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I'm teaching a head shot workshop!!!
Come one....come all! Well...not ALL.... but a bunch of ya!
Hope to see ya there

I'm off to a good sushi dinner and then off to Burning Man on Tuesday evening!
WOOHOO
See ya there burners!
The man burns in 6 days!!!!

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Michael Helms
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Comments Disabled... what a sigh of relief!!!!

It's been REALLY refreshing to NOT have trolls and flamers. Images like those in my gallery inevitably receive all sorts of negative commentary. Since I have disabled comments, the attention craving jerks really have not bothered me. The reason is, as I suspected all along... take away their public forum and they go back into their holes. Some people have complained that I can't take criticism. That is simply laughable. After 35 years in one of the most competitive markets in the world, I've heard just about everything. Yea - it's nice to hear "great shot", or "that's beautiful...nice lighting". But I don't really need pats on the back. And I no longer will tolerate comments like, "Your model needs to be taken out back and shot like the whore dog she is!" or "she's too fuckin skinny, she needs to eat something".
I could care less what people say about me personally but I will NOT tolerate flaming or trolling my models. THAT is why I disabled comments. Also, I simply don't have the time or desire to go through all the hundreds of comments I get to weed out the trolls, block them, and hide their comments. It's a waste of my time.
Let me be perfectly honest here... I have been on DA for 5 years. I am here for fun. Not only do I NOT make any money from DA, it COSTS me money. I am a business man, so time is money, so if you account for the amount of TIME I spend on here, it is even MORE of a loss. But - it's fun and I have made some good on line friends and a few personal friends.
I fear for this generation of loud mouthed, unsophisticated, undereducated, sophomoric juveniles who don't subscribe to decency and good manners. Not all of them, of course... but there is a significant percentage. I blame the internet for this unchecked bad behavior because there are no consequences for the things they say and do. But how will this spill over to their REAL lives and interactions with REAL people when they face situations that make them uncomfortable? It is, in my opinion, very damaging to personal growth to NOT have consequences to bad behavior. What will these flamers and trolls grow up to be? Probably politicians who post photos of their weiners on Twitter.
Anyway...THAT is the reason I no longer allow comments.

Current Residence: Shadow Hills, Ca
Favorite genre of music: Old Hippie crap
Favorite photographer: Helmut Newton - dead, Perry Gallagher - alive on DA
Favourite style of art: depends on my mood, or whether I've been drinkin
Operating System: Go Mac or go home
MP3 player of choice: 30 gig iPod
Shell of choice: I prefer Union 76
Wallpaper of choice: A nice textured rag
Skin of choice: hers
Favourite cartoon character: Wile E. Coyote
Personal Quote: ....the supernova of giving meets the black hole of need.."
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Valder137 Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice to see you posting again, been a while!!!
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somni-ferum Apr 11, 2014  Professional Photographer
Lovely portrait of Jodi, nice work. Thanks for posting every so often ;) Cheers!
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Lord-LestatDlaCuadra Mar 30, 2014  Professional Photographer
Nice pics but for what i read such a big ego proffesor ;P
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Pelicanh Mar 31, 2014  Professional Photographer
thank you! :)
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Lord-LestatDlaCuadra Mar 31, 2014  Professional Photographer
Your welcome, it will be cool if you can check and give me some insights about my work...
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Dragonwarriorstm Mar 25, 2014  Professional Artist
thanks for the watch
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dynamicsketch Mar 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Shame that you disabled comments on the photo of Jodi. She's quite attractive. Nice job as always, Mike.
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Pelicanh Mar 24, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks so much Chris. Yea - I honestly wish I could leave my images open for comments but I just don't have time to police the trolls. So - I'll just share images.
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dynamicsketch Mar 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I know, right? I think that's why I feel like I can relate. Also the reason why I'm not bothering in wasting my time by uploading anything new to this anti-art community.
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Pelicanh Mar 26, 2014  Professional Photographer
well - I've had several conversations with the owners of DA and really, there's nothing they can do about it. "freedom of speech" and all that stuff that allows trolls to flourish. I enjoy sharing stuff but killed the comments.
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WorldWar-Tori Mar 19, 2014   General Artist
Hello, it's been years since I've stopped by your page I believe, which is a shame really :( it's good to see you're still here and your work is still fantastic :heart:
and that son of yours is adorable :heart: [I would have much less creepily said this on a photo, but you know haha.] I will definitely have to rewatch you on this account. Anyways; just stopped by to say hello and I hope you're doing well sir. :)
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Pelicanh Mar 22, 2014  Professional Photographer
WOW....yea - it's been a long time since I saw a comment from you!
thanks so much
M
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WorldWar-Tori Mar 22, 2014   General Artist
No problem :hug:
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AngieMarieDreams Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
The pictures of your son are just too cute!
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Pelicanh Mar 17, 2014  Professional Photographer
thanks so much. He's a fun subject when he cooperates! ha
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AngieMarieDreams Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
That's how I feel about my nephew; he always seems to know the exact time / thing to do to mess up the picture I was attempting to take of him. :-)
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Pelicanh Mar 18, 2014  Professional Photographer
ha. yep. The key to shooting children is just follow them around for HOURS. They will eventually get bored and ignore you. And of course, we never have a camera when the cutest things happen! ha
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They grow like weeds!
All the best for your family and you Sir.
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Pelicanh Mar 17, 2014  Professional Photographer
lol. so true. thanks!
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ErekaRayne Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've been watching your work for years, and I recently joined a community and one of the artists reminded me of your work. Took a moment to jog your name from my memory and then introduced my friends to your art. Thank you for what you do.

It's been a pleasure.
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Pelicanh Mar 6, 2014  Professional Photographer
Awww...thank you Brianna! Good luck in your art as well!!
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SandraChapdelaine Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i just pass by to say hello. I'm staying here, watching your work. It give me so ideas! No comments, only to say i wish you stay here for long :)

kisses! 
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Pelicanh Feb 18, 2014  Professional Photographer
well I hope you enjoy it all!! Thank you so much
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complimentarybrick Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
enabling comments on the last supper shot could of provided eons of religious bickering, and who could ever get bored of that?!?



yeah ok I guess I could get bored of that
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bear48 Feb 6, 2014  Professional
I could some help with some photo referances bear48.deviantart.com/journal/
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