Berlin Calling – Part 2: the truth is analog
Summing up the digital shots of my berlin trip was quite an easy job compared to the work 23 rolls of film cause. To get this task done without ruining my marriage (scanning takes a lot of time), I divided the negatives into two blocks. Yesterday I finished digitizing the rolls of Friday (22.07.) and Saturday (23.07.)…
Unfortunately I “lost” 2 rolls by very stupid mistakes. One died because of a light leak I produced by not locking the film canister correctly and another one (Fujifilm Neopan 400 Professional) was burned at ISO100 because I forgot to dial in the correct speed.
Here’s what I could “save” into digital files:
I arrived late on friday so Enrico and I went to have some beers and a lot of lens talk (and some food of course).
OK, we had a lot of beers – so please apologize the lack of sharpness. Manual focus on a film-body, long exposure-times and alcohol doesn’t match.
the station at friedrichstr.
I’d love to kill the guy who drove into the frame!!!
arrived at the hotel “Titanic”
Most important: found a starbucks on my way to our meeting-point
…but shooting with a venti caramel macchiato in your hand isn’t easy, nor is it unobtrusive. Fortunately this subject didn’t move.
on the way to monochrom.com
this is Udo Walz, isn’t it??
shopping at monochrom.com
Enrico shooting THE street 🙂
book store with reflections
light leak 😦 ringer system shopping with daddy
walking through the frame
a nice little café
while I was shooting people in front of a flower store…
…Enrico just shot “flowers” 🙂
But I have to admit: the “Foveon X3” sensor in his Sigma cameras renders colours in such a mind-blowing awesome way – I’d also look for colourful subjects with this camera.
having lunch @Ackerstr. (shot through a window of the restaurant)
I think this Mercedes and my OM-4 Ti are from the same decade
this BMW motorcycle has seen some places – or at least its owner bought some nice stickers on eBay
I was struggling with a limited amount of slow film because I “only” packed 7 rolls per day into my pocket
we went back to friedrichstr. to meet Frank and get the photographic party started
I cant’t remember seeing a single “normal” bus in berlin
still had the Neopan 400 in the camera. although I really like this emulsion for its high contrast in dark scenes, it’s going to look a bit “flat” and grey in bright sun light 😦
have you ever tried to take a photo and “hold” a Segway at the same time? he was looking a bit overwhelmed.
Enrico told me they’d LOVE to be photographed!
the sightseeing mafia forcing a tourist to buy a round trip, although he already booked one at their competitor, the “yellow line”
this important sign tells you to not have a barbecue here!
I wonder what he was looking for…
still filling this greyish film
Enrico, checking the latest frames on his Sigma DP2s
resting on stairs
I think we walked more than 20km that weekend
wasn’t fast enough to take out my 24mm/F2.0 and run over to them, but I think this shot with the 35mm/F2.0 also works in some way
people with city maps, everywhere
yes, I did this shot on digital too – but I think “real” 24mm suits the subject better
real wide-angle 🙂
look, they found a sign they can take funny photos of!
shooting a decent wide-angle lens in berlins government district can be stressful. there are all these lines you want to align the frame to and always try to get “straight” perspectives in some kind of ways. that totally kills the serenity of street-photography but I couldn’t resist. so here are some shots I’d call “architecture from the hip”…
Liked the lines of those stairs. Enrico thought the same. But at least I could get a man on a bike into my frame: now it`s STREET 🙂
so many lines, again
politics can be slippery
moving forward like a swat team
more architecture, fortunately the roll was finished and I had to reload
since Frank did a lot of “person walking from A to B” shots in the past, this one is for him
can’t believe they seriously named this beer “Edelstoff”
a massive amount of light in front of the main station
looks like the guy on the left is telling some really uninteresting stuff
Enricos “Foveon couple”, the Sigma DP2s & DP1x. awesome little cameras, look at their results!
finished beer, coffee and a piece of apple cake
trying to be creative after 6 hours of street photography
hard to see but they were smiling!
altering signs by perspective
yeah, a drag race!
So far, thats the point where I ran out of film on that saturday and pulled out my digital BackUp, the PEN E-P2, to keep shooting. Those frames are mixed in anywhere here…
Although I didn’t just scan “everything” that came from the lab, I haven’t been that much selective this time. I’m sure I uploaded a few frames that aren’t the most “artistic” or quirky ones, yes, but I actually wanted to document my trip and the things I saw instead of shooting a clinical perfect “streets of berlin” series or something like that.
If there is just one frame you like, it was worth every upload.
Next step will be to scan the last 10 rolls of sunday and monday (including some colour) but I really need some distance from my scanner now!
Although I love film photography, I’m going to shoot more Digitalis the next weeks to prevent my “to be scanned-batch” of negatives from raising.