About Old Timer
Hello fellow photographers. My name is Larry Gooding, but most of you will know me as Old Timer. I have been a photographer for more years than many of you have been on this earth-thus the origin of my handle. I first became interested in photography as a sophomore in college. My roommate was an Army veteran who had been stationed in the Far East and bought a Petri rangefinder while overseas. His need for cash and my desire to own a camera soon proved to be of mutual benefit. I was a broadcasting and journalism major and decided that I needed to know more about photography, so I signed up for the journalism photography course. I soon found in photography a friend that has been a near constant companion for the last 40 years.
My major emphasis up to that time had been broadcasting, and I was working at the university radio station as the sports director and play-by-play announcer for the football and basketball teams. Once the photo bug infected me, I traded in the microphone for a full time job as a staff photographer for the yearbook. This position afforded me the opportunity to use a wide range of photo equipment and to have ready access to darkroom facilities. The university supplied what seemed like a never ending supply of film and gave me the opportunity to shoot a wide variety of subjects under many different circumstances.
After college I went to work for a newspaper chain as an editor and photographer. Once again the opportunity was there to expand my photo horizons. I had replaced my Petri with a very reliable Pentax H1a, but when it and a Mamiya TLR were stolen from my company car, I had the opportunity to step into the Nikon world. I bought my first Nikon in the spring of 1971 and thus started a love affair that has only been rivaled by my love for Joy, my wife of nearly 35 years.
Soon after Joy and I married, I left journalism and moved back to my hometown to work in the family business. I continued to pursue my passion by doing weddings and event photography. Over the next several years as my family grew, so did my stable of Nikons. I now own 8 Nikons and a wide variety of Nikkor lenses. All the medium format equipment is gone, and so is the wedding and event photography business. Today I am totally digital and most of the photography for pay is of local sports events. I market my images through an online service and conserve more time for the picture taking process.
I started as a lurker here on Photography Review somewhere in 2002 when I was seeking to buy my first auto focus SLR. Through following the posts of some of the regulars, the help forum and the review section, I settled on an N80, and I credit this site with rekindling a somewhat dormant love affair into a raging fire again. If you have a desire to be a better photographer, I challenge you to stick around and take advantage of what Photography Review has to offer. There is no doubt in my mind that this is the best site available on the internet today if you are seeking a friendly environment to improve your photography.
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