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    I received my alumni calendar in the mail today.

    I received my alumni calendar in the mail today.

    Ok, A gentleman by the name of" .........Heemstra has been the principal photographer for the ISU calendar since 1992."

    IMO these calendar photos this year and most years past are pathetic. How this person has continued to be the "...photographer.." for 24 years is beyond belief. I believe it is systematic of the bigger problem at ISU. Someone, somehow gets a job, gets on the payroll,,,,,,,,,,and the taxpayer continues to pay for his incompetence.

    High school classes, continuing ed classes, grade school classes,,,given the opportunity could easily do better.


    Is there anyone out there that can say, "yes, these photos are the best. We deserve to keep this person on the payroll."


    Is there anyone, any person?"



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    Re: I received my alumni calendar in the mail today.

    Yikes....




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    Re: I received my alumni calendar in the mail today.

    I hope this is a joke.


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    Re: I received my alumni calendar in the mail today.

    Quote Originally Posted by CysRage View Post
    I hope this is a joke.
    I hope so too, but it probably isn't a joke.

    The calendar looks fine to me. We have ours hanging in the kitchen, and I often get compliments from guests about how nice the ISU campus looks in the pictures.


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    Re: I received my alumni calendar in the mail today.

    GIF THREAD!



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    Re: I received my alumni calendar in the mail today.

    Terrible photographer. Just awful. I mean, take a look at this...brutal.




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    Re: I received my alumni calendar in the mail today.

    I actually really enjoy heemstra and think he does a fine job. Different strokes I guess. Yes there are always a few that bore me, but how many different pix can he do without becoming redundant. We only have so many landmarks. Campanile, Lancelot and Elaine, marston water tower, Catt hall, and beardshear.



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    Re: I received my alumni calendar in the mail today.

    I think OP is looking for the ISU swimsuit calendar which might be more a fabulous idea. However for the alumni calendar I think this guy nails it.

    I will also say I'm glad I'm not him. If I had to come up with a new exciting way to photograph a bunch of stone buildings I'd go crazy.

    Although it could be worse he could have nothing better to do than read the fineprint credits on the alumni calendar and critique them.


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    Re: I received my alumni calendar in the mail today.

    Quote Originally Posted by CYVADER View Post
    I actually really enjoy heemstra and think he does a fine job. Different strokes I guess. Yes there are always a few that bore me, but how many different pix can he do without becoming redundant. We only have so many landmarks. Campanile, Lancelot and Elaine, marston water tower, Catt hall, and beardshear.
    Personally, I want a reminder of my days at ISU. Give me a picture of a classroom with a "Smoking is no longer allowed in classrooms" sticker on the chalkboard, 4 white cinderblock walls, and no windows.


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    Re: I received my alumni calendar in the mail today.

    I like most of the photos on the calendar, although there are usually a few I don't prefer. The buildings, the seasons, the campus - I think they usually get it pretty well.



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    Re: I received my alumni calendar in the mail today.

    Quote Originally Posted by SCarolinaCy View Post
    I received my alumni calendar in the mail today.

    Ok, A gentleman by the name of" .........Heemstra has been the principal photographer for the ISU calendar since 1992."

    IMO these calendar photos this year and most years past are pathetic. How this person has continued to be the "...photographer.." for 24 years is beyond belief. I believe it is systematic of the bigger problem at ISU. Someone, somehow gets a job, gets on the payroll,,,,,,,,,,and the taxpayer continues to pay for his incompetence.

    High school classes, continuing ed classes, grade school classes,,,given the opportunity could easily do better.


    Is there anyone out there that can say, "yes, these photos are the best. We deserve to keep this person on the payroll."


    Is there anyone, any person?"
    Sorry partner --- Think you are off base with this one.



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    Re: I received my alumni calendar in the mail today.

    Hate to criticize a non-public figure behind his back, but I have to say that I agree. The photos could be better, and more varied. And yes, I think I sometimes can do better than what's on the calendar. For example, I took these in 2012, and I am very much an amateur photographer:

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    Of course, the one from Beardshear Hall is "tweaked" and I suppose people would complain that it is too "arty" or a sacrilege to alter any photograph of campus.

    That said, it would be nice at least to see a few faces (yes, I realize that gets into a whole "permissions" debacle), some more of the art/statues on campus, and some more interiors.

    Oh yes, while I have your attention, here's one of my favorites of the batch taken on campus, although probably not very ISU-Specific. It's two bicycles making out outside Ross Hall.

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    So, yeah, the Alum calendar might need some new blood or at least some new insight.



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    Re: I received my alumni calendar in the mail today.

    So Porcyne, half of your pics could have been taken in Pella.
    And while we are criticizing photos, only a sick mind would see "two bicycles making out". You may be better off shooting porn.



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    Re: I received my alumni calendar in the mail today.

    Heemstra does a fine job, IMO, and does get some interesting shots that are more contemporary and show bits of student life. The shots that don't try to capture the entire subject are often my favorite. Haven't seen this years calendar, but I'm sure it is in the same vein.



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