The funny thing is, ripster thinks he is an ace photographer, but he inherently isn't. In the meantime, me and sixty are lousy amateur photographers, but could be very good ones if we would put our mind and budget to it. Even our amateur pictures are better than his technically superior pictures. Reminds me of shows like x-factor and such. Lots of technically fine singers, they can hit the high notes, the low notes, control their voices. And they don't have it, and never will, and just bore the hell out of you. Similarly, any idiot can buy an expensive camera and read a book about how to take pictures with the right white balance and such. Two things you can never learn, and these are composition and linearity. You gotta have an eye for it. If you don't, you just take all pictures from the same boring perspective and they all look like technical pictures from a parts catalog. Even if you throw lego at them.
Let me prove my point in pictures.
Picture by self-proclaimed pro. Booooooring.
Picture by amateur. The white balance is probably wrong. But has composition and linearity. Much more exiting!