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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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Pelicanh Nov 25, 2013  Professional Photographer
YAY. I wanna go home!! :)
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TomKilbane Nov 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
awesome Image Michael!!! i WOULD LIKE TO TRY TO GET TO THE NEXT BURNING MAN!!!!(hit caps, too lazy to redo)
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Pelicanh Nov 25, 2013  Professional Photographer
well, I'll be there. Stop by my tent and have a brew!
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:iconpelicanh:
Pelicanh Nov 13, 2013  Professional Photographer
thanks so much
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TomKilbane Oct 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
so happy for you!!!!!
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Pelicanh Nov 13, 2013  Professional Photographer
thanks Tom. We're having fun here!
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:iconextraspecialimages:
Damn, that kid is growing up fast!
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Pelicanh Nov 13, 2013  Professional Photographer
Sure is. Seems only yesterday he was a little newborn! Now he's running all over! ha
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:iconeraser5:
Love your work. You're the reason I joined DA. You're also a big reason I pursued photography. 
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Pelicanh Oct 11, 2013  Professional Photographer
yay. Glad you did!!!!
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:iconeraser5:
Made my day! Thank you!
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:iconlovely-laura-jahnke:
Technically, your burning man shot would be under "bucket list" but I"m too lazy to make a new folder!
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Pelicanh Oct 7, 2013  Professional Photographer
If you've never been - you GOTTA go!!
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:iconalchemist67:
It's great to see another happy burner evangelist on here.  I've been going for 10 years and every time is just as wonderful as the first.

by the way, was your panorama photo from this year taken at about 4:50 and C? because those camps look awfully familiar to me.  I was at 4:45 and B and walked past there many times.
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Pelicanh Oct 7, 2013  Professional Photographer
Yea - I was at 3:10 and C, so the scaffold I was up on was about 4 or so and C.
Good catch!
Yea - great burn this year. Can't wait til next year!!
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pelicanh.deviantart.com/art/ML… seriously? And burning man? Now I'm beginning to seriously live my life vicariously. My own attempts at hang gliding involved a lot of sitting around in fields waiting for the wind to be 'right'. I got bored and moved on.

Glad you survived!
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:iconwysinwyg:
As a Dad, That is an incredibly cute shot. One for the archives. But remember, they grow up faster than you think. Its like a whirlwind. My sweet Pumpkin seems like she was just born, and she turns 20 at the end of the month.  Way too fast.
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Pelicanh Sep 21, 2013  Professional Photographer
yep. My daughter is 28, so I know how quickly they grow!
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:iconlovely-laura-jahnke:
Wow 28 and a new one punkin too! That's a range....
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Pelicanh Oct 7, 2013  Professional Photographer
LOL...yeppers!
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bear48 Sep 19, 2013  Professional
:rofl: it so nice to be insane...  no one asked you to enplane ;)


Now hoist the colours  it be talk like p-pirate day

www.youtube.com/watch?v=4m5Gdz…

make merry me scurvious mate
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Pelicanh Sep 21, 2013  Professional Photographer
LOL....so true!
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bear48 Sep 23, 2013  Professional
may the wind be kind to

be well

and chicken and scinken too
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:iconkokoro13:
AWWWW the sweet pea is literally a sweet-pea! Such a solid stance and alert eyes! I want to give him a squeeze <3 Oh and nice shot, by the way :)
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