Christmas in the Basque Country – Part 2

Yesterday I returned from a trip to Germany where I was working on 3 different projects. It was cold and uncomfortable, there was a lot of long winded and annoying travel involved, but while I was there I had lots of fun anyway. I saw some excellent exhibitions, caught up with some friends and spent time with my family. I also shot 29 rolls in about 2 weeks and walked 71km! And all of it was possible thanks to my new medication: CBD, which is a form of medical cannabis. For 8 years I was in constant chronic pain and suddenly with this miracle plant I can travel and walk, even hike up mountains with a heavy large format camera! I’m still annoyed that I didn’t find this solution earlier! Why? Well, politics and capitalism. And in case you are wondering: No high with CBD and perfectly legal in the whole EU.

While I was in Germany I also continued working on my newest DIY project, which has exploded into quite a big endeavour. The plan was to build a DIY graflarger back, i.e. a light source that I can mount on my Speed Graphic to turn the camera into a 4×5 enlarger. From a hacked together contraption that was basically just a diffused light source of the right size that would be mounted with a bit of bungee cord I went to a design that will now involve RGB LEDs that I can use in 3 different modes – RGB colour correction like on the computer, RYB colour correction like regular colour enlargers and a multigrade mode that will work like the variocontrast light source on my Durst enlarger. It also won’t be mounted with bungee cord, but will get a proper 3D printed casing and a modular negative holder that will fit a standard international back and can print a whole lot of unusual formats. And since the RGB control needed a micro controller anyway, I might as well include a split grade f-stop timer with an analyser that will hopefully reduce the test strips I need to make and therefore save lots of time when printing.

So far I’ve got the RGB and RYB modes figured out and I have some notes for the VC mode. After that I will tackle the timer and as soon as some additional parts arrive I will set up the interface. It will actually have a display, a keypad and a few knobs to make it easy and comfortable to use. The last part will be the analyser, which probably won’t be entirely straight forward to do. However, there is some existing code that I can adapt for my purposes, like it is often the case when you’re trying to build something like this. There are usually lots of clever people out there who have already tried whatever it is you want to do and they are usually eager to share their experiences. I thought I would have to come up with my own RYB to RGB function, but as it turns out a clever person had already done it before and I only had to rewrite the code in a different programming language. Another clever person also developed an open source f-stop timer that I will adapt for my purposes and extend with functionality aimed at split grade printing. I could even make it possible to control this via a web interface on a smart phone.

This kind of spirit where people share their clever code and make their builds available for everyone to try is what I love about the maker community. If I wanted to buy a light source like the one that I’ve already started to program, I would easily pay 1100€ just for the light source, and every type of controller is sold separately – BW, colour or controlled with an app – for between 200-500€. An f-stop timer with an analyser would go for another 1000€. And it wouldn’t even handle like a proper enlarger head, neither colour nor vario contrast, since Heiland electronics who produce these light sources didn’t feel like figuring out how to have them produce magenta (red+blue) and yellow (red+green) or write an RGB to RYB conversion function. Strange for their kind of asking prices, especially since it’s not exactly rocket science! And besides, any (supervised) 10 year old could rebuild their basic light source design with the RGB colour controller by cobbling together a bunch of Arduino beginner tutorials for about 30€. All it needs is an RGB LED strip, any kind of cheap arduino clone – like the nano -, three transistors, some resistors, potentiometers, knobs and a cheap red LCD display. Soldering required, but that’s not rocket science either! That it’s so easy to hack together is exactly why the project keeps getting bigger. Adding one more function doesn’t seem like a big deal. In any case, I’m progressing bit by bit and I hope to be finished with all of it by April.

After returning from my trip, I will now also continue with my efforts to catch up on my film development and editing. I now have some 60 undeveloped rolls that I can tackle and after already developing a lot before I left I have about 120 rolls worth of scans to edit. I’m not be a big fan of the whole developing, scanning and editing business, so avoiding this part always feels like cutting a whole lot of boredom out of my workflow. However, it has to be done eventually and it’s even worse to do it all in one go. One of my resolutions for 2018 is trying to keep up with all the developing, scanning and editing, but for this to happen I actually have to catch up first. We’ll see whether I can manage before my next trip!

In any case, let’s finally move on to the pictures! It’s not Christmas anymore, but in the last post I promised you a second Christmas in the Basque Country post and here it is. Any leftover eggnog? Well, now is the time for it! Somehow things always get in the way and I don’t post as often as I should. Another thing to tackle in 2018.

Pictures taken with: Leica M6 with Voigtländer Nokton 35mm f/1.2 and Voigtländer Nokton 50mm f/1.1. Rolleicord V, Schneider-Kreuznach Xenar 75mm f/3.5.

M6 / 35mm Nokton / HP5+.

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On Christmas Eve we usually go for a walk in the morning. Around here Christmas Eve means people in traditional dresses.

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He has to wait outside even on Christmas Eve, poor little fella.

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I’m afraid there is going to be singing.

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Lots of kids.

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Adults too though!

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More interested in the toy car!

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Singing for money, another Christmas Eve tradition. What baffles me is the willingness of teenagers to dress up in traditional dress. I never would have done anything so conformist!

Rollei Retro 400s.

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I like that little girl in the doorway.

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Reflection. The kids were looking at the display of a model railway. Not sure why that’s a Christmas thing here – for me it’s a train station thing.

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Obligatory dog picture.

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More singing.

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And gravity wins again! Unsurprising that kids don’t know how to ice skate in a place where it never snows.

Delta 3200 @1000.

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That’s the Christmas spirit.

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I have to say that Delta 3200 in 35mm isn’t very impressive, too much grain! Pushing slower film makes much more sense even though it sacrifices shadow detail. However, in medium format it has great tonality and looks good even at 3200.

M6 / 50mm Nokton / FP4+.

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In Spain the three holy kings or magi have their own celebration, los reyes magos. The kids stand in line to see the magi at the town hall in the morning and then there is a procession in the evening. And of course there are also presents involved. Around here it’s almost as important or even more important than Christmas Eve / Day.

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Standing in line means that the kids are bored. However, usually figure out a way to entertain themselves. Photographically it would otherwise be an immensely dull event too.

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They found a new friend.

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Rollei / Ilford XP2 (HC-110).

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Hand face synchronisation.

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I got a bit bored, but puppies are a good remedy for boredom!

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Oh so cute!

Leica M6 / Nokton 35mm / Ilford Pan 400 @1600.

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In the evening we went to see the procession. I’ve been trying to photograph that event a couple of times already. The first time I only had an f/2.8 lens and it was simply too dark for it. Well, gear matters sometimes! The second time we mixed up the days and when I accidentally ran into the procession I simply couldn’t get a good vantage point because of the crowds. This time we finally managed to get it right, found a good spot, I had a fast lens and film that pushes well.

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The girl in the middle doesn’t look too happy.

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Metering with open fire in the frame is a challenge. Turned out alright though!

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As always, kids in traditional dresses.

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Traditional music.

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Well, photographing a moving black something on a dark street is quite impossible even at f/1.2. Sheep dog? Black sheep?

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Farm animals are so Christmas … eh? I don’t know.

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And creepy big heads on a bus.

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Child adult interaction.

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Last one!

Christmas in the Basque Country – Part 1

I always plan on posting more and then life somehow gets in the way. This time the problem was that I’ve been having way too much fun with the courses I’m taking on coursera and with my newest photographic projects, 4×5 + toy cameras + pinholes. That’s not a bad problem to have, I’d say! I finished a couple of courses already and I’m planning to take more once I finish this current batch! The next one that is on top of the list is actually a course on 3D printing, because I have a rather simple and useful project in mind: I need a lens board for my Speed Graphic for a lens that doesn’t have a flange to mount it.

I’ve been having lots of fun with my Speed Graphic and carried it up the mountain and into the woods a few times already together with my Leica Hektor 150mm f/2.5 projection lens. I bought the lens already modified for the Speed Graphic. The seller had sawed off the mount for the projector to reduce vignetting and mounted it on a 3D printed board that is the right size for my Pacemaker Speed Graphic. It’s a bit of a tight fit and not as smooth as mounting a regular metal lens board, but it works just fine in practice as long as I’m careful that it’s properly mounted. The other day I was extremely lucky and scored a Leica Prado 500 projector with 2 lenses. One of the lenses isn’t really useful for me beyond use on the projector, but the second lens is another one of these cool Hektor lenses, a Leica Hektor 200mm f/2.5! The 150mm I already have barely covers 4×5, which means I get some funky Holga corners in the pictures. I really like the feel it gives the pictures though, so I don’t mind the coverage issue. However, it also means that there is absolutely no room for movements at all which is a real shame with such a shallow depth of field. The 200mm Hektor should cover 4×5 properly though and I hope there is at least a little bit of room for movements. So, the plan is to 3D print a lens board for this lens and maybe make a slightly better board for the 150mm Hektor as well so that it’s a little less tricky to attach to the camera.

By the way I’ve been thinking about getting a projector since I started on my slide film project a couple of years ago. That’s how they were meant to be viewed and I like it when I can have a fully analog workflow. However, projectors that can do medium format are quite hard to locate and usually really expensive. The Prado was one that I had been eyeing for a while which is also how I ended up thinking about using projection lenses on a 4×5 camera in the first place. Like it is the case with enlargers the medium format parts for projectors are usually hard to find, but I’m hoping that the one I got might have the right condenser already since it comes with a medium format lens. 3D printing will probably solve the issue with all other spare parts I might need, but I obviously can’t print a condenser! Even if it doesn’t come with the right condenser, I’m sure the right one will pop up eventually and I’ve been meaning to shoot more 35mm slide film anyway. And since the 200mm Hektor lens was already worth more than I paid for the entire projector I’m very happy with my purchase.

So, after barely a couple of months with my Speed Graphic I already have 3 lenses for it and it’s really having a great impact on my photography. When I finally decided to go for it I wasn’t really sure how it would fit into what I do. Right away I had the idea for a great new project and it fits so nicely with my other toy camera, pinhole and alternative process related experiments. I’m still figuring out the details, but even my first few sheets of 4×5 have already been enough to convince me that I’m on the right track. I’ve been really unhappy with my workflow for a long time because shooting street in this town is such a grind most of the time. I really needed something with more predictable results to balance things out. Now that I can at least know that my 4×5 results aren’t going to disappoint me I have been feeling more like going out to shoot street too. Double win!

Speaking of results: After a bit more research I’m also one step further with my DIY Graflarger back – turning my Speed Graphic into a 4×5 enlarger so that I can have a completely analog workflow with that format too. One part I’m going to have to build is a light box of the right size to attach to a film holder. The only part missing for the light box was something to diffuse the light and I’ve actually found a place that can cut the right type of plexiglass to the size I need! I can imagine that this project will also end up having some 3D printed parts, another lens board for the enlarger lens, but also negative holders since I would also like to use it to enlarge 6×9 negatives. My Durst M670 only goes up to 6×7 and my DIY Graflarger solution could definitely be a way of printing 120 film formats that are larger than that.

3D printing of course has gazillions of other potential uses in film photography, especially when you’re interested in pinhole cameras or cameras for unusual formats. I’m already dreaming of a 3D printed 6×17 camera that uses a large format lens! And did I mention that building a regular light box with a diffuser isn’t any different from building a UV box for alternative printing? This whole adventure is really the right kind of mix of geekery and experiment to keep me happy for a long time.

Enough talk though, I think it’s about time for some pictures! As always the pictures I’m going to share with you today have absolutely nothing to do with my ramblings. However, one advantage of being more than a year behind on posting pictures is that I can use the opportunity to post some Christmas pictures! Can you believe it, Christmas pictures for Christmas? It’s almost like in my good old digital days when I would post pictures on the same day as they were taken. The pictures I’m sharing today were actually shot a year ago though and they are the first pictures I share taken with my wonderful Voigtländer Nokton 35mm f/1.2 lens. That lens absolutely rocks and at least shares a rather narrow depth of field wide open with my 4×5 adventures with the projection lenses. Ah, there we go, I managed to connect my ramblings to the pictures after all!

But before I forget: Merry Christmas my dear friends! Get yourself some eggnog and enjoy!

All pictures taken with: Leica M6, Voigtländer Nokton 35mm f/1.2. Rolleicord V, Schneider-Kreuznach Xenar 75mm f/3.5.

M6 / HP5+ @800. And in case you’re wondering everything apart from the colour rolls was developed in HC-110, which is actually my only developer these days! Good versatile stuff and even quite useful for stand-development.

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San Sebastian was the European Capital of Culture in 2016 which meant that they splurged on all sorts of fancy events over the year. By the time it was Christmas they had probably run out of money, but this didn’t mean that they didn’t try to do fancy things anyway. Apparently some ingenious engineering students had come up with a way to have some fancy outdoor Christmas lighting the cheap way. The mayor said something about a minimal budget on the day when it was presented. I was there with my camera to see whether there was anything worth photographing.

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Crowded!

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I’m always surprised that local teenagers seem to be overly happy to dress up in the most ridiculous way to support their local traditions. If anyone had expected me to dress up like that I’d have said “Not even in your wildest dreams!”

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Traumatised for life I expect.

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The people who came up with the lighting setup!

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Perfect opportunity to shoot some Kodak Vision 3 800T.

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And there they are, the fancy lights.

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Shoe lights too!

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Totally acceptable to miss focus a tad at f/1.2.

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The children obviously loved it.

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A gazillion selfies were taken.

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Fancy light ball.

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I was experimenting with remjet removal on the Kodak Vision 3 film and it didn’t always go according to plan. I think I’ll buy proper remjet removal bath next time instead of using washing soda. For some reason I like the effect in this one though.

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Father Christmas about to be attacked by a shark.

HP5+ @800.

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Bergger 400.

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More fancy lights.

FP4+.

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Rollei Retro 400s.

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A bar at the train station. Is it me or are they universally depressing all over the world?

Bergger 400.

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They put up Christmas decorations at the square in front of regional government building too. They were a tad disturbing.

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Take a close look at the girl next to the dog. She has a dog head in her hands …!

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I do love my Nokton 35mm f/1.2. It was still new to me at that point.

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FP4+.

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Another local tradition at Christmas is the fiesta de Santo Tomas when the whole town is transformed into one big famer’s market and the farmers from the surrounding region bring their products and livestock into the city. Surrounding this event there is of course lots of dressing up, drink and events connected to local traditions. One of them is the women’s wood chopping competition. Yep, you read that right, wood chopping is apparently a sport around here.

Rollei Retro 400s.

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These were the finals, so there were trophies to be given out!

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All the kids were dressed up and waiting for the competition to start.

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All three competitors in action with their axes. There was wood flying off in all directions and these women were wielding big sharp axes, so I kept my distance.

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Technical discussions.

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We have a winner on the right!

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Running around in circles with a shark balloon, is there anything better?

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Even the dogs were dressed up.

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Modern life, eh?

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Don’t shoot the baby.

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Grandma took away the gun for her own picture.

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The children always have lots of fun at these events.

Rolleicord / Delta 400 @800.

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Private conversation among twins.

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Cute!

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Climbing around with a skirt is difficult business.

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Jumping, not a problem.

M6 / Rollei Retro 400s.

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Playing with the baby.

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Last one!

Next time: Christmas Eve, Reyes Magos and the Cabalgata!

breaking the lines

Lately I’ve been in the mood for some more focused learning and I’ve been following some online courses, some photography related, some not, and it has been an enjoyable experience. Every few years I make an effort and use some of the amazing resources that are available nowadays and it’s always been worthwhile. In case you’re looking for photography related courses: There is an excellent coursera course on Photography by MoMA that was really very very helpful and interesting. I did it some time ago and I felt that it was one of the best online courses I had ever taken, so I’d definitely recommend it. The one I’m following right now is called The Camera Never Lies and is actually a history meets photojournalism course which is also very detailed and interesting. I’m really amazed at all the stuff that you can learn online. You might know that I’ve been teaching myself all sorts of film photography related things over the years and I pretty much learned it all from free sources on the internet. Stand-development, developing and printing in Caffenol, C41 and E6 development, splitgrade printing, how to dry fibre prints with and without a print dryer, scanning, lately how to use large format cameras and so on. It’s pretty much all described in articles, videos and helpful comments in film photography related forums and groups. You just have to know how to use a search machine and you can find all sorts of great information. Once I even came up with a detailed syllabus that follows the progression of an art history degree with courses that are all available online for free. As long as you’re not dependent on the qualification, you can do the same thing for any degree and acquire all sorts of knowledge in self-study. The only requirement is that you have access to a good library or the money to buy the books.

And since we’re talking about books: Today I would like to recommend an excellent book to you called The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes. It’s a 700 page tome all dedicated to alternative printing and photography which compiles so much knowledge that it would probably take me years if I were to try to attempt every technique in the book. And the best thing: It’s actually an excellent book about the history of photography too and although I know quite a bit about the subject already there are always interesting details that I didn’t know about yet. Really, I can’t recommend this book enough, it’s just wonderful and full of inspiration for experiments! My latest experiments? I’ve been playing with my Diana F+ camera and the cable release bracket to take pinholes, since this is the first chapter in the alternative processes book. Not the sharpest pinhole design out there, but it definitely has a nice feel to it and doesn’t require any tinkering to get started.

The other thing that kept me busy this week was my pile of undeveloped rolls of film. Should I really admit that I still have 105 undeveloped rolls of film lying around? I’m not really pushing myself to develop them as quickly as possible, so it will probably still take a while until I’m finished with it. I might as well announce already that I will be a tad late with my New Year’s Post this time, since most of the rolls from this year haven’t been developed yet!

In any case, I better get to some pictures now since I’m also horribly behind on posting pictures. These pictures were actually taken in May 2016 during my low ISO challenge. At the time I was playing with my excellent Super Ikonta and these pictures remind me that I should really take it out for some more street shooting soon! The lens is simply superb!

Pictures taken with: Rolleicord V, Schneider-Kreuznach Xenar 75mm f/3.5. Zeiss Super Ikonta C 530/2.

Starting with: Rollei / Rollei Retro 80s / Rodinal.

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Twins.

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This was pretty much an accident, but I really like how the girl is perfectly framed!

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Woof!

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I don’t. Or do I?

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ISO 80 woes.

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Teach them young!

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I was obsessed with dust that month.

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I love how everyone ignores what the little one is doing.

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Say hello!

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Love the light in this!

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Did I mention recently that I love my Rollei? Well I do!

Ikonta / Retro 80s / HC-110.

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I walked into a random direction.

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He told me that he was a warrior.

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So, this is an 80 year old Zeiss lens. Isn’t it just amazing?

Retro 80s / Rodinal stand.

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Just a moment too late. The Super Ikonta isn’t the most convenient camera to use.

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Hiding.

Retro 80s / Rodinal.

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Side street art.

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Although I seriously love the Retro 80s, I had scratches on some rolls that were not caused by the camera.

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Nose coincidence.

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Action shot.

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Beach spectators.

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Strange dancing. Her hands!!

Pan F+ 50 / HC-110.

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Disappointed love.

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I may have scanned this with the ANR glass upside down.

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So cute!

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Assistance!

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I love all the lines in this one.

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Teddy doesn’t get any love either. Last one!

Joy

Sometimes life gets in the way of updating my blog and I certainly had a couple of busy and exciting months. My health has been improving a lot thanks to the new treatment and this gave me the opportunity to go to Paris for the first time. It was a great trip and I’m really looking forward to our next visit to the city! Then at the beginning of this month I actually participated in a wetplate workshop which was really cool and super interesting. The timing of it was perfect, since just a few days later I finally got the opportunity to get my hands on a large format camera I’ve been investigating for a couple of years, a Pacemaker Speed Graphic from 1950! Yes, you read that right, after mastering 35mm and medium format I’m now getting into the large formats, starting out with 4×5! Wait, a street photographer shooting large format and wet plate? That sounds crazy! Well, it is crazy and borderline impossible in fact. At ISO 1-3 wetplate is pretty much entirely useless for street also because you need to process each shot within a very short time after preparing the plate. I’d need an assistant and a big flash to pull that one off, so that’s not happening anytime soon – or at all. Large format street photography on film is much more viable but to be honest, at the moment I don’t think I even want to shoot street with it!

I’m actually coming out of a bit of an artistic crisis right now. This year has been particularly tough for me and for quite a long time I’ve not really felt very inspired to take pictures at all. Part of it was of course my health, but beyond that I actually didn’t really feel like it. I’ve been shooting street for more than 3 years in this town and it’s a particularly challenging place. Always going to the same 5 street corners bores me to death and the range of behaviours in this place is really rather limited. I’ve been pushing really hard and I manage to get some shots out of this place despite these limitations, but my level of frustration is usually pretty high when I’m trying to wrestle pictures from this place.

Boredom is of course part of the artistic process, but I’m a person who tends to get bored even more easily than others. I tend to master a skill and then move on to the next thing, so it has always been challenging for me to stick to one thing over a long period of time. I always need to distract myself with other things to keep my long term pursuits fresh for me, especially if I have already mastered everything there is to know about it.

I can probably say that street photography won’t teach me any new tricks anymore. I’ve shot it in all sorts of lighting conditions, with digital and all sorts of film emulsions, in shutter priority mode with auto focus, with compact cameras, rangefinders and have settled on fully manual 35mm and medium format cameras. I have shot street during the day, at night, in many different big and small cities, in different countries and I can even wrestle pictures from really one-dimensional places too. The thing is though: I’m not actually bored with street photography itself. I’m bored with street photography here! In a bigger city I could just go to a different neighbourhood and I would find something worth photographing, a bit of visual variety, but around here most neighbourhoods are pretty much dead most of the time and everything depends entirely on timing. Figuring out the right timing for each neighbourhood is a tedious process that involves lots of disappointment, so I have been tackling one neighbourhood each year with limited success in some of them. And frankly I’m actually a little sick of having to fight so hard for each shot!

This is not to say that I will stop shooting street. The main reason why street photography is a genre flooded with bad pictures is not only because it’s challenging, but also because people tend to get bored and move on before they actually get really good at it. The road to mastery involves pushing through these challenges and continuing anyway, even if you’re bored or your feet are hurting from all the pointless hours of walking without results. I will continue! But then for my sanity I still need a bit of a distraction that depends less on serendipity, since it obviously isn’t very cooperative in small beach resorts full of boring rich people, their dogs and (grand)children! So, I will be playing with large format, as well as toy cameras, pinhole cameras and alternative processes like wetplates and salt prints!

I’ve been following the work of others with these kinds of tools and techniques for a long time – wetplate particulary – and have also been reading up on a lot of pinhole and toy cameras over the last couple of years. I got myself a Holga and a Diana F+, as well as an Agfa Clack and a bunch of cans that I will convert to pinhole cameras at some point. This alone couldn’t really get me started though, because it was just too far away from what I was doing before. I built a little matchbox pinhole camera and it was far from being a success, so this didn’t quite seem like a more cooperative distraction that would instantly make me happy. I can’t really see myself walking around with just a toy camera or pinhole hoping for good pictures when really the serendipity lies in a different part of the process with these kinds of tools. Yet, there is something there that I’d like to explore.

So, in the end I decided that large format would be the way to move forward for me. It was a bit of a risky move, since it was quite an investment for a camera that I won’t be using for street photography at all – the camera itself imported from the US, a barrel lens, the development tank, the film holders, a new tripod, the film -, but after the first 5 sheets I’m completely convinced that it was the right decision! I actually have two lenses for the Speed Graphic now, an Optar 135mm f/4.7, which is a pretty standard 4×5 lens, and a very funky Leica Hektor 150mm f/2.5 projection lens that doesn’t even have an aperture! The standard lens will be great for learning the limited movements of the camera and for some random large format landscape stuff. The Hektor lens is a completely different animal though. It has a very shallow depth of field and barely covers 4×5. Both the DOF and the lack of sharpness in the corners give it a really special character which fits very nicely with all the other experimental stuff I’m working on. At the same time it’s a lot more predictable in its nature to allow for successful shots without too much guesswork. I already see what I get on the ground glass, so there won’t be any disappointment involved at all, unless I mess up the shot somehow of course. And since toy and pinhole cameras tend to be light, I can just take one along while I’m out with the large format camera and the tripod anyway. After two outings like this I think I accidentally stumbled on the perfect workflow to keep experimenting and get predictable success at the same time. So, new, big things happening and eventually you’ll see some results trickle in on here too.

There has been more interesting stuff happening too. I’ve been printing in the darkroom and working more on my Progress through Demolition project, which has been very interesting – some pictures that I thought would be challenging to print in the darkroom actually turned out great! Still a lot to do, but it’s good to know that the project is finally progressing again. I’ve also been upgrading different bits and pieces of my gear – a plate / sheet film holder for the Rollei to shoot instax, a colour head for my enlarger, a better viewfinder magnifier for my Leica, a cable release bracket for the Diana, all the large format gear, some ND filters, and of course my shiny new tripod. And most excitingly, I even have a new photography related job! Well, let’s just say that not being in pain makes for exciting times!

But then, you’re probably not here to listen to me rambling all day! Let’s get to some pictures of some rich people, their dogs and (grand)children then! These particular pictures were taken in May last year when I challenged myself to only shoot low ISO film. It was difficult, but very cool and I love the results I got from the Nokton 1.1 and Rollei Retro 80s. Difficult to print, but the tones, the delicious contrast and complete lack of grain are well worth it!

Pictures taken with: Leica M6, Voigtländer Nokton 50mm f/1.1. Mamiya C220, Mamiya Sekor 80 f/2.8 S, Zeiss Super Ikonta C 530/2.

Starting with M6 / Nokton 1.1 / Rollei Retro 80s / Rodinal.

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Fixing the window?

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Pre-jump.

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Flowery!

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Pre-gun violence.

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He’s got three dogs, probably in a tiny flat.

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Stylish!

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Love the photobombing dog.

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Got bored at the post office.

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These are not pipes.

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Blurred out mobile phones are sort of acceptable.

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Acrobatics.

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Individuality is overrated.

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Slight framing failure.

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Last year’s trend.

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Getting some love!

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Look at that dangerous wolf!

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I think I was told never to run with lollipops.

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Thirsty pup instalment 1.

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Thirsty pup instalment 2.

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Anonymous self-portrait.

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Practicing to become a spy.

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I just love this one!

Mamiya C220 / Rollei Retro 80s / HC-110 stand.

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Ah, that Mamiya lens is just awesome!

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Weird stuff.

Ikonta / Pan F+ 50 / HC-110 stand.

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I was testing the Ikonta and stand-development in HC-110. Super nice! I need to repeat this one with some ND filter magic in 4×5!

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The Ikonta sometimes tricks me into accidental double exposures. This one I kinda liked though!

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Retro 80s / Rodinal / orange filter.

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Orange filter + Retro 80s is almost IR.

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That Zeiss lens is a stunner! Last one!

underground

The last few months have been rather difficult and strange for me. It’s been a bit of a battle with my health, and technology has not been kind to me lately either. But then there were also 3 exhibitions with my work included, two of them still running now, and by mere coincidence I have actually found something that has been simply amazing for my health!

If you’re reading my blog regularly, you probably know that I’m struggling with chronic health issues and that sometimes things get quite bad – so bad that I can’t really take pictures. I don’t talk about it much here, since this is a space for photography, but it becomes pretty obvious when I disappear for months on end. In any case, after my latest flare that kept me from doing any work this summer I was ready to try some new stuff to make things better. After another one of those endless searches on the internet and in all sorts of related health groups on Facebook, a friend finally pointed me in the right direction. It turns out that there actually was a solution out there all along that nobody feels like talking about too loudly! Of course, there are no magic pills and the new treatment hasn’t solved all my problems yet, but it has actually improved the worst symptom tremendously: I have basically been in constant pain for the last 8 years and this actually gets rid of a huge chunk of it without any side-effects! On some days I’m even completely pain free now, which is absolutely astonishing for me. And the cool thing is: There is still lots of scope for more improvement, so things might even get better when I fine-tune the treatment over time. In any case, I’m really glad that I’ve finally found something that works so well.

Not only my health was acting up in recent months though: I was also haunted by technical challenges and failures. My MacBook battery and charger died and the computer itself started crashing randomly, which eventually killed my main external hard drive. So much for the reliability of current Macs! Luckily no data was lost, but it is still hugely annoying and my hard drive failure also happened right when I wanted to prepare this post. I still haven’t managed to troubleshoot the crashes despite my efforts and frankly my prognosis for this machine doesn’t look too stellar. I’m really annoyed since it’s only a bit over 2 years old and there is a good chance that this is actually some sort of catastrophic hardware failure that can’t be repaired for anything less than what a new – obviously more reasonably priced – machine would cost.

The reason why I’ve been using macs has been reliability. I didn’t have to turn them off for months and most of my macs ran reliably until there was no current software for them anymore. There were of course minor glitches, a worn out cable or fan here and there, but nothing substantial in 13 years of using these machines. This reliability for me justified the higher price. Well, when you are trying to diagnose a misbehaving mac a quick look on the internet reveals that this is certainly not an isolated case – recent macs seem plagued with hardware failures and operating system glitches! The software has become much less reliable and with this most recent models I have had to restart a lot because the camera, microphone or speakers suddenly stop working out of nowhere. And now catastrophic hardware failure just 4 months after all warranty lapsed? What a coincidence! I guess I won’t be buying a mac again.

Even on the technology front I have some good news though! I’ve finally managed to fix the grid view on the blog which broke after I changed hosting providers. Without the grid view my very long posts become extremely difficult to navigate and posting very regularly without a good way of getting to older posts would have been a bit of a waste. For months I couldn’t find the right file that would have solved the problem – it was obviously one in thousands of files and all searches came up empty. Yesterday I finally figured out which file it was and fixed it within a couple of minutes! So, regular posting can finally commence again!

All of this technology mess has shown me one thing though: I need a better solution for backups! Don’t get me wrong, I actually have a really good system for my work: I have all my older digital pictures saved in several places and have built in backups for my film photography in the form of negatives + scans, so all my pictures are relatively safe automatically just by using film. Scanning takes time too though and I wouldn’t want to lose all that work when a hard drive dies! I used to have a backup for the scans too, but then not long ago my backup provider decided not to serve private customers anymore, which broke my backup solution entirely. Of course this happened right at the same time the technical issues started – notice a pattern? In any case, I need a backup solution that can’t be broken by some outside influence. I already have a plan now which will involve much geekery with one of these amazingly small and cheap Raspberry Pi machines running Linux. And since I’m setting up a Linux box anyway, I might as well check out whether I can migrate my photography workflow besides scanning to Linux while I’m on it. Better get ready for that time when my MacBook decides to give up its struggles for good.

But now, let’s get to the really important part: The pictures. This time on the menu are a bunch of rolls from May last year taken around here during my low ISO challenge. For one month I decided to only shoot film at ISO 100 or below. Not easy for someone who is used to zone-focussing at ISO 400+, but definitely a fun challenge!

All pictures taken with: Leica M6, Voigtländer Nokton 50mm f/1.1.

Rollei RPX 100 / HC-110.

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Hi there!

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Multitasking.

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Floor magnetism.

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Bursting bubble.

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Loitering.

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Worried?

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Sad pup?

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Tiny alien pretending to be a dog.

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Calling to the heavens.

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That surely went wrong!

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Outdoor concert.

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Strange beast with 3 heads.

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Heavy load.

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Yawn!

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Watching the outdoor concert from the inside.

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Cleaning supplies.

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I bet he had sweets.

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Siehe unten.

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Ready to jump.

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Strange self-portrait.

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Diabolic decoration.

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Down below.

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Dog running after a bike.

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Cigar!

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Another strange alien pretending to be a dog.

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Why on earth?

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Double self-portrait.

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Apparently the huge furry thing is called Gustav.

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Slight accident.

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They were shooting a scene involving a fake ambulance.

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Don’t touch that!

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Another fur ball.

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For some reason I like to photograph wig shops.

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We all like our bears!

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Yes? No!

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Last one!

levitation for beginners

Not so long ago I switched back to my Zeiss lens and zone focussing for the summer. I didn’t realise how much I missed it to just be walking without looking through the viewfinder and caring too much about the framing, the focus. After half a year of shooting with only heavy lenses it is also quite liberating not to have that heavy weight around my neck. I’m really glad to have my wonderful fast lenses, but my Zeiss C-Biogon is still my favourite lens in the end. Maybe part of my frustration over the last few months was also that I always found it difficult to shoot freely with those heavy lenses.

The last few days have been incredibly hot and sunny. There was the first walk along the beach with the feet in the cool water, glaring sunshine, high temperatures and it will go on like that for a few days longer. Tomorrow we’ll be leaving for a short trip and I hope to shoot an awful lot for a couple of days. I definitely need some inspiration and some opportunity to recharge. And maybe I will finally feel like developing some film again when we return, which I haven’t done in months. I’m sure there are some interesting pictures waiting for me in the collected rolls in my drawer.

I’m still undecided about which film to shoot next. I’ve been going through some rolls of T-Max 100, Rollei Retro 400s and Neopan 400CN. I still have a fairly decent stash of different kinds of emulsions I could shoot, but I think I would like to continue with a simple and easy bout of ISO 400 film that I can just zone-focus without worrying much. I still have 10 more rolls of Ilford Pan 400 to get through and then I could shoot some more Bergger 400+ or some Fuji Neopan 400NC. I could also try some Bergger Pancro 400, JCH Streetpan or Orwo 400 film. Still some more emulsions to test!

Enough rambling, let’s get on with some pictures. This time I’m sharing some pictures taken in May last year after we returned from our trip to Buenos Aires. It took me a while to get back in the swing of things, but I used the time to play with a new camera, some slow emulsions and filters. In any case, grab an experimental drink and enjoy!

Pictures taken with: Zeiss Super Ikonta C. Mamiya C220 with Mamiya Sekor 80mm f/2.8S. Leica M6 with Voigtländer Nokton 50mm f/1.1.

Ikonta / HP5+ / HC-110.

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Has to wait outside.

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Street musician was posing for me.

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They were playing Pelota.

Ikonta / Rollei Retro 80s / Rodinal 1:25.

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My husband at the beach.

Pan F+ 50 / HC-110 stand.

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The place where I take new cameras for test shots.

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I was trying to fine tune the rangefinder alignment.

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So smooth! One definitely can’t complain about the looks of 6×9 and ISO 50.

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Mamiya C220 / 80mm / Retro 80s / Hc-110 stand / orange filter.

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Apparently I wasn’t in the mood for people.

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I didn’t mind some furry friends though.

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Discarded Metropolis.

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Self-portrait.

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Another furry friend.

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Eyes.

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Trees.

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Strange sculptures.

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Rollei 80s with an orange filter almost shouts IR.

M6 / Nokton 1.1 / RPX 100 / HC-110.

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Nevermind me, I’m just practicing my levitation skills.

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Slave, tie my shoes.

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I suppose he wanted something too!

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Hello there!

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I know, I know, slight obsession with dogs.

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You stepped on my foot!

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Almost lying on the street.

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Puppies.

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Make-up session!

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Guarding a bookshop.

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Outdoor computing.

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They sure had some funny expressions.

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Very patient dog.

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Last one!

Happy New Year 2017

First of all I want to wish all of you a Happy New Year 2017! It has become a little new year tradition for me to share with you a selection of my best pictures of the year and talk a little bit about the previous year. This year making the final selection of pictures was really difficult and once I had finished, my husband added a couple more pictures that he thought I couldn’t leave out. It really was a great year photographically and I’m really rather pleased with the pictures I’m sharing today.

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Rolleicord V, Schneider-Kreuznach Xenar 75mm f/3.5, HP5+ @800, HC-110 | © Lilly Schwartz 2016

Life and all the rest

This last year was a bit of a frantic ride. Between lots of photography, lots of travel and a 3 month bout of learning French – I can read books and watch series in French now – I basically failed to keep up with my film development entirely. In October I actually had to go on a 2+ weeks stint of developing 5 rolls a day to catch up with a backlog. I had accumulated 115 rolls of undeveloped film during trips and over the summer, which needed to be developed before I could shoot in earnest again. In general I also had to work so much harder to get good shots this last year, because the city was even more crowded than usual. For a couple of months every shot looked like any other crowded scene which is why I stopped insisting so much and started to learn French instead. I normally don’t mind crowds as long as I have my camera, but this year it was too much even for me. Also, my Canon WP-1 broke which meant that my walks on the beach had to remain undocumented. On top of things 2016 was one of those years that just didn’t want to end. So many awful things happened all over the world that it was difficult to focus on the good things that were happening in my own life. I guess we live in troubled times and can’t really hope for things to get better anytime soon. At times this affects me and my work rather badly, but I try to go on anyway, even if it’s not always easy. Although sometimes difficult and frustrating I would qualify this year still as a huge success though. My health was cooperating most of the time thanks to discovering acupuncture and this allowed me to work in a rather focused fashion on several projects. I also had many wonderful opportunities this year and I’m really very happy with what I have achieved photographically. And on top of things I learned a new language that I have been wanting to learn for more than 15 years now. Really, it was a good year for me.

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Leica M6, Zeiss ZM C-Biogon 35mm f/2.8, HP5+, HC-110 | © Lilly Schwartz 2016

New Gear

Last year started off with the acquisition of a Voigtländer Nokton 50mm f/1.1 for my Leica. I sorely needed a lens that does well in low light, since this was the one issue I had the year before while shooting only with my Zeiss C-Biogon 35mm f/2.8. As it turns out the Nokton f/1.1 was a great choice! Although this is a rather quirky lens with lots of glow and swirl wide open, it gets actually quite amazingly sharp when stopped down even a little. It has so much character that I also enjoyed shooting it during the day with low ISO films and it has brought a different new look to my work. It also pushed me out of my comfort zone a little, because I actually have to point this lens directly at people instead of just shooting it from the hip like my Zeiss. And of course the wide aperture allows me to shoot when I would have given up with my f/2.8 lens.

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Leica M6, Voigtländer Nokton 50mm f/1.1, APX 400, HC-110 | © Lilly Schwartz 2016

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Leica M6, Voigtländer Nokton 50mm f/1.1, APX-400, HC-110 | © Lilly Schwartz 2016

In April followed a new camera for me: A Zeiss Super Ikonta 530/2 6×9 camera with a 105mm f/4.5 lens from 1937, which I bought with a specific project in mind. It is a very beautiful folding camera with a coupled rangefinder that produces stunningly big 6×9 negatives – just 8 pictures per roll. Although rather cumbersome to use in comparison to my other gear – separate viewfinder and rangefinder, no double-exposure lock, red window film advance – the image quality makes up for the slow handling. It is a rather old camera, 80 years this year and it still runs like a trooper. I had to adjust the rangefinder of course and there is still a very small light leak that I can’t seem to find, but in general it’s in great shape and produces great quality. I’m very happy with it and it will allow me to shoot with medium format quality in a 2:3 ratio. The main reason why I got the Ikonta is that I needed a medium format camera that is not 6×6 so that I could shoot with an orientation to the picture while still taking advantage of the increased quality. I shot the project for which the camera was intended in June and it turned out exactly how I envisioned it. Really, a wonderful camera and a perfect choice for what I had in mind.

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Just before the daylight saving time ended I also bought another low light lens for the winter in my favourite focal length: The Voigtländer Nokton 35mm f/1.2 II. Within just a couple of months I have shot more than 35 rolls with this new lens and it really inspired me to shoot a lot more after dark. By now it seems as if the Nokton 35mm will be my winter lens, whereas my Zeiss will be my main lens during summer time when I don’t need the extra speed. The lens has definitely filled a need and I am very happy with the results so far.

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Leica M6, Voigtländer Nokton 50mm f/1.1, RPX100, HC-110 | © Lilly Schwartz 2016

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Leica M6, Voigtländer Nokton 50mm f/1.1, Rollei Retro 80s, Rodinal | © Lilly Schwartz 2016

My new lenses for the Leica have definitely made shooting street in this city a lot more flexible. After living here for a couple of years I have figured out that shooting street here is so difficult because it’s mostly about the timing of things. Right in the middle of the day there is the siesta time which basically creates a whole lot of dead time when hardly anyone is on the street. It therefore only makes sense to go out shooting before 1pm, at which time one mostly sees retired folks and adults running errands, or after 5pm when the kids start to return from school and play outside. In summer shooting after 5pm can get very crazy, because there seems to be a never-ending torrent of people milling about everywhere making the pictures often way too cluttered. A rather limited depth of field cuts down on a lot of the distractions, so my Nokton 50mm came in handy for that when I felt like braving the crowds. Also in winter the fast lenses help since in winter the light is fading fast at 5pm. Even after dark I now don’t really need to push beyond ISO 800 with these lenses, which makes for cleaner images in general.

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Leica M6, Voigtländer Nokton 50mm f/1.1, APX 400, HC-110 | © Lilly Schwartz 2016

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Leica M6, Voigtländer Nokton 50mm f/1.1, Rollei Retro 80s, Rodinal | © Lilly Schwartz 2016

Low ISO film

For many years I didn’t really have any use for low ISO film. I struggled immensely when I tried to shoot slide film, because I just didn’t really use low ISO before. I learned on ISO 400 film and almost always shot from the hip, so ISO 100 made things much more difficult. However, with my new wide aperture lenses I finally found a use for it in my practice. In fact I even challenged myself to shoot only low ISO during the whole month of May, which was a lot of fun. Low ISO film allows me to use the wide apertures of my new lenses even during daylight to cut down on clutter and since I’m pointing the lens at people anyway I might as well use less fast shutter speeds and take advantage of more fine grained results of such films.

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Leica M6, Voigtländer Nokton 50mm f/1.1, RPX 100, HC-110 | © Lilly Schwartz 2016

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Leica M6, Voigtländer Nokton 50mm f/1.1, Rollei Retro 80s, Rodinal | © Lilly Schwartz 2016

Medium format

Of course I’ve been shooting medium format for a while already. However, I really took it to a new level this last year. Between the Rollei, the Mamiya C220 and the Zeiss Super Ikonta 6×9 I shot more than 100 rolls of medium format film last year. I reached and even surpassed my goal of shooting one roll a week with the Rollei and actually there were 2 entire months in which I shot only with my Rollei. The reason for this is not only the lovely quality of the Rollei pictures, but also the reactions I get with it on the street. In a place that is pretty much overrun by tourists the locals don’t care much for folks with cameras and react rather defensively most of the time. The Rollei and also my Ikonta folder on the other hand cause curiosity, which means that I meet with much more friendly reactions when I’m out with these cameras. The wonderful medium format quality is just an added bonus to the nicer shooting experience. All in all I would say that this year has brought me to a bit of a cleaner look in general. I shot a lot of low ISO and medium format, pushed my film less and tested less grainy film stocks. Although I’m not sure that this will hold forever, since I’ve been looking at a lot of Japanese Photography lately, it is definitely an interesting development (pun intended)!

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Rolleicord V, Schneider-Kreuznach Xenar 75mm f/3.5, HP5+, HC-110 | © Lilly Schwartz 2016

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Rolleicord V, Schneider-Kreuznach Xenar 75mm f/3.5, Fomapan 400, HC-110 | © Lilly Schwartz 2016

My own darkroom

In winter I finally found a way to integrate a darkroom into my office. I managed to find an enlarger with a baseboard that fit into one of the wardrobes that was used for storage before. The enlarger is a Durst M670 VC with a Nikkor 50mm f/2.8 lens for 35mm and a Schneider-Kreuznach Componon-S 100mm f/5.6 for medium format with which I can print up to 6×7. It’s a variocontrast diffusion enlarger with integrated bw filters purely meant for printing black and white. There are colour heads for this enlarger too, but so far I don’t see the need for colour printing yet. Since I got my enlarger I’ve learned quite a bit about printing and successfully printed quite a few of my pictures. Street pictures happened mostly on Ilford Multigrade paper which is simply wonderful and I also experimented with cooltone fibre paper to give the right finish to my Progress through Demolition pictures. I’m still learning and exploring here, but even my rather minimalistic first attempts with only little dodging and burning look way better when directly compared to the digital prints that I found quite decent before. There is less grain than in the scans, the results are even sharper and the tonality is also way better. It has been magical and I’m very happy with the enlarger and the results I’m getting from it.

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Leica M6, Zeiss ZM C-Biogon 35mm f/2.8, APX 400, HC-110 | © Lilly Schwartz 2016

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Leica M6, Zeiss ZM C-Biogon 35mm f/2.8, HP5+, HC-110 | © Lilly Schwartz 2016

Travel

As usual this last year brought lots of travel with it, which is always a welcome change to my routine. The longest journey was again one to Argentina in April. We spent a whole month there and this time we were somewhat unlucky with it. The fun included catching a rough cold and struggling with various other health issues, having my Paypal account hacked while being stuck on the wrong continent, public transport woes and crazy weather. Things just didn’t want to go well for us. Nevertheless, I managed to shoot another 53 rolls over there (Kodak Gold 200, Kodak Farbwelt 400, Kodak Portra 400, Fuji Provia 100F), and I brought back a ton of interesting new pictures, including a rather promising start to a new series.

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Leica M6, Voigtländer Nokton 50mm f/1.1, HP5+ @800, Rodinal stand | © Lilly Schwartz 2016

Leica M6, Voigtländer Nokton 50mm f/1.1, HP5+, HC-110 | © Lilly Schwartz 2016

Other travel this year included a few days in Bilbao in January, where we saw some nice art and managed to avoid the 24h drumming that would have annoyed us at home, the Düsseldorf area in June – a crazy busy trip with lots and lots of shooting, PhD related meetings and nice exhibitions – as well as Madrid in September, where we were slowly melting in 40°C weather, struggling to breathe or move. From all these trips I brought back interesting pictures, although I really have no idea how I managed to shoot in Madrid in this heat. I guess it helped that we cooled down in the museums where we saw some of the most amazing art – a big Bosch exhibition, Goya’s black paintings and lots more.

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Leica M6, Zeiss ZM C-Biogon 35mm f/2.8, Kodak Gold 200 | © Lilly Schwartz 2016

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Leica M6, Voigtländer Nokton 50mm f/1.1, Kodak Gold 200 | © Lilly Schwartz 2016

Exhibitions and publications

Last year was also full of amazing opportunities for me. One of the pictures of my Progress through Demolition project was accepted for the newest book of the Film Shooters Collective: NSEW 2016, which was published in November. In the wake of this success my picture was shown at the first Film Shooters Collective group show in St Louis in the US. Shortly after that the slide film article I wrote for the Film Shooters Collective website was actually picked up by the German analog photography magazine PhotoKlassik, which published a German translation of the article along with my pictures. This magazine has a quite decent print run and can be bought at any well-stocked German bookshop. Who would have thought that my colour experiments of all things would find such wide distribution? At roughly the same time I got the opportunity to show a selection of my newest street photography in a video installation in the context of the Platzhirsch Festival in Duisburg, Germany. What a year!

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Leica M6, Zeiss ZM C-Biogon 35mm f/2.8, APX 400, HC-110 | © Lilly Schwartz 2016

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Leica M6, Voigtländer Nokton 50mm f/1.1, Kodak Farbwelt 400 | © Lilly Schwartz 2016

The most amazing part of this is that most of it just fell into place without having to struggle for it at all. I did spend quite a bit of time on perfecting the submission for the FSC book by printing different versions of some of the Progress through Demolition pictures on Slavich Cooltone paper in the darkroom, including some rather failed lith printing attemps, but all the rest just happened effortlessly on the side. Maybe things just fall into place when you do the things you love!

And beyond my own photography I can also list another great success, which is that the first print issue of our She Shoots Film magazine was funded via crowdfunding just a few days ago! After running the publication online for a couple of years we are really excited to move into print and the first issue is going to be amazing! We’re very excited about it and the first issue should appear in April if all goes according to plan.

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Leica M6, Voigtländer Nokton 50mm f/1.1, Fuji Superia 200 | © Lilly Schwartz 2016

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Leica M6, Zeiss ZM C-Biogon 35mm f/2.8, Kentmere 400, HC-110 | © Lilly Schwartz 2016

A new project

I have also embarked on a rather exciting new adventure in December: Pinholes and toy cameras. I was never really interested in this kind of thing before – my style of street photography relies heavily on having excellent gear like my Leica and my Rollei, so toy cameras / pinholes fall far outside my comfort zone. Although I know of one person who regularly uses a pinhole camera for street, neither that nor toy cameras would work for me personally. This is therefore definitely going into a new direction. However, the motivation behind it still relates to my street photography somewhat. For a while already I’ve been thinking about using a panoramic camera for my street photography, but frankly I find the available cameras just way too expensive. The idea then was that I would one day like to build such a camera myself. This could be 6×12 or 6×17, or maybe even both. Since I have no experience with building cameras, I decided to start with something inexpensive and small, pinhole cameras in different formats and then go on from there. I would also like to get started on large format photography, but since the developing tank is already quite an investment, my first 4×5 camera would have to be inexpensive as well, like a DIY 4×5 pinhole camera for example.

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Rolleicord V, Schneider-Kreuznach Xenar 75mm f/3.5, Delta 400 @1600, Rodinal stand | © Lilly Schwartz 2016

© Lilly Schwartz 2016

Leica M6, Voigtländer Nokton 50mm f/1.1, RPX 100, HC-110 | © Lilly Schwartz 2016

The toy camera aspect happened by accident actually. I got myself a Holga 120N to convert to a pinhole camera and after shooting a test roll “before destruction” with it, I realised that I would actually like to keep it like it is and play around with it a bit more. This got me thinking about a few more toy cameras I have lying around unused and I decided that if I was to experiment with fuzzy images, I might as well do it properly. So, one of my goals for 2017 is to play with one of these things once a week. This could be using one of my toy cameras, repairing my Mum’s old Lubitel, converting a couple of cameras to pinhole – a 6×6 camera and a 6×9 camera -, playing around with tins and cans for paper pinholes and possibly even building the 4×5 or the panoramic pinhole if things go really well.

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Leica M6, Zeiss ZM C-Biogon 35mm f/2.8, Tri-X, HC-110 | © Lilly Schwartz 2016

© Lilly Schwartz 2016

Leica M6, Zeiss ZM C-Biogon 35mm f/2.8, Tri-X, HC-110 | © Lilly Schwartz 2016

 

Other goals for 2017

At the beginning of 2016 I decided that I wouldn’t have strict goals for the year in terms of shooting so and so many rolls or experimenting with anything specific. I wanted to follow my gut instinct and do those things that I enjoy the most. It allowed me to have the ease of mind to do whatever I wanted without any pressure, which resulted in darkroom explorations, experiments with slide and low ISO film as well as a sudden increase in medium format. And without having the goal I actually shot 315 rolls this year, which is a new record! I obviously enjoy this kind of freedom and I think my instincts draw me naturally along the right path, which is why I have decided to continue along these lines in 2017 as well, with the exception of my pinhole / toycam project.

Leica M6, Voigtländer Nokton 50mm f/1.1, Rollei Retro 80s, Rodinal | © Lilly Schwartz 2016

© Lilly Schwartz 2016

Leica M6, Voigtländer Nokton 50mm f/1.1, Rollei Retro 80s, Rodinal | © Lilly Schwartz 2016

There is nothing wrong with talking about likely fields of exploration though. First of all I want to master developing ECN2 films this year. I have developed the occasional roll already, but have so far hesitated to shoot large amounts of this stuff. For a while I have had 200ft each of Kodak Vision 3 50D and Kodak Vision 3 500T in the freezer and I’m aiming to shoot maybe half of it this year.

Also far up on my list of joys will be my darkroom. I want to improve on the setup a bit and then print the rest of my Progress through Demolition project. Since some of the negatives are a bit of a mess this will likely also include some fancy hybrid printing with contact prints. Apart from these explorations I will as always continue with my film tests which will include an eclectic mix of high and low ISO BW as well as various colour negative films depending on our travel plans this year. So far we have already a trip to Madrid and another one to East Germany on our plan and I’m sure more will be added to the list as the year progresses.

Most importantly I will try to have a lot of fun though. It seems to be the way I work best.

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Leica M6, Voigtländer Nokton 50mm f/1.1, FP4+, HC-110 | © Lilly Schwartz 2016

© Lilly Schwartz 2016

Leica M6, Voigtländer Nokton 50mm f/1.1, FP4+, HC-110 | © Lilly Schwartz 2016

bubbles

Last week I told you that I experimented with a little pinhole camera I built myself with still rather unpredictable results. This week my experimentation took me to another strange beast which is similarly unusual for a Leica shooter like me: I went out with a Holga! I actually bought the camera to convert it into a pinhole camera, but wanted to see what it could do with the lens first. It was a sunny day and I only had ISO 400 film in 120 lying around, so I had to improvise a little. The Holga really only has one shutter speed around 1/125 and the maximum aperture is somewhere around 13, so I had to shove a red filter with a filter factor of 5 on the front to get to the right amount of light. And although I was winging it on a crappy plastic camera, the exposure worked just fine and I was even surprised with the pictures. Not half bad for plastic wrapped in more plastic. Maybe I should give it another chance before tearing it apart?

In any case, as you can imagine I’m trying to push myself a little out of my comfort zone by embracing some more unpredictable stuff and experimenting with things I haven’t tried yet. These experiments are of course quite unrelated to my usual street photography work and I’m just trying to see where this takes me. I think I’ll make a point of experimenting with more toy camera / pinhole stuff about once a week over the next year and I’m certainly curious to see where I’ll be at the end of it. So, right now I have a matchbox pinhole cam that needs a bit more expert light proofing, a Holga, a toy TLR, a Lomo actionsampler, my mum’s Lubitel that needs some cleaning since it’s full of fungus and different containers for paper pinholes. There is lots of experimentation and tinkering ahead I think!

Apart from these experiments I also shot a decent amount of rolls in my Leica this last week, this time mostly FP4+ with a scattering of Kodak Vision 3 500T. And since I shot mostly lower ISO film I actually switched to my 50mm Nokton, which I enjoy shooting in the daylight with low ISO film. What’s really interesting about this is that I actually shot many of my favourite shots this year with the 50mm Nokton. Both 50mm and low ISO used to be quite far out of my comfort zone and now I’m rather enjoying both of it in combination. Who would have thought? I actually bought the 50mm Nokton for night shots, but in the end I fell in love with it during daytime.

Enough talk though, let’s finally get on with some pictures! This time I’m showing you pictures taken at the end of March, shortly before our trip to Buenos Aires in April. Next time you can therefore expect some colourful pictures from another continent!

Pictures taken with: Leica M6 with Zeiss ZM C-Biogon 35mm f/2.8 and Voigtländer Nokton 50mm f/1.1. Rolleicord V, Schneider-Kreuznach Xenar 75mm f/3.5.

Starting with: M6 / Nokton / RPX 100 / HC-110.

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Busy communicating.

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Copycat.

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Cow is not impressed.

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Comfy.

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Careful with the leopard print!

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Disapproving looks.

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M6 / Biogon / APX 400 / HC-110.

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I was pretty exhausted after that Nokton roll, sat down and wondered whether I should load another roll. If I hadn’t I would have missed this …!

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And this. They had already called an ambulance.

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Lost.

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If you can’t walk …!

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Expectation.

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Ah, contrast!

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Expectation.

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And he was very patient.

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On break.

APX 400 @800 / HC-110.

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I don’t know what it is about this picture, but I keep coming back to it. Maybe it’s the girls hand.

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Maimed?

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Out for a stroll.

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Bored with the breadstick I suppose.

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Taking out the cat.

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Hitchhiker.

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Dog meeting.

M6 / Nokton.

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Mid jump.

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I always say that this place is like Disneyland without the rides. Not quite true I suppose …!

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APX 400 / HC-110.

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Geometry.

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Attitude!

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Strange moves.

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And then all of a sudden the ground seemed to become somewhat magnetic.

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More magnetism.

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And more floor magnetism.

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Even on the skateboards.

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That bag has a tail …

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Dog encounter.

M6 / Biogon / HP5+ / HC-110.

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Old school attitude.

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Accident waiting to happen.

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Fascination with toys.

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Hiding …

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Tree football.

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Stylish.

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Aww!

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Uhm … Don’t run down the stairs with scissors?

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Kick.

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Floor magnetism.

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Safe?

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Making a mess.

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Kick.

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One of those strange moments.

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Making sure the mannequin isn’t cold …

M6 / Nokton.

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We were planning to go out to an outdoor concert, but it was raining. After walking a block we stopped under a roof to decide whether to turn back. This was the view.

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In the end we went out so that I could take this nice picture!

M6 / Zeiss.

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Weird dog expression.

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Cute!

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Think a dog can’t play basketball?

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Oh yes they can!

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Too damn sunny even with shades.

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A few days in the year we get some very intense morning light from the other end of the flat. That’s my husband waving at me.

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Can you blame me for taking a shadow self-portrait with this light?

Rollei / HP5+ / HC-110.

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