Anyone here into photography?
Cuz I am. I used to earn my bread & butter with it even, in the seventies, before I discovered that programming was more addictive, and made more money.
I was even schooled in the technical aspects of photography, and I used to know the D76 (developer) and Tri-X (undisputedly the most used and best b&w film ever) datasheets off the top of my head. Being an engineer at heart, I functioned as the goto guy to ask questions about technically challenging subjects. When I got back into photography in the 2000’s, I was capable of doing nifty things with Fuji Neopan and Fuji Acros (two other amazing B&W films).
I definitively got into the digital format in 2008 – I was pretty late to the party, but it was in 2008 that I bought a digital camera that could match my medium format camera in terms of image quality. As of 2010, I wrapped up my dark room, and went 100% digital. Luckily, everything I had learnt when I was in photog college could be applied to digital photography.
I have now sold most of my film equipment, but I kept two cameras around, merely for sentimental purposes (these were the cameras I used to make money with), and I’ve recently loaded one of them with a Tri-X again.
Anyway, this here photo, which I am unduly proud of, was made in 2004, with a Mamiya 645 Pro, loaded with Fuji Neopan ISO 400, exposed at ISO 250, and trick-developed in Amaloco Nivenool, to eek maximum dynamic range out of it. This was a smashing success technically, which many pros said they could not have reproduced… and it won a few prizes.
It took about 20 mins to take, and much of this was spent walking around to move the chair, and to do detailed light measurements – which made me kick up some dust, and that helped me to discover that you can make light itself visible!
In the meantime: if photography is a hobby of yours, I’d love to hear about it!