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How many shooters are also photographers ?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by cameraman2, Mar 1, 2006.

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  1. cameraman2

    cameraman2 Member

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    Hello everyone ! I am new to THR, I've posted maybe 2-3 times but i avidly look at the forums daily. I saw a post from Alduro about shoters and muscians and thought i would start a similar thread. I got my first gun, a .22 rifle, from my father when i was eight. My mother worked for a newspaper in Wash. DC , i was taking photo class in high school, she gave me Nikon F with 3 lenses for my 16th birthday. That was 1968. Fast forward 35+ years later I am still a photographer working in high resolution digital, Nikon D2x, D1x and very much a shooter. I was always interested in how the mechanics of things worked, not so much the end product. I bought a beat up Nikon camera in 1969 and took it apart, its still apart in a box in one of my equipment cases. My first gun i could buy legally was a Series 70 Combat Commander in 9mm, I wanted a Browning HP like the one Serpico used in his book at the time but couldnt find one. Still have the CC and yes i took it apart as soon as i got it home, it however is together and i still shoot it.
     
  2. Preacherman

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    You obviously don't know Oleg... :D
     
  3. cameraman2

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    Oleg ???



    Who is Oleg ?
     
  4. beaucoup ammo

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    Oleg, Of Course

    But you're not too shabby yourself, Preacherman! I seem to recall a nice set of photos from a day you and the missus spent at the range.

    Digital camera is on my list, but there are a few guns I want first! Dang, it's all so expensive!

    Take Care
     
  5. Preacherman

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    Cameraman2, Oleg Volk is the boss here at THR. Click on his name in my first post - it's a link to take you to his online photography site.

    Beaucoup, you've got the wrong P'man... ain't got no missus! :D
     
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    I want a digital SLR way bad.

    Way.

    Bad.

    Photography is something that I've been slowly developing an interest in. Now I just need to stop buying gun stuff long enough to get a decent camera setup.
     
  9. MS .45

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    I have had an interest for several years but never had any decent equipment. I got a digital camera this past holiday so I have started taking more photos. Still only a simple hobby though.
     
  10. kjeff50cal

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    I got into photography in junior high school. My grandmother bought me a Minolta Hi-Matic G (to steer me away from guns and hunting;) ). When I was 16 my parents gave me a Pentax K 1000 and a 135mm lense (Sears) for my birthday (which is March 5), then a full darkroom setup for Christmas:what: . Still hung on to my guns though :neener: . Silver prices went through the roof (thanks Hunt Bros.) and I curbed my photography (still did occasional weddings and headshots [portraits you guys:D ]) and went to college got a real job(s).

    I was working for an airfreight delivery firm when a friend got an internship at a local community newspaper. They needed a good photographer and I had an interest in photo-journalism. I shot a couple of assignments for them and they liked what they saw. I took a leap of faith and left a good paying job to be payed about $500 a month (plus any photo jobs I could snag):what: .

    The first week I was hired I was thrown in over my head. My newpaper was one of the only local community newspapers (Houston, Texas) to cover the G-7 Economic Summit (1990) as part of the "press corps" :what: . Needless to say I know a few people in high (and low) places:cool: . Now I am a freelance/contractor (I do event photography, occasional journalism and still do weddings:D for a studio).

    kjeff50cal
     
  11. Oleg Volk

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    I started taking pictures with one of those boxy Kodak cameras. If I remember right the film was larger than 35mm.

    Then bought an Exacta 35mm out of the back pages of a photo mag just before college. At the second school I went to I took a photography class and got a Canon some years later. That camera led a hard life, but stood up to it for many years. I still use a Canon when shooting film. I recently started using an Olympus digital. Different, but useful when editors take text and photos from e-mail.

    After shool I shot photos while working (briefly) as a reporter for a weekly and a daily newspaper.

    Now shoot to illustrate the gun prose I commit. (Some need to be done today.) Also for the family photo collection.

    I was a shooter before I started shooting photos, but have been doing both for quite a while. On a good day, I get paid to do both.
     
  13. Husker1911

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    I recently joined this digital photography hobby, purchased a Canon SLR EOS Rebel. My 75-300 lens is fun, but I'm desiring a 400 or even 500mm lens to nail down some of the wildlife shots I'm trying for. As a longtime hunter, photography seems a natural extension of the skills I've learned over the years. I've got a long way to go, but utilizing digital technology, it's not too expensive once you've gotten past the initial investment. Yesterday I was on a local lake with over twenty bald eagles hunting/scavenging fish and ducks. Got a couple decent shots!
     
  14. mtnbkr

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    Amateur here.

    I'm setting up a darkroom at the moment. I need a few incidentals and the consumables for developing prints and away I go...

    No need for digital, I spend enough time in front of the computer as it is.

    Chris
     
  15. ShackleMeNot

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    Yep. Currently running a Canon 10d.

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  16. LHB1

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    Well let's see, I'm nearly 67 years old and have been shooting for at least 60 years. Have been a "photographer" for 50+ years although my skills don't match the pros on the forum.
    Started shooting with Daisy Red Ryder BB gun, then Win single shot .22, etc. Now have Win M70's in .25-06, .270, and 7 mm Mag. Along the way I shot Bullseye pistol competition for several years. Now shoot mostly pistols for personal satisfaction using S&W M41, S&W M629's, Wilson Classic 1911's, and Marvel Unit 1 conversion. LOTS OF FUN!!
    Started taking pics with Kodak Bullseye camera, then Kodak 35 mm -> Nikon F2HP, F3HP's -> Leica R8, R9. Have resisted digital cameras because my passion in photography is 35 mm slides, especially for animal pics using long telephoto lenses. Did buy a point-shoot digital camera for my wife and I use it occasionally to post pics on the forum. Don't like it because it is very difficult to control aperture/shutter speeds.

    Good shooting and be safe.
    LB
     
  17. 84B20

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    Well, here goes, I've been a photographer since I was in high school and started earning money my senior year. That was in 1964. You can figure my age if you are interested. Those of you with military experience can probably figure out what my user name indicates. Anyway, I've been a professional since before I went into the Army as well as my three years of active duty.

    I worked as a news photogapher for over 20 years but left that when the paper I worked for laid me and most of the staff off in 1995. Two years later the paper closed for financial reasons.

    I changed careers after that and switched to computers. I still shoot but now it is black and white landscape. You can see my work at the following site:

    http://www.compupal.com

    I've also had an interest in firearms since before my Army days and became very interested during the last 10 or so years as a news photographer in Los Angeles where I got my first CCW. Lately I've been concerned with protection against bears and other large carnivors because I am planning to do a lot more travel to the nortern states and Alaska as a landscape photographer and have been doing much reading on the subject.
     
  18. depicts

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    Taken a few pictures

    cassieface.jpg The Army trained me at the Defense Information School as a photojournalist. I first served in that position in Vietnam in 1968. I covered unit operations for the 4th Infantry Division for the division newspaper, the Ivy Leaf.

    Back to the world, I got a job with Polaroid, learned to be a camera repairman, but it wasn't what I wanted.

    I interned with a former White House photographer who worked for President Nixon, and learned commercial photography, especially large format and publications photography.

    After that I spent ten years running the photo department for a Defense Company, doing all product and PR photos, as well as running the labs.

    I then went out on my own and ran a successful studio for ten years, eventually doing some gun photography for companies like SIG, Guns and Ammo and some other magazines, but mostly shooting catalogs. I remember a couple of times driving from the SIG factory in Exeter, NH with one of everything in the back of my car, and hoping I wouldn't be pulled over and have to explain that. Being around Providence RI, I also did a lot of jewelry photography.

    I retired in 1998, and didn't take another picture until last November when I got a new Golden Retriever puppy. She was so cute I broke down and bought a nice compact digital camera, and now I have over 500 pictures of her :D

    I don't miss the photography too much. For once I'm absorbing the world, instead of showing it to eveeryone else. Gives me more time to appreciate the real beauty in this world.

    Welcome to the group! :)
     
  19. Soybomb

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    Yup, helped pay for college with a little photojournalism with a nikon n50 I believe it was. I have a d70 now and enjoy it, but am a little low on glass :D I really miss darkroom work though and am tempted to set one up.
     
  20. Brad Johnson

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    I took this last year on a little Father/Son jaunt Dad and I did on Father's Day.


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    This is from a charity spur auction last summer.


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    And this is the bigger of my two knuckleheads. At a lanky 19 lbs he's almost too big for even my ample lap.


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    All the images were taken on a Canon Digital Rebel (the older 300D, not the new 350D/XT). The lens was a Canon 24-70 f2.8/L. I bought both lightly used on e-bay. The digital has worked so well that my film body - which I paid a fortune for less than a decade ago - is now boxed up in the top of my closet.

    With the introducion of the Rebel XT the older D-Reb bodies can be had on e-bay for reasonable prices. Just be sure to invest in some good glass. Good glass will allow you to get the most out of your images. It will also allow you to progress to higher resolution bodies without having to upgrade your lenses.
     
  21. ScottsGT

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    Got hooked on it in High School back around '78-'79 and played with it for a few years until I discovered cars and go fast toys. Gave it up until about 8 years back. Got a Minolta 650si and some nice glass to go with it, also bought a Mamiya 645 and spent big bucks having it refurbed along with the 4 lenses. Tried shooting weddings, but decided that I didn't need to take crap off anymore women than my wife so threw in the towel and sold the medium format gear after it sat in the closet for 4 years. Now play around with an inexpensive Nikon CoolPix 5600. Was waitin on Minolta's digital SLR to drop in price, but then they announced they are getting out of cameras and selling the line to Sony. Just wanted to use the glass on my 650si. I do appreciate the lessons I learned about lighting. It drives people crazy to see me do things with a point and shoot that they can't do because they don't understand lighting. :D
     
  22. tomkatz

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    My wife is a shooter and an amatuer photo taker:D

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    Just to keep it gun related;):D I have this one as my desktop background.
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    Aye. Check my website. I've done a couple of book covers, a bunch of magazine illustrations. I've loved photography since I was old enough to hold a camera.
     
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    Birdog

    Your painting of Evening Rise is just spectacular. I can see that spot just off Rt 16 in NH, although it may be someplace else, but I've never seen it captured so wonderously, except in my minds eye. Thanks! :)
     
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    Love the shot of the spurs....excellent!
     
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