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    New Guy From Alaska!

    Hey, all!

    I just registered here at APUG, and am excited to be here.

    I live on an island in southeast Alaska, and was a serious student of photography many years ago. For years, I have wanted to pick up my camera, rebuild my darkroom, and pick up where I left off. The creative fire that I thought had burned out in my twenties has apparently smoldered all this time, and I don't think I could *not* start working again on my photography if I wanted to.

    My view camera left my possession years ago, but my trusty old Nikon F2 has been patiently waiting for me to use it. I still have much of the old darkroom equipment that has followed me around over the years, and added several pallets of surplus equpment recently to my collection. I am only weeks away from completing the plumbing and construction for my darkroom. I hope to pick up studio lights, backdrops, and other such equipment this winter.

    My interests in photography are pretty broad. In the past, I did a fair amount of scenic and wildlife photography, still life work, people shots, experimental work, and good ol' artsy-fartsy studies in light, shadow, texture, and composition. I am mostly self-taught, though I've taken classes at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, attended workshops for a few months at Visual Studies Workshops in Rochester, New York, and attended workshops with Bruce Barnbaum in Phoenix, Arizona. I count among my influences Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Brett Weston, Minor White, Robert Farber, Imogen Cunningham, W Eugene Smith, Wynn Bullock, Harry Callahan, and Jerry Uelsmann. I am looking forward to discussing more recent photographers and their works.

    I plan to teach myself figure photography this winter, with both existing light and with artifical light (I am *totally* uneducated as far as studio lighting is concerned). I have been out of the loop for a while, and need to get up to speed with current films, papers, and chemistry. I welcome the advice of the members here, and will return the favor as my competence level rises.

    I guess that's about all I have for tonight. Talk to you soon, I hope!

    Mike Gates
    Ketchikan, Alaska

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    Hi Mike, welcome. I'm sure you'll feel right at home here. I'm still very new here and love the company, expertise and friendship! Beware, can become addictive!!!
    Kind regards from West Australia
    Nicole

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    Welcome! As Nicole has said, you will become addicted and the glow of a monitor will warm you this winter as you keep abreast of this unique community.
    Non Digital Diva

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    Hi Mike,welcome aboard.Lived in the great land of Alaska for a short time myself.looking forward to seeing images of the Island.

    Jim
    "An object never performs the same function as its name or its image"-Rene Magritte

    "An image of a dog does not bite"-William James applied to photography

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    Hi Mike,

    Welcome! It's exciting getting a darkroom built. I finished mine almost two years ago, an am so glad I made the decsion to return to b/w printing. I had, like you, been out of the loop for almost twenty years! You'll find it's like riding a bike. It'll just come back to you! You'll also find that used gear is abundant out there, so you shouldn't have any problems with acquiring large and/or medium format equipment! I love those old trusty cameras. I still have the Nikkormat my dad gave me in high school! Looking forward to seeing your posts in the galleries.

    Cheers,
    Suzanne

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    Welcome Mike!!
    I, too am looking forward to seeing pictures of your island! It sounds like you've refound an old love! It's exciting!
    Looking forward to your posts!
    Jeanette
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    Welcome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeGates
    Hey, all!
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    My interests in photography are pretty broad....
    Mike Gates
    Ketchikan, Alaska
    Welcome, Mike. I have a couple of friends in Valdez - not too close, as far as I can see.

    { - something snaps internally - }
    I like taking photographs of pretty Broads, too! :rolleyes:
    Carpe erratum!!

    Ed Sukach, FFP.

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    Welcome from the marshes of Maryland. I worked in Alaska for a few months in 1955. We were running power lines up toward the "DEW" line I think. We were working maybe 100 miles north of Fairbanks. Beautiful wild country and very photogenic. I have a Coast Guard acquaintance, a Captain of a 240 footer out of Kodiak. Please post images.
    I love the smell of fixer in the morning. It smells like...creativity!
    Truly, dr bob.

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    Hi Mike,

    Welcome from another island; the island of Oahu. Looking forward to seeing some of your images of Alaska.
    Robert M. Teague
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    "A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist" -- Louis Nizer

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