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Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the APUG Community' started by rexp, Nov 4, 2004.

  1. rexp

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    Hello all - wonderful site you have here. I have lurked for a while, and decided I was gleaning enuf worthwhile info that I "bellied up to the bar" and paid my dues. I guess if I paid, I can post.

    To give a perspective of where I am coming from, a history is in order. For history to be accurate... I was born in 1957, in Central Nebraska. I started taking photos in 7th or 8th grade, developing them in the basement without a sink (bucket washing). My parents had an old enlarger which I wish I still had, no idea where it ended up (probably in a landfill). Through high school I took pictures and experimented. I bought my first SLR in about 1980, an Olympus OM2n, wonderful camera with great glass. As I matured (can't believe I typed that, I refuse to grow up) I moved thru a couple darkrooms, built one that even had wall switches for the safelight, and a SINK. But dark times were looming.

    As I progressed, I started reading Ansel's books, and subscribed to Fred Picker's "Zone VI Newsletter". Pretty soon I longed for less "automatic" cameras, and better metering. I bought a Crown Graphic, one of Fred's modified spot meters, and traded my OM2n for an "all manual" OM1. I still kick myself for not keeping the OM2n. Anyway... I started being more picky about what pictures "should" look like, maybe became snooty. It wasn't FUN anymore. Eventually I wandered away from photography. Ended up spending many years mostly using a P&S, seldom using the Olympus, selling the Graflex.

    About a year ago I realized how much I missed taking photos, and working in the darkroom. With the arrival of digital and the blessing it provides those working with film - mainly absurdly cheap analog equipment, I have returned to the "light side". I have settled into using medium format as my everyday format and am loving it. Hopefully I have my head straight and can keep things in proper perspective. I take pictures I like, try things I want to try, and like to give away prints to family members. No more Mr. Photo Snobby for me boy howdy. I am not interested in competing, or nit picking other's work. I will tell you if I like it, and I like most of what I see.

    So there you have the history. I hope I can bring something to the table for the rest of you. My background is in Electrical Engineering, and I am pretty good at figuring things out - as long as you are not in a hurry.

    I look forward to swapping some photos with a few of you. I also plan on purchasing a print or two to support some of the folks here who make a living from photography. Suggestions welcome.

    And if you are ever passing through Nebraska and see some moron on a red motorcycle blasting down the interstate and it is below zero or is raining - wave. Heck, you can wave if is a nice day!
     
  2. roteague

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    Welcome from Hawaii. I am looking forward to seeing some of your work, and I hope you enjoy your time here; there is a great bunch of photographers, of all types and nationalities here.
     
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    Welcome! I am new here too. :smile:
     
  4. BWGirl

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    Welcome!!
    As a Wisconsinite, I have to say that I hope that motorcycle is one with the initials H-D! haha :D
    Sounds like an interesting story. It's good that you came full circle. Looking forward to yor input & seeing your pics in the gallery!

    BTW - My hubby is also a EE (retired), so I've got your (imaginary) number! ha ha :tongue:
     
  5. rexp

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    Posting work here looks to be somewhat of a challenge. I suppose the best is to scrounge up a flatbed scanner. Can't say I have looked at any for a long time. Once upon a time they were fairly cheap...

    Ah the allure of the Harley. Yes, my bike is a Honda Dammit. ST1100 to be precise. A wonderful road bike. I can't think of many HD riders who would have kept up in the pouring rain in central Iowa this summer (hardest rain I have EVER seen, kept on ridin', at least three hours in the rain - but that is a story from a different site read it at http://www.my-mc.com/messages/1/39581.html ). I do just shy of 10K miles every year. Yesterday I rode to work in fog, about 28F. Ice was building up on my windscreen near the vents!

    But I ramble...
     
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    Welcome from a fellow biker (Yamaha YZF600 Thundercat rider here). Good to see you use your machine a lot and you're not a fair weather rider.
     
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    Welcome from me, too!

    Not a fellow biker, but anyway :smile:

    I only own a bicycle...
     
  8. Woolliscroft

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    Hi from another newbie who did stick with the OM2n (and 1 and 4....) and has never regretted it. The good news is that good examples are easy to get on the 2nd hand market if you want to go back. Better still, you get better results than 20 years ago as film has got better. Lets see a digital photographer who can say that.

    David.