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Belboz99

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I finnally found it! I found what I've been looking for for years, a website devoted to anolog photography!!!

I have been trying to "fit in" at other forums on the net, and lets just say I've been having a hard time of it. One site I was posting on was full of digital snapshooters. Someone posted the thread "what did you do with all your film cameras when you went digital" completely assuming that (1) everbody had gone digital, and (2) that nobody used their film cameras once they went digital.

What really ticked me off were the replies. Poster after poster mocked the time-trusted medium, saying things like "film, what is that?" and other stuff.

Needless to say it was time to move on.

I hate to admit it, but the first camera I owned was a digital P&S. I used that for close to a year, then I started going online. I found www.photo.net, and learned what real photographs looked like. Needless to say I quickly became completely dis-satisfied with my $150 digicam.

I was wandering around the house one day, wondering what to do. I had no job, and I had very little money. Then I was down in the basement when I saw this "thing" hanging on the wall. I took it upstairs to ask my father what it was. He said "oh, that's my old Minolta". So, I unbutton the old case and open it to find a Minolta SRT 101!!!

My father showed my how to use the match needle once I put a new battery in it, and I went and bought my first roll of film at a lab. My father showed me how to load it, and I proceeded to start snapping. That was spring of 2003.

I was quite pleased with the results, except for one thing, I had no way to edit the photos and share them digitally, save scanning prints. So, one day in July of 2003 I fell for all the whopla on the net that said a $300 digicam could compete with film. I bought a Canon A70, and took it everywhere. Then, 3 months later it broke. I sent it back to Canon for repair.

Bummed, I decided that taking photos with the SRT was better than not taking any photos at all, so I pulled out the SRT. I immediatly found what a joy it was to use an optical veiwfinder again. So, I decided to get some of my photos from Europe scanned at my grocery store. Now, today I think the scans were crap, but at that time I was completley blown away. I had no idea the amount of detail that film could capture.

When my A70 came in the mail a week later, I didn't even turn it on. I had swtiched back to film, and I have been ever since. I have since purchased a Minolta XG-M in near mint condition, and more recently a Minolta Maxxum 5. I also have a Yashica A TLR that I bought off eBay for $40, but film and development costs prevent me from using it that much. Also, I have a Minolta Scan Dual (the original), and the professional version of Vuescan and Neat Image (The old scan dual gets some noise sometimes).

I am constanly blown away as to what a 5 year old scanner and some 35mm film can do! I hope to be blown away agian once I purchase the Nikon Coolscan V. I'm buying it so that I can get into some freelance work, doing photo and negaitve scanning and resoration. I hope to double or tripple my income in the coming weeks doing something that I actually love. I can't wait to get started!

Well, that's about it for my phography background. Hope you enjoyed it!

Dan O.
 

roteague

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Dan,

Welcome from Hawaii. I hope you enjoy all the people here, they are just great - and you won't get strange looks when you tell people you only shoot film. Looking forward to seeing some of your images online.
 

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Belboz99 said:
I finnally found it! I found what I've been looking for for years, a website devoted to anolog photography!!!

I have been trying to "fit in" at other forums on the net, and lets just say I've been having a hard time of it. One site I was posting on was full of digital snapshooters. Someone posted the thread "what did you do with all your film cameras when you went digital" completely assuming that (1) everbody had gone digital, and (2) that nobody used their film cameras once they went digital.

What really ticked me off were the replies. Poster after poster mocked the time-trusted medium, saying things like "film, what is that?" and other stuff.

Needless to say it was time to move on.

I have been there recently enough myself. It's easy to appreciate your own work but very disheartening when so many people say such uninformed and intentionally ignorant things about film photography. I assume you have already noted that you will not be subjected to that attitude here, though you may run across a few photographers that enjoy digital as well as analog.

Any way ...

Welcome to APUG - the most film friendly place on the net. :smile: I look forward to seeing some of your photos.
 

BWGirl

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Welcome from your northern neighbor!
This is a marvelous place where film is good and chemicals are our friends! Looking forward to seeing your photos in the gallery!

(So how many times do you hear "Book 'em, Dan O"?? :D )
 

erickson

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Welcome Dan!

I saw, and replied to, your post on photo.net. You'll find that this place is free of digital evangelism. I hope you like it here!
 
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I dont know if Belboz99 is still around but if anyone from the Rockford area has picture's they would like to show off, I would love to post them on my site! Stop by or email me.
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Bill Mobbs

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Hi Dan, Welcome to the land of real trays, real chemicals, real film, and real photographers!
You are going to like it here!
 

Mike A

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Welcome Nieghbor

Hi Dan,
If you ever think about going to large format you have one of the best camera builders in your home town at http://www.wehmancamera.com/index.html I also admire his print work, some of his images are captured locally. I frequent the Rock river out your way from time to time, mostly Castle Rock park. You have large range of subject matter from which to chose from in your area, you should have no trouble making good images.
Good light,
Mike
 

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Rockford files

Hi Dan,
Rockford Il. Wasn't there a tv detective from Rockford Il.?
Jack
 

KEK

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Hello from Algonquin IL.Gas up at the Road Ranger on the weekends I head to Galena.

Kevin
 

sunnyroller

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My mother-in-law is from Rockford. She just got back late last night from spending a week up there. It only snowed for a little while Friday night so she was somewhat disappointed. She wanted to see real snow nearly as much as she wanted to see her daughter. I've only visited there twice, but I have been brain washed with Rockford facts and trivia. She collects anything that has to do with Rockford--postcards, books, plates, etc. It certainly is a pretty area of the country.
 

GeneW

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Greetings. I grew up down river -- Rock Falls and Lyndon -- and once tooted my trombone in a music contest in Rockford. Beautiful part of Illinois (aside from the trombone noise) :smile:

Gene
 
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Hi and welcome, from South East England.

Now you have found this site, like me, your gonna find it hard to switch it off!

Stoo
 
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