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Old 02-07-2007, 10:43   #1 (permalink)
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Hi Folks

G'day! My Name is Chris Cooke.

I live in Melbourne Australia and have been taking photographs since I was 7 (55 now)

For many years I did most of my photography underwater and in the air (Skydiving, Hang Gliding and Para-sailing until 2001 when a motorcycle accident almost killed me and left me with shattered legs.

Yes like most motorcyclists and very much against the advice of my doctors I returned to motorcycling after 3 years of Rehab and continue to ride and film off bikes "but my walking ain't so good."

I turned to digital slr's three years ago and have never looked back.

My arsenal comprises 1 Canon A1, F1 and Nikonos V ( my film cameras and 1 Canon 350D and two 30D's.

Lenses 17-85 F4-5.6 IS, 17-40 F4L, 24-70 F2.8L, 70-200F4L, 100 F2.8 Macro, 135F2 L, 300 F4 IS, Canon 1.4 X Con. Kenko 2X Con. Kenko Macro tubes.

Flashes 430EX, 580EX, 580 EXII, M$-14EX

Various Tripods some very old and some new

I have recently ventured into Macro photography and am very much a "new boy" at this so please feel free to critique any or all of my photos as I have learned one thing in life you are never too old or too wise to learn. (this applies to ALL of my photography.

I now film with a helmet or bike mounted Sony Bullet cam and have made some spectacular and not so spectacular film off the bike and when I master Adobe Premiere (about two lifetimes away) I will be a happy man.

Thanks for accepting me among you, I hope I can contribute in some way to this group.

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Old 02-07-2007, 10:54   #2 (permalink)
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Hey, Chris,

Look forward to seeing some of your pics - even the macro shots!
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Re: Hi Folks

Thanks for the welcome mate.

I see you are from Wales, I went to school in Bristol (My Dads home) and during my time there walked over most of South Wales and much of North Wales and I still fhave not so fond memories of being caught in a snow storm in the Brecon Beacons in 1966 and nearly freezing to death.

Tis a beautiful country with beautiful people who sing and play rubgy well (all that really matters in life)

Look forward to seeing some photos of my favourite hiking country.

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Old 02-07-2007, 12:00   #4 (permalink)
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I see you are from Wales, I went to school in Bristol (My Dads home) and during my time there walked over most of South Wales and much of North Wales and I still fhave not so fond memories of being caught in a snow storm in the Brecon Beacons in 1966 and nearly freezing to death.

Tis a beautiful country with beautiful people who sing and play rubgy well (all that really matters in life)

Look forward to seeing some photos of my favourite hiking country.
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I'm actually English but infiltrated Wales some years ago - and they play Rugby nearly as well as England (but much better than Oz and NZ!)
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Not been to Melbourne - brother in Brisbane, so visited there and Sydney. Next time!
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Welcome Chris,
beautiful night shots, have fun
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That is some bunch of kit you have there oh...and....welcome to Pixalo
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Hi Chris, nice intro mate.

It's good to have you at Pixalo!

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Re: Hi Folks

Thanks folks,

It is nice to belong to a forum where most have an English (British) accent.

It took an accident and many years of pain and most of my superannuation to accumulate the kit and I still live very much day to day, I would happily return to a Box Brownie and have my legs back than all the kit in the world.

Taking 5 minutes to cross a road ain't much fun.

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