Friday, November 05, 2004

Lifesize Fish Photos..."Why didn't I think of this?"

As the website says ..."No more little pictures. Show off your BIG ONES."

I was just over on the Heartland Outdoorsman forum and came across a refereance to a site called Customfish.com and I must admit when I first saw it I thought it was another fiberglass/graphite mount maker. But no. These folks take your photos and blow them up - using the technology of digital imagery and large format printing. And I do mean BLOW THEM UP!

Catch a 52" Muskie? Well, don't demean that brusier with a miserly, little, 4x6-squintgraph of him (or her) - have the folks at Customfish.com print you out a LIFE SIZE photo of your whopping big fish!

Now I know what you're thinking, "Aw shoot! That'd be great. But, hells-bells, I can't afford that!" And if we were to time-shift backwards about 20 years .. I'd agree with you .. in spades!! But today, that's an entirely different matter. You can have that big full-size puppy printed and mounted -ready to dispaly on your bathroom wall .. or Hey ! - make it your bathroom wall!! - for less than your kids' last two video games! And believe me, you'll get a lot more pleasure out of that photo than listening to the racket from the 'video game room' !!


I've been involved in the field of photography and graphic arts a long time ... Why, when I started we had to own turkeys to have pens! ... so, I know a few things about this process. This is an investment - not a cost. Here's another point to ponder - and possibly the best reason there is for having these folks make you a big print - this is not as much about a 'picture' as it is about producing an outstanding record of your participation in the Outdoor Heritage. This is something that you will pass on to your kids: both the print and the knowledge of how to do this themselves. And even if the image fades in 20 years or so, the marvels of technology allow you to have another one made - just like it - for .. well, shoot - by then it'll be a lot less and besides, who knows what they'll have going then!!

So - rummage through your photos, slides and yes, even video footage - see what you have that you'd love to hang on your wall at LIFE SIZE .. or BIGGER !!

How about Johnny's first bluegill? Or, Amy's first bass? Even your lovely wife's first trout.. or maybe it would be that really neat photo you took of her curled up on that rock, in the afternoon sun, reading a book, just before you fished that sweet, little run - just one-more-time ..?

Shoot Why NOT! ...Let's just head on outside-the-box and look at Jakes first duck retrieve or the time the goose beat the snot out of him as he drug it - faithfully - back to you? Or how about the deer hunt, or maybe that turkey hunt or that cariboo in .... Yessiree, I do belive you've warmed-to-it and are gettin' the idea!

No go do something about it.

For sure, there's holidays, birthdays, and rememberin'-days galore - upon us and all around us. So get going to the link below. And have a great time remembering those precious moments afield or on the water participating, in the wonders of our Outdoor Heritage, each time you look at your LIFE SIZE print.


[ "Welcome to customfish.com! New this season are Life Size Trophy Prints. Relive your moment of glory at actual size."www.customfish.com ]


A. O'fieldstream

PS. I have no association or affiliation with Customfish.com whatsoever. I'm not even a satisfied customer. I bring this to you as information and nothing more. I WILL, however, check them out and let you know WHAT I FIND in an upcoming issue. How's that?




Thursday, November 04, 2004

Blogging on an 'Outdoor Roll' ...

Take note of the lineup - forming to the left - of O'fieldstream's Blogroll. Also NOTE the addition of the XML link to this blog. Click it and subscribe to O'fieldstream's Blog ... you'll be getting a lot more than you realize: NOT JUNK though!

God don't make no junk - and we don't send no junk!


I'll be adding more site-links each day. So return often to subscribe to the new listings. Please, do yourself a big favor - visit these sites! Among them are veteran outdoor writers who have produced high-quality, dependable, rock-solid, credible information, that is also a good read, for years. Others will be by amateur and veteran alike. ALL of them are enjoyable and are chosen to provide a balanced point of view for you to become better educated in the Outdoor Heritage issues.

I've worked hard to educate each and every one of the owners/authors - of these links - to the benefits of blogging and the use of the eSyndication tools. It's not been an easy sell. And none has really hit the pay-dirt on it yet. But the pay-off in quality writing and reading - easily accessible ONLINE - is definitely a 'gold mine'.

As the old saw says, " ... to those who persevere, rich rewards will come." I honestly believe this .. even in the cynical times in which we live. 'Keep an open and positive mind', was one of my father's favorite admonitions. 'Absorb and learn all you can. BECOME INFORMED ', was one of his favorite aphorisms. He would tell me, " .. this is the only way the 'prepared mind' has a chance of taking advantage of life - to the fullest - when serendipity strolls by." Dad was a pretty sharp cookie'; right up there with the likes of Louis Pasteur, who is credited with saying, "Chance favors the prepared mind". I sure do miss Dad these days. But I am so thankful he gave me these bits of the 'puzzle of life' to live with. He also passed on to me the knowledge of our Outdoor Heritage.

Take steps to insure you're a building link for Outdoor Heritage, yourself -- PASS IT ON.

Read them and enjoy. Be sure to drop them some comments on their pages. And if you like the tips- drop me a line, too. Everyone likes to know how they are doing in the sight of their audience.

Good day to you all ... more to come from the source of Outdoor Heritage information, so stay tuned.

A. O'fieldstream

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Who Owns the Waters ...

Mike Clifford (Heartland Outdoorsman) has posted an intersting treatise on the topic of water resource ownership, entitled, "Who Owns the Rivers". The information answers questions about river ownership, use and conservation. Here is the basic tenor of the piece:

Following are answers to frequently-asked questions about federal law regarding public ownership, use, and conservation of rivers. Note that this is a general discussion, and is not a substitute for legal counsel on a specific river issue! State law in a particular state may modify some of the following. Questions and answers are now in preparation for various states, and will be posted in the River Registry department of this web site as soon as they are ready. The following information, which is part of a continuing project of research and publishing about river law, is made possible by the generosity of the members of the National Organization for Rivers.

Meanwhile .. read it. I'll warn you, it's long. It is, however, very well written [detailed -VERY] and IS straight from the law concerning 'ownership' of water ways in the United States.

This is good information to know. Waterways are KEY ELEMENTS in understanding and preserving our Outdoor Heritage. Learn as much as you can about how to PROTECT - CONSERVE - and RESTORE them - in your area - and around our great country.

A.O'fieldstream ...


Test your skills ...

From Mike Clifford - owner & moderator of the Hearland Outdoorsman Forum - comes and interesting twist on testing your ability to judge speed and distance .. ie, hitting an object x- distance away, with and object traveling n-speed. And Mike's spawned an interesting tweek to his challenge. Take a look and give it a try ... it grows on you.

Practice your skills, or just see how long it takes you to figure out the correct parameters to hit a moving object........
http://www.sc.ehu.es/sbweb/fisica/cinematica/parabolico/composicion/composicion.htm

A. O'fieldstream ...





Tuesday, November 02, 2004

First Edition: O'fieldstream's Blog on BLOGGER

Well .. here we are on BLOGGER. We exist now on four (4) blogging platforms .. so we should be able to get the 'word' on OUTDOOR HERITAGE out to more people now.

There is a lot more to say .. but that will wait for a while. This is the TEST PUBLISH.

See y'all on the trails ...

A. O'fieldstream