My name is Bob Biedron and I have been interested in photography, off and on, since I was a teenager. I am now slightly older. I bought my first camera, a Minolta SRT 101 , with money I earned working after school and weekends.
In 2005 my interest was renewed, and I bought my first serious digial single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera, a Nikon D70. Later I upgraded to a D300 and bought a few high-quality lenses.
In 2010 the bug to shoot large-format film hit. I was looking for a photographic medium that would be of higher quality than a DSLR provided (at that time) and more affordabe than a $50,000 medium format digital back. Plus, eveyrone is now shooting digital, and I really like NOT doing what everyone else does. I started out shooting both 4"x5" film, and in the last couple of years have added 8"x10" film as well. Shooting large format film is about as far removed from a modern DSLR as you can get. The camera does absolutely nothing for you - no built-in metering, no auto focus, the shutter must be reset each time, and so on. Taking a photograph is a multistage process, with ample opportunity to make mistakes. I've made a lot of mistakes, and I don't think I am done yet! But all these steps force you to slow down and really think about the photograph you are about to make; to think about what is before you. And nothing compares to a well-exposed transparency viewed on a light table.