New to APUG - From Seattle, WA, USA.
I'm new here. I am also laymonk777 over at RFF. I am returning to serious film photography after 34 years. During that time, I did take pictures the snapshots on vacation, the obligatory family photos, and whatnot but my heart wasn't really in it. I've used P&S 35mm, disposables, APS/ Advantix, my then fiancee's Kodak Disc, 110 and of course several versions of Polaroids!
In 1977/78 I was taking photography classes in school and was getting serious in shooting and developing 35mm with my father's Leica MIII. It's the thing I really wanted to do with my life. I had a dream to go pro, but was strongly discouraged. Nice to have the support but I digress.
I took notice of the Lomography movement and was dinking around with LOMO effects with my cell phone pictures. I was enthralled with the light leaks and other effects for images I used to trash as "bad photos". Ironic, and compelling at the same time.
I realized that I had to go back to film and make it an art form in this time. Could it be fun again? I sincerely hope so!
I'm stumbling my way through it, but having more fun than I have in years. I'm not trying to do anything with this except have fun, and maybe catch up for years of lost time.
My kit is mostly 35mm RF: Contax IIIa with assorted lenses and viewfinders (Still figuring out the specs!), 2 Yashica 35 GS and GSNs. I seem to have an affinity for the fixed lens rangefinder cameras from the mid to late 70s (no surprise). I'm also experimenting with the Polaroids again; Spectra system and SX-70 type.