Finding a Project

I’m currently attending another HGB evening academy workshop. The theme is “city/landscape” and I’m looking for something to shoot long term-ish. At the moment I’m thinking about the transition between the city and its surrounding landscape. Either geographically (edge of town), or in spirit (allotment gardens). We were asked to take some preliminary images of our interest or to collect (visual) ideas.

Here is what I got so far. Shot with my new Canonet rangefinder. Somehow I love the portrait orientation. Not sure if I’ll continue this thread or rethink my approach… we’ll see in the coming weeks and months.

Markkleeberg / Leipzig, Germany – November 2018

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Canonet 28 (40mm / f2.8) + Fujifilm Superia Premium 400
Film sponsored by Caro.
Development + Scan by NimmFilm
Edited in Adobe Lightroom

Two Rolls With: Holga 120

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Holga 120 (plastic fantastic) + 2x Kodak T-Max 400 (expired 2003)

Ted Forbes’ Photo assignments are a set of challenges designed to improve creative thinking. Mostly by providing a theme or some sort of restrictions. This time it’s based on the Holga:

  • no Autofocus and no Viewfinder
  • f8 only
  • fixed shutter speed (1/30 or 1/60)
  • fixed ISO (100 or 400)

The Video:

 

Since I actually own a Holga and had not shot it in years, I finally used it again. There were also two rolls of 15+ year old expired b/w film, that I had no idea what to do with for years. And I also had a little bit of ID-11 developer left, that wasn’t enough for a 1+3 development ratio, so I had to guess times for a 1+4 mix.

Not worrying too much about anything felt really good. Am I framing the scene correctly? No idea! Is the exposure good? Probably not! Can I do anything about it? Nope! Are the leaves in focus? Who knows, I sure don’t.

Using the 6 x 4,5 mask gave me some more images per roll (16 instead of 12). I think it also reduced vignetting on the long sides of the photo. And I’m super in love with the format of 6 x 4,5.

All in all it was really a fun experience. I bet the Holga will return one day.

Leipzig, Germany – Oct / Nov 2018

 

 

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Holga 120 GCFM (cheap glas instead of cheap plastic lens)
2x Kodak T-Max 400 (expired 2003 / 120 Medium Format)
Developed in ID-11 (1+4 with guessed time, development table only had 1+3)
Scanned with Epson V550
Postprocessing in Lightroom

My First Roll With: Canonet 28

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Canonet 28 (with a fixed 40mm f2.8 lens)

Last week I met up with Isabel (Farbstich – Natur im Blick) and got this lovely Canonet 28 as a gift. Thanks again! It’s a fixed lens (40mm f2.8) rangefinder – a type of camera I’m increasingly interested in.

While focusing is different from a SLR, it’s still just a box that captures light. But I somehow really like the 40mm focus length. For years I mainly shot with a 50mm lens, then I had my “one year of 35mm f8+” project. Now the 40mm is nicely in the middle of it.

Maybe I’ll use it for the current photography workshop I’m attending…

Leipzig, Germany – November 2018

 

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Canonet 28 + Kentmere 400 / Developed in Ilfotec DD-X (1+4)
Scanned with Epson V550 / Edited in Lightroom