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  1. #321
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    id suggest you have a long way to go before thats something you need to worry about don. lol
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    Look, Mate,

    I already had my heart set on tomorrow morning, so do not be handing me guff about it. It is my disappointment ... and I'll manage it as I will. I get plenty of practice on and off the battlefield, thank you.

    Here's lookin' out for a better day. -click-
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    I'll drink to that, hic!!!

  4. #324
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    Talking Big Bear Buddy

    Well, it was back to the zoo, today, to collect more images for the 50-page volume I have to create for the Photo Essay.

    Overall, I think I did get a couple of interesting shots. What really made me smile was when I walked up to the polar bear and he seemed to recognize me from last week's encounter, in the tank. We were at the opposite end of the enclosure ... the on land, dry end. As I walked up, he turned, saw me, stopped what he was doing, walked over to the huge window that was between us, again only separating us by scant inches and began rolling around and rubbing up against the glass, as if asking me to give him a good scratchin', like I do with my pup.

    It kind of freaked the people out, that were walking up behind me. They all congregated, to see this.

    Don't get me wrong, I have no intention of going one-on-one with the polar bruin, but it was rather amazing to me, that he would be so motivated when he saw me to do that. He literally ignored everyone else. Must be my white-chin fuzz ... he can relate.

    "Hey, go ahead and give me a scratch, big guy!"

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    Sure made a mess of the window, licking and nosin' it ... then with the paws.
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    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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  5. #325
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonSchap View Post
    What really made me smile was when I walked up to the polar bear and he seemed to recognize me from last week's encounter, in the tank. We were at the opposite end of the enclosure ... the on land, dry end. As I walked up, he turned, saw me, stopped what he was doing, walked over to the huge window that was between us, again only separating us by scant inches and began rolling around and rubbing up against the glass ...

    Sure made a mess of the window, licking and nosin' it ... then with the paws.
    Don,

    He may have come over saying mmmmhhhhhh, good meal behind that glass.

    Or, more likely, he said to himself, hey there's that photographer guy that keeps taking pictures of me. Well let's see how he likes a big dirty polar bear. Maybe now he'll leave me alone.
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  6. #326
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    Cool Beatin' up the bruin

    Okay,

    Bust on my muddy "friend." It was a good time, regardless.

    At least he was playful, unlike this Grizzly.

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    I also got the Wolves to give me the eye, too!

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    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
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    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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    Unhappy Today was a rough day ...

    Today, I took on the academic "powers-that-be" .. and the entire group got whacked by the leading authority. No one left un-scarred ... which is the way it should be, I have been told. Oh, there was some really dancing about to behold, but their squirming was evident. I think some underbellies were exposed ... which needed to be.

    In general, if you are the only left with mud on your mug, then you picked a bad fight. But, if they're limping and looking sheepish ... your point was made, regardless. Today was such a day. You can't let the bullies win, no matter how "all powerful" they believe themselves to be.

    Of course there will be repercussions ... there always are. The simple part ... I stay a student and can still buck the system when they screw up.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
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    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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  8. #328
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    what pray tell did you "take on the authorities" about ? how good sony is? lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonSchap View Post
    Today, I took on the academic "powers-that-be" .. and the entire group got whacked by the leading authority. No one left un-scarred ... which is the way it should be, I have been told. Oh, there was some really dancing about to behold, but their squirming was evident. I think some underbellies were exposed ... which needed to be.

    In general, if you are the only left with mud on your mug, then you picked a bad fight. But, if they're limping and looking sheepish ... your point was made, regardless. Today was such a day. You can't let the bullies win, no matter how "all powerful" they believe themselves to be.

    Of course there will be repercussions ... there always are. The simple part ... I stay a student and can still buck the system when they screw up.
    Can you be more specific, Don? All this vague stuff is actually kind of annoying. You don't need to name names, of course. I'm just trying to figure out what you are even talking about...

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    It revolved around a shoot I had set up ... and I went to a lot a trouble getting it set up and ready for everyone involved ... and "the school" canceled it, because of concern for a no longer existing issue. As you might expect, I was rather annoyed with this position and dealt with it at the very top of the food chain.

    Anyway, I was able to save MY shoot from being canceled, but "the class" wound up losing their opportunity, because "the school" still will not accept that the problem has been rectified. Not only that, to demonstrate the "poor sportsmanship" I am dealing with, they are marking me absent, because the two shoots were originally scheduled during the class period (to avoid interference with any other classes) and I will be attending to the shoots and not in class. The worst part, the work being done is specifically for this class.

    I suppose I deserve this, because I went the "extra mile" that most students in the class will not and this is the thanks you receive when you do so. It is laughingly juvenile, in the way it is being handled and I am personally disgusted with the continued abuse of authority involved, because I did not let them win and quietly go off into the night. I am seeing this out. I will not disappoint the people I have enlisted to make this shoot happen ... just because some administrator will not relent.

    Anyway, tomorrow is the shoot ... and hopefully, I can jack out some cute stuff.

    I hope that helps, without getting too specific.
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