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Topic: brettania - sad notice
Posted By: kiklop
Subject: brettania - sad notice
Date Posted: 06 December 2015 at 14:28
With a broken heart, and tears in my eyes, it is my duty to let you know that Cameron Hill – brettania, has passed away this weekend.

I'm very emotional when it comes to Cam; I "knew him" for more than 10 years and while we never met in person, he was a friend-father figure to me and he should be considered as the person who has put this community together.

With his wisdom, friendship and sense for others, Cam is the most responsible for the spirit we have in here; his words were the ultimate guide for the whole AMAE team and something that will live with each of us.

My English language skills aren't good enough to express my gratitude to the man that shared all his qualities but I'm sure that other members feel the same.

I will miss you Cam, but I know you just made the other side a more beautiful place.

Sincere condolences to Cam's family.

Cameron Hill - brettania with his daughters Alexandra and Penelope. - brettania - one of us

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Posted By: mambo
Date Posted: 06 December 2015 at 14:40
Sad news indeed!! One of the giants on dyxum. Condolences to his family and friends.

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Posted By: pegelli
Date Posted: 06 December 2015 at 15:12
My heartfelt condolences for all his family and friends.
We'll miss him but his memory will live on in how he shaped the spirit of Dyxum.

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Posted By: Bob J
Date Posted: 06 December 2015 at 15:12
I feel a strange mix of grief and gratitude for having known him. Cam was essential to the spirit of Dyxum, and I think he recruited all of the current team (with the exception of Mladen) - I will miss him immensely, but hope to always feel his influence.

Sleep well sir..

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Posted By: nitrosyl
Date Posted: 06 December 2015 at 15:18
May brettania rest in peace in a better world. My sincere condolence to his family and loved ones.

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Posted By: addy landzaat
Date Posted: 06 December 2015 at 15:23
I recently realized I hadn't seen him around here, I checked and he logged in that same day. It felt good to see him still being around here.

Also from me, my condolences to his family and loved ones. He was a warm person and he will be missed.

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Posted By: Pirate
Date Posted: 06 December 2015 at 16:21

Always a very sad time when you learn of a close friend, relative or a good buddy having gone to the green fields beyond. May he rest in peace, though he will always be in the hearts and minds of those who were closest to him. Would it be an idea for an 'In Memoriam' thread to be opened? Just an idea.

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Posted By: penfold
Date Posted: 06 December 2015 at 16:24
May he rest in peace, he will be missed.

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Posted By: sybersitizen
Date Posted: 06 December 2015 at 16:46
I've had a feeling something was amiss as I saw him grow quiet in his posts in recent years. His contributions will echo here for a long time to come.

Posted By: Fuzzphoto
Date Posted: 06 December 2015 at 17:06
Sad, sad news indeed. My condolances to his family and friends. He put part of his soul into this great community and we will, of course, carry on in his memory.

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Posted By: Roby72
Date Posted: 06 December 2015 at 17:11
Not much to say, just want to add and share my condolences. RIP Cameron

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Posted By: TheEmrys
Date Posted: 06 December 2015 at 17:42
Very saddened.

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Posted By: Jeroon
Date Posted: 06 December 2015 at 17:52
What an intense sad news.
May Cameron rest in peace. My sincere condolence to his family and all his friends.

@Mladen: Wish you much strength.

Posted By: thornburg
Date Posted: 06 December 2015 at 17:59

This is sad news. We will miss Cameron. He was both kind and wise.

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Posted By: Swede101
Date Posted: 06 December 2015 at 18:17
Reading this thread brought tears into my eyes. Something that almost never happens otherwise (being a guy and all that).

And I have never met Brettania. Only explanation I can find is that having read his friendly, wise and mature postings during the years, somehow a memory of an extraordinary human character has grown in my mind, without me consciously being aware of it.

He simply made a big impression in my heart.

Cameron, wherever you are, your life and deed made this a better world. And if there is another world, there isn't a shadow of doubt that you with great enthusiasm are making that one better too!

My sincere condolences to his family and friends.


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Posted By: MichelvA
Date Posted: 06 December 2015 at 18:21
O no .. to me Cameron was one of the most important persons here. When i joined in 2008, he PM'ed me with a nice message. His kindness was his best side.
I know he was struggling with his health, but this comes as unexpected and hard. It makes me very sad. Cameron: rest in peace, you will be remembered here.

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Posted By: wross
Date Posted: 06 December 2015 at 18:50
Dyxum is one of the rarest of communities on the internet; one where every member is guaranteed the same level of civility and respect as long as they are civil and respectful. Differing opinions are respected and protected, and members are free to speak their minds because they feel safe. Bullies either change they're behavior or they "get out of town".

Cameron Hill ("brettania") made Dyxum that way. From the beginning he was the "gentle but firm" leader, who over time developed a team of admins, mods, and AE's who jointly work to balance the high level of civil behavior and good manners without choking off free speech. Cam was pretty successful in creating and maintaining a community structure that succeeds. This site has been visited over 58 MILLION times in a little over 11 years. That's a pretty great legacy.

Rest in peace, Cam.
At Dyxum, may you continue to rule, Brettania!

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Posted By: francis
Date Posted: 06 December 2015 at 19:09
sad news
My heartfelt condolences for all his family and friends.
respected by all, let the Earth bright tracks of her virtues.
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Posted By: Grey
Date Posted: 06 December 2015 at 19:16

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Posted By: rovhazman
Date Posted: 06 December 2015 at 19:19
I read the very sad news this morning and I still cannot believe it is true.
Cam was my "mentor" here. He was the one to invite me to be an Alpha Eye, and later, when I PMed him with a suggestion for the Knowledge Base Forum, he offered me to become a moderator and just do it.
As many of us, I've never met him, but was in touch with him via this forum, and we had many private conversations. I do feel that I lost someone from my family.

Rest in peace, Cam.

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Posted By: waleskeg
Date Posted: 06 December 2015 at 19:33
Yes, this is indeed sad news. We all will miss him. I pour out my condolences to his family.

Posted By: rastapartaman
Date Posted: 06 December 2015 at 20:44
Rest in peace my friend. You always had something nice to say and dyxum is a fantastic place to be due to your efforts.
You have teach us so much, not only about photography but specially about respect and kindness for others.
Thank you so much for everything. I will never forget you. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

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Posted By: Stormvogel
Date Posted: 06 December 2015 at 20:53
What a sad news he was the man he helpt me so much here to start.
A great man is gone.
I shall never forgot him.


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Posted By: luke
Date Posted: 06 December 2015 at 20:56
What can I say after these sad news? I can only give my condolences to his family and friends.

Posted By: Jozioau
Date Posted: 06 December 2015 at 21:09
Like many others here, I was shocked to read this sad news.
I enjoyed various interactions with Cam through this forum and via PMs over the years, and it is obvious his character and ethos have been so vital in making Dyxum the wonderful place it is today.
His presence will be deeply missed but that guiding set of principles remain, and will be carried over in the work of those remaining here, in a lasting and fitting tribute.
Condolences to his family, and to those Admins, Mods and Eyes who were so close to him.

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Posted By: Maxxuman
Date Posted: 06 December 2015 at 21:29
Very sorry to hear it. RIP and condolences to his family. He'll certainly be missed around here.


Posted By: 4paul
Date Posted: 06 December 2015 at 21:33
Condolences and well wishes to his family - thanks to him for helping create this community, we'll continue, and we'll miss you.

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Posted By: bigjt
Date Posted: 06 December 2015 at 21:49
Very sad news indeed. Cam welcomed me to the Dyxum fold, and although I never met him I felt as though I had. My sincere condolences to his family and if there's a Dyxum in the sky he will be as loved there as he was here.

The sky Blues .. onwards and upwards !

Posted By: Daytona
Date Posted: 06 December 2015 at 21:52
Indeed sad news.
My sincere condolence to his family and loved ones.

Posted By: binbald
Date Posted: 06 December 2015 at 22:29
The greatest thing you can say about a person is that he had a great heart.
Brettania sure had it.

Regards, Michael

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Posted By: Alain
Date Posted: 06 December 2015 at 22:38
sad news.

Condolences and well wishes to his family.

Posted By: pdeley
Date Posted: 06 December 2015 at 22:53
We all miss you Cam, this community is your legacy. We'll do the best we can to build on, in all the ways you would have wanted us to.

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Posted By: mikey2000
Date Posted: 06 December 2015 at 23:12
It was a real shock to hear this news.   Cam will be greatly missed. One of a rare kind of people....

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Posted By: owenn01
Date Posted: 06 December 2015 at 23:15
A sad day indeed for both his direct family and his 'extended' family here on Dyxum..As a guiding light and an active founding member from the start, his influence and persona are throughout the site and much of what we see and use today are a reflection of his and Mladen's thoughts and ideas. We owe him much as a membership.

My thoughts go out to many people at this difficult time; clearly to his family where he will leave a big gap in people's lives there. To the Admin team here on Dyxum who will have to deal with the passing of that talent and influence; to the membership here who knew of Cam, had contact with him and who came to admire and appreciate his influence and comments. And finally, we should also spare some time for Mladen (aka Kiklop), our other 'founder father' here who worked so closely with Cameron from the very start to build this site to what it is today. Spare a thought for someone who has also lost a brother.

Cam - you will be missed but never, ever forgotten. Rest well, dear friend, and may you have your best ever light for ever more.


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Posted By: mike77
Date Posted: 06 December 2015 at 23:37
I am sorry to hear these sad news! We should all keep up the good spirit he created in this forum, it would be in brettania's interest!

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Posted By: bms44974
Date Posted: 06 December 2015 at 23:56
Cam, you could be brutally honest, but always kind-hearted. So many of us here see the world differently, and better, for your generous insight and thoughtful guidance. May your spirit live on in all we do in this community and in the world at large. The debt we owe to you, we will pay forward in your memory.

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Posted By: ifreedman
Date Posted: 06 December 2015 at 23:58
I've been thinking of Cam all day. Not only was he an important member of our community, but he was a caring and generous person. He'll surely be missed here, and back home as well. It's a testament to his passion and his personality that so many people from all over the world, most of whom have never actually met him, have already shared such nice thoughts about how much they liked and respected Cameron.

Neil said that Cam would be "missed but never, ever forgotten," and I think that's exactly true. Cam's messages will remain in the archives, but also remember that he contributed in so many invisible ways to Dyxum aside from his direct postings. In truth, his presence will continue to influence the spirit, structure and community here at Dyxum for many years to come.

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Posted By: DigitalNewbie
Date Posted: 07 December 2015 at 00:11
My sincere condolences to Cameron's immediate family, extended family and not so small army of friends.

There is little I can add in remembrance of the great Man that has not already been said except perhaps, "Kia Kaha" (Be Brave) as I am sure Cam would have wished and encouraged us all to be.

RIP Great Man.

Posted By: momech
Date Posted: 07 December 2015 at 01:50
Sad news indeed. I first "met" him at DP Review and found out about Dyxum from there.
He will be missed here, more so at home, I'm sure. Condolences to all. I count myself lucky to have known him.

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Posted By: kolibri
Date Posted: 07 December 2015 at 02:12
NZ, in-flight magz (any flight, any magz, anywhere when I am travelling), countdown to the New Year's, those are the things that somehow would get my brain associated to Cam/ Brettania. don't know why. maybe its part of his legacy for me from this community as I too much lurk around here.

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Posted By: Lesuave
Date Posted: 07 December 2015 at 02:34
Sad news.
Sincere condolences to his family and friends.
We will miss you here Cameron but you will be forever in our memories.

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Posted By: dumbasadoorknob
Date Posted: 07 December 2015 at 02:42
Isn't it amazing that, through a website established in Central Europe, we all from all over the world can be affected by the death of a member in New Zealand. Of course we shall miss Cam, but this site is part of his legacy.

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Posted By: Brandy
Date Posted: 07 December 2015 at 02:43

I'm extremely sad to hear this news. Cam and Frankman were both instrumental in guiding/helping/advising me when I first joined Dyxum. In a particular PM where he was giving me some hints I remember telling him how much I regretted my choice of Dyxum 'name' after which he told me of his love of Elgar's music in particular the 'Pomp and Circumstance' from which he coined Brettania.[Rule Brittania] The last night of the Proms will always invoke your memory for me Cam, you were most definitely a king on Dyxum.

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Posted By: Photosopher
Date Posted: 07 December 2015 at 03:01
My condolences to the family and friends. Goodbye Cam, and thank you for our time together.

Posted By: alpha_in_exile
Date Posted: 07 December 2015 at 04:31
Thank you, Mladen, for letting us know.

Sad news, indeed. Cam was a delightful presence on the forum. He put a lot of time and effort into making Dyxum what it is today.

My heartfelt condolences to his family, and prayers that they may find comfort in their time of loss.

I seem to remember he had a certain fondness for emoticons. I think he was the one who found for me an animated version of the "This Thread is Useless Without Pics" emoticon - which at the time, I'd never seen it before (the animated version).

Originally posted by brettania brettania wrote:

Topic: dogears rips past 5000 posts
    Posted: 08 February 2008 at 04:56

I think the heading says it all.

Time to bring the emoticons out.       

We were keeping an eye on his progress, and then he went and snuck past us when we were not being alert. - link

Originally posted by brettania brettania wrote:

Taking my shot so early means that I have such a damn long wait before its time to take a new one!

(Been waiting to use that emoticon!) - link

Originally posted by brettania brettania wrote:

How did you get the emoticon into the wasp nest? - link

Originally posted by brettania brettania wrote:

Topic: Milestones for RosieA100
    Posted: 26 October 2007 at 20:50

At the time of writing this, Rosie was on 1999 posts, and today is the first anniversary of her joining our Dyxum community which brought with it a touch of sunny optimism, a great sense of humour, an interest in other's welfare, and a total lack of fear about expanding personal skills.

I know that you will all join me in wishing Rosie happy anniversaries.

Extra emoticons can be used in this thread.

Let's hear it for Rosie - link

Originally posted by brettania brettania wrote:

You continue to amaze me, and humble me (if I am honest). Mere emoticons cannot echo what I see and feel. - link

That last one was a comment to Jakuli, on one of his 365-day (actually 366 :) ) projects, of yore.

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Posted By: Dr. Harout
Date Posted: 07 December 2015 at 05:18
RIP Brettania.

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Posted By: Aavo
Date Posted: 07 December 2015 at 06:38
Rest in peace, brettania.
My condolences to the family and friends.

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Posted By: ABDurbs
Date Posted: 07 December 2015 at 07:16
Very sad indeed. Condolences to Cam's family and friends.


Posted By: angora
Date Posted: 07 December 2015 at 07:32
my sincerest condolences to his loved ones. his family and his friends at Dyxum.
my heart goes out to you...

even though I haven't been around that long, I was deeply, deeply affected by the sad news. indeed, his kindness was one of the first things I, a total stranger, encountered when I finally started posting, a little over a year ago. can only imagine what a blessing it must have been to have this remarkable man in your lives...   

Rest In Peace -

Posted By: AutumnRose
Date Posted: 07 December 2015 at 08:09
Such heartbreaking news for both his family and the Dyxum community. May he brighten heaven as he brightened the lives of the members here. Thank you, Cam, for your thoughtfulness. Rest in peace my friend.

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Posted By: MiPr
Date Posted: 07 December 2015 at 08:16
I learned this yesterday and I still cannot believe it. He was here just several hours earlier. He was contributing to the Weekly Exhibition by nominating shots of his choice. He was contacting me regarding upcoming DPCs. He was passing best wishes to Dyxumers who had their birthdays. Not possible that he will not appear any more ...

I met Cam so many years ago that I do not recall when. Was it 10 years ago or more? First on DPReview where he was very active member always eager to encourage fellow forumers to develop their skills - exactly in the same way as he encouraged me.

Originally posted by brettania about MiPr (on DPReview) brettania about MiPr (on DPReview) wrote:

That man will photograph anything!
Your boundless enthusiasm for firing off shot after shot deserves some sort of medal!
Keep going -- I am not criticising, just observing.

As you can see I preserved one of his spot-on diagnoses of my "state of mind" at that time

Then, somehow it happened that I was invited as one of the AMAEs. To be honest I'm not sure whose idea it was (you never know what happens behind scenes) but I'm sure that Cam's voice was one of the most important with this decision. And I'm really grateful for giving me this opportunity to contribute to the forum of which he was really the driving force.

We spent a lot of time together: resolving various problems, preparing Weekly Exhibitions (at the beginning we spent hours on Skype discussing which photos should make it to the Exib and what shape should it take), planning various things for Dyxum. That's almost like knowing somebody in person despite the fact that we "met" face-to-face only once: during a short video chat. That's pity we were so far away from each other that we could not shake our hands ...

I feel I lost a good friend. It hurts so much ...

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Posted By: mgjsmith
Date Posted: 07 December 2015 at 09:16
My heartfelt condolences for all his family and friends. My direct contact with Cam on Dyxum was occasional but, I held a deep respect for him and his contribution to this community. Martin

Posted By: brian33
Date Posted: 07 December 2015 at 09:17
To me Cam was a man with a fascinating strength of personality that always showed through in the best of ways to make this place what it is. So many of us here will miss him so much! I would like to humbly offer up my condolences to his family and to the people who were lucky to know him "for real".

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Posted By: SnowFella
Date Posted: 07 December 2015 at 09:27
Heartfelt condolences to friends and family. Having now lost both a father in-law and also a well respected founding member of this forum in the same month it's indeed a dark start to the festive season.

Posted By: Swede66
Date Posted: 07 December 2015 at 10:42
What a sad day, a great man has been taken away from us. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

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Posted By: waldo_posth
Date Posted: 07 December 2015 at 10:50
A sad message, indeed. His spirit will live on at this website which he helped to make a special place for photography and photographers - that will always be remembered.

My condolences to his family and his friends!

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Posted By: derettahs
Date Posted: 07 December 2015 at 11:50
My condolences to Cam and his family. He was a part of this site and its community since I joined in 2008. I have always enjoyed reading his posts and took his guidance to heart.

He will be sorely missed.

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Posted By: smcabbott
Date Posted: 07 December 2015 at 13:15
I am so sorry to hear this news. My thoughts are with Cam and his family.


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Posted By: dogears
Date Posted: 07 December 2015 at 13:26
I learned from his insights and he was very patient.
My sincerest condolonces to the family.
May you rest in peace and thanks for having met you here in Dyxum. You will be missed.

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Posted By: Basil
Date Posted: 07 December 2015 at 16:30
Sad news indeed. Cam will be greatly missed, but his spirit lives on in this little slice of the universe known ans Dyxum. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. They are in my thoughts and prayers.

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Posted By: Cekari
Date Posted: 07 December 2015 at 16:45
So sad to hear.
My sincerest condolonces to the family.
Cam aka brettania was my first contact and friend here at Dyxum.

Rest in peace my dear friend, you will be missed.

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Posted By: ratboy
Date Posted: 07 December 2015 at 18:05
I can only offer my sincere condolences to Cameron's family. A very sad loss of a well loved man.

Posted By: Micholand
Date Posted: 07 December 2015 at 18:14
A strong personality has finally left us, I'm deeply saddened and beyond words.
My heartfelt condolences to Cam's daughters and their families.


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Date Posted: 07 December 2015 at 18:38

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Posted By: coyote1086
Date Posted: 07 December 2015 at 18:51
I wish Cam will rest in peace. He is an iconic figure in this community, we will always remember him, and I am sure his spirit will be with us forever.

Posted By: Hobgoblin
Date Posted: 07 December 2015 at 19:18
Sad news. He will be sorely missed.

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Posted By: pentafox
Date Posted: 07 December 2015 at 19:23
So sorry to hear this sad news. My thoughts are going out to his family and friends.
Rest in peace Brettania (Cameron)….

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Posted By: Tricky01
Date Posted: 07 December 2015 at 19:27
Such sad news. I am somewhat overcome with emotion. It is strange to feel this way despite knowing so little about you personally, yet the dyxum persona of brettania meant so much to me. Rest in peace Cam

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Posted By: lomitamike
Date Posted: 07 December 2015 at 19:37
After reading his "One of Us" bio, I understand he takes responsibility for his declining health. A stand up guy.!
Never met him, may have shared a thread with him but I always knew that he was one of the big voices on Dyxum. And always payed close attention to what he had to say.

To his family if they are interested in reading through this. Thanks Cam. My rekindled interest in photography really took off in the mid 2000s. The digital revolution was new and refreshing for photographers and this is the place where Minolta shooters would come for guidance into the new digital photography world. Cam was a "Director"to all of us trying to find our way through the new digital camera era.

Many Thanks!!

A900, A850, A6000,

Posted By: evangelos k
Date Posted: 07 December 2015 at 22:58
Like many in here, I got to recognize Cam as the "father" of this website through his posts and through all the nice things others said about him.

My condolences to his family and all who new him. There might not be an other side, but he seems to have lived this one to the fullest.


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Posted By: kiklop
Date Posted: 08 December 2015 at 00:16
Folks, i just wanted to thank you all for the kind words expressed here.

I know that Cam, despite his desire to be out of focus, would be touched with your comments and the whole AMAE team do appreciate your inputs.

I tried to go through my personal correspondence with Cam from the very beginning of our little community in an effort to write a short history about how the whole joint journey started but reading old mails was too much for me at this moment (we both had personal ups and downs in the early years and tried to be supportive toward each other and that really got me emotionally connected with him).

Hopefully, i may write the whole thing at some point in the future but wanted to share with you part of his reply when i first asked him to be the first forum moderator here (17.07.2005); Cam replied:
I will certainly assist you by taking on a role as moderator, as long as you promise to tell me off if I seem to not be handling it well. (Who checks the checkers?)

That was Cam during all this years; he was decisive in his views but he always left a bit of room of being wrong.
It is hard to explain to those who haven't know him but i believe you will find the same qualities in current AMAE team (they wouldn't be in charge without Cam's "blessing"); as far i'm concerned, they are all "indoctrinated" with the same human qualities Cam has shared in here and reading their words here and "behind the scene" puts a big smile on my face because i see Cam spirit writing through their hands.

Weird and beautiful emotions; weird, because i'm writing about a person i never met in person but beautiful because i recognize his spirit in our current AMAE team. That surely made the old man smile.     

We may have - questions waiting for answers !

Posted By: Jozioau
Date Posted: 08 December 2015 at 00:42
This thread can hopefully be captured and sent in some form to Cam's family - his daughters Alex and Nelli and grand-children Caitlin and Liam (and any other family he left behind).
I'm sure it will be a comfort to them, and also from what little I know of Cam he would probably have been exceedingly modest and would likely not have revealed to his family just how vitally important he was to Dyxum and its membership. I'm sure they would appreciate knowing the depth of feeling his passing has generated.

"Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst" - Henri Cartier-Bresson - My FlickrPro site

Posted By: Timbits20
Date Posted: 08 December 2015 at 04:39
I'm really very sorry at hearing this news. This community would not be what it's been, is and will be without Cam. Rest in Peace Cameron. Thank you for your guidance and service to this community.

My condolences to his family.

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Posted By: revdocjim
Date Posted: 08 December 2015 at 07:27
Peace to his memory!

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Posted By: onsplekkie
Date Posted: 08 December 2015 at 10:25
Meta(compession) for him and his family&friends.

"take life as it is, not as you want it to be"

Posted By: ricardovaste
Date Posted: 08 December 2015 at 10:57
My condolences to his family & friends.

I photograph the moments in people's lives that mean the most to them: - Richard Harris Photography

Posted By: ijsvogel
Date Posted: 08 December 2015 at 17:43
this is really sad news ....

My condolences to his family

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Posted By: Stormvogel
Date Posted: 08 December 2015 at 18:50
A ship sails and I stand watching till she fades on the horizon and someone at my side says She is gone.

Gone where? Gone from my sight, that is all.

We miss you Cam and my condolences to his family.

All ways in a good mood here.

Posted By: condellm
Date Posted: 08 December 2015 at 19:59
Rest in peace my brother. I know how much you have done for my photography and as such my enjoyment of life. Thank you so much for your work on this site.

Posted By: Roger Rex
Date Posted: 08 December 2015 at 22:06
Oh Cam, oh Cam how much I wanted to fulfill two items on my bucket list - visiting New Zealand and meeting you. But I have met you through your kindness towards me, for your invitation from dpreview to join here, from your firm but always polite corrections and mostly for the reflection of your and Mladen's values on this forum - civility and encouragement. A wonderful decade for me on Dyxum due in very large measure to your presence here.

Hatred corrodes the container it is carried in.

Posted By: Jocelynne
Date Posted: 08 December 2015 at 23:25
Empathy and sympathy to his family. And a "thank you" for his assistance and efforts in organizing and establishing Dyxum. Deeply appreciated.


Jocelynne Littlebear

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Posted By: trozky
Date Posted: 09 December 2015 at 11:23
Condolences to his family.
May he rest in peace.

Posted By: kefkafloyd
Date Posted: 09 December 2015 at 14:08
I don't pay attention to the site for a few days and then this happens. Flabbergasted.

Cam's knowledge and eye were superlative, and though we never met, his presence on this forum was one of the bedrocks that defined its character. My deepest condolences to his family, and his body of work will leave a legacy that everyone can be proud of.

------------- - Daniel Vincent Aviation Photography

Posted By: stevo71
Date Posted: 09 December 2015 at 15:10
I really don't visit dyxum enough lately - this is very sad news and quite upsetting .
I as many other dyxumers who've been around awhile would have been influenced by Cam and he will be sorely missed.
When I first joined Cam was the very first admin to communicate with me and I at first thought he was dyxum and I was kinda right in a way.
He was always quick to give good helpful criticism and also as quick to give praise when it was due.
I can honestly say he had a direct influence on my growth as a photographer and it's due to him that I am particularly anal when it comes to straight horizons.
My deepest condolences to his family and all the fellow dyxumers who he has touched.
Thank you Cam.

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Posted By: Minoltista
Date Posted: 09 December 2015 at 17:58
R.i.p dear friend Brettania, the prajer of this night will be for you.
Thank you for everything you let me learn here in this great endless community.

I was, I'm, I'll be Minolta user!
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Posted By: KoBra64
Date Posted: 09 December 2015 at 18:00
My condolences go out to his loved ones.

Posted By: berlin steve
Date Posted: 09 December 2015 at 19:08
Cam was one of the first Dyxumer to make me feel welcome when I joined. I recall a couple of PMs we exchanged when he had given sound advice in his particular warm and friendly manner or suggestions and criticisms in our open forums.. A mentor I never had the chance to meet. But a Dyxumer many of us feel bonded with due to his likeable nature.

His family should know he'll be missed by his friends from across the globe particularly from this forum.

My condolences to his family.

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Posted By: RichardT
Date Posted: 09 December 2015 at 20:16
Late to the scene as ever but very sorry to hear of Cam's passing - he will be greatly missed.
+1 on the idea of collecting these messages for his family - my condolences to them but with so many great memories they'll have much to fall back on when the going gets tough.
Sleep well Cam

So many wines, so little time......

Posted By: Swoopy
Date Posted: 10 December 2015 at 09:15
My condolences to Cam's relatives,
I always loved reading his careful and thoughtful replies and thoughts on any topic here at Dyxum and feel sorrow for his passing.
Rest in peace, Brettania.


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Posted By: CTYankee
Date Posted: 10 December 2015 at 15:47
Thanks Mladen for sharing the news (I just saw on dpreview). I remember Cameron very fondly (gruff as he was !) and this news makes me very sad. He worked hard to help make dyxum what it is today. RIP Cameron.

- Dennis

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Posted By: pantoja
Date Posted: 10 December 2015 at 16:12
Very sad to hear about this.
My condolence to his family.
RIP Brettania.

Posted By: digiton
Date Posted: 10 December 2015 at 16:16
I am so sorry to hear this. My thoughts are with Cam and his family.

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Posted By: svjetlana
Date Posted: 11 December 2015 at 15:28
My condolences to Cam's family. May he rest in peace and may he be free from any kind of pain and suffering.

Posted By: happyjack
Date Posted: 11 December 2015 at 21:14
I miss our Skype video chats with discussions on our massive lotto winnings(max $40 ), the All Blacks, the Balck Caps ( currently playing Sri Lanka in NZ), our love for classical music (he liked jazz too but not my cup of tea)>
And of course Dyxum:
the relative merits of POTW candidates and why some got through and others didn't.
other stuff I shall not mention to protect the innocent and save the guilty further embarrasment

I will be passing on all your condolences to his family next Thursday at his funeral.

Copied also to the thread - Remembering Brettania

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Posted By: mikey2000
Date Posted: 12 December 2015 at 00:31
I can barely imagine how this is affecting you. I have been lucky so far as (except for one tragedy that I will never forget) the only funerals I have attended have been for elderly relatives.   Somehow for them, it was a blessed release.   Losing a friend is so much harder.   

I never met Cameron or even skyped etc but I am finding myself deeply affected by his passing.

Next Thursday will be hard, hard indeed.

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Posted By: dca1213
Date Posted: 12 December 2015 at 03:33
An extraordinary man, I will miss his contributions and comments and thoughtful moderation. Just a wonderful man that I am honored to have known even from a distance.

It's interesting how even in a forum such as this you can somehow measure the character of a man even based on just his "text" comments. Cam was always a kind, understanding and supportive host here, even when he scolded me for misbehaving.

I remember a few years back I posted in the Self Portrait Thursday thread and he commented "You look like me", as we shared the same grey beards.

Truly a remarkable individual. He will be missed.


Posted By: blinztree
Date Posted: 13 December 2015 at 18:35
My Condolences. May You Rest in Peace, Cameron.

¿Location? Beats me... I'm lost on a far.far.away.tropical island.

Eldred ZeTerrible@Borneo, Land of the Head Hunters

Posted By: Almazar80
Date Posted: 13 December 2015 at 18:56
My prayers for Cam's family and friends. He was and is an inspiration to the many photographers who found his images and words inspirational.

Posted By: Sonnarman
Date Posted: 15 December 2015 at 09:14
Respects to note passing of a remarkable friend and fellow forum member

With deepest respect and humility I note activity, especially in his much-loved Dyxum forum, the passing of Cameron Hill. 'Britannia' to all whom his prodigious pen delivered encouragement, praise and the wisdom of a collected life-time of media experience, was one whom we are privileged to meet only occasionally, in our journeys through life.

His love of the photographic image, and lessons learned in his transition from wet darkroom to digital light-room all seemed to provide continuing spur to share with whomsoever would ask, provided the question have validity, to him, at least.

His interesting views on directions our shared passions were taking, his take and ability to immerse himself in new and challenging softwares, firmwares, hardwares or vapourware, and come up with comprehendible insights, and interesting conclusions, will always resonate.

In short, many talk the talk. Cam walked the talk, as well as any I have had the pleasure of meeting.

His missives will be missed, and our journeys brightened through having had him share himself with us.

To all his family, go our most kind and gentle thoughts. His mark on the communities he touched will be impossible to erase.

Valé Cam. Thank you for sharing.

Warren Jones (Sonnarman)

Cameron Hill (Brettannia) on road trip in Manawatu, with Jonesy (Sonnarman). Chasing elusive train in scenic Manawatu Gorge. Great day capturing Minolta colours. Good memories of a great sharing time.

Cameron Hill (Brittannia) taking time out to capture Manawatu landscapes, while on short road trip with Jonesy (Sonnarman). Chasing an elusive train on the WLG-NPR line at No1 tunnel in the scenic Manawatu Gorge. Memorable days.

Anti-shake almost saved the shot! Cam capturing soft evening light amongst ancient sand dunes in the Watershed Road up-tilt plateau area of northern Manawatu. Not a shot one would usually put up, but the moment was quite special. A memorable and most enjoyable friend.

A bad day making pix always beats the best day doing anything else!

Posted By: happyjack
Date Posted: 15 December 2015 at 09:24
Thanks Sonnarman/Jonsey
I have printed this out along with all the previous posts to use on Thursday.

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