I guess we are using valuable cyberspace by having this group, I think we should use it a little more???????.
Yes, I think you are right Pat. It is easy to inadvertently neglect the groups...
I have been laying pretty low up here with the hot sticky weather, but maybe should just grit my teeth and get on with it?
I have been checking, but haven't had anything worthwhile to contribute. I will be putting some more pictures on Flickr, and if I figure out how, here as well.
It's funny, I find myself see-sawing between two places: spending lots of time online, reading, researching, contributing etc, but not actually getting a lot done in the 'real' world, or the opposite, getting down to business and getting on with projects (artistic, business, whatever) and only visiting a few regular sites (ie, email, bank and a few blogs), rather than spending hours searching things out.
It seems to go in cycles, while in the 'down time', ie, spending a lot of time online, I'm inadvertently filling my head with ideas, techniques, inspirations that will one day suddenly manifest themselves, resulting in a sudden swing the other way, actually DOING it all. Which usually sees me avoiding the internet, probably for fear of all the new ideas & inspirations overshadowing the ones that are coming out at the moment.
I think I'm just like most other men, I can only really throw all my energies into one thing at a time!
So, after all of that, at the moment I'm being very productive... and it feels GREAT!
Yesterday I was asked by one of our lecturers to give a half hour talk with my camera and examples of my work. He wants me to talk to the graphic arts students about why I use a large format camera instead of a digital, the advantages it has over a digital and vice versa, and how I go about getting the results I get and how I can use so many different processes if I want to.
I'm looking at doing this for the first year photography students as well. Hopefully I'll get some converts to large format or at least to film.
Good luck. I had a discussion with a "photographer". the other day. "I shoot as many shots as I can, then go home and photo shop them" I'm trying as well to find ways. Tonal range, patience and image construction. ( I don't look at cost, just I will never get this shot again). Keep us posted.
Sounds Exciting Mike, let us know how you go. It's interesting the perceptions people have of photographers who use LF, or, like you said, film in general.