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    Hello from Downunder

    I'm new to this forum and want to say Hello to all. I've dabbled in photography most of my life since school days, starting with my first camera an Agfa Clack, through 35mm, 4x5 and 8x10. I think most of you know the story. In the last couple of years I've woken up to the qualities of old lenses, alternative processes, and have now rediscovered pinhole as a true photographic form in its on right. Oh, how I've been led astray by in the past by lens specs, resolution, MTF curves and that sort of stuff - valid in some contexts, but not everything. I used to do a few pinholes now and then and have attached the only three negs I can find; where the others got to I can't imagine.

    Farm scene, Wycheproof, pinhole '99.jpgSilo, Wycheproof, pinhole '99.jpgTree, Wycheproof, pinhole '99.jpg

    These were made with a homemade pinhole in 0.001" shim brass, but I don't know the size or aperture, on a Tachihara 4x5 and Tmax 400 developed in D7. They are straight scans, only reduced in size for web posting. I intend to do much better, starting with a laser pinhole. I look forward to learning more through this forum and exploring alternative techniques. Thanks everyone for the inspirational work you publish here. Regards,

    Barry
    (North-East Victoria, Australia)

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    G'day Barry

    Great work and welcome from slightly less south in Downunder.
    "The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each man to himself", Edward Steichen, in Arthur Rothstein 1986, 19.

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    Hi Barry,

    Good to see another Australian on board. Melbourne here.
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    Hello Barry. Welcome from another Oz member.. Albany WA

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    Welcome, Barry. I like what you've posted and look forward to seeing many more of your images.
    See my photos at:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/drcphotography/

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRC View Post
    Not everyone on this forum lives in Australia

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    Okay point taken... ...There are three types of people in this world: those who are Australian, those who want to be Australian, and those who have no ambition.

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    looks great Barry, welcome to F295!
    I look forward to seeing more of your pictures and discussion in the forum.

    Cheers!

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    Barry - check out my apertures down in the for sale section. I supply copper electron microscope aperture grids for a buck apiece that are as good or better than any laser pinhole that you can buy. Nice images, and welcome to f295!
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    Thanks for the welcome and comments everyone, it's good to be here.

    Earl, I'll certainly look into your ems grids; I've already seen mention of them in my internet search for pinhole information.

    Yesterday I knocked up a pinhole in aluminium cooking foil for a special shot I planned. I haven't developed the film yet as my darkroom isn't dark when the moon is up - lol I'll really have to do something about that - we've only been in the house two years! We're off to Melbourne for a few days and I'll develop the film when we get back. I'm not holding out much hope for the quality of that pinhole, although I was as careful as I could be.

    Thanks again everyone, this is a wonderful site.

    Barry

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    I too enjoy the 'point-it-thataway' aspect of pinhole, it's good for the soul!
    the scans look great, make em bigger next time
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    Things like old folks singing in the moonlight in the back yard
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