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Michael Costolo 6:58pm, 14 September 2006
Welcome!

I was thinking this morning about the stages we go through in life and how different my 30s are from my 20s. I wonder how that changes how we see the world and how that might be reflected in our photography. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's images.

Thanks for joining!

-Mike-
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Bill Smith1 PRO 12 years ago
I just turned 38 so I have some experience on this decade. I came to photography during this period of my life and I am going to enjoy whats left of my thirties while I can.

Bill
carnun 12 years ago
I'm on the opposite side of the divide from Bill (31 in 2 months). Part of the generation that left secondary school in the early 90s when the Internet "started" and programming was the future.

Just as experimental as I always was, but starting to think I should explore depth more in my photography instead of breadth... whatever that might mean;-)

Took up photography in my mid-20s when I first had enough money to buy an SLR (a Nikon N80) and develop more than 1 roll of film a month.
Bill Smith1 PRO 12 years ago
I am a child of the 1980's just before the computer revolution, I have LPs (remember them) from the Cure, REM, Depeche Mode etc as my soundrack of my high school years.

Bill
dglennon 12 years ago
Mike, great idea. I'm in. Thanks.

I was born in 74, so I am in the same boat as carnun -- I'm also a Nikon guy and have an N80 and FE (70's flavor). I'm looking forward to getting a digital Nikon D-Whatever. It will be my little gift after finishing one more web sites in a couple of weeks.
photo by Alison 12 years ago
Hi guys... yes, this is a good idea! Count me in too! My first LP was Village People "You Can't Stop the Music" - I was in year 5! (and I still have it on the shelf)!

Our thirties ARE different to our 20's. I'm actually turning 37 soon... 2 days after I get divorced... (don't worry, I'm not hunting Flickr for a new man!). Hope that's not too much reality for one day!

I am very focussed on helping my 2 beautiful girls through the grieving process.... and enjoying photographing beautiful things along the way (including the flowers in our garden and the fun times we share together). I shoot film on my latest Pentax SLR... I have loved photography and Pentax cameras since I was a teen.... back in the 80's... with my fluro socks on!!!!

Smiles, from Alison
Riccardo Mori PRO 12 years ago
I'll be 35 in a couple of months. I fit perfectly here, heh heh. I'll try to contribute to the pool with my humble photos in the next days...
Bill Smith1 PRO 12 years ago
Alison,

Sorry to hear your marrige ended, that sucks. The kids take it the hardest. I play with older pentaxes Spotmatics and other stuff from the 1960's and early '70s along with my Nikons, Olympuses (Olympi?).

Take your time before you get back into circulation ( you can practice on us:)), spend quality time with your children. Once the divorce goes through a big weight will be off your shoulders. This coming from a single guy on the other side of the globe.

Australia/NZ spat out some cool music like Split Enz and Crowded House back when.

Bill
photo by Alison 12 years ago
Bill,

Thanks... made me smile. That was very thoughtful of you!

Don't forget Midnight Oil...

Hey, I'm off to sneak into next door's backyard to photograph a really amazing waratah in full bloom. Stay tuned....

:) Alison
picsbymac Posted 12 years ago. Edited by picsbymac (member) 12 years ago
INXS too! Good luck to you Alison. Will look for that waratah.

Hmm...like Bill, I had a birthday recently and turned 36 (another virgo here)...also from the same city...we take shots of similar parts of the same city....recognize the water feature beside 'muskoka' Bill? www.flickr.com/photos/macphotos/222492234/in/set-72157594...

I really like being thirtysomething. This past year I changed careers to follow my passion. Now I've turned my attention to fun things like capturing what I think I see with a camera. I'm new to Flickr and happy to contribute to this group.

Cheers.
The Sage of Shadowdale 12 years ago
We (Aussies) can't really claim Split Enz or Crowded House unfortunately (as they wrote some of my favourite tunes such as You'd Better Be Home Soon) since the Finn brothers are New Zealanders. Also INXS is highly over-rated IMHO.

But the Oils (Midnight Oil) and Chisel (Cold Chisel) are the real deal and they were talented (unlike INXS). Barnsie (leader of Cold Chisel) is still going solo (not as prolific as with Chisel though), but Peter Garrett has gone into politics (he's the federal Labour Party candidate for the House of Reps for the Kingsford Smith electoral division, a large south-east chunk of Sydney, for you non-Aussies out there)...what a shame.
picsbymac 12 years ago
I'd heard about Peter Garrett going into politics and couldn't quite visualize that. As for INXS, since a Canuck now fronts the group they've gotten my attention again...can't help but be supportive ; )
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peylex 12 years ago
I just turned 33 yesterday so I guess I fit the bill. I shoot film (remember that stuff?) Did anyone else used to "peg" their pant legs and wear their socks on the outside? I also had a perm and jammed to inxs AND Midnight Oil...I also recall cruising in my friend's car blaring "Ice Ice Baby"all through town. We were so hot...

I am fairly new to photography (got back into it about 6 months ago). I am happiest in black and white right now but haven't completely given up on color - yet. I use a canon and am so excited about my new lens comming this weekend. I'm graduating from the kit lens to a Tamron 70-300mm.

Looking forward to sharing my stuff with fellow thirtysomethings!

Word to your mutha...
photo by Alison 12 years ago
Happy Birthday for yesterday, Stephanie! :) Have a fun birthday weekend!
poopoorama PRO 12 years ago
Guess I'm one of the young'n's here at 31. I'm a photo nut. Film, digital, anything that captures an image. I've got a boatload of cameras that cycle through on a regular basis, though my Nikon D70 and LOMO LC-A get the most use. My LC-A just recently stopped working, so my Olympus XA has taken its place. I've also started playing around with a Holga.

Anyway, looking forward to seeing what we 30-somethings photograph. :)
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Michael Costolo 12 years ago
Wow! This is a great start!

I'll be 34 in December. Yes, I remember LPs. In high school I brought my father's turntable up to my room along with his LPs. Zeppelin, The Who, The Doobie Brothers. Great stuff. Sadly, they don't make music like that anymore...

I remember when they built the computer lab in my high school. Initially it was only an after school "activity" that a few of us nerdy kids got to play with.

Sorry to hear about your divorce Alison. My folks divorced when I was about 4 (another common 70s phenomenon). It is good to hear that you're mindful of how your kids are taking it. My inlaws are in the process of the same thing right now. I'm all too familiar with the unpleasantness. Keep your chin up and we're here if you need to vent.

Lots of Aussies here! My wife spent 6 months in Sydney before I knew her. She has lots of good things to say about it. That and I used to watch Steve Irwin are my only connections to that beautiful country.

Stephanie, happy birthday of course. Did you have to remind us of pegged pants and Vanilla Ice? Now I can't get that song out of my head...
Justin Cormack 12 years ago
Oz music? The Go-Betweens and Architecture in Helsinki.
I'm 37 now, born just in the 1960s, before the moon landing...
Bill Smith1 PRO 12 years ago
I do have a downunder connection, my mom is a Kiwi from NZ's North Island (hence Split Enz). She came to Canada in the early 1960's on a dare, met my dad ( a Montreal boy) on a set up on a ski weekend in the Laurentions and the rest is history.

Dad passed on last year from cancer, I think someone said adulthood really hits in the face when you lose a parent. With my group of friends its starting to happen with depressing regularity, I only wish I inherited my Leica M3 and one of my Nikon F's under happier circumstances. Enough of the down stuff.

I am never hung up with age, I work out a lot and take care of myself and I think I learned the most about myself in my thirties.

Isn't Vanillia Ice selling used cars now ?

Bill
picsbymac 12 years ago
Lots of Aussies and Canucks. My connection to Aussies...a dear friend left Toronto to get married to an Aussie and moved near Perth a few years back.

Truly sorry to hear about your Dad Bill. If you run, try Humber Bay Park for a lift.

Music that comes to mind (anyone else see Depeche Mode 3 times?) is General Public and UB40. Had a Smiths phase. And the Cult...couldn't dance to them enough!

Must do some work now - to pay for darkroom supplies!
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peylex 12 years ago
My kids can't believe we didn't have cell phones and what the heck is a cassette tape anyway? Remember Atari? We showed my oldest some of the old games thinking she would think they were as cool as we do. Her impression: "The graphics stink". Oh well...
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Michael Costolo 12 years ago
Cell phones? I remember not having a microwave. Or cable TV. And satellite TV dishes were the size of your car. An Apple II with a color monitor and a printer was $8000. And Windows didn't exist (was only DOS). Forget DVDs, remember how big LaserDisks were?

What am I missing?
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peylex 12 years ago
I remember not having a vcr. and 8 tracks - though that may be pushing it for some of us...parachute pants and rubics cube.
Bill Smith1 PRO 12 years ago
I remember seeing the three "original Star Wars" films in the theatres.

Bill
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peylex 12 years ago
But did you ever wear your hair like princess lea's to school?
picsbymac Posted 12 years ago. Edited by picsbymac (member) 12 years ago
Hi Peylex, I used to peg my pants too. Some things are best left in the 80's

; ) Melissa
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peylex 12 years ago
Yep - and ginormous earrings too. ;)
picsbymac 12 years ago
Remember 'roadrunner' jeans? Collecting Charlie's Angels cards?
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peylex 12 years ago
Weren't there some kind of shoes called Roos or Kangaroos?? I think they had a little pocket on them. And penny loafers - Whats up with shoes with compartments? I prefer to carry my change in my parachute pants....
noicework Posted 12 years ago. Edited by noicework (member) 12 years ago
Kangaroos had that hot zippered pocket on the side; I was never cool enough. But I did listen to Split Enz and Crowded House, thanks to my older brother who I thought was indeed the coolest.

I remember when MTV first aired, and I remember our Odyssey (it was by Magnovox; we apparently didn't think Atari was the way to go...) I think I may be the only kid that owned one...

And Yeah to Justin Cormack for mentioning Architecture in Helsinki and The Go-Betweens!!!!
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Michael Costolo Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Michael Costolo (admin) 12 years ago
I had an Odyssey too! Now I drive one.

Everyone remember the first video on MTV?
noicework Posted 12 years ago. Edited by noicework (member) 12 years ago
Holy Cow! I've NEVER known anyone that had an Odyssey. I don't know you, but now I know you rock.

Video Killed the Radio Star by the Buggles. Too easy.

Who remembers what band Fee Waybill belonged to (no fair looking it up on the Internet)????
Bill Smith1 PRO 12 years ago
The Tubes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! with my favourite tune What do you want from life????

I listen to a lot of jazz now along with old ska, reggae, funk and soul. Music these days is pathetic (old crumudgen coming through).

Bill
dglennon 12 years ago
I'm a crumudgen with you then, Bill... Kids these days -- and their long pants!

Remember the Commodore?

I started with a Vic-20, stepped up to the super-64 and then, if you can stand it, the Commodore 128!
Bill Smith1 PRO 12 years ago
I remember my high school getting a lab of Commadore 64's in the mid '80s for the computer science program. To think they have the same computing power of a calculator now.

Bill
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Michael Costolo 12 years ago
I had Kangaroos too. Frightening I know...

Remember Jams? Bloom County? Calvin and Hobbes?

Space Shuttle Columbia? (Christa McAuliffe was from New Hampshire, where I now live.) I remember exactly where I was when I heard. And the teach who told us about it.

I find it somewhat frightening to find that the most of the radio stations that play music I know and like are now oldies stations! My wife was way into The Cure, The Smiths, Depressed Mood and those bands. I was into Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Jethro Tull...

I remember sometime back in grade school we had the TRS-80s that they'd wheel into the classrooms. My neighbor eventually got a Commodore 64 that we'd experiment with programming on. Then IBM became the household name in personal computers with the "clones" that were "IBM compatible."

Remember OS/2? Imagine a PC that wasn't Windows!

Anyone remember Microsoft Bob? I just love reminding people of that.
poopoorama PRO 12 years ago
Oh man, I think my head is going to explode from all the nostalgia. :P
Bill Smith1 PRO 12 years ago
I guess we have a Big Chill 2006 thread happening here that the old geezers and the kids won't get..

I have one camera from the 1980's, a well used Olympus OM-4 I got for cheap and still has a lot of milage in her.

Mike, you live in a very pretty state. If I was driving through in the next few weeks I would be taking a ton of Kodachrome with me. I remember the family trips to Maine when we lived in Montreal driving through Dixville Notch, later on after moving to Toronto it was Southern NH.

Bill
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Michael Costolo 12 years ago
The colors have started Bill, and yes it really does get pretty here. I'm doing my best to catch it on Velvia. I fell in love with Velvia after my first roll.

Do you mean Ektachrome? The K12 process (for kodachrome) is pretty much gone from the labs these days. You might be able to send it to Kodak for processing though.

From the pool tags, we shoot lots of film here. But the pool is still small yet.
.Ashkan 12 years ago
thanks for invitation Mike... I guess it is a very good ground for doing something interesting as people belonging to the same period of time...
Mayzshon 12 years ago
I'm 36, pretty much in the middle here. IT's kind depressing to go into my local antiques store and see toys from my childhood there.

I'm still using the Pentax A300, I got for Christmas in 1985.
Bill Smith1 PRO 12 years ago
If you don't mind Mike, I can post a bunch of photos if that is ok with you?

Kodachrome is still being sold and processed so I am using while its around. A lab in Kansas does the dirty work.

Bill
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Michael Costolo Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Michael Costolo (admin) 12 years ago
Post away Bill. And thanks for asking.

People should feel generally free to post to the pool here. I've set no restrictions and I won't unless things get out of hand.
.Ashkan 12 years ago
BTW it is nice to be the youngest person in the crowd again :)
Bill Smith1 PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Bill Smith1 (member) 12 years ago
I went a little crazy with the photo posting I usually don't post this much. This is my corner of the universe, enjoy.

Bill
photo by Alison 12 years ago
Hey Bill, Very nice corner to live in. I liked seeing your collection. I really like some of them in black and white... like the inside of coffee shops, but I think I'd prefer seeing the majority of them in colour... just my preference. Bill, do you think you could find some of your Dad's photos to post here... or on your collection? I'd like to see what he used to photograph. Alison

This discussion is very funny... I just got back from a weekend away with a whole bunch of 3?'s and their kids... it was fun.... and heaps of fun to come and laugh my way through this too. I used to love playing Frogga on our Commodore 64 !! I can still sing you the tune.

My first movie on the big screen was 40,000 leagues under the sea. And E.T. (both seen at the drive in)... and the 3 original Star Wars movies... yes! I felt very old watching them again for the 20 year anniversary!!! hehehe.

Peylex, I never had enough hair to really pull off the Princess Leah look, but I totally went with the 'Lady Di' flick. :)

Mike, I hope your family isn't too rocked by your in-laws' split. It's a sad sad time... and yuck for you guys... and uncertain for the grandkids.

Mike, this is a really good group to start! It's cool linking up with people who grew up with no microwave, VCR, mobile phone etc... I remember when we got our first colour TV - Big bird was no longer grey!!! :) Oh, and did you get up early every Sat morning to watch Thunderbirds??? :)
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Michael Costolo 12 years ago
Alison: I think it affects my wife more than me, per se. Then again, it's her father (and stepmother). The only good thing is that we live considerably far away from them. But it is amazing how everyone wants to bring us into the daily soap opera of it all. And really, you'd think that adults would be more, well, adult about this sort of thing.

Back to nostalgia, I came across an old rotary phone the other day. The massive black bakelite ones that you would rent from the phone company. I remember our first cordless phone with the really long telescoping antenna. Imagine explaining corded phones that you don't own to kids today. Or better yet, to our kids when they're in their teens!

Bill: I've been to Toronto a few times. The Ontario Science Center is up that way, right? I love the black and white work you've posted. It almost looks as though Toronto never left the 50s. I'm rather into b/w now. Something so elegant about it.
photo by Alison 12 years ago
hmmm.... adults... some have never grown up...

Oh the phones... I used to stretch the cord so long, so I could sit in the hall and close the door, to try to have some privacy when speaking with friends!
Riccardo Mori PRO 12 years ago
I had one of those phones, functioning, in the flat I've lived in until march 2005. Then I relocated and I had to give the phone back to the telephone company. Funny anectode: on the way to the telephone company offices, a teenager with his mum saw what I was carrying and pointed it to his mother, saying "look, a phone with an electric cord - cool". His mother smiled at me and we both rolled our eyes.
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peylex 12 years ago
A friend of mine was running a summer camp a few years back. one of the kids needed to call home so she pointed him in the direction of the phone on her desk. She couldn't understand his blank stare when he said "I don't know how that works" It was a rotary phone. She had to explain how to dial. She said it was the first time she felt "old".

Anyone remember what strawberry shortcake really looked like? how bout rainbow brite? My 4 yr old has a strawberry shortcake but it has pink frizzy hair and barbie-like clothes. Nothing like the real thing....
noicework 12 years ago
I saw those new Strawberry Shortcake dolls. Blasphemous!
Bill Smith1 PRO 12 years ago
I remember the bakelite black rotary dial phones.

I think we are the bridge generational cohort between analogue and digital and I am not talking things photographic, like we are the last one to remember a world before PC's, cell phones, IM, MP3, CD, you get the idea.

Bill
Riccardo Mori PRO 12 years ago
Exactly, Bill. And probably we are the last ones who still can live without those things, when we feel the need to.
noicework 12 years ago
Think about it. Kids now will have never made a true "mix tape".
Bill Smith1 PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Bill Smith1 (member) 12 years ago
Now that is really sad, I still have mine and my 5 year old VW Golf still has the OEM stereo tape deck so I sparingly listen to mine trying to minimising the wear and tear.

Bill
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Michael Costolo 12 years ago
Remember how TV programming used to go off the air at 2AM? (Happens in Toy Story 2, which is on as I type...)

It is funny just how fast things have changed in our generation. But then again it's practically impossible to find Bugs Bunny on TV on Saturday mornings anymore. I guess I need to buy them on DVD. I'm amazed that those classics are essentially gone. And replaced with the likes of (sigh) Hamtaro.
Bill Smith1 PRO 12 years ago
There is a film buff named I believe Reg Hartt here in Toronto who puts on film festivals in his living room and every once and a while he shows his Bugs Bunny collection, the ones the networks NEVER showed.

I am partial to the bugs vs Wile E Coyote and we get to hear the coyote speak.

Bill
Mayzshon 12 years ago
Back then they didn't feel the need to censor cartoons to "protect us".

I can still remember that in the days before cable became common, and there were only three networks, that all the UHF stations used to be independent.

I don't know about anybody else, but it's been years since I've seen an independent staion.

Back then they didn't feel the need to censor cartoons to "protect us".
picsbymac 12 years ago
Flipping this discussion thread around a bit I'm wondering, what recent technologies, music, films, books are interesting to us now?

Or maybe this - how does our generation's experiences and memories impact how we see the world? How do they influence you as a photographer?

For myself, I cherish a sweet scene when I see it, but I am equally interested in documenting the garbage and pollution that we put into our environment. "Our Common Future" was definitely an influence on me and what I choose to photograph.
Riccardo Mori PRO 12 years ago
As for me, I find a lot of recent films and music quite sterile and unimaginative. I'll surely generalise here, but it seems to me that there's more recycling than research today.

Or maybe this - how does our generation's experiences and memories impact how we see the world? How do they influence you as a photographer?

During my formative years, one of the best lessons learnt has been: never take anything for granted. I try to apply this principle in many things I do and in the ways I am. In photography, this means watching the reality around me as if it were always the first time, with an exploring gaze that never tires. This allows me, for example, to find and photograph details which may pass unnoticed; or to photograph places I see every day again and again, and they never look the same, because to me they're never the same, even if they're always there.
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peylex 12 years ago
For me i think growing up in "simpler" times is reflected in my photography. I like simple images, ones not so overworked in photoshop; nostolgic, quiet, calm moments in a world that is fast paced , constantly in motion. Like this one, one of my more recent photos:

sit awhile
photo by Alison 12 years ago
Oh that is beautiful... at first I thought it may have been a picture from 30 years ago... simple, uncluttered by materialism.... life as it should be. I agree.
carnun 12 years ago
While I was growing up the "big" thing around here was Apartheid. Sad but true, important stuph like "Free Mandela" and "Stop Communism" were more important than Rock. The most important reason to get technology into South Africa was to stop the "black insurgents" and to build nuclear bombs to protect us from the USSR. It may sound a bit crazy, but it actually reminds me a lot of the current news re the Mid-East and so-called "war on terror". Hope that the US, Israel, Palestine, Iran, etc. can learn a bit from what we went through in the 70s and 80s and how we solved them in the 90s to finally get a good economy and stable country going in the naughties.

(I know this post might be a bit controversial, but they really were things that formed how I now perceive the world in my 30s.)
robotwolf PRO 12 years ago
Hello to everybody.
I'm turning 38 next month so I guess I can still join in.
My one year and a half daughter was the one who restarted my interest in photography. I'm shooting film nowadays and I'm enjoying it very much.
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Michael Costolo 12 years ago
I've found Hollywood to be about out of ideas. Which is probably why there are so many remakes and sequels out. I really don't watch many movies. Or much TV for that matter.

Where I live in Southern New Hampshire, development is spreading as the population quickly grows. Much of my work is dedicated to photographing the wild spaces we have in hopes to spread awareness of them. I'm quite fond of them and would like to see them stick around. Funny how people who have lived here all their lives have never been to some of these places right where they live.

I also volunteer with the NH Audubon Society as a sanctuary steward for the Ponemah Bog. I took my 4 year old son there for a work day this weekend. I think it is good to teach him about what we have and to take care of it. Volunteering is a good example for him too.

Welcome to the group Emil! I'm a big film shooter too.
Bill Smith1 PRO 12 years ago
Yeah, music today is bad but here is a remedy for that. For those of us who reside in North America we can all attest the medium of radio sucks save for non- profits, NPR, CBC, Jazz FM and campus stations. I get my cool tunes now from an online source and that is BBC Radio 6.

As for film, the last movie I shelled money out for is Sideways and I won't even touch TV.

One photo essay I want to accomplish is the spread of suburbia in Southern Ontario, I still remember where there used to be farm fields 20 years ago.

Bill
photo by Alison 12 years ago
How will you do that, Bill? Do you have photos of when it was farmland? I remember similar things from around Sydney. My first day of work I drove past farms ...now it's all houses.

Did you guys see the movie "March of the Penguins"? It was amazing on the big screen... tho' it was a doco.
photo by Alison 12 years ago
Hey I guess what influences my photography these days is my love of nature and our Harbour. Both of which I loved as a child. My mum used to dress us up every school holiday and take us on a trip 'to town'... to admire the harbour, visit the Opera House, Museum or the Zoo. And we often had what we still call "dirty picnics" in the National Park, where we could all get as filthy as we wanted - while making a fire to cook over etc. Mum and Dad gave me a love of nature, and I guess it shows in my photography now. I hadn't thought about it until you asked the question, 'picsbymac'! THANKS!
David de Groot PRO 12 years ago
Hi everybody. I just spent the last 1/2 hour reading through this thread (yeah when I should have been working), and figured that since I could relate to so much of what was said I should join in the fun and nostalgia.

I turned 32 in July so I guess I'm on the young side, but I still remember getting up early on Saturdays to watch the Thunderbirds, playing outside 'cause what else would you do?
Listening to Dire Straits, Men at Work, Crowded House/Split Enz and even Phil Collins and LRB.

As for what motivates me in my photography now, well, I do take a lot of nature shots, some documentary type shots (pictures of things that are likely to change in the future, for posterity), and in the last year I've been concentrating more on what makes a "good photograph" and trying to improve. I shoot wholly digital now, but used to shoot 35mm on a Canon T50 (still got it, just don't want to pay for the processing).
photo by Alison 12 years ago
Cool, Hi David! I liked how you documented your Brisbane photography meeting at the graveyard... some great shots!
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Michael Costolo 12 years ago
@Noicework: Turns out I had the Odyssey². My if that doesn't bring back memories...

noicework 12 years ago
HOLY COW! I loved those cartridges with the built in handles. It gave you the leverage to really cram them in there
David de Groot PRO 12 years ago
Thanks Alison, I'm improving, slowly but surely. Ordered a wide angle lens this morning - should provide a few more opportunities.
The Sage of Shadowdale 12 years ago
Cool - I've got the Nikkor 12-24mm f/4 on my wishlist. I should be able to afford it around about the time I turn 60. :)
David de Groot PRO 12 years ago
Ah mine won't be anything that fancy ;) A Raynox 0.66x wide converter for my S2 IS. It'll bring the wide end down to 23mm (from the current 36).
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Michael Costolo 12 years ago
David: What is LRB?

The widest I can go is 28mm on my 35mm camera setup. But I usually end up stacking a few filters on it and get some vignetting. I really need one of those low profile warming polarizers...

Do you use a tripod for your nature stuff? (I haven't looked at your stream yet. Still dialup at home and it is just painfully slow loading...)
carnun 12 years ago
Sage, the 17-35 f2.8 Nikkor is an absolutely wonderful lens, costs a bit but I was lucky enough to pick one up secondhand and if you shoot with film you get full value;-)
The Sage of Shadowdale 12 years ago
@mike, LRB = Little River Band, one of Australia's famous bands. Surely you've heard of them. Surely.

@carnun, I was thinking Nikkor 12-24mm f/4, Nikkor 28-70mm f/2.8, Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 VR with a good couple primes (micro, fisheye, large aperture) thrown in too. It may just take me some time though.
David de Groot PRO 12 years ago
Mike, as the other Mike said, LRB = Little River Band.

I do use a tripod when necessary, although the image stabilisation means I don't always have to :)

Dialup - I feel your pain, did that for far too many years and am very glad of my 1.5M ADSL :)
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Michael Costolo 12 years ago
Ah yes, I've heard of them. I didn't realize they were Australian though.

Even if I had cable instead of the Dish I would have a hard time justifying what they want for broadband. Our phone company offers cheap DSL, but I'm just a bit too far away from the switch to make the cut still. I check back every month or so. But now they're offering fiber right to the house, so I'm hoping I get that option soon.
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peylex 12 years ago
Someday our kids will be in this 3? group talking about the old days of dial up....
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Michael Costolo 12 years ago
They'll be talking about the old days of desktop computers, "broadband" being only a few Mb/s...
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peylex 12 years ago
And cell phones were almost as big as the palm of your hand...
photo by Alison 12 years ago
LOL.... ahhhh - the good old days!
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Michael Costolo 12 years ago
And paper money. And pennies. And newspapers. And anything that doesn't require batteries to function...
Bill Smith1 PRO 12 years ago
I can proudly say I own some cameras that don't require batteries all made before I was born.

I read an article in the Economist recently on the slow demise of Newspapers, its going to be a brave new world out there and my job as PR professional much more interesting.

Bill
The Sage of Shadowdale 12 years ago
The slowest broadband my kids have experienced so far is about 8 Mb/s (on a not so good day). My ADSL service is 24 Mb/s (ADSL 2+), which includes a VoIP service bundled (tres cool, but I need another decent cordless phone to plug into it), but I'm so far away from the exchange that the fastest I've gotten out of my 24 Mb/s connection is about 12 MB/s. Oh well, I make do... :D

They'll probably also look back and say "when I was a kid we had a computer with a network cable connecting it to our wireless switch - weird eh?". And they'll love that relic Nikon F65 film camera their Dad started with before they were born. Imagine that - a camera that takes film!
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Michael Costolo 12 years ago
Yeah, my TLR has no batteries. Of course, I need a lightmeter to get the exposure. And that has a battery.
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Michael Costolo 12 years ago
Rereading it, this is a pretty cool thread.

And a pretty cool group of people. I'm glad to get to know you all.
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peylex 12 years ago
I totally agree Mike. I was just looking at the photos in the pool too. We have some pretty good photographers here too. A wide range of subjects and styles. I love it. Hope everyone is taking a moment to look them over - there's good stuff in there!
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Michael Costolo 12 years ago
It looks like we've got some new faces here. Please stop by and introduce yourself here in this thread!
squiddity of toronto 12 years ago
A Flickr pool full of thirtysomethings who like Crowded House? Sweet!!
Bill Smith1 PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Bill Smith1 (member) 12 years ago
Welcome aboard! All I can say is Wohooo, someone from my part of the world.

I am having a get together at the Bedford Academy this Thursday with my Black and White Toronto pool, you are welcome to join us. In fact the invite is open to the members of Thirtysomething if they are in Greater Toronto on the 5th.
www.flickr.com/groups/93251271@N00/

Bill
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Michael Costolo 12 years ago
It is less of a drive for me than most others, but sadly I must give you my regrets...
linanneblack PRO 12 years ago
This is, indeed, an awesome thread! Hello hello! I have a certificate in BASIC programming for the Commodore 64, and I still have my SX-64, which is "portable". I got that after the Vic 20, of course. I am pleased to meet you all! I feel so at home here....

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linanneblack PRO 12 years ago
Potato chips came in waxy foil bags, Lou Reed was on my transistor radio, and our stove was "avacado".
Bill Smith1 PRO 12 years ago
Lou Reed, I have not heard him in ages. I had my first computers class on a Commadore 64 back in high school 20 years ago (ouch!)

I am surprised someone did not buy the rights to the name and put it onto laptops. If someone did that and not use Sony batteries, every Gen-Xr would have one.

Bill
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Michael Costolo 12 years ago
I distinctly remember the popularity of avocado colored appliances. Black, white, or stainless seem to be the way to go these days. I wonder what our kids will think was odd when they're thirtysomething?

Or how about VAX laptops? Back in college, mainframes were the thing. PCs were still not nearly powerful enough to do what they can do today. I did lots of work on IBM mainframes and SGI workstations. Heh, I'd like to see the look on one of today's kids face's when someone explains what core memory really was. And how little of it you got.
picsbymac Posted 12 years ago. Edited by picsbymac (member) 12 years ago
Harvest gold was the alternative to avocado. Grew up in a kitchen of harvest gold and brown. Still can't look at that colour combo!

@ new members: welcome!
David de Groot PRO 12 years ago
The thing I remember about our kitchens when I was a lad was the lino floor coverings. Oh and those speckled benches in yellow, green or salt & pepper. I think the stove was a standard white enamel "Chef" brand, as the RAAF didn't pay for fancy appliances.
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peylex 12 years ago
Oh yeah, I had the avacado green kitchen. Metal cabinets in avacado green with matching appliances. And a fake brick linoleum floor.

Welcome all the new guys!
Bill Smith1 PRO 12 years ago
I remember both avacado green and harvest gold appliances at one point or another. Mom and dad tore up the linolium floor in our house in Montreal and refinshed the Oak floor underneath.

Bill
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