Schlagwort: Zeiss C-Biogon 35mm ƒ/2.8

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.

03/2014: Among friends

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

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i7491_HEXAR_POR400_RODINALThese are some random shots from the Konica Hexar AF and a roll of Porst 400 color negative film. Yes, color. But since i ran out of C-41 chemicals and i didnt want to spend money on getting a single roll of cheap film developed, i browsed the internets for alternative dev methods. Turns out that you actually can develop C-41 film in BW Chemicals (i did not know that). So long story short, i developed the film in Rodinal 1+100 for a good 60 minutes @ 20°C. Seems like this combo will develope just EVERY negative film more or less correctly.
i7495_HEXAR_POR400_RODINALThis film is already several months old, so i pretty much forgot about everything i captured with it. Some frames would have looked very nice in color i guess. Generally, when shooting color, i tend to focus on different things like an elegant combination of , yes, colors and a moody composition. With b&w, its more about light and shadows and geometric structures. So these are the frames that i think work good as monochromes too.
i7498_HEXAR_POR400_RODINALYou may notice the subtle accentuated grain.
i7500_HEXAR_POR400_RODINALIm also still having trouble with bromide drag (the lighter areas on the bottom of some frames) which is caused by too little agitation of the developer (stand development). But besides this and the massive grain explosion, the tonal range is rediculously good imo. This is Olgas former school building.
i7512_HEXAR_POR400_RODINALAnd this is a photowalk with Chris.
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i7514_HEXAR_POR400_RODINALDust in the attic.
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i7522_HEXAR_POR400_RODINALAnother walk.
i7524_HEXAR_POR400_RODINALAcross to my everyday bike route to uni. End of grain.
i7526_M6_TRIX_XTOLWelcome smoothness. M6 + trix + xtol, classic combo.
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i7533_M6_TRIX_XTOLMy uncles garage.
i7535_M6_TRIX_XTOLMcD stop.
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i7538_M6_TRIX_XTOLSemester break and my day off from work. So this morning, Olga had to scrap the car windows.
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i7542_M6_TRIX_XTOLFirst photowalk with Stephan.
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i7544_M6_TRIX_XTOLAwesome weather.
i7545_M6_TRIX_XTOLI like that.
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i7550_M6_TRIX_XTOLSomething going on.
i7551_M6_TRIX_XTOLStephans Olympus OM-2n with a 50mm rokkor. Besides Nikon F series one of the most elegant slr cameras imo.
i7554_M6_TRIX_XTOLGreat light on the top floor of a car park near Opera house.
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i7558_M6_TRIX_XTOLMy sister came for a visit, classy as always.
i7563_M6_TRIX_XTOLNeighborhood.
i7564_M6_TRIX_XTOLBack home.
i7565_M6_TRIX_XTOL-2Working on the soon-to-be darkroom. Before cleaning everything, connecting water supplies and making all windows and doors light-proof, we had to get rid of some old metal shelves and wooden tables.
i7569_M6_TRIX_XTOLReady to head to the recycling depot.
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i7581_M6_TRIX_XTOL-2Good memories.
i7583_M6_TRIX_XTOL-2“Closing hour for Fürth only – Nürnberg likes to party.” Wtf.
i7587_M6_TRIX_XTOL-2The other day, Andreas and Irina finally became parents, so we came for a visit. This is Mike with his aunt Olga.
i7589_M6_TRIX_XTOLFoggy work day.
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i7593_M6_TRIX_XTOLLike fish in a can.
i7595_M6_TRIX_XTOLBeautiful house wall somewhere in Nürnberg.
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i7601_M6_TRIX_XTOLPicked up Michi for a photo session.
i7603_M2_K100_XTOLBefore shooting, we had some coffee and tea in Michis and Jankas beauftyfully secluded backyard. Switchig to the Leica M2 with C-Biogon and Kentmere 100 here.
i7602_M2_K100_XTOLMichi shoots a sweet Nikon FM with some older 35mm AF nikon lens.
Scan-140319-0002After riding around and taking some snapshots we decided to enjoy the late afternoon sun a bit more.
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i7615_M2_K100_XTOLBEFORE: Zeiss C-Biogon 35mm f/2.8
i7616_M2_K100_XTOLAFTER: Jupiter-12 35mm f/2.8. I got a new lens to use on the M2 since i do not want to switch the Zeiss from one M to the other all the time. But since im studying again im kind of on a budget and so i kept looking for a cheap alternative to 35mm cv/zeiss/leica lenses. In the end i bought a J-12 for 60€ and a ltm->m adapter for about 20€. See the difference in quality compared to the Zeiss shot? Yeah, me neither. The frames tend to get soft towards the corners and its pretty prone to flare. In the center area, its tack sharp. And hey, this is a 35mm M-mount lens for about 80€!
i7619_M2_K100_XTOLFirst real life test.
i7620_M2_K100_XTOLNurses and caregivers demonstrating against the very poor conditions in health care.
i7625_M2_K100_XTOLThe next weekend, we visited Andi and Irina and their newborn.
i7627_M2_K100_XTOLThe happy parents + Mike in chillout mode.
i7630_M2_K100_XTOLBeing curious.
i7632_M2_K100_XTOLFor another walk. Eugen looking enthusiastic.
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i7635_M2_K100_XTOLSmooth light.
i7637_M2_K100_XTOLGoing home. About 1/4s through the car window.
i7639_M2_K100_XTOLSo this is the J-12, a pretty solid bakelite lens. What looks kind of dull here is actually the front lens coating which is either yellow, blue, purple or whatever, depending on the manufacturer that produced the lens (several russian factories used to produce jupiter lenses back then). Focusing is easy, although i think im going to make a little focusing knob with a simple zip tie. (UPDATE: Done, works like a charm!) Changing the aperture (which is NON-click!) is somewhat fiddly as the inner ring has to be turned and it only protrudes slightly from the focusing barrel. I love it.
i7642_M2_ACROS_XTOLSunshine means Acros! My very first roll this year. Shot with M2 and the Jupiter.
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i7648_M2_ACROS_XTOLStructures.
i7649_M2_ACROS_XTOLGetting ready for the summer season.
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i7654_M2_ACROS_XTOLManual focus ftw.
i7658_M2_ACROS_XTOLVisited my mother. They turned the studio into a small workplace to teach art classes.
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i7664_M2_ACROS_XTOLJust like the light here.
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i7669_M2_ACROS_XTOLThe other day, we exhibited our portfolios at uni. A lot of curious young students and parents came to get a little insight on the faculties work and how the application process for design studies is organized. Stephan mounting some of his photographs.
i7671_M2_ACROS_XTOLDominik and Kerim, two of our great illustrators, were occupied by young wannabe-artists the whole time.
i7674_M2_ACROS_XTOLSimon and his shirt #1.
i7676_M2_ACROS_XTOLMinimal stuff.
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i7678_M2_ACROS_XTOLI finally managed to install the kitchen clock since olga bothered my for weeks. I think it looks nice up there.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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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!

01/2014: Between the years

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

07/2013: Old friends new friends

Still sort of in between things. Uni started about a month ago now. We have to take all ten major courses (photography, film/animation, graphic design, typography, cast [like in podcast], space design, interaction, cgi, illustration and verbal communication) this semester and were doing more and more real projects which is very cool. Kind of the complete opposite to engineering classes at tech uni a couple of years ago. We are only about 50 people that are curiously getting to know each other. Very cool people i have to say. And since the only condition for the qualifying test was to be creative in any way (photo/film/animation/illustration/whatever), it is quite a challenge to figure out what anybodies talents are. However, theres also a lot going on besides uni, so heres another mix of everything.
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i5414There was this weekend back in summer when we installed a small irrigation plant in Olgas family garden. I caught some moments on film on the side. Here, the whole team is getting some instructions. I shot a roll of trix with the Leica M2. Just so you know.
i5422We spent almost half of the day digging those ditches through the garden, then laying all the small pipelines and connecting spray heads and valves.

i5427After we had finally filled up again all ditches and ran some performance checks, we enjoyed the rest of the day and had some great barbecue. Eugen recovering from all the work and all the food here.

i5512I ran into Waldi while going for another walk in the Südstadt district the other day. These are some frames from a roll of Kentmere 400 in HC-110, which i really start to appreciate. It has a kind of trix-ish tonality but lacks some of its tones imo. But for the price (3€ vs. 4,40€ trix) its a very serious option for me. Well see how it pushes in the coming winter months.

i5516 i5519Another random people-shopping-frame.

i5520This is a little craft shop of the Handwerkerhof that sells all kinds of leather goods. I had a little talk with this lady, discussing pros and cons of several materials that i could use as a strap for my M2. However, some days later i found some old leather band in my random-old-camera-accessoire-drawer (where you keep all the case and filter and cap and battery stuff) and had her rivet the ends with some small metal rings. The M2 is now equipped with a perfect matching (= fucked up 🙂 ) leather strap that only did cost me 5€! So if youre around and you need some leather goods such as straps, keyholders, wallets, messenger bags or whatever or some custom made leather stuff you make sure to check out this nice little shop!

i5521 i5522Guy reading a newspaper. So heres another thing: I’ve been fighting for several years with the Canoscan 9000f + the Silverfast SE that came with it to get some acceptable scans out of my negatives. I should note that “acceptable” in this context just means “to my own taste”. Im not into that zonal system stuff and i dont like my negs to be flat and “classic” looking. I dont have an what you would call recognizable style yet, i just keep experimenting with different dev+post procedures to create a variety of different looks in contrast and tonality. However, me fiddeling around with dev temps and stuff is just one thing. The main point here is the scanner itself: I am just not satisfied with the scans the Canoscan produces. Well, 35mm at least, mf works great imo.

i5524So i spent some time to compensate the scans lack of crispyness in post, and i mean i really did dig into things. I developed several workflows for lightroom+photoshop to get as much as possible out of my scans. But somehow, this final little bit of image quality i was unable to reproduce. So once more, i kept looking on ebay until i once again made a pretty good deal on a Nikon Coolscan IV. Yep, no V. I also switched from Silverfast to Vuescan. Silverfast might be pretty ok to work with, but the SE version that came with the Canoscan is just a joke as it only gives you 8bit bw images. I know, thats a lot of geeky technical stuff, but i think it might be useful to some at this point.

i5525So i ran some quick test scans with the Coolscan and did a 1on1 comparison. The results were even more devastating than i thought. And still, this is just a IV version. Drop me a note if youre interested in a full size comparison. So, end of the story is that with the Coolscan (+Vuescan is pretty awesome also) im finally getting this sharpness and detail i want.

I know i know, its always (or say 99%) the subject or story or moment or feeling + a good composition that make the picture, not the technical stuff like a good tonal range, good sharpness or perfect development. But i guess sometimes, knowing your tech stuff well just helps the image. And sometimes it doesn’t. However, your images are always just as good or bad as the weakest part in your system. So if you’re out with your asph. Summicron, scanning the negs with a flatbed might not be what you wanna go for. Also if your just having fun with a small disposable 35mm: no need to set up the Coolscan 9000. Excuse this little technical excursion, back to the actual images.

i5529Cute older couple.i5530A man reading some postings at the church. I passed him by and took a quick shot because it looked like a nice scene. When i passed this spot again as i walked back to the bus 20 minutes later, he was still standing there, reading those notes.
i5532i5535i5543A roll of trix.

i5545Im planning on doing some more underground and train station shots this winter. I had some of those in my portfolio which was approved at uni back in the summer.
i5551And speaking of uni, there we are. This was the very first introduction course at the auditorium for all design students in october. There was a power outage the whole time so some students lit the scene with their smartphones, hence those shadows. This was 1/4s at 2.8.

i5552 i5553The famous Maronimann.i5554 i5556Ah i miss the sun…i5560Another couple.
i5561 i5562Some images are just timeless.i5563 i5564This Cellist (Alban Gerhardt) was playing some classical pieces in the middle of the train station.
i5565People stopped and started listening, this girl took a shot with her rangefinder-covered! iphone.

i5571-2 i5572 i5577Alex stopped by and started to sort the change i keep in a big jar. We loved to do this and then run to the bank to get some bills in return when we were kids.

i5580Flea market with a roll of HP5+.
i5581 i5583i5585I still needed a bike for uni so i got curious and checked out all bikes that were for sale. Most dealers sold theirs for about 80-150€ and an hour later i was pretty disappointed and about to give up when i spotted a friendly-looking family that was selling all kinds of lovely, used stuff and also this beautiful Peugeot bike. We talked a bit and they told me that they had had it serviced just a couple of days ago. I told them i would need some cheap but good bike for riding to college and back and so they sold it to me for 30€. Yay!i5591Some people just like to attract attention, while others prefer to stay unobtrusive.
i5596As a walked around i came across this beautiful installation of urban art and took a shot.
i5597I took a step forward to frame the pigeon in flight when suddenly a second one came out of nowhere.
i5598A sandstone wall.i5604 i5606 i5608

i5619Dumping some stuff at the recycling depot.

i5621 i5622Cool hair. And check out that happy dog!i5630 i5638 i5639i5641In the first semester, we have to take all the 10 courses that you can major in, just to get an impression of what each course is about and to get to know the wide range of “design”. Well, guess im not gonna be an illustrator.
i5642i5649 i5650Didn’t know we have that here now.i5651By the time im writing this post, summers all gone and all that it left is a layer of depressing grey shit.i5652

i5654Check out my beautiful bathroom tiles! This is a roll of kodak ektar shot with the Konica Hexar.

i5656Nothing special about this frame, im just really really happy that im starting to get a grip on scanning the shit out of color negative film, now that im using the coolscan+vuescan combo. Finally, the colors seem to match each other and the images just start to look “right”, with no weird color shifts or so.i5658 i5664Another shooting with Olga.i5668 i5670Evening sun.i5671 i5672Stopped by at the former office. Chris joined and checked out the Zeiss.i5673This is the garage above the soon-to-come darkroom at my uncles place. Were going to turn this place into a complete workshop. First things first, making sure that people feel comfortable.i5674Just some nice colors.i5677Even salad looks great in warm sunlight.i5679 i5682Neustadt Bleichweiher.i5687On my way home from uni.

i5695Wednesdays illustration course. We do all kinds of drawing exercises and projects and hang them on the wall to discuss afterwards.
i5697Starting to note typography in public.i5698 i5699 i5700 i5702 i5706Free beer: tomorrow.
i5708Circles and rectangles and lines.i5709Lunch with the family. Olga and my sisters wearing all the same sneakers by chance.
i5711Andreai5714 i5718At the lab.
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i5733For a walk with the beast, the Fuji GSW and a roll of Fuji pro 160NS (an older roll from summer).

i5735 i5738i5739Random Hamburg frame.

i5745Back in Nuremberg at the Steintribüne, part of the former nazi party rally grounds. People enjoying the weather and the space. Hexar + Ilford Delta 400.
i5747Sunday lunch.
i5748Sunday walk.i5749No comment needed here.
i5751 i5756Since it was a few days before Halloween, we decided to carve some pumpkins in the garden. Step 1: drawing.
i5757Step 2: carving.i5758Step 3: making it durable.i5761 i5762 i5763i5766Father and son.
i5771Thy did some shooting stuff, probably for a website.i5772 i5776Well-arranged posters, german style.
i5781Shot some Tmax 400 for a change, negatives turned out quite underdeveloped (Tmax negs tend to be slightly thinner than trix which is normal, but mine were really too weak this time).

i5783i5785For a walk somewhere.
i5787Julian and Sandra cutting some advert stuff last minute we had design for typography course. Turns out those cutting machines are horrible!i5788Tanja looking fascinated while Nico is doing some card tricksi5789Hes a professional magician actually, how cool is that! We were all watching him doing several tricks in the afternoon break. Thats our professor for illustration in the back.
i5791Dinner with Chris and Stephan, who just came back from Bangkok.
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i5795 i5799People kept asking why i always carry a camera with me. This is on my way home from uni in the evening. She was taking photos of the birds.
i5800Friday morning, introduction course at the sound studio.i5802Whats left from my office.i5805i5813Günter proudly demonstrating his new apple slicer.i5814Winter is here.

 

06/2013: in transition

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

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

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

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

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

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

i5431Autumn Volksfest.

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

i5447More election stuff.

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

i5449 i5451 i5454Lost snack.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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