View Full Version : Hello from Brussels, Belgium

27-Aug-2012, 13:28
This is my first post on the forum, following my (very) recent registration.

My personnal photographic history starts around 1985, when I was 6 years old, a got my first camera: a kodak instamatic. Later, I inherited my father's Pentax ME. More recentely, I was given a baby rolleiflex, found by my father in law in an attic... This was, basically, the beginning of the end :D
After buying 127 film on the internet, to feed the baby rolleiflex, I was rapidly confronted to the problem of getting it developped. So, I started to process myself. To get useful tips about film processing, I registered to a french-speaking forum on analog photography... There, I discoverd a whole new world... Today, I own about 2 dozens (my wife says "at least four dozens") cameras. I also have a small enlarger and I do black and white prints.

Most of all, my most recent camera is a gorgeous Thornton Pickard triple extension view camera, to which I managed to attach a Symmar Lens:
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7107/7668091514_12433dbe0a.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ggeeraer/7668091514/)
IMG_0251 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ggeeraer/7668091514/) par ggeeraer (http://www.flickr.com/people/ggeeraer/), sur Flickr
I just love it. It was bought by my uncle several years ago, but he never found the time to buy a lens and use it... I recentely snapped my first pieces of sheet film...

As large format photography is completely new to me, I decided to register to this forum. There is so much to learn...

Cheers !

Peter De Smidt
27-Aug-2012, 14:28
Welcome to the forum!

28-Aug-2012, 12:28
Thanks Peter !

Cheers !

Peter De Smidt
28-Aug-2012, 20:22
That looks like a great old camera.

Changing topics, my daughter will be in Belgium for the Flander's Cup judo tournament (http://www.flandersjudocup.be/) in late October.

29-Aug-2012, 00:11
Hi Gilles, and welcome.

Beautiful camera. Good shooting.

- Leigh

29-Aug-2012, 01:59
Welcome to film users anonomous.
Most of the users here have big habits
So are doing the long haul,
But as your addiction is starting to flourish
You have come to the right place only unlike A.A
We encourage you to sell your house to buy a quick shot of film mmmmm

But really

Welcome to the madhouse!

There is the full spectrum of people here, mad people like me, professors, hipsters, codgers, wizards, elfs, trolls
Professionals, the serious, the hobbiest, weekend warriors, scientists, artists, peasants, kings
Wisemen and fools

30-Aug-2012, 15:49
Thank you all for your messages ! Cosmicexplosion: I think I'll be at the right place in the madhouse :)

I just scanned my first real attempt with this camera, and I'm pretty happy, although there is still room for improvement (in the first place, I sould get a decent scanner - I use a 24x36 scanner to scan strips of the sheet, then I assemble them in Photoshop):

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8443/7896729406_a0d34a90ec_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ggeeraer/7896729406/)
Passage de la voûte - Grandvaux - Suisse (VD) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ggeeraer/7896729406/) par ggeeraer (http://www.flickr.com/people/ggeeraer/), sur Flickr

Taken in Switzerland, near the Geneva Lake (Grandvaux is pretty close to Lausanne).

Cheers !