Schlagwort: Ilford Delta 100

02/2015: Red chairs

I haven’t had much time for the blog lately, so this post was queuing for quite a while now, several months actually. In case you notice something weird in some frames, thats actual snow, which dates the image back to last winter. I’m currently right in the middles of semester 4 of Design study and as always working on several projects at the same time. Quick overview: New CI for “Türkisch-Deutsches Filmfestival Nürnberg” in typo class, a book about fonts in graphic class and several small photo projects to topics such as “home” and “rituals” for photo class.

Some of the photo projects will soon be on the website which im currently updating with new images. Also im working on several portfolios for application stuff. This post also contains some of these soon to be published works, as well as some commission stuff and of course lots of private stuff and uni stuff. Since there are some hundreds of pics waiting for the next post, its about time this on gets released, so have fun scrolling through some pics.

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Good morning.

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sad days.

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At the museum.

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Im not a friend of exploiting the homeless or poor but i like to analyse public life in its entirety. Notice all those people rushing to work or doing shopping or getting home to their loved ones while this homeless man is sleeping on the ground. This is a very common scene in every big city i guess, still sad.

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Taking a break.

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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.

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Cruisin around the Dutzendteich.

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On the menue: Nothing.

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Returning empty beer cartons.

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August Critical Mass Nürnberg.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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!

03/2014: Among friends

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

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i7491_HEXAR_POR400_RODINALThese are some random shots from the Konica Hexar AF and a roll of Porst 400 color negative film. Yes, color. But since i ran out of C-41 chemicals and i didnt want to spend money on getting a single roll of cheap film developed, i browsed the internets for alternative dev methods. Turns out that you actually can develop C-41 film in BW Chemicals (i did not know that). So long story short, i developed the film in Rodinal 1+100 for a good 60 minutes @ 20°C. Seems like this combo will develope just EVERY negative film more or less correctly.
i7495_HEXAR_POR400_RODINALThis film is already several months old, so i pretty much forgot about everything i captured with it. Some frames would have looked very nice in color i guess. Generally, when shooting color, i tend to focus on different things like an elegant combination of , yes, colors and a moody composition. With b&w, its more about light and shadows and geometric structures. So these are the frames that i think work good as monochromes too.
i7498_HEXAR_POR400_RODINALYou may notice the subtle accentuated grain.
i7500_HEXAR_POR400_RODINALIm also still having trouble with bromide drag (the lighter areas on the bottom of some frames) which is caused by too little agitation of the developer (stand development). But besides this and the massive grain explosion, the tonal range is rediculously good imo. This is Olgas former school building.
i7512_HEXAR_POR400_RODINALAnd this is a photowalk with Chris.
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i7524_HEXAR_POR400_RODINALAcross to my everyday bike route to uni. End of grain.
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i7533_M6_TRIX_XTOLMy uncles garage.
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i7538_M6_TRIX_XTOLSemester break and my day off from work. So this morning, Olga had to scrap the car windows.
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i7542_M6_TRIX_XTOLFirst photowalk with Stephan.
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i7544_M6_TRIX_XTOLAwesome weather.
i7545_M6_TRIX_XTOLI like that.
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i7550_M6_TRIX_XTOLSomething going on.
i7551_M6_TRIX_XTOLStephans Olympus OM-2n with a 50mm rokkor. Besides Nikon F series one of the most elegant slr cameras imo.
i7554_M6_TRIX_XTOLGreat light on the top floor of a car park near Opera house.
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i7558_M6_TRIX_XTOLMy sister came for a visit, classy as always.
i7563_M6_TRIX_XTOLNeighborhood.
i7564_M6_TRIX_XTOLBack home.
i7565_M6_TRIX_XTOL-2Working on the soon-to-be darkroom. Before cleaning everything, connecting water supplies and making all windows and doors light-proof, we had to get rid of some old metal shelves and wooden tables.
i7569_M6_TRIX_XTOLReady to head to the recycling depot.
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i7581_M6_TRIX_XTOL-2Good memories.
i7583_M6_TRIX_XTOL-2“Closing hour for Fürth only – Nürnberg likes to party.” Wtf.
i7587_M6_TRIX_XTOL-2The other day, Andreas and Irina finally became parents, so we came for a visit. This is Mike with his aunt Olga.
i7589_M6_TRIX_XTOLFoggy work day.
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i7595_M6_TRIX_XTOLBeautiful house wall somewhere in Nürnberg.
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i7601_M6_TRIX_XTOLPicked up Michi for a photo session.
i7603_M2_K100_XTOLBefore shooting, we had some coffee and tea in Michis and Jankas beauftyfully secluded backyard. Switchig to the Leica M2 with C-Biogon and Kentmere 100 here.
i7602_M2_K100_XTOLMichi shoots a sweet Nikon FM with some older 35mm AF nikon lens.
Scan-140319-0002After riding around and taking some snapshots we decided to enjoy the late afternoon sun a bit more.
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i7615_M2_K100_XTOLBEFORE: Zeiss C-Biogon 35mm f/2.8
i7616_M2_K100_XTOLAFTER: Jupiter-12 35mm f/2.8. I got a new lens to use on the M2 since i do not want to switch the Zeiss from one M to the other all the time. But since im studying again im kind of on a budget and so i kept looking for a cheap alternative to 35mm cv/zeiss/leica lenses. In the end i bought a J-12 for 60€ and a ltm->m adapter for about 20€. See the difference in quality compared to the Zeiss shot? Yeah, me neither. The frames tend to get soft towards the corners and its pretty prone to flare. In the center area, its tack sharp. And hey, this is a 35mm M-mount lens for about 80€!
i7619_M2_K100_XTOLFirst real life test.
i7620_M2_K100_XTOLNurses and caregivers demonstrating against the very poor conditions in health care.
i7625_M2_K100_XTOLThe next weekend, we visited Andi and Irina and their newborn.
i7627_M2_K100_XTOLThe happy parents + Mike in chillout mode.
i7630_M2_K100_XTOLBeing curious.
i7632_M2_K100_XTOLFor another walk. Eugen looking enthusiastic.
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i7635_M2_K100_XTOLSmooth light.
i7637_M2_K100_XTOLGoing home. About 1/4s through the car window.
i7639_M2_K100_XTOLSo this is the J-12, a pretty solid bakelite lens. What looks kind of dull here is actually the front lens coating which is either yellow, blue, purple or whatever, depending on the manufacturer that produced the lens (several russian factories used to produce jupiter lenses back then). Focusing is easy, although i think im going to make a little focusing knob with a simple zip tie. (UPDATE: Done, works like a charm!) Changing the aperture (which is NON-click!) is somewhat fiddly as the inner ring has to be turned and it only protrudes slightly from the focusing barrel. I love it.
i7642_M2_ACROS_XTOLSunshine means Acros! My very first roll this year. Shot with M2 and the Jupiter.
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i7648_M2_ACROS_XTOLStructures.
i7649_M2_ACROS_XTOLGetting ready for the summer season.
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i7651_M2_ACROS_XTOL
i7654_M2_ACROS_XTOLManual focus ftw.
i7658_M2_ACROS_XTOLVisited my mother. They turned the studio into a small workplace to teach art classes.
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i7661_M2_ACROS_XTOL
i7664_M2_ACROS_XTOLJust like the light here.
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i7669_M2_ACROS_XTOLThe other day, we exhibited our portfolios at uni. A lot of curious young students and parents came to get a little insight on the faculties work and how the application process for design studies is organized. Stephan mounting some of his photographs.
i7671_M2_ACROS_XTOLDominik and Kerim, two of our great illustrators, were occupied by young wannabe-artists the whole time.
i7674_M2_ACROS_XTOLSimon and his shirt #1.
i7676_M2_ACROS_XTOLMinimal stuff.
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i7678_M2_ACROS_XTOLI finally managed to install the kitchen clock since olga bothered my for weeks. I think it looks nice up there.

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

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i7683_M6_TRIX_XTOLNext day, after work cig. M6, trix, xtol btw.
i7686_M6_TRIX_XTOLSome construction stuff at one of my favorite restaurants. They installed some huge light tubes that create a very ambient scene.
i7687_M6_TRIX_XTOLDidn’t know that.
i7688_M6_TRIX_XTOLFirst day of the second semester! Michi and Max in the center.
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i7689_M6_TRIX_XTOLProf. Vetter welcoming the students.
i7691_M6_TRIX_XTOLAfter the official part, the redesigned community room was opened to the students, which means beer and nice talks.
i7692_M6_TRIX_XTOL
i7694_M6_TRIX_XTOLBasically this.
i7696_M6_TRIX_XTOLSimon and his shirt #2.
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i7699_M6_TRIX_XTOLPrinting some portfolio stuff for photography class.
i7700_M6_TRIX_XTOLTypo class.
i7701_M6_TRIX_XTOLOur sparce “dining room”. Temporarily.
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i7713_M6_TRIX_XTOLVerdi strike in Nürnberg.
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i7715_M6_TRIX_XTOLi7755_M6_DDELTA100_HC110Switching to Delta 100.
i7756_M6_DDELTA100_HC110i7757_M6_DDELTA100_HC110i7758_M6_DDELTA100_HC110i7759_M6_DDELTA100_HC110Later, the people walked through the city with banners and posters.
i7760_M6_DDELTA100_HC110Escorted by the police.i7762_M6_DDELTA100_HC110I documented some suff along the way.i7763_M6_DDELTA100_HC110Some people watched the spectacle with interesti7764_M6_DDELTA100_HC110While others just didnt even take a note.i7766_M6_DDELTA100_HC110Crossing a big steet. Awesome Delta tones here.

i7717_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLStudio Eins again. Our class organized a get together+party+exhibition. So everybody had to bring some pieces of recent work to frame and mount. I documented with M2+J12+Trix@1600.
i7718_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLStephan, Simona and Katy blackening some old frames with markers.
i7719_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLThen we went shopping. Stephan got some cord and small clothespins to arrange our prints on the wall.
i7720_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLThe face of pure happiness!
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i7725_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLHanging out.
i7727_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLEmma giving her best.
i7728_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLAfter we turned the lights off and switched to fiesta mode, this was like my only light source to take some pictures.
i7729_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLWhich did not work very well. In scenes like these i really miss the extra stops of a summilux or nokton.
i7731_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLWe also painted some mannequin parts. Basti took a snap with his phone, so i could take a decent frame of busty Christian right when his flash popped.
i7732_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLStephan also designed two skateboard decks with black & white paint and matching markers. I like how the different layers actually separate from each other for they were hardly visible in that little light.
i7733_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLFog machine kicking in.
i7735_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLBasti, Stephans roommate. Damn it was dark. Katy and Malena took some digitals with ISO 6400 lol.
i7736_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLSome of our artworks.
i7739_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLLater, Stephan and Anselm started tagging the door. I had to leave soon after because i picked up Olga at trainstation. She was in Berlin for a week with art history class.
i7741_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLIn the studio. Klaus showing us how to use the generators for the flashes.
i7743_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLAnd also the huge dev machine for PE-prints in the darkroom.
i7745_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLFriday night, photography practice class. 1/8s here.
i7746_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLWhat you dont see every day at the super market. Decent tones for a 1600 trix.
i7748_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLNext vernissage at K4 Künstlerhaus. Faculties photography class graduation works.
i7749_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLGreat pictures and also impressive companion volumes and photo books.
i7751_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLFranzi, ready to go home for the weekend. The trainstation is right across the street.
i7752_M2_TRIX1600_XTOL
i7753_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLFree movie posters? Cool, better take all of them!
i7754_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLArtsy talk ?

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

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

06/2013: in transition

Things keep changing continuously. Uni started a week ago and i feel that for my head its not a common thing to switch from a serious and conventional full-time job “back” to a very impulsive and unbound way of living. This is kind of a complex and ongoing process that is not just limited on my work life and 8-to-5 schedule but rather has a distinct influence on my way of dealing with unfamiliar situations, my social behaviour and my self-perception in general. This is going to be a completely new chapter, its stories i will begin to share in the next post. Right now, we’ll be sucking in new impressions until our noses bleed.
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Here are some of the last pictures from before this period, August and September. All 35mm b/w film from the M2/C-Biogon combo. Oh and also this is the last batch of pics scanned with the Canoscan 9000f flatbed. More on that in the next entry too. This guide/method/tricks thing for the Canoscan + Silverfast workflow is still going to happen of course. To the pics:

i5180This post starts in summer and ends in autumn. Summer = acros time. i5181 i5184 i5185Olga wanted some digital frames. I prefer the classic film results.

i5188 i5190 i5191 i5192Why push when you can use 100 iso? We went to meet Christina and Fabian at some barbecue. Fabian is one of my former study collegues (like Chris). They are currently working on their master thesis while i dropped out after our first degree last year. i5193Family time = quality time. Steffi with a new hairstyle (like every 2 weeks or so). i5196And a smashed phone (like every 4 weeks or so). i5198Laughing about some silly stories. i5206So. The subtenant that rented my uncles garage basement for several years left and theres lots of room space available. Like A LOT.  So i came up with the idea of building up a complete darkroom. The basement is still pretty dusty and dirty but ill fix that. Running water + electricity + tables + shelves check!

i5197 i5213Daniel, who came from Stuttgart for my beloved M6 and the CV Nokton. Very nice dude. Since im currently shooting with M2 and Hexar, the black M6 had to go. Im quite happy that it is now in the hands of a user as enthusiastic about film as i am. i5216Nuremberg love. Btw Kentmere 100 here. i5217 i5218Goodbye party für Max, who is currently spending a semster in Washington. More great people. i5219 i5221The guys. i5222Back at the station. People were surprised by sudden heavy rainfall. i5225 i5226 i5232Pretty girl + Olga blocking the frame while making faces. i5236 i5238If only people would be able to bond this easily… i5239 i5241 i5245 i5246

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i5261 i5263Sweet nex with toy puppy. Delta 100 from here. i5264Lined up Playmobil figures. i5267 i5268Some stuff going on outside the office. i5269One of our decent office rooms in Erlangen. Shut down by the end of the year. Kinda sad. i5271Oh well, election year! From left to right: shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit. Now go make your cross! i5272Hide and seek. i5273Generations. Going through some old negs i come to remember that i have been liking Deltas tones ever since, it was just my developing technique that was not exactly a perfect match for the film. Now that i soup it with HC-110 it looks like its unleashing its full power. i5274 i5276 i5277Baked with love. i5278My sister not being enthusiastic about getting photographed. What a shame, she looks so pretty! i5279 i5281Olga checking out the REALLY important stuff. i5282 i5286More barbecue. It does not always have to be that big bloody piece of meat. i5289Uli in the garden. It is the most beautiful, secluded spot of nature i know. And its where the darkroom will be set up, yay. Back to Kentmere 100 + Rodinal 50 btw. i5293 i5295At the Erlangen town hall square. Acting chancellor Angela Merkel and bavarian prime minister Horst Seehofer held a speech in front of the people, due to the current election campaign. Since i dont care about their populist hypocrisies i was more interested in the people watching the show. i5298 i5303Better view from up there. i5304 i5305What a cute little buddy. i5311 i5312 i5313My thoughts while listening to the speakers blah blah. i5314i5316
i5320Critical area ahead. i5322 i5325A random roll of HP5+ with random stuff i came across lately. HC-110.
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i5332 i5336Structures i5337 i5343Some flea market. Mostly trash. Some interesting people though. i5344 i5345This guy seemed like he made a good deal on, well, on lots of stuff. i5346 i5352Photographing the photographer 1 i5353Photographing the photographer 2 i5354 i5360My sister was moving in together with her boyfriend. We packed some stuff for the new apartment. i5362This is a rather uncommon combination of Ilford XP2 in Rodinal. Worked out nice somehow.i5364 i5365The happy couple. i5371Lunch with my father. The last days of a nice (but obviously too short) warm summer season. i5374 i5375At the Germanic National Museum. i5376 i5385Smooth evening light. i5386 i5389Another festival already? i5391I was not less surprised. i5393Wedding shoot with audience.i5401 i5402Chris came over for a snack. Thats his happy face.

i5405 i5410A couple of talks and phone calls later (thanks to Oliver) i met with Stefan, who went fully digital a while ago and thus was selling all his darkroom stuff. Very cool guy, we had a nice little talk about his exhibs and gear. So in the end i got all this darkroom equip here. A nice solid LPL enlarger with a color head and some boxes full of misc stuff.

i5431Autumn Volksfest.

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i5435A very random frame. This is a roll of Fuji Neopan 400. I didnt like the roll devd with Rodinal in the last blog post very much. This one i did with HC-110 and it turned out nicely imo.
i5437One day, we went to Frankfurt because Olga wanted to check out the primark store and had been bugging me with this for weeks. Dunno, its a girl thing i suppose, kinda like UK’s H&M or something. So while Olga and Tanja were out of control on their shopping spree, i decided to have some coffee and shoot some pictures. Some election campaign stuff here.
i5441Shitty weather, rain and wind. Looks good on b/w film though.
i5442Look how happy they are now!
i5445 i5446Lost dude.

i5447More election stuff.

i5448Looks like a great way to explore the city and to kiss the asphalt.

i5449 i5451 i5454Lost snack.

i5456Back home.
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i5457Fall
i5460This frame i accidentally overexposed a few stops, or, as the pros say, i shot it at EI 200 for a better tonal range.

i5465We visited Hamburg for a weekend. Our Hotel was right in the St. Pauli district. Pros: Super cool people and surroundings to shoot, very very clean and modern hotel rooms (didnt expect that did you) and a very central location. Cons: Almost impossible to find a parking lot.
i5466I was very fascinated by the place (my first time in Hamburg) so i started shooting right away before we even had checked in.
i5467These Hamburg frames are pretty much a very loose mix of street, still and plain documentation images, so dont mind.

i5473The next morning at the train station. Time for trix power.
i5474 i5475 i5476Visiting the Kunsthalle. Free admittance for Olga since shes an art history student. No love for engineers or wannabe designers. Magical light in the museum foyer.
i5478 i5480 i5483Strange dude getting some bird love.
i5484 i5487Jungfernstieg

i5488 i5489 i5491Random stuff.
i5498 i5499 i5500 i5505St. Pauli Landungsbrücken
i5506Speicherstadt
i5507 i5508And thats that.

05/2013: “I think you should keep doing that as a hobby.”

Oh boy its another template again! I cant help it. To be honest im not even sorry. I just  love to play with css. Whatever. This post will be rather personal than other ones, for reasons. Lots of pictures about family stuff of course. But also some stories about my work life or profession or whatever you may call it. You know that feeling when you go to work everyday and it feels ok? Not great, just ok. You do it because you can, because you get paid for it, because its comfortable. You just function and do stuff and you tell yourself “well it may not be what i dreamt of but a time will come. Be realistic. Whats to grumble about? Just be patient and wait” You know that feeling? Well i do. And there came a point where i asked myself “Wait? wait for what?” And for some reason i could not answer that question. That was back when i made the decision to apply to college again. People i told about this noticed “oh nice, so youre going to get your engineering masters degree?” and i answered “well, not exactly.”
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More on that in the post itself. This one contains much text, dont freak out. You can of course skip my confession writing ego trip stuff and just look at the pictures.

i4841Starting with some casual Südstadt frames. This is the Hexar, loaded with Ilford Delta 400. Mid-speed films shot in bright sunlight tend to give hard contrasts anyway, so i decided to push it a little more and souped the roll in Rodinal 1+25.

i4842As expected, contrast is dominating. However the tones are really nice in most frames.

i4844This was in mid-June. People demonstrating for Taksim. If youre not that familiar with the topic you might wanna check out this documentary from Simon Becker, who was right there in Istanbul and captured some intensive moments when things started to escalate.

i4846 i4847 i4855At some flea market.

i4856Cigarette

i4858 i4859I know its boring but i just like these kinds of structures and patterns, plus the grain is really nice. Only two years to get a clean, even negative.

i4860 i4863One for the former smoker-me.

i4865 i4867So after weeks of rain and depressive dark days the weather got better again. Finally.

i4870Some factory building outside Neustadt.

i4873What remains.

i4874Since it was midseason, we decided to pick some strawberries. “Some” somehow became 3 kilograms.

i4876So each of us got a bucket with about 1,5kg of strawberries. That was literally all i ate the entire weekend.

i4877Some pickers in the background.

i4889Remember?

i4891This is Fuji Neopan 400 in Rodinal 1+50.

i4892So we had some fun time shopping. Except that i didnt.

i4896 i4897As soon as it started to rain, people start running for cover, which i always find kind of amusing. This guy didnt seem to care about this wuzz at all.

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i4908Opposites.

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i4914Another sunday morning flea market with cute puppies!

i4915 i4918Later that weekend, lunch at my uncles place. Checking out the pictures of our boat trip some weeks ago.

Coburg. Next roll. Kentmere 400 in Xtol.

Sign on the left says “Frankonia! Apprentice stabs cousin to death at party!” So thats whats going down here. Were pretty mad people. Well, not really.

What an adventure!

Random

My mother in the studio. Thinking of stuff.

Gerhard was busy with some car repair stuff.

Some random frames.

i4922Guys taking some snaps of two parked Audi R8.

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i4931Brake fluid, pants and shirts, thrown away like regular waste. People suck sometimes.

i4932Yeah, you guessed right. Acros 100, Xtol, Hexar AF.

i4935 i4936Wondering what they are looking at…

i4938Skater guy with sweet skater scars.

i4939i4940A poster for the annual academy of fine arts students exhibition. This was actually just a reminder because i was way to lazy to use my phone.

i4942 i4943 i4945-2This roll of film has seen the inside of a camera before.
i4947 i4948Challenge accepted!

i4949 i4953Stopped by at fotomax for some camera strap, all they got are these sun-sniper kind of things. Pretty usable for your big DSLR, but damn ugly. This guy is testing some equipment right outside the store.

i4955Südstadt, my favorite greengrocer.

i4956 i4959I wonder what i looks like from inside.

i4960 i4964Finishing the roll.

i4966-2So the other day i felt like shooting some street with the Rolleiflex. Since i recently bought some rolls of Efke 25 i loaded the little gem and went for a walk. Sry about the border across the frame in the top area, that is from an obviously misaligned glass i put on top of the negatives. Helps a lot with flatness though.

i4969-525ASA shoots surprisingly well hand-held.

i4974-10 i4975-11Ok, not so street-ish, but wow at those tones the efke produces!

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Back to 35mm. Back to Leica. Except that it is not the M6. Actually it was a rather impulsive decision, but the other day i spotted a really good deal for a recently CLA’d M2 with a superb black Zeiss C-Biogon. I immediately thought to myself “this is the real thing!” and just went for it. Since i got the Hexar i dont use the M6 as frequently as i used to, so i thought, why not give it a try. (Plus the deal was really really good. The body is a real user but with fresh service, the lens is new)

i4985Oh yeah and another thing: Since i ran out of Xtol i was in the mood of playing around with something new, so i bought a bottle of Kodak HC-110 which here in Europe comes as very highly concentrated syrup in a 1l bottle. It is recommended to make a 1+3 stock solution for better handling. That means, it is way easier to measure and pour correctly from A to B. Plus your bottles and scales will be easier to clean because the stock does not stick to it like the syrup does (it really does, feels like maple syrup or honey so make sure to clean all your stuff really good to get rid of possible residues from the developer.)

i4986So these are some frames from the M2 with C-Biogon, Fuji Acros in HC-110. People dancing for some reason.

i4991Cute little fellow.

i4992 i5009 i5003Made me think of this. Nice tattoos though!

i5005So we had some lunch when these guys passed by.

i4979HC-100: great tones. C-Biogon: great rendering and smoooooth bokeh.

i5002 i4977 i4995Well heres another story: as mentioned above, i applied at Nuremberg University. Not for Engineering but for Design (with photography being a major subject ofc). I have had this crazy idea in my mind about becoming a designer/photographer/writer/whatever creative stuff since a long time, but somewhere along the way it got lost. Until now. So as i said, at some point, i told myself “just go and try it, you have nothing to lose. They could turn you down, thats all. PS: Youre a pussy if you dont do it!” It was back in march when i took this decision and so i had some time to select some pieces, write some documentation stuff and design my portfolio (which i never did before). I handed in the folder in may.

perlen4erSince im not necessarily an award-winning drawer, i put together a collection of small series of both analog and digital pictures i took in the last years. This here is a cycle of 4 abstract water stills i took about a year ago.

seatbelt1 seatbelt2More abstract stuff from another series.

seatbelt3All the analog stuff i handed in is featured in previous blog posts: some street shots from Nuremberg train station and from Paris as well as some stills from Prien am Chiemsee and from a walk in the woods. So im not gonna show that again.

i4978About a month later i recieved a letter from the college saying that my portfolio was approved and that i was invited to the qualifying examinations in july. That was when i slowly started getting nervous. So july came and i took the tests, here is some of the stuff we had to do. Day 1: written exam, designing a bookcover and drawing a storyboard.

i4990Day 2: Photography (actually we had to choose between drawing, photography and filming. Not so hard choice for me). Prof Jostmeier gave us a quick early morning briefing on the topic and the time schedule in the photo studio. I was torn between throwing up from anxiety and the urge to document this. We were all just nervous as hell but somehow i still wanted to capture this moment, knowing that it would be very intense and unique. Well, for me at least. Its always personal after all.

i4998So after several hours of shooting we returned to the college and had some time for selecting, post production and for writing a down some lines about our approach on the topic.

i4916The topic for photographers was “Zeitspiegel//Spiegelzeit” which means something like “time//reflection”. These are three of the images i submitted.

i4925 i4998i5000Girls viewing their portfolios. i5000 btw. Way to go. After we had finished the drawing/picture taking/filming part, we got back our folders and waited for an individual talk with one of the professors. In the end, those two days went pretty good and its again time to wait for a response. If you have questions about the whole process of application or about specific tasks, feel free to drop me a note.

i4984Ok, back to normal life. Later that day, i had a look at the annual student exhib i mentioned before. As always, very interesting stuff and great people.

i5006 i5010Guy taking pictures of some of the installations.

i4987 i4996Time to lay back and just relax. Finally!

i5016Last roll with the M6. Ektar, labdev. Its like in the wild nature.

i5023 i5034Whats wrong?

i5046 i5048Some stuff going on at Nuremberg castle.

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i5054Some regular bw again. M2, Kentmere 100 in Rodinal.
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i5055These papers looked kind of scientific, weird deja-vu.

i5057We decided to have a small barbecue. Dont mind the very blown-out highlights here, still fighting with crappy Silverfast SE.

i5059I live on the 2nd floor, so i just dropped a cable out of the living room window to power my macbook (old Simpsons episodes!) Well, its just a very dull backyard…

i5060 i5064 i5067Hey buddy!

i5069 i5071I remember that on this day, it was incredibly hot outside, like 35°C. I walked around for half an hour in the sun and was completely exhausted. She probably felt the same.

i5074 i5077This was about those 2 guys inside the store checking out some instruments. Worked out great. Yeah.

i5079 i5081 i5083 i5085Probably the best thing to do on this day.

i5091Some more Acros stuff.

i5095So the summer came and it came like a punch in the face! We decided to spend that sunday at the lake.

i5097Still funny that some people didnt seem to care about the outside temps at all.

i5099At the annual Classical Open Air, which takes place in the nice spacious Luitpoldhain park here in Nuremberg. Sun was already gone and there i stood with my 100 ISO film.

i5100That was around 8pm, most people had occupied the place hours ago. Acros rules here.

i5102I remember when i was at the Open Air some years ago with my girflfriend at the time, it was not that crowded and we could easily find a comfy place for our blanket an hour before the start. Here, everything you see from the foreground to the trees in the very background is actually people listening to the concert. Ridiculously overrun. The week after i read in the paper that there were some 75k people in the audience that night.

i51041/8th.

i5105There was a glitch in the matrix.

i5106 i5107Let the nature in!

i5113 i5114Some weird stuff again at the train station.

i5115 i5117This one is about nothing specific i think.

i5119Curious kid.

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i5128The next weekend, Chris joined our little hangout behind the building. This is the smoothest roll of Delta 100 i shot since ever. M2/Zeiss again.

i5130Spent the day at the outdoor bath. I really love Delta in HC-100 at the moment, it just gives some exceptional tones imo.

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i5133Later that day, i went to this years showman/singer/songwriter festival, called “Bardentreffen”. That means hundreds of musicians and artists, music, shows and food all over the place.

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i5139i5140Somebody had too much chili.

i5141 i5142So after one more day at the pool, i went to the festival again to take some more snapshots. when i later looked at the negatives i noticed that the lens (actually the filter in front of it, came with the M2), had gotten very smudgy from sun lotion or something, which added a nice summilux-like glowing look to about 12 frames of that roll.

i5143 i5144 i5145Kid playing the violin + glowing highlights from the dirty lens.

i5147 i5148 i5150Some musicians passed by. I wonder what they needed that for. Probably to party hard.

i5153 i5154i5155The only acceptable Mini. End of glowing frames here.

i5151Some small pieces of art my mother sold recently.

i5158 i5159 i5161 i5162Police freshmen getting in touch with the people.

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i5164I did some adjustments on my hybrid workflow as well, meaning that i changed my scanning method and got rid of those toyish plastic canon film strip holders. I cut some cardboard masks to be able to place the strips correctly and directly on the ground glass. Then i put a plate of glass on top which i got from some picture framing. The results are decent and also slightly sharper then with the film holder. Plus i can do this: digital contact prints of the entire roll (PS stitched of course). This is pretty neat to learn something about your metering and your general style of shooting. So here is the contact sheet of aboves Delta frames. You can clearly see that frames 14, 28 and 33 are underexposed, 1 and 29 are overexposed. Frames like 4, 11, 13, 15 already show a great tonal range (this is a completely untouched scan). Dirty lens from frames 16 to 27. Since i also did a little more experimenting with the process in Silverfast and the post production in LR and PS, i will probably set up a separate post on this topic the discuss all this stuff in detail. Let me know if youre interested. So whats important here: contact sheets -> great tool to review your work.

Ill make a cut here and push the next 5 rolls to the next post since this one is getting longer and longer.

i4883To conclude this post, a quick still of the new old workhorse.

Oh yeah, the college story. So after another month i finally recieved a letter from the university in august. It said that i made it through the qualification tests and that i have been approved. Some day later i went to the college office and handed in my matriculation files. About a week ago (mid august) i got the universities final confirmation. Wow. This autumn, im going back to college. Not for what is reasonable and appropriate, but for what i love to do.

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