Of all the things I know
I understand almost nothing

zondag 31 oktober 2010


New proverb: "Foggy like old AGFA". All expired Agfa-films I tested have fog, from thick black to misty. This time I had <1996 Agfapan 400 in the 1964 Yashica 635 (while testing the SunAux).

vrijdag 29 oktober 2010

Travels with my aunt (T&N22)

Pariserstrasse 8 - just another piece of my childhood.
(Right window: my room)

"Travels with my aunt" Graham Greene


...of one summer day in july. 1995 Agfapan 100 in the 1964 Werra 2E

donderdag 28 oktober 2010

Grey autumn day

Preparing my "Christmas Lecture 2010" I tested some M42 lenses today. Upsetting some bikers while screwing
on and off the Fuji/Panagor/Albinars, looking like a junk because I sat on the dirty pavement in that obscure tunnel...

The <1996 Agfapan 400 already(!) had some fog, but no problem. 1972 Fujinon 55mm on the Praktica

donderdag 21 oktober 2010


See comments below "Strassenbahn". Different lenses give different light-reflexions


In the 1956 Contina was <1999 Kodak Tmax. Out: 1/125 at 8,
in: 1/30 at 4,5 Novar anastigmat and again: I love Zeiss.

maandag 18 oktober 2010


Small one: see comments

Autumn sun

Yes, the weather was fine, today.

Elmar 50mm at F6,3 1/60 sec on 1991 Panatomic-X

zondag 17 oktober 2010


Well, actually it's Overasselt 2010. But shot on "Posto of Hollywood". And that is actually made by Kodak. But it's packaged in Hollywood.
Orthochromatic, lost it's sensitivity of course, but 1 or 2 secs in bright sunlight, 8 min Rodinal does the job.
In the 1928 Brownie 2A 116 (I now am the proud owner of a not-so-easy 116 developing-tank...)

zaterdag 16 oktober 2010

Then and now: Asphalt jungle

I have known this crossing all my life: I lived around the corner. Was a very unreliable school crossing patrol member at eleven, and had one or two accidents, wrecking one bike and bumping one hired car (only! I am famous for my crashes, my insurance company doesn't use the word famous). Saw all the changes (not for the better, alas!) brown cobbles became black asphalt, the white confectioner's became the black b&h building.
1964 Rex/Gevaert in the 1977 Linhof220

dinsdag 12 oktober 2010

Then and now 20: Christus Rex

The tower still stands proud - over a supermarket. The church lasted only sixty years. I own cameras older than that - and they still function.

This time the 1974 Instamatic 56-X (yes: the camera of little Amélie Poulain!) with pre-1985 Verichrome in it.
Develop 126 in a Paterson (out>in) spiral rather than a LPL (in>out) and do not scan in your 135 mask.

Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain, 2001 Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

zondag 10 oktober 2010

Then and now 19: the Railway monument

1865 Nijmegen NL and Cleve D were connected by railway. Those were the days - it's not possible anymore but we are thinking about it (for decades, again). I always did like this rather elegant (zinc!) Victoria (copy from Christian Daniël Rauch, Walhalla).

1964 Yashica 635 + pre 1983 Sun-tele (Diafr 11) on 1996 Agfa 400 prof.

zaterdag 9 oktober 2010


I mean: the SUN aux.Telephoto on the Yashikor. Definitely nòt aplanat anymore, there is vignetting, it is nòt sharp, and in the end the Yashikor 80mm becomes only a ± 100mm.
But if you want to be seen as photographer this is the gadget to buy. Look at the flickr photostream.

PS: At F11 (Agfapan400) it is not thàt bad at all (small picture, only centre.)

vrijdag 8 oktober 2010


1968 - The year that rocked the world, and Ilford HPS. I've had already: only fog, spotty film, loss of sensitivity and this time: an almost blank film with two rather normal negatives in the middle. The 1938 Nagel seems okay. Hey?! Maybe Mark has the answer?

1968 - the year that rocked the world, Mark Kurlansky

zondag 3 oktober 2010

Then and now 18: the fair!

The fair - always big, and for centuries always a struggle in Nijmegen, catholic town in protestant surroundings and the priests did nòt approve of fun. They lost.

Today I had <1971 ILFORD FP3 in the Frankenstein. Foggy - once again I forgot my own rule: overexpose and underdevelop old film. But you can see: the chapel still stands, and there is still a fair. Great.

vrijdag 1 oktober 2010

Autumn morning

±1951 Frankenstein, 1938? Elmarchow 50mm, 1/100 at 6,3 on FP4+