Schlagwort: Ilford HP5+

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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05/2014: Two Lovers

The last weeks have really been exhausting, but in a good way. Since we’re doing real projects in classes instead of taking exams or tests, the semester ends with a big bang and everybody is hasting through the labs and hallways on their way to finish all kinds of exhibition stuff, portfolios, posters, web pages, essays, darkroom prints, movies or installations. People are stressed because of tight schedules, frustrated because of problems with computers, printers, programs, enlargers and all kinds of other stuff and at the same time happy because the semester is almost done and the summer season is ahead of us. I will post more stuff i did in photo class and typo class in the next blog for i’m not done with my portfolio yet. So here are some pictures covering the past months from mid-semester until now.

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i8110_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLIn typography class. i8117_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLIn the studio, working on some large format table top stuff. The whole process is sooo daaamn slow, especially when you’re used to shoot rangefinders, but the quality you get of those huge 4×5 negs is just worth it. i8147_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLIt was that time of year again. Makes a nice composition.i8144_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLIn a bar. 1600 ISO at 2.8, i think about 1/8th. So yeah, i decided to get a Nokton again, i just need those two more stops.i8142_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLOstAnders festival at Studio Eins. Some of us showed some (digtal) prints or illustrations.i8139_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLAnselm approving the setup. i8138_M2_TRIX1600_XTOL i8136_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLLonely beer bottle.i8134_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLAt Neues Museum. “Unschärfe” (=blur) was an installation inside and outside the museum. I also took a photo of the installation object, a huge room made out of steel grids and used it for a dyptichon for our human rights topic.

Pinhole-DyptichonThis dyptich i shot for the human rights topic. It is in fact a small piece of colour negative film, regularily exposed with a small pinhole camera i made from a 35mm film can (black one of course). The top part is actually shote inside the “Unschärfe” construction.
i8132_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLSome plants behind frosted glass. Looks haunting somehow but interesting at the same time. So i took a frame at 1/15th or so.
i8131_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLSilly subway stuff.i8130_M2_TRIX1600_XTOL i8126_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLPeople reading.i8120_M2_TRIX1600_XTOLi8119_M2_TRIX1600_XTOL i8149_XA_HP5_HC110Another Olympus XA artwork. It seems to have some trouble transporting the film for the first 1-3 frames. Looks funny though.i8153_XA_HP5_HC110Kids drawing. Thats some HP5+ Stephan lent me btw since i ran out of trix.i8154_XA_HP5_HC110Cig break.i8157_XA_HP5_HC110Another election. Discussing who to vote for. Pathetic.i8158_XA_HP5_HC110The smaller the camera, the harder the focusing. i8160_XA_HP5_HC110They built a wall around a tree, how nice is that.i8163_XA_HP5_HC110Jonas and his digital pinhole cam. What a cheater 😀i8164_XA_HP5_HC110 i8167_XA_HP5_HC110 i8168_XA_HP5_HC110Guess what, election. This time at the faculty. Some of us volunteered as election workers.i8170_XA_HP5_HC110Back in photo class. We listened to some lecture about great photographers. Tanja all of a sudden pulled out a blank loaf of bread and a knife and was like “whos hungry?” and started cutting some slices. What a moment!i8171_XA_HP5_HC110 i8172_XA_HP5_HC110Olga and i went to the yearly “mobility flea market” to get a bike for her.i8173_XA_HP5_HC110Printed this one.i8174_XA_HP5_HC110Finally, a friend for my old bike. i8175_XA_HP5_HC110Saturday morning at uni, Fachschaft breakfast time. Andi also brought some board games for the students to play in the community room. Its actually like a kindergarden but with typography and stuff…i8177_XA_HP5_HC110Beppo and Basti, newly elected leaders of the student council.
i8179_XA_HP5_HC110Oh noes! i8180_XA_HP5_HC110 Kornmarkt blues.i8182_XA_HP5_HC110I wonder who arranged this and why.i8184_XA_HP5_HC110 i8187_XA_HP5_HC110Improvisation.i8189_HEXAR_K100_RODINALHanging out after class. Kentmere 100 in Rodinal (Hexar AF). i8194_HEXAR_K100_RODINAL i8224_HEXAR_K100_RODINALSmooth light that evening. Shot from our bedroom window. i8222_HEXAR_K100_RODINAL i8220_HEXAR_K100_RODINALWhat a statement! And such nice structures too. i8218_HEXAR_K100_RODINALwaste removal coming through! i8217_HEXAR_K100_RODINAL i8214_HEXAR_K100_RODINAL i8213_HEXAR_K100_RODINALTwo lovers. i8207_HEXAR_K100_RODINALBuddy for sale. i8206_HEXAR_K100_RODINAL i8205_HEXAR_K100_RODINALI thought that was a funny moment. i8204_HEXAR_K100_RODINALSometimes i like to take a picture that is nothing special but has a single small detail that makes it less boring.
i8202_HEXAR_K100_RODINALMore Altstadtflohmarkt impressions. Stephan bought this very old portrait. The technical quality of this little piece was just impressive. i8201_HEXAR_K100_RODINALSome happy people spreading the joy. i8200_HEXAR_K100_RODINAL i8199_HEXAR_K100_RODINAL i8198_HEXAR_K100_RODINALBasti, Stephans roommate.i8195_HEXAR_K100_RODINALInside the comic book store. i8225_M2_TRIX_XTOLBack to good old Trix+Xtol. Hanging out at uni, David enjoying his summertime coffee.i8226_M2_TRIX_XTOLA poster at the academy of fine arts. Susi and i were there for a lecture about icons in photography. i8227_M2_TRIX_XTOLTaking portraits. i8229_M2_TRIX_XTOLBenno, shot with the M2 + Xsync-connected lighting.i8230_M2_TRIX_XTOLLitte Mike discovered his hand.i8233_M2_TRIX_XTOL i8234_M2_TRIX_XTOL i8235_M2_TRIX_XTOLJuliani8239_M2_TRIX_XTOLIllustration exhibition of two great graduation works at Neues Museum. Prof Ackermann holding the opening speech.i8240_M2_TRIX_XTOLGreat use of space and arrangement of exhib pieces. i8241_M2_TRIX_XTOL i8243_M2_TRIX_XTOLWe went to Kulturgarten later for a beer. Sometimes i does not matter how good you try to hide, you just fail. i8244_M2_TRIX_XTOLBasti in busy work mode.i8245_M2_TRIX_XTOLi8246_M2_TRIX_XTOL i8247_M2_TRIX_XTOL i8249_M2_TRIX_XTOLThat night there was a big storm outside and we watched from the window. I thought why not capture a lightning strike on film, should be bright enought to illuminate the scene. The first frame came out completely dark because i missed. This is the second try. 1/8th of a second at 1.4.i8252_M2_TRIX_XTOLShooting some footage for Cast class at Idas and Sibylles place.i8253_M2_TRIX_XTOLKafka, who was our actor. Killer dude.i8254_M2_TRIX_XTOLThank god the final scene takes place in a Biergarten!i8256_M2_TRIX_XTOLGoin’ fishin’.i8257_M2_TRIX_XTOLMore family time in my uncles garden.i8258_M2_TRIX_XTOL i8259_M2_TRIX_XTOL i8260_M2_TRIX_XTOL i8261_M2_TRIX_XTOL i8262_M2_TRIX_XTOLLooking up. i8262_M2_TMY_XTOLSince i have left some rolls of TMY (= TMax 400), i shot one for fun. This is shot from the balcony, looking down in the hidden garden. i8263_M2_TMY_XTOL i8264_M2_TMY_XTOLA heart-shaped cake for Günter.i8265_M2_TMY_XTOL i8269_M2_TMY_XTOL i8272_M2_TMY_XTOLBest buds?i8273_M2_TMY_XTOLShitting pigeons. Already printed this one. Well, Tmax definitely has its advantages. A very modern look and just non-existent grain. I still prefer the Trix’ character though.i8275_M2_TMY_XTOL i8276_M2_TMY_XTOL i8280_M2_TMY_XTOL i8282_M2_TMY_XTOL i8284_M2_TMY_XTOLAt the bus station. Shitty weather. i8288_M2_TMY_XTOLSome linesi8289_M2_TMY_XTOL i8292_M2_TMY_XTOLGetting ready for Rock im Park.i8293_M2_TMY_XTOLMachines blocking the way for cyclists. i8295_M2_TMY_XTOLThe other day, Olga got sick. i8302_M6_ACROS_RODINALBack in the lab! Its Fuji Acros time! Leica M6 and Nokton. i8303_M6_ACROS_RODINALAnother christian-ish pic of Christian.i8304_M6_ACROS_RODINALFranzi and her Pentax ME.i8305_M6_ACROS_RODINALTanja jumping in the frame.i8307_M6_ACROS_RODINAL i8308_M6_ACROS_RODINALSome place at the border of Nürnberg. People running up the hill.i8309_M6_ACROS_RODINALPeople fishing.i8310_M6_ACROS_RODINAL i8311_M6_ACROS_RODINALSome frames from the Volksfest in spring. i8314_M6_ACROS_RODINALEspecially when shot in bright sunlight, Acros is just superb!i8315_M6_ACROS_RODINAL i8321_M6_ACROS_RODINALMore trees for Nürnberg.i8323_M6_ACROS_RODINALDuzy hurt his leg.i8326_M6_ACROS_RODINALA man enjoying the sun, view from the lab in the little yard.i8327_M6_ACROS_RODINAL i8328_M6_ACROS_RODINAL i8330_M6_ACROS_RODINALThanks, i think i get it now!i8331_M6_ACROS_RODINALWalking around, taking some pictures.i8333_M6_ACROS_RODINALAt another market, women hanging up some baby stuff.i8334_M6_ACROS_RODINAL i8336_M6_ACROS_RODINAL i8337_M6_ACROS_RODINALWhat a lovely flag. i8338_M6_DDELTA100_HC110We enjoyed some of the warm days at Naturgartenbad, which is just a great place to relax and spend the whole day at. Shot some Delta 100 too.

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i8339_M6_DDELTA100_HC110Edited version. i8339_M6_DDELTA100_HC110Untouched raw version from the LS-40 (=Nikon Coolscan IV) + Vuescan. Delta 100 is just good stuff. And seems like it loves HC-110 for development. Oh yeah, after using a dedicated film scanner for some time now, i have this hint for you: If youre struggeling with the quality of your scans, throw your flatbed in the trash (talking 35mm here) and get a real scanner. If your scans are still no good, your process most likely sucks. Check every step, like EVERY step: Camera working properly? Film stored correctly? Chemicals fresh? Dev process going well? How about your temps? Using wetting agent? Please please dont get disencouraged by all this stuff. But theres just some parameters that you should take care of if you want good quality (technical quality) negatives. However, having fun is still no. 1 on the list of course!i8340_M6_DDELTA100_HC110 i8342_M6_DDELTA100_HC110More hanging out. Olga looking at my grandpas sketchbook from the 40s and 50s. He made the last sketches in this in 2006 which is kinda cool.i8343_M6_DDELTA100_HC110 i8344_M6_DDELTA100_HC110 i8345_M6_DDELTA100_HC110We spent the next day at Tanjas parents’ house she was keeping while they were on vacation. What an awesome place with all kinds of trees, bushes and beds.i8346_M6_DDELTA100_HC110 i8347_M6_DDELTA100_HC110View from the greenhouse on the beds.i8350_M6_DDELTA100_HC110 i8351_M6_DDELTA100_HC110Mandy, the dog, was exhausted because of the sunny weather. Shes 18.i8352_M6_DDELTA100_HC110Another frame for the “Metering-on-my-hand” series.i8353_M6_DDELTA100_HC110Its beautiful because its in b/w.i8354_M6_DDELTA100_HC110 i8355_M6_DDELTA100_HC110We also took some portraits for photoclass with the 500CM. For the human rights semester topic, we had to abuse a roll of FP4+ 120 film negatives mechanically after development. I decided to cut up some portraits and mix the parts back togtheer into different portrait-like close-ups. I’ll do a scan of the print to show it in the next post probably.

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i8356_M6_DDELTA100_HC110 i8358_M6_DDELTA100_HC110We went to the graveyard later.i8359_M6_DDELTA100_HC110 i8360_M6_DDELTA100_HC110So i worked on my project for the typography exhibition and cut some posters and stuff. Since i couldnt find a proper mat to cut on, i just grabbed a random magazine and cut on its back. Later i realised it was some LFI issue. Sorry guys.i8361_M6_DDELTA100_HC110The next day, i decided to take some photographs of the Rock im Park aftermath after work. The weather was perfect for Delta and i found some beautiful stills…i8362_M6_DDELTA100_HC110The whole area was of course cleaned some hours later, but still.i8364_M6_DDELTA100_HC110Some guys deinstalling some beams.i8365_M6_DDELTA100_HC110Beer can art.i8366_M6_DDELTA100_HC110I wonder what party was going on here a few days ago.i8367_M6_DDELTA100_HC110The pure joy of nature. Already did a print. Some weeks ago, i bought some packs of very old (30+ years) Tetenal Speed paper from a former photographer. Very nice guy. The paper is quite old and has gotten about 1-2 grades smoother (that makes a grad 4 back then a grad 2-3 today and so on), but all packs were still sealed and stored correctly. Turns out these old packs of Tetenal (24x30cm and 30x40cm) still work nearly perfectly. And also, now that i finally do darkroom prints, it turns out that my negs are already pretty solid for printing, which is great. For example, the print i did of the above frame on some grad 3 speed paper turned out almost exactly like the web version, lookwise. Deep blacks and rich highlights, though theres a lot more shadow detail in the print than in the scan. So im glad that all the time i intuitively edited my scans to a print-ish look, and not to something completely different. Sure, dodging and burning, multigrade and fiber is still to come, but for now i’m perfectly happy with what im getting out of my negatives. i8368_M6_DDELTA100_HC110On topi8369_M6_DDELTA100_HC110Some strange people lurking around, looking for empty bottles and all kinds of stuff, gathering all kinds of crap like rats. Kinda interesting.i8371_M6_DDELTA100_HC110More people enjoying the green fields.i8372_M6_DDELTA100_HC110 i8373_M6_DDELTA100_HC110Some people looking for bottles on the left side, some weird dude taking a sunbath right in the middle of all this crap on the right side. Man do i love people.
i8374_M6_DDELTA100_HC110 i8375_M6_DDELTA100_HC110i8276_M2_TRIX_XTOLOk, next weekend. Visiting Olgas family again. (Back to Trix)i8279_M2_TRIX_XTOLHappy grandparents.i8280_M2_TRIX_XTOLBehind the scene.i8285_M2_TRIX_XTOLBack to work.The Designers Night, a huge exhib at campus, was about to begin the next day. The team did some final installation work.i8286_M2_TRIX_XTOLWe also rent some oldschool couches and armchairs to set up a 70s style “chillout zone”. I wish we couldve kept these forever! Damn fire regulations.i8287_M2_TRIX_XTOLChef 1 and Chef 2.i8288_M2_TRIX_XTOLThe girls working on their exhibition stuff + Anselm on framing stuff.i8292_M2_TRIX_XTOLWho would not want to move in here right away?i8293_M2_TRIX_XTOLThe WM was about to start.
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i8295_M2_TRIX_XTOL i8296_M2_TRIX_XTOLi8297_M2_TRIX_XTOLBeppo, head of team DN7 aka. space design class holding his opening speech.i8300_M2_TRIX_XTOLBenno with a print from Lenny’s type/print experiment.i8301_M2_TRIX_XTOLBack home, we invited Olgas family to our (not so) new place to have a nice barbecue together.i8303_M2_TRIX_XTOLOlgas dad took some shots too!i8304_M2_TRIX_XTOL i8306_M2_TRIX_XTOLI always find it hard to meter inside tents or bright rooms or such, it is way brighter than the meter says and i often end up with very dense because 1-2 steps overexposed negs. These could be “restored” pretty good using curves in Lightroom (because trix is killer!) but the overall tonality suffers a lot, of course.i8307_M2_TRIX_XTOL i8308_M2_TRIX_XTOL i8310_M2_TRIX_XTOLThe next day, we went for walk outside the city.
i8311_M2_TRIX_XTOL i8312_M2_TRIX_XTOLWhat an impressive secluded place. I like to come here every now and then, just the wander around and clear my head.i8313_M2_TRIX_XTOLLeftover asparagus.

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

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.

Fotografien, 1/2012

Ich habe zu Beginn dieses Jahres recht viele Filme belichtet, was nicht zuletzt daran liegt, dass ich Gefallen daran finde, Erlebnisse und Begegnungen zu dokumentieren. Nichts Gestelltes oder nachträglich Bearbeitetes, einfach nur festgehaltete Momente. Ungeschminkte Realität.
Mir gefällt weiterhin die Art der Präsentation solcher Erlebnisse. Sehr lange Einträge, viele unterschiedliche Bilder, aufgenommen über einen gewissen Zeitraum. Kleine Anekdoten darunter, die ein wenig Information zur Geschichte hinter einer Aufnahme vermitteln. Diese Art der Präsentation ist nicht von mir, ich habe sie so bei Severin endeckt, welcher sie seit kurzem wieder eingeführt hat, YAY! Mir gefiel das alles so gut, dass ich dort manchmal stundenlang interessiert Bilder betrachtete und kleine Geschichten dazu las. In ähnlicher Form machen das die geschätzten Kollegen Pascal und Arne übrigens schon länger, allerdings ohne Kommentare. Nun ist mein Leben freilich nicht das aufregendste. Dennoch war ich so fasziniert von dieser Art, Geschichten in Form von Bild und Text zu erzählen, dass ich es nun selbst versuche. Hat ja bereits im ersten Artikel dieses Jahres recht gut funktioniert. Vielleicht ändert sich das Schema auch wieder, für den Augenblick mag ich es aber. Hatte zuerst Bedenken, ob das gut so ist, wie es ankommt und überhaupt. Dann fiel mir jedoch ein, dass mir das egal ist und ich hier ja machen kann, was ich will :cool:. (mehr …)

Solmser Fotobörse im November 2011

Ende November war mal wieder Fotobörse in Solms. Und da mich das alles sehr interessiert bin ich spontan mal hingefahren um ein wenig zu gucken und mit Pascal und einem Kumpel den Gebrauchtmarkt zu überblicken. Wir stellten einen merkbaren Preisanstieg bei eigentlich allem fest. Gekauft wurde deshalb nichts, interessant war es dennoch. Allein 30 Leicas auf einem Tisch gestapelt und aufgereiht zu sehen, ist beeindruckend. Außerdem noch ein kleiner Abstecher zu den Leicawerken, sind ja direkt umme Ecke. Prospekte gibt’s da kostenlos, im Gegensatz zu sonst (wie Pascal meinte) aber leider keine gratis LFI. Sei’s drum, ich werde im März wieder hinfahren, wer kommt mit? (mehr …)

Das wird unter konzeptioneller Fotografie abgelegt…

Meine Holga funktioniert nicht richtig. Eigentlich schwer vorstellbar, da die ja ausser “Licht auf Film” gar keine Funktion hat. Andere klagen über Lichtlecks. Ich nicht. Nein, meine ist wunderbar dicht. Dafür transportiert sie irgendwie nicht richtig. Ich dachte schon ich sei zu doof. Glaube aber, ich mache alles richtig. Film ist korrekt gespannt, ich drehe von einer Zahl zur nächsten, sogar ein Stückchen weiter. Trotzdem sieht der Film nachher aus als hätte ich ein 1080° Panorama aufnehmen wollen. Was ja eigentlich cool wäre. Aber nicht gewollt. (mehr …)

Gesammelte Analogien #1

Bevor ich mal wieder eine Kamera vorstelle, mit Chris einen Bericht der Nürnberger Fototage schreibe, ein Video drehe, einige Technikartikel verfasse, das compendium analogicum vervollständige, davor hier noch querbeet ein paar Bilder. Verschiedene Kameras, Filme und Rezepte, soweit ich das überblicke aber alles hier in Franken bzw. Bayern geschossen. (mehr …)

Das Atelier

War am Wochenende mal wieder draußen bei meiner Mutter. Wie es der Zufall wollte, hatte ich die feine Leica IIIc dabei und habe einen HP5+ vollgemacht um mal ein wenig das Atelier zu dokumentieren. Bin nach wie vor hingerissen von dieser Kamera, die immerhin schon 62(!) Jahre auf dem Buckel hat. Tolle Bilder macht sie außerdem. Drei oder vier sind gar nichts geworden, den kompletten Rest möchte ich euch hier zeigen. (mehr …)

Available Light mit der Bessa R oder: Nette, äußerst ruhige 20-Zimmer-Wohnung in Erlangen

Letztens war ich zu Besuch in Erlangen bei meiner Schwester, die in einem alten Wohnheim der Universitätsklinik Erlangen wohnt. Beim Gang durch’s Treppenhaus fiel mir auf, dass mehrere Stockwerke komplett leer stehen, anscheinend wird hier gerade saniert. Wie es der Zufall will, hatte ich meine Bessa R fertig geladen im Auto liegen – auf zum Shooting!

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