Hello from Sussex

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the APUG Community' started by Ian Leake, Jul 27, 2005.

  1. Ian Leake

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    I've lurked here in APUG for a while, but now I think it's time to introduce myself properly.

    I live in Sussex (UK) and have a day job in IT. I've taken photos since I was a child, but I've only taken photography seriously for about three years.

    Three events stand out in my mind as photographic watersheds for me:

    The first was reading The Camera by Ansel Adams. I suddenly realised that I didn't need all the super duper automation that my SLR had if only I learned to control the camera. So I slowed down and took control. Then I bought a medium format camera (and slowed down some more) followed by a large format camera (and slowed down even more). At each step my photos improved.

    My second watershed was finding a copy of Lenswork in Borders. This wonderful publication opened my eyes to a whole new world. I had never really thought of photography as an art form - it was more a way of creating nice pictures than creating art. I changed direction and started to look for images that were important to me rather than just pretty. And my photos improved.

    My third watershed was finding APUG. I had settled into a hybrid way of working that used analogue capture and digital post-production. Like most hybrids this was full of compromises: for example, when I scanned a transparency I lost sharpness, detail, and colour rendition while gaining noise, dust and megabytes. But with loads of effort in Photoshop I was usually able to recover something that looked pretty good. Even then I wasn't really satisfied with the quality of my final prints though. APUG, this thoughtful, knowledgeable, and passionate community, inspired me to put aside my Epson and try to work with wet chemistry only. I have dabbled with platinum/palladium printing, and last week I created my first prints with an enlarger. Although my printing technique is pretty basic, this is undoubtedly the most satisfying work I have ever created.

    I don't know where photography will take me next, but I know it will involve lots of learning, some unexpected suprises, hopefully a modicum of creativity, and maybe even some photos that I'm really proud of.

    So thanks to everyone in APUG who unwittingly helped me on my way, and hopefully I'll contribute back as much as I gain here.
     
  2. thedarkroomstudios

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    Welcome... beware if many here have their way, you will move on to 7x17 and slow down to continental drift speed.
     
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    Ian, welcome from Hawaii!! Good to have another member from the UK on board. Looking forward to seeing some of your images.
     
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    Hi Ian!
    Welcome to the site and I look forward to seeing some of your images too.
     
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    Welcome Ian, hope you enjoy the forum.
     
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    Enjoy the journey.
     
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    Welcome Ian,

    from the wild west and scorching heat of the Nevada desert
    .....hope you like it here....I do!
     
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    welcome Ian from just around the coast in Kent
     
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    Ian

    Welcome from the Norfolk contingent

    Phill
     
  10. Bob F.

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    And howdy doody from Middlesex (which doesn't really exist anymore, having been eaten by London)... Looks like you went from a standing start to some of the more difficult Alt-Proc processes in short order.... I'm still trying to figure out, after 2 years, how to expose a 4x5 sheet of film without making one of the 294 different mistakes available to me...

    Cheers, Bob.
     
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    Welcome Ian from a cold and wet Shropshire.

    Mike
     
  12. Tom Stanworth

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    Ian,

    Welcome! How close are you to Arundel, West Sussex? Twds the end of Aug there is an Arundel Festival and as part of that the 'Gallery Trail'. I willl try to exhibit this year again (probs with jobs so dont know if I will be there in person) and a guy call Bill Philip will be there, along with a few other photographers. He does mainly mono traditional landscapes, still life etc. Its a great day wandering about various venues having a look at the photography, painting, sculpture etc. If you want more info, PM me!

    Tom
     
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    Thanks Ian for letting us know you are out there. Us Brits are a little thin on the ground but we try and make up for it with some form of quality.
    'Rarity in a desired commodity enhances the value....' WC. Stan.
     
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    Hi Ian

    A timely Hello as I am back off to Cornwall on Sat for a couple of weeks, but this time further West than when we met in March.

    Good to hear that you are trying new things, like the SFX as well as printing. Please put the scanner to occasional use, so that you can post here and update your website.

    Regards

    Bax
     
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    Going to a larger negative really would test the patience of my long suffering wife, so I think 5x4 is quite enough for the moment. (Although I have just bought a half plate Thornton Pickard which I hope to make use of soon.)

    Hi Bob. Unfortunately I too suffer from this :sad: It usually happens when I'm in a hurry for some reason. Most often I pull the darkslide on an open lens or double expose because I've used the wrong film holder. Each time I do this I try to improve my process to reduce the chance of me doing it again. Of course, sometimes this just introduces more opportunities for different errors :wink:


    Hi Baxter. You're right, my website does needs a bit of an update. There are bits which are starting to get downright embarrassing...

    BTW, I saw your work in this month's Outdoor Photography. Congratulations!
     
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    Hi Ian

    I wasn't having a dig, just keen to see what you've been doing, apart from shopping for a new Ebony that is!

    Really love the detail from the carriage with leather metal and wood. A true DW/JC B***ard shot!!

    Website updating is something which I don't relish either. Plus I really want to redo the whole lot which is not getting any closer to happening.
     
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    Hi Ian, welcome to Apug from the far north department.
     
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    Welcome from hurricane alley, South Florida.
     
  19. Ian Leake

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    Hi Baxter - no offence taken :smile:
     
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    Well, it's a wee bit late, but welcome to APUG, Ian! :D

    This is a great place! I've pretty much learned everything I know from this place & the great people here! :smile: