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!

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!

dinosaur on the prowl

Wow, what a week I had! Friday last week our wonderful Women Who Shoot Film exhibition opened at Feed Arts & Cultural Center in Kankakee, Illinois. One of the pictures from this blog post is actually included in the exhibition along with two other pictures of mine. The show was even featured in a newspaper article! I’m really grateful to have my work included among such wonderful photographers and I’m very grateful to S.R. Robinson – the curator of this wonderful exhibition – for giving me the opportunity to participate! You should really check out this interview over on She Shoots Film that discusses S.R. Robinson’s super interesting work and also talks a little about the show. Also, check out this awesome 360° photo of the exhibition! Isn’t that super cool?

This wasn’t the only awesome thing happening though! I also found out that some of my work will appear shortly in Monochrome Magazine from Australia, which you can pre-order over on their website. And yes, it’s pretty cool to have my work in a magazine coming all the way from the other side of the world!

Sounds like an awesome week, right? Well, wait, I’m not even halfway done yet! When I thought that this week couldn’t possibly get any better I finally got a package with ????? ?????? tape and a whole bunch of stamps all over it. My newest Eastern European baby came to join me – no, not a mail order baby but a super rad Horizon 202. This one is a quirky and fun panoramic camera that has already proven itself to be just as temperamental as its Soviet sisters Zorki 3C, Zorki 4K and Lubitel. Imagine, it already shredded an expensive roll of Delta 3200! We did have an awful lot of fun together on the day of its arrival though, up until a truly massive wave caught us on the coast promenade. Oops! It had to happen one day with the winter storms over here. And of course I decided to call this baby Horizontka after this rather salty baptism ceremony.

So, is your head spinning already from all this awesomeness? Hold on, it gets even better! When I got home – still dripping with sea water of course – I saw that an interview with me had appeared over on Emulsive! Well, that’s just too much, my friends! I definitely had lots of fun answering Em’s question and I’m really grateful for the opportunity! If you don’t know Emulsive already, it’s actually a really great website with articles and interviews all relating to film photography. Emulsive is also a big part of the really lovely twitter film community. So, check out the interview and all the other lovely things on the Emulsive website and on twitter.

Phew, I’m a little out of breath now, but there is still one more thing: We’ve refreshed our She Shoots Film website and you can now pre-order the first issue with the topic Self-Portrait via the website. And even better: Our lovely new magazine was featured on The Phoblographer this week too, yay!

Boy, I think I can now take a holiday for the rest of the year after all this stuff happened in one week! But then, what would be the fun in that? Also, I think I may be forgetting something, it was such a full week! I finished off another litre of C41 chemicals, developed the first few rolls from our Madrid trip in January, studied quite a bit of Russian and yesterday we went to see an animatronics dinosaur thing in a part of town where I hadn’t been so far. Ah right, I was forgetting the dinosaurs!

Speaking of dinosaurs – instead of taking a holiday I’ll just get on with sharing some pictures with you, this time from a short trip to La Plata during our stay in Argentina last year. We were a bit unlucky with the weather, but used the opportunity to see a really wonderful Natural History Museum – definitely a bit more highbrow than what we saw yesterday. In any case get ready for dinosaur and stuffed animal goodness!

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

Starting with Kodak Farbwelt 400.

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View from the window of our holiday flat.

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Traditional elevator self portrait.

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Taking another while my husband is fighting with his camera. And boy is that lens big!

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Dog having fun.

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More fun!

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Comfortable!

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Not so comfortable.

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It was getting a tad dark for ISO 200.

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You’re using it wrong!

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Fur ball encounter.

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Dragon waiting to attack.

The next day it was raining a lot, so we decided to check out the local Natural History Museum. I love these kinds of places and this one was particularly beautiful. But see for yourself!

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I’ve seen another replica of this guy in Madrid recently.

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Scared of the evil monster?

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Definitely scared, oh yes!

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Such a beautiful place!

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And I sure love these old-fashioned displays.

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My absolute favourite! This guy is currently hanging in our Women Who Shoot Film exhibition in Illinois!

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Must be art.

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I love these display cases.

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Self-portrait with strange bird.

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Dad not interested.

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We stopped for a tea in the museum café.

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Proof that this was in Argentina, empanadas and medialunas! It’s killing me that I will never be able to try them!

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Then we had another look around.

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Haunted seal.

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These were huge! I couldn’t figure out whether they were actually ever that size. I surely hope not.

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It was dark, so I  was constantly at the f/1.1 limit. I think this lens is just the perfect choice for a place like this.

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Cruel displays as always.

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These horses were just leaning against the wall somewhere. Obviously they had run out of space and didn’t know where to put them.

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Love how this one turned out!

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Monkeys …

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I love the poses!

And well, I ran out of colour film! Luckily I found another roll of HP5+ hidden away somewhere in my bag.

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I would love to have a desk like that!

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He was so big, he didn’t fit into my frame …

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The building was really lovely and old.

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Another one of my favourites. Fingers and toes!

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Let’s put some children on display …

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Part of the anthropology section.

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Children are so good at posing these days!

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There is a dog in this picture.

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The Nokton can be such  a “dreamy” lens.

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Yay for old cars!

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Translation: Today the newspaper is lying.

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Awww, isn’t he cute?

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Inside a university building. Last one!

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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Over here dogs are only allowed on the beach in winter.

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It was already quite warm though.

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Flip prep.

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Trying to dig up something on the beach.

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Love this! 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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Cigarette break.

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Don’t ask me …!

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Last one.

winter journey

It’s been a while, don’t you think? Well, don’t worry, I think I’m finally getting back into the swing of things after having a well-deserved break, so you should see more posts soon. The last couple of days I ordered some film to replace my almost depleted stash, got my development equipment in shape and now I’m just about ready to start on that massive daunting job that I was avoiding for several months now: More than 100 rolls of undeveloped rolls from several trips are waiting for me and most of it is colour. As you might know, I’m not a big fan of colour development. It stinks, literally, and it’s a hassle as well. That’s why I’ve been putting it off. I’m curious to see the pictures though, which means that I will have to get over it.

What happened while I was gone? Actually, quite a number of things! One of my pictures from my Progress through Demolition project was exhibited at the Kranzberg Arts Center in St. Louis in a group show of the Film Shooters Collective in August. A selection of my more recent street photography was then shown at the beginning of September in a video installation during the Platzhirsch Festival in Duisburg.  And just a few days later I received the last edition of the German analog photography magazine PhotoKlassik 04-2016 which contains a German translation of my article on slide film that was previously published in English on the website of the Film Shooters Collective. All pretty exciting!

I obviously also shot some rolls here and there. However, the town was especially crowded this summer which I always find somewhat off-putting. When every picture looks like a crowd, I get insanely bored. All of August I was shooting only my Rollei as a challenge to spice things up a little, but I frankly found it a little too limiting for myself. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a wonderful camera, I really love my Rollei! However it’s a bit more bulky and less spontaneous than my Leica. It needs much more of a conscious effort, which wasn’t playing nicely with my bored-with-the-crowds attitude. Besides, adding more and more rolls to my development backlog was holding me back a little as well. So, to keep busy without adding more to my stash of undeveloped rolls I actually taught myself enough French to read novels and watch series, something I have been meaning to do for a while. By now I’ve read all of Harry Potter in French translation and I’m starting on some crime fiction now.

The only exception to my somewhat sporadic shooting this summer was a nice trip to Madrid, which idiotically happened during an unseasonal heatwave. Believe me, shooting street in 40°C weather isn’t very easy. Same goes for breathing. I did my best with both though and obviously survived … (Btw, remind me never to visit Madrid in summer again!)

Today I’m going to show you something completely different though: The pictures you will see today were taken during another trip last winter. I’m obviously not only behind on my development. Grab a nice warm cup of tea and enjoy.

All pictures taken with: Leica M6, Zeiss 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 / Biogon / Delta 400 @800 / HC-110.

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Twins?

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Our usual accommodation. A little cold in winter, but a lovely place nonetheless.

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Good for self-portraits.

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f/2.8 at ISO 800. Didn’t have my Nokton on me that night.

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Obligatory dogs on public transport shot.

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That’s the right attitude.

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Odd …

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Heavy equipment.

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Some sneaky pictures.

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Life sized doll house furniture

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I may have taken this picture every single time we stayed at that place.

M6 / Nokton f/1.1.

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So, one evening I wanted to see whether I could catch some night shots with my Nokton. Everything was pretty much deserted though. Stopping motion at night, that’s what the Nokton can do!

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Creepy hat shop mannequin.

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Also creepy, but different creepy.

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Nope, the Nokton is not a perfect lens, just look at the corners. It still rocks though!

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Why is this lens great? This is why!

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Rollei / HP5+ / HC-110.

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As I said, our usual holiday flat is very photogenic.

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Stereocamera in the window of a second hand book shop.

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Inside.

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Picturesque, but not really very successful in the book department.

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Just around the corner we found a quite lovely little bar.

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My husband obviously liked it too.

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Stylish.

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Rollei / HP5+ / HC-110.

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A few years ago I took a similar picture on my old digital. I have been meaning to repeat that shot with a bit more style. I can’t wait to print this one in the darkroom!

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M6 / Biogon / Delta 400 @800.

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I still can’t quite decide whether this was a success or a failure. In any case I find it confusingly interesting.

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Super narrow.

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Humans do strange things.

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I guess I liked the lines.

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Rollei / HP5+ / HC-110.

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Glow.

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M6 / Biogon / Delta 400 @800 / HC-110.

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Cheeky tree!