Greetings from Norfolk


GrahamNR17

Link Posted 28/12/2008 - 13:01
Hello everyone,
Just a quick hello from Norfolk. Been into photography since I was a kid in the mid-70s. Started out with the compulsory (but dreadful) Kodak Instamatic, progressing to the equally compulsory Praktica in the early 80s. My first Pentax came in about '84 in the form of a K1000, adding an ME Super in '86. My photography has been 80% amateur and 20% professional in that I've used it extensively in my work both in IT (web sites, etc) and as a Lab Tech (technical photography, macro etc). I did spend some time in the mid-late 80s assisting a wedding photographer, wandering around with the K1000/ME Super taking informal pics (which were very popular for reprint orders). None of this means I'm any good, but I do thoroughly enjoy it! Presently using a K100D with 'standard' 18-55. Getting used to it slowly, but have to admit I find it pretty bulky compared to the old film bodies. I have a great interest in experimenting and trying new stuff, and in particular making camera and lighting gadgets - you know the kind of thing; flash diffusers from plastic milk bottles, light tents from bed sheets, string monopods etc I'm presently based in the southern half of Norfolk, UK and probably the focus at the moment is trying to get half-decent photos of my three dogs (who seem capable to remaining blurred despite high ISOs and shutter speeds!) Also dipping my toe into panoramic. Anyway, look forward to making a few aquaintences and eventually perhaps bringing something positive and useful in exchange for similar. All the best for now, Graham.

Hyram

Link Posted 28/12/2008 - 13:05
Welcome GrahamNR17 and thank you for the biography.

I managed to miss out on the Kodak Instamatic but certainly had a Praktica.
Hyram

Bodies: K20D (2), K10D, Super A, ME Super, Auto 110 SLR, X70, Optio P70
Pentax Glass: DA* 300, DA* 60-250, DA* 50-135, DA* 16-50, DA 70 Ltd, FA 31 Ltd, DA 35 Ltd, DA 18-55 (2), DA 12-24, DA 10-17, M 200, A 35-70, M 40, M 28, Converter-A 2X-S, 1.4X-S, AF 1.7, Pentax-110 50, Pentax-110 24
Other Glass: Sigma 105 macro, Sigma-A APO 75-300
Flash: Metz 58 AF-1 P, Pentax AF160FC ringflash, Pentax AF280T

Steve O

Link Posted 28/12/2008 - 13:09
Hello GrahamNR17, and welcome.
Steve
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Mac

Link Posted 28/12/2008 - 13:17
Welcome Graham!

That's the way to come on board!

You have excellent grounding in the basics with your K1000 and ME.

Now you're ready to dial away from AUTO PICT on your K100D and have some fun!

It took me a while to accept what the kit lens could do (I didn't give it a chance for the longest time - just assumed that it must be inferior to the dozen other lenses I've accumulated.) Well, it isn't! On your K100D it will do very well, and the range is ideal for most general work.
And it's LIGHT weight!

Enjoy your stay on the best forum in the world.
Mac from Montreal

SP, SPII, SPF, PZ-10, P30, SFX, K110D, istDS, Optio 60, Z-10, H90, RZ10, I-10, f3.5 28mm, f1.8 55mm, f1.4 50mm, f3.5 135mm, f2.5 135mm, f4 50mm Macro, f4.5 80-200 F, f4 35-70, f3.5 28-80, f3.5 35-135, f3.5 18-55, f1.8 31mm Ltd., two Auto 110's, Auto 110 lenses and filters, tubes, bellows, Manfrottos and a sore back.

hefty1

Link Posted 28/12/2008 - 13:22
Welcome to the forum Graham - I've still got my 80's vintage Praktica so you're not alone there!
Joining the Q

TGK

Link Posted 28/12/2008 - 16:13
welcome
Tracey
K100D Super,DA 55-300.
CS3

Hardgravity

Link Posted 28/12/2008 - 18:56
Welcome on board Graham, don't worry about the dogs! just take loads of shots, you might get one worth printing!

As for older cameras I'll own up to 2 Zeniths which I've had from new(ish) in the late 70's early 80's.

Still usable and only part of a growing film body collection.
Cheers, HG

K110+DA40, K200+DA35, K3 and a bag of lenses, bodies and other bits.

Mustn't forget the Zenits, or folders, or...

I've some gallerieshere CLICKY LINK! and my PPG entries.

user_removed

Link Posted 29/12/2008 - 00:02
Hi and Welcome to the forum
All the best

GrahamNR17

Link Posted 30/12/2008 - 17:02
Mac wrote:

Now you're ready to dial away from AUTO PICT on your K100D and have some fun!

WOT?!?! You mean, you mean... move away from the A? But Pentax have spent years putting A's all over my camera, who am I to move away?

Actually, I have done that and more today. I tried out RAW for the first time. I got real bogged-down with the Pentax Laboratory software and had a thoroughly hateful time, cursed liberally, and blamed the dogs for everything. Now I've discovered RAW Therapee and OH MY GOD I have SHADOW DETAIL back and EVERYTHING! This is like the day I first discovered shadows in pre-used and replenished ID11!

I'm really starting to love this photography thing again

Thanks for all the welcomes, I'm really finidng out heaps reading through some of the threads.
Last Edited by GrahamNR17 on 30/12/2008 - 17:04

restyles

Link Posted 06/01/2009 - 19:48
Hi Graham,
NR17 ? I bet I can see you from my NR16 bedroom window !! I did the Instamatic/Practika/ME Super route too. Send me a PM as I may have something of interest on the dog pic front !

Richard S

womble

Link Posted 06/01/2009 - 19:58
Welcome to the fora. I missed out on the Praktica I'm afraid, going from ghastly 110 autojunk to an ME Super.

Have fun snapping the dogs. My brother has his well trained and makes them wait for me

Best wishes, Kris.
Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

My website

GrahamNR17

Link Posted 06/01/2009 - 20:05
womble wrote:

Have fun snapping the dogs. My brother has his well trained and makes them wait for me

If I give him my dogs for a few weeks, will he make them do that too?

womble

Link Posted 06/01/2009 - 20:25
Well he managed to train a chicken and a rat so I wouldn't be surprised...

Cheers, Kris.
Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

My website

scottthehat

Link Posted 06/01/2009 - 20:59
Hi and welcome
just keep snapping,

http://www.pentaxphotogallery.com/scottbenson

http://s727.photobucket.com/albums/ww272/scottthehat/


CAMERAS = k200d + battery grip.
nikon d300 + battery grip.
LENSES = tamron aspherical DII 18-200mm f3.5/6.3,
nikon 18-200mm afs vr f3.5/5.6 g dx
sigma 150-500mm apo dg hsm os
sigma 170-500mm apo dg
FLASH = samsung sef36pzf flash + more.
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