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The last couple of weeks have been full of experimentation and new developments (pardon the pun) after setting up my new darkroom. I have already made quite a number of prints and I was quite surprised that the experience gained from making just a handful of them a few years ago hasn’t faded completely. In fact, even the very first print with my new enlarger turned out wonderfully! By now I’ve made some 20 prints on RC and FB paper in different sizes and I’m hooked. When they say that a silvery image appearing in a tray is quite magical, you should believe every word!

The weather and the work on printing have kept me from shooting much, but I feel like I’ve had a breakthrough. I’ve been printing a specific project and the negatives were old, shot on slightly broken gear and were developed rather badly, so I never was quite happy with scans from them in the past. However, apart from a few difficult exceptions they did print quite wonderfully on FB paper and I’ve seen a definite jump in quality and character. I’m onto something and I will continue to work on the project to see how far I can get with it. In any case, starting with darkroom work was a great decision and it opens up a whole new range of possibilities.

At some point I will take the time to scan some of the prints, but today I’ll show you some regular film scans from pictures taken in August 2015. The pictures were mostly shot on Fomapan 400 and it turns out that I can dislike both T-Max 400 and Fomapan 400, although they’re at opposite ends of the film spectrum. T-Max 400 is a very fine grain emulsion with a rather digital looking tonality range, whereas Fomapan 400 is a coarse grain retro emulsion with considerable glow to it. Given the choice between a demon and the devil himself I’d always pick Foma, since I generally prefer classic grain. Although I won’t buy Fomapan 400 in 35mm again, I’m pleased with the pictures beyond the technicalities. It was warm, crowded and great for shooting, so get some coffee / tea and enjoy plenty of summery shots in these wintery times.

Pictures taken with: Leica M6, Zeiss ZM C-Biogon 35mm f/2.8; Olympus XA; Rolleicord V, Schneider-Kreuznach Xenar 75mm f/3.5.

Starting off with M6 and my last HP5+ / Caffenol-CH.

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Maybe it was too much for her to see …

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Is it me or do dog and man have the exact same facial expression?

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I wonder what the name of this game is, dog crutch ball?

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Say hello.

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Happy biker.

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Backpacker central.

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Delicious children …

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Look who I met!

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Tickled my bw spidey senses. I knew her hair would light up like that in bw.

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Nope, this spinning top doesn’t belong to the kid, he’s just rolling his up!

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Suspenders clearly belong to a different generation.

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Here the light was working against me. Look closely at the boys on the right.

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Nope, this wasn’t about the camera, it was the sunshine! Vampire kid!

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He was too close for my zone, but I like it anyway.

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Some bread lined up on a scooter seat … nope, I don’t know what that’s all about either …

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Flight simulator?

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Strangely this must have been 1/125. I rarely shoot at that speed while I’m walking.

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Outside a candy shop.

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I especially liked the owl.

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Girl and daddy having a little boxing match, ball mid air, but clearly not the right picture for the blog.

I changed to the Olympus XA for a couple of rolls to see how I feel about the camera after more than half a year of Leica joy. Still HP5+ / CCH.

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Serious conversation?

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Shades and cigar.

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Not too happy?

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Family scene.

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And relax!

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Uhm … right.

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View from the promenade.

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Oh no, where did I leave my own board?

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People were queuing for something, can’t remember what.

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Obviously a very hot day.

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Can’t see where the bangs end and the furball starts

Another XA roll, Fomapan 400 / Caffenol-CL stand.

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Can’t tell whether this is shaky or out of focus. Probably both.

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Coming out of church.

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Hah, not a smart phone!

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Grumpy look.

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End of the roll complete with bulk loading light leak.

XA verdict: Sharpness is overrated? Looking at these feels like going a bit blind after all that Zeiss sharpness … maybe it’s not so visible on the blog, but on 20x30cm prints or zoomed in it’s quite apparent.

Back to M6 and Zeiss bliss, Fomapan 400 / CCL.

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When you expose the Fomapan just right, it can shine too, but it falls into the mud way too quickly to be useful for hip shooting.

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Depressed dog.

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I just love this one!

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Fomapan is not even close to fine grain, so squaring the Leica shots isn’t really a serious option. But this way you can also see what I mean by “mud”.

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Taking note of the right shoe?

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I was having a killer day. 4 shots worth printing in one day, 3 on a single roll! This one cracked me up.

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Twins! Cracked me up too.

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Another instalment of people pointing at things.

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Serious looks all around.

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Typical Fomapan. Barely a stop below and you already get murky shadows and midtones while the highlights still go nuts over the probably missing anti-halation layer. Not a fan and won’t be buying it again in 35mm. Also, super sensitive emulsion, a third of the rolls were scratched or had some minor emulsion damage just from bulk loading. It’s cheap for a reason! The only way to make it shine is to buy pre-rolled / roll without a bulk loader and meter correctly. There is no way to combat the retro glow though, which isn’t my cup of tea.

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Yep, why not block the whole sidewalk right at a crossing?

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On break.

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There was a nice band playing, so I stuck around for some shots.

The next few: Rollei, Portra 400, bw conversion.

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I had never seen / heard a real singing saw before, only in cartoons or video games! Difficult to get the saw on the picture in any meaningful way, so I focussed on the bow instead.

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Also, Portra 400 is some of the smoothest 400 stuff ever and shines in BW too. Big fan.

M6, Fomapan 400 / CCL.

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They got quite a crowd together.

Another Rollei shot when they were taking a little break.

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After a while I sat down on a bench and tried to see what I could get from there. M6 / Foma 400 CCL.

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Unwilling puppy.

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Doll at minimum focus distance.

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Another spectator.

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Delicious.

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The musicians packed up, the crowd needed a siesta.

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Obviously I was in a close distance mood.

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Bringing lunch and shopping home.

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Another street encounter.

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Not sure he was as happy with his day as I was at that point. Last shot of the day and post. The end.

divided attention

It seems like we’re getting the first feel of summer now and we used the opportunity to go to the park today. On the way I tried my hand at some more instax pictures and I have to say that I’m still struggling. I only went through 2 1/2 packs so far though, so it’s only logical that I don’t know the camera so well yet. It’s also really different from what I’m shooting normally and therefore quite a bit of a stretch for me. At least there was one picture today I liked and that was a step into the right direction.

This time I’m showing you pictures from the first couple of rolls that I shot after being out with the flu for a month. I was still a little shaky and I was struggling a bit. Luckily it usually doesn’t take much to get me back into the game and only those two rolls were a little off. At the time I used the opportunity to experiment, because I knew these wouldn’t amount to much. By now I’ve figured out Double-X much better and I’m rather unenthusiastic about the XP2 in C41 chemicals as well. The XP2 must be designed for people who think that they should shoot film while they actually prefer digital. It has much more character developed in Rodinal.

All pictures taken with: Olympus XA, F.Zuiko 35mm f/2.8
The following: Double-X over-developed in Caffenol-CL.

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I like how she’s perfectly capable of denying the white dog the ball while she’s petting the black dog. That’s skill!

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Big hunk of meat anyone?

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Twirl.

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This has a lot of detail, but also quite some streak marks. I was trying to figure out the right time  for stand-development only knowing the semi-stand times and overdeveloped it immensely.

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The rest: XP2 developed in Tetenal C41 Kit.

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Ogling?

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Normally I skip the girl-with-phone pictures, but I really liked the shadow.

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The girl seemed a little bored up there. And so was I with XP2 at box-speed in C41 chemicals. It’s boring, flat and looks almost digital. I prefer it in Rodinal.

pure gold

When I travel I like to go places and see things because I’m interested in a whole variety of things, but I don’t necessarily like to experience a place in a touristy fashion. It wouldn’t occur to me to make a list of touristy spots to visit just to tick boxes. I like it when these things happen spontaneously. For example, today we happened to walk across Plaza de Mayo when there was the changing of the guards. I wouldn’t have considered to go and see this specifically, but it was nice that it just happened in front of us anyway. And yes, every day we go places, see things, take pictures and I’m having a wonderful time. I get plenty of opportunities to shoot street while we’re out and so far I’ve shot 34 rolls of film. I still have 17 rolls of colour film left and 2 rolls of bw for backup. Although I have no idea how the pictures are turning out, I know this much: Shooting colour was a good decision because this place is very colourful indeed.

All pictures taken with: Olympus XA, F.Zuiko 35mm f/2.8.
Fuji 400 (drugstore) developed in Tetenal C41 Kit.

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Is it me or do they have the exact same facial expression? Cracked me up!

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It was cold, but cold enough to take your radiator with you?

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Looks like it’s a bit far to the kitchen!

shine

Today frustration hit me when the light was going earlier than I expected. I hardly managed to finish the roll in my Leica, because I’m trying to stick to ISO 400 due to the risk of airport scanners. There is also still one more shot on the roll in my Rollei, so I barely missed my 2 rolls a day goal too. However, I think I can make up for it easily tomorrow, because we are now in a much more central area and it will be a lot harder to keep myself from shooting way more than I should. The area where we are staying, Palermo, has a vibe very similar to Prenzlauer Berg. Very hipster touristy, but it’s way more crowded and central than the neighbourhood before, which means that taking pictures just got a lot easier. Never mind about my frustration though, it all got better when we walked into the next book shop and the first book I picked up was the one that I had been unable to find for weeks!

Today’s roll was the first one I shot with the XA after getting the Leica. It was a bit of a disaster, way overdeveloped and accidentally scanned with digital ICE which meant that I had to export them as raw scans to get anything from them at all. In the end it turned out interesting enough though.

When I’m back home I go through fits and starts of colour, through phases of black and white, test certain things for a while and then try around with others. Occasionally I ruin a roll when I test something new. It’s not always easy to get coherence into all of this, but it is helping me to decide which film to choose for certain projects and how to develop it. Coherence is a difficult one anyway for me. Although I love shooting street, it’s difficult sometimes to find a connecting thread when you shoot in different places on different film stock with different cameras and you’re interested in different things. I don’t mind it though when I’m back home, because I just tend to get bored there with things being always the same. I don’t think I’ll be finishing my experiments anytime soon – I still have T-Max 400, Delta 400, HP5+ and Foma 400 to test after I’m through with my Double-X – and I’ll just go with the flow and try to find out how I like all these different films. I’m definitely not shooting any XP2 again soon though. It’s not the right film for street, because it just has too little latitude and it’s too smooth. It looks brilliant for landscapes and portraits though with much more character than XP2! At the moment I rarely shoot anything other than street though.

All pictures taken with: Olympus XA, F.Zuiko 35mm f/2.8.
XP2 stand-developed in Rodinal 1:100.

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dazzled by colour

Yesterday afternoon we went for a walk around the neighbourhood and ended up in a local neighbourhood park. It was scorching hot – it still is actually, 30°C – and the park was full of people. Everyone seemed to be playing football, children were running around having fun, girls were doing gymnastics, and so on. You can imagine that I filled my roll easily and even almost finished a second roll. All the differences in the plants and trees were a bit dazzling to me too. Already at the airport I saw high grass that looked just like the grass growing near water in Europe, but there was no water in sight! In the park there were trees with spikes on their trunks and trees of shapes I had never seen before. I also saw a bright neon orange butterfly speed past me at some point. Later at night I was looking up at the moon and it looked so different upside down! Gazing at that strange looking moon over the rugged and chaotic skyline of Buenos Aires almost felt like being on a different planet.

Since the weather is still so hot we were taking it easy today as well and we decided to go to a different park in another neighbourhood. At the moment we are staying rather far from the centre, so any more exciting adventure would have involved a lengthy bus ride in 30°C weather, which is not exactly pleasant. We’ll move to a more central area on Sunday and get plenty of opportunity to see more. So, until Sunday we’re probably going to take it easy in this kind of weather and not risk a heat stroke. In any case, put me in a park with lots of people and I’m happy anyway, even if it’s not that special and a motorway runs above it. I shot 2 rolls and I think a couple of the shots might really be quite interesting.

When we were walking to the bus stop on the way back we also stumbled over something fantastic: In the middle of a rather unspectacular neighbourhood we unexpectedly found a little side street with many nice old houses. After all the noise of the motorway above the park and the crowds it was like stepping into another city. Quiet, hardly anyone on the street and instead of the complete mix of old and new, beautiful and ugly houses there was suddenly a homogeneously beautiful street. Very odd, very special, and if one day I could live in a place like this I would be very happy indeed.

I think it was a great choice to bring colour film to Buenos Aires. It’s a colourful place indeed and I think the pictures will seem somewhat less detached. And since I mention colour, I might as well show you some shots from one of my first colour rolls where I was specifically hunting for colour.

All pictures taken with: Olympus XA, F.Zuiko 35mm f/2.8.
Rossmann 400 developed in Tetenal C41 Kit.

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sleeping in strange places

After taking the red eye last night we arrived in Buenos Aires in the morning. It was such a long journey and of course the seats were so uncomfortable that I couldn’t really sleep during the flight. I barely managed to get 4h sleep, so today I feel dead tired. This is even enhanced by the fact that the day is just so much longer thanks to the time zone change! We’ll see how long I’ll keep my eyes open today.

However, of course I’m dying to see the city! After a bit of a rest we’ll go for a walk around the neighbourhood and I’m sure I’ll at least fill the roll that I started on the airport back on that other continent. Fittingly for a day like this I show you some airport shots taken earlier this year.

All pictures taken with: Olympus XA, F.Zuiko 35mm f/2.8.
dm Paradies 400 developed in Tetenal C41 Kit.

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suburbia

Not so long ago I complained that I was months behind on my scanning. Well, I’ve done it: I’ve developed, scanned and dust-spotted all my film! And I thought having the flu was completely pointless …! I even went further than all that and actually made an Excel sheet with all the data for every roll: camera, lens and development. I now know that I’ve shot 50 rolls with my Leica since I got it in December, that K400 / RPX400 is my commonly used film followed by Tri-X. Those two were pretty obvious, but who would have thought that a colour film would be number 3 on the list of preferred films? It’s indeed that mysterious Fuji emulsion they sell in German drugstores called Rossmann 400 or dm Paradies 400. Still, no surprises there in a way, since it’s the cheapest colour film around and it does a decent enough job. This is also the film I will take to Argentina, since I’m planning to shoot a lot of film in a short amount of time. More expensive film only makes sense with a lot of long term planning and less random subject matter than street photography.

About today’s pictures: Well, if you thought you could get away without knowing what German small suburban towns are like, you will be disappointed. These pictures show perfectly what I have to work with when I’m there. It’s so drab and boring it might even work as a series. You can imagine that this is not exactly the best place in the world for street photography!

All pictures taken with: Olympus XA, F.Zuiko 35mm f/2.8.
Rossmann 400 developed in Tetenal C41 Kit.

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minnie

A miracle has happened: I’m now done with all my developing, scanning and editing! Who would have thought I’d see the day? I guess the rainy season is good for only one thing: Getting all that processing out of the way. In any case, it’s the perfect preparation for our trip to Argentina, because I’ll hopefully be coming back with quite a lot of stuff.

This morning I was actually considering to bring 5 cameras! Now I’ve reconsidered again and I’m only taking 3: Leica, Rollei and my new Instax! The more gear you take, the less you shoot, so I’m trying to prevent myself from going nuts. All my film is also prepared, 40 rolls of 35mm, 10 rolls of 120 and 20 sheets of instax. So really, I’m all set! I can’t wait for this adventure to begin!

All pictures taken with: Olympus XA, F.Zuiko 35mm f/2.8.
Rossmann 400 developed in Tetenal C41 Kit.

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Just too cute!

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Penny is a supermarket chain. This specific one was always worth an experience. Kinda like going to a freak show.

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Kebab places are rather common in this area too.

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And another one here.

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Sharp enough for the screen, but alas, not for printing. Would have been nice.

mr döner

Yesterday I went out twice to shoot. The first time I got caught in the rain, but the second time it was sunny almost entirely throughout. That’s as good as it gets these days. Despite the sunshine on my second walk it was a bit empty on the streets thanks to the unpredictable weather which made shooting slightly painful. However, even though I didn’t manage to finish a second roll, at least I got a great picture from my instax earlier that day, because I happened to run into a really really cute little puppy.

Recently I’ve finished developing and scanning all my film. At the moment I’m working on the editing, because I’m aiming to finish it all before we fly to Argentina next Wednesday. That way I will know exactly how many shots I have left to show you within the 3 1/2 weeks we’ll be there and can plan my posts accordingly. With roughly 15 rolls left to edit I’m sure I have more than enough. And if I really get it all done then it will be a whole month of only shooting! No developing, scanning or editing! Can you imagine that?!

The shots I’m showing you today are from a roll from October which I forgot entirely. It was one of those colour rolls that always got pushed to the back of the developing queue, because it didn’t seem important at all. I kinda like the atmosphere though.

All pictures taken with: Olympus XA, F.Zuiko 35mm f/2.8.
Rossmann 400 developed in Tetenal C41 Kit.

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Inviting, don’t you think?

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Self-portrait with pigeon.

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Not that busy, but busy enough.

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MTV generation?

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Ah, atmosphere. Paco did a great job on the colours in this one!

riding with the simpsons

Tomorrow early in the morning I need to go to the airport to catch a flight back home. Although I didn’t achieve everything I wanted to do here, I think it was a relatively successful trip. I got part of the bureaucratic efforts out of the way and so far I have also 15 rolls shot and I might shoot some more this afternoon. One thing is clear though: the Carnival around here is a little too obnoxious for me. Next year I’m more likely to try Venice or Basel to catch some pictures.

All pictures taken with: Olympus XA, F.Zuiko 35mm f/2.8.
Tri-X stand-developed in Rodinal 1:100, 60min.

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I couldn’t resist this one.

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Normally people sit on benches to have a view, but apparently not this guy.

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I think the guy in the coat could be slightly scary at night.

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I don’t think that’s how you use a scooter.

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So cute!

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She seemed to be asking the little one for advice.

let’s go

I stumbled out of bed way too early this morning, and before I was even half awake I started loading my Rollei, because there was fog outside! I was out of the door a couple minutes later and walked over to the woods. I’m not a morning person at all and need about an hour + a cup of tea to wake up, so I was shooting on autopilot. I just couldn’t resist though! And now I’m very curious about the results.

Today I’m showing you some pictures from a trip last year. I hadn’t yet figured out the right recipe to develop Tri-X in Caffenol, so these were very dense and difficult to scan. For me Tri-X works a lot better when semi-stand developing it for 35 minutes with 3 inversions after 1min, 5min and 15min. Nevertheless, even though these were difficult I think they still turned out nicely.

All pictures taken with: Olympus XA, F.Zuiko 35mm f/2.8.
Tri-X stand-developed in Caffenol-CL, 60min.

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I can’t resist twins and I love the motion the XA brought in here.

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My black and white spidey senses were tingling.

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Strange and slightly futuristic way to cross the river.

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The neighbourhood up there was slightly too spooky for us.

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Ah, geometry!

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Another one for the black and white spidey senses.

hands

Originally I wanted to shoot the carnival parade yesterday, but then I decided against it. I was already feeling a little under the weather and didn’t really feel like I could bear all the bad music and the crowds. In the end I just shot a roll with my Rollei while going for a walk along the river with a friend and that was much more enjoyable. Two days of carnival and 9 rolls of film is quite enough considering that I’m really not the type for that sort of thing.

By the way, my Pakon finally arrived! However, I can only try it out after I return from my trip, so I still need to wait a little longer.

All pictures taken with: Olympus XA, F.Zuiko 35mm f/2.8.
Rollei RPX400 stand-developed in Caffenol-CL, 60min.

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Nice parallels.

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It was still ice cream weather back then.

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Bikers.

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This high.

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I guess the t-shirts want ice cream too!

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And more ice-cream scenes! In this post ice-cream cones replace the mobile phones.

beach fun

Before going on this trip I scanned the last of the rolls that I shot before getting my Leica. So, once I return home you’ll see much less from my XA. The two of us had a lot of fun since I bought it last summer and it has also seen a lot of film. Really, it’s a great little camera and stopped down it does a really great job. However, I’m definitely looking forward to see more results from my Leica. I really liked the few rolls that I showed you already and I’m very much looking forward to seeing more.

Speaking of that last roll: These shots are from the roll in question. Don’t worry, it doesn’t mean that I’m running out of pictures to show you. I still have quite a number of shots left from previous rolls. I only felt like editing these because I was in the mood for beach pictures.

All pictures taken with: Olympus XA, F.Zuiko 35mm f/2.8.
Ilford XP2 stand-developed in Caffenol-CL, 60min.

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They were having so much fun!

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The beach can be a great place to shoot textures.

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Pebbles for example.

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I love how 3D this looks.

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I actually like that I didn’t properly adjust the focus. The softness in the background gives it a somewhat ethereal atmosphere.

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Luckily only in winter.

lunch break

Today there wasn’t much going on with regards to all the carnival stuff, so I only took my Rollei to the nearest park to shoot a roll of slide film. I miscalculated a little and at the end the light was going, but I think I managed to properly expose even the last shot after hunting for the right framing. One roll of 120 isn’t much, but after a few days of running around and 4 rolls yesterday it was quite good to just take it easy. I’m sure tomorrow I’ll come back with much more than that.

I’m showing you something new today: XP2 developed in Caffenol. These were a little bit on the dense side, so next time I try that I’ll probably go with 50min instead. Other than that they actually turned out nicely, quite contrasty and smooth. I don’t know whether I like the XP2 better in Rodinal or in CCL. I think both combinations are nice.

All pictures taken with: Olympus XA, F.Zuiko 35mm f/2.8.
Ilford XP2 stand-developed in Caffenol-CL, 60min.

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Well, occasionally I get noticed, especially when it’s very empty.

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He was going around in circles.

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Some prefer to walk alone.

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Stormy seas.

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I don’t know what it is, but I like his look. Not sure how to describe it – knowing maybe?

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Curious.

urban sunset

I like visiting places, but I don’t like travelling itself. And especially air travel is infuriating on so many levels, the security procedures, the x-ray scanners and all the waiting! In general it’s just annoying. However, yesterday’s flight wasn’t too bad. I had a good book, none of the film I was taking was meant to be pushed and security only took a minute. It would have been surprisingly enjoyable if it hadn’t been for the nauseatingly stupid conversation of the business types on the flight. At some point a guy was boasting that he once drove his convertible open at -4°C. Well, do I have to say anything else? I tried to drown out the idiocy with some music to be able to concentrate on my book. Although the journey wasn’t too bad in the end I was very tired though and so decided to post these pictures today rather than last night.

Today I’ll be fighting bureaucracy, so wish me luck.

All pictures taken with: Olympus XA, F.Zuiko 35mm f/2.8.

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My favourite!

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Could have been sharper, but it was getting dark and I like it anyway.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

A nice little churreria where we sometimes sit after dancing tango. I never had churros, but they definitely look delicious. A shame that they would kill me!

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

Waiting.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

I don’t know either.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

I suspect a sports fan …!