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.

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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!

Joy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fixing the window?

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Pre-jump.

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Flowery!

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Pre-gun violence.

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

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Stylish!

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Love the photobombing dog.

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Got bored at the post office.

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These are not pipes.

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Blurred out mobile phones are sort of acceptable.

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Acrobatics.

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Individuality is overrated.

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Slight framing failure.

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Last year’s trend.

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Getting some love!

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Look at that dangerous wolf!

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I think I was told never to run with lollipops.

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Thirsty pup instalment 1.

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Thirsty pup instalment 2.

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Anonymous self-portrait.

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Practicing to become a spy.

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I just love this one!

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

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Ah, that Mamiya lens is just awesome!

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Weird stuff.

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

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

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

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Retro 80s / Rodinal / orange filter.

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Orange filter + Retro 80s is almost IR.

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That Zeiss lens is a stunner! Last one!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hi there!

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Multitasking.

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Floor magnetism.

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Bursting bubble.

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Loitering.

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Worried?

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Sad pup?

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Tiny alien pretending to be a dog.

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Calling to the heavens.

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That surely went wrong!

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Outdoor concert.

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Strange beast with 3 heads.

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Heavy load.

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Yawn!

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Watching the outdoor concert from the inside.

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Cleaning supplies.

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I bet he had sweets.

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Siehe unten.

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Ready to jump.

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Strange self-portrait.

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Diabolic decoration.

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Down below.

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Dog running after a bike.

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Cigar!

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Another strange alien pretending to be a dog.

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Why on earth?

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Double self-portrait.

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Apparently the huge furry thing is called Gustav.

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Slight accident.

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They were shooting a scene involving a fake ambulance.

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Don’t touch that!

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Another fur ball.

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For some reason I like to photograph wig shops.

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We all like our bears!

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Yes? No!

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Last one!

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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!

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The dreaded day has come: The last pictures from Argentina! It makes me a little sad, because having these pictures in my Quick Collection in Lightroom was somewhat reassuring. But well, don’t worry, there are still many pictures to be posted and it will be a long time before I run out, even though I’m not shooting much these days. After all, these Argentina pictures are already a year old and I have shot a lot more stuff since then.

Yes, it’s true, right now I’m not really in the mood. Shooting on the same 5 street corners simply becomes boring, especially when neither weather nor health are cooperating. And once I’m out of my daily photography routine it’s always a bit tough to get back in again. That said, it’s not the first time I have taken a break and it won’t be the last time either, so it’s simply a matter of time before I’ll be out there again shooting one roll after another. What’s reassuring to me is that I’m actually not an exception in this. Many other photographers go through similar phases and some photographers only shoot in summer or when they travel. I simply haven’t yet adapted to the ups and downs that seem to be connected to shooting in a place that is so seasonal. This is a tourist town after all! There are many dead periods here and even when something is happening, it actually repeats every year in the same fashion. There are only so many ways one can photograph a city that is so small and I simply get frustrated at times.

I won’t bore you with the typical existential crises connected to artistic work though. Let’s just get on with the fun part: The pictures! One last time we have pictures from Argentina and this time there are some special ones in the mix, not just street stuff. Get yourself a funky coloured fizzy drink and enjoy!

Pictures taken with: Leica M6, 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 / Biogon / Kodak Gold 200.

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Exhibition of film posters in a cultural centre. We were there for something else and only took a quick look. Nothing special, but I liked that mad grin at the end of the corridor.

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Who says ISO 200 and a f/2.8 lens can’t be used for night shots?

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They were actually watching a football documentary, so I’m glad the screen blew out!

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Now let’s get to the fun bit: We went there to see the show Fuerza Bruta. Very impressive, very visceral, very cool. And one would think not a place for ISO 200 and an f/2.8 lens.

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M6 / Nokton / Gold 200.

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Rollei / Portra 400.

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M6 / Nokton / Gold 200.

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Last one!

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Now that my blog is working again properly, I’m going to make an effort to post at least once a week until I have caught up a little. Right now I’m more than a year behind with posting pictures and it’s sort of disconcerting. We’ll see how long I can keep up my good intentions!

There was finally some acceptable weather this last week and I got to go out with my Rollei a bit. Of course the Rollei started a conversation, this time with a punk and his two dogs, and I ended up sitting in the sun, taking pictures of them. Definitely fun! I’m sure you’ll get to see the pictures in about 2 years at my current rate! Oh dear!

I haven’t really felt like developing any film lately. I definitely need to get back to it! I found the perfect trick to motivate me though: I shot some Ilford Pan F+ 50 which has bad image latency, so I have to develop it soon or the images will fade! Every job has annoying bits and film development / editing definitely annoys me, especially with colour. I can take pride in the fact that I can do it rather well now, but that doesn’t make it any more interesting.

I was just about getting back into the swing of things with shooting when of course it started to rain again. I don’t know what it is this year, but it feels like the longest spring ever. When is it finally time for summer?

And before I start getting cranky I better get on with some pictures, this time the penultimate post with pictures from Argentina. One more post and it’s back to Europe! I will miss having my Argentina pictures in the queue. In any case, grab a cup of tea, put your feet up and enjoy!

Pictures taken with: Leica M6, 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 / Biogon / Kodak Gold 200.

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They locked him in / out.

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La Boca is full of street dogs.

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And cats.

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Kitty under the stairs.

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This was in one of the tourist traps.

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And another just for the photographer in the background.

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And of course the street dogs hang out next to the restaurants in the hopes of getting some leftovers.

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Funny way of drinking.

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Rollei / Portra 400.

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M6 / Biogon / Gold 200.

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Taken from the bus I believe.

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For some reason I really like this one.

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Very martial.

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Looking down into a museum.

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Obligatory mirror self-portrait.

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Later that night, some long exposures with the Rollei from the balcony.

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Sunrise the next morning! I love the view and the mist.

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My husband was also awake already.

M6 / Biogon / Gold 200.

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OK, I guess I wait here.

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Right outside the butchers.

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Foosball.

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Busy bird.

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At the butchers. You simply can’t imagine the meat over there! Best meat ever!

M6 / Nokton 1.1 / Gold 200.

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Up there …

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… were these guys.

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And then they got all excited.

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Buying tickets at the Lunapark.

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Very small man, very big truck.

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Oh surprise, we stopped at a bookstall!

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Flag in the wind.

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Plastic bag in the wind.

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Visiting the Casa Rosada.

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Welcome to my old hunting grounds, the subway!

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And on the bus. Buenos Aires is the city of endless trips on public transport.

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Still got my subway chops.

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Occasionally one sees people with books too, not just smart phones.

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It was dark and for some weird reason I took my 2.8 lens.

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I was so annoyed at myself about this picture, 2.8 lens and ISO 200 film at night. Yeah, right!

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Dancing tango in front of a book shop.

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Not too bad for daylight balanced ISO 200 film. Not too bad at all.

Last one!

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Ah, there I am again, finally! I’m sorry it took so long this time, but I actually have a good excuse for once: My webspace provider was totally ripping me off, so I decided to migrate my website. I already thought last year that their price increases are getting more and more insane, but this year they really crossed a line. Well, now I’m back with my old provider from years ago and much happier with the performance, the support and everything really. The only problem was of course that I have an insane number of pictures on my blog and transferring all that data took forever! I also had to clean up some internal mess, reinstall my theme and all sorts of little things that I didn’t really want to deal with, so I just left the migration half finished for a while. All of it was a very good reminder why I should never go back to working in IT! That said, today I felt like posting some pictures and so I finally finished up most of the remaining issues, which involved fixing the database and some CSS issues. Now it’s done at last! Such a never-ending story! There are still some little things broken here or there – I probably still need to fix some database settings somewhere to get unicode support back up, but what’s left is really not a priority.

Apart from my big mission of migrating the website I’ve also now read 260 pages in Russian! I’m not reading very fast yet, but I’m reading in Russian, how cool is that? On any average day I’m now using 4 or 5 languages, German, English, Spanish, French and Russian. So, how does that go? I speak German with my parents and write a little bit in German almost every day, I use English throughout as my primary language, I watch series in Spanish – right now mostly Argentinian series – and in French I tend to read for fun/work or listen to podcasts and radio documentaries. In Russian I’m currently only reading translations from English and it’s still slow going, but I’m definitely making progress! I’m pretty sure that by the end of the year I’ll be reading without a dictionary and already start to watch series dubbed in Russian.

As for photography: I’m starting to come out of a bit of funk now which is probably because it’s finally getting a bit warmer. Winter and spring were cold, wet and boring photographically, so I didn’t feel very inspired. Lately I feel like I’m going through a seasonal low in winter and during the tourist season in summer, so I have to try to work around it as best as I can. Nothing to be done, since that’s just how it is here in tourist land. Most photographers who don’t live in big cities work in a seasonal fashion, so I just have to get used to it. Can be frustrating, but lately I’ve just concentrated on other things during such times – like learning languages. During my last photographic low I picked up French and now I’m on my way to learning Russian. Not a bad way to avoid the usual frustrations and waste less film!

Also, did you know that the first issue of our She Shoots Film magazine is out? It’s pretty, it’s super interesting and full of great work! You can order it on the She Shoots Film website. If you already have it, don’t worry, the next issue is coming soon!

Now let’s get to the meat of this post though: The pictures! I’m ashamed to say that I’m now more than a year behind with posting pictures, since these are still from our trip to Argentina last year! Yikes, I really need to make an effort to catch up!

Pictures taken with: Leica M6, 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 1.1 / Kodak Gold 200.

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Cat ears!

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Fur ball.

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Books, of course!

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Trying to get rid of a stray cat.

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Not exactly the best weather for checking out the bookstalls.

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Miau!

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There was a certain quiet about it all.

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Don’t trust the sign, the woman wasn’t selling, at least not to us.

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Also, she walked right into my shot. On purpose.

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Kodak Farbwelt 400.

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The Nokton 1.1 wide open is a bit funky in colour.

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It was dark.

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Dancing dog.

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I think Kodak Farbwelt 400 does really well in this kind of light.

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Lots of lines everywhere.

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Ah, Nokton 1.1 wide open!

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Fruit.

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Robot clock!

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