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04/21/2014 03:45:03 PM · #26
The cute girls in High School took the after school photo class...and they made up 90% of the class.
04/22/2014 04:35:04 PM · #27
My father....who had a large collection of photo equipment. I believe he enjoyed collecting it more than using it! I remember him taking some photos, but I think the attraction was acquiring it---old and new! So..I used it! I had lots of different brands to choose from...lots of different formats to play with..photo lights...flashes, etc.. It was endless! My father also got into enlarging photos and developing film too. So I had the opportunity to play with this also. We would set up a make-shift darkroom in his bathroom, and at one time set up a large dark-room in one of our bedrooms. I attended a semester at the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale one summer ( before graduating high-school) what a learning experience that was---both with photography and life!! I was a journalist and photographer for my high school newspaper. I embraced photography in some form or another for most of my life...with active periods and some non-active periods. I feel comfortable with a camera in my hand...I feel alive with a camera in my hand...my mind is always composing shots with or without a camera. I can honestly say it has always brought me happiness!!
04/22/2014 06:45:45 PM · #28
Caught the bug in 1958 when we lived in Switzerland for a few years. Phased out when we moved back to the USA. I was enrolled in art school, as a painter, in NYC when a friend came back from South Africa and left his Nikon F1 with me. I became enthralled with the "contemplative immediacy" of photography, the 2-stage aspect of it; the image is of an instant, but the WORK is open-ended. I went back to San Diego and apprenticed myself to a local commercial photographer, and photography became my art and my career. Eventually I burned-out career-wise and moved on to other things after a couple decades, but when I retired to Cape Cod the new world of digital imaging was blossoming, and I embraced it.
04/22/2014 07:39:03 PM · #29
I'm relatively new to photography--only been 'really' shooting for 5 years or so. Everything before that was the Kodak disposable camera :) My wife bought me a Nikon D60 for Christmas in 2008, and I've never looked back. I drove out to the middle of the desert with my camera and owner's manual and resolved myself to learn what every single mode, setting, switch, etc., of that camera was, and I fell in love with it.

Now here's when my 'love' became an obsession.... I got this lucky shot underneath a bridge in 2009 and submitted it to 1x--my first submission to that site, and it got published--Al Garhoud Bridge Then, my next 10 or 12 photos got rejected... It was the punch in the nose of rejection that made me want to be better.

You see this a lot in the forums, but I owe so much to dpchallenge for making me a better photographer. The competition here is so great, and the fast turnaround of a shot to a large jury of peers is leagues above anything else you can find online. I often look at my first shot submitted on DPC in 2011 and look at my latest few and really appreciate the progress I've made since I've been a member here.
04/22/2014 08:01:52 PM · #30
Originally posted by ecmguy:

...I drove out to the middle of the desert with my camera and owner's manual and resolved myself to learn what every single mode, setting, switch, etc., of that camera was, and I fell in love with it..You see this a lot in the forums, but I owe so much to dpchallenge for making me a better photographer. The competition here is so great, and the fast turnaround of a shot to a large jury of peers is leagues above anything else you can find online. I often look at my first shot submitted on DPC in 2011 and look at my latest few and really appreciate the progress I've made since I've been a member here.


LOL on the learning the camera/manual inside out like that, I know my bf would approve! That's always what he's telling me to do...and yes, were it not for DPC I would probably still be rockin a 2.01 Samsung Digimax *shudder* and taking snaps as opposed to photos.
04/22/2014 09:52:51 PM · #31
This

My father had one that I used while hiking when I was 15-16. He then gifted it to someone to my disappointment. Later after 1989 I managed to buy one myself and took it to China. I have about 30 rolls that wait to be scanned. There was also a friend of my father, a real artist who's preferred media was BW photography. Portraits in natural light. He inspired my to grab the camera

He actually shot the young me in this pic

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04/22/2014 10:40:02 PM · #32
I took photography twice in high school. Never really got interested in it though, was mostly just a goof off class. Always loved wildlife and nature though, and as I got older I wanted to grab a piece of what I saw and experienced while out walking, camping and hiking. Had many many times where I saw something in the wild and wanted to know what it was, but my memory failed me in the details when I tried to figure it out later. Got a D50 with a kit lens, and wound up almost as disappointed as trying to remember details. A few lenses later and a small body upgrade, and I'm getting closer to bringing a piece of my adventures back with me as I remember them, and am getting much much better at figuring out what I see. Really though, I think its just an excuse to get out and adventure.
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