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« Reply #20 on: November 15, 2005, 12:19:51 PM »
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Will it be worth selling the 1Ds and maybe the 1D mkII, putting the money in the bank and rebuying when you go back to work? By the time you finish your stint those cameras will have depreciated alarmingly while getting dusty in the closet.
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« Reply #21 on: November 15, 2005, 01:10:37 PM »
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Will it be worth selling the 1Ds and maybe the 1D mkII, putting the money in the bank and rebuying when you go back to work? By the time you finish your stint those cameras will have depreciated alarmingly while getting dusty in the closet.
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I always wondered how much damage you could do by loading a 1-series in a canon and firing it at a brick wall.  
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« Reply #22 on: November 15, 2005, 07:54:39 PM »
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Will it be worth selling the 1Ds and maybe the 1D mkII, putting the money in the bank and rebuying when you go back to work? By the time you finish your stint those cameras will have depreciated alarmingly while getting dusty in the closet.
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Probably not, as I'll be able to use my cameras once I complete boot camp. I obviously won't be able to shoot full-time, but I can definitely make use of my gear once I get my training completed. If I was to be deployed and had to limit myself to a single body & lens, it would be the 1D-MkII + 24-70/2.8L.
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« Reply #23 on: November 15, 2005, 09:43:00 PM »
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Hi Jonathan,

Best of luck to you!  I understand what we are fighting for, and I value your service.

Lots of great pictures coming from the servicemen blogs!  I hope you can take a pocket cam over and set up your own blog to keep everyone informed of what's really going on there.  The US newspapers can't seem to find the stuff that the serviceman bloggers show!

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« Reply #24 on: November 15, 2005, 10:47:40 PM »
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Thank you! I have sort of a blog set up on my site; you can access it by clicking the My Army Experience link in my sig. I don't know where I will be going after my training yet; while it's possible I may go to Iraq, I may not. At any rate, I'll be posting photos there as circumstances allow.
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« Reply #25 on: November 16, 2005, 09:16:06 PM »
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Out of curiosity, why didn't you go for Combat Photographer?

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« Reply #26 on: November 17, 2005, 11:19:06 AM »
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Probably not, as I'll be able to use my cameras once I complete boot camp. I obviously won't be able to shoot full-time, but I can definitely make use of my gear once I get my training completed. If I was to be deployed and had to limit myself to a single body & lens, it would be the 1D-MkII + 24-70/2.8L.
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Jonathon, I've been in the US Army and I am currently 14+ years in the US Air Force.  I think you might find the Army to be vastly different than the USAF.  Even when you are in garrison (base) and not deployed, you will spend 50%+ of your time "in the field", especially right before a deployment to prepare.  Quality of Life in the US Army is very different than QOL in the USAF--FYI.  There are lots of positives to the Army, but personal time is not usually one of them.

And as for the oil comment above--can we respect this guy's decision and keep the darn politics out of this?  The point is this:  he has volunteered to serve his country in an honorable, potentially dangerous and selfless way.  How many other citizens can say the same?  Politics is not appropriate in this thread; it's disrespectful.  Just my $0.02.
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« Reply #27 on: November 17, 2005, 03:44:47 PM »
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Even when you are in garrison (base) and not deployed, you will spend 50%+ of your time "in the field", especially right before a deployment to prepare.  Quality of Life in the US Army is very different than QOL in the USAF--FYI.  There are lots of positives to the Army, but personal time is not usually one of them.

And as for the oil comment above--can we respect this guy's decision and keep the darn politics out of this?

My sister has been in the Army since 1993 and is currently an officer in the Army medical corps, so I've got a fairly good idea of what to expect; I'm under no illusions of being able to operate a photography business while performing active duty service. My primary intent is to get photos of wherever I happen to be deployed, and get whatever shots I can of daily life and suchlike.

I looked into combat photographer and journalist career fields; there simply weren't any openings available. Such is life. I'd rather be a medic than tank driver or Laundry & Bath technician. Or Mortuary Affairs specialist.

And let's not dignify the political comments with any more more of a response than they've already gotten.
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« Reply #28 on: November 17, 2005, 05:58:27 PM »
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I've enlisted in the U.S. Army as a medic, and will be shipping out to boot camp January 4, 2006. My participation in these forums will be limited until I ship out, as I'll be getting ready for my new life and moving from California to Texas, and once I ship out, I'll be offline completely for about 2 months.
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Hi Jonathan,

Congrats! You might look into Special Forces training as a medic which is an intensive training course - used to be 32 weeks when I was with 5th SF  back in the mid 60's - but well worth it because when you get out you can pretty well work in any capacity as EMT. Lots of great surgical training and things you don't get a chance to do as a regular medic. Also you will get rank much quicker along with all that entails... It will mean some extra PT training - jump school at Ft. Benning, etc., but lots of fun if you're up to the challenge.

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« Reply #29 on: November 17, 2005, 08:03:01 PM »
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Jonathan,
Wishing you the best in your new career path.  Ah, the good old Army days.  Mine were a long time ago, in the 60's like Lin, but I remember them like yesterday.  I remember in radio school, they were looking for two types of volunteers.  One was for those to go to jump school and the other was to be a helicopter pilot.  I was really tempted to do the helicopter pilot thing but found out I would have to go to jump school for that too.  This is when I learned that if I did not volunteer for anything, I ususally didn't get picked for anything.  Since my name began with W and they usually never got that far going through the alphabet, I was usually OK.

Speaking of volunteering, you have to be careful here.  I remember one day the drill sergeant came around asking if any of us knew how to drive.  Two guys raised their hands and they were picked to drive wheelbarrows full of dirt all day in a nasty little project.
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« Reply #30 on: November 18, 2005, 06:26:36 AM »
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Interesting how many of us have been in the army on this board (I was attached to a police anti terrorist unit but same difference).
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« Reply #31 on: November 24, 2005, 08:36:57 PM »
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Jonathan,

My best wishes to you for a rewarding and constructive experience in the army, and safe return to the Luminous-Landscape.

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« Reply #32 on: November 24, 2005, 10:18:03 PM »
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Jonathan, thank you for what you are doing.  You will remain in my prayers.
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« Reply #33 on: November 25, 2005, 03:02:08 PM »
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Discussing Johnathan's joining the army is appropriate.

Political comments on this forum are not. I have therefore deleted one such comment and a couple of follow-ups.

Thanks for your understanding.

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« Reply #34 on: November 27, 2005, 01:26:48 PM »
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Jonathan,

Good luck in your new career.  I have a friend in the Air Force who has sent me some pretty amazing photos from Iraq.  Lots of subject mater to cover.

Take Care,
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« Reply #35 on: November 27, 2005, 04:12:14 PM »
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Great,,,Everyone say good luck..now lets continuos with what is the side about.
Remember you can send a personal message

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« Reply #36 on: November 28, 2005, 12:59:36 PM »
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Great,,,Everyone say good luck..now lets continuos with what is the side about.
Remember you can send a personal message

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Blas, this website is like a community of people, so when a well-known member of the community makes an important personal decision of this kind there is nothing inappropriate about other members of the community wishing him well in the Forum.
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« Reply #37 on: December 01, 2005, 04:00:58 AM »
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It is always interesting and eye opening to come accross people who have the courage to give new directions to their lifes, whatever these are.

Another comment that comes to my mind is that beyond differences of cultures and political orientation, there are transversal values that run through ourselves and our societies. I believe that the valuation of art is one such powerful trait that does give another dimension to our lifes. I am confident that these values will remain strong in you, and that you will keep influencing people around you by promoting them.

Good luck Jonathan.

Cheers,
Bernard
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« Reply #38 on: December 04, 2005, 06:57:55 PM »
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Thanks, all. I just finished moving to Texas, and will be staying with my sister (the Army captain who competes in marathons and triathlons for fun) until I ship out. Tomorrow morning I'm going to be doing PT (physical training) with her, and I expect that by the time she's through with me, going off to boot camp will be a relief--I'll get to relax a bit.  
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« Reply #39 on: December 04, 2005, 08:55:59 PM »
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Welcome to TEXAS!  and thanks for serving our country.
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