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Location: New Jersey USA

My photography story goes as follows.... I always had some type of camera as a kid. When I was in my pre-teens I had one of those Kodak 110 cameras as well as a Polaroid Land camera. My step father was into photography and I remember when we first got an auto focus Polaroid. I think it actually used sound waves to find the subject. When I went away to collage (Howard University in DC) I took along a 35mm called a Petri Flex. My step father had brought it back from Germany in the early 60's. It looked something like this:

The camera worked pretty good for a while but started having some shutter problems. Also the focus ring always felt sticky too. So one Sunday afternoon, I took the entire thing apart cleaned everything and put it all back together. To my surprise, everything worked perfectly......for a while anyway. A few months later the shutter started acting up again and I did not feel like taking it apart again.

I studied Architecture and City Planning while at Howard University. (But ended up in the computer field) This is probably why there are so many pictures of buildings in my PF. Smile I took photography as an elective and purchased an Olympus OM10 as seen here:

This was the first thing I ever bought on credit. Smile The OM10 was a dream compared to the Petri. Taking a photography in our nation's capitol was a lot of fun. There are so many great places to take pictures there. In class I learned all the basics and how to develop my own B&W film and prints. I thought the dark room was a lot of fun and I ended up taking photography II the next semester.

Of all of the hobbies I have gone through over the years...I always seem to come back to photography. I always seem to find a way to fit photography into whatever "other" hobbies I was into at the time. Some other cameras I had were:]

Minolta Maxxum 7xi. You might remember this one because on the early production models the two X's in Maxxuim were linked together in the same fashion as the X's in Exxon's logo. Exxon was not too happy about this and sued Minolta. Shortly afterward the linked X's were gone on the camera body.

You can see the rare linked X version here:

This is the one I had:

My next 35mm and my first Nikon was the N70:

The N70 held me over until the digital age. My very 1st digital was a little Casio with a resolution of 640x820. That is less than one mega pixel! That little camera ate up AA batteries like you wouldn't believe. It took really rotten looking pictures, but it gave me a source to produce pictures for the web. The as followed buy a Nikon CoolPix 775, 5200 and 5700. That brings us up to the D50 and now D80.

I have always enjoyed photography ever since I was a kid. Over the years I have snapped enough photos to fill a closet full of boxes. Now that I've gone digital I've had to upgrade my hard drive a few times in order to hold everything.

Most of my photo interest has been automotive, travel and landscapes. My friends and family always complain that there are hardly any people in my photos. Lately I've been trying my hand at portraits whenever I can get someone to stand still long enough. Smile

I've been a member of EPZ for just about 3 years now and have been inspired by the many wonderful photographs in every catagory. I have enjoyed the experience even when I'm just looking around when I have some idle time on my hands.

Thanks for taking the time to look and I welcome any comments and constructive input you may have.



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Member Info

  • Location
    United States United States
    Last login
    30/03/2020 @11:14
  • Photographic Level

    Semi Pro
  • Photographic Interests

    Wildlife / Nature
    Close-up / Macro
    Landscape / Travel
    Portraits / People
    Digitally manipulated
    Photo Journalism