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02-14-2012, 07:04 AM   #1
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How did you get interested in photography?

I got interested back in the early 70's. Watched a spy movie and the guy was using a camera. Then a friend got hold of an old Minox spy camera and sold it to me. Got some developing equipment and took my first photos with the Minox. Have been in and out of photography a few times since then.

How about you?

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I got into it at school. (grade 9) we had a darkroom I got a zenit for my birthday and moved into the darkroom until i left that school in grade 11 (it was a boarding school so there wasn't much to do outside of school work and sports unless you were gay those guys had more fun lol)
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My Dad was an avid amateur photographer and developed his own B & W stuff, also took slides and colour negs. He also took standard 8 movie films.

Fortunately, most of his negatives and all of his slides and movie film still exist and are still enjoyed now. Dad also still exists although he comments that digital SLRs look so much more complicated than his Practica with no light meter. (He used a handheld Sekonic). He may not take any photos nowadays but his creative eye still exists and enjoys looking at the stuff I've taken and assisting on composition. (Why do his photos from the 60s always look better than mine!!!)

I was always exposed to this environment and just grew up liking photography.

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I was acting in a series of porn films (performing, I suppose would be more accurate), and during a break in the shooting, I idly picked up the still photographer's camera and took some pictures of my Fluffer for fun.
They turned out great, and we both had a lot of fun, and I was hooked on this new hobby from then on.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Wheatfield Quote
I was acting in a series of porn films (performing, I suppose would be more accurate), and during a break in the shooting, I idly picked up the still photographer's camera and took some pictures of my Fluffer for fun.
They turned out great, and we both had a lot of fun, and I was hooked on this new hobby from then on.
LMAO
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On a trip to Europe in 1972 with my family. I took over the photograph duties and was hooked. The camera was a Kodak Instamatic and it was also my first time shooting Kodachrome.

After I graduated from high school in 1975 I saved up for my first SLR, a Pentax KX. Went to Europe again in the summer of 1976, this time alone and armed with three dozen rolls of Kodachrome 64! I was totally hooked on Photography and Kodachrome.

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I was raised in my father's little darkroom.
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Can't beat Wheatfield story ha ! I am a first generation, my parents were not real shutter bugs, although I do remember the Kodac Instamatic with the square flash bulbs. I got really interested once digital got to be about 5 mp (never had the desire to develop film and I would get frustrated at taking 36 pictures of which 5 I liked ). Fist camera was a Sony DSC 85 I think - only been into DSLR since 2007 - wow I could take 100 now and keep the 5 I liked ! Then I really got into slide shows (digital CD and DVD). My daughter has picked up the passion so it would not surprise me for her to continue on. She gets all the hand me-downs at this point.
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I had the usual instamatic, and Ma brought home a Nikkormat from Japan in '64. Around '72 I started with a Pen FT and took a trip with my step father from Philly to NYC - Willoughby's if I remember correctly - for a Durst enlarger and a Schneider 35mm enlarging lens (for the 1/2 frame Pen)... Did photography for the high school yearbook & traded printing for a school project for a couple of LP's - Patti Smith's Horses was one of them.
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Ok, now the real story. Grade 8 Industrial Arts included a couple of weeks of darkroom technology (this would have been around 1970). I was hooked on darkroom work for some reason after that. Christmas 1970 I found a Sears darkroom kit under the tree, which was made up of a Pixure cantaloupe on a stick enlarger, and some GAF chemistry, 4x5 trays, a small contact printer and a little red light bulb.
My dad was very supportive, he arranged it so that I could make the basement dark, and supplied me with a bunch of negatives (which I have lost, much to my dismay) that he shot while serving in Italy and Holland during WWII, so that I would have something to print.
I took up photography to supply my darkroom with raw materials, it really was the darkroom that I liked, photography was quite far down the list of activities that I enjoyed.
I ended up making a mini career out of photography by shooting weddings, and a main career by working in photo labs. Along the way I operated my own custom B&W darkroom business which gave me a surprisingly good income, and won a few awards with my photography, had a few gallery shows, printed a few gallery shows for other photographers, etc.
Every time I think about this stuff, I am reminded about how much I miss the darkroom.
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QuoteOriginally posted by wheatfield Quote
i was acting in a series of porn films (performing, i suppose would be more accurate), and during a break in the shooting, i idly picked up the still photographer's camera and took some pictures of my fluffer for fun.
They turned out great, and we both had a lot of fun, and i was hooked on this new hobby from then on.
brain bleach now!!!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Wheatfield Quote
Ok, now the real story. Grade 8 Industrial Arts included a couple of weeks of darkroom technology (this would have been around 1970). I was hooked on darkroom work for some reason after that. Christmas 1970 I found a Sears darkroom kit under the tree, which was made up of a Pixure cantaloupe on a stick enlarger, and some GAF chemistry, 4x5 trays, a small contact printer and a little red light bulb.
My dad was very supportive, he arranged it so that I could make the basement dark, and supplied me with a bunch of negatives (which I have lost, much to my dismay) that he shot while serving in Italy and Holland during WWII, so that I would have something to print.
I took up photography to supply my darkroom with raw materials, it really was the darkroom that I liked, photography was quite far down the list of activities that I enjoyed.
I ended up making a mini career out of photography by shooting weddings, and a main career by working in photo labs. Along the way I operated my own custom B&W darkroom business which gave me a surprisingly good income, and won a few awards with my photography, had a few gallery shows, printed a few gallery shows for other photographers, etc.
Every time I think about this stuff, I am reminded about how much I miss the darkroom.
Like the other story better but this is far more believable. I didn't think there was a big porn industry in Saskatchewan. If you were from Quebec the first story may have been believable
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QuoteOriginally posted by eddie1960 Quote
Like the other story better but this is far more believable. I didn't think there was a big porn industry in Saskatchewan. If you were from Quebec the first story may have been believable
I would imagine that those wheat stalks could be quite painful depending on what you were doing with them.
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About 6 years ago Squirrels cornered me in the woods (Now known as the "Woods of Otis") and held me hostage until I agreed to buy a camera and make them world famous. It's still a work in progress.....they tell me I'm a long way off from capturing their handsome beauty.


Wheatfield...I've seen your movies...the best one was when that girl pointed and said "Where is it?" Just kidding! Don't go nuts, it gets the Squirrels all excited!

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