Old and retired

  • Posted by Peter Farkas on October 18, 2022 at 7:17 am

    Hello, my name is Peter. I joined the group hoping to reignite my passion for photography. My journey in photography began when I was 19, about 50 odd years ago. My first camera was a Canon FTQL SLR. From memory it was one of the first cameras with through the lens metering. I set up a b&w darkroom and processed my films also. I would have photographic adventures every weekend, rodeo’s, motorcycle events what ever I could photograph, ever remember going to a Monastery and taking portraits of the monks.

    I did a little wedding photography for year or so (my early 20s). I used Mamiya Press 120 roll film camera. This was when I was living in Brisbane Australia.

    In the late 70s we moved to Darwin. I did quite a lot of wedding photography there. I got myself a Hasselblad, std 80mm, a 150 for portraits and a few 16exp backs. I did a bit of commercial work with a Linhof camera, which I still have. In the early 80s I was lucky enough to score a job as the phographer for the Education Department of the Northern Territory of Australia. Was huge learning curve. All of the work was done on medium format, 120 and 220 roll film. I did a lot of Colours printing, large prints for displays and b&w for publications. Lots of travel. I worked there for several years the moved to Royal Darwin Hospital as a medical photographer. I worked there until 2007 and took early retirement.

    The sad thing is I have rarely picked up my camera since. To rekindle my interest I bought a Nikon D810 body as I have a few of my older Nikon lenses.

    I now live on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland Australia. I keep myself busy with my wood turning.

    I would like to try to get back to doing some photography again and thought I’d give it another try .


    Douglas Graves replied 1 month, 1 week ago 3 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Taya Iv

    October 19, 2022 at 7:01 pm
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    @Pete Welcome to our community! Thank you for such a detailed and interesting introduction. What was it like working as a medical photographer? I imagine that it was very challenging but gratifying.

    I’ve also taken breaks from photography for different reasons. It’s nice to return to it, especially when there’s a group of people supporting you. I hope that you find a lot of inspiration and comfort here. We’ve got a diverse group of members from all over the world. I’m sure they’d love to see your work and find out more about you. 🙂

    I look forward to seeing your work in this community! We’ve got a 52 Week Project, Editing Friday sessions, a sub-forum for constructive criticism, and much more.

    If you have any questions or suggestions, please let me know.

    Talk soon!

    Douglas Graves voted up
  • Peter Farkas

    October 19, 2022 at 9:31 pm
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    It was very interesting. The work was quite diverse, operating theatre, the wards, emergency and we had many official visitors (public Relations). The hospital Was/is a reaching hospital so I also had to assist with preparing teaching and lecture material. Initially almost everything was shot on slide film. I remember processing 30-40 films a week. Was really happy when I switched to digital. It was a good place to work. I felt I was surrounded by some very dedicated people.

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  • Douglas Graves

    October 19, 2022 at 11:18 pm
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    Hi Mr. Farkas 👋 I’m Doug, a 41 year old fine art photographer from coastal California. And Hi Taya🌞👋

    I really appreciate hearing about your fascinating & quite novel life journey as a photographer! Sounds like a lot of good jobs & work experience there in Australia. In particular, please share with us all of your photos of kangaroos👍😉

    Great to hear you’re back at it again & enjoying it during your retirement. Please let me know how you feel about my photographs here & share yours ASAP.

    Cheers mate!