Dienstag, 16. November 2010

Vintage Camera - Polaroid Land Camera Automatic 101

Shell Building - the wave, originally uploaded by topfloor.

A few weeks ago, I was wandering through Berlin with an PLC 101, loaded with Fuji 100C film. This is the Shell building in Berlin at Lützowufer near my hotel, an eyecatcher. It's nice to rediscover well known places with another camera / film combo that just adds an edge to things.

This type of film required me to check temperature and to tear the two sheets apart after just the right time to get a proper developed picture - no big deal though. The rich colors and sharp contrasts surprised me in a nice way.

Get inspired, get shooting :-)

blue hour or golden hour?

blue hour or golden hour?, originally uploaded by topfloor.

who cares? Light as seen in the shot makes me wake up early, pull out a sturdy tripd and expose myself to the cilly winds at the north sea ;-)

This is only a 'trial' shot for my film shots with a medium format camera.

I enjoyed my time at List harbour this morning, also because there was nobody around.

Happy shooting,

Sonntag, 14. November 2010

Shooting Travelphotography with a foldable Medium Format camera

cobbelstone, originally uploaded by topfloor.

This is an example of the first ten 120-format films I shot, self-developed and scanned. There is quite a lot to learn, so I am far from good at this.

An Ilford Delta 3200 ISO film was used for this shot of a street in Dresden in the evening, the Voigtländer Bessa III was my camera of choice. Besides giving you only 12 shots per roll of film, this camera is beautiful. The coupled rangefinder makes focussing easy, the central shutter (built into the lens) makes nearly no sound at all, and when it's folded together, the camera is very portable on a vacation.

Due to the big film format, shots with shallow depth of field can easily be obtained, and I look forward to my future experiences with this rare film / camera combo.

Voitgländer Camera

Ilford Film

Happy shooting,

Samstag, 13. November 2010

Manual focus versus Autofocus - funny YouTube video

she knows what he wants, originally uploaded by topfloor.

This is a very funny, yet technical interesting YouTube video about focusing techniques. The funny guys from Digital Rev compare a Canon V Mk II with an Olympus EP-1 and a Leica M9.

or the tiny link . . . http://tinyurl.com/2vft9my

Have a look and a laugh :-)


analog day at the beach

analog day at the beach, originally uploaded by topfloor.

Lucky weather today. I made use of the weather by shooting a few rolls of film. The Rollei Nightbird, Fuji Velvia 100F, Fuji Sensia 100 and Agfa Precisa were my friends (with 120 and 135 film).

This is a iPhone shot of my R4A with a light gathering device attached to it at List harbour / Sylt.

Happy shooting, Carsten

Freitag, 12. November 2010

Praxis der Polaroid Land Fotografie - Buchtipp

Wer sich für alte Polaroid Kameras interessiert, so auch die Automatic Kameras und Co, kann sich in diesem antiquarisch erhältlichen Buch kundig machen. Kostet nicht viel und erhellt dennoch. Steht auch mehr drin als in der Bedienungsanleitung, welche sich auf Orphancameras als PDF oft finden läßt.

Der Tipp zu diesem Buch kam zu mir vom Laden für analoge Fotografie (Versand, Braunschweig) Spürsinn - http://www.spuer-sinn.net

Happy shooting, Carsten

6x6 and 35 mm - different feelings

Warehouse Palace I, originally uploaded by topfloor.

Some bloggers take the analog route and rediscover film shooting. Same goes for me. Inspired by a blog post from Chris Marquard, I wrote up some differences between these systems I found out this year.

For 35 mm, I use the Leica M System. A M7 offers you center weighted aperure priority shooting, the rangefinder is coupled, of course. The system is very small (for 35 mm) and pretty useful for still and moving objects alike. Vignetting can be produced on a 35 mm camera as well, depending on the lens you attach, e.g. the 50 mm Noctilux f/1.0 with nice bokeh and vignette.

In the medium format / 6x6 range, I use foldable cameras with coupled rangefinders and built in light meters, such as the Plaubel Makina 67 or the Voigtländer Bessa III. The way of shooting is pretty much the same as with a Leica M7, only the depth of field is more shallow.

I have yet to compare the films between 35 mm and 6x6, and I tend to push or pull my films only on rare occasions, so I am not experienced in this field.

Street Photography can be done with a (modern = less than 25 years old) 6x6 as well as a 35 mm camera, I guess. The 10 / 12 pictures per roll slow you down a bit, of course, because you have to change films often. 10 rolls a day were a common rate on my trip to Prague this may, when I was only shooting 6x6, one camera loaded with a low ISO film, the other with a fast film, so I would just change cameras when moving from the sun into a shady little street.

An advantage of this low frame number is that I can change films more foten to adapt to changing situaions. When shooting in Venice in September this year, I was often changing between the Rollei Nightbird (Redscale) when I had a backlit subject (Rialto bridge tec.) and Rollei Crossbird when in even light or shadow surroundings. WIth only 12 frames on a film, this can be done conventiently often without wasting material.

The focusing is also a bit slower on the 6x6 cameras, because they are less compact than the 35 mm Rangefinders. But with Zones focusing, this can be solved.

The 6x6 is also a lot less (!!) noisy because the central shutter (built in the lens) makes almost no sound at all when you click the shutter.

The positive feedback when using a 6x6 can be confirmed - a street musican on Karlsbridge made the other people step to the side so I could get a better view fo him because 'this guy is going to take a real picture with a real camera - he needs the space to get a good shot'. You get smiles when people realize you take their picture when using the foldable 6x6.

The 6x6 gives me a different feel in my hands, a feeling I truly enjoy from time to time :-) - so it all depends on the lens / camera and film combo you use, I think.

The photographer makes the picture, not the camera - true, I think. But the camera / lens / film combo influences me as the Photographer; I'll take different pictures with different cameras / films / lenses because of the different (welcomed) limitations these factors have.

Have fun and share your analog adventures with us,

Donnerstag, 11. November 2010

Emphasis via Focus

Rainy on The Island, originally uploaded by topfloor.

In this shot, I wanted to show you the mood and the weather at Sylt (Germany's northern mst island) - so I focused on the rain drops at the window. Hope it works and that the storms that will hit the island tomorrow will make for great sky afterwards.

Happy shooting, Carsten

Mittwoch, 10. November 2010

Sun over Sylt

Sun over Sylt, originally uploaded by topfloor.

Found my way on the island. First day, sun and just a little bit of wind - a perfect day at the North Sea shore. With Denmark in sight, the view at Sylt's northern most point (Ellenbogen) was great. Shot a few Polaroids (Spectra Film, expired in 2008) today and enjoy a nice dinner at the appartment right now.

Happy shooting, Carsten

Sonntag, 7. November 2010

the best camera

earthbound, originally uploaded by topfloor.

is the one that you have with you. Sometimes for me this is my iPhone. Recently I was pointed towards the Hipstamatic App for the iPhone, a rather slow working App that takes the picture with a lens and film simulation that you have to dial in. The results are quite often pretty 'artsy' but fun.

http://hipstamaticapp.com/ - Link

Check it out if you have a faible for a look like this.

Happy Shooting,

Montag, 1. November 2010

Good Streetphotography Video (Robert Mitchell)

Let's take this restaurant, originally uploaded by topfloor.

Very nice video about Streetphotography, featuring th ebritish shooter Robert Mitchell

Have fun watching it,