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My interest in photography really began when, as a 10 year old, I visited an uncle who was a keen photogrpaher and had a fully equipped darkroom in his garden shed. I'll never forget my amazement when he demonstrated the process of developing a contact print - it was pure magic made all the more fantastic by the red glow of the safe light. The family camera was a Kodak of some sort that took 120 film - the quality of the pics didn't quite match those from mu uncle's Rolleiflex TLR! So I saved my pennies and bought a 35 mm Halina Paulette Electric with built in light meter and a 45mm f/2.8 lens! I had a lot of fun with that camera and learned the basic principles of photogrpahy but I soon needed (lusted after) an SLR. The then new Pentax Spotmatic was too expensive so I settled for a cheap (because it was obsolete) Praktina FX with 58mm f/2.0 Zeiss Biotar lens. The Praktina FX was one of the first system camera with interchangable pentaprism and viewing screens, available motor drive and even long film back. I never did find any lenses for it but with the removable lens I could now take macro pictures - my extension tube was a cardboard tube, blackened on the inside with a smokey candle, all held together with retort stand and clamps! Eventually I traded that for my first new SLR, a Fujica ST701 - I added a Flektagon 25mm f/4 W/A lens and a superb CZ Sonnar 180mm f/2.8 lens only to have the lot stolen. With the insurance payout I switched to a Canon A-1 and have been with Canon ever since. Unfortunately photography had to take second place to the more important task of education and career and my camera only came out of the closet for family and holiday snaps. My first digital camera was a Sony Mavica that recorded on to 3.5" floppy discs - image quality was very poor compared to 35mm film and I soon gave it up. Next came a Canon Powershot S30 - somewhat to my surprise this 3.2mp camera was capable of taking excellent pictures, and then I discovered Photoshop Elements 2 ...after that it got real expensive! Canon 20D, 40D, 5D2, Gitzo, flash, Canon zoom lenses, L-glass, Elements 3,5, CS2, CS3, CS4, faster computer, backup drives, monitor calibrator, Epson printer and endless ink cartridges.... Now photography is a favourite hobby and thanks to all the great resources on PN my work is much improved (says me!) - but its the quest for that perfect shot that is such fun. Thanks to all my PN friends and contributors, your pictures and comments have been a great inspiration!


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