just had a sit down and spent an hour going through the PUG with the Mrs.
> 
> Fantastic selection of images, some I recall seeing previously over the
> years, others never seen before. Really enjoyable and sometimes quite
> poignant viewing: the images submitted on behalf of those friends who
> have left us, really was quite touching. Lovely idea.
> 
> I could just say that the whole gallery was great and you should all be
> proud and leave it at that.....but I simply can't.
> 
> There are some really standout images that I can't resist  mentioning,
> and some others that merit a word or two, a couple that raised an
> eyebrow, a few that made me gasp, the odd meh, several award winners and
> one that inspired anger!
> 
> In fact I had to explain that the pics weren't just submitted because
> the photographer thought his or her image was great, but because it was
> an image that meant something within their time on the PDML. There is
> history in these images, not just the obvious, but the history of the
> photographer, their own journeys and experiences. For instance, I chose
> my image not because it is a good image - it's really only so-so. But it
> means a huge amount: it was taken with classic Pentax film equipment,
> the subject is so dear to my heart, and it reminds me of happy days
> watching my son grow up, warm summer days in the countryside,
> discovering the PDML, and a zillion other things.
> 
> So really, they can't be 'rated' as perhaps in a normal PUG. That said,
> These things are *always* subjective and me and the Mrs disagreed on
> several pics - she would 'oh wow' herself silly while the same photo
> rated a mere 'meh' from me. But this is my email so she can go fish.
> 
> My standouts:
> 
> A Pug for the PUG by Mike Wacht - because who doesn't like a really good
> shot of a dawg.
> 
> Grandfather Mountain by Bill Owens - that classic view that makes my
> heart skip a beat. RIP Bill.
> 
> Gospel by Bruno Macedo - Long exposure producing stunning result, just a
> lovely image. Bruno, if you're lurking and reading this, be proud. I love it.
> 
> Old Window by Simon Williams - my wife loved this. Meh. Good pic tho.
> 
> Nephews by Derby Chang - Derbs, this is supreme. Fantastic image, love
> everything about it. Sheer brilliance mate. Light a cigar.
> 
> Sunset at Grandfather Mountain by Ted Beilby - Ted I've never seen this
> before! Touching moment with my lad, made me well up!
> 
> The River by Brian Walters - Mrs cooed and aaahed. It's misty water FFS,
> get over it. Nicely done though.
> 
> A Winter Afternoon by Vladimir Koukal - Vlad old boy, break out the
> vodka, I likes a bit a symmetry when I can gets it. Lovely stuff!
> 
> Claudia - My First Photo by Krzysztof - WOW. Striking and made me look a
> long time. GREAT work mate, must be a photo-god what with one name like
> Brassai, Ctein, Cotty (harrrrr!)
> 
> Leading Lady by Bruce Walker - yep seen it before, dreamy bokeh, great
> shot, etc etc, was expecting some nice legs or something. See teacher.
> 
> My Girls by Paul Stenquist - not seen this one before, lovely playful
> shot, against the window too but nailed it.
> 
> Mount Lagorce by Ken Waller - WOW OH WOW. Breathtaking.
> 
> Fog in Hawk Wood by Malcolm Smith - LOVE THIS MALC - that is sublime.
> You should be doing serious landscape work. That's a winner mate.
> 
> Descent by Subash Jeyan - holy mackerel Subers - this is such an amazing
> photograph, about the BEST pic in the gallery. Love it completely and
> utterly. Find myself keep having to look at it again. That is fantastic.
> Can't tell you enough. I'm giving up photography and going to see out my
> days as a capybara.
> 
> Happy New Year by Matt Burt - the Mrs and I agreed on this one, stunning
> colours and atmosphere. Hats off that you worked hard to get it.
> 
> Le Disque Bleu by Rick Womer - GREAT shot Rick - real strong atmosphere
> what with the colours and the ghostly figures, real sense of place. Love it.
> 
> The Gathering by Jay Taylor - There's no great overriding reason why
> this pic works so well. LOVE the space around the group huddled together
> on the spot surrounded by all this space. Lovely vibrant colours and a
> real fun pic. Super!
> 
> On the Brown Line, Chicago by Christine Aguilamonster - I've said this
> before and I'll say it again. Robert Frank would have been proud to snap
> that. OUTSTANDING. Top of the pile, just makes me want to go out and
> take photos. Inspirational Christine. But you knew that!!! Go suck on a
> bottle,
> 
> Ellie Pano by Alan Cole - my Mrs was like 'yeah yeah move on' but I'm
> like 'that's really great composition', really like it
> 
> Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico by Joseph Tainter - Again, outstanding work,
> teasing with the crop, but absolutely superb.
> 
> Meuse Valley After the Snow by Yves Caudano - Whoa mate! Made me dizzy.
> Astonishing hues. Zoning me out man. Remarkable!
> 
> Anna in the Cabin, Fontana Dam, NC by Doug Brewer - what can I say?
> Digital Rembrandt at work here. Serene!
> 
> Pure Joy by Paul Sorenson - great framing (or crop, don't care, it
> works) and great pic.
> 
> 
> Be proud, ladies and gentlemen (and Bill) we're all winners on this
> list. Great place to hang out and proud to call you all friends - even
> the lurkers.
> 
> What a great crowd you all are. Cheers!
> 
> 
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> Cheers,
>  Cotty
> 
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