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Family4228logoweb by Pelicanh
Family4228logoweb
Latest family photo. Merry and Happy to you all!!
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MLH3740logoweb by Pelicanh
MLH3740logoweb
I was waiting for a client to show up at my studio today. So I was setting lights and decided to run a test to see if I liked what I had set up. I ended up kinda liking the photo, so I might use it for a new Facebook header. Meanwhile...how many of you know the reference on my T-shirt!???
Comments!??
PS - I changed the file. This is an update version as of 12/14/14. 
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Vegas3650 by Pelicanh
Vegas3650
Just got home from a 3 day shoot in Vegas. This was the view from my balcony at the Cosmopolitan Hotel. I had a nice suite on the 31st floor!
Had the pleasure of shooting some of the girls from the "Jubilee" show there. What wonderful ladies. Also got to see "The Blue Man Group" show because a client/friend is the guitar player for them, so she got me comped. YAY Cool show.
All in all - a fun but exhausting trip. Flew into Burbank this afternoon and we're off to Universal Studios tonight to take our wonderful little boy to see lights!
This is not a terrific shot - it was done with my iPhone. But I thought it was pretty.
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Marica0487web by Pelicanh
Marica0487web
Another of the images from a shoot with the wonderful Marica Hase. Kimono styling by Kaz Matamura. Rope work by the crazy brilliant Marcus Ranum   mjranum.deviantart.com
Again - if you are a photographer interested in doing this kind of work - it is IMPERATIVE that you find a GREAT kimono stylist AND a GREAT rigger (rope person). Otherwise, your work will be passed off as insincere, immature, and it just plain makes you look bad. Every fold of the kimono has to be right, the undergarments have to hang correctly, the obi has to be tied correctly and hang where it should....there are a host of very specific items to address. The rope work has to be done correctly too.
If you just want things to look sort of "Asian", then by all means, have fun but just know there is a HUGE difference between something that is more for fun and/or goofing around, and those who are serious about this kind of image. Both have merit, but what I am saying is that there are a LOT of images on DA with this sort of thing done incorrectly. 
I am allowing comments on this image because there needs to be discussion about the proper use of rope and proper styling of clothing. Bad rope work can cause permanent nerve damage! 
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Marica0461logoweb by Pelicanh
Marica0461logoweb
Another of the images from a shoot with the wonderful Marica Hase. Kimono styling by Kaz Matamura. Rope work by the crazy brilliant Marcus Ranum   mjranum.deviantart.com
Again - if you are a photographer interested in doing this kind of work - it is IMPERATIVE that you find a GREAT kimono stylist AND a GREAT rigger (rope person). Otherwise, your work will be passed off as insincere, immature, and it just plain makes you look bad. Every fold of the kimono has to be right, the undergarments have to hang correctly, the obi has to be tied correctly and hang where it should....there are a host of very specific items to address. The rope work has to be done correctly too.
If you just want things to look sort of "Asian", then by all means, have fun but just know there is a HUGE difference between something that is more for fun and/or goofing around, and those who are serious about this kind of image. Both have merit, but what I am saying is that there are a LOT of images on DA with this sort of thing done incorrectly.
 
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While I do journal on here occasionally, I thought many of you might like to follow my journeys on Facebook. If so here's the link:
www.facebook.com/helmsphotogra…

I have also been getting a bit of crap lately about allowing and not allowing comments. One reader suggested it was "arrogant" of me to NOT allow comments. ha Anyone really interested in why I sometimes do and sometimes do NOT allow comments should go back and read some of my journals on this topic. I don't really feel compelled to explain it all YET AGAIN but a teeny synopsis would be simply that I don't have time to respond and, more importantly monitor, all the comments. I have a new little two year old boy so I enjoy spending more time with him. 

We recently traveled to Japan. I work over there once or twice a year and try to get in a little sight seeing while I'm there. So I'll be posting a few more pix of that, but again, there are some fun stories and videos on my Facebook page. Please do come look.

I'll be posting more journals here in the future too. I'm not absent from DA, just busy.

Hope you all have a great time here
Michael

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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.

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:iconjackcornelius:
jackcornelius Featured By Owner 12 hours ago  Professional Photographer
Totally agree with your viewpoint on commentsClap 
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kokoro13 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
Wow. Your Marcia Hase shots are stunning, and I crazy-respect your integrity in hiring pro-stylists for this very specific look. This classic shibari look is hundred of years old now, it definitely deserves to be done properly. I would just die to see the full shoot, but I know you deal with a lot of nasty, ignorant people on here. I hope someday I'll get to see it!
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Professional Photographer
well...you certainly know about dealing with those asshats, huh!? Sorry you have had to face it also.
Easy way for you to see the whole shoot is just to come to LA and let us do one of/for you! :) 
Thanks so much.
M
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PWG44 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Glad to see you sharing some of your work from the other side of your artistic spectrum... amazing work... it make me happy! :thumbsup:
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fairy9311 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 11, 2014  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi Hi!
I understood from what you've said that some commenters are bothering you, so I wanted to apologize on their behalf: I am really sorry.
Your works are wonderful and I really love them:) (Smile) (excuse me for my bad english Sweating a little... )
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Professional Photographer
well...it's just that it inhibits me from sharing images I would really love to share. I just don't have the time to monitor all the trolls.
Thanks so much!!!
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wysinwyg Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
Did Squid find the GREAT Pumpkin? I know you know the reference. Man, they are so much fun at that age!
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Professional Photographer
LOL...I think that might be what he was thinking about!
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:iconwysinwyg:
wysinwyg Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014
Glad you had a great day. I miss those times.
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BadPornSux Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014
Dear Michael,
Several years ago you posted an hilarious, but fact filled picture illustrating the myriad types of cameras available, by price range and abilities/features. The "Guy with a Camera" moniker has given me the sniggers ever since! I am looking to budget money this winter to buy myself a better camera in the spring. Maybe I'll be a Minor League GWC!! Anyway, would you PLEASE / (Oni gashi mas!) repost that picture post!
Thanks, Domo Arigato, Danke, Gracias, Takk,
Go raibh maith agat! You are STILL a reason I come here. Thanks for coming back and staying.

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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Professional Photographer
LOL...I can't find that image anywhere. It's certainly not the equipment but what we do with it. That journal I posted was a reaction to SO MUCH bad photography by people calling themselves photographers when they hardly owned any equipment at all. Like a guy who owns a knife, so he calls himself a surgeon! ha
I'm sure you'll do great things with your new camera! It's FUN!
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Cherielou Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for posting your latest submission, I really love it and hope to see more. I know it is a departure, but I miss your nude works so much. Just wanted to let you know.
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Professional Photographer
thank you so much! Wish I could post it here too! :(
Keep up the wonderful work too!!
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Cherielou Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha well I figured any encouragement to post more was
worth a shot. <3 Especially if you kept comments disabled.
But I know you have your reasons.
ps: Thanks for visiting my page! Totally made my day that you'd have a peek!
Your work inspired me a lot and showed me that nudity doesn't have to be
demeaning, it is empowering, beautiful, and natural, when done right, so that is
what I aspire to create, but in a different medium. <3
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Professional Photographer
happy to have had a second to enjoy your work! Look forward to more!
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magamo Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014
Bucket list:
1. Meet the mighty Squicken, Master of All He Surveys and future Lord of the Galaxy.
2. Attend Burning Man. Get sunburned.
3. Learn some Japanese. Visit Japan.
4. Collaborate with Pelicanh on an art book of surreal image and word.

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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Professional Photographer
1) Yes please!!! Come visit, hang, and drink with us!
2) DO IT! DO IT! DO IT! 2015!!??
3) Me too! Hope we see each other there!
4) YES!!! Let's chat!

Love and miss you my dear friend!
M
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magamo Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014

1) Maybe late next year. I definitely want to meet the Dauphin before he starts college!

2) Unlikely – I'll still be building our new house in September. But 2016 might work.

3) Watashi no hobākurafuto wa unagi de ippai desu, Michaelhelms-san.

4) Yes we must! You have a portfolio of the most remarkable erotically surreal images, both delightful and distinctly dangerous, crying out for an artistic presentation with serious intent (to knock the viewer’s socks off!). I see them twinned with hand grenade blasts of thematically-related automatic (or at least dream-like) writing sourced from a variety of authors, representing different cultures and languages. Copyright could be an issue in many instances, but that’s what research is for. It would be fun to supplement your existing catalogue with new images conceived and executed specifically for this project.

 

Love you! xxx

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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Professional Photographer
1) Yes please. You'd love him!
2)Damn...OK 2016!!
3) Your hovercraft is full of eels!???? lol Even Kaz had a hard time translating that one!
4) Did I send you a link to my images?? If not - I will

LOVE YOU!
XO
M
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bringmepieskm Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
I was stationed in Yokosuka, Japan for 3 years.  Im going back there in a few months to live permanently, so I completely understand the craziness that foreigners have in Japan.  Such a beautiful country, Im looking forward to living the rest of my life in that country.  Glad to see other people appreciate Japan.
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Professional Photographer
I'm envious. I may move there too
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wysinwyg Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014
My lifelong dream is to go explore Japan. Not the cities, but the outlying areas. I envy you. Thank you for the images.
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Professional Photographer
put it HIGH on your bucket list. It's amazing.
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Aya-Creuset Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Have fun in Japan, Michael!!! Hugs from Chile.
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Professional Photographer
Will do! Thanks
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