I was referred here from photo.net when I asked a question about learning how to 'spot' a scene that would be suitable for black and white.
I have always used film (on my old Olympus OM10) up until 2006 when I bought a Nikon D70's. I have always preferred the quality of film but felt that I'd learn quicker (and less expensively) using digital which I've been doing for the last couple of years. I'm now becoming ambidextrous and shoot both film and digital on my Nikon D70s and Nikon F80.
I have recently bought a fresh stash of Fuji Velvia 50 and some Kodak T-MAX 100.
I have lurked on these forums for a few days to see if it was a community that looked like my kind of thing. Having read a thread about the mass of photography magazines that harp on about digital techniques and Photoshop and little else I decided this is a community for me. I'm not interested in how I can 'make a picture better using curves' or some other digital trick. I strive to get it right in camera and want to press a shutter and have a lovelly print arrive on my door some days later. I don;t always manage that, of course, but that's what I strive to achieve!
While I love my D70s', I am yet to produce a print from it that matches the quality\saturation\vividness etc of a shot taken on an exposure of good film. So, while I'm not adverse to digital and will continue to shoot digital to aid my learning and when time is of the essence, film is still best for me :-) Currently I am particularily interested in learning about black and white.
I am an enthusiastic photographer who's status is 'semi-pro' merely because I do earn a little bit of money from my photography and am registered as 'self-employed' alongside my day job. But I don't earn much so I'm just an enthusiastic amateur really.
You can see my website at www.tedsmithphotography.com I am based in Derbyshire, UK.
Looking forward to posting and learning more from you all.