New to APUG - From Seattle, WA, USA.

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the APUG Community' started by laymonk777, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. laymonk777

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    Hi all,

    I'm new here. I am also laymonk777 over at RFF. I am returning to serious film photography after 34 years. During that time, I did take pictures the snapshots on vacation, the obligatory family photos, and whatnot but my heart wasn't really in it. I've used P&S 35mm, disposables, APS/ Advantix, my then fiancee's Kodak Disc, 110 and of course several versions of Polaroids!

    In 1977/78 I was taking photography classes in school and was getting serious in shooting and developing 35mm with my father's Leica MIII. It's the thing I really wanted to do with my life. I had a dream to go pro, but was strongly discouraged. Nice to have the support but I digress.

    I took notice of the Lomography movement and was dinking around with LOMO effects with my cell phone pictures. I was enthralled with the light leaks and other effects for images I used to trash as "bad photos". Ironic, and compelling at the same time.

    I realized that I had to go back to film and make it an art form in this time. Could it be fun again? I sincerely hope so!

    I'm stumbling my way through it, but having more fun than I have in years. I'm not trying to do anything with this except have fun, and maybe catch up for years of lost time.

    My kit is mostly 35mm RF: Contax IIIa with assorted lenses and viewfinders (Still figuring out the specs!), 2 Yashica 35 GS and GSNs. I seem to have an affinity for the fixed lens rangefinder cameras from the mid to late 70s (no surprise). I'm also experimenting with the Polaroids again; Spectra system and SX-70 type.
     
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  2. Chazzy

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    Welcome to APUG. I have family in Seattle.
     
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    Sounds like the perfect way to get back into film, welcome to APUG.
     
  4. Araakii

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    Welcome. I am a new member here and am from Seattle too. Maybe I will bump into you some day.
     
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    Welcome, from just a few miles north of you, in Canada.
     
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    Sounds like you have the most important ingredient of all -- wanting to do it! The rest falls into place...best of luck and I think you'll find APUG is a terrific place to gain knowledge and spark new ideas. I basically wouldn't have my current level of knowledge and practice without the information and inspiration here.

    Also, Seattle is a great city...wonderful place for photography. Best of luck!
     
  7. Ken Nadvornick

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    Welcome from an even fewer miles north of you off the Stevens Pass highway in the Monroe/Sultan area.

    It's snowing here right now. How about you?

    Ken
     
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    Welcome to APUG, I hope you enjoy being here.

    Jeff
     
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    My home is in the deserts of Utah, but my heart is in the PNW :smile:

    I'm a big fan of the spectra system too.

    Welcome to APUG.
    Happy reading and, more importantly, happy shooting!
     
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    Hello and welcome to APUG from western Massachusetts. Having fun is what it is all about! Glad you found this site. :D
     
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    Howdy from Texas! So pleased to have you here.
     
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    Welcome, Roger... Good to see that you made it over here.

    -J
     
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    Hello and welcome to APUG.
     
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    Thanks for the Welcome! :D
     
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    Thank you much!
     
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    Hello and thanks. Pleased to meet all of you.
     
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    Welcome from Vashon Island!
    I work in Seattle and take the "boat" in to work.
     
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    Thank you! I love Vashon. Travel there at least once a year. We like travelling to our local areas for fun.
     
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    Thanks Ken, We only got a dusting of snow over the last couple of days...
     
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    Welcome to APUG!

    Best regards,

    Bob
     
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    Ahoy! Nice to see another new member from Seattle! I'm downtown :smile:
     
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    Send us some shots of fish-tossing from Pike's Market!
     
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    Welcome to APUG