03/2014: Among friends

Things are on a constant move. The second semester of design studies has started and it is damn fun. We’re permanently learning a lot of stuff. Not in a here-go-read-that-800-pages-book-about-mechanical-engineering kind of way i got used to in the past but in a learning-by-doing kind of way which is very very cool. Plus i’m getting to know more and more people better, not only from my class but from all the design classes. They’re nothing but great. Besides that, Olga and i are more than happy in our new home and im still working on instead of in the darkroom. So here are some new pictures and stories.

i7491_HEXAR_POR400_RODINALThese are some random shots from the Konica Hexar AF and a roll of Porst 400 color negative film. Yes, color. But since i ran out of C-41 chemicals and i didnt want to spend money on getting a single roll of cheap film developed, i browsed the internets for alternative dev methods. Turns out that you actually can develop C-41 film in BW Chemicals (i did not know that). So long story short, i developed the film in Rodinal 1+100 for a good 60 minutes @ 20°C. Seems like this combo will develope just EVERY negative film more or less correctly.
i7495_HEXAR_POR400_RODINALThis film is already several months old, so i pretty much forgot about everything i captured with it. Some frames would have looked very nice in color i guess. Generally, when shooting color, i tend to focus on different things like an elegant combination of , yes, colors and a moody composition. With b&w, its more about light and shadows and geometric structures. So these are the frames that i think work good as monochromes too.
i7498_HEXAR_POR400_RODINALYou may notice the subtle accentuated grain.
i7500_HEXAR_POR400_RODINALIm also still having trouble with bromide drag (the lighter areas on the bottom of some frames) which is caused by too little agitation of the developer (stand development). But besides this and the massive grain explosion, the tonal range is rediculously good imo. This is Olgas former school building.
i7512_HEXAR_POR400_RODINALAnd this is a photowalk with Chris.
i7514_HEXAR_POR400_RODINALDust in the attic.
i7522_HEXAR_POR400_RODINALAnother walk.
i7524_HEXAR_POR400_RODINALAcross to my everyday bike route to uni. End of grain.
i7526_M6_TRIX_XTOLWelcome smoothness. M6 + trix + xtol, classic combo.
i7533_M6_TRIX_XTOLMy uncles garage.
i7535_M6_TRIX_XTOLMcD stop.
i7538_M6_TRIX_XTOLSemester break and my day off from work. So this morning, Olga had to scrap the car windows.
i7542_M6_TRIX_XTOLFirst photowalk with Stephan.
i7544_M6_TRIX_XTOLAwesome weather.
i7545_M6_TRIX_XTOLI like that.
i7550_M6_TRIX_XTOLSomething going on.
i7551_M6_TRIX_XTOLStephans Olympus OM-2n with a 50mm rokkor. Besides Nikon F series one of the most elegant slr cameras imo.
i7554_M6_TRIX_XTOLGreat light on the top floor of a car park near Opera house.
i7558_M6_TRIX_XTOLMy sister came for a visit, classy as always.
i7564_M6_TRIX_XTOLBack home.
i7565_M6_TRIX_XTOL-2Working on the soon-to-be darkroom. Before cleaning everything, connecting water supplies and making all windows and doors light-proof, we had to get rid of some old metal shelves and wooden tables.
i7569_M6_TRIX_XTOLReady to head to the recycling depot.
i7575_M6_TRIX_XTOL-2Another election campaign.
i7581_M6_TRIX_XTOL-2Good memories.
i7583_M6_TRIX_XTOL-2“Closing hour for Fürth only – Nürnberg likes to party.” Wtf.
i7587_M6_TRIX_XTOL-2The other day, Andreas and Irina finally became parents, so we came for a visit. This is Mike with his aunt Olga.
i7589_M6_TRIX_XTOLFoggy work day.
i7593_M6_TRIX_XTOLLike fish in a can.
i7595_M6_TRIX_XTOLBeautiful house wall somewhere in Nürnberg.
i7601_M6_TRIX_XTOLPicked up Michi for a photo session.
i7603_M2_K100_XTOLBefore shooting, we had some coffee and tea in Michis and Jankas beauftyfully secluded backyard. Switchig to the Leica M2 with C-Biogon and Kentmere 100 here.
i7602_M2_K100_XTOLMichi shoots a sweet Nikon FM with some older 35mm AF nikon lens.
Scan-140319-0002After riding around and taking some snapshots we decided to enjoy the late afternoon sun a bit more.
i7615_M2_K100_XTOLBEFORE: Zeiss C-Biogon 35mm f/2.8
i7616_M2_K100_XTOLAFTER: Jupiter-12 35mm f/2.8. I got a new lens to use on the M2 since i do not want to switch the Zeiss from one M to the other all the time. But since im studying again im kind of on a budget and so i kept looking for a cheap alternative to 35mm cv/zeiss/leica lenses. In the end i bought a J-12 for 60€ and a ltm->m adapter for about 20€. See the difference in quality compared to the Zeiss shot? Yeah, me neither. The frames tend to get soft towards the corners and its pretty prone to flare. In the center area, its tack sharp. And hey, this is a 35mm M-mount lens for about 80€!
i7619_M2_K100_XTOLFirst real life test.
i7620_M2_K100_XTOLNurses and caregivers demonstrating against the very poor conditions in health care.
i7625_M2_K100_XTOLThe next weekend, we visited Andi and Irina and their newborn.
i7627_M2_K100_XTOLThe happy parents + Mike in chillout mode.
i7630_M2_K100_XTOLBeing curious.
i7632_M2_K100_XTOLFor another walk. Eugen looking enthusiastic.
i7635_M2_K100_XTOLSmooth light.
i7637_M2_K100_XTOLGoing home. About 1/4s through the car window.
i7639_M2_K100_XTOLSo this is the J-12, a pretty solid bakelite lens. What looks kind of dull here is actually the front lens coating which is either yellow, blue, purple or whatever, depending on the manufacturer that produced the lens (several russian factories used to produce jupiter lenses back then). Focusing is easy, although i think im going to make a little focusing knob with a simple zip tie. (UPDATE: Done, works like a charm!) Changing the aperture (which is NON-click!) is somewhat fiddly as the inner ring has to be turned and it only protrudes slightly from the focusing barrel. I love it.
i7642_M2_ACROS_XTOLSunshine means Acros! My very first roll this year. Shot with M2 and the Jupiter.
i7649_M2_ACROS_XTOLGetting ready for the summer season.
i7654_M2_ACROS_XTOLManual focus ftw.
i7658_M2_ACROS_XTOLVisited my mother. They turned the studio into a small workplace to teach art classes.
i7664_M2_ACROS_XTOLJust like the light here.
i7669_M2_ACROS_XTOLThe other day, we exhibited our portfolios at uni. A lot of curious young students and parents came to get a little insight on the faculties work and how the application process for design studies is organized. Stephan mounting some of his photographs.
i7671_M2_ACROS_XTOLDominik and Kerim, two of our great illustrators, were occupied by young wannabe-artists the whole time.
i7674_M2_ACROS_XTOLSimon and his shirt #1.
i7676_M2_ACROS_XTOLMinimal stuff.
i7678_M2_ACROS_XTOLI finally managed to install the kitchen clock since olga bothered my for weeks. I think it looks nice up there.

i7679_M6_TRIX_XTOLGünter and i layed new floor tiles in my grandmothers apartment. Great view from up there.
i7679_origThis is a more original version with frame borders and the toning from colour scanning. I decided to file out the frame of my SA-21 negative carrier. Worked perfectly. I usually crop the frames for this blog anyway, but its nice to have and looks great on (digital) prints. As for scanning bw negs as colour, im not sure yet if theres any real improvement on quality, so ill keep experimenting.

i7683_M6_TRIX_XTOLNext day, after work cig. M6, trix, xtol btw.
i7686_M6_TRIX_XTOLSome construction stuff at one of my favorite restaurants. They installed some huge light tubes that create a very ambient scene.
i7687_M6_TRIX_XTOLDidn’t know that.
i7688_M6_TRIX_XTOLFirst day of the second semester! Michi and Max in the center.

i7689_M6_TRIX_XTOLProf. Vetter welcoming the students.
i7691_M6_TRIX_XTOLAfter the official part, the redesigned community room was opened to the students, which means beer and nice talks.
i7694_M6_TRIX_XTOLBasically this.
i7696_M6_TRIX_XTOLSimon and his shirt #2.
i7699_M6_TRIX_XTOLPrinting some portfolio stuff for photography class.
i7700_M6_TRIX_XTOLTypo class.
i7701_M6_TRIX_XTOLOur sparce “dining room”. Temporarily.
i7710_M6_TRIX_XTOL v2
i7713_M6_TRIX_XTOLVerdi strike in Nürnberg.
i7715_M6_TRIX_XTOLi7755_M6_DDELTA100_HC110Switching to Delta 100.
i7756_M6_DDELTA100_HC110i7757_M6_DDELTA100_HC110i7758_M6_DDELTA100_HC110i7759_M6_DDELTA100_HC110Later, the people walked through the city with banners and posters.
i7760_M6_DDELTA100_HC110Escorted by the police.i7762_M6_DDELTA100_HC110I documented some suff along the way.i7763_M6_DDELTA100_HC110Some people watched the spectacle with interesti7764_M6_DDELTA100_HC110While others just didnt even take a note.i7766_M6_DDELTA100_HC110Crossing a big steet. Awesome Delta tones here.

i7717_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLStudio Eins again. Our class organized a get together+party+exhibition. So everybody had to bring some pieces of recent work to frame and mount. I documented with M2+J12+Trix@1600.
i7718_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLStephan, Simona and Katy blackening some old frames with markers.
i7719_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLThen we went shopping. Stephan got some cord and small clothespins to arrange our prints on the wall.
i7720_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLThe face of pure happiness!
i7725_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLHanging out.
i7727_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLEmma giving her best.
i7728_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLAfter we turned the lights off and switched to fiesta mode, this was like my only light source to take some pictures.
i7729_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLWhich did not work very well. In scenes like these i really miss the extra stops of a summilux or nokton.
i7731_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLWe also painted some mannequin parts. Basti took a snap with his phone, so i could take a decent frame of busty Christian right when his flash popped.
i7732_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLStephan also designed two skateboard decks with black & white paint and matching markers. I like how the different layers actually separate from each other for they were hardly visible in that little light.
i7733_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLFog machine kicking in.
i7735_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLBasti, Stephans roommate. Damn it was dark. Katy and Malena took some digitals with ISO 6400 lol.
i7736_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLSome of our artworks.
i7739_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLLater, Stephan and Anselm started tagging the door. I had to leave soon after because i picked up Olga at trainstation. She was in Berlin for a week with art history class.
i7741_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLIn the studio. Klaus showing us how to use the generators for the flashes.
i7743_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLAnd also the huge dev machine for PE-prints in the darkroom.
i7745_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLFriday night, photography practice class. 1/8s here.
i7746_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLWhat you dont see every day at the super market. Decent tones for a 1600 trix.
i7748_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLNext vernissage at K4 Künstlerhaus. Faculties photography class graduation works.
i7749_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLGreat pictures and also impressive companion volumes and photo books.
i7751_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLFranzi, ready to go home for the weekend. The trainstation is right across the street.
i7753_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLFree movie posters? Cool, better take all of them!
i7754_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLArtsy talk ?

i7768_M6_DDELTA100_HC110Jonasi7769_M6_DDELTA100_HC110Friday morning class. Ida will probably kill me for this 🙂i7770_M6_DDELTA100_HC110Mr. fro got himself a new bike.i7771_M6_DDELTA100_HC110i7772_M6_DDELTA100_HC110Last known picture of my old couch. Lasted for about 8 years.
i7791_M6_DDELTA100_HC110Hurried people.
i7792_M6_DDELTA100_HC110i7775_M6_DDELTA100_HC110For a walk around Dutzendteich.i7777_M6_DDELTA100_HC110i7778_M6_DDELTA100_HC110I like this one, although the composition is somewhat poor.i7779_M6_DDELTA100_HC110i7780_M6_DDELTA100_HC110So the other day, we had a barbecue at the faculty, so we went to buy some beer and other stuff.i7783_M6_DDELTA100_HC110Guy behind us talking ridiculously loud on his phone.i7784_M6_DDELTA100_HC110Lenny and Michi setting up the grillsi7785_M6_DDELTA100_HC110More people joining. Max giving his best.i7786_M6_DDELTA100_HC110i7787_M6_DDELTA100_HC110i7789_M6_DDELTA100_HC110i7793_M6_DDELTA100_HC110The veggie grill, pimped hot stone version.

i7831_HEXAR_TRIX_XTOLChristian. As the sun set i switched to the Hexar and Tri-X.i7832_HEXAR_TRIX_XTOLGirls talk.i7833_HEXAR_TRIX_XTOLWtfi7834_HEXAR_TRIX_XTOLLecker Schweinenackensteak.i7835_HEXAR_TRIX_XTOLSchweinenackensteak self.i7836_HEXAR_TRIX_XTOLi7837_HEXAR_TRIX_XTOLKudos to whoever took this pik, turned out quite nice.i7838_HEXAR_TRIX_XTOLi7839_HEXAR_TRIX_XTOLSonja, head of Fachschaft.i7840_HEXAR_TRIX_XTOLi7841_HEXAR_TRIX_XTOLEating a Schweinenackensteak.i7842_HEXAR_TRIX_XTOLLenny telling stories.i7843_HEXAR_TRIX_XTOLSomething happened to the Hexar here, probably switched to M-mode by accident.i7844_HEXAR_TRIX_XTOLKatha looking enthusiastic. Hexar still at f/2.
i7845_HEXAR_TRIX_XTOLManual mode again, 1/8th i think. Going home. Good night.

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