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    Recently re-bitten by the 'bug

    I don't know how I totally missed this category before.

    Anyway, I recently acquired a new (old) Pentax Spotmatic, the same camera on which I learned to shoot manual, and I have been getting back into photography quickly. I have since acquired a medium format Weltaflex TLR (kind of an oddity, but it didn't cost much: < 15 bucks) and I am in the process of building a pinhole camera to fit the standard 4x5 film holder. I am having fun with all of this.

    I live in Portland, Oregon, near the St. Johns Bridge. I am fortunate to have one of the only places that still sells 120 film and deals mostly in film photography in the state a mere mile or so from my house.

    I am in the process of evaluating my space and seeing where I can put a small darkroom for my wife and I to use.

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    Hi Adam, welcome to APUG!
    "While you're out there smashing the state, don't forget to keep a smile on your lips and a song in your heart!"

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    Adam - welcome to APUG from western Massachusetts.

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    Welcome from the UK Adam.
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    Welcome, Adam. You really are lucky having a film place so close, so please make sure you keep them feeling loved.

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    Thanks for the welcomes!

    I have been enjoying looking around here. It's nice to see an active "traditional" photography community.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Caulfield View Post
    Welcome, Adam. You really are lucky having a film place so close, so please make sure you keep them feeling loved.
    They get pretty much every film camera related item purchase that I make. I know how valuable they are to my local photo community.

    Here's their website: Blue Moon Camera and Machine

    (I am not an employee, owner, or shareholder, just a satisfied customer.)
    Last edited by TheDreadPirateRobins; 07-30-2008 at 12:17 AM. Click to view previous post history.

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    You are lucky to have a store so close. I lost mine when I moved from MA to PA last year. Yes, I still miss it. I hope you have space to build a darkroom and I like that it's for both of you to use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by winger View Post
    You are lucky to have a store so close. I lost mine when I moved from MA to PA last year. Yes, I still miss it. I hope you have space to build a darkroom and I like that it's for both of you to use.
    I have a garage that we never intended to park our one car in anyway, so I thought that some of that would become the darkroom. I have also been considering a chunk of our basement near the laundry area, because of easier access to water, but neither my wife nor I are excited about photographic chemicals in the house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDreadPirateRobins View Post
    I have a garage that we never intended to park our one car in anyway, so I thought that some of that would become the darkroom. I have also been considering a chunk of our basement near the laundry area, because of easier access to water, but neither my wife nor I are excited about photographic chemicals in the house.
    Photographic chemicals are, with a few relatively rare exceptions, of no greater concern than those "chemicals" you are likely to have in your laundry room, under your kitchen sink, or in a garden shed.

    In other words, most are completely safe, if stored and handled with reasonable care (e.g. labelled properly, and stored in a locked cupboard, if you have young children).

    I've been handling them both at home and in commercial environments for more than 4 decades all together, and with only the most obvious level of prudence, it just hasn't been a problem.

    Matt

    Oh, and welcome to APUG - where it's lots of fun.

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