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Title: How did your interest in Photography develop..
Post by: PixelHunter on April 02, 2014, 11:28:05 AM
Lets start another of those threads  ;D Here we discuss how our interest in photography developed or how it started in the first place.. So lets begin..
Title: Re: How did your interest in Photography develop..
Post by: Rakesh J.V on April 04, 2014, 01:54:14 PM
Mine began sometime in college. Dad bought me a  Canon Powershot G9 as a birthday gift. It was a bridge camera and I loved being able to change settings :D  . That was around the time when a photographer from Kerala (Hari Menon) was getting famous on the internet for his photography. I was completely astounded by his pictures and the very effect of getting the background blurred seemed divine :P

So with my first paycheck at my first job, I bought myself a Nikon D3100.. And that's how it started for me.
Title: Re: How did your interest in Photography develop..
Post by: Hyperdrive on April 04, 2014, 07:26:15 PM
It all started with my Grandpa's Kodak Brownie (already about 30-40 years old at that time) and my Dad's brand spanking new Canon AE-1 with an F 1.7/1.8 prime lens plus his Yashica RF. This was way back when I was in primary school. Well, the rest is history :)
Title: Re: How did your interest in Photography develop..
Post by: joethephotographer on April 04, 2014, 09:25:22 PM
For me it was my sister's 1000D; I was awestruck by it. It had a screen where numbers increased or decreased if I moved a little plastic wheel. I have always thought of myself as a nerd and my first experience with a DSLR left me speechless. I was unable to comprehend what all the little buttons and dials did!

That cold night in Coonoor was the beginning love-hate relationship with photography.

I moved on from a Nikon E4100 to a Canon A2000. I then discovered CHDK - http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/CHDK (http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/CHDK) and thought it was the greatest thing since digital cameras!  :D

I've been known to "develop-an-interest" in a lot of things including music (my Yamaha guitar being a testament to my rock-n-roll days). But my interest photography did not wane. I wanted to learn more, I wanted to create art.

And so I bought a proper Canon DSLR (1100D). I've been in love with photography and I think I'm here to stay.  8)
Title: Re: How did your interest in Photography develop..
Post by: Madhav Bhakta on April 04, 2014, 11:08:41 PM
From childhood days, I used to play with Toy cameras. I had lots and lots of different toy cameras. When I was in 5th standard, I got the Twin Lens reflex camera from my uncle (though it wasn't working but I can able to see the image from top of the camera). Holding that camera itself was joy for me.

In 2005, I bought my first camera Canon S2 IS (Prosumer camera with 12x zoom). My pocket didn't allowed me to buy a Nikon D50 at that time. :( 

In January 2012, I bought my first DSLR Canon 50D and the real photography journey has been started.
Title: Re: How did your interest in Photography develop..
Post by: Hot Shoe on April 05, 2014, 12:19:14 AM
I chose to get into a marine related job when I was 19 years old and it had been globe trotting ever since. What better way could one preserve those memories of life at sea, the ports visited, the typhoons, the Suez Canal, the Panama Canal or the view of the Manhattan skyline from Hoboken - on film of course ! My first camera was a Kodak Instamatic purchased in the U.S. and it used a film cartridge of just 12 frames. Pictures taken with that camera still exist in albums at home. Now that those days are over for good, my Nikon DSLR keeps me happy on 'terra firma' !!  :D
Title: Re: How did your interest in Photography develop..
Post by: yndesai on April 05, 2014, 07:10:20 AM
In school days I used to be good at object and building drawings. I was
too bad at human and animal figures. Always was amazed by the capability
of a camera to recreate the scene.

I would borrow P&S Film camera from my uncle in college days to capture
moments (which my family charrish today). Being budget conscious I did lot of home videos.

Finally temptation to click birds got me to bite the bullet and buy a DSLR. I had been
too technical in clicking photographs.
With DSLR and PCI friends here I am getting serious on learning the "ART" of photography.
Title: Re: How did your interest in Photography develop..
Post by: joethephotographer on April 05, 2014, 11:17:37 AM
In school days I used to be good at object and building drawings. I was
too bad at human and animal figures.

I was alway bad at free-hand drawing, and I still am.  ;D

Engineering Drawing came to my rescue and I can finally make a decent drawing using a scale and a pencil.  :)
Title: Re: How did your interest in Photography develop..
Post by: shooter on April 06, 2014, 12:10:54 PM
Mine was something....I saw my dad taking photos from his minolta srt super with so many lenses. Lateron, when I was in 6th grade, I became interested in photography. He gave me an Olympus PEN EE3 camera, where I practiced composition. I shifted to the minolta srt super system in 8th grade, with a 50mm 1.4 lens(back then, I didn't understand much, what an 1.4 lens can do, or how expensive it is).My dad first taught me to focus, and assay the light. I used to predict exposure(he didn't provide me with the light meter battery), and focus in low light. Viewing the world with the viewfinder of an SLR was joy. Then, slowly i started to use films, and blew up countless frames. Every time I used to make an exposure, I used to make a note of it in a small notebook, and when the prints came, I used to do self assay. I was not allowed to touch any other lens except for that 50mm lens until I was in 11th grade. This is how I developed the interest in photography and this is how I learnt it. My learning doesn't end here, still a long way to go... 
Title: Re: How did your interest in Photography develop..
Post by: yndesai on April 06, 2014, 07:54:10 PM

Engineering Drawing came to my rescue and I can finally make a decent drawing using a scale and a pencil.  :)

Same here. Finally used AutoCad more than any other software. . .  ;D
Title: Re: How did your interest in Photography develop..
Post by: theqca on April 12, 2014, 09:27:34 AM
Interesting to read these posts..

My journey in photography started in school..

I went a Jesuit school and the principal, an Italian called Fr Casale was an avid photographer and historian who shot with Pentax.

The school used to have annual trips to places of historical significance and on one of those trips he let me try his camera out since i was inquisitive..a few minutes of looking at it and I was hooked.

He also took the trouble then to teach me a bit about how the camera works... some basics of photography.

I remember the first wide angle photo Id taken was at fatehpur sikri with his old pentax and wide angle lens.

The school had a dark room where we could develop the photos and we had classes for those who were interested..i took those classes and fiddled around a bit...

I continue to hold on to a pentax spotmatic with a 35mm lens...nice camera..still works :)
Title: Re: How did your interest in Photography develop..
Post by: shooter on April 12, 2014, 01:54:48 PM
Binoy da, share your inspiration too....
Title: Re: How did your interest in Photography develop..
Post by: manoja2k on May 26, 2014, 12:40:21 PM
My interest in photography started during my school days. I remember in class VII picnic I borrowed a Kodak camera from a friend of mine shot two films of ORWO b/w. Surprisingly all the snaps came out very good (each snaps got copied on an average 5 - 7) and I became a mini-celebrity in the residential school. I had to maintain my image..
All my shootings usually happened with borrowed cameras. I became the member of photography club in my college and learnt a bit about film development.
I got my first camera (a Praktica SLR) when I started working. But again photography is an expensive hobby and I used to dally with photography time and again till I reached a stage where I believe the technology as well as my pocket has allowed me to to be able to get involved on a more regular basis.
Title: Re: How did your interest in Photography develop..
Post by: PixelHunter on May 26, 2014, 06:01:41 PM
I almost forgot about this thread. Thanks Manoj ji for reviving it. To be honest, I was attracted towards photography from a very early age but I never took it seriously enough to take it as a hobby. I just loved to shoot and I used to shoot with my fathers Konica Pop film P&S camera every now and then. Then, during my college days, when mobile cameras became decent enough, I clicked with mobile for many days. Then after I joined job, I graduated to a digital Kodak P&S and I think , thats when I started to take photography a bit seriously. I started reading about compositions and also started paying attention to different elements in my framing. I kept shooting with that camera for a good two years. But as I progressed, I began to feel the limitations of the Kodak, like lack of manual control, inferior ISO performance, large DOF, limited choice of FL etc. Then at last I graduated to a Nikon D3100 and started taking photography seriously. Thats my story..  :)
Title: Re: How did your interest in Photography develop..
Post by: Hankosaurus on September 06, 2014, 04:09:48 AM
Hi Guys.

Thanks, Binoy, for the initiative.  It's interesting to learn how photography became a part of each of our lives.  I will try to add a snapshot about my fascination with this hobby.

My first recollection of caring anything about how a camera works started when I was about ten years old, about 1957.  I made a camera-like toy with a shoebox, a cardboard tube, and a lens taken from a cheap set of folding binoculars.  Maybe you remember those binoculars (http://thumbs3.ebaystatic.com/d/l225/m/mH0sJGoKzwKsuD0ssR4wu_w.jpg).  They folded up to about the size of a cigarette pack and fit into the pocket.   Anyway, I played with that box and lens, observing how it projected an image of the real world onto the back of the shoebox, only backwards and upside down.  Then I more or less forgot that toy.

A little time later, I was gifted a simple box camera having the form factor of a TLR.  I recall that it came from Hong Kong, but I cannot remember the name of it.  It had about three apertures, holes punched into a rotating disk.  I think it was fixed focus, as I have no recollection of a focus control.  The lens was not coated.

Anyway, I had been studying art in school about that time, and I recall looking at the reversed image in that TLR's viewfinder while thinking about things my art teacher had been saying about composition.  So, given that then was the first time I had ever looked into a loaded camera with "artistic intent," I guess that may have been the beginning of my life in photography.  Later, after I got out on my own and had a job, I bought a Yashica J rangefinder and a cheap hand meter.  That was my first "good" camera.

Over the next decade my interest in the hobby accelerated.  I worked in the daytime and went to university at night.  Along with my core studies I took a few courses in art and photography.  The company where I worked (AT&T) had a commercial class TV/film studio, comparable to the big networks.  I got a job in that department and had lots of fun, and learned a lot about imagemaking.  I was very fortunate to have my favorite hobby as a paying job.

In those formative years there was lots of gear lust.  I bought and traded a number of cameras back then... Yashica TL Super,  M42 glass, Nikomat, Yashica-Mat 124, Nikon F, Nikkormat, Hasselblad 500c, Nikon F2, lenses, darkroom, gadgets, filters, stuff, and more stuff.  Then, about ten years after the Yashica J, I realized something very important.  To wit, while photography was loads of fun, my pictures were not improving very much as I bought more and better gear.

After about 12 years in the studio I secured a better paying position in telecom sales.  I sold my Hasselblad gear, reasoning that 35mm was good enough for hobby pursuits.  That was a correct choice, but I admit that I do miss that 500c more than any other camera I ever parted company with.

Since that time there have been any number of GAS attacks, even though I know how that gear does not come packaged with talent.  In the nineties I became reacquainted with rangefinders.  I also developed an interest in repairing old cameras and brought a few back to life.  Rolleiflex Standard, Zeiss Ikoflex, Voigtlander Vito II, Practica FX, Bolsey Jubilee, Kiev 4a, and some MF glass come to mind.

In the 00's I watched as the digital revolution took hold.  I dismayed at how early dSLRs lacked the operational culture of the great manual cameras.  So, I delayed purchase of a digital camera until Nikon introduced one that would at least support my old 35mm format Nikkors.  That was August of '09, when a D700 came into the family.  Five years on, I see no need to "move up" to a better camera.  I know fully well that many are now better, but for me they would make no difference whatsoever.  Experience has taught me that, at least.

To this day, when I pick up a camera and put the finder to my eye, I still think about that art teacher from my youth.   I can almost hear her voice talking about things she had said about art and composition.  Sometimes my mind's ear can hear her say "Remember, space is an important shape too".

:)
Title: Re: How did your interest in Photography develop..
Post by: PixelHunter on September 07, 2014, 06:03:34 PM
Thanks a lot Henry for sharing your story. I must say yours is a long and colourful journey.  But it seems you missed one important milestone I.e when you acquired the leica. Please share that as well.

 I would like to urge both new as well as existing members to share their story as well. It feels good to know about each others story.
Title: Re: How did your interest in Photography develop..
Post by: Hankosaurus on September 08, 2014, 04:45:35 AM
Thanks a lot Henry for sharing your story. I must say yours is a long and colourful journey.  But it seems you missed one important milestone I.e when you acquired the Leica. Please share that as well.

Greetings, Binoy.

I guess I did skimp over that part, so I will elaborate a bit.

Back in the sixties, my first "real" camera was a 35mm rangefinder, a Yashica J (http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=https%3A%2F%2Fimg1.etsystatic.com%2F000%2F0%2F5891510%2Fil_570xN.261779365.jpg&imgrefurl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.etsy.com%2Flisting%2F79168129%2Fyashica-j-35mm-vintage-rangefinder&h=570&w=570&tbnid=GpPQG9F9xWnfnM%3A&zoom=1&docid=LKCWPA3b6gZcQM&ei=llQNVMGnMM2GyASmqYGABA&tbm=isch&ved=0CFEQMygtMC0&iact=rc&uact=3&dur=5383&page=3&start=36&ndsp=22).  Frankly, it did a splendid job for the several years I had it.  However, at the time I did not yet know enough about photography to appreciate the strengths of the rangefinder style of camera.  The J had a very good Japanese copy of a Zeiss Tessar, a 45mm "four elements in three groups" f2.8 fixed lens with exceptional contrast, and sharpness seemingly second to none at f4.0 and above. During that time friends were buying SLRs and were making fun of my simple, meter-less camera. After a while I succumbed to that group pressure, sold the Yashica J for a song and bought a Yashica TL Super (http://mattsclassiccameras.com/images/yashica_tlsuper-2.jpg) SLR. A couple of decades passed before I learned enough to appreciate the qualities of the rangefinder technology which I had left behind.  Along the way I met a few people who were Leica enthusiasts.  I remember talking with one of them, an old timer, telling him about the superior abilities of an SLR and TTL metering.  I also recall his having said "Cameras come and cameras go, but the Leica remains."  It seemed like a silly thing for him to say, but later I would understand.

So, from about the mid 80s onward, I wondered how it would be to have a rangefinder in the arsenal again.  By that time, I had learned enough to know that I would enjoy a Leica M (https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/DRlNg-FPzGXga4HhCzHnKaCu_9imms4SlHAksZHizFM=w330-h219-p-no) if I ever did that.  More than another decade passed.  Then one day in the late 90s I was in a camera store which dealt in new and used camera gear.  I asked the proprietor "Does anyone ever offer Leica equipment on consignment here?"  He said "Not often, but it so happens that a lady just brought her late husband's M3 here, and I haven't put it into the display case yet." Out from under the sales counter the owner presented a cardboard box with that M3 and a few related accessories.  I looked it over and we agreed on a price.  For about a year afterward I enjoyed getting used to it.  I had come full circle, and was at last appreciating the rediscovery of the rangefinder style of camera.

As I have said in other threads, the Leica M is an extremely simple camera.  The things it cannot do are many.  Its feature list is short, but it does a few things really well.  I do use it, but a lot less than my dSLR.  Even so, I just cannot imagine not having the M3 at this point in my passage, at least not for as long as I can get some decent film.  For whatever it's worth, our friend KR gives a simplified comparison (http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/rangefinder-vs-slr.htm) of the SLR and the RF.  It is enhanced with his usual dose of superlatives, so a touch of salt will be required. But it seems to be essentially correct, IMO.

:)
Title: Re: How did your interest in Photography develop..
Post by: WILD CAT on September 25, 2014, 11:21:52 PM
My Interest Developed last year when I had been to wai panchganj and kaas with our founding members of the PCI Ayaz arkt Dr.Bijlani Kunnal Brendon Aditya Gautam..the trip was fine till the dinner at wai where brendon and RKT shared their work & I was amazed at seeing their works..two great pics ..Brendon's landscape pics..and rkt's bat's pic and the shot where he had shot the full eclipse.. That's when my interest started developing.. Next day while shooting the sunrise at panchgani I didn't have a camera..used my nexus 4 and tried to shoot it..Dr.Bijlani taught me the controls of my phone's camera..basic exposure settings and I got a nice shot..later Ayaz held his tobacco filter in front of my phone's camera to help me get another nice pic..and I realized I could shoot good photos too :) that brought a smile on my face..slowly as the trip continued.. I shot some photos..and when I reached home I realized I didn't remember anything from my busy life..no tension of work..a complete stress buster..soon was convinced by Dr.Kolke also to get a camera and develop it as a hobby..so that's how I learnt basics of photography and my interest developed..some day if I shoot good photos ..the people behind them will be Dr.Bijlani Dr.Kolke Ayaz Brendon RKT..Even G2 (for teaching me the proper angle at manori to shoot the fishes) Jadrock (macros at owalekarwadi) and all my PCI friends to help me support me..and encourage me to shoot better :)
Title: Re: How did your interest in Photography develop..
Post by: Hankosaurus on October 01, 2014, 08:08:35 AM
Hello Wild Cat.

It does my soul good to read your story and see how that your friends here at PCI helped you get interested in this avocation that we all love so much.   I recall how it was during my working career that I enjoyed photography like you for its therapeutic benefits, getting with friends and putting workday issues out of the mind for awhile.  Here's wishing you much success and joy in your journey with this fascinating art form.

Happy Day.

:)
Title: Re: How did your interest in Photography develop..
Post by: yndesai on October 01, 2014, 01:22:26 PM
I recall how it was during my working career that I enjoyed photography like you for its therapeutic benefits, getting with friends and putting workday issues out of the mind for awhile. 

Photography is surly a stress buster.
Title: Re: How did your interest in Photography develop..
Post by: madsolute on February 28, 2015, 11:49:27 PM
Sometimes my mind's ear can hear her say "Remember, space is an important shape too".
:)

No one could have said it better! What a fantastic story Henry!

My story is a little similar to WILD CAT. Only difference is in my case these guys helped revive the interest in Photography.

My father used to take atleast one picture of me every day using his Mamiya 135EE. I only remember a few of these pics and when they were taken. He'd even let me play with the camera when there was no film on it! Until one day I dropped it from the second floor balcony (I guess in 1989). We still had the camera with a cracked lens till sometime in 1995. Too bad no replacement parts were available for it in India.

His next camera was a Nikon FM2 which he gave me as a gift on my 12th b'day. I used to try one or two images every week on it and would develop the film (Mostly a 24 exposures reel) once finished. The images would mostly be cats, dogs, chicken, cattle, flowers, rice fields etc. since I grew up in a village. The photography stopped once I started college for some reason. But I still had the camera & a couple of lenses packed away somewhere.

Ayaz & I used to work in the same office and would interact quite often on different topics. One day he saw me browsing some reviews of a newly launched Nikon P100. I was planning to buy my first digital camera (This was in Sept 2010). As usual, Ayaz had a couple of wise crack comments on the camera and asked me if I'm serious about photography and if I had any pictures that I'd taken. I showed him a couple of images I'd taken on a friend's Sony H2. Ayaz started to convince me on buying a DSLR and even offered to lend me a lens or two if needed for some time.

I went on to Owalekarwadi with him that weekend and got a chance to meet DrAnand, Dr Bijlani, Brendon and the lot. Even took a couple of images using Ayaz's D90.

Before I knew it I dropped the plan to buy a 25K P100 and bought the 29K D3100 instead. Since then I've had a privilege of going on trips with some of the most talented photographers.

So thanks to Ayaz for reviving that photography keeda in me!

Regards
Abhishek
Title: Re: How did your interest in Photography develop..
Post by: Hankosaurus on March 01, 2015, 02:03:42 AM
Hi Abhishek.

Thank you for sharing your story.   Glad to see photography come back into your life as it has.  I wonder if you still have those pictures made early in your life.  I know that you must treasure them.

Your friend Ayaz did a lot to get this Forum underway.  A very talented and energetic young man he is.  I'm glad he was in a place to influence your decision to embrace the hobby again.  Your time spent with other fellow photographers is well spent too ... probably much more so than in thinking about gear.

FM2... nice choice.  Your dad knew about good cameras alright.  Some would say that the FM2 was a frame of reference in Nikon's creation of their "digital F," the Nikon Df.  I think I could like the Df, given a chance to work with it.  But alas, it would make little difference.  As you have doubtlessly seen, pictures come from the imagemaker far more so than from his camera.

Happy Day.
Title: Re: How did your interest in Photography develop..
Post by: madsolute on March 01, 2015, 09:03:57 PM
I wonder if you still have those pictures made early in your life.  I know that you must treasure them.

I've got all of them in prints and a few of them scanned. I normally take all the albums out atleast once in 3 months and just makes sure none of them are stuck to the sheets and they're all good. I know scanning will preserve them longer but the charm that a print carries can't be matched by a digital copy!

Here's one when I was about 7 months old.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/10399045_1231073217486_2917536_n.jpg?oh=eae2ab60866324c0eebef6c12ffb88a4&oe=557EF793&__gda__=1433799630_e36ede1d7351d362a1a58a8b3bbd9d11)

My dad just told me this was taken using a Fujichrome Provia on the Mamiya 135EE

I'm happy that I'm back making images. And like you said, it has been an absolute pleasure & privilege knowing some of the senior members here!

Regards
Abhishek
Title: Re: How did your interest in Photography develop..
Post by: sayan mukherjee on March 27, 2015, 05:13:11 PM
hi,
   well,my love for photography had its development when i was merely a child,with no camera of mine.used to gaze at others' cameras.got one small film camera when in college-then shifted to digital one,sony-now having nikon3100 with two lenses.
Title: Re: How did your interest in Photography develop..
Post by: Hankosaurus on March 29, 2015, 02:13:43 AM
hi,
   well,my love for photography had its development when i was merely a child,with no camera of mine.used to gaze at others' cameras.got one small film camera when in college-then shifted to digital one,sony-now having nikon3100 with two lenses.

Hello Sayan.

Welcome to PCI!  We hope your interest in photography will flourish, and that you will enjoy the good company of fellow Members here.

:)