Lives in United States
Works as a Artist
Joined on Oct 29, 2007
Except for the occasional rock throwing (way too much on the Fuji forum, that rat hole needs flushed out bad - several spoiled brats have taken it over and a decent poster does not have a chance - I get raped every time I go near the place - it is like the scene from The Planet Of The Apes where they discover the scare crows XXX warnings on the hill and they enter into the valley below anyway. Before you know what happens, you are naked and being chased by animals on horseback and placed in nets and cages to be experimented on - not pretty), this is a great hang out location on the Net where people of all cultures and expirence levels come together and chat glass. I have conversed with people that have captured images of Presidents, famous photographers like Thom Hogan, and ordinary people like myself from all over the world.
I have been involved in many aspects of photography beginning with 35mm in 1978. Sometimes deriving my sole income as a professional, other times only my pleasure as an armature. From Layout to Lighting, Sales to Financing, Film to Darkroom, Digital to Post Processing and finally Large Format Printing to Framing which is where my love of photography has led me to today.
Over the years and hundreds of thousands of photographs, the only constant remains quality glass, everything else evolves, sometimes daily.
The biggest area of advancement today in photography is post processing and printing of our own images. Photo labs in your own space, be it work or home is a reality for many of us today. If you are not using digital imaging programs to enhance your images and then printing them yourself, you are missing the real meaning of photography in the modern digital age. I use an Epson R1800 for smaller jobs up to 13'' x 19'' and my Canon iPF8000 for larger jobs up up to 44'' x 59 feet! Printing is where the rubber meets the road. Seeing your images, printed out the way you processed them, is the most satisfying aspect of photography for me. Viewing images on a computer monitor pails in comparison; It is like watching other people playing with their grandchildren. For the true hands on satisfying expirence of all things digital, you need to be printing your own images.
My first camera in college was a borrowed 35mm with a name I can not remember, nor could pronounce at the time. Later I advanced to a borrowed Pentax K1000. That was living! I took as many pictures as I could and nearly lived in the college darkrooms. Film was a real bother looking back on it. Other guys had babes and beer, I had Velvia and stainless steel pans.
In school, I was drawn to the 'rich kids' with those Nikon camera straps, and I longed for the possibility of 3.5 frames per second with their clunky motor drives, and the endless possibilities of f/1:1.2 glass. I hoped someday I would have a Nikon strap around my neck.
Because I was as poor as a church mouse, my first camera out of college was not a Nikon, but a Minolta X700 with several lenses and a Vivitar flash, all purchased at K-Mart for half price on sale. For several years it was my baby, and produced many wonderful memories that live on today.
Some of the equipment I currently own is listed below (and yes, I have some Nikon neck straps thank you.) This is not all my gear, just the foundational tools I employ day in and day out (more than enough to suggest I did not just fall off of the turnip truck.)
TRIPODS & MONOPODS
MONITORS (Working with large printers, I am not comfortable with small monitors)
SOFTWARE (Much more fun than a dark room - and less fumes!)
The list above is only some of equipment that challenges me daily! Some people give other people in this forum a hard time because of the mastery level they have achieved using their equipment. Well let me tell you something: If anyone thinks anyone other than God himself could learn in a single lifetime to master all this equipment in this list, think again. Mastering one or two bodies and one or two lenses, and then sending the images off to a lab would be so easy!
Some of the aspects of Photography I have enjoyed (or agonized over) in the past 30 years:
I try to not come off as an 'expert' as no one likes a KNOW-IT-ALL, however I have seen and done a few things in the photography arena over the years.
I watched my Cousin win The Academy Award for 'Best Cinematography' but I do not 'work' in the industry. I prefer to use photography at this time in my life as a daily vacation from my 100 hour a week business rather than another vocation, I am busy enough!
Maybe together we can chat about what I am familiar with and what we want to learn about together.
I have been contributing to this and other photography forums from the beginning of 2000 with thousands of posts under my own name and rejoined here on the date below as EggBurt.
The most beautiful photograph I always take is that of my best girlfriend of the past 30 years (we have been married 25 years and did not so much as kiss until the honeymoon - but being married has not spoiled our close personal friendship.)
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