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

[Thoughts] Fujifilm X100F

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This month I had the chance to test the Fujifilm X100F (thanks Matthias!) during a short trip to egapark Erfurt (german website). It was overcast, rained a little bit, but we had fun trying out new cameras.

I didn’t have the camera long enough to write a full review, so I’ll just list some random thoughts and images. In the end I felt like it was just another metal box, that made images – not the over?-hyped camera I’ve read lots of articles and watched lots of youtube videos about. But I did want to shoot it more at the end of the trip, so who knows…

I liked the optical viewfinder with frame lines, I’m not quite sure about the electronic viewfinder – but I haven’t really used one so far. It’s nice you don’t have to go into the menu to change things – you can turn actual physical knobs on the camera itself. Battery life is a bit challenging.

Somehow I don’t think I shoot differently then with my current always-with-me camera: the Olympus XA2. Also with a fixed 35mm lens. If you want to compare the following shots with my usual analog output, you can take a loot at my instagram.

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egapark / Erfurt, Germany / July 2018
Fujifilm X100F / Fujinon 23mm f2 / 24,3 MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS III Sensor
Post-processing in Adobe Lightroom.

Roll #54 – Kodak Portra 160VC

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Kodak Portra 160VC (Medium Format, expired 07/2000)

Somehow I started a small photo project on the topic “Blue”. The first images were taken with Leo (of Kupfer & Eisen) along a small canal near her apartment. I didn’t really have a plan, but Leo helped out immensely.

Some photos came out great, some very strange – guess that’s what you get for using film stock, that expired 17 years ago. I’ll probably use up what I have and focus on buying fresh film after that.

Leipzig–Plagwitz, Germany / May 2017

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Medium format (120), color negative, roll film, 12 exposures (6×6), ISO 160, expired 07/2000, shot at ISO 64.

Pentacon Six + Carl Zeiss Jena Biometar 2,8/80 + Kodak Portra 160VC
Film bought for ~3,20 EUR via eBay.
Developed with Tetenal C-41 kit.
Scanned with Epson Perfection V550.

Roll #45 – Kodak BW400CN

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Kodak BW400CN (roll expired in 2008 / film stock discontinued in 2014)

Hohenstein-Ernstthal, Germany – September 2016

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120 Medium Format, “color negative” b/w film, ISO 400, 12 exposures (6×6). B/W film, that’s processed in C-41 (color) chemicals. Expired in 2008, discontinued in 2014.

Yashica Mat 124G (Yashinon 80mm f3.5).
Film sponsored by Jens.
Developed with Rollei C-41 Kit by myself.
Scanned with Epson Perfection V550.

Roll #43 – ORWO CNS 100

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ORWO CNS 100 (expired)

After taking over the family photo albums and scanning dozens of negatives, one film stock really stood out for me: old ORWO color film. I liked the somewhat muted realistic colors a lot. And so began a long hunt on eBay.

After several months I finally got my hands on 5 rolls of CNS 100. They expired in the early 2000s – not that bad. As a precaution I exposed the film as ISO 50 (instead of 100) and developed it normally. And wow, I love love love the colors. Now I have to get more rolls.

Oh and please ignore the weird texture on some / most (okay all) of the photos, I still have to work a lot on my rinsing / drying skills. #finishednotperfect

Leipzig + Bockwitz, Germany / Sept + Aug 2016

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35mm, color negative film, ISO 100 (exposed at 50), 36 exposures.

Praktica LTL 2 + Helios-44-2 f2/58mm  + ORWO CNS 100 (expired ~2001)
Film bought for ?!? (can’t remember) via eBay.
Developed with Rollei C-41 Kit by myself.
Scanned with Epson Perfection V550.

Roll #40 – CFP Double-X B&W

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CFP Double-X B&W

The film is Kodak Eastman Double-X – a motion picture film, usually only available in big cinema reels. It was used for films like Schindler’s List and Casino Royale and several stores/projects re-roll/package the them for use in 35mm film cameras.

Sounded interesting, I checked some stores and found out that these are quite expensive. After some looking around I settled on a 5-pack from CameraFilmPhoto. So far I only shot one roll, but the results are quite good-looking, I think. Will save the other 4 for special projects/occasions.

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5-pack of film + JCH film case

The images were taken at Cospudener See (a lake), on my way home after the sun went down (I played a bit with long exposures) and then at home to finish the roll.

Leipzig, Germany – Aug 2016

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35mm, black and white, motion picture film, ISO 200, 36 exposures.

Praktica LTL 2 + Helios-44-2 f2/58mm  + CFP Double-X B&W
Film bought for ~9 EUR via CameraFilmPhoto.
Developed by myself @ Mühlstraße e.V. Community Darkroom.
(Developed: Ilford ID-11 / 1+2 / 10min 40sec @ 20.3°C)
Scanned with Epson Perfection V550.

Roll #35 – Adox Silvermax 100

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Adox Silvermax 100

The year is drawing to a close. Sadly it’s too warm for snow over here, so all there is to shoot are naked trees and empty gardens.

I started thinking about the future of this project (or my next project for 2016), but haven’t reached a final decision yet…

National Park Hainich / October 2015
Leipzig, Germany / November – December 2015

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35mm, black/white negative film, 36 exposures, ISO 100.
Clear negative base. Film strips curl a bit on the short edge. After pressing it overnight it still wasn’t perfectly flat.

Nikon F80/N80 + Nikkor AF 50mm 1.8G + Adox Silvermax 100
Film bought for 4,65 EUR via MacoDirect.
Self-Developed @ Mühlstraße e.V. Community Darkroom.
(A49, 23°C, 6min 40sec Develop / 30sec Stop / 4min Fix)
Scanned with Epson Perfection V550.