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On the weekend we went on a trip to Bilbao to see a Braque exhibition at the Guggenheim. Although we were not too impressed with the exhibition the trip was really nice and I came back with 6 rolls of exposed film, 3 35mm rolls and 3 rolls of 120. Among these 6 rolls was also my 100th roll of film. Of course I’m not counting those innumerable rolls I shot with a Braun point and shoot when I was a kid. I started to shoot film again a couple of years ago. but only last year after learning how to develop my own black and white film did I really get hooked. I would love to shoot film exclusively, but to be honest even if I could afford it, it wouldn’t quite be doable due to all the time spent scanning the film.

During our trip I got a bit of a taste of how it would be to only shoot film due to a screw up on my side though: I not only forgot to charge the spare battery of my E-PL3 but also forgot the charger at home, which meant that I was out of juice by noon of day 2. Although I was a bit annoyed with myself it wasn’t a complete disaster since at that point I still had 3 rolls of film left for an afternoon and a morning. In the end it worked out fine. A 35mm roll more wouldn’t have hurt, but I think I managed quite well with my Olympus XA and my Rolleicord V.

Today I’m showing you some shots from my second roll taken with the Rolleicord. I shot these at the Mauerpark in Berlin in July and I’m quite happy with the results. My Rolleicord is cosmetically in fantastic shape, almost like new, but after testing the shutter a bit I think it has been sitting on a shelf too much. Don’t get me wrong, it’s in working condition and doesn’t need any repair to be useable. However, the fast times are a third of a stop too slow and the slow times are really quite far off, so it might profit from a CLA.

All pictures taken with: Rolleicord V, Schneider-Kreuznach Xenar 75mm f/3.5.
Tri-X developed in Tetenal Ultrafin 1:10, 9min.

© Lilly Schwartz 2014

© Lilly Schwartz 2014

I like how the guy’s pose reflects his T-Shirt.

© Lilly Schwartz 2014

© Lilly Schwartz 2014

This was a little too dark, but I managed to pull it up quite well in post-processing.

© Lilly Schwartz 2014

© Lilly Schwartz 2014

The weird kind of things one sees at the Mauerpark …

© Lilly Schwartz 2014

© Lilly Schwartz 2014

The Rolleicord can be rather sneaky … although everyone notices it, they don’t really know how it works so that I can focus and compose without anyone paying attention.

© Lilly Schwartz 2014

© Lilly Schwartz 2014

Here I also waited until they lost interest in me.

© Lilly Schwartz 2014

© Lilly Schwartz 2014

The eyes of the girl on the left are actually closed, but I still like it. In the background a digital camera, but this is actually misleading. I saw quite a lot of film shooters that day and there are a few stalls with old film cameras as well. Most of those old cameras look as if they’ve been sitting in a very dusty place though, so it’s not the best place to get a film camera.

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