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04-11-2013, 11:38 PM   #1
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Hello from Washington State!

Hmm... so much to say, or is there?

I'm a bit of a goof, and photography is pretty much one of the biggest driving forces in my life that keeps me (mostly) on track!

Just for fun, here is me.....



See? Just a big old goof!

When I graduated from High School in 1993, I wasn't ready for college. Checked it out, didn't like it. So I worked for 10 years before finally deciding that I was ready!
In 2003 I was laid off from my job and it seemed like the time was right for a switch, so off to college I went to get my degree in photography and graphics design.
Kind of hopped around a bit, took *every* art course the college had to offer, painting, ceramics, photography, Photoshop, etc. I'd already been using a camera since around 1990, so taking the black & white photography course at the college seemed a given, so I it. Learned to develop my own film, negatives, and prints in the college darkroom, before actually applying for a part time job to WORK there as a mentor to other students. Running the lab was not only educational, but was a lot of fun!

Midway through college, I was offered a graphics design job at the local newspaper so I took some time off from college to work and gain some experience, before returning once more to college and graduating with honors and my associates degree in 2010. After obtaining my AA degree, I studied for my Bachelors in Graphic Design. I have only 8 classes remaining before I get that degree, but due to a disability caused by numerous work and play related accidents over the years, I have been left with foot, knee, and back injuries, degenerative arthritis in my spine and knees, and I am unable to sit through classes. Hope to finish that some day.

So, in the mean time, I am attempting to lose weight, get in better shape (like I used to be), so I can hopefully have a few surgeries to make repairs, and get me back in the mountains with my camera again! Also, waiting on a Pentax FF to be announced so I can swap out all my Canon gear for Pentax again!

I got my first camera back around 1990. It was a Pentax Asahi K1000 with an SMC Pentax-M 50mm 1.4 lens. I had spent a number of years collecting more SMC Pentax lenses, all primes, and had a rather large collection until my roommate stole all of my camera gear! SO much hate at that time

After that I ended up with a Nikon F2A Photomic and another collection of Nikkor prime lenses. Those helped me win scholarship that paid for part of my Associates degree while I was studying graphic design! Then in late 2006, my apartment was broken into while I was working for the local newspaper, and someone ran off with $6,000 worth of my stuff, including all of my camera gear. My insurance company screwed me royally, so I was unable to replace almost anything. I saved up for a while, and got myself a Canon 40D dslr, which I am using currently using. My favorite lens on the Canon is, of course, an SMC Pentax-M 50mm 1.4. Love it!

A few of my favorite photos I have taken...

My favorite car of all time (that I miss) where my nickname of "Bumbles" or "Mister Bumbles" came from.
A 2002 1.8 liter turbocharged VW Beetle, in a color-concept edition.






Yup, I loved that car. But due to my back & knee injuries, it got to a point where climbing in and out was just not good for me. So I sold "Sting" and moved on (sadly).

The sunset as seen from the top of the local Hospital parking garage.


My late grandmother, as she sat looking longingly out the window of her care facility. She was an amazing lady.


And on final thing... I love shiny stuff. Glass. Lights. Etc.



Anyway, there you have it. A little bit (or a lot??) of info about me! Cheers!

04-12-2013, 02:37 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum, that is without doubt the best introduction I've ever seen.
04-12-2013, 12:40 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum, that is without doubt the best introduction I've ever seen.
I do try to keep it fun and upbeat!
And, hi there!
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Welcome Bumbles, from just up north of you. Great intro and pics!

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Welcome Bumbles, from just up north of you. Great intro and pics!
Hi there sir Arn! You must be in Vancouver, BC? Just south of me is Vancouver, WA, too

I haven't been up to Canada since a rather, shall we say, interesting yacht trip with a family acquaintance. It started well, but ended with us hitting a submerged log at high speed, ripping off one of our props. We limped the boat into Port Hardy, and there it sat for a while, awaiting parts before I had to end my trip early and come home. I really thought it was beautiful up there. I need to come back some day and visit again!
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