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    Hi from the Chicago area

    Hello all,

    I have found this forum very interesting and helpful so I thought it would be appropriate to join, and perhaps even contribute...

    I live in Batavia Illinois and work as a particle physicist. I have been playing with LF for about 1 1/2 years and a trip to the Southwest convinced me to upgrade from the Calumet mono-rail I have been using to an Arca Swiss f-field (which arrived today - wow, what an upgrade!). I should say that I visited this forum MANY times whle trying to decide on the Arca Swiss - thank you.

    I am looking forward to learning a great deal here.

    Now off to practice with my new baby (sadly here in Illinois) before my return trip to Utah this fall.

    Cheers,
    Norm.

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    Re: Hi from the Chicago area

    I am not sure where you are but View Camera is doing a trade show and conference in Rockford, IL June 9-11. The trade show is free and all you have to do is show up. It will be a great opportunity to meet a lot of other lf photographers. The location is the Best Western Clocktower Resort in Rockford.

    steve simmons
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    Re: Hi from the Chicago area

    Hi Steve,

    I was aware and am planning to attend some of it - I have a conflicting conference during the week so I'll probably just register for Saturday and/or Sunday. I badly wanted to see the B&W presentation by Alan Ross but I beleive it is on the Friday.

    Thanks,
    Norm

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    Re: Hi from the Chicago area

    Hi Norm, I'm in the Chicago area as well. You might be interested in Starved Rock state park or Turkey Run in Indiana. Enjoy the Arca, great choice.

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    Re: Hi from the Chicago area

    Norm,

    In case you haven't seen them a couple area groups are:

    http://www.midwestlargeformat.com/

    And the Chicago regional forum on APUG.org.

    Chuck

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    Re: Hi from the Chicago area

    do you work at fermilab?

    what are your thoughts on turning it into a giant, tubular view camera?

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    Re: Hi from the Chicago area

    I am usually in Chicago in the summers as a visiting artist at the School of the Art Institute. But not this summer. I needed a break. I'll look you up next summer.
    Thanks,
    Kirk

    at age 67
    "The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep"

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    Re: Hi from the Chicago area

    Thanks everyone for the information and warm welcome.

    Yes Paul I do work at Fermilab. I'll be sure to pass on your idea of converting the lab into world's largest, and certainly most expensive camera... it would make work even more enjoyable!

    On a related note, it's nice as the lab somewhat limits the general public's access and thus it is a quiet and suprisingly scenic place to photograph - there are even Bison, fenced in Bison that is.

    Cheers,
    Norm.

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