01/2015: Bye bye Chiquita!

Hi folks. I have been pretty busy with the semester projects (see type magazine layouts and Frisches Design documentation) and with exhibitions, portfolio updating, relauching the website and arranging some nice series (check out here), doing some research about other photography and fine art schools and also some agencies and photographers that may be in for an internship. I also had some commissions and some personal stuff to deal with. So here’s a belated 2015 warm-up featuring some pictures and stories from last fall until now.

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Starting off, some impressions from the “Frisches Design 2014” exhibition/conference. This was some night before the start when we set up the big plastic donuts

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Mario, head of team Plastic Fantastique that created the inflatable plastic spaces, was rather busy watching the Champions League match of FC Bayern.

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Poster of a Gerhard Richter exhibition.

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02/2014: On the move on the spot

Here are some new frames. Still almost all 35mm. Since i’ve been busy with uni stuff, work and also moving to a new place, i did not feel much like taking well-composed mf shots, but rather like documenting all kinds of things quick and dirty with the rangefinder family.

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i7192_M6_TRIX1600_HC110Christmas 2013i7196_M6_TRIX1600_HC110A bird house for my mothers garden.i7202_M6_TRIX1600_HC110Christmas weather.
i7207_M6_TRIX1600_HC110i7213_M6_TRIX1600_HC110New years.i7215_M6_TRIX1600_HC110i7219_HEXAR_POR200_TETI shot some C-41 again with the Hexar. This is from a roll of Porst Color X 200 which is actually re-labeled Fuji 200 or something.i7222_HEXAR_POR200_TETSince i still had some C-41 chemicals left, i developed some rolls in the kitchen. The Tetenal Kit was first opened in July 2012 which means it is about 18 months! old (not stored cold also). Strong orange mask on the negatives but pretty decent results over all. i7225_HEXAR_POR200_TET i7227_HEXAR_POR200_TET i7228_HEXAR_POR200_TET i7230_HEXAR_POR200_TETFilm tools & techniques class.i7244_HEXAR_POR200_TETi7252_HEXAR_POR200_TET i7253_HEXAR_POR200_TETI accidentally realeased the shutter here while i went for a walk. i7254_HEXAR_POR200_TETNew Leica M6. Already sold the Rolleiflex. i7255_HEXAR_POR200_TET i7256_XA_PRO400_TETMy old kitchen before moving.i7257_XA_PRO400_TETSome ducks crossing at my way to uni. Fuji Pro400h in the great great Olympus XA. i7258_XA_PRO400_TETi7259_XA_PRO400_TETMax and Stephan. i7261_XA_PRO400_TET i7265_XA_PRO400_TET i7267_XA_PRO400_TETX marks the spot. i7271_XA_PRO400_TET i7272_XA_PRO400_TETCurrently my preferred way of transportation. i7276_XA_PRO400_TET i7277_XA_PRO400_TET i7278_XA_PRO400_TET i7280_XA_PRO400_TET i7281_XA_PRO400_TETAboves schools “parking lots”.i7289_XA_PRO400_TETA project we had to do during the semester, “typography and space”. I documented my work mainly with the 5D but also took some frames with the Hexar.i7292_FUJIGSW_PRO400_TETSomewhere in Fürth. 4 shots from the Fuji GSW690III. Again the ancient Tetenal Kit which i developed a bunch of films with before i finally disposed it.i7293_FUJIGSW_PRO400_TETRailroad scrap.i7297_FUJIGSW_PRO400_TET i7298_FUJIGSW_PRO400_TETArchways of the Dokumentationszentrum. i7300_M6_TRIX1600_HC110The weather pretty much sucked for a couple of weeks and since we did not go skiing or hiking or something this season, there was not much to do these days. Most uni projects came to and end and so i just kept shooting random stuff. M6, trix @ 1600, HC-110 B.i7301_M6_TRIX1600_HC110 i7302_M6_TRIX1600_HC110Sorting some books.i7303_M6_TRIX1600_HC110 i7304_M6_TRIX1600_HC110 i7306_M6_TRIX1600_HC110Man sleeping in a photo booth.i7308_M6_TRIX1600_HC110 i7309_M6_TRIX1600_HC110 i7311_M6_TRIX1600_HC110 i7312_M6_TRIX1600_HC110For a walk in Neustadt.i7313_M6_TRIX1600_HC110Beautyful heavy clouds over the plains outside the city. Didnt expect this one to look so nice in 1600 ISO. i7314_M6_TRIX1600_HC110We passed some small nearby town. Town of cats apparently, theres another one right in the back, hardly visible. Quite tricky to frame this one since every time i took a few steps back the cat would start running at me for more cuddles.i7315_M6_TRIX1600_HC110 i7318_M6_TRIX1600_HC110 i7319_M6_TRIX1600_HC110In the subway. i7320_M6_TRIX1600_HC110i7327_M6_TRIX1600_HC110In case you need some new tumblrs to follow. i7328_M6_TRIX1600_HC110My new sketchbook. Thanks to whoever made this, i love it. i7330_M6_TRIX1600_HC110 i7331_M6_TRIX1600_HC110or is it? i7333_M6_TRIX1600_HC110A random romatic scene. i7335_M6_TRIX1600_HC110 i7339_M6_TRIX1600_HC110Simona, a fellow student, had an exhibition at Studio eins. Some of us met to check out her great illustrations and to hang out. i7340_M6_TRIX1600_HC110Smooth beats, too. i7342_M6_TRIX1600_HC110Simona and Stephan.i7344_M6_TRIX1600_HC110 i7345_M6_TRIX1600_HC110 i7352_M6_TRIX1600_HC110 i7355_M6_TRIX1600_HC110Back in the underground. i7358_M6_TRIX1600_HC110I stopped on my way to class for taking this frame. It was a very foggy morning. i7359_M6_TRIX1600_HC110In the facultys little cinema room. i7361_M6_TRIX1600_HC110 i7363_M6_TRIX1600_HC110We recorded some footage for our podcast. Max wrote down his text he had to recite with a bavarian accent. i7364_M6_TRIX1600_HC110Snack time. i7366_M6_TRIX1600_HC110The guys from advanced semesters space & event design class were redesigning our common room and some of us new students joined the party to help grinding chairs, painting walls and arranging euro-pallets.i7367_M6_TRIX1600_HC110Mc-D stop. i7372_M6_TRIX1600_HC110Course selection D-Day. i7375_M6_TRIX1600_HC110David in front of one of our exhibition rooms. i7379_M6_TRIX1600_HC110Two music nerds. i7381_M6_TRIX1600_HC110 For graphic design class, our task for the semester was to design a fictional or real corporate identity including a letterhead, an envelope and a business card. Here we exhibited and discussed our work.i7384_M6_TRIX1600_HC110 Simona and Tanja. i7391_M6_TRIX1600_HC110Time flies, the first semester was nearly over and the next design applicants came to complete their qualifying exams. Most of us were also there for doing catering and supporting the new soon-to-be students and for getting to know some new faces. i7395_M6_TRIX1600_HC110 i7397_M6_TRIX1600_HC110 i7396_M6_TRIX1600_HC110 Michi examining Julians camera. I excited to see some shots! i7399_M6_TRIX1600_HC110 i7394_M6_TRIX1600_HC110It was a great, relaxed day. Well, at least for us 🙂 i7401_M6_TRIX1600_HC110Cofee break. i7402_M6_TRIX1600_HC110 i7403_M6_TRIX1600_HC110Tanjas motto. i7406_M6_TRIX1600_HC110Another exhibition. Illustration class “Klasse Fleck” of the academy of fine arts. i7405_M6_TRIX1600_HC110Stunning work. i7407_M6_TRIX1600_HC110Helena and Sebastian. i7408_M6_TRIX1600_HC110 i7409_M6_TRIX1600_HC110 i7410_M6_TRIX1600_HC110


Sorry about this, shitty GEMA won’t let me get this via youtube.

i7452_M6_TRIX_XTOLOlga and i decided to move in together. So after looking for places for several weeks we found a very nice apartment near my old place. Moving day, we had lots of helping hands like Stephan and Anselm. Shot a roll of trix with the M6 because, you know… i7453_M6_TRIX_XTOLOlgas dad and cousin installed the kitchen. i7455_M6_TRIX_XTOLThe guest room. i7456_M6_TRIX_XTOL i7457_M6_TRIX_XTOLIn my old apartment, disposing some stuff and used chemicals. i7458_M6_TRIX_XTOLThats 5 years of smoking. i7415_M2_TRIX1600_XTOL I’ve been using HC-110 as my main developer for about a year now. I cant help it but to be honest i do not like it that much. Especially for pushing. It gives me very contrasty negatives with very little shadow or highlight detail. That might be due to its relatively upswept curve or due to my developing and scanning habits or probably both.I tried different temps and different steps in scanning and post but i was not really satisfied. I began thinking, maybe it is just a hardware/software thing that came with my switch from the Canoscan + Silverfast to the Coolscan + Vuescan. I happened to get a very cheap pack of Xtol and developed this first roll of Kodak Tri-x pushed to 1600. The negatives came out exactly how i remembered and loved them last year. So for now, Xtol is on the table again! I will try HC-110 with slower speed films such as Kentmere 100 and Fuji Acros. I guess it’s all a matter of taste, but for me, nothing beats Tri-X with Xtol. Oh yeah, this is at the facultys annual exhibition of the graduates work. Leica M2 with the C-Biogon, trix +2 in good ol Xtol.i7416_M2_TRIX1600_XTOL i7417_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLCool arrangement and some great photographs. i7418_M2_TRIX1600_XTOL i7419_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLMore great photographs. i7420_M2_TRIX1600_XTOL i7424_M2_TRIX1600_XTOL i7428_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLThe other day, Michi came over to check out our new place and of course to develop some film! i7429_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLOlga looking proud. i7437_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLDad and i visited my aunt near Cologne. i7435_M2_TRIX1600_XTOL i7439_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLThis is where we stayed for the night, a very nice little classy hotel. i7442_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLWe drove back the next day. Lena, a friend of Olga, came for a visit. i7443_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLSo we visited the Germanic National Museum. i7444_M2_TRIX1600_XTOL i7446_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLHe seemed pretty excited about his visit. i7449_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLA dunkin donuts store opened in Nuremberg. i7450_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLA gift from my father. m6 tx xtol i7460_M6_TRIX_XTOLRegular Tri-X again. Shots from single rolls and cams are a little mixed in posts like this one. I shoot the M6, M2 and also the Hexar regularly and for some stories here i prefer to sort most images in chronological order. But hey, i rediscovered the naming system i used some years ago and combined it with my current numbering system. So you just have to hover over a frame for the cam+film+dev combo. i7462_M6_TRIX_XTOLConstruction site at my work.i7463_M6_TRIX_XTOLMichis roll of film drying in the bathroom.i7466_M6_TRIX_XTOLAll white. I like that.i7467_M6_TRIX_XTOLLunch.i7469_M6_TRIX_XTOL i7473_M6_TRIX_XTOL i7475_M6_TRIX_XTOLI like the ordinary things.i7481_M6_TRIX_XTOL i7483_M6_TRIX_XTOLScratched frame #31.i7487_M6_TRIX_XTOL:/ See you next time!

07/2013: Old friends new friends

Still sort of in between things. Uni started about a month ago now. We have to take all ten major courses (photography, film/animation, graphic design, typography, cast [like in podcast], space design, interaction, cgi, illustration and verbal communication) this semester and were doing more and more real projects which is very cool. Kind of the complete opposite to engineering classes at tech uni a couple of years ago. We are only about 50 people that are curiously getting to know each other. Very cool people i have to say. And since the only condition for the qualifying test was to be creative in any way (photo/film/animation/illustration/whatever), it is quite a challenge to figure out what anybodies talents are. However, theres also a lot going on besides uni, so heres another mix of everything.
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i5414There was this weekend back in summer when we installed a small irrigation plant in Olgas family garden. I caught some moments on film on the side. Here, the whole team is getting some instructions. I shot a roll of trix with the Leica M2. Just so you know.
i5422We spent almost half of the day digging those ditches through the garden, then laying all the small pipelines and connecting spray heads and valves.

i5427After we had finally filled up again all ditches and ran some performance checks, we enjoyed the rest of the day and had some great barbecue. Eugen recovering from all the work and all the food here.

i5512I ran into Waldi while going for another walk in the Südstadt district the other day. These are some frames from a roll of Kentmere 400 in HC-110, which i really start to appreciate. It has a kind of trix-ish tonality but lacks some of its tones imo. But for the price (3€ vs. 4,40€ trix) its a very serious option for me. Well see how it pushes in the coming winter months.

i5516 i5519Another random people-shopping-frame.

i5520This is a little craft shop of the Handwerkerhof that sells all kinds of leather goods. I had a little talk with this lady, discussing pros and cons of several materials that i could use as a strap for my M2. However, some days later i found some old leather band in my random-old-camera-accessoire-drawer (where you keep all the case and filter and cap and battery stuff) and had her rivet the ends with some small metal rings. The M2 is now equipped with a perfect matching (= fucked up 🙂 ) leather strap that only did cost me 5€! So if youre around and you need some leather goods such as straps, keyholders, wallets, messenger bags or whatever or some custom made leather stuff you make sure to check out this nice little shop!

i5521 i5522Guy reading a newspaper. So heres another thing: I’ve been fighting for several years with the Canoscan 9000f + the Silverfast SE that came with it to get some acceptable scans out of my negatives. I should note that “acceptable” in this context just means “to my own taste”. Im not into that zonal system stuff and i dont like my negs to be flat and “classic” looking. I dont have an what you would call recognizable style yet, i just keep experimenting with different dev+post procedures to create a variety of different looks in contrast and tonality. However, me fiddeling around with dev temps and stuff is just one thing. The main point here is the scanner itself: I am just not satisfied with the scans the Canoscan produces. Well, 35mm at least, mf works great imo.

i5524So i spent some time to compensate the scans lack of crispyness in post, and i mean i really did dig into things. I developed several workflows for lightroom+photoshop to get as much as possible out of my scans. But somehow, this final little bit of image quality i was unable to reproduce. So once more, i kept looking on ebay until i once again made a pretty good deal on a Nikon Coolscan IV. Yep, no V. I also switched from Silverfast to Vuescan. Silverfast might be pretty ok to work with, but the SE version that came with the Canoscan is just a joke as it only gives you 8bit bw images. I know, thats a lot of geeky technical stuff, but i think it might be useful to some at this point.

i5525So i ran some quick test scans with the Coolscan and did a 1on1 comparison. The results were even more devastating than i thought. And still, this is just a IV version. Drop me a note if youre interested in a full size comparison. So, end of the story is that with the Coolscan (+Vuescan is pretty awesome also) im finally getting this sharpness and detail i want.

I know i know, its always (or say 99%) the subject or story or moment or feeling + a good composition that make the picture, not the technical stuff like a good tonal range, good sharpness or perfect development. But i guess sometimes, knowing your tech stuff well just helps the image. And sometimes it doesn’t. However, your images are always just as good or bad as the weakest part in your system. So if you’re out with your asph. Summicron, scanning the negs with a flatbed might not be what you wanna go for. Also if your just having fun with a small disposable 35mm: no need to set up the Coolscan 9000. Excuse this little technical excursion, back to the actual images.

i5529Cute older couple.i5530A man reading some postings at the church. I passed him by and took a quick shot because it looked like a nice scene. When i passed this spot again as i walked back to the bus 20 minutes later, he was still standing there, reading those notes.
i5532i5535i5543A roll of trix.

i5545Im planning on doing some more underground and train station shots this winter. I had some of those in my portfolio which was approved at uni back in the summer.
i5551And speaking of uni, there we are. This was the very first introduction course at the auditorium for all design students in october. There was a power outage the whole time so some students lit the scene with their smartphones, hence those shadows. This was 1/4s at 2.8.

i5552 i5553The famous Maronimann.i5554 i5556Ah i miss the sun…i5560Another couple.
i5561 i5562Some images are just timeless.i5563 i5564This Cellist (Alban Gerhardt) was playing some classical pieces in the middle of the train station.
i5565People stopped and started listening, this girl took a shot with her rangefinder-covered! iphone.

i5571-2 i5572 i5577Alex stopped by and started to sort the change i keep in a big jar. We loved to do this and then run to the bank to get some bills in return when we were kids.

i5580Flea market with a roll of HP5+.
i5581 i5583i5585I still needed a bike for uni so i got curious and checked out all bikes that were for sale. Most dealers sold theirs for about 80-150€ and an hour later i was pretty disappointed and about to give up when i spotted a friendly-looking family that was selling all kinds of lovely, used stuff and also this beautiful Peugeot bike. We talked a bit and they told me that they had had it serviced just a couple of days ago. I told them i would need some cheap but good bike for riding to college and back and so they sold it to me for 30€. Yay!i5591Some people just like to attract attention, while others prefer to stay unobtrusive.
i5596As a walked around i came across this beautiful installation of urban art and took a shot.
i5597I took a step forward to frame the pigeon in flight when suddenly a second one came out of nowhere.
i5598A sandstone wall.i5604 i5606 i5608

i5619Dumping some stuff at the recycling depot.

i5621 i5622Cool hair. And check out that happy dog!i5630 i5638 i5639i5641In the first semester, we have to take all the 10 courses that you can major in, just to get an impression of what each course is about and to get to know the wide range of “design”. Well, guess im not gonna be an illustrator.
i5642i5649 i5650Didn’t know we have that here now.i5651By the time im writing this post, summers all gone and all that it left is a layer of depressing grey shit.i5652

i5654Check out my beautiful bathroom tiles! This is a roll of kodak ektar shot with the Konica Hexar.

i5656Nothing special about this frame, im just really really happy that im starting to get a grip on scanning the shit out of color negative film, now that im using the coolscan+vuescan combo. Finally, the colors seem to match each other and the images just start to look “right”, with no weird color shifts or so.i5658 i5664Another shooting with Olga.i5668 i5670Evening sun.i5671 i5672Stopped by at the former office. Chris joined and checked out the Zeiss.i5673This is the garage above the soon-to-come darkroom at my uncles place. Were going to turn this place into a complete workshop. First things first, making sure that people feel comfortable.i5674Just some nice colors.i5677Even salad looks great in warm sunlight.i5679 i5682Neustadt Bleichweiher.i5687On my way home from uni.

i5695Wednesdays illustration course. We do all kinds of drawing exercises and projects and hang them on the wall to discuss afterwards.
i5697Starting to note typography in public.i5698 i5699 i5700 i5702 i5706Free beer: tomorrow.
i5708Circles and rectangles and lines.i5709Lunch with the family. Olga and my sisters wearing all the same sneakers by chance.
i5711Andreai5714 i5718At the lab.
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i5733For a walk with the beast, the Fuji GSW and a roll of Fuji pro 160NS (an older roll from summer).

i5735 i5738i5739Random Hamburg frame.

i5745Back in Nuremberg at the Steintribüne, part of the former nazi party rally grounds. People enjoying the weather and the space. Hexar + Ilford Delta 400.
i5747Sunday lunch.
i5748Sunday walk.i5749No comment needed here.
i5751 i5756Since it was a few days before Halloween, we decided to carve some pumpkins in the garden. Step 1: drawing.
i5757Step 2: carving.i5758Step 3: making it durable.i5761 i5762 i5763i5766Father and son.
i5771Thy did some shooting stuff, probably for a website.i5772 i5776Well-arranged posters, german style.
i5781Shot some Tmax 400 for a change, negatives turned out quite underdeveloped (Tmax negs tend to be slightly thinner than trix which is normal, but mine were really too weak this time).

i5783i5785For a walk somewhere.
i5787Julian and Sandra cutting some advert stuff last minute we had design for typography course. Turns out those cutting machines are horrible!i5788Tanja looking fascinated while Nico is doing some card tricksi5789Hes a professional magician actually, how cool is that! We were all watching him doing several tricks in the afternoon break. Thats our professor for illustration in the back.
i5791Dinner with Chris and Stephan, who just came back from Bangkok.
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i5795 i5799People kept asking why i always carry a camera with me. This is on my way home from uni in the evening. She was taking photos of the birds.
i5800Friday morning, introduction course at the sound studio.i5802Whats left from my office.i5805i5813Günter proudly demonstrating his new apple slicer.i5814Winter is here.

 

04/2013: on the streets and on the water

Ongoing changes. I somehow felt like switching to something brighter for the blog during the summer, hope you like it. If not, let me know. Quick and dirty, here are some facts about this entry. Gear: Sold the Lux, bought a CV Nokton. Bought a Fuji 6×9. Found out WP changes this into a pretty nice ASCII ×. Film&Dev: I ran out of Xtol some weeks ago, which is why i decided to experiment a little more like i did some time ago. The classic Trix/Acris/Xtol combo works very very well for me and i think i made my way through it and created a workflow that fits my needs quite perfectly. However i wanted some new experiences with films and developers, also with scanning technique and post. As a result, this entry is packed with mixed bw and color film, coming from different developers and cameras. Some digitals also made it in here somehow. Topics: Mostly random Nuremberg street frames, some family stuff and this years boat trip! Enjoy.
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Starting with some Nuremberg frames. This is the classic Konica Hexar AF + Trix/Xtol combo
Some photographers with nice gear. Quite rare here
At the market
Man reading a paper in the main station hall. Nice ambient light
Some urban architecture/lines/nature stuff. Will probably start working on a series with this topic
Distortion? What distortion?
Two random frames with the Hasselblad. Labdev turned out very nice. Still having hard times scanning color negs
One from a random walk. Kinda little light for ISO 150 in the woods
Acros/Xtol from here
This copy store actually was illuminated with lots of blue and red LED’s which created kind of a creepy atmosphere and so its good that i captured this scene on bw film 🙂
Preparing some skewers for barbecue
We went down to the weekly market later. Not much going on there though
Olga getting herself some candy
As you would think, most of the stuff they sell there is pure industrial manufactured crap
Getting some apples huh?
Back in Nuremberg
That was kinda lucky
Ouch
Some nice old brick facility building. Like the exposure here. Good choice to meter on the highlights
Nice greened Stephanstraße
Had some watermelon later that i thought would look interesting in bw. Some LFI issues i usually read when developing rolls.
Again, more Nuremberg stuff. These are frames from the Leica M6 with my newly acquired Voigtlander 35 Nokton (i sold the Summilux a few months ago. It is an outstanding lens but right now, i A need the money and B can do comfortably with much less). Film is some Kodak Ektar which i bought MANY rolls of when they were on sale couple of months ago (2,xx€/roll). Lab devd
Some shadow play
The better Nuremberg
This store is located right across the police station and sells all kinds of police cloathing and stuff. Weird
This time i was actually glad i had color film INSTEAD of bw with me. Most of the time i am way too lazy to carry a bag with me, so when i go for a walk it depends on whether im feeling bw or color that day
St. Johannis, one of the more beautiful districts here. Crappy 9000f flatbed barely shows all the nice details such as in the top center window
Somewhere in the green
Took this out of my office window. interesting, huh?


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Back to the Hexar. Acros in Rodinal 1+50. Say no to individualism!
So i wandered around here and there as always. Not much going on, i was about to go home again when i realized that this friday and the following saturday, the years biggest and by far nicest flea market was taking place. (afaik it is even the biggest in Germany)
So besides taking some frames, i got myself some nice books
People were selling great stuff
-Dude, what a nice market Lets get those two beers!-
Pray for the dead puppets!
Sry about that
So of course i ran out of film and once more had to buy some ridiculously expensive Delta 100 for about 8€. Devd in Rodinal 1+50 afterwards
Notice the very different tones. I must admit i like them very much
Lost in the crowd
What happened?
So the other day i decided to visit the “China Megacities” exhibition by Christian Höhn. I got there very early and could therefore enojoy the pictures all by myself. Very impressive, huge images.
Oh well yeah this is still the Delta 100, i shot these two manually at about 1/10s.
Later that day, i decided to shoot some frames in the Gostenhof district and however happened to get right into another flea market.
Some poster leftovers that make a nice bw still
So this one was a real backyard flea market. People were hanging balloons outside to indicate that they were selling stuff/coffee/cake or playing music or whatever in their yard. Very nice atmosphere, very relaxed and down-to-earth people. I will definitely be there again next time.
Some other stuff. This is one roll i shot with the great Olympus XA, unspectacular Trix/Xtol combo
Ольга = Olga
it is art. deal with it
Looking at some old family photos at olgas place
Another family dinner
Final dance rehearsals for Andreas and Irinas wedding
Wedding day. Since was not the main photographer (the guy in the pic was) i just took some frames for fun which felt pretty good for a change
I guess all those rolls of exposed film begin to have a distinct influence on my way of seeing things and shooting digitals. Thats probably a good thing


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Here we go: right after the wedding, i headed up to Waren/Müritz, where my aunt and uncle and some good good friends were waiting for me for our (not so) annual 1 week inland water cruise. Just before i took off, i decided to flip the hexar for my tiny reliable XA, which already was my first choice back when we went skiing
This is the little Rechlin harbour where we stayed 2 days in total. Still Trix in the XA. Oh man, regarding the overall image quality (which is fantastic) of such a tiny plastic toyish-looking camera as the olympus really makes me think…
Every afternoon when we arrived at the port where we stayed for the night, Heinrich and i sat on deck, checked mails an wrote blog posts. Before i forget, this year i set up a blogspot for our tour. You can find all entries containing these pics here and all the digitals i shot + the long story version here (german)
Heinrich teaching some knot making stuff
Our baby
Im only gonna post a few of the digitals here. Those were taken with my 5DII and a 50mm 1.4 lens. This was the actual sunset in Rechlin.
Somehow i managed to bump the lens somewhere which resulted in a minor crack in the filter + the glass is half-loose now. Its still good to use and the image quality is of course not affected at all, but thats exactly the only reason to use filters (or at least uv filters)
Helmsman Heinrich
Improvising
Günter swimming in the 13°C (we checked that later online) cold lake
Its always kinda tricky with kayakers beside you inside a sluice
So my aunt had this super snuggly fur blanket thing
That i like
Freedom
Since i only had two rolls of Trix, i shot at f16 most of the time, so focusing was needless for most frames
Günter and the water, the never-ending story
Man i really shouldve taken a 24mm lens. Since i shoot 35mm most of the time, the 50mm EF suddenly feels too close for most scenes. This is a stitch out of about 15 single images (you may wanna google ‘brenizer method’ to see how its done correctly)
Some water close-ups for the ongoing series i started last time. The 5D got pretty wet here. But the prices one pays for heavy gear have to pay off at some point. So when your stuff is labeled as rugged, you actually are supposed to use it as such
Back in Nuremberg
Last Trix frame
We had a picnic in the park. This is Kentmere 100 in Rodinal 1+25 for a change. My first Kentmere ever actually. Cheap price, smooth smooth tones, great stuff!
Dudes hanging out
Erlangen Bergkirchweih. That was the first Saturday, Chris and i went there over the day to have lunch. After that, 2 weeks of heavy rain followed. Lol
So we had a slushy and watched some local politician giving interviews and autographs, always being photographed by some protog. I took a quick shot of him while chris (top right corner) casually watched the scene and enjoyed his drink.
Family stuff, Steffi being classy as always.
Nelly was busy with her snacks most of the time
Nice light
Exploring the garden
Andrea inspecting the little pond
Random berlin frame
Ok i admit, i got myself another camera after selling some stuff on the bay. I always wanted to try out 6×9 medium format and after some weeks of research i made a great deal on a Fuji GSW690III. The S means it is a super-wide with not a 90mm but a 65mm f/5.6 amazing fujinon lens. Here are some random frames from the first roll of Fuji Pro 160NS which the lab devd. I scanned with the 9000f, which of course handles mf negs WAY better then 35mm strips because, well because those are some big ass negatives.
more to come!