Category Archives: Analog Photography

Shaken, not stirred

James Bond was right. He always was, and I should have listened to him.

But no, I, I knew better. Because you know, shaking the coctail can get a bit messy and so I decided to stir the stuff would be the better idea. I mean, the most important thing is to mix the ingredients, right?

Oh how wrong I was. The result was thin, lifeless. It didn’t have any of the magic everybody else was talking about. For over a year, I did it the wrong way. Frank Sinatra might have his own view about *Doing it my way”, but boy was I wrong.  I changed ingredients, temperatures, anything I could think of, but the results were still shatteringly disappointing

And so, discouraged,  I stopped doing it. I had started one, waiting for me for almost three months, but just couldn’t bear another of these stale, boring shots.  Still, I did come back reading about it, admiring the work of others and wondering what I did wrong.

And then, this very Friday, I had an brainstorm. Maybe it wasn’t about the igredients. Maybe, just maybe, shaken or stir did matter. I would not shake the stuff, that would be to much, but just… turn it up side down and back. I admit, I was quite nervous when I was done, emptied the shaker and saw the result.

And boy, did it make a difference!  When scanning the negatives –

Hold on – NEGATIVES?! What are you talking about?

Oh.. Sorry. I thought you know I talk about film development… So, where was I? Ah yes – 

And boy, does it make a difference!  When scanning the negatives, the histogram was no longer huddling all the way on the left side, but stretched nicely across the range.

Beautiful blacks, lovely greys and even delicate whites, they were all here. I guess the film bug got me again.
And a bit of a travel bug as well.

But that’s a different story.

Tmax400Testshots (29)corn wreath, taken with TMAX400

beams-2. Shot on Kodak Trix-400 (35 mm Gelatin Silver)Train station Enge, shot on TMAX400

ReisefieberAll important travel literature, shot on TXAX100 @ 80 ISO
(God, just have a look at the shine on the lens. Like melted butter 🙂


Winter is here

I know, you didn’t find a new post when you visited this place last weekend.  But you know, I just didn’t have time to do a post, as we got snow!!!!!!!!

It wasn’t massive, but enough to make me grab my old M3, load a roll of film and put on my snow shoes.  And as it was a saturday and everybody is lazy, I even  managed to be the first one on the trail and lay some fresh tracks. Oh joy, oh joy 🙂

As much as I hate Winter down here where I live my every day life, as much I adore it up in the mountains with fresh snow.  It just looks so pretty, is so quiet and brings back all these cool childhood memories of playing in that white fluffy stuff.

And here you go, that’s the reason why I failed to do a post last weekend.  I know I should feel a bit sorry but you know what?

I don’t 🙂

Oh, and there is no before / after this time.  This is film – it just looks good, no post work needed 😉

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How many rolls do you need to learn photography?

You know, I’m still dabbling in black and white film photography. And so I took the good old Leica M3 with me to the States, together with a few rolls of film (of which I used exactly one).
And I’m still struggling to get the look I want, i.e. more contrast. The film I used is Kodak TMax 100, together with a yellow filter.

And so the question of the day is: How many rolls of film did you need to get the look you wanted?

Mules on the way

Big Rock, Small People

Dead Wood

Just as a comparison, two shots I took at the same location, same day. One on film, the other on the M9 and then using a yellow filter in Silver Efx.
It illustrates quite well what I’m missing I think…


USA 2013 Vue 8

Forgetting the world around you

Ah, the power of love. We’ve all been there. Gazing into our lover’s face, eyes, loosing ourself in it and forgetting everything around us.

Even the loud protest march in the background with its whistles, drums and megaphones.

And listening to the baby who is screaming on top of her lungs right behind me while I write this entry, I so wish I would be the guy in the picture. Maybe that would help 🙂


Perfect Hair

Just in case you wonder, why photographers always have that perfect, shiny hair. It is, because we really take good care of it. All the time, every where.

Perfect Hair

This one was taken at the photo walk in Lucerne, organized by the Google+ Swiss Photographer Club which has it’s very own large format photographer 🙂

Signs of friendship

A few weeks ago, a young man died in an accident by the lake. I walk by this spot every day, where his friends were laying down flowers and personal things on a little float. I didn’t know him nor do I know his friends, but every day I was touched by these litte signs of friendship, moving with the little lake’s little waves while the little buddha statue seems go guard the strange tranquility of the place.

Not much more left to be said.

Little Buddha

Lost in Reading

If you not lived under a stone for the last couple of years, you’re probably very much aware of people walking the streets like zombies, their eyes glued to the glowing screen of their smartphone. And you probably ponder, if Steve Jobs did us a favor when he reinvented the smartphone or if he eventually doomed us.

Well, I have good news for us. This Walking while reading business is not that new. It has actually been around for ages. Only back then we did it without the nagging fear our devices might run out of batteries and we would be forced to look up and see the world around us. Back then, it the world was analog.

And of course black and white 🙂