2.11.2014 – 08/2014: Running through the sand

Hello folks. Time flies and so this post is about both some older stuff from summer and some recent things from the current semester. Hannover, District Ride, family time, new friends, workshop, some sunny days on Island Rügen, artsy fartsy designers stuff. Have fun looking through this one!

Side note: Although the comments section does not give it away, i keep getting more and more feedback on the blog. Not only from photo people but also from friends and strangers i did not think would be interested in this kind of photography. This makes me very proud and encouraged about the whole “project”. I sure do all that for myself to a large part, but its cool that actually other people are interested in this too.
Its a lot of work from shooting to publishing a finished blog post: about 10-12 rolls of film to develop (which makes about 20-30 pics per roll that are published here), 400 frames to scan and catalogue, tag and post process, about 200 to upload, import in the blog and about 150 captions to write. Since im kind of diligently about this stuff, it takes about 1-2 months for me to complete a post (shooting the actual images – the most important part of course – not included). So if there are at least a few others besides me who like this stuff, than it makes this all feel worth it. Thanks a lot for that.


Olga “copying” some pages.




Erlangen, Orangerie hall, that grand piano makes a nice still.


Gettin some vitamins!


Next (early) morning, around 6am at the train station. Stephan and i drove up to Hannover to check out the department for Photojournalism. The department hosts a portfolio review meet once a month so we thought why not get some fresh air? Oh and dont wonder, i shot some trix with the hexar (above) and some Ilford Delta 3200 with the Leica M6 (these three frames).


Early morning in the ICE, talking photo stuff and arranging series of pics to show at the meeting.


Beautiful middle Germany. You dont usually get so see such landscapes when going by car or bus.


Welcome to Hannover.

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23.09.2014 – 07/2014: Balloons & Coffee

Constantly shooting all kinds of stuff. Here are some more frames from Summer 2014. And i also found another great piece of music for this post, the new David Guetta single. lol.


Cruisin around the Dutzendteich.


On the menue: Nothing.


Returning empty beer cartons.


August Critical Mass Nürnberg.




Critical Mass passing our street. The Hexar was somewhat irritated by the fly screens.


In a park. An interview of some poetry slam dude.


Got something for me?




Printing some stuff at uni + shooting some Trix in the Leica M6 (ID-11 since i ran out of Xtol)




Graduation exhibition. Some of us younger students did checkout and sold tickets and exhib catalogues.

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20.08.2014 – 06/2014: Blicke schärfen

The semester is over, projects are finished, exhibitions closed, equipment cleaned up and stored. We are not traveling much this summer except for a trip up to the Baltic Sea in September. We both work several days a week and do much work on the apartment. Theres a lot of family and friends and chillout time. Holiday season stuff. Im shooting all kinds of stuff with 35mm and medium format, b/w and color, and develop a lot of films at home.

Also i hope to finish work on the darkroom an my uncles place this summer. Its actually ready for use except for the tap water supply and waste water disposal. Were gonna have to split cut the pipe and install a water faucet with proper fittings. Also im planning to install a small submersible pump inside a big tank right under the sink and connect it to the sewage water pipe. We’ll see if i can show some documentation of the progress in the next entry. This one right now contains a lot of street and family pics and some exhib stuff from the semester and also some of my work for 2nd semesters photoclass portfolio.


Starting with some random street frames. Leica M6 + Kodak Tri-X in Xtol.


I almost always take this shot of people. I find it kind of interesting.


Walking around with Stephan.


Stephan taking a shot, maybe for our double exposure series for photoclass?




A small tree abused as a trashcan and also chained up in Gostenhof.




And suddenly i started taking portrait format frames again.


A test print of my poster for our typography “Type 2″ exhibition of few weeks ago. The grey is pure red actually.


Policemen checking the ID of some guy.


We were having some drinks at this place when i noticed these two behind us, brother an sister i guessed. Seemed like he just stepped into her life after a lot of years and so they had a lot to talk. Later, they started calling other family members like their mother (i suppose). Now thats quite a nice story for such an average picture right? Anyway, i did not want to get too close and disturb them since it looked like kind of a intimate moment for them.

i8382_M6_TRIX_XTOLSome puke on the street.


Construction site at the red light district (more like a softcore version of the actual red light district).


We were back at the train station when i saw this guy. I speeded up to him to take a shot, although i wasnt sure if the negative would hold all the detail. In scenes like these there is no time to hold on, fiddle around with your cam and starting to compose a nice image. You just make your best guess for toh lighting and shoot. Luckily the timing was good (decent light situation) and theres all the detail in the picture that i wanted to capture. I did a 24x30cm print and it looks very good with plenty of structure.




Since the weather was so sweet that evening, we went for a walk at the “Steintribüne”, which is part of the former nazi party rally grounds. Today, the area is used for big events like “Rock im Park” or the DTM (German Touring Car Championship). This was days before the start of the DTM, so most of the track barriers and audience stands were already set up. I took some shots with the leica and also some Polaroids with the Hasselblad 500CM.


More barriers.


Back in the city. Thank god for this beautiful weather these days.




Guys playing on their phones.


So there was a big public transportation strike in the city and the place got more and more crowded with people waiting for one of the few buses that were still running. Those bus lines often headed to places like the airport or the outer districts, but it seemed like people just gave up and took a ride on those buses, just to get ANYWHERE away from the main station and to keep moving. I took the bike.


I almost felt a little ashamed, taking pics of frustrated and trapped people and after that just hoppin on my bike, casually riding away.


Some service workes tried to calm down some people or to give adivce for the best alternative routes to take.


He got lucky.




Random frame in on of the labs.

i8407_M6_TRIX_XTOLNeustadt Kirchweih time. Carnival rides is a serious business.


Im afraid there is no proper way of translating this sign…but its from 5pm to 9pm fyi :)




Think. About what?




People watching the fireworks. An OK shot i think, regarding that it was pretty much completely dark (focusing fun!) and i had like 1/8th at 1.4. Printed it, looks nice. More tonal range than you’d get from the scanned version here.


At campus. Kerim being happy. We’re ALL HAPPY STUDENTS HERE so lets put it on big banners to show how cool IT IS TO STUDY HERE. YAY!!! LETS PARTY!!!1


Some film and room+space design class people were shooting a Hundreds music video the other day. First things first, catering.


Basti holding some wall thing.


It was Saturday, and while the film guys prepared their shooting, the photoclass had some fun in the studio.






Another one.




Police set up a little bike parcour course for the kids at the marketplace.


Lots of mid-grey tones i thought.


So the DTM was here and i felt like checking out what was going on around the place. The event area itself is pretty secured, people like to be amongst themselves (pretty expensive tickets also). So at some points of the track, people were standing outside and trying to catch a look at the touring cars. Great scene for a print. I should – oh wait thats right, iv’e already done a print of this since we got this super cool automatic dev machine at the uni lab. Actually its about 30 years old and close to its total breakdown. But before going back to conventional handmade dev, we keep using this monster until it literally falls apart. Well see if Stephan and i will be able to organize some new equipment for the lab, but its all about the money in the end, which is sad. The darkroom process is so so so beautiful and full of things you need to know about “making” images, i for once would love to do some color printing or fiber or toning or or…This so has to happen, ill keep you informed.


So, back to some pics. Another one of the “audience”.


At another edge of the track, also blocked for pedestrians. These two checked out what was going on, then turned back around. I kind of like the frame, those barriers give it a very graphic touch. I was also very lucky with the arrangement of the trees above. Printed.


I think somebody died here.


Came across this scene later.


Went to grab some things at the groceries store when all of a sudden it started raining LIKE REALLY. People were totally surprised and started running for cover.


CHECK IT OUT, how much GERMANY can you spot in this frame?


Finished the roll with some water-buried spoons.


Next day, next roll. Switching to TMY (TMax 100 = TMX, TMax 400 = TMY, TMax 3200P = TMZ) for fun. As i mentioned in a previous entry, i find TMY to show not as much of a “film” character as Trix or Efke, but damn this film is good. Grain: What grain? Tonality: Kicks ass.


Look who professionally fixed her window :)


Michis ROCKWALL for our typography exhibition. The letters are freaking huge actually, we barely managed to fit all of them in my car to get them to the campus.


Olgas bike got blocked, lol.






There was a nice festival in the Südstadt district so Stephan Tanja and i met to check it out (=to grab as much food as we could and lurk around with our Hipster cameras).


Changes are these are father and son.


Stephan with his Nikon.


Funny dudes.


All kinds of different cultures, bonding and living peaceful side by side. How can that be such a hard thing to do in so many places?


Tanja fiddling around with some film.


People selling some stuff.


I told Tanja that i found it fascinating to get that much stripes in a single frame. But also Tanja herself and the guy in white on the right and the one on the left in the very back of the scene somehow complete this one i guess. Well its just a snapshot after all.


Tanja proudly presenting her Voigtländer TLR, very VERY old model.


I keep thinking about how people percieve me when i photograph them. I dont know, i do not try to hide or to be invisible like some sort of stalker. I just am there and do what i do. Of course, i try not to distract people since i want to document, but i am still there and whatever happens, happens. I like those little eye contacts, smiles, talkes, gestures, even rejections, conflicts and so. Its a very humanistic approach i think. On the other side, some people like to shoot people with tele lenses which i find kinda weird. Or maybe its just me? Time to think some more.




Chris joined us later and we decided to have a beer. Tanja making her cute face.




Walking back home.




Subway station near Anselms place.




The next day we met again at the festival for some more snacks and pics. Good times.




Yeah not an interesting frame. Just letting you know, i happend to get me a ND 0.6 filter for the Nokton (= -2EV so ISO400 -> ISO100) from ebay for 1€ lol (and its a quality one). That means shooting Trix and TMX with even less DOF (depth of field) in bright daylight. Works perfectly.


Paramedics hanging out.


Some type and shadow stuff.


Switching tu Fuji Acros 100 and the Konica Hexar AF.




Taking an family portrait.




Walking around with Franzi and Stephan and some random guy, taking some pics.




Businessman with a german-flag-colored tie.


Flag-style berries.




Funny dog.


We met two friends of Stephan by chance. The recorded some footage for a skate vid.




At the trainsation. Tanja was taking portraits for photoclass. Its always challenging to ask people for one or two portraits, you never know how they react. Tanja was turned down a couple of times at first but she did the right thing and kept going, so kudos for that.


From the hip.


It was that time of year again, i cant believe how time flies. Academy of fine arts annual exhibiton.


What an inspiring place. The academy is located right beside the zoo, lots of green, lots af trees, lots of white and lots of glass. We live about 500m from there, across a small woodland.


Some exhibs at the gallery of AdbK photoclass.


Sunlight and some framings.


If you understood all of it, it would not be art.


At the Academy of Music.




As i walked around i found this “smoking area” that i found hilarious. Its located at the very edge of the place. Then i realised that place is the colleges informatics faculty.


A random still life from the 500CM.


THIS is the shit.


And THAT is the shit.


Some pieces of Jennys “Typomania” project for the type exhibition. Laser cut letters ararnged as viruses. Definitifely the shit.


Sonja took this one.


Stephan looking at some contacts. I find it interesting how people tend to develop their own processes in terms of darkroom safety and handling films and equipment. Those are not our films but i find it funny how some people just dont give a shit.


I did some prints for the semesters portfolio, double exposures and “abused” medium format. I included some scans of the prints further down this post.






Family visit.


That night, Germany won the world cup. We went to the city center to check out the madness.


People came from all directions.


Then the Autokorso started and there was no more way out.








This man mounted some flowers or something on his wiper blades. Whatever.


Television interviewing some fans.


They probably got a lot of hugs that night.


The place got more and more crowded with happy peoply.








Party madness! We met with Stephan later and took some more pics (i ran out of film and shot some stuff with Stephans cheapo digicam). Stephan mentioned that it is kinda sad that people would occupy the streets for some stupid “game” that is mostly about advertising pure capitalism but not for important things like anti-war, politics failures, total surveillance of citizens, human rights and so on…


So after some years, i just sold this gem. It is a beautiful beautiful workhorse with a fine lens. But to me it always felt like a studio or tripod camera and so i got rid of it. Never thought i’d sell a Hasselblad though :) Awesome thing, every photographer should use one of these at least once.


And so, after trying MF SLR und RF (the big Fuji GSW690III) i got back to the system that i personally like best: TLR. I got this one at a local camera store. Its a Rolleiflex 3.5F late planar version with coupled meter (working perfectly!) and its close to mint. Just that much, it did cost me the exact price i sold the 500CM for, so its a fair trade in the end i think. By now i already shot some with it and the results are just awesome.


Here are some digitals from our Typography exhibiton.


Simon and his Avant Garde airplane.




Michis Rockwall with nice background ambient lighting.






Katharinas Kabel-Table.


Jennys Typomania stuff.


My Avant-Garde-rebranded consumer goods with posters and exhib pieces.




Lennys FF Info information wall with letters from all of our fonts and some background information about each one, arranged as takeaway notes.




Oh yeah, Michi got anoter professional film camera from a serious camera store called “flea market”. Its the FUN ENDITION!


The place got tagged with stickers from Max’ installation.




Everybody taking pictures.


Closeup of the lasercut letters.

Aufgabe: Doppelbelchtung

Chris. So here are some images i made for 2. semester photoclass, starting with some double exposures Stephan and i did (We had to each expose a roll of film, then wind it back, switch rolls and expose them again. So its pretty much pure luck what you get, but thats the challenge and fun part about it. Film was some Ilford FP4+ and we went for about -1 or -2EV for the single shots so that the exposure was pretty good in the double-exposed frames.

Aufgabe: Doppelbelchtung

Human // Nature. We were also pretty lucky with the perfect overlapping alignment of the frames. I did some prints on my 30+yo Tetenal Speed grade 3 and 4 paper (24x30cm) and later scanned the prints on some huge epson flatbed (holds A3 at least, forgot the model no.) at uni. The quality is actually very good, way better than id expect. Of course, with every step you get more and more dust on the image wich is a problem (neg front and back -> neg holder double glass sides so 2x top 2x bottom side -> enlarger lens front and back -> the paper itself -> scanner). But since we had to hand in a paper portfolio and i had to do prints anyway, i decided to digitalize them instead of doing neg scans, you know, for the fun.

Aufgabe: Doppelbelchtung


Aufgabe: Doppelbelchtung



This is a photogram for the human rights topic.

Aufgabe: MF/Manuelle Bearbeitung

And finally some of the medium format stuff. Cut-up portraits arranged back together as a new image.

Aufgabe: MF/Manuelle Bearbeitung



Oh, here come the first frames from the new Rolleiflex. Uncle getting some presents. Film was TMY in Xtol.


My sister.




Getting used to TLR again. I really really would like to try a prism finder on this, but they are ridiculously expensive.


Andrea, my other sister, and Boerge. They just got engaged.




Erosion. I put some cheap APX 100 in the Hexar AF. I was not sure whether its and old or new version of the film. Old one is said to be better. So actually, the new one alway has “New Emulsion” printed on the carton and the back says “Made in E.U”, whereas the old on says “Made in Germany”. Also, the font on the film itself is serif on the old film vs. sans-serif on the new version. Just so you know. Anyway, i developed this in Rodinal 1+25. I find that lower dilutions show more grain but also more tonality. And hey, grain is not a real problem with most ISO 100 films.


Lenny on the phone. We prepared another barbecue at campus. Tones are sick in these frames, almost like al Delta 100.




Teamin up.




Had some initial troubles with the veggie grill (we ran out of charcoal).


Student council bosses supervising the event. Faggets :)


Sonja with nice glasses.


He preferred fish.


Then this dog joined us. I guess he belongs to a student but i was never really sure. Nice fellow though.




Beppo in all his beauty.


Hair and flare.


Michi and his nice Rollei 35. Out of nowhere, the meter started working again. Michi was happy like a little child and started taking frames. But then the meter was dead again. Sucks. Contact wires i guess.


Enjoying some grilled corn.


What is left from the Type2 exhibition.


Dang, i ran out of Xtol. So i went through my photo stuff drawer which holds all kinds of spare parts, accessoires and other crap and found a pack of Ilford ID-11 which basically is Kodak D76. Yay! Oh yeah, and some Agfa Isopan from the 40s O_o


Empty tuna can on the street.


Somebody threw away a box full of fruits. Wtf.






Lucky charm on a car window.


Religion stuff.


A random still.


Somethings not right with that Porsche.


Our godparent certifications for little Mikes baptism. We had to get them from our local church to be able to become godparents. Yep, thats Germany. Thanks for looking!

20.07.2014 – 05/2014: Two Lovers

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 😀i8164_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!

2.06.2014 – 04/2014: Clouds under a bridge

Some new and not so new stories because i just started developing C-41 again. Lots of uni stuff, exhibs, festivals, excursions and of course photo class stuff going on. Some personal frames in between too. Im shooting a lot lately and i wouldnt wanna miss it. Not as much street as i would like to though, but that’ll change soon.

i8007_HEXAR_EKTAR_TETHeres what happens if youre shooting with several cameras: Your chronological order will be pretty much fucked up. We ordered some film and paper for the photoclass and also two Tetenal C-41 Kits. So i started developing color negative film again in the lab at uni. Here are some older frames from around the start of 2nd semester.

i8008_HEXAR_EKTAR_TETSo it turned out that nobody had done some manual small tank development in the lab for years. Usually, large tanks are used wich are permanently installed and connected to fresh water. Very comfortable but not very much fun if you ask me. Plus they only hold bw chemicals. Time to do some C-41! So when we turned on the water we got several liters of yellowish-dirty water. After the water turned clear or what we thought looked clear again, we started filling some tanks to pre-heat the chemicals and the small tank. However a water temp of about 40°C was wayyy to optimistic since the water had been running for about 10mins already and the boiler tank was pretty empty. So we decided to dev at 30°C. After the final rinse the film looked pretty bad, probably because of dirty water, non-working fixer because of low temp or whatever. After throwing it in the fixer again for about 5 minutes and washing again we put the roll in the dryer for another 10mins and everything was fine. The first frames have a weird blueish (so orange-brown on the neg) teint along the top side (see above) but overall, the film looks pretty good. However, i do not recommend to improvise with the use of your chemicals the way we did, except you really need to. Things can get really inconsistent and i guess we were just lucky this time.
i8011_HEXAR_EKTAR_TETEvening sun.i8012_HEXAR_EKTAR_TETNice colors at my way to work. Ektar with mad saturation of course (In the Hexar AF).
i8013_HEXAR_EKTAR_TETView out of our kitchen window at night.
i8015_HEXAR_EKTAR_TETSome color frames from the open day / portfolio presentation day. We used all the tables of this class room for the exhibition.i8017_HEXAR_EKTAR_TET i8018_HEXAR_EKTAR_TETLeft: My work, right: Stephan mounting his work.
i8021_HEXAR_EKTAR_TETVery nicely captured is what i thought before i realized that the snack box person on the right walking into the frame is me, so it must have been Stephan who took that shot.i8022_HEXAR_EKTAR_TETHexar in my hands again. Notice the kick-ass drying marks from the dirty lab water. Im pretty confident though that the more often we use it from now on, the better the water will become, once all that old lime and rust and shit is washed out.i8024_HEXAR_EKTAR_TETLooking exited.i8028_HEXAR_EKTAR_TETEktar kicking that spring time right in your face. This blossom actually lasts only for a couple of days so when i passed by the scene on my bike i thought why not stop and take a boring picture?i8030_HEXAR_EKTAR_TETSandra with pink hair.i8033_HEXAR_EKTAR_TET i8037_HEXAR_EKTAR_TETSome barbecue color frames.
i8041_HEXAR_EKTAR_TET i8042_HEXAR_EKTAR_TET i7794_M2_TRIX_XTOLBack to Tri-X. Scenes like these make me smile.
i7799_M2_TRIX_XTOLNice BW Fuhrpark BMW. i7801_M2_TRIX_XTOLKids checking out a mag. i7802_M2_TRIX_XTOL Simon and his shirt #3.i7803_M2_TRIX_XTOLOlga waving me over. We visited a lecture about Foodsharing with Raphael Fellmer at the Bildungszentrum. i7804_M2_TRIX_XTOLNice backyard.
i7809_M2_TRIX_XTOLSaturday photo class. Elmas waiting while we tried several light settings. i7812_M2_TRIX_XTOLOnce the Sinar was set up properly, we metered the scene. i7813_M2_TRIX_XTOLStephan metering. i7814_M2_TRIX_XTOL i7815_M2_TRIX_XTOLWe shot some Polaroids and several sheets of FP4. Loading those backs was damn tricky since nobody except Stephan had done it before (including me, what a shame).

i7817_M2_TRIX_XTOLThe next day, Andi & Irina and little Mike came for a visit.
i7820_M2_TRIX_XTOLOne for Stephan. i7823_M2_TRIX_XTOLBtw i shot those with the Jupiter-12. Decent image quality for a 50€ lens huh?
i7826_M2_TRIX_XTOLFor a walk around the block. Since Andi and Irina will have _a lot_ of beautiful digital shots of Mike, i think it would be nice for them to have some classic b/w frames too, right? i7829_M2_TRIX_XTOL i7830_M2_TRIX_XTOL

i7846_HEXAR_TRIX_XTOLIn the studio. Mik did a shooting and i assisted and took some snaps on the side.

i7847_HEXAR_TRIX_XTOLConnected the Hexar to the big light screens here. Works perfectly, in case youre planning to do a shooting with lights and flashes and stuff with your Hexar AF :)
i7848_HEXAR_TRIX_XTOLTime for some portraits.
i7851_HEXAR_TRIX_XTOLBernd in early friday morning class.i7852_HEXAR_TRIX_XTOLBy the time im writing these captions Nuremberg already has been relegated down to second league. Loli7853_HEXAR_TRIX_XTOLI wonder what being a father is like.
i7855_HEXAR_TRIX_XTOL i7858_HEXAR_TRIX_XTOLVisiting Basti and Beppo. What a classy bathroom!
i7859_HEXAR_TRIX_XTOLStill working on our first “yearbook” from first semester. We’ll probably print about 25 books.
i7861_HEXAR_TRIX_XTOLBenno talking about a photograph he took for photoclass.i7862_HEXAR_TRIX_XTOLElmas with glasses.i7863_HEXAR_TRIX_XTOLVisiting an exhibition with design history class. How many pairs can you spot?i7864_HEXAR_TRIX_XTOLMik taking some miniature frames with his miniature cam. Its not a real camera actually but it makes shutter noises and flashes a little light.i7865_HEXAR_TRIX_XTOLWe checked out a store that sells some old cameras. Poor collection, but thats Nürnberg. The small Minox 35 was kinda overpriced.
i7866_HEXAR_TRIX_XTOLSince i had a flat tire, Mik and i walked through the city to the nearest bike shop and to his place to fix my bike.
i7889_M2_TRIX1600_XTOL i7890_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLMik’s sweet Nikon with a broken shutter :/i7891_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLFixing my tire.

i7869_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLAt the Ohmrolle Spring Collection 2014, an annual film festival where design students show their work to the public, semester 1 (30 sec commercial that we did) to 7 (huge impressive graduation works). The night was hosted by the Cinecitta movie theater which provided its 3 largest halls for the event. Jonas getting ready with a beer.

i7870_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLThis was about 30mins before the beginning. Speeches and so were all  held in hall #1 with livestreams to #2 and #3 reaching a total of about 1000+ people in the audience.i7872_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLBasti and Sandra.
i7873_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLElmas and me.i7874_M2_TRIX1600_XTOL i7876_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLTension rising right before the start.
i7878_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLPeople convinced me to take that shot. This is while our small group did a little thank speech after our movie was shown. I was pretty insecure whether to take a shot right in the face of a thousand people but im glad i did, though its not a masterpiece. It is more about the spirit and the will to document an unique moment. So in moments like these, you just ask yourself, are you or are you not a photographer? And then you just do it.
i7881_M2_TRIX1600_XTOL i7885_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLExhib
i7887_M2_TRIX1600_XTOL“Puzzling images”
i7893_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLHanging out at Julians place on a friday night. Anselm mixing white russian.
i7895_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLRoommate of Julian who got pretty wasted after a while.
i7896_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLJuliani7897_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLCheers!i7905_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLFinishing the roll whith some attic stills. Damn good afternoon light. Should be perfect for some portraits like Marc does them.i7906_M2_TRIX1600_XTOL

i7890_M6_K100_RODINALSwitching to kentmere 100 + rodinal in the M6. Sometimes the line between documenting and exposing starts fading, so it is the intention that becomes more important i think.
i7891_M6_K100_RODINAL i7892_M6_K100_RODINALHanging out after class.
i7894_M6_K100_RODINAL i7895_M6_K100_RODINAL i7896_M6_K100_RODINAL i7897_M6_K100_RODINALSynchronized cig-lighting.i7898_M6_K100_RODINALCurious ducks.i7899_M6_K100_RODINALCordulai7900_M6_K100_RODINALThey came so close we almost could pet them.i7901_M6_K100_RODINALWhat on the menue?i7904_M6_K100_RODINALKitchen dev station.
i7908_M6_K100_RODINALOlga looking beautiful.
i7910_M6_K100_RODINAL i7911_M6_K100_RODINAL i7914_M6_K100_RODINALFaculty trip to some exhibitons in Baden-Baden. Started giving the k100 about 1 stop more light here, it seems to appreciate it.

i7915_M6_K100_RODINALProf. Schaden in front of the Kunsthalle, talking about the exhibition.i7916_M6_K100_RODINALBenno taking frames while smoking a cig like a pro :)
i7918_M6_K100_RODINALInside the foyer.i7919_M6_K100_RODINALThe exhibition Room Service is about art/artists in hotels and hotels per se as pieces of art.
i8068_HEXAR_EKTAR_TETSo the exhib was inside the actual floorways and rooms of several hotels which was an interesting concept. Even more interesing though was the fact that while we had a look at the images and installations, the hotel staff kept cleaning rooms and attending their everyday business so at some point exhibition and reality started mixing.
i8069_HEXAR_EKTAR_TET i7920_M6_K100_RODINALOh yeah and i also took a self in the bathroom.
i7923_M6_K100_RODINAL i7924_M6_K100_RODINALAfter the exhibition, exploring the city.i7925_M6_K100_RODINALWeve never been to Baden-Baden before. Turns out the city and its people are incredibly wealthy and the cityscape really consists of only parks, gardens, museums and luxurient mansions with a touch of France or Italy or whatever.i7926_M6_K100_RODINAL i7928_M6_K100_RODINAL

i8070_HEXAR_EKTAR_TETOld school.

i7929_M6_APX_XTOLWe ran into David who in the meantime checked out some stores to buy some post cards. Also, i ran out of film but found a DM drug store and bought a roll of new APX 100 (3,45€, so pretty cheap).i7930_M6_APX_XTOLAccording to Lenny, Mik and Simona, this could become a new series. For a stranger, this looks pretty dumb since i meter on my hand with the M6 most of the time, so why not take advantage of it?
i7932_M6_APX_XTOLMaking it a day.i7933_M6_APX_XTOLI have to say, the APX looks pretty good here.i7935_M6_APX_XTOL i7939_M6_APX_XTOLInside the museum for the JR exhib. People waiting in line to get their portait taken and printed on a huge poster (see below). Little girl watching whats going on.i7941_M6_APX_XTOL i7942_M6_APX_XTOL i7944_M6_APX_XTOL i7946_M6_APX_XTOL i7947_M6_APX_XTOL i7949_M6_APX_XTOLTaking home the portrait.i7951_M6_APX_XTOLSo we had a beer on a bench across the street and just enjoyed the weather and i took some quick pictures.i7951crop_M6_APX_XTOLA 100% crop. Funny that even the baby noticed us. She smiled and waved right after the shot, the day was just too nice to not be in a good mood.i7952_M6_APX_XTOLTaxi, Baden-Baden style.i7953_M6_APX_XTOL i7954_M6_APX_XTOL i7955_M6_APX_XTOLOn the bus, going back home. Some people couldn’t decide where to sit so our driver got pissed and started grumping. I guess its not his fault, he also has to stick to time schedules and orders.i7957_M6_APX_XTOLA proper reaction.
i7958_M6_APX_XTOLThe last sunrays.i7961_M6_APX_XTOLBack home, at Steffis new place.
i7962_M6_APX_XTOL i7963_M6_APX_XTOL i7965_M6_APX_XTOLNew York, London, Nürnberg, Hongkong. Seems legit.

i8053_HEXAR_EKTAR_TETSome more Ektar. Hexar because its pretty decent for a bike ride.
i8077_HEXAR_EKTAR_TETEarly morning, Neli in front of the lab.
i8082_HEXAR_EKTAR_TET i8079_HEXAR_EKTAR_TETSo on day the mailman brought me the big package we ordered for photoclass, so this is nothing but a proof.i8081_HEXAR_EKTAR_TETFilms, sleeves, some C-41 chems and some multigrade paper. Yep, thats about 800€. Doesnt look that much actually.i7969_M6_ACROS_XTOLWhat a morning!i7968_M6_ACROS_XTOLWeekend in Neustadt with Olgas parents. Time for some fuji acros. Olga taking a family portrait. Focusing with a rangefinder is not that easy when you first try it. Hair on neg for sharpness scale.

i7971_M6_ACROS_XTOLThe kind of portrait i prefer.i7974_M6_ACROS_XTOLOk lets make some Pelmeni! First, make some dough with flour, water, salt and stuff.
i7976_M6_ACROS_XTOLLet it rest, then knead and stretch it. Cut out some little circles with a mug or so.i7978_M6_ACROS_XTOLFill with meat (or vegetables or whatever you like) and close the edges.i7981_M6_ACROS_XTOLThats how it should look like before cooking. Boil for several minutes in broth. Youre done.i7982_M6_ACROS_XTOLEnjoy!i7984_M6_ACROS_XTOLOn the streets again.i7985_M6_ACROS_XTOLAt a big anti-war demonstration.i7988_M6_ACROS_XTOLA man taking some notes and sketches of the scene.i7991_M6_ACROS_XTOL i7992_M6_ACROS_XTOL i7993_M6_ACROS_XTOLIts pretty simple actually.i7998_M6_ACROS_XTOLMother and son.
i7999_M6_ACROS_XTOLMother and daughter.
i8002_M6_ACROS_XTOLi8006_M6_ACROS_XTOLSleepy kid with family vs. sleeping homeless men. Makes me think. The topic for this semesters photo class is “human rights” btw. Thats all for now.