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Randy Samos: one mellow dude

one big mellow
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Just who is Randy Samos? Is he the sainted mellow cat that his friends think he is. His generous and friendly personality would certainly point that way. Moreover, as a system administrator, he is more of a divine that a sainted figure.

his crown of glory sure is bright
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His tastes in life, however, are so strange that we sometimes suspect he is an alien. For one, he keeps company to weirdos like me. For another, he likes getting up early. For all we know, he might look like this and only project human appearance.

spookmeister
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Of course, we have some circumstancial evidence that he his, after all, only human. He gets red in the sun. He craves cigarettes after quitting smoking. He lusts most irrationally after clunky old cameras that no one uses anymore. To his credit, I will admit that the photographs he takes with those old cameras are excellent.

Caught by surprise

stylized portrait of a gentleman
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Looks like his sensitive nature and good eye more than compensate for the absence of fuzzy logic and thirty-six program modes in his cameras.

canon EOS1 50mm lens
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His photographic gear ranges from professional to utter junk, yet his results tend to be uniformly excellent. The only explanation I have for that is that he chooses models carefully and deliberately. To date, the only model to fully satisfy his exacting requirements of looks, range of expression and class has been Sondra. My sly friend is married to her, so he never needs to travel far when inspiration strikes.

randy and the supermodel
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joy
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Judging by Sondra's decadent expression, the arrangement works well for her, too.

Elan and 100/2.8 macro
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100 macro EF lens
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Something interisting there...
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Randy's other passion is macro photography. Finding interesting subjects is easy once the lens moves closer to crop out the chaff. Somehow he manages to get sharp images at magnifications and exposures far greater than is reasonable without a tripod.

Sondra is amused
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Sondra smiles at Randy's bug-chasing but seems to like the results.

Glasses held behind her back
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En garde!
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Something interisting here, too...
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Not completely domesticated
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blue green emeralds
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Mephisto incarnate

Positively insane
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Late Aleks, a truly good dog
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Late Aleks has been Randy's friend for many years. He has been superceded but not fully replaced by Darwin, another golden retriever. I miss Aleks.

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