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Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the APUG Community' started by steelydam, Jan 21, 2008.

  1. steelydam

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    Hello All,

    I've been a lurker and occasional poster to APUG for the past few months, have really enjoyed a lot of the stuff on this site. I currently live in San Antonio TX, where I've been for 4.5 years. Prior to here I've lived in Edwards CA, Biloxi MS, Norfolk VA, and am native to Escondido CA.

    I've been shooting steadily since the late 80s, mainly 35mm black and white - Tri-X and Plus-X that I develop myself in D-76 mixed 1:1. For black and white, the cameras I currently use most are Nikon F and F-100; I recently bought a used Pentax 645 with 55mm and 75mm lenses and am having a good time with it. Prior to the Pentax I was shooting medium format once in a while with a Yashica-Mat purchased well used for $150 and actually have gotten plenty of good pics with it. I still shoot color, mainly in an Olympus Stylus Epic that I take everywhere.

    Since the early 90's I've had my own darkroom stuff - Beseler 23CII. Between having a demanding "day job" and being a family man with three young kids, it is hard to find the time other than late at night on weekends to print. However, I still LOVE printing my own B&W and cannot see getting the same enjoyment out of the process by doing everything on a computer.

    I have lived in tiny apartments, small and medium sized houses in the burbs and have never had the luxury of dedicated darkroom space. Currently I set up the enlarger on the floor of a walk-in closet and carry the exposed paper in a papersafe to the laundry room where I set up my trays on top of the washer and dryer. I use no running water in either location, just do my rinses in the kitchen sink when I'm done for the night. The dust/lint in each place is terrible but I actually don't need to spot prints as much as one would think. I guess my main point here is not to let lack of dedicated space and/or suboptimal conditions keep you from getting in the darkroom if it's something you enjoy.

    I have scans of around 150 of my black and white images on Flickr if anyone wants to check them out:

    http://flickr.com/photos/21659860@N07/

    I just paid to become an APUG subscriber and will likely put them on a gallery on APUG when I have the time.

    -DAM1970
     
  2. Cheryl Jacobs

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    Welcome to APUG. I am also from Escondido, CA, currently living in Denver.

    - CJ
     
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    Welcome. I'm originally from Norfolk, Va but I now live in Richmond, VA
     
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    Welcome to APUG! I'm originally from a parallel universe, currently doing time in Brandon, Manitoba:D
     
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    Howdy! Welcome from Houston-ish. This is a great place... you're gonna love it!
     
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    Welcome to APUGgland!:D
     
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    Welcome from Melbourne, Australia.
     
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    Wow! NICE photos you've got there. I love your style! Welcome to APUG! :D
     
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    Upload away... your photographs are great, and so is your dedication!! Welcome to APUG!
     
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    I just checked out your photos and yes, they are very well done.
     
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    DAM1970,
    Welcome to APUG yyour photography is very nice indeed!
     
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    Welcome from a San Antonion exiled to Dallas. :sad:
     
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    DAM1970 - welcome to APUG from western Massachusetts. Ya got some nice work on your site. I hope to see more here in the APUG galleries in the future.

    gene
     
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    Welcome from a So. Californian
     
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    Welcome to the group, DAM. Orig from Ohio, currently, recently and longly from Delaware.
     
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    Hi DAM1970, welcome from the UK.
     
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    Welcome from Australia D. Had a look at your flickr site and I like your style. I would say quite free, loose and unselfconscious. Thanks for letting us have a look. I can appreciate your current challenge and remember when my 3 kids were young and how difficult it was to get some quality darkroom space and time. I'm sure you are shooting a lot of them growing up. They will be wonderful photos to treasure and reproduce in time.
     
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    Welcome from England, better late than never.
     
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    Welcome from Canada.
     
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    welcome! I liked your images...especially the woman...er, I mean the all night juice stand!
     
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    Welcome from upstate NY. I looked at your 'graphs and really like them. Some of the ones without people remind me of Mark Citret's work. Please....get some work in one of the galleries here. Again, welcome!