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This little mini-site of mine is going through a bit of an identity crisis. Let's see where it goes...

There are a number of photo-related websites that I frequent. These include photo.net, apug.org, and rangefinderforum.com. They are all pretty different from each other -

  • photo.net has been around a long time, and is a pretty big mix of analog & digital, newbie and veteran, nice and mean
  • apug.org is dedicated to analog, which means it's really, really in-depth but can be, at times, a bit territorial
  • rangefinderforum.com is still a bit new to me. The fact that it's a particular type of equipment makes it a bit different, of course
  • nelsonfoto.com is an offshoot by CE Nelson on Photo.net. He became frustrated with the direction of the classic cameras forum there, so started his own. Not nearly as much activity or members, but still a good site.
  • nikonians.org is a strange one. Enough members to be interesting, but not enough to justify the 25-30 forums. There just isn't enough actiivty in any one of them.
  • dpreview.com - the best digital photography one out there. Not much digital will be talked about on my site, but it's a great resources.

The one thing in common about all three is that they have great discussion forums. They all cover a wide-range, from b&w processing to digital to large format to lenses.

As my knowledge of photography has increased, I have tried hard to make solid contributions to these communities. I try to pass on the knowledge about this developer or that, about a technique or type of equipment, etc. However, one thing that frustrates me is how, when I need to describe how to load a reel, I can't seem to find a good illustrated guide. Or, when I want to demonstrate the grain pattern on this or that, I can never find a 100% crop of that film/dev combination.

Thus was born this page. I hope to use this page as a single, ongoing resource for this information.

Enjoy.