Category Archives: Color Photography

This category will be about showcasing my color photographs.

The 5th

Thank you Sweetheart for these past 5 years. It hasn’t always been easy but we overcame it all. Every pebble, every hindrance brought us close to each other.

Our love is complete, intense and filled with inextinguishable passion and desire.

We have allowed each other to grow and we found so many new pleasures.

You are the source of my happiness. You are my muse. You are my life, my present and future.

With you I want to grow old, cherish you and love you until the end of time.

Thank you, Sweetheart, you make me so very happy and complete.

Thank you for being with me, sharing my life. Caring and loving me.

You are my everything, Sweetheart.
My Sweetheart and my Princess.

Ferns, detail (2014) Olympus OM-D M10 with 45mm f1,8

Ferns, detail (2014)
Olympus OM-D M10 with 45mm f1,8

 

 

 

Butterfly

I shot this more than 30 years ago. The negative has dust and scratches but nothing the software of my scanner cannot repair.

I wonder if my digital images would survive 3 decades. There is this old cigar-box I have with negatives and even glass negatives. They can still be scanned albeit they are over 50 to 60 years old.

Film will never die.

Let me do a shout out for the young guys on the Youtube Channel “Negative Feedback”. They are passionate about film photography and have gathered quite an audience already. Hell,  they even know what they are talking about. Isn’t that great?

I shot this butterfly more than 30 years ago on film. If my house does not burn down in the next few decades I will still have this negative. How about your hard disks? How many copies can you make to make sure you have it all? And maybe you get lucky and your floppies or disks survive time.

Imagine 2040…
CRC-error reading NEF.
Error reading DNG-file.
Unknown error reading  CRW-file.
But then again, will there still be scanners to scan your negatives?

We all think what we use is the best, will survive time. Sure, negatives will survive time better than digital files.
But is it a sure bet?

Butterfly (ca 1984) Nikon F2 Photomic and a Nikon 55mm f2.8 macro and loaded with Kodak Gold
Butterfly (ca 1984)
Nikon F2 Photomic and a Nikon 55mm f2.8 macro and loaded with Kodak Gold

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Sailing through

The Zeeland Bridge is the longest bridge in the Netherlands. The bridge spans the Oosterschelde estuary. It connects the islands of Schouwen-Duiveland and Noord-Beveland in the province of Zeeland.

The Zeeland Bridge was built between 1963 and 1965. At the time of its completion, it was the longest bridge of Europe. It has a total length of 5,022 meters, and consists of 48 spans of 95 meters, 2 spans of 72.5 meters and a movable bridge with a width of 40 meters.

The province of Zeeland borrowed the money for the construction of the bridge. The loan was repaid by levying tolls for the first 24 years.

Overall I don’t like the way the Agfa Vista 200 renders the colors.

Sailing through (2016) Olympus OM-10 with 50mm f1,8 and loaded with Agfa Vista 200
Sailing through (2016)
Olympus OM-10 with 50mm f1,8 and loaded with Agfa Vista 200

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Colour

The Tetenal C41 developing kit arrived a few days ago. I can develop about 10 films with it.

Reading the instructions learned me the final product does not last very long, just a week or so.

I decided to wait and shoot a sufficient quantity of colour film and I’ll be using expired colour film for 90% of the batch of 10. Just in case something goes wrong.

I’m quite sure it will go fine though. How hard can it be to maintain a constant temperature for a few minutes? The second-hand Jobo CPE 2 I bought will do a fine job.

For the time being I’ll be using only 35mm when I buy new colour film. Hell, maybe I’ll get 5 rolls of 120 when Sweetheart and I leave for Danmark, but no 4×5″ because that is truly very expensive. I would like to master the developing and my 4×5″ Sinar before splashing out the dough for 25 sheets of colour film.

Shooting in colour will have an important influence on how I look at the world around me as I have been observing it all mostly trough shades of grey. And trust me, there are more shades of grey than 50.

This image I took at Schoonselhof Cemetery.

Grave Statue (2015) Nikon F90x with 24-120mm and Agfa color film
Grave Statue (2015)
Nikon F90x with 24-120mm and Agfa color film

 

 

A second Bronica

Yesterday I bought a batch of well stored but expired 120 roll film worth something like 145 Euro. Thirteen rolls of Ilford HP5+, 4 rolls of Ilford PANF, 8 rolls of Fuji Provia 400, 2 rolls of Fuji Superia 100 and one roll of Fuji Superia X-TRA 400.

Without any regrets and with a big smile I splashed out 250 Euro.

Yep, with the film I got a Bronica ETRS with a 75mm f2.8 and a  50mm f2.8. The camera comes with one 120 film back, a dark slide, a manual speed winder and a waist level finder.

I used to have a 75mm f2.8 but then something went wrong with the internal mechanics. So now I have this lens again. It is great for portraits.

The second lens I already have so maybe I’ll sell one of them.

The camera is visually in mint condition. I did not have time to fill a test roll but I noticed there is an issue with the 120 film back. The film advances but the frame numbers don’t move. I changed backs and that worked. Maybe it is something I can fix or maybe I’ll have to get another back. We’ll see.

On my other Bronica, an ETRSi, I have the prism AE-II finder so a waist level finder for a low POV is welcome.

I think this is a great deal. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with the Provia as I don’t shoot slide film but I’ll keep it stored and when I feel like it play a little with cross-processing.

I love shooting with Bronica. I like the 645 format and the lenses I own are very sharp. I am happy I was able to acquire a second body for almost nothing.

Meanwhile I am selling my Olympus OM-D M10 kit. A few lenses are sold alreade, the very sharp 45mm f1,8 and the very good Lumix 20mm f1,7.

I like the camera but after I got the Ricoh GR II I did not use the Olympus that much as I found the Oly suddenly a very slow camera. I have no complaints about the (image) quality but, well, it is just gathering dust.

Anyway I feel that I am moving more and more towards analogue photography. I like that.

Seeds (2015) Nikon D300 with Sigma 180mm f3,5, studio environment
Seeds (2015)
Nikon D300 with Sigma 180mm f3,5, studio environment

 

 

 

 

Light Post

I made this shot with my Ricoh GR II while composing another with the Sinar.

Just before setting up the Sinar the Ricoh  I started a 30 second exposure with the Ricoh and the camera add another 30 for noise reduction.

I love working with limitations. The 28mm on the Ricoh and the weight of the Sinar Norma.

When I set my mind to a camera I see images that work with that specific camera. It is something hard to explain though.

Light post (2016) Ricoh GRII at 30"
Light post (2016)
Ricoh GRII at 30″

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