I became interested in photography and the many possibilities it offered to express myself in a new manner when I obtained on loan a Nikon F Photomic and a Rolleiflex, thus starting to feel the thrill of composing and shooting my first images. Those were of course film camera that were characterised by a very high level of manual control which I still very frequently employ in this digital age.
After a few weeks, I purchased my first enlarger, a 6x6 Durst M600, through which I tried my hand at printing in black & white. What an experience seeing my picture forming and coming to life in the dim red light of my darkroom.
My very first own camera was a Leica M6, a great, sturdy, obviously manual-focus camera with which I refined the composition of a photo. After all, there were no automatisms, so one really had to take their time to study a scene and compose it with care.
Nowadays, after a hiatus of more than 20 years, I have embraced digital photography with great enthusiam. I somehow find digital photography more rewarding than film photography. In my opinion, processing in a "lightroom" provides much more freedom and creativity than the traditional development of films and subsequent printing in a darkroom (I am sure that Ansel Adams and other great photographers may well beg to differ and probably quite rightly so!).
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