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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Despite the fact that I’ve been living in Aarhus for almost 18 years, I often get lost in my own city. Last time that happened, I discovered this vintage door sign. According to the missus, the sign dates back to the 30′s. What makes it particularly interesting is that a different font is used for each line (except the first two words). In case you wonder what the sign says, here is the translation: Dealing, begging, carrying goods up the main stairs, and parking bikes and prams is prohibited
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