Greetings from Northern California.
I've been hanging around here for a month or so, and thought it time to introduce myself (the natives seem friendly). My real name is Brad. I live in a sleeply little town about 60 miles East of "The City" of San Francisco and work a day job in the Silicon Valley that is in no way related to photography (well, at least not the **real** kind). I only dream of being able to feed my family as a photographer.
I'm now old enough to have experienced mid-life crisis in the first person and have been interested in photography since...well, I guess it has been since the fifth grade. My fifth and sixth grade teachers had built a small darkroom in the hallway outside their classrooms. Mr Yanish, Mr. Tauzel, if you're out there, you made a difference in my life. Thanks.
As a teen, I hung some tarps in the corner of the basement of my parents' house and called it a darkroom. Local economic conditions don't permit me the luxury of an in house darkroom anymore but, I still try to slosh my own B&W films when time permits. I take most of my stuff to a local lab for processing.
I'm an equipment junkie, and I have a growing interest in old books on the subject of photography. My current films of choise are: Fuji Astia, Kodak E100G and Tri-x 320, Tmax-400 and Ilford FP4+.
I briefly entertained the idea of building my own wooden 4x5 view camera and even built a few prototypes but, recently broke down and bought a slightly used Omega 45F kit with 210mm Geronar. The check's in the mail. I've been shooting a "slightly modified" Crown Graphic (please forgive me for I have sinned!) for a while and am really looking forward to the new Omega monorail with it's added capabilities. I've sold exactly one print in my entire life and never been published -- well, unless you want to count the HS yearbook.
Now, I guess I better get to the nitty gritty....
I tried Rodinal...but only once and, I swear, I didn't even inhale.
Actually, I've never dev'd in anything but D-76. Man, I need to get out once in a while.
So that's who you are...
Equipmentoholics seem to be thick on the ground here. I may be one of the worst, with 5 LF cameras, 8 MFs and 4 TFs. And I've lost count of the LF lenses - I think I brought 12 to a recent meeting...
I haven't used D-76 in a very long time. No wait - I used some ID-11 just last year!
Last edited by Ole; 11-24-2004 at 02:02 AM. Click to view previous post history.
-- Ole Tjugen, Luddite Elitist
Hey Brad from Santa Clara -- there are a few of us around!
Hi Brad, welcome to the site.. I'm also a newcomer and find the forums of great interest and value.
Look forward to trading posts...
Lucius or Luke - feeling the pain of a burgeoning collection of cameras as well. I even get a free one for my 20+ years of civil service. I choose the Olympus Trip. Another in my pocket for what ever comes up situations or to donate to a family member who wants a camera. I am in Minnesota.
To create one's own world in any of the arts takes courage.
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Sounds like you've got the bug!!! Now about that Rodinal....
Try inhaling! Nice feeling! When you are ready, try injecting the stuff! Start with 1+100 and move up slowly until you hit pure concentrated Rodinal! Then you're addicted and quite well developed
Originally Posted by GaussianNoise
I Brad, from someone just up 680 from you. You're surrounded by apuggers in the bay area. Welcome to apug
Welcome from your neighbor to the west, in sunny Hawaii.
Hey, Brad. Another SFBA recent APUG convert here, hailing from San Jose.
From my experience, the only benefit to growing old is that one has had more time to accumulate the toys, er, I mean tools, of the trade.
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