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    Posted: 09 June 2008 at 09:30

One of Us #20: pauljg



Dyxum member pauljg writes...


It's really an honour and also a big surprise being chosen as the next "One of Us" from the thousands of Dyxum members. brettania wrote: "You are an inspiration to all those entering into their 'senior' years by showing that a love of photography can help keep a person young at heart", but maybe it is so that being young at heart makes me go on with photography.


But (as most people I think) I also like to tell about myself and having been a university professor (as I also mentioned in the "What's your day job" topic in the Open Talk forum) for a great part of my life I have liked to share my knowledge with others. Here I limit myself to photography and do not talk about my many other interests in order to keep this story within reasonable (I hope) proportions.


It all started during and just after WW II when I was sometimes allowed to take pictures with an old Voigtländer camera of my mother which looked like a Rollei but in reality was just a box camera with a viewfinder of the same size as the photos it made: 6x6 cm.


Student days -- beginnings


During my student days I started to photograph in earnest and my first camera was probably a Kodak Retina. In the beginning I mainly made B&W pictures, developing the films myself and also doing the enlarging myself using the enlarger of the laboratory where I was part-time "student-assistant". In 1949 I made my first color photographs and I still have those slides made on what was called : Agfacolor Daylight Reversal Film with sensitivity 18 DIN. They formed the beginning of what now is a collection of 22000 slides on many different kinds of film to which can be added about 200 B&W films and 140 Color negative films.


In 1951 I bought my first "real" camera: a Leica IIIf with Elmar 1:3.5 50mm objective (screw mount) and I took it with me to the first Photokina: a large, international photography fair taking place in april 1951 in Cologne. There I made this picture:





It is of a memorial for Dr. Paul Wolff, probably the first of the great Leica pioneers, who died just a few days before the opening of the Photokina. (By the way: on Amazon.com some books by Paul Wolff can still be found!) I already had for some time a subscription to the journal "Leica Photography" and learned much from Paul Wolff's and many other papers. One of those things was not to be afraid of motion blur which I used in this picture showing an uncle and nephew of me loading wheat on a horse-drawn cart:





This was one of the pictures on the first color film made in April 1951 with the Leica but unfortunately the colors have been degraded and could only partly be restored.



A family influence



During the rest of my student days and after our marriage in 1952 I kept on photographing and in particular our three children were a veritable source of pictures and that stayed so until now (with 3 children-in-law and 8 grandchildren added) as shown in this picture, made on the occasion of celebrating our 80th birthdays and our 55th wedding anniversary last year made using the self-timer:


Dynax7D, Tamron 28-200mm at 35mm, f/11, 1/500s, ISO200




But this is running ahead of myself. In the beginning most day to day photography was still on B&W, developing the films and enlarging the pictures, using a Leitz Valoy, myself: the bathroom could be changed into a part-time darkroom with some simple actions. During the summer holidays, mainly on the Dutch North Sea coast, many slides were also made. The photogear slowly expanded: a flash unit for flashbulbs, later replaced with a Mecablitz 163; a Leica M2, an Elmarit 1:2.8 90 mm and a Summaron 1:2.8 35 mm were added.


Widening interests

Then came our summer holidays in Switzerland (from 1975 on) with a widening of my photographic interests to macro- or at least close-up photography of flowers, butterflies, etc. This started using a focussing ring for the Elmarit 90 mm objective front end, enabling pictures up to 1:2 using the Visoflex: a reflex unit which fitted on the M2. To this I added a Leitz bellows with a Telyt 1:4 200mm objective front end also going to 1:2, but allowing a larger distance. But the whole machinery was becoming very cumbersome and heavy so I decided in 1977 to switch to a smaller and lighter camera: the Olympus OM1. With this I used a Zuiko 1:3.5 50 mm macro lens as "standard" objective and a Zuiko 1:3.5 28mm wide angle. I kept the bellows with the 200 mm Telyt for macro's at greater distances. Furthermore I also bought my first zoom lens a Zuiko 1:4 70-150 mm with which I made these pictures of the laburnum and lilac in our front garden and a spruce in our back-garden.


Olympus OM1, Zuiko 70-150mm at 150mm, f/8, Fuji R100 film






     

In the mean time I had bought a Kaiser color enlarger and used this, among others, to make many 30x40cm enlargements of color slides on Cibachrome (later called Ilfochrome) a beautiful paper, but enlarging of colour negatives was a flop.


With some changes and additions, in particular a Leica C5 compact used practically only for color negative film, I used this equipment up to January 2000. Then the Olympus broke down and I decided to switch to Minolta, partly on the advice of a colleague and bought a Minolta 800si with a Sigma 28-200mm zoom, Minolta 24-85mm zoom and a Sigma 105mm Macro. Later I added a (second-hand) Minolta 50mm 1:1.7. I soon added a Minolta 505si, used mainly for B&W while using the larger camera for slides. In 2004 these cameras were replaced by a Konica Minolta Dynax7d, which is the camera I now use (the 505si is kept as a spare). Around that time the Sigma zoom was damaged through a fall of my camera bag in a suddenly braking train and was replaced with a Tamron 28-200mm.


In order to be able to make prints of slides and process them on my computer I also bought a Minolta Dimage Scan Dual III which I still regularly use to digitize B&W negatives and slides.


The Dyxum influence


And now I am a Dyxum member and I'm learning a lot from the many fabulous pictures posted on the Dyxum site, which is the only one I visit (often more than once) every day. I particularly like the friendly atmosphere, the many jokes exchanged by the members and the nice way my posts have been received.


In principle there is no limitation in the subjects I photograph but perhaps through the many years I photographed our children candid shots are my favourite pastime and in fact I have a tendency to photograph (people, flowers, animals, landscapes, cityscapes,…) before thinking about composition, exposure, etc. so that many pictures praised by others are more or less lucky catches. On the other hand looking at other person's pictures, reading about photographic methods and techniques, etc. form the background for all pictures I make. For macro-photography, when not done outside, I use our living-room as a kind of make-shift studio with some large (coloured) paper sheets as background and my Minolta 5600HS flash, with a reflecting diffuser, as light source when the natural light is not sufficient and then I more consciously think of composition, exposure, etc.



My Photographs



This story is becoming too long, so now for some pictures, starting with our three children at their present age:



Paul (55)

Dynax7D, Tamron 28-200mm at 110mm, f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO200






Pieter (51, better known as pegelli)

Dynax7D, Tamron 28-200mm at 140mm, f/8, 1/250s, ISO200






Margrit (46)

Dynax7D, Tamron 28-200mm at 140mm, f/5.6, 1/90s, ISO200






Piz Rosatsch reflected in the Inn: our favourite wintersports area.

Minolta800si, Kodak Elite Chrome 200, probably Sigma 28-200mm








Red freesia

Dynax7D, Sigma 105mm Macro at f/9.5, 1/125s, ISO200






Moving work of art in Lago Maggiore at Ascona

Dynax7D, Tamron 28-200mm at 60mm, f/8, 1/350s, ISO200






Ponds and flower beds in Gardens of Villa Taranto, Lago Maggiore

Dynax7D, Tamron 28-200mm at 30mm, f/8, 1/350s, ISO200






Echeveria

Dynax7D, Sigma 105mm Macro at f/8, 1/125s, ISO200






Tiger

Dynax 7D, Tamron 70-300mm at 280mm, f/4.5,1/500s, ISO200






Pink tulip

Dynax7D, Sigma 105mm Macro at f/8, 1/125s, ISO200






Japanese quince

Dynax7D, Sigma 105mm Macro at f/5.6, 1/90s, ISO200






Golden pheasant

Dynax7D, Tamron 70-300mm at 300mm, f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO400














Edited by pegelli - 22 November 2018 at 18:20
 



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Thanks for sharing your story with us, Paul! Brettania was right, you are an inspiration to us all. I hope I am still taking photos with such enthusiasm when and if I reach your age!

I really like the echeveria and Pheasant shots!
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Paul, it's a pleasure to learn a little more about you and your history through the many changes in photography in the past 60 years. Your work is a pleasure to view. Thanks for sharing your story and your work with us at Dyxum.

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Nice to hear a little more about you Paul, and congrats for this deserved recognition!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote DLNY Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 June 2008 at 11:37
Thank you for your story. Amazing, when you think about it, how many changes in photography you must have witnessed, and after all that you're still so enthusiastic!

nice to know you!
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Congratulations Paul. Knowing a little more about you will add to my enjoyment of your future postings. I admire your continued willingness to experiment (for instance the "Show Your Posterized and Effects Shots" thread) instead of getting stuck in the rut of just one kind of photography.
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Good to meet you Paul, to hear about how you got here, and see some more of your work.
I really like the Echeveria picture!
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Paul, very nice to read and learn more about your history in photography. Your dedication and commitment is an inspiration.

Thank you for sharing so many memories with us and congratulations on this well deserved honor.   
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 June 2008 at 19:55
I had some inside information this was coming and then felt very happy we're both members of this wonderful community.

pauljg is not the only one who likes candid portraits, and he taught me about those as well (together with many other photographic lessons)

This is the honoree himself last April at the birthday celebration of one of his grandsons (and my nephew):


A700 + Beercan @ 75 mm and f5.6, 1/125th sec, ISO 800
We called our last get-together a mini dyxum meeting, and you can see the results here: linky


Edited by pegelli - 09 June 2008 at 20:27
Mind the bandwidth of others, don't link pictures larger then 1024 wide or 960 pix high, see here
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That's what you can expect when you put a picture of another Dyxum member on this site

Thank you all for your comments and congratulations. I feel honoured not only by having been invited to be the 20th One of Us but also by all your answers and kind words and I'll try to live up to them
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Very nice to meet you Paul! Nice story from a real 'senior Dyxummember'! Keep up the good work!

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Nice to know a little about you Paul and congratulations.

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Hey, I didn't know you and Pegelli were related! Good to hear your story.
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Congratulation for being the 20th incarnation of the dyxum spirit! Your example and passion are truly inspiring I wish you to continue the quest for perfect images and keep posting images here 20 years from now!
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