Been shooting since I could walk!

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the APUG Community' started by Nelson, Jan 11, 2012.

  1. Nelson

    Nelson Member

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    Hello everyone! I just joined this site since I have a renewed interest in analog photography. I used to work with my mother (a professional photographer) in the darkroom when I was tiny, even took some neat shots and made some good prints! The past few years, I've experimented with various BW films, papers, color C-41, color slide, even some medium format, and eventually moved into digital. While I still shoot digital quite a bit, I've decided I was happier with what I used to do in the darkroom, so I'm getting back into shooting film, especially B&W.

    My camera is a Canon AE-1 that has served me well for years! It gets squeaky every once in a while and goes in for repair, but otherwise, I'm very happy with it. Lately I've been using Tri-X 400 (because I had a 100ft roll in the freezer) and Rodinal (R09, actually). I still have some Kodak RC paper, so I've been printing on that.

    I don't have a darkroom at home, but I work at a public school (in the business office), and they are glad to let me use the high school darkroom. The high school darkroom is a much nicer space than I could ever build at home, so I'm not even considering setting up a darkroom of my own!

    -Nelson
     
  2. Jeff Kubach

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    Hello Nelson and a warm welcome to APUG. I hope you enjoy being here.

    Jeff
     
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    Welcome to APUG!
     
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    Nelson - hello and welcome to APUG from western Massachusetts.
     
  5. Perry Way

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    Welcome Nelson.

    I agree with respect to the love of the craft. These days it seems that only the love keeps the analog processes rolling along, so it should be something you enjoy or there's no point in it. Well, at least how it works out in my mind.

    I shoot mostly large format but I do have a Canon A1, and it's a squeaker. Have you thought about lubricating your shutter yourself? I looked into that but then I have so many cameras I don't see the point to fix the squeaker since it gets used like once a year at best...

    Keep coming back and don't give up! It's nice to see new blood around here!

    Perry
     
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    Welcome to Apug! I see you're already a subscriber, so post in the gallery and frequent the chatroom often!
     
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    Hello Nelson and welcome to APUG.
     
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    Welcome to APUG Nelson!
     
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    Welcome, Nelson, from Australia, and I'm sure you will be amazed by how much you can learn from APUG. You are very lucky having access to a darkroom, but never rule out the possibility of some time building your own home darkroom.
     
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    Welcome to APUG!
    Henry.
     
  11. Nelson

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    Thanks everyone!

    As for the squeak, I've never tried repairing it myself, but next time it starts squeaking, I may look into doing it myself. I have always made sure that as soon as it becomes a problem, I stop using the camera until I can have it repaired. I never continue to use it when it squeaks.