Hey. I'm Nicholas. I never introduced myself so here goes.
I hail from Boston Massachusetts. I'm I high school sophomore (license in 3 months) with way too much time on my hands to try things that most others would ignore. I'm fascinated as much by the process of photography and science behind it as photography itself.
I really began my photography adventure(?) shooting digital in green idiot mode for a few years just for family snapshots and vacation photos. Though I got started with film early on, I didn't get my own (real SLR film) camera until two years ago when I started my first real photo course, a semester class in which we covered lenses to dry mounting and shot two rolls of film a week.
I don't know how to describe it, but I really started liking film. Development carried with it anticipation, and the first glimpse of the negatives was a moment of triumph. I could see the material evidence of my photographs after taking them.
Because of a light course load, I spent two and a half hours a day in the photo lab screwing around and printing. I had a lot of fun in that course. During it I read up on color film (as it was a black and white course) and tried color separations with B+W film and even shot some super 8 while I was at it. I loved the look that color film gave to pictures. It was something I really hadn't seen with digital. However, when the course ended I went into deep depression fulfilling my course requirement of "Environmental Science." I kept up with my photography, though, and will be starting the "advanced" photo course in a week and a half, which will give me more experience with Large and Medium format and more time for me to have fun.
Anyways, after reading up I decided that everything I was told about how deadly color developing was wasn't true and built my own color darkroom for $250 in my laundry room, using the "towel under door" light proofing with gaffers tape. I even got a high tech temperature control device (I call it the sink). It's been a blast. Seeing color prints I made after that entire B+W course was breathtaking. And recently I even upgraded to an autofocus N80. Now I can think about pictures rather than the zone system and I don't have to get out the tape measure!
If anyone does not recognize my picture, the chicken-penguin, I found it while browsing the apug avatars (who put that there?) and had to have it. He's the silent evil mastermind from Wallace and Grommit-The wrong trousers. It was my favorite movie at the age of 6.
Next is convincing my friends to use film. Wish me luck