dallenp51 5 question mini interview. Tagged by@ruebx

1. Camera of Choice?
Although I have a few cameras, my first choice would always be my Olympus OM-1n. However the realities of running with a family with two children, precludes the luxury of time, to shoot film in the manner that I enjoy.
So, the camera most used would be a DSLR that is always ready to go.

2. How long have you been doing photography?
I guess, off and on since my late teens. I have never really put much effort into photography; it’s always been just an interest that came and went. Since our daughters have entered our life, I suppose that I have become a bit more diligent in the hobby. At least to the point of creating (photographic) memories for them to carry into their lives.

3. Who got you into photography.
My father was an advanced hobbyist; although not to the point of processing his own film. I really enjoyed watching his process for setting up shots. From him, I also learned how to look at a scene and really discover what drew you to consider it as an opportunity to make an image. I also came to appreciate looking through photos by others, such as museum exhibitions. It wasn’t until my wife presented me with my OM-1n as a gift when it was first released, that I gave it anymore than a passing interest. I shot fairly intensively for the first couple of years, and was actually approached by a magazine (auto racing) interested in publishing a few of my images. Just about that time, photography and I resumed our on and off relationship, until our daughters joined our lives.

4. What does photography mean to you.
It allows me to relax and withdraw from the “nonsense” that surrounds me daily. Although, the nonsense can make for some of the best moments.

5. Anything that you would like to say to new photographers.
a) Don’t forget to experiment.
b) Take your dial off the green “A”
c) Have fun!
d) Find a subject, something that actually interests you and shoot, shoot, shoot.
e) Have fun!
f) Don’t get too wrapped up in the megapixel race; it will only lead you away from developing skills.
g) Oh yeah…above all, have fun!

I am tagging @notraces @budster3 @ned_bunnell in hopes that you are interested
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  •   budster3 5. Don't undervalue your work. Doesn't matter if you're shooting professionally, making art or just playing around. Good or bad on your own opinion...stop giving it away. 1d
  •   dallenp51 Wow! @budster3 What a wonderful history to look back on. I have often wondered how some of my follows have arrived to where they are today. You should post the questions and comments on your feed, and invite some of your favorites to share their stories as well. Thank you very much for sharing. 1d
  •   budster3 I should clarify my answer to number 5: don't give it away...unless the act of giving it away has meaning to you as a photographer. Whether it's as a gift to someone, donating prints or images to a cause or volunteering to photograph an event or charity. But too many people get approached to use their images for commercial or other purposes and aren't compensated or are otherwise exploited. That devalues not only themselves, but the entire medium. Both professional and amateur, it effects everyone. Thanks for asking me to share my thoughts! I'm currently flipping through a pile of Cibachrome prints my dad made in our darkroom in the late 70's that look like they could have been printed last night... 1d
  •   dallenp51 Thank you, Jen.@jennifersarahblakeslee 1d
  •   dallenp51 I am not familiar with the Cibachrome process. Is it still done? I have a load of Kodachrome slides that my dad shot that look ridiculously crisp. Also a ton of B&W too boot. He passed in '84 and hadn't shot since the late '70s; so all of his media has held up nicely as well. @budster3 1d
  •   budster3 I'm not sure if the paper and chemistry are made anymore. At some point, the name changed to Ilfochrome and that's what I used through college. It's a dye-destructive direct positive process and it was light years ahead of other color printing both in terms of vibrancy of colors and longevity. I think properly stored Cibachrome/Ilfochrome prints could be expected to look new after 150-200 years. I have prints my dad made that were dry mounted to black matboard in 1978 where the matboard has faded tremendously and the print looks like it isn't even dry from the rinse yet. Seriously. And those were displayed for years. I still have a box of paper and an unmixed chemistry kit from around 1994 in my basement. Not sure if they'll still work, but one of these days I'll set the darkroom back up and try. Another advantage to the process is that the working temps were much like B&W so it was much easier to use. Other processes like RA-4 (which is the most common process for printing from color negatives) requires much higher temps and even the slightest deviation of a degree would mess up the colors. I've printed both at home and RA-4 was a pain in the ass even with the right equipment. I very quickly decided to leave my color printing from negatives to pro labs. My suggestion for your dads slides and negs is to scan them and if you want to print, the higher end ink jet printing from Epson or a C-lab is as close as you'll get to Cibachrome. Those Kodachrome slides should hold up well if they're stored properly. Ektachrome doesn't always last so well and I'm finding that any Agfachrome that my dad shot in the 70's has deteriorated severely...far more than anything else. 1d
  •   goaliej54 Great shot, nice interview! I'm still saving up for that new lens; your advice will be much more helpful when I have it. But thank you! :) 1d

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