Monday, September 16, 2013

Leica in autumn

Or the unbelievable lightness of underexposed (fresh) Lomography CN400 film .. Leica Minilux in late autumn, 2013. Nothing digital in the images below. Nothing perfect. Exactly as desired.


Sunday, September 15, 2013

Shooting expired film

Got to shoot some (few years) expired film : a roll of 12 Ferrania Solaris 200HG, and a roll of 36 Fuji Reala 100 .. On a recent (3rd) visit to the wonderful Bergsig. Some of the images below, were also taken with my iPhone 5, and probably published somewhere here - they  cannot compare as impact to these below though, however hard it tried or succeeded in delivering this very same look.

Both films were underexposed 1 stop in a Nikon 28Ti - the opposite of what one should do with expired film i guess. Metering for mid tones and highlights in some. Standard C41 processing in my fav lab, down in Cresta. Scanned with a custom profile, using a Canon 9000F scanner, virtually untouched in PP, except for shadow lift in some and sharpening of all ..

Firstly few Solaris images ..

And now few Reala 100s ..

Not quite certain which look i prefer .. They very similar in any case .. Love the warmth of the Solaris .. One thing i know - i'll stop giving this rare now Reala 100 film to my good friend Vusi at cost, at any price for that matter - i love what i see - something i cannot get with digital, or the digital will require a largish camera bag to kill the magic of the Nikon in your pocket .. And i have very few Realas left in any case, all frozen to death as i write this ;-)

Anyway .. Lunch time Sunday it is, so off here for fine wine and jazz..


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Pripyat in Bulgaria II

Middle of August .. 35 - 37 degrees C outside, but feels more like 40. Strange humidity in the air. Borderline unbearable, unless in a shade, at a table, with salads and ice-cold rakia .. 

"Pripyat there" has not moved much from the last visit. It turns out that every major city has a "pripyat corner" of sometimes vast proportions. 

Judge for yourself in the short documentary below - (re)introducing Human life in Pripyat, Sofia .. 

Still a city to love though ..


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Some quotes on the exchange rate ..

"Life is not about making money, money is about making Life"
-- Unknown author

"The best place in the world to be poor is where the richest people are"

-- Leon Louw, 4 Sep 2013

"Money is never yours until you spend it"

-- Mr Suppiah

Albert Einstein

“The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.”
― Albert Einstein

Jarod Kintz
“If I had a dollar for every time a random woman walked up to me and tried to seduce me, I'd have 50 cents. That's assuming drag queens are half price.”
― Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not for Sale

Oscar Wilde
“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.”
― Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde
“There is only one class in the community that thinks more about money than the rich, and that is the poor.” 
― Oscar Wilde

Rita Davenport
“Money isn't everything...but it ranks right up there with oxygen.”
― Rita Davenport

And as everything else Google, why should i be able to nicely and successfully format background and text, when i can go through windows-like hell instead and fail in the end ! So .. sorry for the total mess of the post here .. For reference, go to your gmail in a browser, open a large mail, and find where is the forward or reply key at the top .. And I could not update this post in Chrome - no body of text, nothing, nada .. Had to jump to Safari, which at least gave me access to change ..