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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These 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.
This 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.
You may notice the subtle accentuated grain.
Im 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.
And this is a photowalk with Chris.
Dust in the attic.
Across to my everyday bike route to uni. End of grain.
Welcome smoothness. M6 + trix + xtol, classic combo.
My uncles garage.
Semester break and my day off from work. So this morning, Olga had to scrap the car windows.
First photowalk with Stephan.
I like that.
Something going on.
Stephans Olympus OM-2n with a 50mm rokkor. Besides Nikon F series one of the most elegant slr cameras imo.
Great light on the top floor of a car park near Opera house.
My sister came for a visit, classy as always.
Working 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.
Ready to head to the recycling depot.
Another election campaign.
“Closing hour for Fürth only – Nürnberg likes to party.” Wtf.
The other day, Andreas and Irina finally became parents, so we came for a visit. This is Mike with his aunt Olga.
Foggy work day.
Like fish in a can.
Beautiful house wall somewhere in Nürnberg.
Picked up Michi for a photo session.
Before 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.
Michi shoots a sweet Nikon FM with some older 35mm AF nikon lens.
After riding around and taking some snapshots we decided to enjoy the late afternoon sun a bit more.
BEFORE: Zeiss C-Biogon 35mm f/2.8
AFTER: 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€!
First real life test.
Nurses and caregivers demonstrating against the very poor conditions in health care.
The next weekend, we visited Andi and Irina and their newborn.
The happy parents + Mike in chillout mode.
For another walk. Eugen looking enthusiastic.
Going home. About 1/4s through the car window.
So 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.
Sunshine means Acros! My very first roll this year. Shot with M2 and the Jupiter.
Getting ready for the summer season.
Manual focus ftw.
Visited my mother. They turned the studio into a small workplace to teach art classes.
Just like the light here.
The 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.
Dominik and Kerim, two of our great illustrators, were occupied by young wannabe-artists the whole time.
Simon and his shirt #1.
I finally managed to install the kitchen clock since olga bothered my for weeks. I think it looks nice up there.
Günter and i layed new floor tiles in my grandmothers apartment. Great view from up there.
This 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.
Next day, after work cig. M6, trix, xtol btw.
Some construction stuff at one of my favorite restaurants. They installed some huge light tubes that create a very ambient scene.
Didn’t know that.
First day of the second semester! Michi and Max in the center.
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Prof. Vetter welcoming the students.
After the official part, the redesigned community room was opened to the students, which means beer and nice talks.
Simon and his shirt #2.
Printing some portfolio stuff for photography class.
Our sparce “dining room”. Temporarily.
Verdi strike in Nürnberg.
Switching to Delta 100.
Later, the people walked through the city with banners and posters.
Escorted by the police.I documented some suff along the way.Some people watched the spectacle with interestWhile others just didnt even take a note.Crossing a big steet. Awesome Delta tones here.
Studio 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.
Stephan, Simona and Katy blackening some old frames with markers.
Then we went shopping. Stephan got some cord and small clothespins to arrange our prints on the wall.
The face of pure happiness!
Emma giving her best.
After we turned the lights off and switched to fiesta mode, this was like my only light source to take some pictures.
Which did not work very well. In scenes like these i really miss the extra stops of a summilux or nokton.
We 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.
Stephan 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.
Fog machine kicking in.
Basti, Stephans roommate. Damn it was dark. Katy and Malena took some digitals with ISO 6400 lol.
Some of our artworks.
Later, 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.
In the studio. Klaus showing us how to use the generators for the flashes.
And also the huge dev machine for PE-prints in the darkroom.
Friday night, photography practice class. 1/8s here.
What you dont see every day at the super market. Decent tones for a 1600 trix.
Next vernissage at K4 Künstlerhaus. Faculties photography class graduation works.
Great pictures and also impressive companion volumes and photo books.
Franzi, ready to go home for the weekend. The trainstation is right across the street.
Free movie posters? Cool, better take all of them!
Artsy talk ?
JonasFriday morning class. Ida will probably kill me for this 🙂Mr. fro got himself a new bike.Last known picture of my old couch. Lasted for about 8 years.
For a walk around Dutzendteich.I like this one, although the composition is somewhat poor.So the other day, we had a barbecue at the faculty, so we went to buy some beer and other stuff.Guy behind us talking ridiculously loud on his phone.Lenny and Michi setting up the grillsMore people joining. Max giving his best.The veggie grill, pimped hot stone version.
Christian. As the sun set i switched to the Hexar and Tri-X.Girls talk.WtfLecker Schweinenackensteak.Schweinenackensteak self.Kudos to whoever took this pik, turned out quite nice.Sonja, head of Fachschaft.Eating a Schweinenackensteak.Lenny telling stories.Something happened to the Hexar here, probably switched to M-mode by accident.Katha looking enthusiastic. Hexar still at f/2.
Manual mode again, 1/8th i think. Going home. Good night.