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.

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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!

carnival 2016

It took me about a month, but I have finally finished my last development marathon to catch up with the 115 rolls of undeveloped rolls I had lying around at the beginning of autumn. I developed, scanned and now over the last week edited 80 rolls of film. Now I’m through the bulk of it all! There are still some odds and ends lying around – a couple of rolls of Double-X, one roll of Rollei Retro 80s, one roll of Orwo UN54 and a bunch of Rollei Retro 400s – but not any more than I would normally have lying around while being up to date with my processing.

I was obviously eager to start shooting again, but somehow the universe was not cooperating. When the weather finally improved, I came down with a horrible cold which I’m still fighting right now. It made me finish my editing, because I can do that even while I’m slightly delirious, but that’s probably the only good thing about catching a cold. Instead of already having a bunch of test rolls for my E6 experiments I only managed to shoot one single roll of Rollei CN200 and my experiments will still have to wait until I’m better.

So, since I don’t have much to add apart from a little happy dance that I finally caught up with my film development duties, let’s get on with this week’s pictures. First of all you’ll probably need some background though, since I’m not normally one who shoots a lot of events – or any at all, really.

Last year I started somewhat of a long term project by shooting the carnival in Düsseldorf. The idea was to compare different carnival traditions and maybe travel to see some of the most famous carnival traditions around the world. I don’t really know why I started this, because originally I always hated carnival. It is such a terrible mess where I’m from and I used to hide from it while watching 1950s Science Fiction movies all weekend. I guess some of the traditions in other countries interested me though – like carnival in Venice, Basel or Rio. Most of them are terribly photogenic and happen in interesting places, so it should be fun in theory. However, since I can sometimes be somewhat of a masochist (demonstrated by developing 80 rolls of film in one go for example), I thought I get the awful Düsseldorf carnival out of the way early on.

In Düsseldorf the carnival tradition is mainly used to get insanely drunk and do all sorts of stupid things – hooking up with strangers, dancing on tables, that sort of thing – while listening to the most horrific music ever. These days carnival music is a cross between low brow dance music and old German Schlager. Don’t know what Schlager is? Count yourself lucky (or open youtube and be horrified, I’m not providing links, yikes!). And if that wasn’t bad enough, crowds of people also go around singing drinking songs to make things even more unbearable.

You can imagine that shooting the Düsseldorf carnival was quite awful for me and while I was shooting it I was really wondering why I was doing this to myself! After 5 minutes the music was already getting on my nerves and I had to shake several guys who felt that “a girl like me” shouldn’t walk around unaccompanied in this crowd. As always when guys offer to protect me, I wonder “And who will protect me from you?!” The thing I normally do in such a situation is to stay friendly and then lose them in the crowd as quickly as possible. And yes, this has happened to me many times already. Women can’t go to such things unaccompanied without being harassed. Even saying that I’m working doesn’t help, because then I get them saying “Smile for me” and “You should have some fun too”. Ever wondered why I rarely shoot events? Well, this is why.

Although I really hated shooting that particular event, I actually brought back some interesting pictures from weirdo land. The other day I actually made a selection of these pictures for a different project and was quite pleasantly surprised about how it all came together in the end. It turned out even weirder than I expected and that’s saying quite something. So, although I had a terrible time shooting, I actually decided to continue the project, expecting that it could only get less horrible from there. The only problem was that at the beginning of the year I really wasn’t up for carnival travel  – my health was still shaky – and so I decided to see what the local carnival traditions over here are like.

To my surprise carnival here is quite the opposite from what I experienced in Düsseldorf. Here the celebration focuses on the children and the centre of it is a parade in which different groups of dancers, teenagers and children participate. The costumes are elaborate, colourful and usually different groups follow different themes. There was no drinking, everyone was friendly, nobody bothered me while I was shooting – most of the people there were families – and the music only got on my nerves after I finished most of my film anyway. Also in relation to crowd control it was never really scary. In Düsseldorf there was a lot of drunk pushing and shoving, fights and police, but here it was all very civilised. The pictures turned out much less weird than those from last year, but I’m really, really happy with some of them. And after this long introduction, grab a cup of tea and enjoy!

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 / Delta 400 / HC-110.

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Already a day before the actual carnival celebration started I ran into what seemed to be a very local carnival tradition in our neighbourhood for very small children.

 

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Next: Agfa Precisa CT 100 / Tetenal E6.

As always during carnival I pull out some colour film. Randomly I only had some slide film on me because I wasn’t expecting any carnival stuff to be going on a day early.

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Don’t ask me what this is about! As always at events involving children one almost only hears Basque so it’s difficult to figure out what’s going on.

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Can’t resist a dog fight.

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As you can see, this tradition involves drumming on pans with hammers. All traditions here involve some sort of drumming.

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APX 400 / HC-110.

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From here M6 / Biogon. Still APX 400.

Another day I walked into town for one of the bigger carnival events.

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It started off at the beach front with a procession to the old town later on. The battery of my meter was dying a little and I had lots of backlight, so exposure was a little tricky.

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It was still morning, non-alcoholic drinks.

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And here I finished off the black and white I had in the camera to switch to colour again.

Kodak Gold 200 / Tetenal C41.

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So weird.

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Helmets for everyone.

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Did I mention lots of backlight? I have to say that Kodak Gold does not hold up well to over-exposure. Superia does much better.

After hanging about for a bit, the procession started.

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Lots of tails in this one.

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Going towards the old town the lighting became even more tricky with lots of contrast.

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Too cute!

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These ladies are part of the tradition and the procession was accompanying them to the old town.

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I quickly got out of the way. Big heads tend to attack people here traditionally.

Rollei / Portra 400 / Tetenal C41.

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Lots of red.

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On the stage the typical event happened, the mayor gave the key to the town hall to one of the carnival representatives I believe, to symbolise that for the duration of carnival the town government is somewhat suspended. Not very photogenic and frankly a little boring. So, focus on the crowd.

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Some mad costumes. And fighting lots of contrast as always.

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Big sad bear.

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Scary cupid.

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Too much disney for my taste.

Later that day I went to the main event, the big procession through the centre.

M6 / Nokton / Kodak Farbwelt 400 / Tetenal C41.

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These folks really could dance.

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My favourite of the whole bunch. It’s the shot that really made me fall in love with my Nokton 1.1.

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It was sort of blue hour already, so Kodak Farbwelt was really the perfect film choice. I love how these turned out.

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How golden!

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Some mad costumes, obviously halloween themed, although carnival is in February.

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Animal love.

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Like father like son.

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Here it got a little crowded and it was hard to see the procession, so I focused on the crowd.

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Oh look, someone is actually using a payphone!

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Partner look. Then I ran out of colour film.

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Face on the back of the head.

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Partner look.

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I used the opportunity to take a picture of the prettiest dog in town.

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And then found this wonderful scene. One of my favourites this year.

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I was happy to run into these. I took a picture of an astronaut in Düsseldorf too.

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A fairy on her way to intervene in a fight between pirates.

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Don’t ask me.

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Happy dog.

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Not sure what was going on with her glove.

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Last one.

My verdict? Much more enjoyable to shoot than last year and really quite worth seeing actually. Next year I’ll probably shoot carnival in one of the neighbouring towns with some Fuji rather than Kodak to mix things up a little.

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After finishing my long development marathon I’m itching to get back into shooting again. For now the weather has been rather uncooperative though and it has been raining all the time. When my new lens (Voigtländer Nokton 35mm f/1.2 ASPH II) arrived on Monday I only managed a few test shots and decided to finish the roll on the next day. The next day turned out equally rainy and dismal though, which meant that I had to push myself and shoot 2 rolls in the rain. It was cold and uncomfortable, but I have to say that the results were definitely worth it. My first impression: It’s a great lens, even better than my 50mm Nokton! I’ll shoot only with this lens for a while to see how it handles in all sorts of situations and report back with some details. The gloomy weather will probably help a lot to get the most out of it.

Other than that I have been in the process of editing the gazillion rolls of film I developed. I still have about 60 rolls left to go through, so it’s quite the marathon as well, but this part is obviously much more enjoyable than all the developing. When I’m editing I just put on some podcasts or interviews and keep going. I don’t know how long it will take me to reach the end of this pile of pictures, but I bet I will finish before this rainy season finally gives me a some sunshine. The perfect kind of work when the weather is uncooperative.

Before I get on with my pictures for today I would like to thank all of you who supported our campaign to fund the first issue of our new She Shoots Film magazine. We’re not quite there yet, but getting closer and closer to our goal. Please continue to support us, pre-order the magazine if you haven’t done so yet and share the link to the campain: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/she-shoots-film-magazine-photography#/ With this you will support women photographers around the world by bringing them a new platform in which they can present their work and give us the opportunity to bring you some really wonderful new inspiration. We’re really excited about the magazine, thankful for all the support you have given us so far and personally I can’t wait to finally hold the magazine in my hands!

Now, let’s move on to some pictures though. This time you’ll get to see the first part of the pictures I took in February. Just like November the month of February usually treats us with incessant rain, so things tend to be a little difficult, but of course I keep pushing anyway. In any case, grab a cup of tea or some hot soup and enjoy!

Pictures taken with: Leica M6, Zeiss ZM C-Biogon 35mm f/2.8 and Voigtländer Nokton 50mm f/1.1.

Starting with: M6 / Nokton / Delta 400 / HC-110.

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Getting told off for playing in the middle of the street.

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Not how you use a bench.

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How they managed to steal this boy’s shoe I don’t know.

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Zone-focussing a 50mm lens in gloomy weather is not always successful for me, but I think this one works anyway.

Biogon.

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Unexpected entrance into the underworld.

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It was February. Rainy season.

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Happy, as always.

Nokton / APX 400 / HC-110

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Shooting through bus windows full of raindrops because sharpness is overrated.

Biogon.

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Look, bird!

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Anonymous self-portrait.

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Either everyone grew all of a sudden or I was just much closer than usually.

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Cute!

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Flying!

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Uhm … I think I was zone-focussing at 1/60 or something and did not stop. I somehow like the movement. Not sure what it is.

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More cuteness!

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There are actually two dogs in this one.

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Purely visual interest.

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What an expression!

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Trying to deal with high contrast.

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Feathers everywhere.

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Take note of her bag.

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Facepaint!

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Bird action.

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Humans are overrated.

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f/11 for the win.

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They noticed me and started waving.

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Coats in shorts in the same picture.

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Swing.

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Rich old ladies who live in a summer resort. Do I have to say more?

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This is what it looks like when a swan crashes his bike.

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Welcome to the 50s.

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Nokton / RPX 100 / HC-110.

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More furs.

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I actually caught a low flying seagull at f/1.1.

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Another round just for kicks.

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Another anonymous self-portrait.

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Typical tourists.

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Another instalment of people pointing at things. This time including a white fur ball.

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I was taking boring pictures of pigeons when this happened. The man apologised and I had to stop myself from thanking him enthusiastically.

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Obviously it was a bit empty / boring, so I was taking random shots.

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Warm day.

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Dog running wild.

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Harbour attractions.

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Winter water fun.

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Quite geometrical.

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Enjoying a bit of early sunshine.

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Bit of an old town view from the edge of it.

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Scooter fun.

APX 400 / HC-110.

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How to become a hunchback 101.

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Woof.

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Another white fur ball.

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Complete with f/1.1 glow. Gives it a strange dreamy quality.

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Dinosaurs.

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Boy brings dog a treat for waiting so patiently.

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Boy watches dog eat the treat.

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Busy chewing.

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When you stop on the street to have a chat.

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Back rub.

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Silhouette. Last one.

imaginary tunes

In the last few weeks I have developed and scanned roughly 80 rolls of film. I only have 5 more rolls to go until I will have managed to catch up. It was quite a development marathon, which means that I didn’t have much time for shooting, but I still managed to shoot 9 rolls in my Rollei in October. The funny thing is that I basically shot only my Rollei last month. I already once tried to only shoot Rollei in August and struggled with it immensely. This time I had tremendous fun with it though and stuck with it quite by accident. As always, attitude matters.

In any case, today I’m sharing with you the last pictures from January. It was that time when I started falling in love both with my Nokton f/1.1 and with Delta 400. Surprisingly this perfect fine grain film with just plain awesome tonality plays very nicely with the quirky slightly flawed character of the Nokton wide open. I’ve since moved on from Delta 400 in 35mm – as always I keep experimenting with different emulsions -, but I know that when I finally settle on one ISO 400 bw film it might well be Delta 400. Settling down is difficult of course, because I really like several films very much. I haven’t finished testing all ISO 400 emulsions yet and can’t really say anything definitive. Of course, one of the emulsions left to test might surprise me in some unexpected way, but to be honest none of the emulsions that I have left seem very much like they fit my style. I can actually somewhat predict now that in the end my choice seems to come down to three very nice emulsions, none of them excessively cheap: Tri-X, HP5+ and Delta 400. More on that later though when I’ve finally finished all my tests.

For now my attention will probably stay with my E6 experiments though. There is a whole 100ft can of Rollei CN 200 which is waiting to be rolled and shot and it will definitely be a priority. These experiments will determine what I will do to develop the 5 rolls of E6 I brought back from Argentina and after 6 months it’s really about time. Also coming up, now that the sun is going down earlier (you see what I did there?) are finally some experiments with Kodak Vision 3 500T. I’ve been meaning to do this for the longest time and have already developed some other ECN2 films here and there in C41 and RA4, but I’m only getting serious about it now that I have the perfect lens for it on its way to me. Yes, a new lens!!! It’s going to be the other super wide aperture Voigtländer Nokton 35mm f/1.2 II, which is supposedly even better and much less quirky than the 50mm f/1.1. 35mm remains my favourite focal length, which means that I will have less trouble with the framing and can take certain shots for which I just wouldn’t have the space with the 50mm. At the same time the lens also adds a little more of a challenge because I will have to get closer while shooting from eye-level, which is still a little uncomfortable for me. With the 50mm I can stay a little further back and that works fine, but with 35mm I might still hesitate. Time to get bolder again! I think shooting 500T with this new lens will keep me happy this winter, which is normally a time when I find it particularly challenging to shoot.

But now let’s finally move on to the picture part of this post. Grab a cup of tea and enjoy.

Pictures taken with: Leica M6 with Zeiss ZM C-Biogon 35mm f/2.8 and Voigtländer Nokton 50mm f/1.1.

Starting with: Biogon / Delta 400 @800 / HC-110.

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Mobile speaker gone wild.

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Not really visible in this little version, but the girl is squashing her nose up to the window.

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Time travelling dog walkers.

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Light and dark.

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Another instalment of “people pointing at things”.

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Entangled.

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Confidence. I also like the reflection of the girl.

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Someone wants to dress up.

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Oh no!!

Nokton / RPX 100 / HC-110.

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Focus on the money.

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Cigar break.

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He didn’t mind having his picture taken.

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Timeless.

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Guess what the girl is touching.

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Expectations.

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Looks like graffiti in the making, but she’s actually just opening / closing the door.

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Biogon / Delta 400 / HC-110.

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Tired.

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Drums, always drums.

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Fun way of being carried. I believe I printed this one.

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The sea, the sea.

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Needs some guessing as to where the head is.

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Whoever thought that this was a good promo picture needs to have their head examined. I laughed every single time I walked past this one.

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Innocent look.

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Supermarket scene.

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Not two but three little girls.

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Mid-jump.

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Cigarette break.

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Surfers and sun-stars.

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The little dog also wanted to see.

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Aww!

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Ball action.

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More pointing and more balls.

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Awww!

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More expectations.

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Light was going and I was out with my f/2.8 lens.

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Accident waiting to happen with ambulance at the ready.

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There was a fire apparently.

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Printed this one. Delta 400 really prints wonderfully by the way.

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Random encounter of dog walkers. This town is crazy about little fur balls, which is the reason why I take so many pictures of them. They are everywhere.

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Moving subjects in low light ISO 400 and a 2.8 lens are possible very occasionally. Just wastes a lot of film on blurry shots though.

So, winter light asks for Nokton from here on.

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Waiting for the rain to stop.

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So cute!

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Probably my favourite picture of the entire year so far. Ministry of silly walks in the rain! I printed this one several times and it turned out just lovely. Delta 400 for the win!

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Rain action. I don’t like to shoot in the rain, but that day I was determined to shoot.

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Save on exit.

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Also printed this one. Turned out lovely too.

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People like scooters here.

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Skating in the rain.

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Better not!

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I guess I was in a 5:4 mood. One day I want to shoot 5:4 for real.

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Self-portrait with huge lens on my Leica. Looks super strange, doesn’t it? Lenses for the Leica are so small normally. When you’re not going for super wide apertures like f/1.1 or the even wider and substantially more expensive f/1.0 and f/0.95 of course.

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Cigarette break.

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4 boys, 4 guitars.

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My god, what is it?! Last one for January.

strange traditions

It has been a busy week full of developing, scanning and – surprisingly – shooting. I know, I know, I should be in the business of reducing my rolls now, but I just couldn’t resist taking out my Rollei during golden hour. After all, I had just received a pack of Delta 400 and was eager to start playing! Despite this little setback I actually reduced the number of undeveloped rolls in my box to the respectable number of 74 (from 90 last week). I’d call this progress! By the way, also new in the film drawer is a 100ft roll of FP4+, 5 rolls of Bergger 400 and a 100ft roll of Rollei CN 200 which can be developed in both C41 and E6. The purpose for this unusual  film is actually to continue with some slide experiments for which I find genuine E6 rolls a tad too precious. Already this week I attempted to make some slides with HC-110, a re-exposure step and regular C41 developing, but haven’t quite succeeded yet. Although there is potential in this, I was clearly a bit too cautious on the re-exposure step which made the slides way too faint. I’ll go into more detail when I will have succeeded with this madness. Why on earth am I getting into this mess when I’m supposed to just develop? Well, I didn’t quite shoot as much colour this year as expected and have about 25 rolls left in my 5L C41 kit. Since the chemicals will otherwise be wasted I might as well try something funky with them.

Lots of developing and scanning isn’t the only thing that is happening at the moment though. As some of you might know I’m one of the co-founders and editors of She Shoots Film ( http://sheshootsfilm.photography/ ), an independent publisher that encourages, supports and draws attention to emerging and seasoned film photographers that make with a woman’s eye. Amazing new things are in the making these days, so please consider backing our first print issue, which can be pre-ordered over at our She Shoots Film indiegogo campaign! And even if you don’t have the means to back the campaign just now, you would help us immensely by sharing it! We’ve been working on this for a very long time, so we’re all really excited now! Check it out and spread the word!

That just as an aside before we come to the meat of this post: This time I’m showing you some more shots from the end of January. I had a bit of a downtime in the last months of 2015, so I was particularly prolific that month to make up for it. I also got a new lens that month, a Voigtländer Nokton 50mm f/1.1, which was making things all new and exciting again. Particularly interesting was that I suddenly had a use for lower ISO film. Two rolls in this post were actually ISO 100 and show off the particular qualities of my now already seasoned lens – yes, I’m a bit behind on everything. Thanks to this lens I now always keep a stock of ISO 100 film around to make good use of the Nokton during the day. Up next time: the last post for January.

Pictures taken with: Leica M6 with Zeiss ZM C-Biogon 35mm f/2.8 and Voigtländer Nokton 50mm f/1.1.

Starting with: M6 / Biogon / Delta 400 / HC-110.

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Uhm … hailing a cab in a one way street facing the wrong direction?

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Happy people, as always.

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A bit of sunlight.

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yum.

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Cups.

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Jumping around.

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I think he might have had an imaginary ball.

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Next: Nokton / Acros 100 / HC-110.

Development of this roll was way off. It was a random single roll I had lying around. When I test this stuff properly I’ll probably try Rodinal instead of HC-110.

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Tired little guy.

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Helmet required for one shoulder riding.

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Not exactly flip flop weather.

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Random self portrait.

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It was just before the yearly day of the city that is celebrated by dressing up as soldiers and chefs and drumming 24h.

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Checking up on Mickey.

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Wrong way round.

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Shot from the hip at I don’t know what aperture. Something wide obviously.

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Enjoying some rare winter sunshine.

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Follow the beam of light and you’ll know why I took that picture.

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Wide open this lens definitely has some glow and the corners aren’t sharp, but I definitely like its character.

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Kiss kiss.

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Also note the kid almost falling in the background.

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Next: Biogon / Delta 400 @800 / HC-110.

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Little cook.

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More drums.

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This is the traditional way of carrying your umbrella in these parts. So strange.

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Sharpness is overrated.

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Taken through an open bus door.

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Who needs sunshine for sunglasses?

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Incognito.

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At a street corner.

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Attitude.

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Transformations.

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Helping the builders.

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Juicebox.

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Robot costume?

Delta 400 / HC-110.

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Drums … always drums.

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Another instalment of “people pointing at things”.

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I got almost run over here. And what do I do? Take a picture of course.

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Too lazy to walk.

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Can’t help feeling slightly threatened here.

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Rock’n’roll.

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Some kids love this festival.

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Others clearly share my feelings.

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Did I mention the incessant drumming?

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Drum drum drum.

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Temporary information point. It will probably disappear next year.

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Drumming teamwork.

Next up: Nokton / RPX 100 / HC-110.

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Fun with soap bubbles.

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Pig.

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Not exactly built to scale.

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This pedestrian street was incredibly crowded with people eating and drinking.

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Obvious family resemblance on the right.

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Welcome to the 50s.

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Twins! Had a little conversation with the parents.

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Aren’t they darling?

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Looks like an angry soldier!

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Another spotlight for our furry friends. Last one!

winter journey – part 2

Last week I decided to finally tackle my big box of undeveloped rolls of film. The problem with being a prolific shooter is that it’s sometimes hard to keep up with my development, especially when I’m shooting a lot of colour. Over the course of the year I actually collected 115 rolls, almost half the rolls that I shot so far. Having all these rolls sit there undeveloped makes me hesitate when I feel like shooting more, since it seems like I’m adding more and more to my to-do-list. Before I shoot new rolls at my usual pace I will therefore attempt to develop all these rolls I have sitting around already. After a week I’m already down to 90 rolls and I hope to keep going like this over the next few weeks.

By the way, something strange happened with the selection for my last post. Certain pictures of some of the rolls were just left out in between for no reason whatsoever. Here is the rest, but I’m afraid there is less flow to it than usually. Next time I’ll try to make less of a mess. In any case, all pictures I’m showing you today were taken in January.

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

Starting with: M6 / Delta 400 @800 / HC-110.

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Fluffy.

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Delta 400 / HC-110.

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Cigarette break.

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Husband with crow.

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What light!

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Got noticed, I guess.

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Elevator self portrait.

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Fighting gravity.

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The umbrella is there to protect the clothes from rain.

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Parallels.

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In the spiderweb.

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Did I mention spiders?

Delta 400 @800 / HC-110

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Twins.

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Next time I hope the phone zombie won’t be there.

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Bookshop self-portrait.

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Contrasty.

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Crab women.

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Happiness.

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I like the light in this. And the action figure.

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No idea what’s going on here.

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Silhouettes.

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Questionable taste.

Rollei / HP5+ / HC-110.

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Bread.

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The dog was clearly posing for me.

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Then I ran into this guy.

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We stopped for a coffee.

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M6 / Delta 400 @800 / HC-110.

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Fish monger.

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Strange architecture.

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All the lines …

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I always find it rather disturbing when pigs want to sell me ham.

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