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.
CeBIT is better known as a huge IT fair than a hub of modern architecture. Indeed, most of the exhibit halls at the fair grounds are functional structures void of any architectural embellishments. And that’s exactly what makes them interesting photographic subjects — if you are into this kind of architectural minimalism, that is. I am, so I spent about an hour walking around CeBIT and shooting its architecture. The photo below is the top of one of the halls.
Nikon EM, Nikon Series E 50mm f/1.8, 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.
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.
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.
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 went to Berlin at the end of May. Between family chores and LinuxTag, I didn’t have much time for photography, save for a quick photo walk in the neighborhood. The weather was not particularly good, and the rain cut my photographic endeavors short. But I managed to bag a handful of decent shots anyway.
Dressed in glass
Taken with Nikon F-501, Nikkor AF 35-70mm f/3.3-4.5, and Ilford XP2 Super 400.