|Quoting ThierryD (Reply 22):|
I was also under the impression you've been around a lot longer
Thanks! New to uploading, but like alot of people I was a lurker on this site off and on for quite some time. I actually recall back in the late 90's like 1997 or 1998 shortly after this site came live I think, looking at the photos on here at the computer lab when I was in college. I went to an Aviation college, and I remember being in the computer lab, and all us "aviation geeks" were checking out this new site called airliners.net. It certainly helped writing papers for school, because at that time I used to also come to Anet primarily for the free airline / aviation news. It helped writing papers using Anet news for research and occasionally checking out the photos. At that time Anet was one of the only sites compiling aviation news and it was free, I believe.
Probably since there are some great aviation photographers that came out of BOS
, like Vasco, Garfinkel, Rudy, etc. So not only do I have alot to work towards, their photos definitely provide for inspiration and make for nice goals.
I should also be thankful that while I had been taking a camera to an airport consistently since 1998, it wasn't until I met Rudy at Boston, showed him some photos, got made fun of endlessly for lack of quality, that I got a DSLR.
I'm embarresed to say I was one of those people who couldn't see or didn't realize the difference in quality between a point and shoot and an SLR. I either couldn't justify the expense, or the difference in camera sizes in order to get one. It wasn't until he made me compare my shots with his did I become convinced I needed to stop shooting with a P&S and get into it for real. After that, well the competitive juices got flowing and it became a little contest between us. As you can see if you read between the lines on the comments on my AF1 shot
Now I know, after realizing how high the bar is here, that it was a contest he won before it even started. But, I'm really enjoying this!!!
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