Hi all from Blackpool, Lancashire, UK

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the APUG Community' started by Oly_Man, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. Oly_Man

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    Gonna have to admit now that I didn't even know that the APUG existed and I just randomly found you all by Googling 'Olympus OM forum', which gave me a link to one of your Groups.

    What a fantastic site. While I do have an interest in digital imaging, I think it's important that sites like this exist where users and enthusiasts of 'traditional' photography can hang-out without feeling like an anachronism.

    Bit about me...my real name is John, I'm partially sighted and have only one arm but I have a masochistic penchant for Olympus OM gear. 'Masochistic' of course because using manual-focus gear is not too easy when provided with one-less than the median-average quantity of arms, but I still enjoy it.

    One of my interests is creating double-projector slide-shows, which these days seem to be called diaporamas, but which used to be called 'slide/tape' (though I no longer use tape). Of course that was a minority-interest even when film was still king so I'm probably the only known human being still doing it this way lol. But again, as with the OMs, I enjoy the challenge and the creativity, which importantly is (mostly) away from a darn computer! I already spend most of my days sat in front of a PC, one way or another.

    Anyway, thank you for reading through my blurb. I hope I can contribute in a small way to your site.
     
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    Hello John and welcome to APUG.
     
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    Hi John.

    Welcome to APUG.

    I use Olympus OM equipment too, and (mostly) one-handed.

    Mine's the left hand - which one is yours? :smile:

    Are you using a dissolve unit? The last time I put together one of those shows, it was with a dissolve unit, two Ektagraphic projectors, and a cassette tape unit.

    Hope you enjoy your time here.
     
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    Hello Matt, it's the right hand I've got, which is lucky in one respect because that's where all the buttons are :smile:

    Yes, I use a dissolve unit: Imatronic SX2000C, along with two Kodak 2050s. I used to use tape, but mostly now everything is prepared on my laptop (soundtrack, signals) before burning it as a multichannel audio DVD: front two channels for stereo audio and one of the rear channels for signals.

    I love it. I love getting away from the computer to create a piece of work I'm happy with. No one seems happy these days unless they're using a computer to do it. I actually enjoy the process of making 'traditional' slide-shows (other than cleaning and glass-mounting the transparencies, which I hate!). I enjoy that it takes some time; investing the time is part of the hobby to me. Everyone seems to be in such a hurry these days..."can't believe you're still using film and projectors", they say, "don't you know that doing the same thing on a computer would be ten times faster?". And my answer is "So what?". It's not a race, it's hobby, and for me the process is as enjoyable as the result :smile:
     
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    Hi John, welcome to APUG! We're glad to have you here.
     
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    Welcome to the APUG jungle....lots of people will tell you how much easier and quicker it is to do things on the computer, and then tell you 5 seconds later how long they spent doing this or that!:D Lmso........
     
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    Hello John and a warm welcome to APUG!

    Jeff
     
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    Hi John,
    Welcome to APUG from the other side of the pond. I like to shoot slides and project them but have never made a slide show with two projectors. Mostly just slide shows of family stuff. As long as you don't say "film is dead" you'll fit right in here.

    ME Super
     
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    Welcome from Southampton John :smile:
     
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    And welcome from slightly south of Southampton!


    Steve.
     
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    Hello John, and a welcome to APUG from the left coast of Canada!
     
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    Thanks for all the very warm welcomes...what a friendly place.
    lol well to paraphrase Mark Twain, the rumors of film's death have been greatly exaggerated. But, it certainly seems to becoming more and more of a niché product. The last local camera-shop which sold slide-film has stopped selling it, which either means a twelve-mile return trip to Jessops in Blackpool in the hope that they have something in, or internet mail-order.
     
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    Boots usually has a better selection than Jessops.


    Steve.
     
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    Unfortunately the Boots round here no longer stock slide film.
     
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    John - hello and welcome to APUG from western New England.