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 Post subject: Hi from Almere
PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 2:50 pm 
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Hello!

My name is Mike and I have been searching for a nice, kind and bit more advanced photography forum for quite some time now. I remembered Bjorn, one of your moderators, telling me about a forum where he was really active a long time ago and decided to search for it. To my pleasant surprise it turned out to be Camera Labs, a website that I have used in the past for reviews on gear. Especially the video reviews have been of great interest to me.

I have been using Canon since the beginning, not because I think this brand is better than the others, but because at the start I was able to buy a 350D relatively cheap. And once you start buying lenses then you don't make the switch as easily. Even though I never had any in my possession I also like Nikon (love the color of the pictures, even though I can also play around with that in Photoshop), Sony (great to have IS in a body, though it has it's downsides) and Olympus too.

My interests mainly lie in nature photography, but I am not really picky. I photograph whatever I find interesting, although I have never been quite fond of photographing people. Somehow I just feel objected to make candid shots, and I have no ambition of becoming a portrait photographer. Studio photography doesn't appeal to me either, since I don't really like artificial light. Where is the challenge if you actually have control over everything that ends up on the picture?

I haven't been as active lately with photography as I would like to. Working full time and having a load of other interests (playing guitar, gaming, and I just got married so the lady wants attention too) kinda made it harder for me to put as much time in as I did years ago, but I got excited again after our honeymoon where I had quite some photographic opportunities. Now we started saving up for a trip to Africa and do a safari there, which is why I am saving up to buy some new gear so I will be able to document the trip perfectly.

To round up I am glad I found this forum and I hope to be able to learn, have fun, and help other users make the most out of their great hobby. Because if nothing else: photography is a fantastic way to spend your time :).

Kind regards,

Mike

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 Post subject: Re: Hi from Almere
PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 3:36 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Hi from Almere
PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 7:20 pm 
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Welcome Mike.
I guess you re-kindled the relationship with an old flame (photography :) ) as well as getting married! :wink:

I envy your upcoming trip to Africa, there should be endless photo opportunities for you both. 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Hi from Almere
PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 10:08 am 
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Thank you :). I sure hope Africa will be everything I am hoping for. Me and the lady have always discussed starting a bed and breakfast there, so I could do photographic tours and she would run the place. Will probably never happen, but it is nice to dream :).

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Want list: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Tamron SP 90/2.8 VC USD Macro, Canon EF 500/4 L IS USM, Canon Extender 2.0x III
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 Post subject: Re: Hi from Almere
PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 1:57 pm 
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Welcome to the forum Mike!

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 Post subject: Re: Hi from Almere
PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 8:41 am 
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Welcome on-board Mike!


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 Post subject: Re: Hi from Almere
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Welcome onboard :)

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