The weather was absolutely fabulous last Sunday, so I had a chance to test my shiny new Tamron SP 28-80mm f/3.5-4.2 Adaptall 2 lens I found cheaply on eBay. The missus and I went for a bike ride, and we made a photo stop at an area right outside Aarhus with a few interesting buildings, including Vestas development center. I bagged a few decent shots, but there is still plenty of interesting stuff to photograph.
Vestas development center
As for the lens, it turned out to be a solid performer within the f/8-f/11 range. It does exhibit noticeable barrel distortion at the longest end of the zoom, though. At 480g, the lens is rather heavy, so I don’t expect to carry it in my bag regularly. But it makes a nice addition to my modest collection of Tamron Adaptall lenses.
Nikon EM, Tamron SP 28-80mm f/3.5-4.2 Adaptall 2, Ilford XP2 Super 400.
This is an old bus stop shed in Aarhus. It’s not pretty but it’s functional. It offers good protection against rain and wind (and we’ve got a lot of both here in Denmark). I spend many hours in sheds like these while waiting for the bus. Some may call these sheds boring, but I think they are charming in their own way.
There are only very few old bus stop sheds left in Aarhus. Most of them were replaced with modern glass-and-steel structures the primary purpose of which is to display ads. The new sheds don’t provide any protection against wind and rain, but they do attract vandals whose idea of fun is smashing glass walls.
Maybe it’s yet another any sign of me getting old, but I’d rather prefer it if the city kept the old sheds. Well, at least I’ve managed to snap a photo of one of the remaining old sheds before they disappear for good.
Old bus stop shed
Nikon EM, Tamron 28mm f/2.8 Adaptall, Ilford XP2 Super 400.
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.
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.
Soft lines (click yo view details)
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.
Mondrian double exposure
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 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.
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.
Mimosa is the name of the last remaining film lab in our city. Compared to the rest of the photo stores in Aarhus which peddle pretty much the same assortment of mainstream photography stuff, Mimosa is decidedly different. For starters, the store carries a relatively large selection of reasonably priced films, including popular films from Kodak and ILFORD.
Film bonanza at Mimosa
Mimosa offers C41 processing only, but the lab accepts regular black-and-white films for processing in Germany. Of course, Mimosa also carries chromogenic films like ILFORD XP2 SUPER 400 and Kodak Professional CN400BW, which can be processed using C41 chemicals. The store offers same-day film development (usually within an hour or so, depending on how busy they are) which is only slightly more expensive than next-day processing. Mimosa’s staffers are friendly and know a thing or two about photography. They are always ready to help and have a chat about all things photography.
So if you happen to be in Aarhus, and you run out of film (or anything else photography-related), you might want to stop by Mimosa. Who knows, you might even bump into me.
By the way, Mimosa has a long and fascinating story (in Danish), and it has been in business in one form or another for over 100 years.
It’s not every day I see a film camera in Aarhus. Come to think of it, I’ve actually never seen a film camera-toting photographer here in the city. Until today, that is. I was passing by a café, when I spotted two girls sitting outside with an Olympus Trip 35 on their table.
Olympus Trip 35
I asked permission to take a couple of snaps, and had a short chat with the owner. It’s always nice to meet fellow film shooters.
Taken with Samsung Galaxy S III and processed with Snapseed for Android.