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    Hey there,

    As you may know I am in the process of reading Les' book. Has anyone heard of him before? Some of his photos are really great, some are not my cup of tea. I did a Yahoo! search on him, but was not able to find any info online.

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    yes, the pic in Black & White Photography shows a likely looking chap, sure to have a yarn or two ready for discussion over an ale!

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    I was reading his column regulary in times when reading Practical Photography magazine. What to say, love some what I saw, some don't. From time to time I thought his words in his columns were a bit arogant(well, not arogant, but since English is not my native language, can't find better expression). From what I read, he start photography something late in his life(I belive he was over 30). Is this true Les?
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    </span><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (haris @ Apr 26 2003, 01:46 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> I was reading his column regulary in times when reading Practical Photography magazine. What to say, love some what I saw, some don&#39;t. From time to time I thought his words in his columns were a bit arogant(well, not arogant, but since English is not my native language, can&#39;t find better expression). From what I read, he start photography something late in his life(I belive he was over 30). Is this true Les? </td></tr></table><span class='postcolor'>
    Haris

    Yes I started photography when I was 34.
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    Website: www.lesmcleanphotography.com

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    Not to start a flame war or anything, but I have found Les to be the least arrogant writer / photographer I have had the pleasure of conversing with.

    Brian
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    I agree with Brian, rarely do you see acomplished phtographers taking the time to help and advice newcomers. People like Les, Carl Weese, Sandy King, etc are a breath of fresh air when you compare them to some of the "famous" photographers who have a chip on their shoulder. Perhaps you were reading too much into his columns, so far here at APUG Les has been nothing less than a gentleman and a helpful member.

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    LOL......are you sure it was the bay you were looking at?

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    Thanks Les, and thanks Aggie.

    A I said, in lack of better expression, I used that term. It is not arogancy, it is more like "this is it, no argue about it&#33;". So, not arogant, but a little "hars" approach. But, I easilly could be wrong, maybe I simply didn&#39;t read Les words correctly.

    But, it is more important that Les is authority in his area, even if I don&#39;t like his photographs too much, I think he is authority in printing. Especially liked his example and subtility in printing when saw "high key" print of, I think it was, shell or snail house. It was in article about paper flashing, and I was impressed how subtle Les was to show details in "white" areas of "white" print. I can only imagine how that print looks in "real" life, I saw it in only in magazine. And, that print was decisive moment for me to have respect for Les. And, people who are experts in theire areas, have right to be more "nervous" then rest of us

    And, I must agree with rest of you. There is small number of competent people who are ready to share they knowledge without being jealous or afraid of competition. I saw too many photographers or printers whos photographs/prints have note: "exposure(or anything else) secret". So, thanks to all of you who are so great to know that sharing knowledge is not threat, and will not "throw you from your kings trone". It is especially important for people in my situation, I simply don&#39;t have someone to ask, as photography in my country is not respected, and not many people do photography. And of those who call themselves photographers, there is very small number of them who really know something. Most of them have autoeverything 35mm cameras sets on "P" position...

    So, I will take all responsability and apologise to Lesfor calling him arogant when he is not.

    Regards, Haris

    P. S. So, Les, there is still hope for me, I am 33
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