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peylex 1:39pm, 19 September 2006
Thaks Mike for the shiney yellow star next to my name. I will wear it with pride. ;-)

I will be tackling this whole photo challenge thing and attempt to organize. (Me and my big ideas...) Anyway. Here is what we are thinking so far. Members would submit a photo of an item that represents our generation and then we all vote or nominate a photo from that week's submissions to be the following week's icon. Your input is always valued so please add your ideas for making this run smoothly here.

Thanks!
Stephanie
photo by Alison 12 years ago
Sounds like fun.... you go girl!
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Michael Costolo 12 years ago
I'm too poor to give out cash prizes for icon submissions. What might be a good substitute?
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peylex 12 years ago
Maybe honorable mention in the group discription for the time that their photo is our icon?
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Michael Costolo 12 years ago
Maybe I'll find time to dig through some old boxes this weekend. I've got an old Rubic's Cube puzzle from way back - the one in the shape of a globe. But I've moved so many times that I don't have many boxes of things from my youth.
David de Groot PRO 12 years ago
I've got a whole room of boxes! (one day they'll all get unpacked... really).

I'll have to have a peek too, I know I've got some old LPs in a box, various bits of lego, one of those little hand-held video game things...
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Michael Costolo 12 years ago
My son is 4 now and into Legos. It's great ;)
David de Groot PRO 12 years ago
So's mine :) Although I was always somewhat anal about keeping the set together, so all my all lego is pretty much complete (including original boxes). The 4yo is nowhere near as good at keeping things together.
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Michael Costolo 12 years ago
No takers yet on the challenge. Stephanie, want to make an executive decision on a new icon? The Atari joystick is getting old.

No pun intended.
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peylex 12 years ago
O.K. - Made an executive decision...

Please add suggestions to this thread - I will run out of images before too long!
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Michael Costolo 12 years ago
Thanks! I'd love to see some of David's LP covers...
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peylex 12 years ago
Yah... David?? get to work buddy....
David de Groot PRO 12 years ago
Doh! I forgot :(

I'll go grab some now then.
David de Groot PRO 12 years ago
How's this then ?

Quintych of Album Covers
David de Groot PRO 12 years ago
And since we're on the topic of icons, here's the manual from my first computer:

Amstrad PC1512
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peylex 12 years ago
Here is a crazy idea - How about we use our old school pictures as icons? If we are brave enough to post them that is! Guys start posting your primary school photos and we could nominate a member's pic to be the icon? I'll go first if you like - give me a sec to upload one...
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peylex Posted 12 years ago. Edited by peylex (admin) 12 years ago
me circa 1979

Here I am :) Now I showed you mine - you show me yours ;-)
picsbymac Posted 12 years ago. Edited by picsbymac (member) 12 years ago
I took this shot for the group in keeping with the generation theme - it's in the pool. Feel free to use it if you want.

Red Light
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Michael Costolo 12 years ago
I'm about to go buy a new scanner in an hour or so. Perhaps I'll dig through my childhood pix soon. Scarily enough, I actually have a few of my school photos in a place I can find them.
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peylex 12 years ago
It would be only fitting, Mike, that the founder of the group should be the first face on a school photo icon....
Bill Smith1 PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Bill Smith1 (member) 12 years ago
How about if you are really brave a toddler shot of yourself

like me in 1972:

Me with Leica Case C. 1972

Me now:

My portrait
David de Groot PRO 12 years ago
Well this is me in High School (I think, still not too sure):

Me
picsbymac 12 years ago
Then
1972

Now (Celebrating my recent graduation)
Always Talking
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Michael Costolo 12 years ago
WooHoo! I'm now the proud owner of an Epson 4490. I'll dig up my old pix later. It's 11PM here and I'm beat.

picsbymac: Congratulations! From what did you graduate?
picsbymac Posted 12 years ago. Edited by picsbymac (member) 12 years ago
Thanks Mike! Congrats yourself on the new scanner. The what: Landscape Design program. I made a career switch from IT to LD this year. So that picture was after the first glass of wine, but before dinner, dessert, and yes, more wine. Other shots were just too shiny to post ; ))
David de Groot PRO 12 years ago
That's quite a switch there, IT to LD. Mind you, I've thought of similar, if it weren't for the large mortgage and the fact that IT pays well, I'd consider moving out of the field myself.
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Michael Costolo 12 years ago
David: I've considered going into teaching. But there's just no way I could afford the pay cut. That whole mortgage thing makes the decision easy.

Once I get my darkroom up and running and get some 'sperience in there, I'll strongly consider doing b/w printing as a side business. Advertise to the local camera clubs. Get some sample prints out to the labs I work with that don't do b/w enlarger prints anymore, etc. Ultimately I want to be able to work with fiber paper and do archival/gallery prints. I've often though of combining that with a b/w portraiture business, primarily aimed at kids, which I think could be quite lucrative in this area. Having someone dump a room full of nice equipment on me makes it all the more appealing as my startup costs have been dramatically slashed.

picsbymac: Just FYI, that photo page is marked private. So will you work for a firm of some sort or is this more of a consultant type occupation?

I just fiddled around with the scanner a bit. My only disappointment is that this one can't take 4x5 film. This isn't a problem (yet), but the old 3300 I use at work has a 4x5 film adapter. I understand, though I've not measured it yet, that the backlight is just not wide enough. Intentionally. The new one, though, has much better optical resolution. The 3300 craps out 1200 dpi. It gets *very* noisy after that (and has no 2400 dpi option). This one also has "dust removal" in addition to Digital ICE. All in all a good buy. And that I will not be rushed to get my scans done while the owner is at lunch is a plus. Hopefully my scans will be better now.

Amazing how long it takes the sun to come up anymore...
picsbymac Posted 12 years ago. Edited by picsbymac (member) 12 years ago
@mike: Yes, I have marked my personal pics private. You now have access if you want. Right now I am consulting with a small firm. I find that once people find out I made the big switch that they have questions about how to do it - email me if you have any yourself.

There are scanners that can handle medium format. I think HP has at least one, Canon too. Check out PC mag review of a Canon that handles film well www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,1765285,00.asp
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Michael Costolo 12 years ago
Thanks for the link. The 4490 can handle medium format (120 or 220 film), but not large format (4x5), which I think you meant. The ones that can do 4x5 all appear to be about $400 to $500 which is more than I care to spend right now. Perhaps if/when I get a 4x5 it'll be an issue. Or maybe I'l just make prints and scan 'em.

It's funny that both you and Bill have switched careers and others of us have at least thought about it. Makes me think...
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peylex 12 years ago
Still need school pics guys! I changed the icon for this week. it is www.flickr.com/photos/dadegroot/ 's picture of his turntable. I also added a note on the discription of the group giving him props for the photo. So come on and post your pics for the icon - If not for the free publicity.
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Michael Costolo 12 years ago
I'll get on the school pix this weekend. I just got two rolls of Velvia back, so I'll be scanning away.

Got my Beseler enlarger set up yesterday. Amazing piece of equipment there.
David de Groot PRO 12 years ago
Mike, sounds like an admirable plan (the B&W printing business on the side, etc).

I may, once I've got a better rig setup, pursue some local photographic stuff on the side myself. Could be good to broaden my horizons and a little (and I daresay it would be a little) extra cash on the side doing something I like would be nice.
Bill Smith1 PRO 12 years ago
That put a bug in my head but I have to get a decent enlarger and some time to learn how to use it.

Bill
linanneblack PRO 12 years ago
Blurry and faded, but... so is my youth. ha ha

When I was knee-high to my headphones...
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Michael Costolo 12 years ago
Bill, there are so much darkroom equipment on the market right now it isn't even funny. It seems like *everyone* has an enlarger to sell. Without having the paper dev here yet I can't talk about the quality, but the Ilford Multigrade head is amazing. I have two complete units with a spare (new) head, plus another one for parts. I'm set. And the paper dev should be here by Wednesday. *grin*

As for school pix, this is my first grade picture (1977-78). I "love" the fact that my bangs weren't cut straight. I wonder who did that...

Mike-1st grade
photo by Alison 12 years ago
Oh Lindsay, Ilove the headphones !! I used to love listening to story books too! :) Hey Mike, love that pic! This is a great idea.... I'll have to go digging for photos too! Stephanie, Bill, David and Melissa... lovely photos! Hey David, is there a school photo of you around? Alison
David de Groot PRO 12 years ago
It's posted above somewhere, albeit I'm not looking at the camera. I hated having my picture taken when I was younger, still much prefer to be behind the camera.

Going through the box of LPs I found a heap of old play-along story book 45's. Things like The Jungle Book, The Rescuers, Smokey the Bear, etc...
picsbymac 12 years ago
I distinctly remember my LPs of Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music. Alvin and the Chipmunks was my fav xmas record.
David de Groot PRO 12 years ago
My brother had an Alvin and the Chipmunks album. I've ended up with the Smurf album.
Bill Smith1 PRO 12 years ago
I remember the Winnie the Pooh record my mom played when I was three.

Bill
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