Schlagwort: Ilford Delta 400

01/2014: Between the years

This is the rest of 2013 and what happened in november and december. All 35mm, all b&w film. Have fun!
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i5821One bad thing about winter, it gets dark at about 4pm. i5848Neustadt > Nuremberg. Konica Hexar AF, Trix @ 1600 in HC-110. i5845I did some experimenting that resulted in a pretty long dev time. So, harsh contrasts = bad tonal range = dense negs = massive grain. i5831 i5829 i5823Reading. i5865Two shots from a roll of regular Tri-X- Ida in class.i5887i5893 i5894Erlangen night.i5895 i5901Having coffee at our grandmas place. i5899Just as one would imagine it.i5907 i5911 i5916-2Mother and daughter.i5917Coffee break?i5925 i5930Stephan is mostly shooting new APX 400 these days that he was gifted, so i got curious and shot a roll too. Prof. Schopper during film class, discussing our commercial projects. i5933X. So, APX in the Hexar, Rodinal 1+25. i5935More illustration stuff.i5939 i5940Wednesday nights graphic design class.i5942The next day, we decided so shoot some quick footage stuff for our commercial to replace our animatic. Way faster and way more flexible.i5943 i5945Fresh paint WALLS! i5947Now thats a real camera.i5952End of a romance? i5954I like how his jacket matches the needles and the trash can matches the booths. Just geeky stuff…i5957 i5958Funny scene.i5962 i5963He passed by running and i noticed his broken briefcase in the blink of an eye. Quite a close call, but that kind of is what all this is about.i5964 i6965Another Tri-X @ 1600, still a tiny bit too warm, but were getting there…i6970 i6971Actually, i like the Christkindlesmarkt, tough it gets very very crowded as soon as it gets dark. But its a great spot for getting to know and taking photos of interesting people. i6974 i6975Lost pug.i6977K4 darkroom, where ill probably hang out more often soon.i6978Waitingi6979Movingi6981And more waiting againi6982 i6983i6989Santa and his puppy? need a cig break too.i6993 i6994Next round.i6998This was supposed to be about the font.i6999 i7004Regular Tri-Xi7005Getting some supplies.i7006Back at uni. Michi, who is a professional sports photographer, was quite surprised by how quick and silent the Hexar is. Guess he’ll have to get one since he’s looking for a everyday camera and its just a badass camera. i7007Discussing some ideas for our podcast. i7008Michis D700 with some older 35 nikon lens.i7012Tanja, always being curious.i7016I dont even know who took this one.i7022Ludwig drawing.i7023Max working on his “Typemonster”, which is like a character built only with letters and numbers, and then animated and then composed.i7024Stephan and i decided to scan some of his rolls from last summer instead.i7025Emmai7028Nico impressing the girls and Jonas recording the card-flipping with some 1000fps App. i7030Sebastiani7033 i7039Finishing i7040_M6_CBIO_HP5_1600_HC110Guess what. Got me an M6 again. Tadaaa. Chrome one with MP lever. Ran out of film and bought some cheapo HP5+ at the store (=7.95€ lol) for the night. @1600 in HC-110. I waited for Stephan to pick me up for a vernissage.
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i7042_M6_CBIO_HP5_1600_HC110 i7043_M6_CBIO_HP5_1600_HC110Several pieces from current and graduating students were merged to this big exhibition.i7044_M6_CBIO_HP5_1600_HC110This left wall shoes selected pieces of analog photography and experiments with film from the 2nd semester. It was interesting too see what we will be doing in spring. One year from now, this could be our exhib.i7046_M6_CBIO_HP5_1600_HC110.jpg i7048_M6_CBIO_HP5_1600_HC110Besides framed work, there was a load of great photo books to read.i7050_M6_CBIO_HP5_1600_HC110 i7053_M6_CBIO_HP5_1600_HC110Dinner with Olgas family. i7058_M6_CBIO_HP5_1600_HC110 i7060_M6_CBIO_HP5_1600_HC1101i7061_M6_CBIO_HP5_1600_HC1102i7062_M6_CBIO_HP5_1600_HC1103i7069_M6_CBIO_HP5_1600_HC110We played some poker later.i7070_M6_CBIO_HP5_1600_HC110 i7072_M6_CBIO_HP5_1600_HC110 i7073_M6_CBIO_HP5_1600_HC110 i7075_M6_CBIO_HP5_1600_HC110 i7077_M6_CBIO_HP5_1600_HC110Neustadt christmas market. i7082_HEXAR_DELTA400_HC110Some Delta 400.i7083_HEXAR_DELTA400_HC110 i7084_HEXAR_DELTA400_HC110Christmas shopping. i7087_HEXAR_DELTA400_HC110 i7090_HEXAR_DELTA400_HC110Fellows of the elderly.i7093_HEXAR_DELTA400_HC110Shooting day! Our commercial takes place in a big clothing store. Arriving on location at 8am.i7094_HEXAR_DELTA400_HC110 i7098_HEXAR_DELTA400_HC110Fabian, one of our two great actors, trying on some clothes and shoes for the shoot that the store lend us for that day.i7100_HEXAR_DELTA400_HC110Simon and Nico checking the scene and camera position.i7101_HEXAR_DELTA400_HC110Checking the animatic again.i7102_HEXAR_DELTA400_HC110Sibylle doing some make-up.i7103_HEXAR_DELTA400_HC110Bernd taking care of props.i7107_HEXAR_DELTA400_HC110 i7108_HEXAR_DELTA400_HC110I somehow managed to get all 8 of us in 1 photo.i7109_HEXAR_DELTA400_HC110 i7113_HEXAR_DELTA400_HC110They are coming!i7114_HEXAR_DELTA400_HC110We were shooting some footage outdoors, i had to park my car in a parking space while nico was filming from the other side of the street. I tried to capture the team from inside the car but somehow the hexars af didnt let me…i7115_HEXAR_DELTA400_HC110Astrid, our beautiful actress, discussing final instructions for the last scene. In the scene, Astrid is shouting and screaming at me parking the car like an idiot. This was right in the inner city district, so there were quite a few people thinking this was an actual fight and i was actually that stupid. Awesome moment! i7119_M6_TRIX1600_HC110Hanging out at uni. M6 with a tri-x @ 1600. i7120_M6_TRIX1600_HC110 i7121_M6_TRIX1600_HC110Julian leading another course choosing meeting. 50 students in total + 3 courses for each student + a max of about 15 students per course = fights and tears. We’ll hug it out of course!i7123_M6_TRIX1600_HC110 i7127_M6_TRIX1600_HC110 i7125_M6_TRIX1600_HC110I got sick.i7128_M6_TRIX1600_HC110At Christkindlesmarkt with Tanja, Lenny and Michi. Punsch for me since a was still sick. i7131_M6_TRIX1600_HC110The Feuerzangenbowle is located right at the riverside and attracts lots of seagulls so we thought it would be dead cool to get one of them to pick up some of Tanjas sandwich right from her hand.i7132_M6_TRIX1600_HC110So we waited…i7133_M6_TRIX1600_HC110 …and waited…but nothing happened. Damn seagulls!i7134_M6_TRIX1600_HC110i7144_M6_TRIX1600_HC110 i7147_M6_TRIX1600_HC110 i7149_M6_TRIX1600_HC110A glass i7152_M6_TRIX1600_HC110i7153_HEXAR_TRIX_HC110Some other day between the years. Fixing my grandmas bed. i7154_HEXAR_TRIX_HC110 i7155_HEXAR_TRIX_HC110 i7156_HEXAR_TRIX_HC110After that, we visited my sister and her boyfriend in Erlangen. (regular tx again) i7157_HEXAR_TRIX_HC110Spying kitty.i7158_HEXAR_TRIX_HC110Börge assembling the new bed frame.i7160_HEXAR_TRIX_HC110Andrea making delicious tea.i7162_HEXAR_TRIX_HC110 i7163_HEXAR_TRIX_HC110 i7164_HEXAR_TRIX_HC110classic i7165_HEXAR_TRIX_HC110 i7173_HEXAR_TRIX_HC110Fighting with flares. i7176_HEXAR_TRIX_HC110Thats it, have a blessed year 2014!

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.

 

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.

i5131

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.

i5163

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.

02/2013: skiing and lots of random central station stuff

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Hey, ill be writing in english from now on. To be honest, it just bores me that there are about 2-3 people within a range of say 300km around Nuremberg who shoot street/reportage/documentary/whatever one may call it what i’m doing. Im well aware that theres a distinct concentration of photographers in large cities, although i find it kinda weird that Vienna seems to be some sort of street-maniac-magnet. Over here, nothing, tough i’ve been out on the Nuremberg streets for a couple of years now. Oh yeah well, i once saw this guy with what i guess was a rangefinder, shooting not in that typical 45 degree tourist pose (“wow look at that amazing church!” – “better use the flash for some extra sharpness! (Not that i would know how to NOT use it. Ever.)”) but mostly horizontally which puts chances slightly higher that he was doing something like street. Yeah, once.
In terms of connecting with people, sharing experiences and thus getting to know different kinds of people and points of view and further on being able to reflect one’s own thoughts about the subject, this just sucks. Hard.
Well, enough of this weeping and whining, things are not that bad because at least there ARE (random) people about whom this entry mainly is about. Enjoy.

starting with trix 2+. new years
 
lines and curves
 
Outside, lots of smoke from firecrackers
Lots of work and the weather has been pretty bad since christmas. So i decided to make the most out of it and started shooting at the train station area after work.
refilling a drinks vending machine.
not impressed
 
small laundry inside the train station
buying a palm tree #1
#2
#3
 
1.4 in the dark. the trained eye may notice a slight vignetting from the old summilux
angles, angles everywhere
Next roll, trix normal. I recently did some minor metering and dev adjustments, so no need for pushing trix at the station anymore.
remains
 
 
checking arrivals
queuing
 
looking over some old negs.
one week later
it’s hockey match day!
 
 
the weather still sucked
hum, i was a little too slow for this one. still like the matching lines
nappy pigeons
underground stuff
this old lady put our her money in super-slowmotion, the cashier girl was obviously pretty bugged. what a spectacle
rather annoying ladies, jumping out of the subway and starting to argue with me about god and stuff right away
 
 
girl checking arrivals. great light in the middle hall
as well as in the underground station, altough a little more light is needed, proven by wild lux-flares
 
people…
…being…
…people
 
finishing the roll
next roll of trix, 400 – 800, shot with the xa, tiny little helper. First few frames are still from last year. Here we visited the Neustadt christmas market
in trouble
 
local blacksmith presenting some stuff
nice bus
christmas present from a butcher somwhere outside Neustadt
so a couple of days before christmas my father thought it would be a great idea to walk on the iced frontyard, slipped and broke his fibula. we went to the hospital, lots of paperwork, lots of waiting. since i always have the little xa in my jacket, i took one frame for the album. end of story, he had to wear a leg splint for about 8 weeks
multitasking
so we went skiing (of course i was snowboarding since im so much cooler) with fabian and christina in stubai. i took the xa with me on the slope and shot some frames
having a break
aww
ok this one actually was overexposed very badly, but i liked it and so tried to recover some of the information in silverfast which worked out surprisingly well, regarding the (almost) black negative
 
 
promo stuff filmmaking at the rental store
what a view. probably the first picture i shot fully stopped down with the xa
a great day to go skiing, isn’t it?
back to the m6 which a also took with me but only shot some frames with on the side during the day
 
 
how lovely…
 
 
going for a walk
 
 
 
time for some more train station stuff
 
some jerks
nice vintage-looking buggy
you can actually read the “wtf” in his expression. not much was going on so i looked for something interesting worth framing when this classical looking guy came along with some kind of frame or poster or something. thought it would make a nice scene with the contrasty tones and straight lines
that cap looks damn soft
having a nap
would you look at this awesome puppys xmas sweater!
at the tram station
 
i really cannot express how ugly i find those kinds of boots. it’s like kitchen gloves for your feet
a wild lux flare appears – it was already pretty dark, i like how she seemed to be the only one of the group to notice me
finishing the roll
so olga gave me a 30 euros fotomax gift coupon a while ago, which i of course invested in films. i got 2 rolls of hp5+ and 2 of delta 400. yep, 30 euros. but i really needed some film and did not have any rolls with me, so i just bought it. anyway, i decided to gave the hp5+ a try. still xtol, still non-pushed. car broke down
bike broke down
 
young family
i picked olga up at the drug store. while waiting i saw these little buddies
snap!
making some advert layouts at work
somebody died
pharmacist in nice afternoon light
lots of forms in here, rectangles and circles and lines and all kinds of stuff. what a neat backpack!
 
 
back at the tram station, looking for something going on
 
guys doing some film work outside
this guy was fiddling around on the vending machines door for at least 10 minutes. i’m not even sure if he actually was maintaining the machine or just trying to get some change
 
stopped by at the press shop
 
 
now that’s a nice pastime
 
 
 
last frame
it’s been a while since i visited my mother’s place. so we had some tea and talked about this and that, i took some trix frames of the studio with the rolleiflex. the light there is just marvellous
ink tube still
 
this may be my favorite place whenever i need new inspirations
for a walk, it’s the delta400’s turn
 
my favorite shot of her so far, i gave a print to my mother a week later
having some tea at eugens and tanjas place
a little help from a cars headlight
after work, i headed to the city hall for signing the petition for a referendum against tuition fees and wow, the place was crowded
 
queuing again
more subway love
and more nice yet suspicious old ladies
 
 
 
meh…
suddenly…exhibition! right in the station’s middle hall. some very nice still and portrait shots
 
back to trix
lazy sunday, so we decided to hang out at a coffee house. they had a very nice collection of all kinds of bw prints
 
 
 
leftovers
i just like this little alley and its light and tones. this couple just happened to pass by and gave this scene an even more classical look.
 
more lazing
more coffee
these “buses” are just awesome, i always imagine that somebody shot it with some sort of shrink gun
close call
winter depression
guys being all enthusiastic about getting photographed
that looks warm
 
saw this fellow with his dog and had to take a snap. funny how they actually both looked right at me
 
kids being kids, the shop lady was rather annoyed
every few days or so, another “shop” opens in this little cabin. It’s all about the marketing
working on my metering. 18% gray is not always 100% right
 
 
ektar sale at some drug stores, they sold them for 2,15 euros per roll instead of 4,60 or so. i bought 25 rolls in total in 4 different stores. So all that’s left to do is to hope for some sunny days to come. Next post will be full of colour frames. it is on!