A short one this time. I love these old cars showing their age. Just like the wrinkles on your face, the dents and scars on your heart. I hope to add some more pictures to this blog next time. This picture I shot with the wonderful Olympus OM2-n, loaded with Portra 400 and converted to black and white.
This is a picture a took quite a while ago. I decided to combine two things that I like to do very much; riding my bike and taking pictures. It is my Ducati at the beach you are looking at. The picture is taken with my very first camera, the Minolta X-700. A sweet little camera and a perfect combination of Japanese engineering and design. I have the intention to shoot more analog this year, but the X-700 shall have to compete with the Olympus OM2-n, the Trip 35 and the Yashica Mat 124G (along with my two digital Leica’s)…..
Once in a while I switch to shooting analog and I never regret it. The sheer joy of using a camera like the Olympus OM2-n and the results themselves, makes me want to switch to analog for good. Having said though, I don’t want to part with my Leica’s either….This picture was taken at the Katwijk beach. Shot with Porta 400 and converted to black and white in Lightroom. This particular roll of film has yielded quite some keepers. You can check them here (the last 22 pictures).
With all the focus (no pun intended) on high ISO performance these days, one might be inclined to forget about the other things that make you shoot great pictures. I don’t want to go into a rant, because that is unnecessary anyway. I understand that the aspect of high ISO capabilities can be crucial for being able to take that shot that you otherwise could not have taken. But…..working with both the Leica M8 and Leica M9 but also shooting analog, I have learned to appreciate the limitations of my equipment and to adjust my technique whenever it is what helps me to take that shot. Furthermore, it supports narrowing down my photography to the style and subjects that really resonate with me. Last but not least, it lets me appreciate the unique qualities of the gear I use even more. Naturally, this applies to shooting analog. Although not known for the high ISO performance, the Leica’s CCD sensor designed by Kodak (!) creates a truly unique look. Combined with lenses of Leica or Zeiss the results can be stunning. I don’t want to call this picture stunning, but I like it though. Shot in a very dim-lit room, at ISO 800 and wide open with the wonderful 50mm Summilux lens.
Shooting analog actually reflects the state in which I am at my best: calm, at ease and observing the world around me. I have written multiple times (e.g. here, here and here) my love for shooting film, so I won’t go on that route again….but let me tell you; I am going to shoot with the Yashica tomorrow and boy I am looking forward to it. Please have a little patience, just a few weeks, for the results to come 😉
This building and area around Apeldoorn keeps me being fascinated. Unfortunately the owner of the building, although keeping it in good shape with several restoration projects, has decided to put some banners at the front of building. Hope they removed the banners when I am back at this magical place. Shot with the analog, medium format Yashica Mat 124G.
I recently visited the S.M.A.K. museum in Gent, Belgium. If you have plans to visit Gent, this museum is certainly worth checking out. As I was walking from exhibition room to exhibition room, I had my Yashica Medium Format in my hand. I noticed the lines of the white walls, the floor and this chair. As I am familiar with conceptual art, I doubted for an instant whether this chair was part of a piece of art….. Anyway, I decided to open up the flip of the camera and take this shot. I like the chair by the way 🙂
I took this picture a while back with the Yashica medium format, at the Oostvaardersplassen. You see me standing at a beautiful, serene place in the Dutch polder where the nature is let alone in the sense that it is not being cultivated and nature management is kept minimal. On this picture you see the result of a fiery natural fire that destroyed the majority of trees. By letting nature off the hook, they hope it will harmonizes itself while standing tall.