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Comments on this portfolio:

Paul Greenwood , October 15, 2004; 12:16 P.M.

Great folder Sam

Was interesting to look through...had fun...very diversified with lotta nice pics...wonder how long it would take to frame all these?? (haha?)

Sam Bal , October 18, 2004; 01:27 A.M.


That would take ages;-)) Thanks for your interest!

Brian Atondo , October 19, 2004; 02:45 P.M.

Lots of nice shots, fun to look at.

Leann Greene , November 18, 2004; 04:18 A.M.

Very fun to look through..checking them out a little at a time.

Lee Jianmin , November 24, 2004; 04:08 A.M.

Thank you Sam, I found great privilege to be here.What an enjoyment and thanks for visiting my portfolio too.Let's continue this wonderful journey of photography. Remember to smile every day.Hehehe....

Sam Bal , November 25, 2004; 02:27 A.M.

Brian, Leann, & Spencer, Thank you very much for enjoying my photos!

Nikki Stevens , November 30, 2004; 01:33 A.M.


wow, excellent portfolio, very pleasing to look through, everytime I found my favourite another popped up! congrats....

Alton Earle , November 30, 2004; 03:57 A.M.

Good portfolio, however, I'll get to the REAL reason for this comment. I absolutely LOVE your portrait on your member page! I burst out laughing and had to traslate the sign into Chinese for our office staff...now we have a room full of chuckling people :-D.

I'll comment later on the portfolio when I have more time (I don't do critter pictures, but like them. Most of the critters I run across in Taiwan bite and/or are poisonous :-) ).

Sam Bal , November 30, 2004; 12:46 P.M.


Alton, that's remote control: to let a room full of people, at the other side of the world, laugh! One cannot laugh enough. Critters: as you can see, I've specialized in normally non-stinging/biting/sucking critters ;-) Thanks very much for your story.

Sam Bal , November 30, 2004; 12:47 P.M.

Nikki, I pleased to read your comments. Thanks very much!

Arnab Banerjee , December 03, 2004; 01:25 P.M.

Sam, Your portfolio reminds me why I come back to this site often and why I should keep doing so in future. Good to see diverse photographic talents and opportunity to learn from everyone. Keep shooting man..

Sam Bal , December 04, 2004; 04:10 A.M.

Arnab, thanks very much for appreciating my photos. Yes, I'll keep on shooting!

Gareth Davies , December 08, 2004; 03:51 P.M.

Its people like you ...

That make me subscribe to PN! You have a very varied portfolio, yet manage to be proficient in many different categories. You have a good eye and plenty of natural talent. There are plenty of shots to provide inspiration to beginners like myself.

Thank you for this window to your world

Sam Bal , December 09, 2004; 06:21 A.M.

Gareth, thank you very much for your kind words. I'm highly pleased you are appreciating my efforts to photographically document what I see around me, wherever I am. From the sort of twilight zone, at 52 degrees North, where I usually live these years, to the well-lighted equatorial zone & beyond. Cheers! Sam.

Charlotte Aberg , December 13, 2004; 01:30 P.M.

hi hi i just love your self portrait!

Sam Bal , December 14, 2004; 03:31 A.M.

Charlotte, thanks! At least, that does not hurt me ;-)

Arie Baba , February 06, 2005; 12:42 P.M.

Thanks for your comments about my aquarelle-like light. You did some nice Holland shooting too. Were are you from? You have trafeled a lot.

Sam Bal , February 07, 2005; 12:24 P.M.

Arie, Thanks for your appreciation of my Holland shots.Originally, I'm an Amsterdammer. However, nowadays, I'm mostly somewhere else. Cheers, Sam.

Maurizio Guarino , February 11, 2005; 03:19 P.M.


The world in a Portfolio! Your portfolio deserves a long stop! Fantastic!!!!!!!! A risentirci - Maurizio

Sam Bal , February 12, 2005; 04:22 A.M.

Maurizio, thank you very much for your appreciation. It's good to know other people enjoy my photographs. Yes indeed, it'll take a bit of time to see them all. Cheers, Sam.

Duncan Bowers , April 11, 2005; 04:44 A.M.

Great work Sam, especially Germany - Icicles & Other Solid Water Formations and New Zealand mountains.. a real pleasure-trip for the viewer.

Sam Bal , April 11, 2005; 03:01 P.M.

Duncan, it's always good to notice there's someone out there enjoying your photos. Thanks very much for revealing to me the one's you've really appreciated. Cheers, Sam.

Alan Kolnik , April 16, 2005; 08:48 P.M.

I'm really glad I finally saw your folder - too many excellent images to comment on each individually, and as a whole, a testament to a great feel for color and composition.

Hector Brandan , April 17, 2005; 01:31 A.M.


Excellent portfolio Sam, very complete, Congratulations, greetings, Hector

Sam Bal , April 20, 2005; 02:43 A.M.

Thanks a lot!

Alan and Hector, receiving verbal compliments is more rewarding than those rather abstract & often moody ratings one so often receives without any explanantions. Thanks very much for expression your appreciation. Cheers, Sam.

Maurizio Guarino , May 09, 2005; 03:31 P.M.


Avevo voglia di fare un giro per il mondo, e sono venuto a sfogliare il tuo PORTFOLIO!!!! Ciao.

Sam Bal , May 11, 2005; 12:29 P.M.


that sounds like music to me ! Armchair travelling.... Thanks & cheers, Sam.

Derrald Farnsworth-Livingston , May 12, 2005; 01:40 P.M.

Nice extensive portfolio. I love the animals, so expressive and lively!

Carlo Torres , May 13, 2005; 08:07 A.M.


Wow! That was exhausting...not because of lot's of wonderful photo but because i felt like a well traveled man...heehee...beautiful places and beautiful animals. Thank you for sharing them and being part of PN.

Sam Bal , May 13, 2005; 01:00 P.M.

Derrald and Carlo, thanks very much for browsing through my portfolio and expressing your great appreciation. Cheers, Sam.

Gino Tumbarello , May 25, 2005; 06:27 P.M.


tanks for a comment! grazie!

Timothy Hicks , July 26, 2005; 02:46 P.M.

After reviewing the hundreds of wonderful photos in your portfolio Sam, I feel like I have been all those places too. Thanks for the show.

Also thanks for the comment.

Sam Bal , July 28, 2005; 01:05 A.M.


Thanks for your appreciation of my photos. I think the following lyrics, part of the French chanson 'Le Voyage' by Charles Aznavour, is also covering my life as a photographer: "Je voyage, je voyage, vers les lieux benis de ma vie - de voyage en voyage, a travers erreurs et acquis - sans bagage, par images, par le reve et par la pensee - de voyage en voyage, sur les vagues de mon passe." Cheers, Sam.

Sriram Varadarajan , July 30, 2005; 05:37 P.M.

Thank you..

For commenting on one of my pictures "The bicycle"...drew me to your vast and diverse portfolio...I hope to visit again and enjoy the diversity you present.

Sam Bal , July 31, 2005; 12:05 A.M.

Sriram, you're most welcome. Being an avid cyclist myself, I was drawn to your capture of such a two-wheeler. Thanks very much for your kind comment. Cheers, Sam.

Aleks T. , August 01, 2005; 06:51 A.M.

Great pictures. I really had fun. Congratulations!

Sam Bal , August 05, 2005; 03:01 A.M.


Thanks a lot! Cheers, Sam

Domenico Zavattolo , August 07, 2005; 08:30 A.M.

very very nice portfolio! congratulations.

Sam Bal , August 09, 2005; 12:33 A.M.

Domenico, thanks very much for your comments and appreciation of my photos. Cheers, Sam.

Jill Placey , August 19, 2005; 11:58 P.M.

Wow, you certainly are well traveled and have a stunning portfolio to show for it. It's very inspiring to see someone so talented in shooting all sorts of different sights and subjects. Great work!

Sam Bal , August 20, 2005; 03:01 P.M.

Jill, with pleasure I've read your comments. Thanks very much for your admiration. Cheers, sam.

Maria Bostenaru , August 25, 2005; 01:00 A.M.


Hi Sam,

I am suprised to read you are from Amsterday - I somehow had the impression you are from Australia ...

You travelled indeed very much. Have you tried to write travel stories for the respective section of photo.net?

cheers Maria

Sam Bal , August 25, 2005; 07:48 A.M.

Hi Maria, wasn't that a real surprise?! I'm writing a lot - but only for folks I know. As such, I know what they're interested in & how they could possibly react. Often, my kind of wry/black humor cannot be endured by everyone. Thanks for your comment & query. Cheers, Sam.

Manu Poelmans , September 03, 2005; 12:36 P.M.

Superb portfolio, just a wonderfull trip around the world. Great work.

Sam Bal , September 04, 2005; 08:14 A.M.

Manu, nice meeting you here. Thanks for expressing your appreciation for my travails & travels. Cheers, Sam.

James Meyer , September 04, 2005; 08:34 A.M.

Great work!

Hi Sam, I enjoyed digging through your many photos here, you have wonderful talent. I also wanted to tell you thanks for having that Oscar Wilde quote in your bio. As I look through the portfolios of everyone on this site, I find myself wondering what on Earth people want to look at, and why they're drawn to it. Reading this quote and wandering through your work has reminded me to do whatever the hell I want for my own reasons and artistic license, and everyone else with their nay-saying opinions can go take a running jump. Thank you again. James

Sam Bal , September 04, 2005; 09:20 A.M.

James, I'm pleased in having been instrumental to you in finally seeing the light! Thanks very much for your kind comments & great appreciation, also on the photo taken in springtime Grindelwald. Cheers, Sam.

Kaushik Chatterjee , September 04, 2005; 10:33 A.M.

Master of colors...

Just found you! Wonderful, inspirational work. Quality to aspire to. Thank you for your comment on my photo and hoping to be in touch afterall its always better to be in touch with the Masters......Rgds.

Sam Bal , September 05, 2005; 07:58 A.M.

Kaushik, I'm so much honored & delighted by your kind comments. Thanks very much indeed. Cheers, Sam.

Daniela Ihrig , November 15, 2005; 04:18 P.M.

Is there any part of the world you don`t have visited?? :-) Your Amsterdam pictures remebered me on this summer, I also spent some days there... nice city...and you have taken some nice photos, not only from Amsterdam! Daniela

Sam Bal , November 17, 2005; 01:31 A.M.

Daniela, what about the North & South Poles? Thanks very much for your appreciation of my portfolio. Cheers, Sam.

Daniela Ihrig , November 17, 2005; 10:16 A.M.

what about the North & South Poles?

Are you planning travelling there?! ;-)

Sam Bal , November 17, 2005; 09:46 P.M.

Daniela, I dunno. Sometimes I find myself in strange places without too much planning :-)) Thanks for your interest. Cheers, Sam.

Pnina Evental , November 19, 2005; 12:34 P.M.


You touch the world around you, and it is huge and diverse, and beautiful. As it is my passion too I enjoyed "traveling" with you in places I was not there yet... thanks for an interesting and skilled voyage. Pnina

Sam Bal , November 20, 2005; 07:55 A.M.

Pnina, I'm delighted you like some of the visual impressions of my travels & observations of the world around me.You've got also a very good portfolio deserving contemplating. Thanks very much for your appreciation. Cheers, Sam.

Sam Bal , March 05, 2006; 10:02 P.M.

Andrija, thanks very much for your appreciation & kind comments. It's a pleasure sharing some of my views of the world with others like you. Cheers, Sam.

niksa soric , March 22, 2006; 06:49 A.M.

niksa soric

Your portfoglio is truly soulful.Great Dutch mentality! P.S.Thank you for critique! niksa

Sam Bal , March 24, 2006; 11:00 P.M.

Niksa, thanks very much for your kind comments. Apparently,oOnce a Dutchman, always a Dutchman, whatever the distance away from home!. Cheers, Sam.

Neil Murray , March 31, 2006; 01:32 A.M.

Sam, what an astounding portfolio; both for its breadth of subject matter and for its for its quality of photographs. I can't believe how many birds, animals, landscapes, coastlines and other facets of Australia you have recorded so well. Good on you. It's a credit to you.

I have just begun to photograph and record the wildlife in my little neck of the woods, Phillip Island. But I have a long way to go. Your portfolio has inspired me to get a move on.

Best wishes and keep up the good work. Regards, Neil

Sam Bal , March 31, 2006; 02:28 A.M.

Hi Neil, it's very pleasing to read that I've inspired you. Australia has tons of photogenic landscapes, animals & other features, bathing in that fantastic light we don't have in old Europe. Your Aussie sports photos are really good & also very colourful. Keep on shooting mate! Cheers, Sam.

Francisco Ribeiro do Vale , April 02, 2006; 10:18 A.M.

Great Portifolio

Sam, your portifolio is wonderful. Your photos around the world are very nice. Congratulations. Thanks for your comments in my portifolio.

Sam Bal , April 04, 2006; 06:04 P.M.

Francisco, thanks very much for telling me you've enjoyed the photos in my portfolio. Cheers, Sam.

Daria Barteneva , April 08, 2006; 09:31 P.M.

I love your portofolio! I already for 1 hour seeing your photos!!! It just great, I feel like I visit half of world in last hour! :))) Thank you very much for sharing this part of your life!

Nicole Cimon , April 09, 2006; 02:54 P.M.

Lovely portfolio ! You have so many very good images. I will have to come back since there are to many to appreciate in one sitting. One that caught my eye from the beginning is in your flower folder in which you have a huge number of sunflowers, very nice. I will be coming back. Regards, Nicole

Sam Bal , April 09, 2006; 06:09 P.M.

Daria, it's very nice to read your comment & be made aware of your enthusiasm for my photos. Thanks very much! Cheers, Sam.

Sam Bal , April 09, 2006; 06:11 P.M.

Nicole, the nice thing about sunflowers is: they all look into the same direction & let themselves be photographed in an orderly fashion ;-) Thanks you very much for your kind comments on my portfolio. Cheers, Sam.

Terri L. , April 25, 2006; 02:21 A.M.

I'm so glad I stopped by here. The coastlines and landscapes are wonderful, and I loved the Not for the Faint of Heart folder! Must have taken quite awhile to accumulate all these - so much variety of locations and subjects

Sam Bal , April 28, 2006; 05:23 A.M.

Terri, thanks for your comments & appreciation. I'm trying to keep my eyes open all the time & it's so amazing what is out there to be seen & recorded. Cheers, Sam.

Bevan Stuart Ward , May 03, 2006; 10:14 P.M.

Amazing collection

Sam you have an awesome collection of great photos. I have only had a brief look but will be returning to see more.

You commented thoughtfully on one of my landscape shots, thanks

Take care Bevan

Sam Bal , May 04, 2006; 12:10 A.M.

Bevan, thanks a lot for your kind comments. Cheers, Sam.

Maurizio Moro , May 07, 2006; 06:03 P.M.

from italy1

Dear Sam, you have a wonderful portfolio! ...wonderful, very rich and varied: I love it very much! Do you know Italy?...I don't have seen photos of my country in your very interesting work (only fashion in Italy...). We are waiting for your camera! Ciao, Maurizio.

Sam Bal , May 12, 2006; 12:24 A.M.

Maurizio, thanks very much for your kind comments. There are three Italian photo's hidden in the collection: in the folder NotForTheFainthearted: the viagra/red pepper picture & a funny translation; then, in the Single Photos folder, a sunset shot at Tropea, where you can see the smoking Stromboli. I still do have a lot of Italy photos & might upload them at a later date. Thanks again & cheers! Sam.

Dan Stefan , May 12, 2006; 12:35 P.M.

Amazing works of a great man

Sam Bal , your great portofolio help people to enjoy olso ,to know nice places and things from all over the world . Congratulations for your work . My Best regards ! Dan Stefan

Maurizio Moro , May 13, 2006; 01:31 A.M.

from an Italian friend!

Dear Sam, thanks for your comment on my country and...on my photos!Ciao. see you again, Maurizio.

Sam Bal , May 13, 2006; 02:25 A.M.


thank you so much for your too kind comments! Cheers, Sam.

Albinas Balzekas , May 28, 2006; 03:35 P.M.


Your self-portrait - wonderful. Your photo are very interesting and original. At you - a hand of the professional.

pascale riches , June 07, 2006; 02:57 P.M.

Thank you

Thanks for your comments on my pictures... Its always good for me, because I want to learn so much. Your portfolio is incredible... You have traveled so much!!! I cant tell you which picture is my favorite... they are so many of them. so diversified!!! I love all the macro... Great portfolio! I will keep looking for more of your photos! Regards Pascale

philip gleeson , June 09, 2006; 06:36 A.M.

great folio

its a pleasure to find a folio that you can really aspire to, It looks well travelled and photographed, well done

Sam Bal , June 09, 2006; 10:22 A.M.

Pascale, it's so good to get positive feedback. Thanks very much. Cheers, Sam.

Sam Bal , June 09, 2006; 01:43 P.M.

Philip, as luck would have it, I often found myself in interesting places with lots of time available & a camera at hand. Thanks very much for your kind comments & appreciation. Cheers, Sam.

Therese Micheletto , June 26, 2006; 12:26 A.M.

Amazing Portfolio

Just Incredible! I found your work so inspiring and breathtaking! Thanks for Sharing! Therese

Sam Bal , June 27, 2006; 02:59 P.M.

Therese, it's always good to know someone out there appreciates your work! Thanks very much for your apprecation. Cheers, Sam.

Roy Wangsa , July 04, 2006; 09:56 A.M.

Great Collections!!

Sam, you have amazing portfolio, I cant imagine how long it will take for me to capture those fantastic images you have here... Amazing.

Sam Bal , July 05, 2006; 04:34 A.M.

Roy, thanks very much for your kind comments - and give yourself another 50 years... ;-) Cheers, Sam.

Chun Chung Lee , August 14, 2006; 10:34 A.M.

Stick Insect

Hi, thanks for taking a look at my pics. Its actually a kind of stick insect. DOn't really know exactly what species.

Joan Newhall , August 21, 2006; 09:23 A.M.

Hi Sam,

I have decided to spend a couple days just checking out your portfolio. What I have viewed is wonderful.

Sam Bal , August 25, 2006; 01:58 P.M.

Hi Joan, I'm very pleased to read you've enjoyed looking through my portfolio. Thanks very much for your kind comments. Cheers, Sam.

Emily Alkema , September 26, 2006; 03:59 P.M.


Well my country is very present in this great portfolio Sam. What a job to fill this album with many different pictures from everywere.. Thanks, Emily

Sam Bal , September 27, 2006; 11:55 P.M.

Emily, some of the earlier photos (Africa) date back from the late '60s. Then there's a big gap till the end of the '80s / early '90s, when first scanning & then digital photography made photographing life much easier. In the meantime, I really got fed up with colour prints as many laboratories turned out all sorts of colours, but not the ones I thought I captured. As I'm originally an Amsterdammer, there's a lot of that yet rather difficult to photograph city (narrow streets) in my portfolio. As I've travelled a lot for work, & now still travel for pleasure, there are photos from many parts of the world. Thanks very much for your comments & appreciation. Cheers, Sam.

Emily Alkema , October 07, 2006; 06:35 P.M.

Hallo Sam uit Amsterdam,

Thanks for the story about your roots in the Low Lands. Zeker verwachtte ik een reden voor je grote belangstelling en waardering van ons kleine landje. Je merkt dat ik verwacht dat je nog nederlands spreekt. Maybe I'm wrong. Have a good time in Holland next visit and in the mean time we make some pictures for you.Een rood-wit-blauwe groet, Emily

Sam Bal , October 09, 2006; 01:57 A.M.

Hi Emily, no you're not wrong, I still speak Hooghaarlemmerdijks. Thanks very much for your comments. Cheers, Sam.

An Deceuninck , November 22, 2006; 07:11 P.M.

Dag Sam, Proficiat met je portfolio! Zoals een voorganger zei, dit zal enkele dagen duren om alles op het gemak te bekijken en te genieten! Bedankt!! Eventjes dacht ik Zeebrugge te zien op een meeuwenfoto, maar da zal we niet! (my hometown-allez, Knokke-Belgi멠Enfin, je ziet dat de foto's gemaakt zijn met hart en ziel, bedankt om ons te laten meegenieten, An

Sam Bal , November 23, 2006; 11:05 P.M.

An, thanks very much for your nice comments. I've written some words on your portfolio site. Cheers, Sam.

Pascal Agneray , December 02, 2006; 11:47 P.M.

You have one heck of a portfolio. It took me a good 10 minutes to go through it and I was going fast. I like the pictures of Fidji showing the mud patterns, the inside of that church with the organs and a sunset in New Zealand. I think you should have a folder called "my best shots" (or something catchier) where you put the quintessence of all you have. But just like you have to show all the pictures of yourself on your portrait, I have a feeling it's going to be very hard for you to do the picking. I'd try it if I were you...you have tons of great material...just a bit too much for impatient people.

Sam Bal , December 06, 2006; 10:20 P.M.

Pascal, thanks very much for your input & appreciation, comments & suggestions. Which are my best shots? I wouldn't be able to show you. The photos on the site showing my Most Rated Photos is definitely not representing the selection I could have made - if I'd wanted to. Basically, it's a random selection by PN members who've happened to be on-line when those photos were presented & who have liked to convey the result of their tastes &/or ideas, finally resulting in enough ratings for the photo to be incorporated under the heading Most Rated. So what, I would say. Perhaps some of my photos should be seen together in the folder where they are presented - the ensemble giving a better idea of my way of seeing the world around me than each individual photo. BTW I've great patience wirh impatient people ;-) It's their problem, not mine really. Thanks again & cheers! Sam.

BONNET François , December 21, 2006; 04:55 P.M.

Magnifique !!!

A great moment in your portfolio, i travel with your pictures. Very interesting to see different thing in different country. I even see Moeraki Boulders in France south Alpes and call "Pierre qui roule". Thanks for sharing...

Sam Bal , December 22, 2006; 09:00 P.M.

Bonnet, thanks for your nice comments. It's a pleasure to know you'd like to do some armchair travelling with my portfolio photos in view. Cheers, Sam.

Kenneth Fugate , December 26, 2006; 12:43 A.M.

Hello friend

I would like to wish you and your family Happy Holidays and a Good New Year! And say thank you for your support with your ratings and comments on my work over the last year. We are hoping to post some good weather photos this year. We start shooting sky photos in April thanks again for supporting my work.

Best wishes Ken Fugate Stormphoto.net

Sam Bal , December 28, 2006; 04:01 P.M.

Kenneth, same to you & wish you all the luck in capturing those twisters. Cheers, Sam.

Nina Peèar , January 02, 2007; 03:44 P.M.

Wow. Beautiful portfolio. I love your photos of the bees. But sadly it takes a century to load. : $ But realy, realy good work.

Sam Bal , January 02, 2007; 04:39 P.M.

Nina, thanks very much for your friendly comments on & appreciation of my photos . Yes, it took also about a century to take all these shots ;-) Cheers, Sam.

Trish vandenBerg , January 11, 2007; 08:02 A.M.


hello sam, with more time i will be back to look at your amazing gallery of photos......i so enjoyed my time looking.....all my best.. ~trish~

Sam Bal , January 12, 2007; 12:25 A.M.

Trish, it's amusing to read some of my photos even gave you a light attack of homesickness for Holland ;-) Thanks very much for your kind comments & interest. It takes a lot of time indeed to browse through this collection. Cheers, Sam.

Hugh Hill , January 14, 2007; 06:49 P.M.


Wow, those eye's of yours have seen some sights Sam, I think I am going to have to come back and have another sitting soon. I also really like your series of photos in your bio.


Sam Bal , January 16, 2007; 05:24 P.M.

Hugh, thank you very much for your kind comments. I've just gone through your portfolio & I'm truly very amazed at your photographic-cum-social skills. Cheers, Sam.

Reyes Flores Q. , January 22, 2007; 10:09 A.M.

Saludos desde MEXICO...

Sam thanks for your comments on one of my photos. Your portfolio is incredibly beautiful and fascinating. Stupendous job. Saludos desde Mexico.

Sam Bal , January 22, 2007; 09:51 P.M.

Reyes, thanks very much for your very kind comments. It's good to be made aware there are people who like what I'm doing. Cheers, Sam.

Pascal Agneray , January 30, 2007; 09:06 P.M.

I just read your Oscar Wilde take again (about the integrity of being an artist. About being a selfish appreciator and doer, not a pleaser) and then I read the French verses and something happened to me. You must know that I am not gay or weirded out, I have my emotional needs fully satisfied. I say that because reading what you say, seeing what you take, being in your little universe makes me feel love towards you. I do not know you by any mean but I thought I would have the boldness to admit to you that you have touched my heart in the most wonderful way. It's not embarrassing, I hope. I just love the world you have created and I am intimately convinced that you are a great and rich individual and i wanted to let you know that. That's all. Being French and living in a world where the idea that French hate Americans is promoted by the highest power and half the medias, It is powerfully refreshing and optimistic to hear someone totally going against it, truly, it is ! Thank you (for you) Sam. Pascal Agneray

Sam Bal , February 01, 2007; 05:32 P.M.

Pascal, we all have our very special ways of getting emotionally touched by images. IMO, your reaction is in accordance with recognized or accepted standards. Basically, all responses are positive, even negatively criticizing ones - no reaction at all is sheer misery & may cause loneliness. So, after reading your comments, I'm very glad to realize I'm not alone out there in seeing & photographing some aspects of the world as I do. I've gone through your portfolio & found quite a lot of images which stimulated my imagination. Thanks very much for your elaborate commentary. Cheers, Sam. P.S.: the irony of fate is that I'm a travelling Dutchman - not an American, as you seem to think. However, that is not really an important matter. Rivalries are an integral part of life ;-)

Dennis Jones , February 27, 2007; 08:59 P.M.


Not sure how I've missed stopping by your 'folio. Man, and I thought I shot a lot of pix.... Awesome skills, eye and knowledge...my hats off to ya....well done.

Sam Bal , March 01, 2007; 07:23 P.M.

Dennis, the change of seeing my portfolio is something in the order of 1 in 100 000 as there are about 100 000 pn members ;-) Thanks very much for your kind words n& appreciation. Cheers, sam.

Shweta Banerjee , March 18, 2007; 03:25 P.M.

Hi Sam

Thanks for sharing your work. Your's is one of the very lively portfolios that I've seen. Practically saw life as I see around in open world. Guess you've covered all aspects of life in this small page. I didn't even notice the amount of time I spent watching you pictures. Brilliant and very inspirational.

Sam Bal , March 20, 2007; 05:38 P.M.

Shweta, thanks so much for your very kind comments. It's a great pleasure to receive your feedback. Yes, it takes some time to view my portfolio. It also took a it of time to shoot the photos ;-) Cheers, Sam.

Brendan Hanley , March 21, 2007; 07:42 P.M.

Holy hell!

What a portfolio. I'm going to need a couple of months off to take it all in! Excellent photography and soooooo diverse! Keep shooting ... I'll be back!

Sam Bal , March 23, 2007; 04:16 A.M.

Brendan, no worries, take your time & enjoy. That's fair dinkum & also what I do when shooting leisurely everything that either moves, or sits still enough to be captured unblurred;-) Thanks very much for your interest & enthusiasm. Cheers, Sam.

Ross Yourth , March 23, 2007; 10:51 P.M.

Hi Sam

Thanks for your comment on my Archer picture.WOW !!! What an impressive portfolio, will be visiting this site many times.What I gather from my initial visit is that you are a master of the tight crop. Also copied Oscar Wild's short essay on being an artist,very illuminating.I do believe that you can study other people's work without actually copying , for example,one of the most important techniques I have learned is the importance of cropping all non essential elememts from an image. This I learned from critiques from fellow photographers & studying other photographers work.Regards-Ross

Sam Bal , March 25, 2007; 05:55 A.M.

Ross, thanks very much for your comments. Yes, it's important, but sometimes difficult, to decide what to leave out & what to keep in an image. As the photographer often is impressed by one aspect or item, others may see differnt things or put the emphasis on another aspect than he would do. Anyway, it's fun, also while you learn to see the world around you a bit better. Cheers, Sam.

Ted Gorczyca , March 26, 2007; 05:49 P.M.

great portfolio, Sam. Boy you have a lot of photos to pick from and I must say I like your landscapes. Thanks for your comment on my photo

Sam Bal , March 27, 2007; 08:11 A.M.

Ted, long periods of my life were spent in 'landscapes'. Perhaps that's why I got a bit of an eye for some of them. Thanks very much for your comments & appreciation. Cheers, Sam.

Richard Gale , April 06, 2007; 05:22 A.M.

Sam, thanks for your comments, Ill have pop back when I have more time to have good look through your folio. Rich.

Denis Lauzon , May 03, 2007; 08:28 A.M.

Wow, Wow

Sam, in your Portfolio I'm travelling with you, please keep shooting,for me it's a free ticket to travel the world. DL :O)

Sam Bal , May 08, 2007; 05:23 A.M.

Richard & Denis, thanks very much for your comments. Yes, I'll try to keep shooting whatever comes in front of my lens;-) Cheers, Sam.

Dennis Aubrey , May 24, 2007; 10:59 A.M.

Just found your portfolio, Sam ...

... and have spent the last while playing "Where's this" in your France folder. Great stuff here, I'll be back to play again.

Sam Bal , June 04, 2007; 12:55 A.M.

Dennis, I'm glad to be made aware that when I forget or am too lazy to indicate where a photo is taken, that this inaction creates a kind of agreeable puzzle to someone out there;-) Thanks very much for your critiques & comments on some of the photos I've taken in la douce France. Cheers, Sam.

Kenneth Fugate , December 03, 2007; 09:35 A.M.

Hello Friend!

Well here it is another year is passing away and we are coming into the holidays. I think time starts to go faster as we get older, it was just yesterday I wished my friends Happy Holidays and here it is again the end of a year. The holiday lights are starting to be put on some of the trees here in Dallas, we were out last night and some were lighting the trees. I wish for you all a holiday season with family and friends, after all is said and done all we have is each other.

I want all of you to know just what your comments and ratings on my work means to me, your words are my motivation, my drive to discover, to learn this art that we all love, thank you for taking time and thank you for caring about my works. At the same time thank you for letting us see your world, our lives are so much the same, we all care about our families and friends and we all share the same things, maybe someday our photos will help make for a lasting world peace. May you and your family be blessed this season.

Happy Holidays and Happy Shooting


Birte Ragland , January 28, 2008; 05:48 A.M.

You certainly get around Sam, looks by your photos you are jetsetting from one country to another with your camera.You have a fantastic gallery here with many wonderful images, been awhile since I have looked, you have added some very nice shots to it,and where to next?

Sam Bal , January 29, 2008; 11:34 A.M.

hi birte, thanks very much for your kind compliments, which I appreciate a lot, knowing your portfolio of magnificent images! During my working man's life I jet-setted in & out of more than a dozen countries & only took work-related photos of no general interest at all. I've thrown them all away shortly after I started seeing the world, my world, as my eyes & mind apparently were not any longer cluttered by rather irrelevant, work-related ideas. Since then - & the invention of digital photography-cum-computers - I haven't stopped shooting, now travelling much more slowly than before. Yeah, there's still litterally a white spot on my map: Antarctica, where I hope to be able to go in the near future. We'll see, life if full of surprises. Cheers, Sam.

Felix C. , April 01, 2008; 07:58 A.M.

Sam. Thank You for the comment. Enjoyed your photography.

Christian Aires , June 03, 2008; 12:35 P.M.

Sam Bal

You have a very nice portfolio.

I will have to wait for a sunny day and sit outside while having a orange juice and some pastries and spend a few hours looks through your photos.

Thank you for sharing such great pictures with us all.

Christian Aires

Sam Bal , June 04, 2008; 11:28 A.M.

Christian. take your time - like I did in assembling this portfolio! Thanks very much for your kind comments. Cheers, Sam.

Ross Yourth , June 07, 2008; 09:30 P.M.

Hi Sam, back for another visit.Enjoyed visiting your Organ section,very well done.Had a laugh over ,"Accient warning" in Not for the Fainthearted, expect this gentleman? would be an interesting character..Left a comment in your Rythm in Nature in the Canada section. We have something in common, at least with reference to latitude, within a couple of degrees . Cheers -Ross

Dio Campagna , June 09, 2008; 07:01 A.M.


In this portfolio there is the world! Beautiful photos. Ciao.

Sam Bal , June 12, 2008; 06:01 A.M.

Ross, welcome back again. I'm very pleased to read that one of my images made you laugh! Cheers, Sam.

Sam Bal , June 12, 2008; 06:02 A.M.

Dio, thanks very much for your enthusiasm for the images of the world as I saw it. Cheers, Sam.

Geertje Pors , July 06, 2008; 12:22 A.M.

Krijg nou wat, een Amsterdammer! En nog een wereldreiziger ook...

Hi Sam,

Wanted to let you know I sneaked in here this early sunday morning to thank you for your good advise on my beach photo. It's 2 beschuitjes and 3 cups of tea later now and I still haven't seen everything in your portfolio. So far the Australian architecture, Hong Kong and the paperwasps are my fav. I am a lizzard fan, but after one quick glance I skipped the spiders .. brrrr. Thanks for the inspiration, I'll be back for lots and lots more. Meanwhile take care and have fun! Hartelijke groet, Geertje

Sam Bal , July 07, 2008; 03:22 A.M.

Hoi Geertje, you're not alone in getting the shivers when seeing the photos my spider friends, although most of them are not (very) venomous;-) Hope you'll continue enjoying the results of my efforts to shoot everything that happens to come in front of my lens. Cheers, Sam.

Ioan Alexandru Chiru , October 26, 2008; 12:43 P.M.

Hi !

You have a monumental portfolio with nice shoots and great colours, congratulations !

Sam Bal , October 29, 2008; 06:37 A.M.

Hi Ioan, thank you very much for your kind comments & appreciation. It's a pleasure to know other people enjoy my photos too! Cheers, Sam.

Indre A (Kaunas) , November 13, 2008; 01:41 P.M.

Hello Sam,

Thanks a lot for commenting on one of my photos. I really enjoyed visiting your portfolio. So many amazing pictures... Keep up the good work!

Regards, Indre

Sam Bal , November 16, 2008; 08:57 A.M.

Hi Indre, thank you very much for your kind comments expressing your appreciation of my photos. It's always rewarding to know someone out there is enjoying the scenes. Cheers, Sam.

Ektor Coughanour , July 30, 2009; 02:57 P.M.

Sam...your work is a record and a certificate of an interesting life as an ARTIST...thank you for share.... Ektor.

Sam Bal , August 04, 2009; 02:56 P.M.

Ektor, thank you very much for your kind comments & interest in my work. The world is a series of ever-changing images. I try to record some private glimpses of these appearances. Cheers, Sam.

Umer Nizar , October 11, 2009; 10:24 A.M.

Thank You

Thank you Sam for your comment on my photo. Yours is really a different Portfolio Umer Nizar

Ananda Kumar , March 24, 2010; 10:50 A.M.

Sam Bal

I made a comment on your "Cruise ships". It was while looking at critique form and later when I red your reply I thought I should check your portfolio and came here. Well After spending nearly 45 mins here, I should say I had a world tour in just 45 mins. You have a very diverse collection of very nice composition and very good exposures. I regret about my comment now, it was pure technical which is beyond the story of what you intend to tell. BTW how come you missed India, thats one of the best country you should visit for shooting (being my country). Regards Anand

Gary Pardoe , June 14, 2010; 12:26 P.M.

hi Sam,

i love your work, especially H/K as it is a place very dear to my heart.

all the best


Bojan Dzodan , June 05, 2011; 05:59 P.M.

Thank you for support! That really means to me :)

arturo S. Flores , June 16, 2011; 08:50 P.M.

you have a wonderful collection of photos. I specially like your street photography.

Robert Jeffries , August 05, 2011; 03:59 P.M.

your tree photos

Sam I would like to make a slide show of your tree photo collection for personal use on my computer as background.  Can you accommodate this request at I higher resolution than you exhibit on photo.net.  I have downloaded quite a few of your photo.net exhibited tree photos but the are not clear enough to enjoy.  Please quote me a cost for a high resolution portfolio of just your trees. I am a big fan of the eye you have for trees.

Thank you for your consideration.

Robert Jeffries

San Diego, CA - USA


Federico Ubalde , October 18, 2011; 10:15 P.M.

Yours is the biggest, most overwhelming collection of beautiful and interesting images I have found here so far. I can't believe all the places you have visited!

I will comment further after being able to see more.

Maurizio Moro , December 15, 2012; 01:41 A.M.

From Italy!

...by me!

Sam Bal , December 21, 2012; 06:43 A.M.

season's greetings

wishing you lots of happiness & splendid photo opportunities in the coming years !
Thanks for your good wishes!

Bob McLean , February 12, 2013; 05:50 P.M.

Amsterdam is certainly the bicycle capitol of the globe Sam and you have captured this well in this portfolio. Regards. Bob

Sam Bal , March 07, 2013; 04:30 P.M.

yes, that's a valid observation, re all those bikes in Amsterdam.
Thanks very much for your kind comments on my work.

joao barros , December 09, 2015; 05:00 A.M.

Sam: Looking at your portfolio is a good way to "travel" around the world! Very nice photos, well done! Best regards!

Sam Bal , January 08, 2016; 09:15 A.M.

I'm glad you've enjoyed the experience !

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