Nikon F5 with 24-120mm and Ilford HP5 Plus
Nikon F5 with 24-120mm and Ilford HP5 Plus
Averbode Abbey, light falling on the wet cobbles leading to the main entrance.
Another shot made with the Kiev 10 and the Helios-81 50mm f2.0 wide open.
I still have a few rolls of film to develop. Rolls i shot last year, during the summer. Then I got photographer’s block.
Yesterday I developed a roll I shot with the Kiev 10. Scanned them this evening and processed a few. I like the look and feel, the shallow depth of field, the bokeh albeit it does not work on every shot.
It is also great to feel the interaction with my memories when these images appear on my screen.
These Russian lenses are very sharp. Wide open they tend to go soft in the corners but hey, that does add to the global feel.
I loaded the Kiev 10 with another roll of black and white but when that one is finished I’ll definitely shoot some color film too. Maybe a few portrait or a nude…
I’m sure Sweetheart will be more than willing to be my model.
Without wanting to sound to dramatic I do feel a little sad and lonely.
Tomorrow, after two weeks at home, it is back to work. That is okay. I love my work although the distance and the increasing traffic jams are becoming a burden.
Two hours ago I brought Little A. back to her mother. My youngest daughter stayed with me for two weeks and we had lots of fun. Hell, she even talked me into watching her favorite series, Pretty Little Liars. I am well into season 1 and enjoying the story and plot.
I’ll be missing Little A. but in a few weeks she’ll be back for another fortnight. And this Thursday I am driving her to Antwerp where she’ll take the bus to Italy. It is with a youth organization. Little A. is also going to Croatia next month. She’s a lucky girl and I am happy she gets all these opportunities.
But now the apartment is empty and I feel alone.
My relation with Big A., my eldest daughter, on the other hand is not good at all. Sadly that is no news and it has been like this for several years now.
Sunday, a week ago, I went photographing in the Netherlands and the results did not please me. I screwed up one 120 roll of film during development and the two rolls of 35mm I shot with the Olympus OM-1n did not result in something interesting either.
I went out photographing again a few days ago and to my great surprise I chose my Nikon D2h with a Vivitar 75-205 f3,5 lens (40 years old), a Nikon 50mm f1.8 and the Nikon 24-120 with the Cokin holder for the infrared filter.
Nothing really interesting came out of it though.
Sweetheart arrived at my place yesterday at around 17:30 pm. We took Little A. out for ice cream and after that, back home, I opened a bottle of Cava for us both and we watched an intense and beautiful movie called “God’s Pocket“. The late Philippe Seymour Hoffman plays one of the lead characters. I love seeing him play, he was, in my opinion, a great and powerful actor.
Those who are following this blog know I have problems with my 16GB 27″ iMac since I upgraded to Yosemite.
The system becomes very slow and sometimes even crashes or freezes. After a while some actions are so sluggish I simply push the off button and over time I had become very frustrated with this expensive computer because it is not reliable and slow.
Can you imagine typing something in Google’s search bar and see, after 10 or 20 seconds, the letters you typed appear? On a +2000$/€ computer????
Since a few weeks I had this free program installed, Dr. Cleaner from Trend Micro. Then I forgot about it but yesterday I finally ran it.
I had only a browser running and in the status bar Dr. Cleaner informed me almost 70% of my memory was in use. What the f#*k????
Apparently Folder Actions Setup was enabled and after doing some research on Google I found this was not a good thing.
Since I disabled it my iMac is once again the computer it was when I bought it, pre-installed with Mountain Lion.
In a few weeks I’ll have to make another decision and I’m still not sure what to do. I have a second blog, a very personal diary telling the story of
Princess Sweetheart and me.
I haven’t been writing much for this blog this past month and in fact my last blog post on it was about saying goodbye. The reactions were intense and touched me. I had no idea my writings on that blog were so meaningful for a lot of people.
Merging both is not an option though.
This evening I feel a little lost.
Yesterday I took the Kiev 4 and used it for the second time.
I shot 12 frames, making sure my main subject was in focus. Yes, after my first few shots a few days ago I had the impression focus was not always spot on.
I developed the film and while drying Little A. and I watched an episode of Pretty Little Liars. After that I called Sweetheart and after that I went to bed and for a while I did some reading on my eBook reader.
It was hot in my bedroom making it hard to fall asleep. Hell, the announced heat wave hasn’t arrived yet. That will be promising. Weather forecast tells me it will be close to 36° C this Saturday.
This morning I scanned the 12 negatives and only 3 of them were sharp. Sharpness of the remaining 9 images was really inconsistent and between not very sharp to very blurred.
I’ll do some testing in my studio using a tripod later on.
Browsing trough the activities calendar of our local CC Zwaneberg I noticed there is a workshop about street photography. There is one evening (3 hours) dedicated to a theoretic approach of the genre and then, a few days later, 3 hours of practice in Antwerp.
The workshop is given by Glenn Huyben and I like what I see on his Glenn Huyben. I’ll probably going to follow this workshop given in April 2016.
But I have a more serious event today. Shortly after noon Little A. and I are going to her boarding school to pick up her belongings and get her school report.
Not sure I’ll be overjoyed when I see the results but I am hoping and do trust Little A. to have gotten back on track after some dramatic results at the beginning of the school year.
The Bronica ETRSi is still my choice when it comes to landscape photography or other.
Yesterday, when I arrived at home after a hard days work the Kiev 4 was burning in my hands. I popped in a film and went for a walk in our main street.
There is a fair this weekend and almost under my bedroom window a summer bar is being set up. They are allowed to play music till 04:00 in the morning on Friday and Saturday. I guess I won’t be able to sleep well this weekend.
After 10 shots I called it a day and ran home, developed the film and waited for it to dry. The negatives look great and are sharp. Two pictures I took wide open a f2 are extremely blurry and I wonder if it is the camera or me not having focused correctly.
This one was also taken wide open but I am not sure on what part of the strap I focused.
If for some reason the focus is slightly off I know it can be repaired. No big deal.