Grain

I had forgotten how much I love the look of silver grain, the moment when you see your developed film for the first time, or even the scans. And sometimes there is the odd shot that makes my heart jump from the sheer beauty of that grain. Just the grain itself…

Both Icarex 35S with Zeiss Tessar 50/2.8 and Kodak Trix400; lab scans. Light leaks and all (or wherever this kind of streaking is coming from – hints highly appreciated), these two images make me really happy. Their beautiful grain does.

Shell Bay

Back in February on one of my trips to the UK I stayed in a hotel on Sandbanks in Poole. There is a chainferry that takes you over to Shell Bay, where you can have a lovely walk along the beach, which I did one afternoon to free up my mind and get a bit of fresh air. A rainstorm was approaching, so it was already quite dark, but the air was lovely and fresh, and the sea was ice cold (I had to wade through a small tidal creek at one point, that’s why I know).

The landscape is really picturesque and the heavy clouds did their part to make everything look quite gloomy and dramatic. I could have kept walking for hours, but the rainstorm drew in after about 50min, so I had to get back too soon.

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Kodak TriX 400 in Xtol 1+1.

65

My Dad turned 65 this year in spring. He invited family and friends for a birthday/retirement party. There was music, food, wine, great people, a recital of some quite fruity Mozart letters and lots of laughter, but see for yourself.

I had hestitated to put the pictures up on here, as it’s all family and friends on the pictures – but then it isn’t any different from other entries with family and friends I’ve done before, and photography is always personal in one or another way… Plus I liked how the series turned out. So, enjoy!

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All shots TriX in Xtol 1+1.

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
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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)!

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.

Kodak TriX 400 in Xtol 1+1.

Styria B/W

I finally developed my one (!) roll of TriX from my holidays in Styria (which were at the beginning of August). There’s still a roll of Portra in my camera, and it still isn’t finished (yes, not much shooting after my holidays), so I thought I’d just post the b&w ones first and then do a short colour entry soon (hopefully).

We stayed in a small holiday cottage in a tiny village (well, it was not even a proper village) at the border to Slovenia amidst the vinyards. Beautiful scenery, very quiet, perfect for a few relaxing days – only thing is, there was no supermarket, not even a corner store – and we did not have a car. Well, more of that later on…

So, this was our view from the balcony:

There was a beautiful patio as well, perfect place for breakfast (or barbecue or a glass of wine).

Yes, there need to be cameras in a holiday!

Oh, and there we are on our way to the next “shopping center” – it was a 4,5hrs walk to get there and back, a 35°C summer day.

Onions drying in the sun.

Capturing butterflies on the way.

The walk itself was nice, beautiful landscape, hot summer day (well, a bit cooler would have been nice), but when we finally reached the “shopping center” – we were devastated. It was the most depressing place you could imagine. We had hoped to get some beautiful food – fresh vegetables, free range meat, everything you’d need for a wonderful holiday barbecue. But – none of this was to be found in that “shopping center”. So we basically got some sausages and a bit of basic supplies to get us through the next days. Even though it’s a good laugh now that I think of it, we were really disappointed.

So back home we walked, and we really managed to make a nice barbecue nevertheless. No doubt our “diet” was very sausage-based, but with a bit of salad and onions and bell peppers we ended up having nice evenings on the patio with our beloved grill.

Our “hard-earned” food.

Styrian apple juice.

We walked to Slovenia – this is really right at the border.

Border crossing. Horrific framing…

Another evening with barbecue…

And Styrian wine.

More to come, next time in colour!

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Lushfest 2012

Like last year the annual big meeting of Lush people from around the world was a mixture of meeting and festival. Again the wonderful site of Holton Lee welcomed us for 5 days.

Unlike last year, where it was really, really cold especially during the nights, it was warmer, but we all faced a new challenge – heavy rain and the subsequent mud. But this didn’t keep us from having fun and enjoying the whole 5 days. Very much like last year, the first two days were dedicated to training sessions and product launches (a bit more about this a bit later in this post), and the last two days were the festival days open to the public with lots of bands, workshops, making our own products, and of course – lots of rain and mud (did I tell you this before? I just keep telling because I didn’t take that many pictures of the actual muddiness so it doesn’t really show on my pictures, as it was partly too wet even for my Leica).

So, basically this is my selection of my favourite pictures I took during those 5 days.

First signs of mud. It had rained heavily for days and days before we came to the site at Holton Lee in Poole, Dorset, so the ground was already very soft. It didn’t take long to turn large areas into deep mud.

Snapshots during the training day.

Taking notes.

More notes.

A chunk of soap to take home.

Wellies – our best friends during these days.

But we had two lovely, sunny days as well.

Fighting Animal Testing in Korean (at least I think this is what the writing says).

Heading to the Set in Stone stone circle, where a new range of Gorilla Perfumes was about to be launched. The stones in the circle were scented with the new frangrances, and a set of music composed for the fragrances by Simon Richmond and  John Metcalfe was performed life. To read more about the new fragrances, go and visit the Gorilla Perume blog.

It was really crowded, so for me the whole atomsphere and the music was a bit difficult to enjoy, still I liked the way how the fragrances were launched. The stone circle stayed there anyways, so I came back a few days later to experience the whole site on my own. And to take pictures, of course! I saw the site and felt it needed to be in colour, so scroll down a bit to see those impressions as well.

Life performance of the set of music especially composed for the six fragrances.

I switched to colour, just had to. Lush is a colourful company after all…

Our tents in the evening.

We had a ferris wheel on the site (of which I didn’t take a picture, don’t ask me why), but I took a ride, and this is how the muddiness looked from above. But this is still looking quite nice, compared to two days later!

My wellies.

Mixing their own lipsticks.

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Inside my tent.

Jackie Oates on stage.

Well, beer and a broken chair. Obvisously.

So here we go… Mud… In heavy rain.

But luckily there were gigs like The Dhol Foundation who had us dance until we felt warm and dry again!

Even the flamingoes liked it!

And after one day and night of heavy rain, this is how it looked the next morning! Unbelieveable!

Some tents had suffered quite a lot…

Holton Lee is right at the sea, so we went down to the beach to enjoy a little bit of sun and the sea breeze.

Catching shrimps – the were set free again immediately after we had had a look, don’t worry!

The camping village.

Exhausted. It was even muddy inside the tents…

A rainbow in the afternoon.

I went back to the stone circle to experience it on my own – the rainbow was still there!

That dead tree was so impressive, especially in the evening light, just beautiful.

The light, the light… Love it…

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Evening sun. And mud.

Even the rainbow was a bit muddy. Yes, that’s soap btw.

Best food ever – the guys from Wholefood Heaven did amazing food, which helped keeping me warm and happy. Thanks so much! Having good food makes such a difference! 🙂 If you ever find them somewhere around London or on a festival, try the Buddha Bowl, you won’t regret it, I promise!

Fun (thanks, Nora, for the idea!).

Mud.

English mud in my shower back home.

Despite the rain and the mud I have to say I really enjoyed those 5 days, the concerts were great, and meeting so many wonderful people was a lovely experience!

Thanks for all the work that went into organising Lushfest, guys! If you could switch off the rain next time, that would be great, but hey, we had a real British experience that way!

Nevertheless, being back home in my bed was nice too… 🙂

Films: Kodak TriX 400 in Xtol 1+1 & Portra 400.

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.

All TriX 400 in Xtol 1+1.