Bangkok Images will be taking their annual winter break with our next regularly scheduled weekly appearing on January 9th, 2010.

 

Merry Christmas!

and Happy Holidays to those who don't celebrate Christmas

 

For many Christmas is the season of giving.  It follows Thanksgiving which is a time to reflect and be thankful for what we have and what we've been given.  I've always found it hard to separate the two holidays from the perspective of spirit.  Receiving and giving go hand in hand, from heart to heart, as easily as we live and breath.  I believe everyone is worthy of receiving, and capable of giving.  It's all about opportunity.

This column has given me the opportunity to share my modest amount of photography know how along with my travels in Thailand and neighboring countries.  In return readers have given me words of encouragement and occasional praise for my efforts and I find it humbling.  More, many readers have given to this column in the form or Readers Questions, Readers Submissions, and some even taking a tremendous amount of time and effort to put together their own Outing and Technical sections.  InFocus Weekly has grown and matured to reflect the spirit of the readership.  InFocus Weekly has become a true community effort and its much better for it.

I'm going to try and take a brief paragraph to thank everyone who has contributed.  First, to our new review team of Craig Lamson, Tom Tweedel, and Mason Hladun.  We've turned out some great reviews and have many more planned for 2010.  Then we have those who have contributed entire outing sections:  Rob Martin from 1ds.com, Dr. Palazzolo, Akulka, Tom Parsons, KVW, Stick, Dave the Rave, and once again Tom Tweedel.  And the dozens of individuals who have submitted questions and images to share in the readers submissions area.  And to those who have submitted sections not yet published, JTG and MTS International.  And of course to Stick himself who manages the main website and helps me get this column up and on-line each week.  If I've missed anyone I apologize.  There have been so many great people contributing that its hard to keep track.  Thank you everyone.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  Happy Holidays whatever faith may be yours.  Thank you for giving.

On the subject of giving I'm still collecting images for our mosaics to benefit the Burma orphans and refugees.  Slowly we're collecting some great images and I hope soon to finalize the set and get them into marketing.  Thank you for your help.

This holiday special column will be different.  I'll provide a single Feature Photograph, and the rest of the article will be readers submissions.  A few weeks ago I mentioned the queue was empty and I had no readers submissions to publish and within hours I had images flooding in and the queue was more full than it had ever been.  How great is that!