My name is Rob and that much hasn't changed over the years. What did change is my shooting. I left behind the slow approach I took with a roll of Tri-x and a spotmeter working landscapes and made the change to digital where I shot subjects that really didn't hold my interest, only the technique mattered. I learned a lot but bored myself to tears and almost killed my love of photography.
However I miss my favorite subject matter, I miss the way black and white film captures and holds textures and tones. I hate color getting in the way of lines and form. Hmm... I better end that thought, it's just an intro after all, not a b&w love fest.
To keep myself happy I'm going back to shooting b&w film. The former chem lab tech part of me also won't let me proceed without doing the development at home. I have enough Xtol and Tri-x to keep me busy for awhile.
A new-to-me Beseler 23C II is also in the works and I should be making the bathroom a cramped place in short order. Although printing is a whole new world to me and I'm very, very thankful for a wonderful place like APUG.
I guess I should round out the intro with some format info. I primarily live in 35mm land, although I have some wonderful vintage manual focus glass. Those go on an N65, although not the classiest, it's a box and it's in manual full time so it serves my purpose well.
6x6 should become available to me soon after I repair a few minor pinholes in the bellows of an Agfa Isollete I recently obtained.
4x5 or some other large format is what I would really like to try considering how slowly I like to think through an exposure before making it. It just hasn't become an economic reality yet. Although I may have to make that push very soon, I have images in my head that need to be made and I think they can best be realized in large format.
Sorry in advance if my intro is a bit long winded.