Hi from Bavaria!

Discussion in 'Welcomes and Introductions' started by flysurfer, Aug 31, 2011.

  1. flysurfer

    flysurfer Hall of Famer

    Aug 31, 2011
    Hi all, originally from Bavaria, I worked several years in L.A. (movie business). I'm now spending most of my time in Franconia as a privateer, but still enjoy to travel.

    I got rid of all my very professional and very expensive camera gear in the past millennium. After a few years of not taking any photographs at all, I returned with a just-for-fun approach, merely using cheap P&S and all-in-one cameras. I startet with Lumix bridge cameras, then moved to Fujifilm (F200EXR, S100FS, HS10, HS20EXR etc.).

    When Fujifilm came up with their X100, I had to have one of those, as well. And I'm already in line to get one of the first X10 production models. For me, it's all about having fun and enjoying taking memorable pictures, basically for myself, my family and my friends. I definitely enjoy taking pictures with simple, inexpensive, tiny cameras. Could I take better pictures with gear worth $60,000 and an assistant schlepping it over snowy mountains (like we did in the 90s, when I got paid for all of it)? You bet! But where's the fun in that? I love to keep it simple.
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  2. olli

    olli Super Moderator Emeritus

    Sep 28, 2010
    Metro Manila
    Hello and welcome flysurfer. I spent two years living in Munich and have many happy memories (and great pictures) of Bavaria and Fraconia.
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  3. Briar

    Briar Hall of Famer

    Oct 27, 2010
    Welcome to Serious Compacts.
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  4. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
    Welcome Fly. What a place that Bavaria. I spent some time in Munich - and visited out near Berchtesgaden. OMG! I should have taken a little more than just my LX5 at the time to capture the beauty of the Alps.

    You have impeccable tastes in photo-gear too I must say :wink:
  5. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    flysurfer, many thanks for your philosophical intro with some of your history thrown in. My reaction is "hear, hear"!:drinks:

    May I ask how you found your way to SC? It's always interesting to me to know how people find this little corner of the world.
  6. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 12, 2010
    Philly, Pa
    Allrighty, I'm appointed to ask...
    I know what a fly is... I know about fly fishing...
    I know about surfing...Pete does that in Hawaii.....
    So... Praytell... What is a flysurfer?
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  7. flysurfer

    flysurfer Hall of Famer

    Aug 31, 2011
    I googled "compact camera forum", because I spontaneously got a tad sick of other forums covering "high-end" gear, with endless discussions about which 50mm Summicron to use for which bokeh. It's not that wouldn't get it (I was once sponsored by Contax/Zeiss and broke an RTS III almost every month during wintertime :redface: and I even mistreated a Hasselblad SWC for action shoots), but this simply isn't my priority, anymore. Because if I really want to, I can take decent pictures with a cell phone and most certainly with compacts. That said, I have been spoiled by the X100 and will probably buy into Fuji's EVIL system that's supposed to be introduced next year. :)
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  8. flysurfer

    flysurfer Hall of Famer

    Aug 31, 2011
    Simple: I used to surf the net on pretty much every Lufthansa flight when FlyNet (Connexion by Boeing) was still available.
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  9. Alf

    Alf Top Veteran

    Oct 11, 2010
    Northeastern Tuscany
  10. bartjeej

    bartjeej Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Nov 12, 2010
    Hi and welcome!:smile:
  11. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus Subscribing Member

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    Hello and welcome.