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I don’t think I’ll get tired of photographing the Lighthouse complex any time soon. The buildings provide an infinite source of inspiration, and every time I make a trek to the buildings, I discover new angles and interesting details. Considering that Lighthouse is still far from finished, I suspect I’ll be getting back to it regularly in the foreseeable future. My immediate plan is to try shooting the buildings in the evening. Since I don’t have a lot of experience with night time film photography, this is going to be an interesting challenge.
Nikon EM, Nikon Series E 50mm f/1.8, Ilford XP2 Super 400.
The missus and I used my birthday as an excuse for an overnight trip to Copenhagen. We started our day with a short photo walk around Kalvebod Brygge and Islands Brygge. The area features some fine specimens of modern architecture including the Frøsilos, former corn silos converted into an upscale apartment complex for the well-off.
By the way, while doing my research, I stumbled upon the MIMOA architecture guide which offers a cornucopia of useful information about modern architecture in cities around the world. I think it can be a handy reference for anyone interested in architectural photography.
Nikon EM, Tamron 28mm f/2.8 Adaptall, Ilford XP2 Super 400. Aperture: f/8.0, shutter speed: 1/250, ISO: 400
For amateurs like me, the Lighthouse complex in Aarhus is a nice place to hone architectural photography skills. And for my recent photographic pilgrimage to the buildings, I decided to use a Tamron 28mm f/2.8 Adaptall lens (the CW-28 model). I bought it cheaply a long time ago, and I even took it with me on our latest trip to Tokyo. But, for some reason, I didn’t really use it a lot. In case you are curious, head over to the Life and photography machines blog to read a detailed review of the lens. Despite its age, CW-28 is a rather capable lens, and it turned out to be ideally suited for shooting buildings.
From the Lighthouse Diary series. Nikon EM, Tamron 28mm f/2.8 Adaptall, Ilford XP2 Super 400.
The Lighthouse building project in Aarhus is progressing nicely, and recently another part of the construction site has been made accessible for mere mortals. Luckily, the Danish weather briefly ran out of heavy clouds, wind, and rain, so I had a chance to spend some time shooting the buildings from different spots. I really enjoy shooting the Lighthouse project, and I like how the combination of soft lines and sharp angles shapes the buildings.
Nikon EM, Nikon Series E 50mm f/1.8, Ilford XP2 Super 400. Shutter speed: 1/125 sec. Aperture: f/8.0. ISO: 400.
This shot is actually the result of a technical malfunction. For some reason, my Nikon EM didn’t advance the film properly, and I ended up with this double-exposure photo. This happened only once, so I guess it was just a fluke, and a very lucky one at that.
This shot reminds me of Piet Mondrian‘s paintings, hence the title.
Nikon EM, Tamron 80-210mm f/3.8-4 Adaptall 2, Ilford XP2 Super 400. Aperture: f/8.0. Shutter speed: 1/125 sec. ISO: 400.
After staying at home for almost a week because of a nasty cold I caught God knows where, I finally ventured outside. This time, besides my regular companions Nikon FE and EM, I was armed with a Samsung Galaxy S III with freshly installed CyanogenMod and VSCO Cam. Ever since the latter was made available for the Android platform, I was itching to give it a try.
It’s getting dark pretty early in December, so there was no time to leisurely walk around looking for something interesting to shoot. Luckily, I stumbled upon this catchy bicycle which I duly snapped and processed in VSCO Cam.
Speaking of VSCO Cam, I really like this app. The default selection of filters is rather limited, but it’s possible to purchase additional bundles. Besides filters, VSCO Cam features a wide range of editing tools wrapped into a user-friendly interface. In short, I have a feeling that this app is going to be my go-to tool for processing and sharing Android snapshots.
The Lighthouse complex promises to be the most interesting example of modern architecture here in Aarhus. The project is still under heavy construction, but some of the buildings are already beginning to take shape. The Light House tower, the project’s pièce de résistance, is going to be 142 meters high, which will make it the tallest building in Denmark.
Nikon EM, Nikon E Series 50mm f/1.8, Ilford XP2 Super 400. Aperture: f/8.0, Shutter speed: 1/500 s.
While in Berlin, I shot a roll of C41 black-and-white film from West Yorkshire Cameras. Alas, I’m not particularly impressed by the film. The contrast is somewhat low (I had to increase it in digiKam), the grain is not very pleasing, and the last 3 out of 27 exposures were duds. Oh well, back to the tried-and-tested Ilford XP2 Super 400, then.
Nikon FE and Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI
On a related note, I had a chance to visit the FOTOIMPEX store. It specializes in all things film photography and carries a wide range of films and film photography-related supplies. I’ve added FOTOIMPEX to the Shoot Film In wiki.
I snapped 1000+ digital photos and shot 6 rolls of film during our recent trip to Tokyo. There are a handful of photos that I really like, but this one is my absolute favorite. I took this photo on a warm September evening while waiting for my friend near the East Exit of Shinjuku station. There was a taxi stop right next to the exit, and the brightly lit store windows provided a perfect backdrop.
Nikon FE, Tamron 80-210mm f/3.8-4 Adaptall 2, Fujicolor Natura 1600
Back in February, the missus gave me a Nikon L35AF2 as a birthday present. Since then, the camera has been quietly sitting in a drawer waiting for a chance to prove its worth. This chance came a couple of days ago.
I loaded the camera with a roll of Kodak Professional CN400BW and went for a photo stroll. Surprisingly, I managed to shoot the entire roll in just an hour or so. The little shooter performed well, and I bagged a few decent shots. The photo above is one of them. In case you wonder, this is a chandelier at Aarhus main station. This, by the way, is not your run-off-the-mill light fixture: designed by famous Danish architect Poul Henningsen, it’s not only special, but expensive, too.