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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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.
i8294_M2_TRIX_XTOLDesigners Night 7 exhib opening.
i8295_M2_TRIX_XTOL i8296_M2_TRIX_XTOLi8297_M2_TRIX_XTOLBeppo, head of team DN7 aka. space design class holding his opening speech.i8300_M2_TRIX_XTOLBenno with a print from Lenny’s type/print experiment.i8301_M2_TRIX_XTOLBack home, we invited Olgas family to our (not so) new place to have a nice barbecue together.i8303_M2_TRIX_XTOLOlgas dad took some shots too!i8304_M2_TRIX_XTOL i8306_M2_TRIX_XTOLI always find it hard to meter inside tents or bright rooms or such, it is way brighter than the meter says and i often end up with very dense because 1-2 steps overexposed negs. These could be “restored” pretty good using curves in Lightroom (because trix is killer!) but the overall tonality suffers a lot, of course.i8307_M2_TRIX_XTOL i8308_M2_TRIX_XTOL i8310_M2_TRIX_XTOLThe next day, we went for walk outside the city.
i8311_M2_TRIX_XTOL i8312_M2_TRIX_XTOLWhat an impressive secluded place. I like to come here every now and then, just the wander around and clear my head.i8313_M2_TRIX_XTOLLeftover asparagus.

i8315_M2_TMY_XTOLNeighbours keepin it classy. Shooting some TMax 400 again.i8316_M2_TMY_XTOL“Funny” postcards. Reminds me that theres actually “designers” that “design” this kind of stuff.
i8318_M2_TMY_XTOLWorking on our group presentation for idea development class. Michi got himself a nice Rollei 35 from ebay for 25€. What a sweet little thing with a mighty little lens.i8321_M2_TMY_XTOLLilit and Beppo, doing nothing.i8325_M2_TMY_XTOLCurious tourists.i8328_M2_TMY_XTOL i8329_M2_TMY_XTOLMore presentation work. Man skyping with his daughter? (i guess) in the back.i8331_M2_TMY_XTOL i8337_M2_TMY_XTOL i8338_M2_TMY_XTOL i8339_M2_TMY_XTOLWasting more frames.i8341_M2_TMY_XTOLWhörd subay station, Beautiful light due to some glass construction on top.i8343_M2_TMY_XTOLBasti the thinker. So, nokton wide-open. Bokeh: Depends. Looks disturbing in one shot (above) and perfectly even in the next (below). Sharpness: Pretty good imo.i8345_M2_TMY_XTOL i8347_M2_TMY_XTOLSomebody got a nice present.
i8348_M2_TMY_XTOLWalked around later that day. Not the best weather, but i felt like just shooting some frames.i8349_M2_TMY_XTOL i8350_M2_TMY_XTOL i8351_M2_TMY_XTOLA strange lot of all kind of poles.i8352_M2_TMY_XTOLAnd some random geometry. Good night!

02/2014: On the move on the spot

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

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


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

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

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!

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!

Durchgezogen: Bilder mit der Olympus XA #2

So, ich schiebe mal fix einen Schwung Bilder aus dem zweiten Film hinterher. Diesmal ein Delta 100, standentwickelt in Caffenol. Selbige Suppe kann ich übrigens, neben der Kamera, nur empfehlen.

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Durchgezogen: Bilder mit der Olympus XA #1

So, mittlerweile habe ich mit der kleinen Olympus zwei Filme verschossen. Eine kleine Auswahl des ersten Filmes gibt’s nun hier. Hab leider vergessen was es genau war, glaube ein APX oder Delta 100. Außerdem war ich faul, DM hat für mich entwickelt. Was soll’s. Die Kamera ist klasse, bildet erstaunlich gut ab, das Handling ist zunächst fummelig, dann gewöhnungsbedürftig, später genial.

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Komm spielen! Die Olympus XA

Hurra, endlich mal wieder eine Kameravorstellung. Heute möchte ich euch mal eine kleine, feine, oft unterschätze und als Spielzeugknipse abgetane, in Wirklichkeit aber durchaus interessante Kamera näherbringen. Die gute alte Olympus XA. Auf den ersten Blick ziemlich klein, auf den zweiten….naja auch noch klein, aber durchaus voller Potential. Los geht’s.

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