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Rick W.

Event Organizer


Seattle, WA

Member since:

August 17, 2012


Do you shoot film? What do you love about it?

I love film and I love film cameras. I like the simplicity of the process yet the level of nuance that can be pulled from it. I love that film slows me down and makes me think about my image before I go clicking away. I love the anticipation of seeing the image for the first time, first in negative and then rising up on the paper in the developer tray. I love the richness and depth of images shot on film. Digital is great but there's still something about looking at a gelatin print that just pulls me in. I love the hands-on element of film photography. Hell, I even like the smell of a darkroom - maybe because it reminds me of my childhood.

What's your favorite film-camera-lens combination and why?

I have a collection of vintage film cameras and love each for different reasons. My favorite still has to be my 1904 Seneca Chautauqua 4x5 with a fixed 12cm lens. The aperture ranges from f8 to f128, the images coming out of the camera are sharp and crisp, the negatives are huge, the camera is lightweight, and I paid 63 bucks for it on eBay. What's not to love?

What do you hope to get out of this Meetup?

Meet new friends, learn from the experience of others and share my experience.


I am a Seattle fine art photographer. I grew up in a darkroom, lapsed, and then refound my passion for photography about 12 years ago. I shoot both digital and film but my love is for film.

What Rick W. is saying about this Meetup Group

The core group is small but with some serious photographers set on sharing their knowledge and learning from others. New and inexperienced film photographers are welcome. Conversations are good and shoots are informal but fun. I look forward to the meetups and encourage others to try it out.

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