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.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 110,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 5 days for that many people to see it.
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.
Recently, I bought an EPSON Perfection V500 scanner, and I spent last weekend scanning piles of negatives. One thing about scanning negatives is that it involves a lot of waiting: you click the Scan button and then wait till the contraption does its scanning thing.
Meanwhile, you need to find a diversion to keep you entertained. Having a good game app for Android would definitely help. And after rummaging through the F-Droid repository, I found a perfect candidate for the job. FreeShisen is based on the Shisen-Sho Japanese game. The game has a lot in common with the popular tile-based game of Mahjong, but it has more elaborate tiles and rules.
Despite that, you can master the game’s basics in a matter of minutes. Depending on the level of difficulty and your skills, a single game usually takes between 5-10 minutes — perfect for passing time between scans. The app is open source and available through F-Droid and Google Play Store.
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 you can use a regular notebook to keep track of exposure info (shutter speed, aperture, focal length, etc.), it’s hardly an ideal solution. But if you happen to use an Android device, you can replace the notebook with the Exif4Film app from Code United to simplify the task of recording exposure info and applying it to scanned photos.
The app is available free of charge from the Google Play Store. During the first run, the app prompts you to import the film database containing pretty much every film in existence. Next, you need to add your photographic equipment (cameras, lenses, and filters) to the app. To do this, tap the Menu button and choose Gear. Tap the Add gear button, pick the desired item, and fill out the required fields. When adding a camera, you can specify which lenses in the database can be used with it. This works for lenses, too: when adding a lens, you can select the cameras that can be used with it. When you are done, press Save to add the equipment item to the database. Once you’ve added your gear, return to the main section, tap the Add roll button, and provide the required info. Press Save to add the roll, and you are good to go.
Recording exposure info with Exif4Film couldn’t be easier. As soon as you take a shot, open Exif4Film, select the roll, tap Add to add a new exposure, and enter its values. In addition to the standard values like aperture, shutter speed, focal length, exposure compensation, etc., the app automatically records the geographical coordinates (useful for geotagging photos). Exif4Film also lets you take a photo and attach it to the current exposure. When you add the next exposure, the app automatically populates the fields with values from the previous entry. This can be a real time-saver when you take several photos with the same camera settings.
Exif4Film features other creature comforts, too. The View on map button displays the roll on a map complete with markers for each exposure. When you finish the film roll and record the time when it has been unloaded in Exif4Film, the app conveniently changes the roll’s icon, so you can easily identify the active and processed rolls in the list.
As you keep adding rolls to the database, managing them may become increasingly difficult. This is where the app’s filtering functionality can come in rather handy. Using it, you can display only the rolls that match specific criteria, such as camera model, film, and loaded/unloaded dates.
Exif4Film also has a companion desktop utility which can help you to import the recorded exposure into the scanned photos. To do this, you need to export data from a specific roll first. Tap the Export button in the Exif4Film app, select the desired roll, and tap Export. You can then export the data to a file on the device or Dropbox. Transfer the exported .xml file to your machine, launch the Exif4Film desktop utility and use it to write exposure info to the scanned photos. The utility is simplicity itself, so you shouldn’t have problems figuring out how to use it.
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.