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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"?
  16. Calum, great job on this Cat. Been watching the build intently. It may even give me some cojones to start working on the Hasegawa 1/48 Cat in my collection. Hase's have been renowned for their finickiness and fit from what I hear...and I'm not looking forward to the beavertail aft.
  17. This was what you accomplished brush painting? :) Wow. Great job on the A-4. Kolja.
  18. Speaking of trees, did you know that some have spines? http://homeguides.sfgate.com/types-spiny-trees-38632.html
  19. We're lucky. Rivet...North American shipping isn't as bad yet as International shipping. But don't worry, it'll get there. I'm sure. Give or take a couple of years.
  20. 1) I don't want to spend half the day with my head in a menu system. 2) I get easily confused...so N-ikon works wonders. I just point it and shoot. :) Cheers.
  21. Watch out for these. http://www.wildsingapore.com/wildfacts/vertebrates/snakes/snakeshorefi.htm https://www.bsp.com.bn/panagaclub/pnhs_old/reptiles/snakeweb/pgvsnake.htm http://www.wildsingapore.per.sg/discovery/Reptilla2.htm http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne+News/Singapore/Story/A1Story20090805-159366.html Have a wonderful time. Try to stay in the city.
  22. With international (and I don't mean North American) shipping as high as it is, if you don't figure the buyer paying the costs of the shipping, you pretty much come out on the short end of the stick, especially if you price the kit at $49.00 for a Hasegawa 1/48. With international, the buyer needs to be expected to eat some of the shipping cost. If I buy a kit from a seller in Denmark. Should that seller be expected to pay for the entirety of the cost of shipping? No. If I do find a deal in another country, I'll forward the cost of shipping...as soon as he tells me how much it is.
  23. Darren, maybe they'll come up with that when they come up with personal 3D printers. :)
  24. I've done some major clearing out. My dad was a pack-rat who always found an excuse that he'd be able to use whatever he brought home. Unfortunately, he never did and after his passing, most of it ended up worthless on the junk pile. Some of it was sold back to the stained glass stores. On the other hand, there's me with my model kits that I haven't built and considering my eyesight (near sight acuity is eroding - age) I doubt I'll get to doing the smaller kits that I have in my collection (it's bad when you call 1/48 small). At least I have my vision for photography and have spent almost
  25. Considering my start to finish ratio... 0% in the past 6 years, I need some sort of kick in the gluteous maximus to get me to start working on something. Detail work frustrates the living daylights out of me to no end, but the OCD part of me figures that it doesn't do anything for a model if you put in a half-baked, half finished cockpit into a model that you do well...on the outside. So I want to do well on the cockpits too...and the smaller the pieces the more problem with seeing and the more frustrated I get. I guess that's probably why in the past 2 years I haven't wanted to work on any
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