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    HAPPY BIRTHDAY GetDPI

    Well last night I was thinking which we all know is a really dangerous thing. But the thought of Halloween came up and I remembered 2 years ago Andy, Jack and I started planning and creating this forum. If I look at the days we actually signed on it was October 28 2007. But we worked on it for 3 weeks or so pretty much night and day before that so really the actually birth is today and the Grand opening was October 28 2007. So I am calling this day our actually Birth Day. As some of you know Andy is our real backbone to the site and is our IT professional and hosts this site and without his generous contribution this all may not be possible. Obviously we all know who Jack is to this site part owner, workshop instructor and MY best friend. Also we want to recognize our hard working moderators who not only help run the place but are friends, workshop attendees and some are instructors as well. Terry Banet, Jim Collum, Bob Freund and Mike Hatam.

    Most of all we want to thank YOU our members for two years of being our friends in the industry we all love so much and today we celebrate over 3500 members but not by shear numbers but by the quality of our members. FYI you all rank as high to comparable forums in posts made, threads started and viewing stats in the industry and we only have been here for 2 years . Bottom line you are knocking them out folks with all your participation and living up to the GetDPI Mantra

    "A place to exchange ideas, techniques, experiences AND images,
    where the discussions are fun, respectful and geared toward the goal of
    helping each other improve all aspects of our photography."





    Also some GetDPI members have also participated in our highly successful workshops and this Oregon workshop coming up in 2 weeks marks our 8th workshop. Jack and I just absolutely love putting this on and for me personally one of my biggest joys in life is being part of it. Also want to thank our commercial venders that are here to not only present there products but also to help our members. Also a special thanks to Capture Integration and Leica for always supplying demo's and personal to workshops to help support our efforts.

    So a BIG " Thank You" to all of that support GetDPI
    Photography is all about experimentation and without it you will never learn art.

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    Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY GetDPI

    Woo Congrats! My how the time files!

    Happy Birthday GetDPI!

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    Congratulations GetDPI! Glad that you are here and for all the forum members that participate!

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    Happy Birthday GetDPI!

    I'm just a newby around here, but I really like this place and I'm glad to be here.
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    So where's the cake????
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    I love it here. I haven't been here since the beginning but have known Jack and Guy by reputation for a good while from other places. This is by far the best forum around--and the best group of people.

    Happy Birthday GetDPI!!!

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    Thanks for the place to hang out! Great people, great photos, I've learned a lot. Cheers!

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    Was at the gym then ran some errands and came back to this! Wow! So here are a few words from me...

    First off, I cannot thank you enough for your support over the past two years. Granted I am biased, but I think this forum has the best membership of any photography site out there. Discussions are polite, encouraging and informative, which is what it should be all about and exactly what Guy and I wanted to create when we started GetDPI!

    Next, I too want to add special thanks to our moderators, Jim Collum, Mike Hatam, Bob Freund and Terry Banet. They put a lot of effort into keeping the site organized as well as ridding the site of the occasional spammer that sneaks through our fences. Oh, and some of you may not be aware of a certain tiny coincidence, that today is Terry's birthday too! Happy birthday Terry!

    Special thanks to Andy Drexler for being the tech brains behind this site. His work is mainly transparent to users, but you may have noticed that our pages, even ones chocked full of images, load pretty fast -- dare I say blazingly fast -- when compared against other sites not so willing to expend the effort keeping their site servers at peak performance. Thanks Andy for all the maintenance, hosting and service you provide!

    And of course I want to acknowledge my business partner Guy Mancuso. Guy and I met online via a photo forum about 7 years ago. (We had an uncanny agreement in what gear we liked to use and why.) We had never met in person and decided on a whim to meet up and shoot. Having never met before this we were both a bit unsure how it would work out, but honestly, after the first meal together it seemed like old home week! I knew it was going to be one of those friendships that lasted a lifetime. Seriously, I think of Guy more like my brother than just a best friend. (Fortunately for him we don't look anything alike ) So a huge thank you to you Guy for all you do for us!

    Finally, back to the members -- this site would be nothing without you, so thank you again for your outstanding post quality and participation! Heres to all of us enjoying many more years of the same

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    Guess I'm buying the cake now. LOL

    Thanks Bud
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    Happy Birthday Guys . . . and Happy Birthday Terry into the bargain.

    what better place is there to , have a bit of a , and even occasionally . Most of the time however, if it isn't then it's simply a

    Just this guy you know

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    Well done Jono ..... you deserve this one

    I met Guy and jack on the web as a newbie with my M8 and if you go way back in time in one of the very first forum threads, I remember asking "what does RRS stand for". By this point I've gone through so many different plates it is pretty hysterical.

    A few months later I attended my first workshop. I had never met anybody in person but everyone was already like an old friend from the banter on the forum. What a great mix to have friends on line but be able to meet up with them and go out shooting.

    The people I've met on this forum will be lifelong friends.

    Thank you Guy, Jack and everyone else who makes this place so special.

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    Thank you Terry
    Quote Originally Posted by TEBnewyork View Post

    A few months later I attended my first workshop. I had never met anybody in person but everyone was already like an old friend from the banter on the forum. What a great mix to have friends on line but be able to meet up with them and go out shooting.
    Not so easy to meet people if you're a cyber person living in a field in darkest Suffolk . . . . One Day Maybe

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    We can send Big Bird over to swoop you up and bring you across the pond. LOL
    Photography is all about experimentation and without it you will never learn art.

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    Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY GetDPI

    WELL CONGRATS to a FAB Site
    it was here
    I made Friends
    became a Gear Whore
    went from digilux 2. dlux 3,GrD1.GRD2,sigmaDP1,M8
    and finally settled down
    into the World of ANALOG....

    and I have YOU GETDPI to THANK !!!

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    Congrats and Happy Birthday GetDPI!! And a big Happy B-day to Terry, too.
    Wow, two years already?!! Hard to believe. I mostly just lurk and read the threads here, being way behind the rest of you folks in photographic experience and ability, but I have to say it truly IS the best forum around.

    Thank you for providing such a great place to learn and be inspired!
    Regards,
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    Happy birthday very big and so on to the greatest virtual space on earth, and endless thanks to Guy and Jack who started this.

    Here's a cake if you don't have one already:


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    Congrats!

    Honestly, I think I was directed here by someone out of spite.

    I do appreciate the "forumship" and the many kind gestures that I have received from the folks here.

    Keep up the good work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    We can send Big Bird over to swoop you up and bring you across the pond. LOL
    Which Big Bird might that be?

    Just this guy you know

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    Bonne anniversaire as they say around these parts - I hadn't realised how young you were....

    Big thanks to everyone for making this the best photo forum out there

    cheers

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    cake? cake? we don't need no stinking cake!

    with all the lushes around here, i think we need a well-stocked bar: Hendricks, Patron, Laphroaig, Zyr, Perrier-Jouet... Guy?

    (we did, after all, donate all of our money to you in another thread)

    happy birthday!

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    Having a stiff Bowmore to celebrate your success into making this the friendliest and nicest photography forum on the net, Cheers and Lechaim!
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    Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY GetDPI

    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Which Big Bird might that be?
    Silver or yellow?
    Since it is getting close to American Thanksgiving, The yellow one might be taking cover.
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    Yellow
    Photography is all about experimentation and without it you will never learn art.

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    It is a great tribute to Jack and Guy as well as all the other people who keep the machinery working. Also a great bunch of people in the various forums - a great pleasure to be here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    Yellow
    Ouch . . can't I have the silver one (even a grey goose would be preferable to that).

    Speaking of Grey Goose, does the Big Yellow Bird drink it before picking me up or afterwards? Or is it for me as a stress reliever on the trip?

    Does it have business class?

    Maybe we could have some of Jorgen's wondeful cake for the trip (actually, Bird looks like it's already eaten Jorgen's wonderful cake!)

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    You get first class right behind the navigation head with feather pillows and blankets. Cake upon arrival and only drinking allowed on flight. LOL

    Oh and a free pair of goggles for the head winds
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    To Guy, Jack, Andy & the Mods and especially all the members:

    Thank you

    you are the best




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    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    You get first class right behind the navigation head with feather pillows and blankets. Cake upon arrival and only drinking allowed on flight. LOL

    Oh and a free pair of goggles for the head winds
    That sounds Great - Send her over . . . I've got my feather coat on and I'm waiting in the garden.

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    BTW, who is Andy?

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    The very quiet guy in the corner who has his finger on the HUGE servers to run this place. We try to be nice to him and send him out for a steak dinner once in awhile. LOL

    Actually Andy is a very good friend of Jack's and mine and runs huge web sites for big corporate clients. I think GetDPI has 10 terabytes of space so load up those images folks. LOL
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    Thanks, Guy.

    Sounds like a good team! The core ought to be the thickest of the friends to anchor it.

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    I agree and the nice part with all the mods and such we are good friends to begin with. I think that makes a difference and certainly can talk frankly to each other as well.
    Photography is all about experimentation and without it you will never learn art.

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    Gracious hosts, knowledgeable and kind company make getdpi an incomparable place to share.

    Kudos to all!




    btw, what's with the wire trailing the cake?
    some alien spaceship abducting the pastry?
    Last edited by Corlan F.; 7th October 2009 at 12:41.

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    Thanx for this great place.

    And, next week in Florence, i will miss this forum, will be offline. But it is only one week off. I think i can stand that.

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    This has been the best forum to share ideas and see others views. Keep up the good work.
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    happy b-day website!

    i met mike first, bought a 400 DO from him, then some other piece of gear I can't remember, then met Jack--again bought a tele from him then a 1Ds MK2 and sold him an M8 I think, i always liked Guy's site and studied his lighting. when they got together and created this site, i figured i better follow it--worst case i might score some more gear--even though the thought of giving up a Giants game to go to Alviso and shoot pealing paint hasn't crossed my mind.

    anyway, this is a great site with so many talented shooters to learn from.

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    Hi Jack and Guy,

    I need to thank everyone on the site for all that you have given me. It is not an exaggeration to say that my life was changed by this forum. I recall the original Yosemite thread, where the M8 was being tested, and thinking for the first time that photography was something wonderful I needed to learn about. I had no experience with Leica and essentially none with anything digital. Since the first workshop, I've met new friends and found new reasons to be outside. I look into the forum daily and it gives me a positive jump on the day.

    I look forward to seeing everyone once more in Oregon next week,

    Thanks, steve

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