A Lost Sheep Returns to the Fold

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the APUG Community' started by shimon-shapiro, Mar 9, 2011.

  1. shimon-shapiro

    shimon-shapiro Member

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    * Started photography at the age of 11, B&W 120 film, box camera found in
    grandparents attic
    * First film developed shortly after
    * Apprenticed as a portrait/wedding photographer at age 16
    Started working while attending high-school at age 17
    * First color film (C-22, E-3, E-4) and color printing (trays) at age 20
    * Worked as wedding photographer since age 21
    * Built Dichroic color head conversions for Leica Focomat at age 23
    * Opened own photo lab at age 24
    * Attended school and worked as photo technician, supervisor, manager
    starting at age 26
    * Specialized in corrective techniques (masking, separation, etc.),
    mural printing (30"x40" and larger), dye transfer, dye transfer over standard
    color prints
    * Built computer systems for process control, workflow management, business
    for large custom labs. This concluded a fifteen yeas career in the Photography
    industry
    * Spent the next 25 years specializing in computer engineering;
    worked on parallel systems, RDBMS internals, O/S internals, storage systems,
    distributed systems
    * Fell ill, forced into retirement
    * Re-ignited interest in photography, developed keen dislike to the immature
    nature of digital photography
    * Current cameras: Nikon F3, Bronica S2, various lenses
    * Substituted digital printing for darkroom due to physical and financial
    limitations
    * Scanning on Nikon Coolscan scanners
    * Currently working on tuning several ink-jet printers (Epson 1900, Artisan 725,
    HP 6500) and rapidly gaining detailed insight into the subject
    * Current film; various Vision2 and Vision3 film processed in genuine ECN-2 kit
    chemicals - unbelievably beautiful results!
    * Working on: Open Source iT8.7 target, tight calibration of printers on Linux,
    Color Conversion tools, Documenting methodology for ICN-2 processing in small
    tanks, portrait photography, various accessories to adapt incompatible or
    dicontinued hardware; battery belt for F3 motor drive, SB-16 strobe,
    revolutionary lighting systems, and more...

    I reside in the SE USA, with my large family, many cats and a dog.

    Simon
     
  2. M.A.Longmore

    M.A.Longmore Subscriber

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    Welcome Home Simon !
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  3. chioque

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    Warm welcome to APUG. Wow with that kind of CV.... I'm so not worthy :smile:

    BTW, do you still keep the Dichroic head you built for the Focomat? Quite interesting read if care to share.
     
  4. Jeff Kubach

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    Welcome to APUG, Simon! You sure do have a lot of experience!

    Jeff
     
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    Yet another IT type joins the fold.... Welcome! You are among friends here.

    #include stdgreeting.h

    age 7 - built his own soldering iron from a kit... hehe
     
  6. Mats_A

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    Welcome to APUG!

    Yes we nerds sure seems to love the analogue world :laugh:

    r

    Mats
     
  7. amac212

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    What a fabulous history you have. One of the greatest aspects of taking a leave of absence from film is the utter exhilaration and appreciation we feel at the smallest of details. Enjoy :smile:
     
  8. lxdude

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    That's some CV.

    You're hired! :D
     
  9. papagene

    papagene Membership Council Council

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    Simon - hello and welcome to APUG.
     
  10. Chazzy

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    Welcome to APUG, Simon.
     
  11. Christopher Walrath

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    This just in. APUG reopens as Simonland. :wink:

    Wow, that was indeed a mouthful. Welcome. Looking forward to hearing from you.
     
  12. Tony Egan

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    A warm welcome to apug. I think I may have made a pretend sword by badly nailing a stick to a piece of roofing iron cut with tin-snips at about age 7. Yep, not really a technical guy. I'm sure you will bring a lot to share with us all here and over at DPUG also.
     
  13. Sirius Glass

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    Welcome to the Dark Slide!

    Steve
     
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    Welcome home! Look forward to see your work.