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  1. Krzys

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    It seems that all of the photography/camera groups and seminars that Ive found in Brisbane are digital related. Does anybody know of any people/groups/clubs that focus on film and darkroom technique? I'm a pretty huge darkroom newbie and would love to know some veterans or just general folks nearby.
     
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    Hi Krzys, I am a people (not club or group) on the Gold Coast quite close to you. Cheers Michael
     
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    Howdy Krzys - I am based in Brisbane. I don't know of any groups or clubs here that are predominantly analogue, but I must admit I haven't looked very hard. Judging by the number of shops that sell pro film in Brisbane, we may be the only two buying it!
    Ian
     
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    I would much appreciate if any locals added me at canadian _ 081 @ hotmail . com for a further chat.
     
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    Hi Krzys, that might make three, ... no, four, or ... I am based in sunny Brisvagas and have other friends I regularly catch up with who use film.

    I am lucky because I work in the city and am able to find myself walking past Ted's in Adelaide St on a regular (how often before it is stalking?) basis. They carry some very useful stock on their shelves (and a fridge full of film, including bulk 35mm rolls), the staff are always helpful and they will order in anything that they can get for you if you ask ... I also have had a long-term relationship with Photocontinental at Mt Gravatt, but this is a bit of a hike for me now so don't get there nearly as often as I would like ...

    I don't have any contacts in groups who meet regularly, but I am aware that not so long ago there was a community darkroom and active group in Inala, however I am not sure if they still meet ... I have also recently become addicted to APUG's Postcard Exchange and find that this is a great way to get examples of smashing work and forces me to get out there and produce work myself ...

    boyd
     
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    Staff are complete morons at Ted's. I've never found one helpful or actually knowledgeable on the darkroom products they sell. They are all just pixel pushing desperate salesmen.
     
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    Golly Krzys, I can honestly say that I have never had that experience. In fact, staff with whom I have dealt always are more than willing to chase product and discuss alternatives etc ... indeed, I have even noticed that not all of the sales staff are men and several of them actively shoot film ... I do usually try not to go there to engage them in long conversations at lunch time because they do need to make money by selling cameras, and if I am not mistaken their biggest market is digital - I don't hold that against them and it is a legitimate way to create images ... outside these times they have always been more than willing to talk about my negatives and give me useful advise about exposure, development, technique, printing etc ... and no, I have no financial interest in the store ...

    My you, your comments in no way change the fact that they do still carry a reasonable stock of film, paper and chemicals (what does that make the staff at other stores that do not???) and I in my experience always order in all manner of stuff for a (regular) customer who asks politely ... and I would go further to say that I am grateful that they do carry film gear and take the time to track down stuff for me that they don't usually stock on their shelves, which is far more than I can say than most other stores ...
     
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    I'm just bitter because I asked for Id-11 developer and they sold me a box of replenisher which I didn't notice until a week later (promptly stored it away without thinking).:tongue:
     
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    I'm just north of Brisbane but still do a lot of B&W home processing. Just last weekend I fired up the new 6x9 enlarger I bought off ebay for a song. Awesome!

    As for clubs, I am in a local club but it's almost exclusively di***al. Shame that.

    I'm also going on outings in Brisbane via another forum where most are non-analogue shooters. It's funny to scare them with the mirror slap of my Mamiya 645E :smile:

    Be bold and set up a B&W film-only shooters outing. Then really go to town and have a film developers day! I'll be there!!!
     
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    Unfortunately for local sellers, I buy my film in bulk when I go overseas (US) for work. Saves about 70% on local costs when I buy a *slab* (50 rolls of 35mm or 20 rolls of 120) at a time.
     
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    I have had similar experiences with photo clubs in Brisbane, even to the extent of being told that I needn't bother returning as I didnt possess digital gear. I too have had no problem with Teds except that they dont stock 8x10 film, but life is like that. Apart from chemicals all of my gear is brought in from the US.

    I am in Brisbane and I shoot 8x10 and 8x20. I have 35mm but havent used it for quite a while now. In terms of processing I am trying to come to grips with vandyke and cyanotype before taking the plunge into Platinum/Palladium, but I have lots to learn first.

    If anyone is keen to get out and about shooting, let me know, I would be interested.
     
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    I am very keen indeed!
     
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    I would be keen to meet some local Apuggers - I just see a new thread has opened up on this so will respond there...
     
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    i have had similar issues in toowoomba. when i first discovered the photo club here i was excited at the prospect of meeting a bunch of people who do photography (as opposed to digital imaging). i was terribly disappointed. even the old blokes are shooting their multi-mega-pixel machines. so i'm a bit alone up here, just doing my own thing. i can't even buy film in toowoomba - apart from consumer 35mm. no labs either.

    i agree 100% with krzys's assessment of most of the people in ted's. there is a young woman in there though who has some life in her still. but their film stocks are getting more and more limited - as are photocontinental's. i buy from vanbar or o/s now. mostly badgergraphic of late.
     
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    Sounds like Toowoomba and surrounds may be a venue for a future outing!
     
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    I will go to Toowoomba any day at all for a photo trip. Love it up there. The Japanese Gardens are my favourite location, although a few of the areas out of town arent bad either
     
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    yep - toowoomba is an excellent location for a shoot. lots of lovely minimalist landscapes out on the downs too. better be quick though as i'm thinking of moving north to get away from the winter.
     
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    How far north? Just came back from a few weeks in Mossman in FNQ. There is a bit too much summer up there... and too many crocs, stingers and tourists!
     
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    have several irons in the fire. depends which job i am offered really - one is in longreach (i rather like this one as i love the west - wonderful photography opportunities out there), another in townsville, and another in darwin (like this one too - though the cost of living up there is a little scary).

    i have lived most of my life in the tropics - esp PNG, and the climate of toowoomba is just not good for my blood. still, i have a good job here, and should i not get any of these jobs i'll just look around for a warmer house....

    (i do this every winter btw... get itchy feet and look northward)