Not a another Canadian...

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the APUG Community' started by mooseontheloose, Jan 22, 2008.

  1. mooseontheloose

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    Hi everyone,

    I've been lurking here for a while but have yet to post and it seems ridiculous to do so without introducing myself first. So here I am: I'm Canadian-born and bred (from west to east: Calgary, the Interlake (MB), Winnipeg, and Toronto) but I'm a bit of a nomad, having spent six years in Japan and almost two here in France. I'll probably be off to the Middle East in the coming year, but that's yet to be confirmed.

    I've always been the family and school photographer growing up, but it's not until I moved to Japan that I realized I needed something more than my little APS point-and-shoot to get closer to my dream of taking Nat.Geographic type photos. So I bought my first SLR, a Nikon FE, started using slide film, and haven't looked back since (although surprisingly, NG has not come knocking on my door.)

    I love film and all the processes involved with it. Unfortunately, I've grown to love it at the same rate that digital has been taking over the public consciousness. When I first bought my camera in 2001, most people I knew were still using film. Now, I very rarely, if ever, see other people with film cameras. I often feel like I'm in a race against time to learn and use various materials (films, papers, etc) before they disappear entirely. I have many old manual cameras (and one automatic - the F100) that I just don't have enough time to use. Despite that, I can't help but want to acquire more cameras to experiment and shoot with -- I'm especially interested in 4X5 cameras and other medium format systems, but since most of my photography is travel-based, I often have to compromise and go with the smallest and the lightest.

    Unfortunately, you won't find a gallery or portfolio of my work here. Although I do have a scanner, I can't use it in my current situation (it's a complicated story). I've been shooting slides for many years now, but it's only been in the last two years that I've become really devoted to black and white processing. I love working in the darkroom and I really hope to develop my skills here now that I have cheap and easy access to one near where I live.

    Well, that's about it. Cheers all,

    Rachelle
     
  2. Steve Smith

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    Welcome from England.


    Steve.
     
  3. Mike Kennedy

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    Hi Rachelle.
    A big welcome from Canada's east coast.This is "THE" place to be.

    Mike
     
  4. Dinesh

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    Welcome from another Canadian living in Toronto.
     
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    hallo from austria

    welcome in europe.

    "I often feel like I'm in a race against time to learn and use various materials (films, papers, etc) before they disappear entirely"

    you are so right.

    ag

    thomas
     
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    Hi Rachelle, welcome from England.
     
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    Welcome from Hamilton.
    Regards
    Bill
     
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    Glad you've arrived here

    You have been doing quite well to find the time to do the darkroom stuff while on the move, as it were. I just put my darkroom into storage while I was on a 4 year Austrailian assignment.

    Glad that you have found this site - you will find a ton of like minded people, as far as shooting film, and, as we call it, GAS - gear aquisition syndrome.
     
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    Welcome, from a Canadian living in Ireland!

    Catherine
     
  10. SuzanneR

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    Welcome Rachelle!
     
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    Welcome Rachelle!
     
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    Hi Rachelle,
    Welcome from Brandon - not too far from the Interlake:tongue:

    John
     
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    Welcome from Thunder Bay. This is a wonderful time to be a film shooter, with all those digishooters dumping their gear at ridiculously low prices. Those of us with GAS (gear acquisition syndrome) are happily buying up gear for pennies on the dollar. This is a great place. Ask a question, and somebody here has done it, knows about it, or has screwed it up and is willing to talk about it. I have been shooting and developing my own film for fourty years and I'm having more fun now than I ever did.
     
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    Tuque, bannock, mukluk, pemmican, canoe, snowshoe, lacrosse...how long has it been since you've heard those words?

    Murray (from BC's north coast)
     
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    Hey Rachelle, welcome from Montreal.

    Katherine
     
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    Welcome Rachelle to the the best analogue place on the net. Enjoy your stay.

    Cheers Greg
     
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    Welcome Rachelle.

    Also from BC's west coast.

    Matt
     
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    Rachelle... welcome to APUG from western Massachusetts, USA.

    gene
     
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    Welcome Rachelle, from Calgary
     
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    Welcome Rachelle, from snowy downtown Eagle Bay
     
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    Welcome from Middle England Rachelle. Now if you care to hop on a Eurostar on Saturday you could join in on our London meeting and be home again in time for a lateish tea.:smile:
     
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    Another welcome from Toronto.
     
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    Rachelle,
    Welcome from Vancouver via Metropolitan Detroit (there's an interesting phrase). I've also seen a bit of travel the last few years (my darkroom is in storage back in Michigan) and my next move is likely to be in 18 to 24 months and could be anywhere in the commonwealth (the USA not being a part of) with Japan and or China stuck between. I hope you find a scanner that will allow you to post your work.
     
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    Welcome to APUGland,eh:D:tongue:!we're a secret silver army and we're on the march....
     
  26. mark

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    But we have to stop every few feet for some bastard in the ranks to take a freakin picture, then process, then print, then someone else has started in. When it comes to marching photogs don't get very far very fast.

    My dad and I went out one day and were gone 12 hours. We drove a total of thirty miles, and never got to where we were headed.

    Welcome from the desert Southwest USA.