Thursday, August 26, 2010
There's no longer a split between East and West Berlin, it's all back to one City. Been this way for a while now. I was there this past weekend and I could see with my own eyes that there is no more separation. If you really didn't know there used to be a split, you might not be able to tell. Had three great tour guides. They are photographer friends too, and they live there. Even at Three in the Morning, the place is still moving with people on the subway, walking the streets
I really didn't want to leave there on Sunday evening. As it happens, I couldn't make the last train out, so, I didn't leave. Glad I was on Holiday and didn't have to be at work on Monday morning! I can't wait to go back again. In total, I took six rolls of pictures. Next time, I hope to take more. The one roll of Black and White film didn't develop very well. Turns out the developer I was using is not suited for anything over 200 ISO film, and I was shooting Tri-X 400. Not a complete bust, but the pictures are a little on the light side. Photoshop helps a bit for the scans but I won't be making any prints off that roll.
One thing I will recommend for any of you that want to visit Berlin, stay at the Circus Hostel. You can stay at a Hotel, but the Hostel is great. It's clean, comfy, simple for those who will be out all day and night and only need a place to sleep, which is all I needed. Shower and toilet facilities were very clean and sanitary. The wait staff was exceptional too. Had a little trouble at first explaining How I was a citizen of a different country and didn't have a Passport.... but it worked out in the end. If you're not from Germany, take your Passport with you just to skip that conversation. And if Judith should ever happen to find my little blog here this corner of the internet, I will be back to teach you Fotografy! I stood right in front of this young woman, camera in-hand, and was so entranced with her beauty that I did not even think to take a photo of her. How dumb can I be, ya know?
So, six rolls of film and only a handful worth showing. That's ok. Most of them were larger scenery shots that don't look that good shrunk down as small as these photos go, so it all works in the end. I have my memories and photos to look at, and you get to see a few of my shots here. Go to Berlin and see the city for yourself. The food is awesome too! A cafe on every corner and ten in between. It just can't be beat. The food alone is almost worth going for. Don't forget to make time for the Museums. I only visited one Photo exhibit there, but they have some of the best Museums in the world right there, all in walking distance. We only took the subway a couple times, and that was in the dead of night on the way to the Hostel for some sleep. After walking all day, I was wooped, but it was so worth it. Go to Berlin!
Monday, August 16, 2010
This little car here was in the parking garage near the hotel I stayed at in Paris. I didn't bother to get the make or model off it, I really didn't care, it was just a cool car. I put the Hassy on the ground for this shot and just angled it up a little bit to catch everything in the viewfinder. I had to be careful as there was a pidgeon in the rafter above me, watching, and waiting, but I got the shot before he could do anything nasty to me. I think it came out pretty darn good. There was another car there in the garage I got a picture of, looked like an old Citreon, but again, I didn't bother to find out, I just took the picture. The film for this one was Ilford Pan F Plus. The other was shot with Rollei Pan 25. Also on this trip I caught a Masarati next to the Eiffel Tower, and back in Germany I caught a Ferrari in Nurnberg. Beautiful cars with style.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
This photo is a quick mock-up for a discussion on a camera forum I frequent. We enjoy our old film cameras, and some thought it would be nice to have a removable digital back for these old cameras for some times when digital would be a proper medium to shoot. Not a bad idea. Some of these old film cameras cost $1000 or more, easily, and they are wonderful hand built German cameras. Yes, we're talking about the Leica. The "M" series to be exact. No need for pictures of it here, you have Google to answer all those questions.
So, in the talks of making a removable digital back, I did a quick mock-up to illustrate my idea for having all the components mounted on a baseplate that would be installed into the camera as one unit. Simple and easy, no need to get too high tech with it. The camera still controls all the functions of aperture and film speed, while the ISO of the "film" is selectable on the digi assembly when you put it into the camera. No connections to the camera are needed so you don't have to modify your old body at all. Quite nice I think. Digital and Film, anytime you want. You can even throw the digi assembly into it's nice little metal carry pouch (included with the assembly upon purchase) and throw it in your camera bag to take with you and have both any time. Simple.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Here we have the grave of Frédéric François Chopin. 1 March 1810 – 17 October 1849. Admired by so many, still to this day. That is impressive. I waited for a good fifteen minutes for people to leave so I could get close enough for this shot.
Looking at, and photographing, death, makes me think more about life. It makes me want to do more before I come here and stay here. That inspiration is quickly lost in my when I get back outside and step back into my daily life, but while walking through a cemetery, my mind slows down, and quiets down, and really listens to the rest of me. Mostly, the heart. All I want is to enjoy this simple life while I can. So much in our lives is just useless junk, but in today's society, we're trained to see things as if they are essential to daily life. Some people can get away from that, but then they are labeled as the bad guy for thinking outside their box. I think that's a discussion in itself.... Anyway, seeing this shot come out as well as it did inspired me to do more colour photography. I enjoy black and white very much, but I'm adding some colour film into my bag now too. Who knows what it will see.....