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mfobrien

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Hi all, I guess I should introduce myself. I am having a ball with photography. My first camera was a Kodak Instamatic, back in the early 70s. My first "real" camera was an Exakta Exa 1a when I was a junior in High School in northern NY. Over the years, I had taken a lot of photos, mostly with a Pentax SLR, but in 1999 I decided that I needed to really learn the craft, as I wanted to do macrophotography. My real job is with the University of Michigan as an Entomologist in the Musem of Zoology, where I manage of enormous insect collection. Of course, macro photography and bugs go together like Holgas and Tri-X...

So, I eventually graduated to using Nikon equipment, and along the way, became interested in collecting old cameras...especially Argus and TLRs.
I also had a lot of help from an old friend that gave me a lot of equipment, and when he and his wife moved to a retirement community, we bought their house, which included a fully-furnished darkroom...house of my dreams!

Right now, I am shooting lots of things, with a variety of cameras. I love the essence of silver-based photography, and the fact that sometimes, mistakes may bring pleasant surprises. Using older cameras is a lot of fun for me, and I like seeing what kind of quality I can coax from them with modern films. I guess my most advanced camera is a Contax G1 -- which was a gift, and I in all honesty, I'd swap it in a second for a Voigtlander Bessa R and a 50 mm lens....My Nikon F4S needs to be sent in for repair as the film is being pulled through -- for every exposure I make, it pulls 3 frames through...so I'm using my Nikon FA and F2 for a lot of my 35mm work, tho I recently acquired an FM for b&w, too. The only digital camera I own is a cheapo 2.1 mp that I use for ebay, snapshots, and the like.

My 16-year old daughter also competes with me in collecting Argus cameras, and she also loves Art Deco-themed cameras. She is also a damn good photographer, and seems know light very well, as she has dome some great work without a meter in her Kiev 88 and Nikon F.

I guess the best way to see what I do is to go to my sites:
http://www.geocities.com/argusmaniac
http://insects.ummz.lsa.umich.edu/~mfobrien/photography.html

My goal is to sometime have an exhibit inAnn Arbor, but deciding what to show is a big question. Maybe just one devoted to Toy Cameras?

Mark
 

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Welcome! I can in all honesty say I have not stopped long enough in my reactions to squash bugs to think of photographing them. More power to you for being able to handle those things.
 

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Welcome from the marshes of Maryland. I have a cousin in Ann Arbor whose father got me interested in photography when I was very young. I don't think she or her spouse are interested in APUG but have gone hi-tech instead. Too bad. Show us some images and come down sometime and go sailing.
 

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Welcome, I'm looking forwrd to some bug pix in the galleries! I have an old Argoflex I bought at a flea market, probably twenty-five years ago! I think I put maybe two rolls of film through it. I always had a hard time shooting the square format (of course, if I had shot, maybe a bit more...) Then I had trouble finding 620 film. I didn't realize there are collectors out there! It's a nice decoration for my darkroom now.

Again, welcome
-Suzanne
 

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Hi Mark, welcome! I think you'll enjoy it at Apug a great deal.
You have some great insect shots! There are some good closeup and macro photographers here including MrCallow (who has already posted) and Robert Jaques, amongst other regular contributors to APUG.
 

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Welcome!
very nice photos! I love the northern MI shots and the zebra plant (green on green)! Bugs are good :wink: (but snakes are bad) :sad: haha I used to live in the Kalamazoo area...still have family in MI! Good to have you here! Your daughter, too!
Jeanette
 

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mrcallow said:
welcome from ferndale, MI...

How is the weather up your way? I heard from a friend in Wisconsin that they are expecting a record cold winter.
 

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roteague said:
How is the weather up your way? I heard from a friend in Wisconsin that they are expecting a record cold winter.

I hope your freind is wrong. Last winter was very cold and I don't find low tempertures all that photogenic.

Up until a few days ago we were suffering through a very pleasent 'Indian Summer.' Last thursday evening it got cold and has stayed in the 60's since. Also last Thursday, my wife decided to sleep in the spare bedroom with the windows open. She has been crippled with back pains ever since.


jdc
 

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mrcallow said:
I hope your freind is wrong. Last winter was very cold and I don't find low tempertures all that photogenic.

Up until a few days ago we were suffering through a very pleasent 'Indian Summer.' Last thursday evening it got cold and has stayed in the 60's since. Also last Thursday, my wife decided to sleep in the spare bedroom with the windows open. She has been crippled with back pains ever since.


jdc

I hope so too. My recent trip to Australia, where I visited Falls Creek and found that 45F was too cold for me, has shown me how unprepared I am for cold weather. I guess that comes from living in Hawaii, almost 6 years now.

Hope you wife gets to feeling better. Nothing worse than back pains.
 

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roteague said:
How is the weather up your way? I heard from a friend in Wisconsin that they are expecting a record cold winter.

I'm in WI!! You know... they predict a record cold winter EVERY year, here! Geez, if they didn't, there would not be a lot to talk about (especially with the Packers having some sort of out-of-body experiences) haha :D

I'll just be happy if we get some snow! Nothing like snow for a little B&W photography! haha
Jeanette
 

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Welcome from one other cold place where we take pride in how cold it gets. I am in Minneapolis, but Embarass, MN usually has one of the records for cold for the continental US each year. Perhaps we can exchange photos of icicles this winter.
 
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I don't know about a cold winter, but our summer was unusually cool. September was beautiful. Last weekend my wife and I went up to N Michigan, and the weather on Friday was leaden gray and rainy, Saturday 40 mph winds, and of course, beautifully sunny and calm on Sunday when we left...It wasn't one of my more photographically productive weekends!
 
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