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Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the APUG Community' started by skyrick, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. skyrick

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    Hi there. I'm Rick from Arlington, TX. Just turned 55 and got into photography (other than holiday snaps) just last year. I shoot 120 Fuji Reala ASA 100, 120 Fuji Acros 100, and 120 Fuji Pro 400H with my 1947 Crown Graphic 2x3 and my 1954 Kodak Brownie Hawkeye.

    About the two cameras:
    I got a steal on the Graflex. I was wandering through an antique store and saw a brown case with a tag that said "Camera $30.00". I opened up the case and saw what was soon to become my Crown. The bellows seems to be in great condition. I've made plenty of exposures in full sun, as well as several 20 second+ exposures in bright downtown lights at night with zero fogging. It has a good spring back ground glass focuser and hood, but I haven't shot any sheet film yet.
    The Brownie is the same one that took most of my baby pictures. I bought a few 620 take up reels on eBay and use those on the receiving end. The 120 fits fine up in the feed section, but an empty 120 reel won't fit in the take up slot.

    Right off the bat I started eBay'ing for accessories for the Graflex. Quickly I obtained a Grafite flash, 3 more 120 roll film adapters, a new cable release and a Sekonic L358 light meter. The camera case included 4 Wratten Series VI filters, but I haven't figured out when to use these yet.

    I also have my father-in-law's old Yashica FX-2 that I shoot Reala with.

    I shoot mostly travel, landscapes, sunrises and sunsets for now, but have lately gotten interested in (and had decent results with) night photography, especially time exposure cityscapes and skylines. I'm interested in trying Infrared photography but I think I need to learn a little more about basics first.

    Nice to meet you all. I think I'll go take some pictures now.

    Rick

    PS to Ryan from Edmond, OK:
    I may be in TX now, but I grew up in OKC from '61 to '88, Boomer Sooner!
     
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    Howdy Rick, Boy you are set up pretty good with camera gear, you'll be fitting right in with us hear at apug. It's us seasoned folk that keep this place moving . Welcome , Mike
     
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    Hi Rick, this forum is full of experienced helpful folks...ask me how I know! LOL!
    Welcome
     
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    welcome.
     
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    Welcome Rick. This is the place to be given your new obsession!!!!........................ trust me - just wait!!!
     
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    Welcome from New England....
     
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    Rick - welcome to APUG from western Massachusetts.

    gene
     
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    Hello Rick, I shoot a lot of 120 myself. You will love infrared film!

    Jeff
     
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    Wow! Thanks for the overwhelming responses. I hope to get to know all of you in the coming weeks. Thanks again!

    Rick
     
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    Dude!
     
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    Welcome from northern Indiana!
     
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    Hi, Rick. Welcome to APUG.