Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2008/12/26

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Time to delurk…
From: len-001 at (Leonard Taupier)
Date: Fri Dec 26 15:24:19 2008
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Hello J?rn and welcome to the land of the delurkers. From the sound  
of your post you certainly have been paying attention to the LUG.  
Please post some of your photos for us. I know we would love to see  


On Dec 26, 2008, at 6:12 PM, J?rn Smedsgaard wrote:

> Hello Luggers,
> After years of lurking around LUG, the very persistent appeals to  
> participate in the LUG yearbook have given me the last push to  
> submit two pictures to the LUG yearbook, but also show a few more  
> in the LUG gallery (including alternatives for the ones in the  
> yearbook): (don?t be to  
> hard on me).
> I have always felt that showing pictures was one of the most  
> important parts of LUG. I have never managed to get scans from my  
> tri-x or slides in a quality that I wanted to show the world (LUG  
> that is) and nor felt that I had the knowledge to share therefore I  
> haven?t felt that I could contribute to LUG thus I have just lurked  
> around. As of mid-2007 I have been shooting digital with a M8 and  
> am slowly learning the art of color management (and gray-scale) and  
> printing mostly using Lightroom.  And digital pictures are just so  
> obvious to show and share on the net, e.g. in the brilliant LUG  
> gallery (thank you Brian!) therefore I feel it is time for me to  
> delurk and participate.
> Anyway, I have been hanging around LUG more or less since the  
> mid-90ties after I got an M6 in 1993 (which I still have). I have  
> always been impressed by the collective knowledge and wisdom on LUG  
> and have over the years I learned a lot about things I never knew  
> that I needed to know e.g.: tilly hat, cars, vintage watches,  
> stereos, which scotch to drink with Leicas, world economy, soaking  
> camera in mud and rivers, using underwear to clean lenses, filters  
> but also more directly useful stuff about photography, Leicas and  
> darkroom techniques. And I have followed the heated debates, the  
> humorous discussions, and watched people come and go giving the LUG  
> crowd the sense of good close friends.
> And about me ? first of all I don?t do photography for a living (I  
> do mass spectrometry and is head of Food Chemistry at the National  
> Food Institute, which is a part of the Technical University of  
> Denmark). For me photography is a hobby, a joy and good fun but  
> also a way to stop time and to reflect a bit over a world that is  
> moving at an ever-increasing speed. I am about halfway through life  
> (49) and two-third through my working life - probably at the peak  
> of my career. Work is consuming a significant part of my time  
> leaving far too little time for photography and time is often more  
> a limitation than money. But 2008 gave time for two trips: one to  
> Cambodia and Vietnam and one to southern Ethiopia, places that are  
> very photogenic although photography in Ethiopia is a bit  
> difficult. I have included a few images from these trips in the LUG  
> gallery. My two Leica M8s are really good fun to use and they have  
> performed flawlessly so far both in the heath and humidity of the  
> tropics, in the dust and bumps on the extremely bad roads in  
> Ethiopia to the cold wet winters in Denmark. I have to admit that  
> most problems encountered can be assigned to a ?fault 40? ? user  
> error.
> I live in Denmark, about 20 km north of Copenhagen, in a country  
> where sunrise currently is at around 8:40 and sunset around 15:40  
> with a very low sun (not today as it is foggy) leaving about 7  
> hours of dusk for photography.
> Finally, I only read the LUG-digest mails as time don't allow to  
> read LUG more 2-3 times a week and I just find it easier to scan  
> the digest.
> Seasons Greetings and Happy New Year to everyone
> Cheers J?rn
> J?rn Smedsgaard, Birker?d, Denmark
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