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    Hello from The Netherlands!

    Hi everyone!
    I'm Laurens. Age 19, student at the Vrije Universiteit. I live in Zaandam, the Netherlands. I've been reading here for a while, now it's time to write some stuff.

    My main interests are vintage electronics and ham radio (Callsign PD3LV). I got into photography when my parents bought a compact digital camera. After some time the limited possibilities of the compact camera began to bother me and i went looking for a DSLR. However, those are pretty expensive.
    My father still had his Minolta Dynax 7000i SLR. I decided to try it out. The first roll i shot was ordinary color film (Hema brand, expired, i got it for free at the store). I only got it developed to test the camera. Someone scanned the film for me, but i wasn't impressed with the scan quality.
    After that, i tried slide film. I was amazed by the depth and resolution of the pictures. To get that quality with a digital camera would cost very much indeed...
    Now i use the Minolta SLR with Fuji Sensia 100 or 200 for 'serious' photography. E6 slide processing is very cheap at Hema: € 2,75, framing not included.

    One thing leads to another, and i got myself a Beirette camera. My father used to have one when he was my age. The fully manual control and metering helped in forcing me to carefully compose a shot, instead of recklessly relying on automatic exposure programs. I really like the shots i made with that camera, but quality wise the Beirette is pretty bad.

    I read about developing film in coffee and washing soda. I tried it. It kind of worked.
    I enjoyed it, and now i've bought a bag of Kodak D76. Oh dear. I'm getting hooked, i think.

    Now, i 'm not satisfied with the quality of prints of the development lab. They tend to automatically correct the brightness. Because of this, they kind of ruined a number of shots (too bright, not enough contrast, digital noise (!))
    I've located some free dark room equipment. I think it won't be long before i print my own B&W pictures...

    That's about all i can tell about my experience with photograpy.

    Best regards,

    Laurens Visser.
    Last edited by Laurens; 06-16-2011 at 05:13 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Hello Laurens, welocme to APUG. I hop you enjoy being here!

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    Welcome to APUG!

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    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

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    Welcome, and best wishes for the darkroom activity.
    Fabrizio Ruggeri fine art photography site: http://fabrizio-ruggeri.artistwebsites.com
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    Laurens - hello and welcome to APUG.
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    Welcome to APUG, Laurens. It sounds as if you're hooked. I hope that you are able to start doing your own processing soon.
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    Hi Laurens! Welcome to APUG from Japan!
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    Welcome Home Laurens !

    Spread The Word, And Share Your Enthusiasm !

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    Oh dear. I'm getting hooked, i think.
    Don't worry, it happens to the best of us. Welcome, from just west of Boston, MA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whiteymorange View Post
    Don't worry, it happens to the best of us.
    And to the worse of us as well
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