I didn’t take many pictures this year, apart from some iPhone shots during vacation. The battery in my Fuji 607 went dead, pushing Fomapan film is not a good idea, so I don’t have any 35mm or 6x7 pictures to publish here yet. The outlook for next year is better, so stay tuned.
update: When writing the initial version of this post, I thought mostly about analog photography. But I forgot about a digital picture that is even hanging as a dibond print in my room.
Apart from adding a bit of clarity in Lightroom, this picture ist straight out of camera.
I finally had my first two color rolls developed. I just dropped them at the local drug store and received the results a week later. They were processed by CEWE, one of the remaining large companies in Germany, that still develops film. One film was from last years visit to Australia, the pictures turned out ok, but none of them are real keepers. The other roll were shot in different locations this year and I am quite happy with these two:
This one was taken in Dortmund and I like the complete lack of depth in it (the rusty plates on the left are about 20m in front of the building on the right)
My wife and I moved to Hamburg this summer. In our new home there is no space to set up a dark room, so no more printing of b/w pictures at the moment. For my medium format photography, I will probably adapt the proven hybrid process of developing film myself and then digitizing the negatives with a digital camera. Losing the darkroom is not a huge thing, because I'd rather go out shooting with all the great light up here in Hamburg.
... I posted a picture of a run over dead pigeon, stating that I was afraid that it was sign of things to come. Back then, I thought of plain violence. Although we had that in Germany with twelve people being killed by a terrorist attack in December 2016, I feel more alarmed and disturbed by what is happening in the United States right now. There is no obvious violence. But the possible damage goes much deeper, perhaps with a facade left intact, just like in the picture above.
I travelled a lot last year and finally accomplished something new in the field of photography. Leave the camera in the hotel and enjoy the day! I took less pictures than ever before while travelling, but was still happy with what I brought home and had a satisfactory rate of keepers.
My wife gave me the Polaroid above as a present to remember the time we spent together in Australia. I like the colors and natural vignetting of the Polaroid Type 600 camera.
My darkroom wasn't usable in the summer, because it still has light leaks. With fall approaching, it would be the right time to print some pictures. Unfortunately, this isn't going to happen before November. Stay tuned for some analog medium format color pictures (hopefully).
[Update]: My trip to Australia was great, but I only brought back one exposed roll of color film. It has not been developed....
Having not enough time on my hands, I recently spent more time on my other side project and not as much on photography. That being said, my focus will certainly shift back to photography over the next couple weeks, although I won't be posting any new pictures or update this blog in August.
If the last couple of posts suggested that I currently enjoy shooting analog more than digital, this is certainly true. Nevertheless, you can expect a lot of hopefully exiting and interesting digital pictures soon.
First, I took some pictures at a 6,7km fun run. The next morning, I went to see the Impossible Project factory in Enschede, The Netherlands and in the evening I did some urban exploration at an abandoned rusk factory.
I was busy doing other things, but while reading a long and thorough text on what is known about VW's manipulation of the emission tests and how that story has been developing for about 10 years, I thought I might post an 2013 picture from Myanmar describing the issue.