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About The_Animal

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    I shoot feathered flying things (with a camera)
  • Birthday 06/12/1970

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    Surrey, Brit-Columbistan
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    1/48 or 32nd scale aircraft$ modeler/ 1/1 scale professional photographer. There are two conditions under which I would contemplate switching to Canon: #1 ~ Canon totally outstrips N-IKON. in high-ISO sensor clarity and N-IKON closes up shop #2 ~ I stop breathing.

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  1. I'm not the one touting myself as acclaimed, am I? And frankly, with regards to your picture of Joe Rosenthal, he was a news photographer and that's fine. He was right there in the line of fire and has a well recommended credential of news photos, but he never...ever proclaimed himself as an acclaimed photographer of another genre when he wasn't.
  2. I've had to work my way up from scratch too. Does that mean that I didn't bring my A game without the best gear? And no, it isn't wrong to call him out since he's making claims that he can't match of being a "acclaimed nature photographer". http://500px.com/photo/743621 <-- 70-300 f/4-5.6 KIT lens. http://500px.com/photo/34161990 <-- 50mm f/1.8 http://500px.com/photo/21357527 <-- 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII (no teleconverter) http://500px.com/photo/22919207 <-- 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII (no teleconverter) http://500px.com/photo/42114912 <-- 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII (no teleconverter)
  3. It's not just my friends' opinions. Ask any nature photographer whose work is any good. He is not a professional nature photographer. And frankly, I could care less about YOUR opinion. As far as I'm concerned, he's just a nature photography wannabe. I'll grant that he is a professional aviation photographer. But I haven't seen him be recognized for his nature work except for Joe Schmo on the street (like YOU). #1. You are not a photographer. #2. You don't know what it takes to become a professional nature photographer. #3. You don't know what acclaim is in terms of a profession
  4. Acclaim: is recognition by your PEERS. Do you think that NANPA (National Association of Nature Photographers) gives a flying piece of excrement that people off the streets are talking about him in adulation? Peers means his "peers who are in the nature photography business." What he's doing is piggy-backing off the "acclaim he built as a Lead Sled driver" and because people who don't know anything about nature photography buy his photos means jack sh**. What he is...is an amateur who is working towards a secondary career as a wildlife/nature photographer. Sorry to rain on your parade.
  5. To those who know Mr. Shul. Tell him to take a look at this gallery. This is a friend of mine. Famed nature photographer, Ethan Meleg. http://www.ethanmeleg.com/galleries.htm Photography to those who earn their living from it is a profession just like any other. If Mr. Shul can match that type of work in nature photography, then he can call himself "acclaimed". Otherwise SHUT UP AND PAY YOUR DAMNED DUES! Because I don't give a flying ~insert expletive of your choice~ about your career as a SR-71 pilot. If you're going to call yourself an acclaimed nature photographer, then you damned
  6. If there's one thing that ****** me off it's people who try to piggy back off their success into a genre that they have no business going into or failing to pay their dues as a result. http://www.genesis-publications.com/sojourner-ross-halfin-travels/the-photography.htm "It is Halfin's ability to go beyond the surface and capture the essence of a cloud or a mountain that makes his travel images unique."- I've seen better stuff come out of a photography student's portfolio. He piggy-backs off of his rock-star photography persona. https://galleryonepublishing.com/sleddriver/galleryone.ht
  7. You, sir,...are a brave, brave man. My friend, Ethan Meleg, another nature photog states very clearly in one of his articles on Outdoor Photography Canada (OPC to readers) that he would much rather be tied buck naked to a tree in the Muskokas (in the Canadian Shield) during the height of mosquito season than shoot weddings. I agree with him. There is nothing more frightening (not even a rabid grizzly) than a Bridezilla in full "roar" during the most stressful time of her life. Here's a few more of my bird shots - with the 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII+TC-20EIII which I used at Serpentine on Aug
  8. Well...at least they're near water. It's a start. MARCOM (before they changed it back to Royal Canadian Navy), I believe (Vice-Admiral Norman) is based out of Ottawa though (no ships though there...since both fleets are based on the coasts. I guess since the Commander of the Navy is a part of the Defense Staff, it would make sense that he be based in Ottawa. Didn't the Air Force go back to being RCAF just recently (2011)? And yes, I know about the whole unification thing... Happened two years and 4 months before I was born Studied that whole thing in Air Cadets trying to get my Corpor
  9. Philippe, Some really fine work from the modelers on the website. Tres merveilleux. Thanks for posting it and letting us know about it.
  10. Yep, reviving a zombie subject again that has been done several times. I think the other got trashed in the various moves and updates and achiving. If I could ever get back to the workbench (which I currently have no room for in this house) to build models. I would be listening to some sublime trumpet playing by Alison Balsom. Alessandro Marcello's Oboe Concerto in C minor (transposed for trumpet). I'm a classical (baroque) music geek. So what would YOU listen to?...and/or WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY LISTENING TO...thread while you're sitting at the model-bench inhaling glue fum
  11. And telling someone to blow it out their left ear and do biologically impossible things with a hockey stick inserted in a bodily cavity that doesn't normally take such things...is bound to get someone banned from the forum...unfortunately. Because as of late my tolerance level for idiocy has reached an all-time low. ~sigh~ Must be because I'm getting to the age where most idiots can go do biologically impossible things with things ordinarily not inserted in bodily crevices. I have no time for such "idiots".
  12. Wouldn't the Canadian Air Force have an R for Royal at the beginning of it? But hey, it would be in keeping. Considering they have their Naval headquarters practically landlocked in Ottawa...how many inflatable Zodiacs can we send down the Ottawa River...if we can manage to get past the Ottawa Dam.
  13. DGP, everything clearly shows, is well illuminated...and the photos are without blur - all you could want from a photo. and the model looks superb. The Cuban camouflage is very nice and eye-catching.
  14. Staring Down The Barrel by falconrosephotography, on Flickr This is what the bird sees when you point a 600mm f/4 at 'em. And this is the kind of reaction you get out of them. Frankly, this barn swallow wasn't sure whether to attack me or attack the lens. And you ain't seen "aggressive" until you've seen a barn swallow swooping down on someone who gets too close to their nest. They may be small, but pound for pound, they're an avian MMA fighter; meaner than heck and willing to take on all comers.
  15. Beautiful work on those dropped flaps, Shaun. Jeez, that must have taken some doing. So you're saying that with the Hasegawa kit, you can do either position whereas with the Revell kit, you gotta look at "major surgery"?
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