Photographing Since 1972

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  1. wsboyette

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    Greetings, forum photographers ! I am a amateur and semi-professional photographer who has been into the art ever since I began shooting on an old 35 mm Argus viewfinder camera (sort of a Leica imitation) at the age of 10. I must admit, however, I loved to shoot on the Polaroid instant camera a lot also - instant gratification... :smile: I acquired B&W darkroom equipment and a 6x6 Ricohflex TLR during my teens, and was tutored quite a bit by the late B&W artist John Scarlata, who was resident city arts council photographer at the time. During the following years up to the mid 1990's, I was a serious amateur, and acquired a Nikon N2000 SLR, and further honed my artistic eye and skills. After this I began shooting some portfolio shots - chiefly weddings and portraits, and successfully completed some wedding, group and individual portrait work with very pleasing results. I used the revenue from the first jobs to purchase a Kiev 88 6x6 SLR outfit, and with it and my venerable Nikon did quite a bit of professional work. I also did time exposures on transparency (both MF & 35mm) of my Christmas train layout and had them published in a model train magazine, which I considered to be my magnum opus . I kind of eased out of the professional work by 2000, though, as family demands increased and I became disenchanted with wedding work in particular. Today, I just added digital (please excuse my mention of such !) to my skills this month, and I must say I found myself quite at home with the DSLR, as it operates so similarly to a film camera. But the old Nikon is still in the bag, loaded and ready !

    Happy Shooting !
    Wade S. Boyette
     
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    Hi Wade. Welcome to APUG. Glad you could join us.

    :smile:

    Careful, though. Before you know it, we'll have you looking at 8x10 cameras...

    :eek:

    Ken
     
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    Welcome to APUG
     
  4. wsboyette

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    Thanks for the welcome, guys. I have just created my portfolio album and uploaded 15 pictures, shot on 355mm and 6x6 MF, to it.
     
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    great camera

    I bought a Nikon N2000 in the 1990s and still have it. It is a camera that doesn't get much respect but I have found it to be a workhorse and the batteries last me for years. I used it in windstorms and rainstorms in parts of Arizona famed for their sudden, violent storms, dust devils (tiny tornadoes) and their monsoon season. Yes, they have five seasons in parts of the desert, not a boring some-old-same-old four like in other places. Welcome to APUG.
     
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    N2000--best Nikon manual-focus ever made (because the exposure info is so easy to see & use; also a winder is all I need). I wore a used one out in 10 yrs 0f steady shooting, but got another one. I've been shooting since 1966.
     
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    Hello Wade and a warm welcome to APUG!

    Jeff
     
  8. wsboyette

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    Now that's the gimmick ! An 8x10 field view camera ! Never used one before. I have an instructional video on how to use the view camera's movements, and would like to learn how some day. Bet you could pick up that field view camera now reasonable, since film has kind of fallen out of mainstream use..... I might could go for at least a 4x5, anyway - just saw some great deals on some Toyos on ebay ;-)
     
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    Howdy fellow photog, and happ photography!
     
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    I originally paid only $250 for my N2000 with a 35-70 aspherical zoom lens, and (with the addition of some filters & accessories) you cannot tell that the pictures that came out of it weren't shot on a $2000+ "professional grade" outfit. The only problem I ever encountered with the camera was some corrosion of the in-body contacts that detect lens aperture setting, which I easily cleaned, and the Nikon has worked flawlessly ever since.
     
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    Starting up with 4"x5" format is like getting a little bit pregnant! :whistling:
     
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    LOL ! I see a nice Toyo 4x5 on ebay for $200, and a Nikkor lens for it for $250. Shame I don't have the $$ to get one now, that outfit would open up a whole new universe of capabilities beyond that of my existing equipment !
     
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    Welcome I've been photographing since 1952