Plaubel Makina 670

Plaubel Makina 670

This one is going to be a special one: I have had this camera for a while and I wanted to wait and use it for a longer time before writing a review about it. In the last months, I have taken less and less pictures in 35mm format and switched to medium-format photography due to the increase in resolution and detail that comes with a larger film size. Nevertheless, I still wanted a camera that is easy to carry around. The solution? A medium-format folding camera that shoots in a 6x7 aspect ratio - the Plaubel Makina 670. Instead of a solid lens, it has a foldable lens element that expands for focusing [...]

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Late Summer in Portugal on EKTAR 100

Late Summer in Portugal on EKTAR 100

This summer it was finally time to go to one of my favourite countries in Europe again: Portugal. I feel like I have deserved this one week break after working more or less continuously on several projects since Easter. Naturally, I took my camera and a couple of rolls of medium format Kodak Ektar 100 and boarded the plane to Lisbon. [...]

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Studio Photography

Studio Photography

The last couple of weeks have been very exciting for me in terms of photography. I got new equipment - including a flash setup that allows me to finally do studio photography. Like in all areas of my life, I have always been a person that likes things to be simple. For me, minimalism allows me to concentrate on the important things and tweak them to perfection. Everything that I have fulfills a purpose, and if I do not use something for too long, I get rid of it. I have never really been a collector; I could never see the point why you would collect something that you cannot use. Early in my childhood, my parents encouraged me to start a stamp collection and bought about 100 of them to get me started, and I ended up with a decent number - but I was never passionate about it. Like most kids in my school, I had a phase in which I would collect Pokemon cards and would trade them with my friends. Again, in the end it was more a tool for social engagement than something that would bring me joy [...]

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Zeiss Super Ikonta III

Zeiss Super Ikonta III

I have been exclusively shooting 35mm film for about a year now - mainly because this film size allows for a very compact and lightweight camera design. Every day, I could easily carry a camera with me so I would never miss a shot again whenever I saw one. Nevertheless, I felt the need to change things up a bit. I often looked back at my previous experience with shooting medium format film on a Hasselblad in 6x6 format. Not only does a larger film give you higher resolution images after scanning, but also it does a different aspect ratio of your shot - square on a Hasselblad - and makes you think differently about choosing your composition...

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A Shadow Story on Instant Film

A Shadow Story on Instant Film

It has been a while since the last post, but now I am back. The last couple of weeks were a bit intense. Like all first-year PhD students in Cambridge I had to hand in a report summarising everything I did in the past 9 months. This meant that I had to limit my photographic activity to a bare minimum of only taking a couple of instant pictures. No time for development and scanning until today!

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Choosing the right BW film (ISO 400)

Choosing the right BW film (ISO 400)

Photography started in black and white (BW) - so of course this I where I have to start. I am going all the way back to the roots. When I was first looking for BW film online I was frankly overwhelmed. Ignorant me that has never taken a BW analog photo before thought that there is exactly on type of BW film - maybe a few different colour films with different looks but certainly only on BW film. I could have not been more wrong. So instead of just getting an order ready I had to do a bit of research to find out which film might be the one that is best suited for my purposes.

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The decisive moment - learning from Henry Cartier-Bresson

The decisive moment - learning from Henry Cartier-Bresson

The first 4 weeks of the framelines project went quite good so far. I guess posting pictures on Instagram and letting people like them is one of the most common ways nowadays to get feedback on your work. Back in the days when photography started things were a bit different. 
 

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Hello analog camera - Canon AE-1 Program

Hello analog camera - Canon AE-1 Program

It is time for my first analog camera. To be honest I have had this camera for nearly a year now. It was one of these coincidences that seem to steer your life into certain directions without you even noticing. An old schoolfriend of mine who I almost lost contact with gave it to me last July.  He moved with his parents to Shanghai for a couple of years during high school but came back to Munich to study civil engineering and now architecture. So when we met again he remembered that he still had his dads old film camera in his possession - the Canon AE-1 Program. Since he rarely ever used it and knew that I am into photography he just handed it over to me. Who knew that I would use this camera so frequently in the future...

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Goodbye digital camera.

Goodbye digital camera.

Committing to my framelines project had its first major consequences. It meant saying goodbye to an old friend that traveled with me to many different places - from the beaches of Australia to the Rocky Mountains in British Columbia, Canada - from small untouched island on the Philippines to the restless city of New York - from steaming heat in Singapore to frosty glaciers in the Austrian alps - just to name a few...

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An experiment begins.

An experiment begins.

I am sitting here at my desk with a freshly brewed cup of tea - yes I do live in the UK and yes it is a big thing here. For the past 15 minutes I have been browsing through the pictures on my computer to decide which I want to keep and which have to go. Those constant notifications that the storage is almost full have been reappearing with increasing frequency.

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