Hi everyone! I'm Laurens. Age 19, student at the Vrije Universiteit. I live in Zaandam, the Netherlands. I've been reading here for a while, now it's time to write some stuff. My main interests are vintage electronics and ham radio (Callsign PD3LV). I got into photography when my parents bought a compact digital camera. After some time the limited possibilities of the compact camera began to bother me and i went looking for a DSLR. However, those are pretty expensive. My father still had his Minolta Dynax 7000i SLR. I decided to try it out. The first roll i shot was ordinary color film (Hema brand, expired, i got it for free at the store). I only got it developed to test the camera. Someone scanned the film for me, but i wasn't impressed with the scan quality. After that, i tried slide film. I was amazed by the depth and resolution of the pictures. To get that quality with a digital camera would cost very much indeed... Now i use the Minolta SLR with Fuji Sensia 100 or 200 for 'serious' photography. E6 slide processing is very cheap at Hema: 2,75, framing not included. One thing leads to another, and i got myself a Beirette camera. My father used to have one when he was my age. The fully manual control and metering helped in forcing me to carefully compose a shot, instead of recklessly relying on automatic exposure programs. I really like the shots i made with that camera, but quality wise the Beirette is pretty bad. I read about developing film in coffee and washing soda. I tried it. It kind of worked. I enjoyed it, and now i've bought a bag of Kodak D76. Oh dear. I'm getting hooked, i think. Now, i 'm not satisfied with the quality of prints of the development lab. They tend to automatically correct the brightness. Because of this, they kind of ruined a number of shots (too bright, not enough contrast, digital noise (!)) I've located some free dark room equipment. I think it won't be long before i print my own B&W pictures... That's about all i can tell about my experience with photograpy. Best regards, Laurens Visser.