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.
Welcome to the Hog! Wonderful first post, Phil.
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.
Welcome. Great first post. Keep them coming and have fun.
Phil, welcome to the HOG. great first post.
As Mike said, you can learn a lot from the users here
Wonderful photo, reminds me of many dives on Looë Reef in lower keys.
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!!
Thanks for the welcome
( unfortunately - the soup bowl camera is long gone )
Welcome! And let me second MrBob. It's a great place to learn and share.
Welcome to the forum. Thanks for sharing a photo.
Welcome to the Forum, Phil, great first post, enjoy the site.
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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