Experiments

I did some experiments with a Kodak Brownie No. 2 F recently, these were basically test shots to see if the camera still works. First time shooting medium format as well.  I think the Brownie is quite a fun camera and still works perfectly. So, here are the first shots:

Kodak Brownie No. 2 Model F (1932-1935)

Kodak TriX 400 120 in Xtol 1+1 (messed up development).

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As I am so used to develop 35mm film, I’d prepared only half the amount of developer I should have used (my brain automatically switched to amounts for one film), realized two minutes into the development and topped up – hence the uneven negatives. But as I said – test shots, so who cares. I’d love to shoot some expired colour film in the Brownie at some point, I think it could produce some nice results. Just need to find some.

Another experiment was shooting my first sheet film (9×12) in an old camera (supposedly dating back to somewhen between 1910 to 1930). I had some help from the photophilia guys, who teached me how to load the film into the holder, shoot the camera and spool the film into the reels for development.

Camera: unknown manufacturer (presumably around 1910-1930)
Lens: Schneider-Kreuznach Xenar 15,5 cm, 1:4,5
Shutter: Compur
Aperture: f22
Exposure time: bulb (two flashes, approximately 1 to 2 seconds)

Fomapan 100 sheet film 9×12
Rodinal 1+50

Straight out of scanner, no dust/scratch/water stains removal.

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A big shout out to the guys who helped me shooting this (photophilia)!

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Imperial Funeral

On 4th of July 2011 Otto Habsburg-Lothringen, the last Crown Prince of Austria-Hungary, died at the age of 98. After a long period of mourning he was finally buried on 16th of July in the Habsburg family crypt in Vienna (Kapuzinergruft), his heart was buried one day later in Hungary.

So much for a short historic background (if you want to know more, just pay auntie google a visit!). The funeral itself seemed to become a quite strange event, at least for me. As you hopefully know, Austria has ceased to be a monarchy in 1918. The funeral was announced to be a massive event, as big as a state funeral would have been – just that it was no official state funeral. A typical Austrian solution I would say.

Even though Austria long ago ceased to be a monarchy, sometimes you get the impression that our country secretly wishes we still had “our Emperor and Empress”. Even though I am not particularly interested in monarchy, nor wish to re-install a monarchy in Austria, I thought the funeral would make an interesting opportunity to take pictures, mainly of the people attending the funeral and the funeral procession.

The day before the funeral people could pay their tribute to the body which was layed out in the church where he also was to be buried later on. The place was already prepared for the day of the funeral with big screens where documentaries were aired. As I wanted to see how the place was set up and where the barriers would be placed, I went there and snapped a few pictures.

People watching the screen.

People queuing up to pay their references.

Liked the couple dressed in black.

Fast forward to the day of the funeral. These two were trying to get pictures of the celebrities arriving for the requiem mass in St. Stephen’s cathedral. Wanna-be paprazzi kind of… Probably need to think of upgrading their equipment!

Really most of the pictures I took were people watching…

It was very hot, and the little one was completely exhausted.

Think these guys belong to the Order of Malta. They were lined up in fron of the church waiting for the procession to start.

Flag with the coat of arms of Austria (mind – republic!), on the other side a picture of Otto Habsburg-Lothringen.

A tourist reading in his city guide about Austria back in monarchy era.

He was smiling happily, having climbed the barriers to watch the big screens, holding a Sissi flyer.

Photographers.

Saw this gentleman already the day before. Amidst the crowd just looking for celebrities he seemed a bit forlorn, genuinely sad.

The programme still stated Otto Habsburg’s title from back in monarchy times (which I think he was not allowed to carry in Austria! Yes, the funeral took place in Austria, Vienna…):

S.k.u.k.H Erzherzog Otto von Österreich Königlicher Prinz von Ungarn (His Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke Otto of Austria, Prince Royal of Hungary)

Also doubles up as sunshield or to cover your face in case someone takes pictures of you. Or whatever she was doing there…

One of my favourite shots.

Tired. Or bored.

Asleep.

Clearly bored. Not even Sissi was able to impress little doggy…

The crowd waiting for the procession.

The kids jumped up trying to see if the procession was already approaching.

Austrian armed forces – guard of honor (no, this was no state funeral!). They had taps fixed under their boots, which sounded quite funny, especially when looking into their stern faces. I always wonder if there’s somebody somewhere in this world who makes up all these funny ways of marching in step and then sells them to the different countries, as no one could come up by themselves with these quirky and really inefficient ways of moving yourself from one place to another… One of the reasons I could never join the army, I would constantly keel over from laughter with all the ridiculous stuff they come up with… (I know I wouldn’t, it’s not the best place to laugh… not much humor around there, they are always up to give people a hard time). Anyways – funny to watch!

Some of the traditional clubs, most of them had a hard time while trying to march in step… 😉

Personally I am really put off by most of these groups (“Traditionsverbände/Tiroler Schützen/Studentenverbindungen/etc. – sorry, I don’t know the correct translations for these), as they usually stand for really “tradional values”, some of them (not all of course) being friendly with right-wing ideas…

I literally felt sick in my stomach while they passed by… Don’t know, seeing these groups always creates a really oppressive atmosphere for me… So not many pictures of them…

Flags.

The coffin…

Action shooting.

Black & white pictures taken with Agfa APX 100 in Rodinal 1+50, all the rest digital.

Lushfest

Last week I spent my time on a huge camping site in the South of England, more precisely in Holton Lee, which is in Dorset.

Even though it may sound strange, it was in fact a business meeting, consisting of two days for meetings, presentations and workshops, and one festival day, where we all could listen to several bands (including Afro Celt Sound System, Jackie Oates, The Imagined Village, to only mention a few), have a look at how different departments work, meet and talk to campaigning/activist groups and lots more. As there was so much going on, I only managed to snap some picture on the go – this is my final selection.

At the airport, just before we boarded the plane to London.

Animals on the plane…

More than just one…

Arrived at Heathrow airport, we had to wait for about 3hrs for our coach that would take us to the camping site.

Met our lovely Swiss colleagues, who were eagerly playing with their iPhones.

Fast forward to the camping site – this is how it looked like:

Color version:

Never travel without a good amount of Manner wafers!

On the site there were a lot of different tents, where different departments showcased their work – in this one you could get your hands dirty and have a go at making products yourself.

This is how Comforter Bubble Bar is made – a big strudel, and then slices are cut off (should have shot this in colour, as the swirls are bright pink and white).

More Comforter Bubble Bar slices.

My colleague having a go at making a Ballistic.

It’s not as easy as you would think it is!

Yeah, made it!

My boss.

Camera, lighter, cigarettes.

The light was gorgeous that evening…

Apart from the wonderful evening light – this is how the site looked like with all the different tents and gazebos.

More of that sunset light – just couldn’t get enough of it.

Even though you can’t tell from the pictures or the light – it got very, very cold as soon as then sun had set, as you can tell from the next two pictures. I was so glad I took my snowboard jacket with me, one night the temperature went down to 4°C – so we all basically wore all clothes we could put on at once. Right now as I’m writing this, it’s over 30°C outside, hard to imagine that I wore a winter jacket, a beanie hat, fleece jacket and several clothes layers at once just a few days ago.

The cold didn’t stop us from having fun though – this is how you look after drinking vodka mixed with fizzy candy (Pop Rocks)!

Other fun stuff: Posing with a giant Toothy Tab and a living toothbrush.

Breakfast.

Even though it doesn’t look like it – this was taken around 9am (of course these were leftovers from the night before)!

During the week there were several bands playing on different stages for the real festival feeling – this was Jackie Oates.

During the Imagined Village gig.

More fun stuff – the football match. Or as I should say – after the football match!

Food was great – sorry, only empty plates!

And lots of booze – Bulmers mainly.

I don’t want to suggest this sign had something to do with the booze, but I thought the picture would best fit here! 🙂

Silent disco – I you have never been to a silent disco – try it, it’s fun!

I have to admit, I’m not that big a fan of camping – but thanks to the fact that I had invested quite an amount of money for a really, really warm sleeping bag, which meant I was one of the few not freezing during the night and actually sleep quite well – I really enjoyed this meeting/fest. It was great fun, I met a lot of inspiring people, enjoyed really good concerts, and realized once more how crazy (in a really good way) and unique a company I work for.

Back home I wanted to take a few pictures of the stuff I brought back home or used most during the week, but as I had changed films so often, I completely lost track of how many frames I already had taken on which film (stupid, I know), so I ended up with a few double exposures. So this is a collection of things I brought back, doubled up with a frame I took during the Afro Celt Sound System gig. Stupid mistake, but looks quite nice.

My three most important items – very warm sleeping bag, Maglite torch and Sea Shepherd beanie hat. And no, I didn’t have an illuminated sleeping bag – it’s again the lights of the Afro Celt Sound System gig.

Films: Kodak Portra 160NC, Kodak Portra 400VC, Kodak TriX 400 & TriX 400@3200, Agfa APX 100 – b/w developed in Rodinal 1+50.

Sandstone

Before I leave to the UK for one week, a series I took a few weeks ago when I was in Bregenz, Vorarlberg. There’s an amazing place right in the middle of the Bregenzer Ach, a river that flows into the Lake of Constance. It’s a monolith that consists of sandstone, left there since the last ice age. The water of the river has over millenia shaped this rock to look a bit like flowing water itself – soft curves, ripples and big waves. This is how the place looks like:

Years ago I have tried and failed to capture this place, now I gave it another try. I quite liked the outcome, exept for the fact that I messed up one of the rolls while developing, which bugs me, as I really liked one or two of the pictures.  But for the rest – here you go, I hope you enjoy!

And here is one of the messed up negatives…

It’s a wonderful place, so if you ever happen to be in the area, go and have a look!

Films: Trix 400 & Agfa APX 100 both in Rodinal 1+50.

Random

A few random pictures that have been siting on my hard drive for quite some time now. There is other stuff waiting as well, so I thought I’d just put these up until I’m done with the new ones…

A few colour frames from Berlin…

Back to Vienna in B&W.

At the airport – waiting. Hip shots.

More to come soon!

Films: Agfa APX 100 in Rodinal 1+50 and Kodak Portra 400 VC.

Vienna – Bournemouth – London

These are the last pictures from my week in the UK plus a few from Vienna. Just imagine the ones of the “The Passing of Time” entry mixed into these, as I also took them during the same time frame.

Starting off in Vienna.

Hiding behind a book.

In the morning on my way to work.

Beautiful light patterns – sunlight reflected by windows.

I thought she was carrying a picture, but after I took the frame I went in front of her and saw that the other side of the canvas was empty as well…

Escada.

Don’t know what she was carrying around there…

Smoking area at Gatwick Airport – made me laugh!

Bournemouth, Dorset. That day was pretty cold and windy, but I just had to go to the beach. Don’t know what it is about the sea, but listening to its sound and watching the waves just frees my mind and helps me to relax.

These two were so funny, they wanted to take pictures with the deckchair, but it was so windy that it was quite a struggle to get it set up, and as I got nearer I also took two pictures of them. They almost fell over from laughing while finally taking the pictures.

Lonely skater.

The pier, Bournemouth.

This is what my hairstyle looked like after coming home from the beach – you can tell it was windy out there!

Next day was warm and sunny. A surfer walking by.

Water & sand.

Again the pier.

Hotel corridor in London.

Trying to find his way around London.

This one’s for my sister, I guess she will know why! 😉

Empty papercups at Starbucks.

Oxford Street, Saturday around 5pm. It was pure madness, and even though I pretty much managed to avoid this street (I always try to, it’s just too much for me), I needed to go through about 100m of Oxford Street, and it took me ages to get through and away.

The Strand around 8am, still deserted, quite a contrast to Oxford Street the afternoon before.

Couldn’t resist taking this one.

Films – TriX 400 & APX 100 in Rodinal 1+50.

Pillow Fight

Before I am going to show you the rest of the pictures I took last week in the UK, there are a few pictures I took on the 2nd of April – the International Pillow Fight Day 2011 – that I wanted to put online first.

I really struggled with exposing, as the light changed all the time (sunny/cloudy), I knew I only had about 5 minutes to catch the whole thing, plus I also somehow messed up when developing the film afterwards – it came out okay, but then I noticed a slightly brown tint of the negatives and on one or two strange patterns that must have turned up during development (I guess). So if anyone has an idea where that came from, let me know!

Last preparations before the fight.

Lineup on both sides.

Let the fighting begin!

Clash of the oppsing sides.

The first pillow explodes.

Leaving the battle zone. This one makes me laugh every time I look at it!

Heavy fighting going on.

Another pillow gone.

I wasn’t the only photographer there, as you can imagine.

This one is my favourite.

See the stuff that looks like light streaks at the bottom of this one? I think it must have something to do with developing, but not sure… It’s on several other frames as well, but best visible in this one.

Celebrating the end of the fight.

Starting to clean up.

Exhausted.

Film – TriX 400 in Rodinal 1+50.

The Passing of Time

I tried something a bit different this time, as I discovered while editing the shots from the last weeks, that I had something like a theme going on. So for once I decided to not have a chronological entry, but one that just shows all the pictures that go with the theme.

It seems that I was drawn to take pictures of people that were either waiting for someone/something, had stopped to make a phone call, were having a break or were just waiting for time to pass. Most of the pictures were taken while I was travelling last week, just as if the amount of time I spent waiting myself made me (subconsciously) aware of other people doing the same…

Keep your eyes peeled for the next entry!

Films – TriX 400 & APX 100 in Rodinal 1+50.