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    Posted: 16 April 2007 at 11:18
... not sure how many of us are rockers as well!

We are


  • ECCL - Ed Ching - Canada
  • Kiklop - Mladen Sever - Croatia - aka "the founder of Dyxum"
  • Bob J - Bob Janes - UK
  • MiPr - Miroslaw Pruchnik - Poland [Contest Master]
  • pegelli - Pieter Gellings - Belgium
  • Micholand - Michael - Germany

Active Moderators

  • bms44974 - Brian - USA
  • darosa - Leo - Netherlands
  • Maffe - Manfred - Sweden
  • mikey2000 - Mike - UK
  • revdocjim - Jim - Japan
  • stiuskr - Rob - USA
  • rovhazman - Shay - Israel

Alpha Eyes group

  • @Jetsplace - Jet - Netherlands
  • brian33 - Brian - France
  • Dopol - Domien - Netherlands
  • ifreedman - Ian - US
  • Jozioau - Joe - Australia
  • maewpa - Paul - UK
  • MichelvA - Michele - Netherlands
  • owenn01 - Neil - UK
  • svjetlana - Svjetlana - Serbia
  • tigertimb - Tim - UK
  • waldo_posth - Harald -Germany

Emeritus group members

  • ab012 - Bernard - Australia
  • badlydrawnroy - Roy - UK
  • cezarL - Cezar - Romania
  • CTYankee - Dennis - USA
  • Frankman - Frank - Australia
  • Gabriel - Gabriel - France
  • georgiaboy - Aaron - USA
  • happyjack - Howard - New Zealand
  • jamesmd - James - Spain
  • Kleptolux - JL or Jean-Louis - United States
  • nigelbrooks - Nigel Brooks - UK
  • Octupi - Nico - USA
  • Omerbey - Omer - Turkey
  • Pyl - Patrik - Sweden
  • RosieA100 - Rosie - Australia
  • Sanjuro - Gustavo - Sweden
  • Serdar A - Serdar - USA
  • Turerkan - Turerkan - Turkey
  • wross - Walt - USA

Other Previous Administrators/Moderators

  • brettania - Cameron Hill - New Zealand (RIP)
  • Samir - Samir - Sweden
  • dCap - Chris - UK
  • Frans Nijs - Frans - Netherlands (RIP)
  • Shaocaholica - Shao - USA

This is NOT an invitation to bombard us with PMs or emails.

Edited by pegelli - 26 January 2018 at 08:10

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 April 2007 at 14:06
Little words about myself.

I live in Sweden but I am born in Argentina and live there until I was 20 years old.
Then I travelled a lot and stopped here in the north of Europe (that is another story)

I started to take pictures in Dicember 2004 with a Coolpix camera in M mode so I could learn about photography.
I had a SRL before (a Canon) but I used it in auto mode all the time, never bothered to learn before.

I am learn everything myself, read a lot of books, I experimented a lot. Lucky me the technical part was never a problem.
I can say that I really love photography this consumes all my spare time (well almost all)
I have 3 small children and life can be a nonstop race for me.

So much to do, so little time.
Try to learn somenthing all the time.

I love to be part of dyxum and I am proud to get to know so many people from all over the world.

Edited by Sanjuro - 16 April 2007 at 19:38

"I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them." --Pablo Picasso
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 April 2007 at 14:45

I am a New Zealander but claim 5/8th Scottish blood, with my full name being Cameron Brett Cochrane Hill. Born in Auckland in 1939 but lived in several different cities before coming back here some 26 years ago.

Became interested in photography as an adolescent and during a one-year stay in Aghanistan when my father took up a Unesco post there in 1952. I actually sold some of my pics of Afghan women in their chadri (burkah) taken as they wandered though the streets and markets of Kabul.

Went through a succession of cameras before getting my first SLR, a Pentax Spotmatic. Was one of the early users of a Minolta 8000i in New Zealand and rediscovered photography again with the advent of the 7D, becoming the fifth New Zealander to own one.

While I was waiting for the 7D to arrive I hooked in to DPR and started posting there. Have logged some 20,000 posts at DPR, Dyxum and other forums.

Have owned over 20 lenses, mainly Minolta originals, about 6 film bodies, seven tcons, and four tripods as well as five flashes and enough filters for just about every member here. Looking at thinning the lens collection down but also aim one day to own a 135 STF and the CZ 16-80 to go with such favourites as the 70-200 Apo SSM, the Tammie macro and the 28-75D.

Try not to specialise in any subject exclusively but get a lot of enjoyment from macro subjects -- flowers and insects -- birds, people, my grandchildren and scenics.

Need to sharpen my processing skills further and at least I can better see what I am doing with a new dual-core PC and 19" monitor.

I came "on board" Dyxum at the specific request of Kiklop in July 2005 and have dedicated myself to helping make it more popular with our members though the widening use of our forums.

This post has been overtaken by a "One of Us" portrait -- See.

Edited by brettania - 04 November 2012 at 02:16
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 April 2007 at 15:02
I'm Omer from Istanbul - Turkey.

I'd like to define my job as visual content creation, which includes illustration, graphic design, 2d animation, compositing, photography, anything that is some kind of visual communication. I do that mostly as a freelancer, though it's not rare that I work in a company for some months.

I'm married, with no children, and I'm still young :)

I started shooting with a praktica LLC back in the day, I never really understood how it did things. Later my bro bought a 505si, which refreshed my interest, but I was still just shooting aimlessly, with no intention of getting serious about it.

Due to my profession, I deal/dealt with many photos, retouching them and using them as visuals in designs, so I was competent in PP before photography. The first digital camera I've used was sony f717 (what a fantastic tool) and I was immediately hooked by the feedback time. I'm still learning about photography.

I like dyxum, and the people in it. And I'm a lousy mod :)

Ok here's a face :

Edited by omerbey - 16 April 2007 at 15:16
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 April 2007 at 16:20
This is me, Manfred

I live in Stockholm Sweden, moved here a few years ago from Umel.
Share my life with my girlfreind and two dogs in a small flat.
Now Iīm on leave of absence for study, at work I mostly work with x-ray.

Started taking pictures early, 3 years old is my first shot from, think some of you saw that one in off contest:)
I learned photo with my fathers Pentax Spotmatic and still learning alot now with the dslr.

I like shoting portraits of dogs and to take city walks with my camera.
PP for me is to make the shot look what I saw.
Extreme PP is not for me, yet I love some extreme PP shots like Sanjuros.
Looking at shots in "off contest" is one of my favorit things to do, I find much insperation and learn a loot from other Dyxumers.

How do I look?
Think there are some bad examples in "the face behind your name" thread:)
Ok, here is one of me plaing with flash at night.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 April 2007 at 17:40

hello! i'm Turerkan, i live in Istanbul Turkey, 21 years old. I'm studying computer engineering at the university.

being a child that stayed at home most of the time, i was hooked to the computer. I somehow found myself playing with adobe photoshop one day.. Afterwards, i spend long time doing abstract pictures in PS.. The site which i posted my PS work (deviantART) also was home of lots of photographers. I was looking at photos and say silently "c'mon, whats the art in it.. that just too simple". Then i got a small pocketable Minolta Xg to shoot friend meetings and such stuff. The more i used it, the more i got into photography.. and i realised how much i was wrong about photography.. i did my serious street photos with that little red pocket cam for long time! (its still working:)) Then i switched to Minolta 5D.. (skip what's inbetween) and i'm here:)

Now photography is a HUGE part of my life.. it really helps me cool down myself against the life and feel better, more productive.

I love it here in dyxum.. lots of great people.. nice photos and enough gear talk to tire your brain to death when you need it:P

Edited by brettania - 11 June 2008 at 13:59

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 April 2007 at 20:05
Here is a face I am not to proud of, I was forced to scan some film.
Nobody dears to touch my KM5D, jeje, better said nobody knows how to use it.

PS:I have very short hair now....

"I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them." --Pablo Picasso
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 May 2007 at 16:43
Mladen Sever, Rovinj-Croatia.

Not married (but occupied), have no driver license (but love my bike), not in great shape (but had my fun :))

I'm working on my own, developing small local websites and occasionally earn some money shooting events.

Being a problematic adolescent (a naive rock-hippie stage), finally settled and I'm learning to act as a normal adult ;) Was about to graduate social pedagogy when found other interests in my life.

Used to read a lot of books but after discovering C.G Jung and F. Nietzsche I rarely touch a book now. Love the music; I'm listening it all the time with Hendrix, P. Green, K. Jarrett or Bach as my favourites.

Started practicing photography in early school days with an old Practica. Owned few Minoltas with the dynax 7 as my last film body.

Spending most of my free time in-here recently.

Taken just yesterday me with the biggest asparagus i have found so far (not that i'm very good at finding them, but i do have fun:)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 May 2007 at 11:28

I was born in 1962 in South East London where I still live.

Me in my natural environment
(Apologies to Craig for stealing one of his Greenwich images, but I didn't have any other to hand - and I rather like this one)

I have a wife and three sons – The eldest is 21, and lives in a small flat with his wife (ways children have to make you feel old!) My middle son is 18 and is planning to go to university next year to study drama and the youngest is 13 with a diagnosis of autism, and a passion for music. My wife is a self-employed proof-reader working from home who also does work for an autism charity.

I’ve worked in IT for over 20 years, doing various operations, support, programming, and analysis roles over the years, but currently I’m a Project and Programme Management consultant for the UK’s Education Department.    I support the local football team which was relegated from the English Premiership a while ago and is having problems in getting back up; 60 years ago they won the FA Cup, but they have not won much since. I drive an Italian car, but not one of those stylish ones; mine is short, fat and ugly.

I grew up around cameras (my father was an instrument maker). I was passionate about photography in my teens and into my twenties - but then the family came along :-). In recent years I’ve got back into photography and have bought up an extensive collection of film cameras that no-one else wants (my wife is very understanding - although not unlimited in patience). I had no history with Minolta cameras before buying a 5D in December 2005, but now seem to own quite a few.   I’ve also started to develop my own black and white film. I was very honoured to be asked to contribute an entry to the 'One of Us' gallery recently.

I love the international nature of Dyxum and the good-natured spirit shown by its members, whose photography I find genuinely inspiring. I'm hoping that more people get to meet up face-to-face, as I've enjoyed the meetings I've been to and even went out to southern Sweden for a meet in May 2008. I love meeting fellow Dyxumers at home or abroad and get a buzz out of showing visitors my city.

My other main interest is education – I chair the board of governors of the largest all-boys state school in the country. I bask in the frequent successes of the school, but worry about it quite a lot too.


Edited by brettania - 27 October 2009 at 07:25
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 July 2007 at 10:48

Right then, here we go.

53, hapilly married for 29 years to the, very understanding, Davina and with two 'kids' (they'll hate that, being 26 and 23) and live in the 'Queen of the Suburbs' (Ealing in west London).

First into photography as a snapper (still am largely) with my dad's Cosmic 35 (Russian rangefinder).

Got into it 'big time' when I worked for the UK agents for Nikon, Pentax and Mamiya back in the late 1970's and I could borrow all the kit I liked.

Mortgage and things got in the way for quite some time and only really 'rediscovered' my hobby (apart from the normal family snaps on a Canon AV-1 and my 'toy-tank' a Canon T90) when my son started a photography degree course in 2005.

We pondered long and hard about which camera(s) to buy and settled on the 7D for its ergonomics and level of manual control. Did that exactly 10 days before the 'KM announcement'. Yes, I'm good at........................timing (NOT!)

Since which time we've acquired a second 7D, two a700s and have built a nice range of lenses and accessories on a very tight budget.

One of the reasons I'm so glad we went KM (with hindsight) is this place.

I didn't know about Dyxum when we were looking around at cameras but vowed, having visited the Canon fora, not to be part of the "I have a better camera or lens, therefore I am a better photographer than you" club.

And,finally, a picture (OK it's Pyl's 900 but I can dream!)

Edited by nigelbrooks - 03 November 2009 at 12:31
I've been away!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 January 2009 at 13:03
Hi there!

I'm Patrik Ylťn (always a ton of laughs hearing English speakers trying to pronounce my last name.) I'm 38 years old at the moment and live in the western suburbs of Stockholm, Sweden together with my Aussie wife Lisa and our two Cornish Rex cats Stanley and Peggy.

I work as a project manager at a Finnish company specializing in IT-systems for banks. I've been involved in the IT/finance industry for about 12 years now with shorter stints as a teacher and in the golf hospitality business.

I'm still a keen golfer even though photography has taken over as the main hobby over the last three years or so.

I'm something of a combined gear head/geek/nerd which of course makes photography the perfect hobby. Lots of new gear to drool over all the time. At the moment the 70-400 G and Zeiss 16-35 are looking very lovely indeed!

I've taken pictures for a long time, but didn't get really serious until I got a KM 5D with the kit lens 3,5 years ago. I immediately got a bad case of lens lust and I've bought and sold quite a few items both here on Dyxum and locally. When the A700 came out I was one of the first to get it in Sweden since I was basically camping outside Scandinavian Photo which was the first store to have them in stock. When I first tried out the A900 I wasn't too impressed except for the magnificent viewfinder of course. When the Didcot Dyxum meet came up I'd more or less decided to get one in London but was still humming and hawing about it. Thanks goes to Maffe and Bob J who convinced me over a pint to get it!

I shoot all kinds of pictures and haven't really decided on a favourite kind of photography. Long exposures at night are fun though and I tend to do a fair bit of those.

Other interests include American Football (Go Vikes!), whisky (Lagavulin double matured), reading (Iain Banks for instance) and golf obviously.

A picture might be nice of course. Taken by Lisa:

Edited by Pyl - 28 January 2009 at 13:05
A7II, SEL2870, Samyang MF 14/2.8, HVL-F43M, KM 5D, M28/2.8, M50/1.7, M100-200/4-4.5, Benro C-168+B0
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 February 2009 at 23:19
Walt Ross, from New Jersey, USofA, where I live w/ my wife, Frann, and our two Siamese cats, Madeline Valentine and Little Guy Logan.

My first real exposure to photography came almost 30 years ago in the days of the Minolta XD-5, XE-7 and XD-11. From there I switched to the Maxxum 7000 and stuck with that through the 1980s. I then took an extended vacation from SLR photography, picking it up again in 2007 with the Sony α100. Iíve since added an α700 to the collection, and am once again loving this hobby. I enjoy many different styles of photography, and Iím in no hurry to settle on just one thatís ďmy styleĒ.

Obsessions competing with photography include motorcycles, airplanes, golf, travel, and family. Fortunately, all of those offer great subjects and opportunities for photography. (Plus, on a motorcycle, a camera is much easier to carry than a set of golf clubs.)

On the labor side of things, Iíve worked in retail (including selling cameras). More recently Iíve made my living as an IT/Finance department manager in the finance and insurance business. (No, I didnít copy that part from Patrikís paragraph!)

So thatís my short resume*, and hereís a mug shot from the Self Portrait Thursday thread.

*For the long version, see One of Us # 23: wross

Edited by wross - 11 February 2009 at 17:14
Lazarus Long said "If it can't be expressed in figures, it's not science. It's opinion." Comments I leave are only my opinions. Feel free to disagree; your opinion is as valid as mine.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 February 2009 at 09:01
And last (but not least):


Although usually I'm a bit more thoughtful:

OOOPS! Sorry, wrong photo! That one is correct:

Sorry, I'm a bit too lazy to write about myself, especially that all I decided to disclose about myself you can find in this "One Of Us" thread

I'm noise-blind. And noise-about-noise-deaf too ... |   BTW, Dyxum Weekly Exhibitions don't grow on trees ...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 November 2009 at 21:37
Hi, hereís pegelli, the most recent addition to the mod team.

Really came up from the ranks and got my first official duty as one of the charter Alpha Eyes, and assignment I thoroughly enjoyed and got some great feedback from the membership on.

Thatís why after ďponderingĒ for two days I decided to take the offer and become a moderator. I still will continue providing feedback to photoís but also help with getting posts moved and or correct the occasional spat (fortunately very uncommon on this forum).

I will also continue my meeting participation, because no matter how interesting a forum like this is thereís nothing like meeting real people and get to know the person behind the nickname.

Thatís why I have taken a few pictures from others from these meetings so you can see my mug.

(thanks to Tyno for "borrowing" his shots)

If you want to read more about me and my background see here, as all of that is in this "one of us" post.

Hope to be of service and contribute to this wonderful forum.

Edited by pegelli - 06 July 2011 at 12:21
You can see the April Foolishness 2023 exhibition here Another great show of the talent we have on Dyxum
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