Street, finally…

It’s been ages since my last entry…

This entry has been sitting around unpublished for a while now, as I had to withhold a few pictures I had entered into a street photography contest. I didn’t want to take them out of the set, so all of it had to wait a little longer. But now I’m good to go, so here are a few shots from the last months (yes, some of them date back that long).

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Still cold and wintery when I shot these kids.

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First signs of sun here.

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I met up with Klara. We went for a photographic stroll through Vienna. Felt great to get going again!

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Klara tiptoeing around trying to get a shot of the janitor lady.

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Having a break. Me inspecting Klara’s camera (shot by Klara).

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Caught Klara taking notes… 😉

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Right after seeing Severin’s exhibition at eigensinnig.

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Unloading.

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Unloading II.

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Max testing my 50.

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And me testing his 28. Wide, let me tell you, sooo wide!

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Back to my trusty 35.

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Favourite frame I.

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The zebra. Favourite frame II.

More to come soon!

Either Kodak TriX 400 or PlusX 125 in Xtol 1+1.

Vienna – Paris – Vienna

Time for some street pictures, I think. Lately I seem to get in the habit of taking ages to finish my rolls… Anyhow, some collected shots from Vienna, my short trip to Paris and the longer trip back home…

Entrance to paradise… Need to come back and re-shoot this in colour.

1st district, Vienna.

Window shoppers.

They all had the same carrier bags. Still undecided about this shot…

Wanted to take a picture of this wall, she stepped into my frame.

Stumbled upon a few of those, still can’t make any sense of them.

Lost.

Partner look.

The old taking a picture of someone taking a picture of someone taking a picture story.

I went on a short trip to Paris with a few colleagues – in search for a bin at Charles de Gaulle airport I found this…

A few random snaps from Paris.

La vie en rose…

Action shooter aiming for the Eiffel tower.

I think the two of them were trying to find their way, even though it looks like he was taking a picture… Still funny somehow…

Champs Elysees. Worst place you can go in Paris, honestly. I tried to get away from there as quickly as possible (don’t ask me why I went there in the first place). There were these guys with two Lamborghini Gallardo and another expensive car (Porsche? don’t really remember…) that you could rent for 89€/h. They constantly attracted masses of people. I had to wait for a few girls from our group and watched the whole scenery, quite ridiculous, if you ask me (and yes, I do like cars, but this was really stupid). Think the kid would have liked to stop and look too, but Mum was determined to get out there quickly, like me.

We got lost around Montmartre and found a lovely Asian and African quarter. At the zebra crossing I noticed this guy with the traffic cones on his bike and snapped him. He caught me and signalled something, don’t know if he approved or disapproved, but as he was going downhill I don’t think he would have come back anyways. Imagine going uphill on a bike with traffic cones…

City maps on every corner.

He lost his head in Paris. Dropped it into the Seine perhaps…

Morning at the airport, my group waiting for the plane to arrive from Zurich. At that point we still thought we would be back home in Vienna by midday. Well, we were wrong. Zurich had snow and heavy fog, so they wouldn’t let the plane start, and when it finally arrived in Paris, they wouldn’t allow us back in to Zurich. Connecting flight was gone by the time we finally landed in Switzerland.

Our plane. We still thought we’d make it home that day.

By now we had found out we wouldn’t get home that quickly.

Zurich Kloten.

We took turns in guarding the luggage and queuing for new tickets and hotel and all of that. Have to say there could be worse airports to get stranded than Zurich. Swissair were really helpful, we got a hotel for the night, everything was covered and we got tickets for the next day. And Zurich is a really nice airport to spend some time (great Rösti too!).

While looking after the luggage I saw this guy starting a stretching routine…

Well deserved sleep after long nights in Paris.

Fog.

Handing out hotel vouchers.

The girls wanted some time for a last shopping spree before heading to the hotel. Left me some time to hunt for pictures at the airport.

On the phone, latest news about our journey.

Empty luggage reclaim hall.

Next day, back home in Vienna.

And one last quick snap a few minutes before finally arriving back home.

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Vienna Street and a Walk with Klara

Well, after a long time of not shooting much street, here comes the longest entry I’ve ever put together. So how’s that you may wonder… There’s several reasons, one of them was having a week of holidays and so being able to clear my head, but more important was that Klara Yoon, a street photographer from Berlin, was in Vienna, and asked me if I wanted to meet up. We  shot some street together, and I have to say, it was such great fun! I so enjoyed it – but let’s start from the beginning…

These are still a few shots from back in April and May…

Random stuff, like these two…

…or a broken bike.

Waiting at Frankfurt Airport.

Back in Vienna.

Boxes.

Watching a football match.

Here I was already on may way to meet Klara.

Guess he would qualify as Cafe Latte Daddy in Sweden…

I’ve been following Klara’s blog for a while, so I was happy to finally meet her for real. After we had a cup of coffee we went for a photowalk (dunno why, but somehow I don’t like this word…). To be honest, as much I was looking forward to shoot with someone, as opposed to usually roaming the streets all by myself, I also had my doubts if it really would work out. I usually don’t take many pictures, so I was unsure what to expect. But I have to say, it was such great fun! Also people didn’t seem to mind at all being photographed by two little girls! A combination I can only recommend (sorry, guys!). It was also interesting to see how we often saw the same situations, so I really look forward to see Klara’s blog entry to compare what she took away from our walk. And now, enough talking, here are the pictures (here is Klara’s entry).

Taking pictures of people taking pictures.

Pretty sure Klara’s version will be better, should have gone for a second shot…

Klara in action.

Initially the woman’s bag caught my eye, but the two guys thought it was them we were taking pictures of, so they started posing for us…

He tried to get out of my frame! 🙂

Teenage love.

A split second too late… He was quick, I wasn’t…

Girls and boys.

These two were cleaning leeks on the market, I chickened out and just took a picture from the side…

Have to say I really struggle with exposing correctly in bright light in summer, dunno why so many people call it “good light”, probably they mistake good for bright… Whatever…

Quick meal.

He was buying flowers, can’t tell if he looked after the girls or if he just wanted to find out what I was taking pictures of…

Klara.

Wheel in cafe.

Saw Klara shooting this as well, again will be interesting to see her version.

Teenage love.

Think that was the last picture I took before Klara had to leave to catch her train… Thanks for that lovely afternoon, hope to meet again soon!

So, back to random findings in Vienna! A sleeping guy for example…

She videotapes everything, so that he can watch it back home, as he was too busy to look at the real thing…

Friendly.

Not teenage anymore, but hopefully still love.

El padron.

“Leftists have more sex – and the Pirates are prudish.” Quality journalism made in Austria.

Ironing board.

Car talk (I guess).

Car cleaning.

Smoke break.

Connected.

Disconnected.

This looked funny… Somehow…

Dedicated photo assistant!

All pictures Kodak TriX 400 in Xtol 1+1.

More Random II

It took me ages to finish those few rolls I shot in the last months. Finally enough pictures for a short entry with some random pics.

Think these two girls were posing for a photo. 🙂

Snow (so now you know how long it took me to finish those rolls of film!).

On a plane to London.

In a pub in the UK. His night didn’t seem to be nice as pie…

At Costa Coffee.

Heading back to Heathrow. Rain. What else.

Rubbish (those who recognise the newspaper, yes, it’s rubbish).

Grounded.

First days of spring and finally some sun.

Stripes, no stars.

Trousers & jacket – flea market leftovers.

Snapping away.

Love.

Sunlight. 🙂

The standoff.

Beech tree in a park in Bregenz. I spent many lunch breaks under or sitting in that tree back in school.

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From a few weeks ago – great light.

She was waiting for her food to arrive and enjoyed the autumn sun.

Shoes.

Autumn.

Busy people.

City cowboy.

Drums and a bike.

Corpse.

Rainy weather.

National holiday in Austria, the army usually organises an event to present themselves to the public (not very fond of that event, but went there to take pictures anyways).

Eurofighter wing.

Tea.

People queuing to meet the Bundeskanzler.

Watching.

More queuing.

More watching.

Wiener Wasser (Viennese water).

On my way home…

Smoking.

They looked a bit lost.

Father & son?

A last one of people watching…

Back home – Sachertorte.

A last cup of tea and then off to develop the rolls of the day.

Films: TriX 400 & Agfa APX 100 in Xtol 1+1

Madrid

Two weeks ago I went on a short business trip to Madrid – and the really nice thing about it was that I had one day on my own, free to roam the city and do whatever I wanted to do – a rare thing to happen on those kind of trips. So I opted for walking the streets of Madrid and shoot, and go and see Picasso’s Guernica.

So this was the view out of my hotel room in the morning. I just loved the light in Spain…

Next thing I got to see was this guy at McDonald’s, he slept like this while I was having breakfast. Didn’t look to comfortable to me.

Walking down Calle Gran Via.

Market stalls about to open.

First frame of a new roll, messed it up but still like it.

Walking towards Atocha Station.

Fancy bike, fancy parking.

Serious discussion.

More people on their way to Atocha.

Not just cold water – very cold water!

Shame I cut off his feet…

At Atocha Station. He didn’t seem to be too happy about me taking his picture… Didn’t say anything though…

Strange leftovers from nightly events…

This was at Museo Reina Sofía – I had planned to be there quite early to avoid the masses, but when I arrived it was already quite crowded and when I got upstairs it already looked like this outside the building:

Wasn’t too bad in the museum after all, and watching Guernica was quite an experience. If you ever have the possibility to see it for real, please go, it’s a really strong picture (words fail me on this, so go and see for yourself).

Continued my walk after the museum and found this guy (for all Austrians – doesn’t he look a bit like Hannes Kartnig?).

Kind of had to take this…

Parque del Retiro.

Where did I put it, damnit?!

Some reading.

Again, morning view from my hotel window, followed by a long day of work. Then back to the airport.

Madrid-Barajas Airport.

Is there such a thing as planespotting (I know there’s trainspotting, but…)?

Fast asleep next to me…

Couldn’t find an affordable direct flight back to Vienna, so I had to transfer through Palma de Mallorca, which annoyed me a bit, as I expected it to be a crappy little airport flooded with drunk German and British tourists, which luckily it wasn’t as it turned out. The airport is quite okay actually, and there were Germans, but not as many as I expected and quite civilised behaved. Still the mere thought of Palma made me switch into a cliché mode somehow as it seemed after taking a few pictures… So here’s my collection of Palma de Mallorca clichés:

German tourist wearing a Bayern München jersey.

Turn your kids into a Flamenco dancer with this authentic Flamenco fancy dress (most probably made in China):

Warsteiner beer, Sangria buckets and more German tourists.

Guy waiting outside while the wife/girlfriend shops for clothes – how cliché’s that!

Asian guy squatting – probably not cliché but quite typical. Most of us Europeans above the age of 10 or 11 wouldn’t be able to do this, surely not for a longer time and surely it wouldn’t feel very relaxed.

Last view of Palma de Mallorca Airport (well, not really the last, but the last one I took a halfway decent picture of).

A few last snaps back in Vienna.

Don’t know if this one really works, the reflection is probably too strong…

Hard to translate (something along the lines of “make sense of my hanging”)…

Little Italy. Kind of.

Films: Agfa APX 100 & Kodak TriX 400 in Xtol 1+1.

More Random

Like the title suggests – more of my random street shots. Changed from Rodinal to Xtol for a try, have to say I quite like the look of it…

Okay, here we go – he probably took the expression street photography a bit too literally (he didn’t get run over by a car, I stayed and watched him leave unharmed).

Westbahnhof, Vienna. Waiting.

Random doggy.

Tourists.

Two men.

Feet.

Relaxing.

Accidentally set my camera to ISO 400 for the next two pictures, even though they were underexposed, they turned out quite okay… And my scanner cropped some of this picture, couldn’t get it to scan the whole negative.

Well, a bit dark to be honest… Note to myself: check ISO setting!!!

He was sketching buildings in the 1st district (Graben, Kohlmarkt).

Schönbrunn. Reading a book.

Watching a squirrel eating mushrooms in the park (if you have never seen a squirrel eat mushrooms – check here: link & link)

Fast asleep.

Discussing.

See the pigeon walking by?

Reading.

Thinking.

Chairs having a day off.

Gloves having a day off. Or destroying concrete structures…

PET bottles.

Sky in Schönbrunn.

Resting.

Films: Agfa APX 100 & Kodak TriX 400, both in Xtol 1+1.