05/2013: Two Lovers // July 20th, 2014

The last weeks have really been exhausting, but in a good way. Since we’re doing real projects in classes instead of taking exams or tests, the semester ends with a big bang and everybody is hasting through the labs and hallways on their way to finish all kinds of exhibition stuff, portfolios, posters, web pages, essays, darkroom prints, movies or installations. People are stressed because of tight schedules, frustrated because of problems with computers, printers, programs, enlargers and all kinds of other stuff and at the same time happy because the semester is almost done and the summer season is ahead of us. I will post more stuff i did in photo class and typo class in the next blog for i’m not done with my portfolio yet. So here are some pictures covering the past months from mid-semester until now.

i8110_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLIn typography class. i8117_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLIn the studio, working on some large format table top stuff. The whole process is sooo daaamn slow, especially when you’re used to shoot rangefinders, but the quality you get of those huge 4×5 negs is just worth it. i8147_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLIt was that time of year again. Makes a nice composition.i8144_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLIn a bar. 1600 ISO at 2.8, i think about 1/8th. So yeah, i decided to get a Nokton again, i just need those two more stops.i8142_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLOstAnders festival at Studio Eins. Some of us showed some (digtal) prints or illustrations.i8139_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLAnselm approving the setup. i8138_M2_TRIX1600_XTOL i8136_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLLonely beer bottle.i8134_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLAt Neues Museum. “Unschärfe” (=blur) was an installation inside and outside the museum. I also took a photo of the installation object, a huge room made out of steel grids and used it for a dyptichon for our human rights topic.

Pinhole-DyptichonThis dyptich i shot for the human rights topic. It is in fact a small piece of colour negative film, regularily exposed with a small pinhole camera i made from a 35mm film can (black one of course). The top part is actually shote inside the “Unschärfe” construction.
i8132_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLSome plants behind frosted glass. Looks haunting somehow but interesting at the same time. So i took a frame at 1/15th or so.
i8131_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLSilly subway stuff.i8130_M2_TRIX1600_XTOL i8126_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLPeople reading.i8120_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLi8119_M2_TRIX1600_XTOL i8149_XA_HP5_HC110Another Olympus XA artwork. It seems to have some trouble transporting the film for the first 1-3 frames. Looks funny though.i8153_XA_HP5_HC110Kids drawing. Thats some HP5+ Stephan lent me btw since i ran out of trix.i8154_XA_HP5_HC110Cig break.i8157_XA_HP5_HC110Another election. Discussing who to vote for. Pathetic.i8158_XA_HP5_HC110The smaller the camera, the harder the focusing. i8160_XA_HP5_HC110They built a wall around a tree, how nice is that.i8163_XA_HP5_HC110Jonas and his digital pinhole cam. What a cheater :Di8164_XA_HP5_HC110 i8167_XA_HP5_HC110 i8168_XA_HP5_HC110Guess what, election. This time at the faculty. Some of us volunteered as election workers.i8170_XA_HP5_HC110Back in photo class. We listened to some lecture about great photographers. Tanja all of a sudden pulled out a blank loaf of bread and a knife and was like “whos hungry?” and started cutting some slices. What a moment!i8171_XA_HP5_HC110 i8172_XA_HP5_HC110Olga and i went to the yearly “mobility flea market” to get a bike for her.i8173_XA_HP5_HC110Printed this one.i8174_XA_HP5_HC110Finally, a friend for my old bike. i8175_XA_HP5_HC110Saturday morning at uni, Fachschaft breakfast time. Andi also brought some board games for the students to play in the community room. Its actually like a kindergarden but with typography and stuff…i8177_XA_HP5_HC110Beppo and Basti, newly elected leaders of the student council.
i8179_XA_HP5_HC110Oh noes! i8180_XA_HP5_HC110 Kornmarkt blues.i8182_XA_HP5_HC110I wonder who arranged this and why.i8184_XA_HP5_HC110 i8187_XA_HP5_HC110Improvisation.i8189_HEXAR_K100_RODINALHanging out after class. Kentmere 100 in Rodinal (Hexar AF). i8194_HEXAR_K100_RODINAL i8224_HEXAR_K100_RODINALSmooth light that evening. Shot from our bedroom window. i8222_HEXAR_K100_RODINAL i8220_HEXAR_K100_RODINALWhat a statement! And such nice structures too. i8218_HEXAR_K100_RODINALwaste removal coming through! i8217_HEXAR_K100_RODINAL i8214_HEXAR_K100_RODINAL i8213_HEXAR_K100_RODINALTwo lovers. i8207_HEXAR_K100_RODINALBuddy for sale. i8206_HEXAR_K100_RODINAL i8205_HEXAR_K100_RODINALI thought that was a funny moment. i8204_HEXAR_K100_RODINALSometimes i like to take a picture that is nothing special but has a single small detail that makes it less boring.
i8202_HEXAR_K100_RODINALMore Altstadtflohmarkt impressions. Stephan bought this very old portrait. The technical quality of this little piece was just impressive. i8201_HEXAR_K100_RODINALSome happy people spreading the joy. i8200_HEXAR_K100_RODINAL i8199_HEXAR_K100_RODINAL i8198_HEXAR_K100_RODINALBasti, Stephans roommate.i8195_HEXAR_K100_RODINALInside the comic book store. i8225_M2_TRIX_XTOLBack to good old Trix+Xtol. Hanging out at uni, David enjoying his summertime coffee.i8226_M2_TRIX_XTOLA poster at the academy of fine arts. Susi and i were there for a lecture about icons in photography. i8227_M2_TRIX_XTOLTaking portraits. i8229_M2_TRIX_XTOLBenno, shot with the M2 + Xsync-connected lighting.i8230_M2_TRIX_XTOLLitte Mike discovered his hand.i8233_M2_TRIX_XTOL i8234_M2_TRIX_XTOL i8235_M2_TRIX_XTOLJuliani8239_M2_TRIX_XTOLIllustration exhibition of two great graduation works at Neues Museum. Prof Ackermann holding the opening speech.i8240_M2_TRIX_XTOLGreat use of space and arrangement of exhib pieces. i8241_M2_TRIX_XTOL i8243_M2_TRIX_XTOLWe went to Kulturgarten later for a beer. Sometimes i does not matter how good you try to hide, you just fail. i8244_M2_TRIX_XTOLBasti in busy work mode.i8245_M2_TRIX_XTOLi8246_M2_TRIX_XTOL i8247_M2_TRIX_XTOL i8249_M2_TRIX_XTOLThat night there was a big storm outside and we watched from the window. I thought why not capture a lightning strike on film, should be bright enought to illuminate the scene. The first frame came out completely dark because i missed. This is the second try. 1/8th of a second at 1.4.i8252_M2_TRIX_XTOLShooting some footage for Cast class at Idas and Sibylles place.i8253_M2_TRIX_XTOLKafka, who was our actor. Killer dude.i8254_M2_TRIX_XTOLThank god the final scene takes place in a Biergarten!i8256_M2_TRIX_XTOLGoin’ fishin’.i8257_M2_TRIX_XTOLMore family time in my uncles garden.i8258_M2_TRIX_XTOL i8259_M2_TRIX_XTOL i8260_M2_TRIX_XTOL i8261_M2_TRIX_XTOL i8262_M2_TRIX_XTOLLooking up. i8262_M2_TMY_XTOLSince i have left some rolls of TMY (= TMax 400), i shot one for fun. This is shot from the balcony, looking down in the hidden garden. i8263_M2_TMY_XTOL i8264_M2_TMY_XTOLA heart-shaped cake for Günter.i8265_M2_TMY_XTOL i8269_M2_TMY_XTOL i8272_M2_TMY_XTOLBest buds?i8273_M2_TMY_XTOLShitting pigeons. Already printed this one. Well, Tmax definitely has its advantages. A very modern look and just non-existent grain. I still prefer the Trix’ character though.i8275_M2_TMY_XTOL i8276_M2_TMY_XTOL i8280_M2_TMY_XTOL i8282_M2_TMY_XTOL i8284_M2_TMY_XTOLAt the bus station. Shitty weather. i8288_M2_TMY_XTOLSome linesi8289_M2_TMY_XTOL i8292_M2_TMY_XTOLGetting ready for Rock im Park.i8293_M2_TMY_XTOLMachines blocking the way for cyclists. i8295_M2_TMY_XTOLThe other day, Olga got sick. i8302_M6_ACROS_RODINALBack in the lab! Its Fuji Acros time! Leica M6 and Nokton. i8303_M6_ACROS_RODINALAnother christian-ish pic of Christian.i8304_M6_ACROS_RODINALFranzi and her Pentax ME.i8305_M6_ACROS_RODINALTanja jumping in the frame.i8307_M6_ACROS_RODINAL i8308_M6_ACROS_RODINALSome place at the border of Nürnberg. People running up the hill.i8309_M6_ACROS_RODINALPeople fishing.i8310_M6_ACROS_RODINAL i8311_M6_ACROS_RODINALSome frames from the Volksfest in spring. i8314_M6_ACROS_RODINALEspecially when shot in bright sunlight, Acros is just superb!i8315_M6_ACROS_RODINAL i8321_M6_ACROS_RODINALMore trees for Nürnberg.i8323_M6_ACROS_RODINALDuzy hurt his leg.i8326_M6_ACROS_RODINALA man enjoying the sun, view from the lab in the little yard.i8327_M6_ACROS_RODINAL i8328_M6_ACROS_RODINAL i8330_M6_ACROS_RODINALThanks, i think i get it now!i8331_M6_ACROS_RODINALWalking around, taking some pictures.i8333_M6_ACROS_RODINALAt another market, women hanging up some baby stuff.i8334_M6_ACROS_RODINAL i8336_M6_ACROS_RODINAL i8337_M6_ACROS_RODINALWhat a lovely flag. i8338_M6_DDELTA100_HC110We enjoyed some of the warm days at Naturgartenbad, which is just a great place to relax and spend the whole day at. Shot some Delta 100 too.

i8339_M6_DDELTA100_HC110Edited version. i8339_M6_DDELTA100_HC110Untouched raw version from the LS-40 (=Nikon Coolscan IV) + Vuescan. Delta 100 is just good stuff. And seems like it loves HC-110 for development. Oh yeah, after using a dedicated film scanner for some time now, i have this hint for you: If youre struggeling with the quality of your scans, throw your flatbed in the trash (talking 35mm here) and get a real scanner. If your scans are still no good, your process most likely sucks. Check every step, like EVERY step: Camera working properly? Film stored correctly? Chemicals fresh? Dev process going well? How about your temps? Using wetting agent? Please please dont get disencouraged by all this stuff. But theres just some parameters that you should take care of if you want good quality (technical quality) negatives. However, having fun is still no. 1 on the list of course!i8340_M6_DDELTA100_HC110 i8342_M6_DDELTA100_HC110More hanging out. Olga looking at my grandpas sketchbook from the 40s and 50s. He made the last sketches in this in 2006 which is kinda cool.i8343_M6_DDELTA100_HC110 i8344_M6_DDELTA100_HC110 i8345_M6_DDELTA100_HC110We spent the next day at Tanjas parents’ house she was keeping while they were on vacation. What an awesome place with all kinds of trees, bushes and beds.i8346_M6_DDELTA100_HC110 i8347_M6_DDELTA100_HC110View from the greenhouse on the beds.i8350_M6_DDELTA100_HC110 i8351_M6_DDELTA100_HC110Mandy, the dog, was exhausted because of the sunny weather. Shes 18.i8352_M6_DDELTA100_HC110Another frame for the “Metering-on-my-hand” series.i8353_M6_DDELTA100_HC110Its beautiful because its in b/w.i8354_M6_DDELTA100_HC110 i8355_M6_DDELTA100_HC110We also took some portraits for photoclass with the 500CM. For the human rights semester topic, we had to abuse a roll of FP4+ 120 film negatives mechanically after development. I decided to cut up some portraits and mix the parts back togtheer into different portrait-like close-ups. I’ll do a scan of the print to show it in the next post probably.

i8410_eugenBefore destroying the negs i made sure to do a proper scan of every portait, just in case…

i8356_M6_DDELTA100_HC110 i8358_M6_DDELTA100_HC110We went to the graveyard later.i8359_M6_DDELTA100_HC110 i8360_M6_DDELTA100_HC110So i worked on my project for the typography exhibition and cut some posters and stuff. Since i couldnt find a proper mat to cut on, i just grabbed a random magazine and cut on its back. Later i realised it was some LFI issue. Sorry guys.i8361_M6_DDELTA100_HC110The next day, i decided to take some photographs of the Rock im Park aftermath after work. The weather was perfect for Delta and i found some beautiful stills…i8362_M6_DDELTA100_HC110The whole area was of course cleaned some hours later, but still.i8364_M6_DDELTA100_HC110Some guys deinstalling some beams.i8365_M6_DDELTA100_HC110Beer can art.i8366_M6_DDELTA100_HC110I wonder what party was going on here a few days ago.i8367_M6_DDELTA100_HC110The pure joy of nature. Already did a print. Some weeks ago, i bought some packs of very old (30+ years) Tetenal Speed paper from a former photographer. Very nice guy. The paper is quite old and has gotten about 1-2 grades smoother (that makes a grad 4 back then a grad 2-3 today and so on), but all packs were still sealed and stored correctly. Turns out these old packs of Tetenal (24x30cm and 30x40cm) still work nearly perfectly. And also, now that i finally do darkroom prints, it turns out that my negs are already pretty solid for printing, which is great. For example, the print i did of the above frame on some grad 3 speed paper turned out almost exactly like the web version, lookwise. Deep blacks and rich highlights, though theres a lot more shadow detail in the print than in the scan. So im glad that all the time i intuitively edited my scans to a print-ish look, and not to something completely different. Sure, dodging and burning, multigrade and fiber is still to come, but for now i’m perfectly happy with what im getting out of my negatives. i8368_M6_DDELTA100_HC110On topi8369_M6_DDELTA100_HC110Some strange people lurking around, looking for empty bottles and all kinds of stuff, gathering all kinds of crap like rats. Kinda interesting.i8371_M6_DDELTA100_HC110More people enjoying the green fields.i8372_M6_DDELTA100_HC110 i8373_M6_DDELTA100_HC110Some people looking for bottles on the left side, some weird dude taking a sunbath right in the middle of all this crap on the right side. Man do i love people.
i8374_M6_DDELTA100_HC110 i8375_M6_DDELTA100_HC110i8276_M2_TRIX_XTOLOk, next weekend. Visiting Olgas family again. (Back to Trix)i8279_M2_TRIX_XTOLHappy grandparents.i8280_M2_TRIX_XTOLBehind the scene.i8285_M2_TRIX_XTOLBack to work.The Designers Night, a huge exhib at campus, was about to begin the next day. The team did some final installation work.i8286_M2_TRIX_XTOLWe also rent some oldschool couches and armchairs to set up a 70s style “chillout zone”. I wish we couldve kept these forever! Damn fire regulations.i8287_M2_TRIX_XTOLChef 1 and Chef 2.i8288_M2_TRIX_XTOLThe girls working on their exhibition stuff + Anselm on framing stuff.i8292_M2_TRIX_XTOLWho would not want to move in here right away?i8293_M2_TRIX_XTOLThe WM was about to start.
i8294_M2_TRIX_XTOLDesigners Night 7 exhib opening.
i8295_M2_TRIX_XTOL i8296_M2_TRIX_XTOLi8297_M2_TRIX_XTOLBeppo, head of team DN7 aka. space design class holding his opening speech.i8300_M2_TRIX_XTOLBenno with a print from Lenny’s type/print experiment.i8301_M2_TRIX_XTOLBack home, we invited Olgas family to our (not so) new place to have a nice barbecue together.i8303_M2_TRIX_XTOLOlgas dad took some shots too!i8304_M2_TRIX_XTOL i8306_M2_TRIX_XTOLI always find it hard to meter inside tents or bright rooms or such, it is way brighter than the meter says and i often end up with very dense because 1-2 steps overexposed negs. These could be “restored” pretty good using curves in Lightroom (because trix is killer!) but the overall tonality suffers a lot, of course.i8307_M2_TRIX_XTOL i8308_M2_TRIX_XTOL i8310_M2_TRIX_XTOLThe next day, we went for walk outside the city.
i8311_M2_TRIX_XTOL i8312_M2_TRIX_XTOLWhat an impressive secluded place. I like to come here every now and then, just the wander around and clear my head.i8313_M2_TRIX_XTOLLeftover asparagus.

i8315_M2_TMY_XTOLNeighbours keepin it classy. Shooting some TMax 400 again.i8316_M2_TMY_XTOL“Funny” postcards. Reminds me that theres actually “designers” that “design” this kind of stuff.
i8318_M2_TMY_XTOLWorking on our group presentation for idea development class. Michi got himself a nice Rollei 35 from ebay for 25€. What a sweet little thing with a mighty little lens.i8321_M2_TMY_XTOLLilit and Beppo, doing nothing.i8325_M2_TMY_XTOLCurious tourists.i8328_M2_TMY_XTOL i8329_M2_TMY_XTOLMore presentation work. Man skyping with his daughter? (i guess) in the back.i8331_M2_TMY_XTOL i8337_M2_TMY_XTOL i8338_M2_TMY_XTOL i8339_M2_TMY_XTOLWasting more frames.i8341_M2_TMY_XTOLWhörd subay station, Beautiful light due to some glass construction on top.i8343_M2_TMY_XTOLBasti the thinker. So, nokton wide-open. Bokeh: Depends. Looks disturbing in one shot (above) and perfectly even in the next (below). Sharpness: Pretty good imo.i8345_M2_TMY_XTOL i8347_M2_TMY_XTOLSomebody got a nice present.
i8348_M2_TMY_XTOLWalked around later that day. Not the best weather, but i felt like just shooting some frames.i8349_M2_TMY_XTOL i8350_M2_TMY_XTOL i8351_M2_TMY_XTOLA strange lot of all kind of poles.i8352_M2_TMY_XTOLAnd some random geometry. Good night!

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