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Walter is Media Services Coordinator Emeritus for California State University, Long Beach.
“Always carry a camera, it’s tough to shoot a picture without one.” – Jay Maisel
email: walter.gajewski@gmail.com My photos are at http://www.theLBCphotos.com
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  • Lots of ePz members got a kick out of the beard I sported in the 70's.
    It was part of me for a LONG time. When I announced I was going to shave it, my friends couldn't believe it and that's what prompted Dan to shoot that portrait.
  • Long Beach, California is not quite what you might consider local. It just so happens that Manchester United is one of the few football teams I know. By the way, I love your triptychs. VERY nicely done.
  • I love where this is going. I want to see village flags, coats of arms, tartan colours, kilts, sports team insignia. . .
    Where is that flag for Manchester United?
  • I see that a new flag is available. Members from the Orkney Islands can proudly fly their flag in ePz.
    Can we now start making flags available for the Canadian provinces and the individual states from the US?
    I'd love to fly the flag from the state of California .
    -=\Walter (gajewski)
  • Just adding my two cents -- I LOVE my D200 but I'm surprised at the comments about the battery life.
    I'm not sure how many shots I get on a charge but it is WAY over the 300 that others mentioned in this thread. I rarely (if ever) use the LCD and so that must be the difference.
  • I'm in Long Beach, California. I am definately not tired of seeing landscapes from the UK. The more I see, the more I am inspired to do two things: 1) Get back to the UK and 2) Shoot better landscapes. -=Walter Gajewski
  • Hello ePz members of the USA,

    I need a "head count" to finalize my reservation for dinner in NY City on Friday July 28th (7:00 PM Eastern).

    It turns out that having a private room was out of the question -- mostly because of the cost involved.

    So -- I am making an "ordinary" restaurant reservation and need to know how many of us will be there.

    I talked this over with ePz member Tony Marques. As the closest member to NY City, Tony said this will work. We will be getting together at Monte's Trattoria, 97 Macdougal Street, New York, NY 10012. (212) 674-9456.

    This is an Italian Restaurant, located in Greenwich Village at the corner of Macdougal and Bleecker. Please email me if you are planning on being there and if you will be solo or bringing someone with you.

    I know that for some of you, plans would be subject to last minute changes. That's OK. Let me know now that you are planning on coming and if things change, I can phone updates to Monte's afterwards.

    RSVP ASAP to gajewski@csulb.edu or (562) 421-0880 (home phone in California)

    Thank you all. I'm looking forward to meeting you.


    PS Please notify anybody I might have missed.

    Walter Gajewski
    Media Lab Coordinator
    Library and Academic Technology Services
    CSU Long Beach

    (562) 421-0880
  • I love the new feature so far. I look forward to what you provide once the new server is in place.
    I also look forward to all of us getting educated on how best to create useful tags. Maybe there could be a bit of a suggestion list. I would suggest things like location (Paris, California, Italy, etc.) and maybe seasonal terms, things we might not ordinarily consider when tagging but that might help somebody with a search.
    One hint for people outside the UK -- we should probably learn to use UK spelling when tagging, otherwise a search for "colour" won't get folks to our great shots of "color." -=Walter
  • OK, a few quick comments:
    1) This site may be housed in Great Britain but it hasn't been a "British" publication for a long time. Take a look at the personal profiles to see that we members are all over the world (and not just the English speaking world).
    2) The comments that have pleased me the most have been negative comments with some constructive criticism. However, even gentle negative comments without the suggestions help me.
    3) Just noticing which of my photos gets a blue heart helps me -- even without comments. It helps take my own prejudices out of the equation when deciding which of my shots has the more appeal.
    3) For me this site has become more than just a photo clinic.
    I feel a connection with the photographers, their life styles, their choice of subject, the locations in which they live and the locations they choose to visit and so getting a comment like "a place I'd like to visit" doesn't get in the way of the photo clinic aspect of this site as long as this type of comment doesn't start to dominate. Actually, if my photo can "sell" a location, then maybe I've been successful in conveying my love for my subject to others through my photo.
    4) Yes, some photos seem to lend themselves to the "thumbnail" format. I seem to notice that intricate, detailed photos won't get the kind of recognition that some "right up front" shots get just because they read better in the thumbnail format.
    5) A big thank you to all of you who have ever commented on my work.
    --= Walter
  • I just got back from 3 weeks in Italy (with 4 nights in Venice and 3 in Florence).
    My biggest regret was not having a tripod with me. There certainly are times when the tripod will make you a bit conspicuous (see my shot of a Catholic nun uploaded to the photo gallery) but so many times you will be shooting in reduced light situations.
    Some (but not all) of the churches do not allow any photography. However, you will find many that allow phtography but don't allow flash.

    I saw many tourists carrying tripods or with tripods strapped to their backpacks and so it seems that moving though customs and security checks with a tripod is probably not an issue.

    --== Walter