Rob Barker I live in Tintern, South Wales, about 500 yards across the border from England. It's a cracking area for landscape photography and I've been slowly building up a portfolio of local landscapes since moving here 2 months ago. It's also the traditional base for the UK based f32.net workshops, the last one of which I helped out teaching on. I've been using large format equipment for a few years now, developing an interest in it as the perfect medium for landscape work which is what I want to focus on photographically in the immediate future. I stated out with a cheap Toyo 45G monorail, rapidly realising that it wasn't the ideal bit of kit for taking up mountains. I followed that with a Wista VX technical field camera, the strength of which was put to the test when it blew clean off the tripod on an expedition to Dartmoor and landed on a rock! It was a fine camera but having the bed so close to the lens irritated me; it made using 150mm grad filters difficult, so I traded it for an Ebony RW45E, which I am delighted with. Unfortunately the recent house move means no darkroom these days, and I have reluctantly sold my Durst L1200 based kit. I do tend to adopt a more consumer based approach to LF photography these days though, preferring to shoot Velvia and getting someone else to print the Ilfochromes! I am fortunate to have a local professional photographer friend, Robert Lawrence, who kindly lets me use his E6 line and Imacon scanner from time to time, which helps matters immensely! Apart from taking pictures, my current main LF interest is getting to grips with Merklinger's work and mastering application of the hinge rule. I now see it's application as the primary advantage of LF over other formats. The creative control that a good working knowledge of how to precisely place the plane of sharp focus gives you is something special. I again owe Robert Lawrence a vote of thanks here; I could never have been motivated to buy and grind through "Focussing the View Camera" without his inspiration. This forum means lot to me, despite the fact that I haven't been here for as long as many of you. It's a fabulous resource and I am delighted to be able to play a part in keeping it as friendly for beginners and useful for experienced hands as it has been under Tuan's moderation. ---------------------------------------------------------------- Neil Poulsen I've been interested in photography since my college years. Later on, while teaching high school math, a colleague who taught photography there introduced me to large format and told me about photographers like Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, and Edward Weston. He showed me two test photographs that he had taken in his back yard with a 4x5 and an 8x10 Deardorff, and when I saw the tonalities he achieved in those photographs, that was it! LF photography has been my number one consuming interest outside my professional life since that time. My favorite areas of photography are landscape and architecture. I like both color and black and white. Many photographers inspire me, but some that stand out are Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, Edward Weston, and Ezra Stoller. Heavily impacted by Ansel Adam's photography and his technique, I taught myself the zone system. I regard this tool as the single most important that I use. Taking about two years to finally complete, I have my own darkroom. About two years ago, I had the opportunity to take an excellent workshop from architectural photographer Norman McGrath. After teaching high school for two years, I left and got a graduate degree in Statistics from Oregon State. I've worked for six years at Dial soap, at Baxter Health Care, nine years at Intel, and over four years at a smaller high-tech company as a consulting statistician. Last year, I was laid off from the unnamed company! Having always thought about doing photography at least semi-professionally during my later years, I'm currently enrolled at Mt. Hood Community College in the Photography program and want to become an architectural photographer. It never hurts to have a second profession.