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Dec 19, 2021 11:34:57   #
Phil327 Loc: South Florida
I have been taking photos for the last 50 years or so. I started out with a Minolta Rangefinder camera, then a Canon A1. I switched to a Nikon film camera, then about 15 years ago to a DSLR . In the past - I did my own B&W film processing and had a simple darkroom. The Minolta had a problem and I decided to fix it. I never knew there were so many very tiny screws and a springs. Not wanting to loose any parts, I put all the parts in a soup bowl. This camera was never meant to be used again. My kids called it 'The Soup Bowl Camera'

I still like to take things apart to fix them and now there is Youtube with a lot of information on fixing cameras and lenses. Here is Florida moisture is a problem and I have been able to remove fungus from a few of my lenses.

Lately I have been taking pictures with an Olympus underwater camera while snorkeling. It is fun to do, but the subjects rarely assist.

I am always looking for new ideas and techniques to improve my photos. A friend suggested I join this group - so here I am.


Dec 19, 2021 11:42:52   #
UTMike Loc: South Jordan, UT
Welcome to the Hog! Wonderful first post, Phil.

Dec 19, 2021 11:42:59   #
MrBob Loc: lookout Mtn. NE Alabama
Hey Phil, Welcome to the Hog.... There are a lot of folks here with a lot of knowledge and experience in this group... A lot can be gained by listening to these folks. There is also a lot of wit, tongue in cheek humor, as well as vigorous debates by very passionate folks... Don't let some of the debates by enthusiastic people put you off... It's a GREAT group with a lot of diversity and knowledge... Welcome aboard.

Dec 19, 2021 12:01:00   #
kpmac Loc: Ragley, La
Welcome. Great first post. Keep them coming and have fun.

Dec 19, 2021 12:08:07   #
jdtonkinson Loc: Green Valley, AZ
Phil, welcome to the HOG. great first post.
As Mike said, you can learn a lot from the users here

Dec 19, 2021 12:10:25   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
Welcome to the forum.

Dec 19, 2021 12:26:04   #
Tdearing Loc: Rockport, TX
Wonderful photo, reminds me of many dives on Looƫ Reef in lower keys.

Dec 19, 2021 12:44:51   #
Welcome aboard! This group has wide and deep knowledge and I am sure will be an asset to you. May I suggest also joining a camera club or two! I am also in South Florida...Boca Raton area and I am in both the Boca Raton Camera Club and the Coral Springs Camera Club. Both do interesting things and have slightly different foci! One is a tad more competitive and the other supports individual growth. Nice folks in both. I know there are camera clubs all around since we share some zoom meetings. Good luck with your soup bowl!!
Stay safe,

Dec 19, 2021 22:45:12   #
Phil327 Loc: South Florida
Thanks for the welcome

( unfortunately - the soup bowl camera is long gone )

Dec 20, 2021 06:04:30   #
nervous2 Loc: Provo, Utah
Welcome! And let me second MrBob. It's a great place to learn and share.

Dec 20, 2021 08:02:36   #
joehel2 Loc: Cherry Hill, NJ
Welcome to the forum. Thanks for sharing a photo.

Dec 20, 2021 08:25:47   #

Dec 20, 2021 10:32:15   #
Earnest Botello Loc: Hockley, Texas
Welcome to the Forum, Phil, great first post, enjoy the site.

Dec 20, 2021 11:00:10   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
Welcome to our forum!

Dec 20, 2021 11:20:00   #
PhotogHobbyist Loc: Bradford, PA
Interesting first photo post. Underwater photography can provide some very beautiful and exotic subjects. :ool forward to seeing more of your work. Welcome to the Hog.

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