09/2014: Strom aus ♥

Hello.
The last weeks have been really exhausting, work-wise, i’m looking forward to find some rest and some time to lean back in the winter holidays and to review the last year with all its ups and downs, its little unexpected joys and strenuous setbacks.
I hope you will too, because from time to time you just need to hold on to question yourself, your goals and ideals and to reflect on one more chapter of your journey.
So, uni-wise, we’ve been doing a whole lot the last few months: We filmed a documentary for Audiovisual Comm. class, did some advertising shoots for Photo class and created magazine layouts for Typo class.
Also i started doing some smaller commissions, which is cool because of the experience and the people i get to know and to work with. And then theres also some other photo projects im working on plus my complete portfolio which has to be revisited for the website.
So for now, here is the last entry for 2014, enjoy!

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Welcome to the world of the rich and famous!

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and the crazy ones!

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A few days before our next episode of Fachschaftsgrillen, we ided to get some supplies.

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Or say, a lot of supplies.

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07/2014: Balloons & Coffee

Constantly shooting all kinds of stuff. Here are some more frames from Summer 2014. And i also found another great piece of music for this post, the new David Guetta single. lol.

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Cruisin around the Dutzendteich.

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On the menue: Nothing.

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Returning empty beer cartons.

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August Critical Mass Nürnberg.

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

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

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Got something for me?

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

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

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06/2014: Blicke schärfen

The semester is over, projects are finished, exhibitions closed, equipment cleaned up and stored. We are not traveling much this summer except for a trip up to the Baltic Sea in September. We both work several days a week and do much work on the apartment. Theres a lot of family and friends and chillout time. Holiday season stuff. Im shooting all kinds of stuff with 35mm and medium format, b/w and color, and develop a lot of films at home.

Also i hope to finish work on the darkroom an my uncles place this summer. Its actually ready for use except for the tap water supply and waste water disposal. Were gonna have to split cut the pipe and install a water faucet with proper fittings. Also im planning to install a small submersible pump inside a big tank right under the sink and connect it to the sewage water pipe. We’ll see if i can show some documentation of the progress in the next entry. This one right now contains a lot of street and family pics and some exhib stuff from the semester and also some of my work for 2nd semesters photoclass portfolio.

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Starting with some random street frames. Leica M6 + Kodak Tri-X in Xtol.

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I almost always take this shot of people. I find it kind of interesting.

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Walking around with Stephan.

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Stephan taking a shot, maybe for our double exposure series for photoclass?

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A small tree abused as a trashcan and also chained up in Gostenhof.

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And suddenly i started taking portrait format frames again.

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A test print of my poster for our typography “Type 2″ exhibition of few weeks ago. The grey is pure red actually.

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Policemen checking the ID of some guy.

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We were having some drinks at this place when i noticed these two behind us, brother an sister i guessed. Seemed like he just stepped into her life after a lot of years and so they had a lot to talk. Later, they started calling other family members like their mother (i suppose). Now thats quite a nice story for such an average picture right? Anyway, i did not want to get too close and disturb them since it looked like kind of a intimate moment for them.

i8382_M6_TRIX_XTOLSome puke on the street.

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Construction site at the red light district (more like a softcore version of the actual red light district).

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We were back at the train station when i saw this guy. I speeded up to him to take a shot, although i wasnt sure if the negative would hold all the detail. In scenes like these there is no time to hold on, fiddle around with your cam and starting to compose a nice image. You just make your best guess for toh lighting and shoot. Luckily the timing was good (decent light situation) and theres all the detail in the picture that i wanted to capture. I did a 24x30cm print and it looks very good with plenty of structure.

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Since the weather was so sweet that evening, we went for a walk at the “Steintribüne”, which is part of the former nazi party rally grounds. Today, the area is used for big events like “Rock im Park” or the DTM (German Touring Car Championship). This was days before the start of the DTM, so most of the track barriers and audience stands were already set up. I took some shots with the leica and also some Polaroids with the Hasselblad 500CM.

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More barriers.

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Back in the city. Thank god for this beautiful weather these days.

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Guys playing on their phones.

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So there was a big public transportation strike in the city and the place got more and more crowded with people waiting for one of the few buses that were still running. Those bus lines often headed to places like the airport or the outer districts, but it seemed like people just gave up and took a ride on those buses, just to get ANYWHERE away from the main station and to keep moving. I took the bike.

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I almost felt a little ashamed, taking pics of frustrated and trapped people and after that just hoppin on my bike, casually riding away.

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Some service workes tried to calm down some people or to give adivce for the best alternative routes to take.

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He got lucky.

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Random frame in on of the labs.

i8407_M6_TRIX_XTOLNeustadt Kirchweih time. Carnival rides is a serious business.

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Im afraid there is no proper way of translating this sign…but its from 5pm to 9pm fyi :)

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Think. About what?

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People watching the fireworks. An OK shot i think, regarding that it was pretty much completely dark (focusing fun!) and i had like 1/8th at 1.4. Printed it, looks nice. More tonal range than you’d get from the scanned version here.

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At campus. Kerim being happy. We’re ALL HAPPY STUDENTS HERE so lets put it on big banners to show how cool IT IS TO STUDY HERE. YAY!!! LETS PARTY!!!1

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Some film and room+space design class people were shooting a Hundreds music video the other day. First things first, catering.

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Basti holding some wall thing.

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It was Saturday, and while the film guys prepared their shooting, the photoclass had some fun in the studio.

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Another one.

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Police set up a little bike parcour course for the kids at the marketplace.

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Lots of mid-grey tones i thought.

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So the DTM was here and i felt like checking out what was going on around the place. The event area itself is pretty secured, people like to be amongst themselves (pretty expensive tickets also). So at some points of the track, people were standing outside and trying to catch a look at the touring cars. Great scene for a print. I should – oh wait thats right, iv’e already done a print of this since we got this super cool automatic dev machine at the uni lab. Actually its about 30 years old and close to its total breakdown. But before going back to conventional handmade dev, we keep using this monster until it literally falls apart. Well see if Stephan and i will be able to organize some new equipment for the lab, but its all about the money in the end, which is sad. The darkroom process is so so so beautiful and full of things you need to know about “making” images, i for once would love to do some color printing or fiber or toning or or…This so has to happen, ill keep you informed.

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So, back to some pics. Another one of the “audience”.

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At another edge of the track, also blocked for pedestrians. These two checked out what was going on, then turned back around. I kind of like the frame, those barriers give it a very graphic touch. I was also very lucky with the arrangement of the trees above. Printed.

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I think somebody died here.

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Came across this scene later.

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Went to grab some things at the groceries store when all of a sudden it started raining LIKE REALLY. People were totally surprised and started running for cover.

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CHECK IT OUT, how much GERMANY can you spot in this frame?

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Finished the roll with some water-buried spoons.

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Next day, next roll. Switching to TMY (TMax 100 = TMX, TMax 400 = TMY, TMax 3200P = TMZ) for fun. As i mentioned in a previous entry, i find TMY to show not as much of a “film” character as Trix or Efke, but damn this film is good. Grain: What grain? Tonality: Kicks ass.

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Look who professionally fixed her window 🙂

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Michis ROCKWALL for our typography exhibition. The letters are freaking huge actually, we barely managed to fit all of them in my car to get them to the campus.

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Olgas bike got blocked, lol.

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There was a nice festival in the Südstadt district so Stephan Tanja and i met to check it out (=to grab as much food as we could and lurk around with our Hipster cameras).

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Changes are these are father and son.

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Stephan with his Nikon.

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Funny dudes.

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All kinds of different cultures, bonding and living peaceful side by side. How can that be such a hard thing to do in so many places?

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Tanja fiddling around with some film.

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People selling some stuff.

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I told Tanja that i found it fascinating to get that much stripes in a single frame. But also Tanja herself and the guy in white on the right and the one on the left in the very back of the scene somehow complete this one i guess. Well its just a snapshot after all.

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Tanja proudly presenting her Voigtländer TLR, very VERY old model.

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I keep thinking about how people percieve me when i photograph them. I dont know, i do not try to hide or to be invisible like some sort of stalker. I just am there and do what i do. Of course, i try not to distract people since i want to document, but i am still there and whatever happens, happens. I like those little eye contacts, smiles, talkes, gestures, even rejections, conflicts and so. Its a very humanistic approach i think. On the other side, some people like to shoot people with tele lenses which i find kinda weird. Or maybe its just me? Time to think some more.

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Chris joined us later and we decided to have a beer. Tanja making her cute face.

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Walking back home.

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Subway station near Anselms place.

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The next day we met again at the festival for some more snacks and pics. Good times.

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Yeah not an interesting frame. Just letting you know, i happend to get me a ND 0.6 filter for the Nokton (= -2EV so ISO400 -> ISO100) from ebay for 1€ lol (and its a quality one). That means shooting Trix and TMX with even less DOF (depth of field) in bright daylight. Works perfectly.

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Paramedics hanging out.

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Some type and shadow stuff.

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Switching tu Fuji Acros 100 and the Konica Hexar AF.

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Taking an family portrait.

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Walking around with Franzi and Stephan and some random guy, taking some pics.

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Businessman with a german-flag-colored tie.

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Flag-style berries.

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Funny dog.

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We met two friends of Stephan by chance. The recorded some footage for a skate vid.

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At the trainsation. Tanja was taking portraits for photoclass. Its always challenging to ask people for one or two portraits, you never know how they react. Tanja was turned down a couple of times at first but she did the right thing and kept going, so kudos for that.

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From the hip.

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It was that time of year again, i cant believe how time flies. Academy of fine arts annual exhibiton.

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What an inspiring place. The academy is located right beside the zoo, lots of green, lots af trees, lots of white and lots of glass. We live about 500m from there, across a small woodland.

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Some exhibs at the gallery of AdbK photoclass.

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Sunlight and some framings.

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If you understood all of it, it would not be art.

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At the Academy of Music.

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As i walked around i found this “smoking area” that i found hilarious. Its located at the very edge of the place. Then i realised that place is the colleges informatics faculty.

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A random still life from the 500CM.

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THIS is the shit.

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And THAT is the shit.

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Some pieces of Jennys “Typomania” project for the type exhibition. Laser cut letters ararnged as viruses. Definitifely the shit.

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Sonja took this one.

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Stephan looking at some contacts. I find it interesting how people tend to develop their own processes in terms of darkroom safety and handling films and equipment. Those are not our films but i find it funny how some people just dont give a shit.

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I did some prints for the semesters portfolio, double exposures and “abused” medium format. I included some scans of the prints further down this post.

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Family visit.

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That night, Germany won the world cup. We went to the city center to check out the madness.

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People came from all directions.

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Then the Autokorso started and there was no more way out.

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This man mounted some flowers or something on his wiper blades. Whatever.

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Television interviewing some fans.

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They probably got a lot of hugs that night.

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The place got more and more crowded with happy peoply.

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Party madness! We met with Stephan later and took some more pics (i ran out of film and shot some stuff with Stephans cheapo digicam). Stephan mentioned that it is kinda sad that people would occupy the streets for some stupid “game” that is mostly about advertising pure capitalism but not for important things like anti-war, politics failures, total surveillance of citizens, human rights and so on…

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So after some years, i just sold this gem. It is a beautiful beautiful workhorse with a fine lens. But to me it always felt like a studio or tripod camera and so i got rid of it. Never thought i’d sell a Hasselblad though 🙂 Awesome thing, every photographer should use one of these at least once.

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And so, after trying MF SLR und RF (the big Fuji GSW690III) i got back to the system that i personally like best: TLR. I got this one at a local camera store. Its a Rolleiflex 3.5F late planar version with coupled meter (working perfectly!) and its close to mint. Just that much, it did cost me the exact price i sold the 500CM for, so its a fair trade in the end i think. By now i already shot some with it and the results are just awesome.

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Here are some digitals from our Typography exhibiton.

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Simon and his Avant Garde airplane.

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Michis Rockwall with nice background ambient lighting.

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Katharinas Kabel-Table.

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Jennys Typomania stuff.

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My Avant-Garde-rebranded consumer goods with posters and exhib pieces.

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Lennys FF Info information wall with letters from all of our fonts and some background information about each one, arranged as takeaway notes.

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Oh yeah, Michi got anoter professional film camera from a serious camera store called “flea market”. Its the FUN ENDITION!

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The place got tagged with stickers from Max’ installation.

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Everybody taking pictures.

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Closeup of the lasercut letters.

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Chris. So here are some images i made for 2. semester photoclass, starting with some double exposures Stephan and i did (We had to each expose a roll of film, then wind it back, switch rolls and expose them again. So its pretty much pure luck what you get, but thats the challenge and fun part about it. Film was some Ilford FP4+ and we went for about -1 or -2EV for the single shots so that the exposure was pretty good in the double-exposed frames.

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Human // Nature. We were also pretty lucky with the perfect overlapping alignment of the frames. I did some prints on my 30+yo Tetenal Speed grade 3 and 4 paper (24x30cm) and later scanned the prints on some huge epson flatbed (holds A3 at least, forgot the model no.) at uni. The quality is actually very good, way better than id expect. Of course, with every step you get more and more dust on the image wich is a problem (neg front and back -> neg holder double glass sides so 2x top 2x bottom side -> enlarger lens front and back -> the paper itself -> scanner). But since we had to hand in a paper portfolio and i had to do prints anyway, i decided to digitalize them instead of doing neg scans, you know, for the fun.

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Simona

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Stephan

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This is a photogram for the human rights topic.

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And finally some of the medium format stuff. Cut-up portraits arranged back together as a new image.

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Oh, here come the first frames from the new Rolleiflex. Uncle getting some presents. Film was TMY in Xtol.

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My sister.

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Getting used to TLR again. I really really would like to try a prism finder on this, but they are ridiculously expensive.

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Andrea, my other sister, and Boerge. They just got engaged.

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Streets.

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Erosion. I put some cheap APX 100 in the Hexar AF. I was not sure whether its and old or new version of the film. Old one is said to be better. So actually, the new one alway has “New Emulsion” printed on the carton and the back says “Made in E.U”, whereas the old on says “Made in Germany”. Also, the font on the film itself is serif on the old film vs. sans-serif on the new version. Just so you know. Anyway, i developed this in Rodinal 1+25. I find that lower dilutions show more grain but also more tonality. And hey, grain is not a real problem with most ISO 100 films.

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Lenny on the phone. We prepared another barbecue at campus. Tones are sick in these frames, almost like al Delta 100.

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Teamin up.

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Had some initial troubles with the veggie grill (we ran out of charcoal).

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Student council bosses supervising the event. Faggets 🙂

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Sonja with nice glasses.

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He preferred fish.

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Then this dog joined us. I guess he belongs to a student but i was never really sure. Nice fellow though.

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Beppo in all his beauty.

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Hair and flare.

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Michi and his nice Rollei 35. Out of nowhere, the meter started working again. Michi was happy like a little child and started taking frames. But then the meter was dead again. Sucks. Contact wires i guess.

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Enjoying some grilled corn.

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What is left from the Type2 exhibition.

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Dang, i ran out of Xtol. So i went through my photo stuff drawer which holds all kinds of spare parts, accessoires and other crap and found a pack of Ilford ID-11 which basically is Kodak D76. Yay! Oh yeah, and some Agfa Isopan from the 40s O_o

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Empty tuna can on the street.

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Somebody threw away a box full of fruits. Wtf.

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Lucky charm on a car window.

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Religion stuff.

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A random still.

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Somethings not right with that Porsche.

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Our godparent certifications for little Mikes baptism. We had to get them from our local church to be able to become godparents. Yep, thats Germany. Thanks for looking!

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.

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!