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rusdi
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Re: [ID?] Getting to know you part 2

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My son & me. (I'm the silly one)
Hi folks, I'm Russ.
Let's see..... I've lived in Texas most of my life, 'till recent.

I started my working life at the tender age of nineteen, when I joined the USAF. I retired after twenty years, eighteen of those flying C-130 E/H models as a flight engineer. Sometime during my military career, I married my wife Diane, and we have one son, Michael.

I then started a business that was pretty unique in the field, got really lucky and managed to grow it to the point I had to hire twenty employees.
After eight years doing that, I got tired of "life on the road" and sold my business.

I've had a couple of other jobs that were in a "technical" field when I got so bored sitting 'round the house I was going stir-crazy.
My wife and I now have a home in the Ozarks in North Central Arkansas, and we both love it here.

I have always been interested in photography, even though I was never very good at it. I've owned many film 35mm cameras from Minolta (range finder type), Yashica, and the last Olympus OM-1.

I now own Pentax K-10D, and K-20D. Love 'em!!
I sometimes got lucky and produced a few nice film pictures, but when I went "digital" I had to throw out everything I had previously learned.

Thanks for listening to me talk 'bout myself.

I absolutely LOVE viewing all the Gallery photos, and say THANKS to those who share 'em!

Guess I'll tag one of my favorite macro/nature photographers,
Gooiool See Profile
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Gooiool
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NIKON COOLPIX L3
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Taken a few years back
 

PENTAX K10D
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A 1 to 2 cm jumping spider
 
Well hello to all ...
A little about myself , I started film when I was sixteen .With a Pentax K1000 , moved on to a Nikon FG.
I was lucky enough to have a school that offer a photography class . And I took in as much of the class in as I could . I did a local internship with the local newspaper and funded my photography with weddings .
Most of my work was in black and white , because it was cheaper to buy the film and develop it yourself back then . Most of the wedding shots were done in color .
Then came my own wedding and a year later my first son. So from then on I spent 20+ years working in the "salt mines " so to speak.
For a few years I still did the occasional wedding and portrait work.
As my gear got older and my life/marriage got more expensive. I slowly stop doing photography for others .
I always wished for some new equipment and high dollar lenses .
So after having Diabetes for 20+ years the things they tell you might happen to you DID ... Neuropathy was the first major problem to set in then the loss of some vision was not to far behind .
So I said to myself I'd better start getting the things I've always wanted to have before it was to late...
So a few years ago I bought my first DSLR a Pentax K10 , and some Sigma lenses. Now I have moved on to a Canon 7D and some L-glass . But still love macro work so I had to get a new Sigma macro lens And a real set of tubes .
Macro photography was always an interest for me , but never had the money for the equipment until a few years ago .
It always amazed me , All the things we miss to see , that are right underneath us all along.

I'll tag 49528867 See Profile
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I am honored and humbled by the invitation.

Of my many hobbies imaging, or more specifically photography is the one I really have the most fun with and being a brat spoiling that fun was one of the trepidations I have always had when it came to the idea of making a living with photography, it’s a fear and maybe just a touch of laziness which goes a long way to explaining why until I have steadfastly remained an independent as doing so has allowed me to work when I wanted to and to starve when I didn’t. It was a perfect synergy that fed me well at times while not gaining too much weight.

It all began when I was somewhere around fourteen or so years old which is a period of time that can only be described as a long, long time ago, I was in junior high and signed up for journalism which unlike creative writing allowed for a great deal of freedom outside of class.

My “assigned” job was to photograph develop and print school events mostly sports events even though our “photography department” didn’t have any cameras, none the less I owned a TLR of questionable heritage and it became our “official” camera.

For each assignment a cameraman or two would be issued a single roll of Tri-X and a purple mimeographed page of the event from which we where expected to bring back the winning shot and once in awhile we did.

It was fun work very addictive (think chicks) and it got me in the door as an unpaid assistant at a local studio and carried me through high school, then I hit 18 and the parental funding ended so to speak.

I had to get a job a paying job and many jobs did I get none of which I liked nor cared much about, then as it would be my luck turned.

I set the TLR aside and graduated to a 35mm having purchased a like new Honeywell Pentax SLR, it was a rather rugged camera which served me very, very well and at around the same time I discovered through a friend the concept of stringing, which turned out to be a real game changer, it allowed me the freedom to come and go as I pleased I was working outside and it afforded me the privilege to work with some of the best photographers in town, one of whom rather frankly explained to me my work left a lot to be desired though that isn’t quite how he worded it.

Again luckily for me, we where both single, had a work hard, play hard, drink hard attitude and chased women, occasionally the same one and this friendly competition turned into a lifelong relationship and a mutual learning experience for all things photographic and beyond.

In time I moved from the Pentax to a Canon T-50 then on to the T-70 which like the Pentax served me very well, then came this crap called digital, I had a chance to try out a Canon 1D at a shop in Miami and even though after reviewing the shots which I quickly determined where considerably below 35mm film it was a digital version of a Polaroid on steroids it provided no waiting instant results and I saw it as a serious time saver and a leg up on anyone shooting silver, I busted the bank and bought one.

A couple of years later I inadvertently used my 1D as a boat anchor and even though the camera was quickly recovered drained and dried, it came back from Canon with a note which should been on a hook stating “Sorry Charlie” though they where able to refurbish the lens that went in with the camera, go figure.

Since then I have had a couple of 10D’s and now work with a matched set of 1DMKII’s and I avoid water like the plague.

Then there’s video which many camera folks consider voodoo, I began getting serious with it around 2000 after picking up a Panasonic AJ-DP800 which was a wonderful 3CCD SVHS shoulder held camcorder, it like my other cameras served me well though after burning out a drum it finally bit the dust beyond it’s worth and was later replaced with a couple of JVC GY-HD200/250s, I decided to jump on the HD bandwagon for two reasons the first one being FOX News made it clear to their affiliates once they changed over to HD the use of non-HD content would curtailed which means no pay and the sales of HD sets was rising steadily which to me indicated they where being widely accepted and 4:3 would soon become passé.

Then last year we added a Panasonic AJ-HDX900 and a couple of 7D’s, and as the old saying goes so much for any form of retirement in my near future.

Next up Jodokast96. He gonna kill me...

Wayne
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A tree full of trained monkeys have my back.



Jodokast96
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Nah. If I wanted to kill you, you'd already be dead.

Sorry for the delay. Most everything about me can be found here »Re: Spotlight On! [Tag your it] from the last time we did this, so I'll just give some updates.

Four years later, and not a lot has changed. The hobbies have pretty much stayed the same, though I'm not into the computers quite as much since I've been more into photography, having come into it later in life. I still work for the same company, but now in a management role, and I've also started laboring a little for a good friend that has a handyman business. Same house, though a bathroom flood a few years ago started the endless cycle of home renovations that's taking up more of my shooting time, and has also led to the temporary suspension of my nail gun privileges (how was I supposed to know there was a pipe in that wall I just painted?). The family has had a couple of minor changes. Beauty has since left us, as I shared in our Pet Memorial thread. Tagger has since joined us, and was featured in last week's Artify #325, hosted by my oldest daughter, who already has a better eye for this stuff than I probably ever will. I'm still at the stage where pulling off a good shot is considered luck on my part. The bulk of my shooting involves landscapes, any events involving my family and friends, and any fire scenes I happen across, though I think I'd like to get a little more into portrait work. That's all that's coming to mind for now, but if for some strange reason you want to know more, just ask.

So now, who do I tag? So many to choose from. I think I'm going to take some inspiration from waynegphfx's recent return and see if I can't get an old timer that hasn't been around in a while to come back into the fold. What do you say pog4 See Profile?



Jodokast96
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No response as of yet, so I've contacted a second member.



Jodokast96
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Waiting on #3 now.