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Happy new year 2016. Catching up with the blog.

i10601_MJU2_EKTAR_DM Julian and Basti i10610_MJU2_EKTAR_DM Anselm in his studio
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Obstsalate

Hey. These days are very long and i am more or less busy all the time. I’m currently in Munich for an internship as assistant of photographer Olaf Unverzart. Also i work on the side and i try to shoot a lot. Small commissions and personal projects. Got a 6×6 again, a Yashica Mat 124G since its cheaper than the Rolleiflex. I am also in need fot a Ricoh GR since im doing kind of a travel log of my everyday route Nuremberg< ->Munich. Let me know if you know something please.
Here are some pictures from the last months, all film this time but all kinds of formats and film types. For some rolls of Arista/TX i tried out a diy monobath developer which i like a lot. Very contrasty and rich negatives, although not perfect for archiving i think. Anyway, have fun with this entry.

i10331_HEXAR_ARISTA_MONOBATH Some random frames from the summer. Tried the diy monobath again, i think the results are pretty nice.

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04/2014: Clouds under a bridge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

i7890_M6_K100_RODINALSwitching to kentmere 100 + rodinal in the M6. Sometimes the line between documenting and exposing starts fading, so it is the intention that becomes more important i think.
i7891_M6_K100_RODINAL i7892_M6_K100_RODINALHanging out after class.
i7894_M6_K100_RODINAL i7895_M6_K100_RODINAL i7896_M6_K100_RODINAL i7897_M6_K100_RODINALSynchronized cig-lighting.i7898_M6_K100_RODINALCurious ducks.i7899_M6_K100_RODINALCordulai7900_M6_K100_RODINALThey came so close we almost could pet them.i7901_M6_K100_RODINALWhat on the menue?i7904_M6_K100_RODINALKitchen dev station.
i7908_M6_K100_RODINALOlga looking beautiful.
i7910_M6_K100_RODINAL i7911_M6_K100_RODINAL i7914_M6_K100_RODINALFaculty trip to some exhibitons in Baden-Baden. Started giving the k100 about 1 stop more light here, it seems to appreciate it.
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i7915_M6_K100_RODINALProf. Schaden in front of the Kunsthalle, talking about the exhibition.i7916_M6_K100_RODINALBenno taking frames while smoking a cig like a pro 🙂
i7918_M6_K100_RODINALInside the foyer.i7919_M6_K100_RODINALThe exhibition Room Service is about art/artists in hotels and hotels per se as pieces of art.
i8068_HEXAR_EKTAR_TETSo the exhib was inside the actual floorways and rooms of several hotels which was an interesting concept. Even more interesing though was the fact that while we had a look at the images and installations, the hotel staff kept cleaning rooms and attending their everyday business so at some point exhibition and reality started mixing.
i8069_HEXAR_EKTAR_TET i7920_M6_K100_RODINALOh yeah and i also took a self in the bathroom.
i7923_M6_K100_RODINAL i7924_M6_K100_RODINALAfter the exhibition, exploring the city.i7925_M6_K100_RODINALWeve never been to Baden-Baden before. Turns out the city and its people are incredibly wealthy and the cityscape really consists of only parks, gardens, museums and luxurient mansions with a touch of France or Italy or whatever.i7926_M6_K100_RODINAL i7928_M6_K100_RODINAL

i8070_HEXAR_EKTAR_TETOld school.
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i7929_M6_APX_XTOLWe ran into David who in the meantime checked out some stores to buy some post cards. Also, i ran out of film but found a DM drug store and bought a roll of new APX 100 (3,45€, so pretty cheap).i7930_M6_APX_XTOLAccording to Lenny, Mik and Simona, this could become a new series. For a stranger, this looks pretty dumb since i meter on my hand with the M6 most of the time, so why not take advantage of it?
i7932_M6_APX_XTOLMaking it a day.i7933_M6_APX_XTOLI have to say, the APX looks pretty good here.i7935_M6_APX_XTOL i7939_M6_APX_XTOLInside the museum for the JR exhib. People waiting in line to get their portait taken and printed on a huge poster (see below). Little girl watching whats going on.i7941_M6_APX_XTOL i7942_M6_APX_XTOL i7944_M6_APX_XTOL i7946_M6_APX_XTOL i7947_M6_APX_XTOL i7949_M6_APX_XTOLTaking home the portrait.i7951_M6_APX_XTOLSo we had a beer on a bench across the street and just enjoyed the weather and i took some quick pictures.i7951crop_M6_APX_XTOLA 100% crop. Funny that even the baby noticed us. She smiled and waved right after the shot, the day was just too nice to not be in a good mood.i7952_M6_APX_XTOLTaxi, Baden-Baden style.i7953_M6_APX_XTOL i7954_M6_APX_XTOL i7955_M6_APX_XTOLOn the bus, going back home. Some people couldn’t decide where to sit so our driver got pissed and started grumping. I guess its not his fault, he also has to stick to time schedules and orders.i7957_M6_APX_XTOLA proper reaction.
i7958_M6_APX_XTOLThe last sunrays.i7961_M6_APX_XTOLBack home, at Steffis new place.
i7962_M6_APX_XTOL i7963_M6_APX_XTOL i7965_M6_APX_XTOLNew York, London, Nürnberg, Hongkong. Seems legit.
i7967_M6_APX_XTOLSome…thing.

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

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

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.

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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.

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.

04/2013: on the streets and on the water

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


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


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