Of all the things I know
I understand almost nothing

zondag 30 januari 2011

Ferrania P33 (620)

Penso che Ferrania non abbia mai costruito una camera per pellicula 620, e perciò l'ho ficcata nella 1938 Kodak/Nagel. Ha perso un pò di sensibilità, ma: no velatura, dopo 44 anni!

donderdag 27 januari 2011

A German History

1938 Germany was top of the world (well - not everybody thought so) and Leitz made my very fine Leica Standart, still performing (but I have to check that shutter!) smoothly. Six years later Deutschland war in Schutt und Asche, but when the Americans marched into Wetzlar Leitz was still making my 9 cm. Elmar! You definitely can see it has been in the wars, but 1945 was hell. And again six years later some people had the money to convert my Leica and put a CRF on. Wir waren wieder wer! (I cannot translate that, it's a feeling with many aspects...) And today, in the city I love, we are finally repairing and enjoying life.

On the 1938/51 Leica was the 1945 Elmar 90mm F4, July 1999 Tmax100pro.

zaterdag 22 januari 2011

The accidental photographer

Well, at the moment I àm experimenting with double exposure, but this one was not intended. Or was it? I bought a new shaver, yesterday!

The Accidental Tourist, 1985 Anne Tyler

donderdag 20 januari 2011

B means Bulb

Very posh, but also dark, those "Schadow Arkaden" and most Brownies don't have many possibilities. So I put it on the handrail, exposed two or three seconds (I wasn't very concentrated) at F32 (the Kodak manual stricktly forbids you to use that on I, only B is allowed...) and hoped for the best, on FP4.

The 1930 Kodak UK Brownie 2 does need some extra cleaning, the negative was very scratched.

zondag 16 januari 2011

Back to the water

1 Meter higher today, but I got distracted by a young girl and a young gull - and a mallard who was afraid to get her feet wet!

Canon (Mirror) Reflex 500/8

zaterdag 15 januari 2011

Perpantic 1946

This 1946 Perutz Perpantic was probably the first film produced in Germany after WWII, with American money. 90 Secs exposure at F9 in the Argoflex 1949 (I don't have a German 1946 camera)

The Jar is grey and blue "Steingut".

Small picture: this is how fresh Perpantic performed in 1937...

vrijdag 14 januari 2011


This pre 1946 film crumbled in the spiral and the pieces I got in came out divorced... but I managed to catch something on a piece of glass, and here it is!
"1946" Because I bought it with the Perpantic above, but this one burns like magnesium, so it could be older, I don't think it's nitrate, strange stuff...
Look below, and at my Flickr Photostream "Miracle" for the details.

The bowl is gold, grey and red painted on cream, from the famous Royal Ivory KPM, around 1932.


I updated my "Easter Lecture 2010" so have a look: Fr 26 March 2010.
And look above for the result of the struggle you're seeing here!

donderdag 13 januari 2011

Water all over the place

The little man below is enjoying the sight, but in my time it was more spectacular: no clean watertight aluminum but leaking wood and horse-shit. Much nicer!

Little tourist

Enjoying the waters (rain and river).
Nov 1996 Plus-X in the 1980 Nikonos, 1977 Nikkor 35 mm at F 5,6

woensdag 12 januari 2011

The river

I live between two rivers, today I went to see the Meuse, very high in Cuijk. Didn't check the sticky paper, dammit! Well, it has a catastrophic atmosphere now, hasn't it?

zondag 9 januari 2011

After the snow...

Rather disappointing today, but we're expecting 10 feet extra on Wednesday. Or more.

The Couple

zaterdag 8 januari 2011

Flowers on a grey day

< 1990 Ektar 25 in the < 1957 Argus C3, Robin (Soligor etc.) 135mm at F 4,5
Last (22th) film in over eight weeks old Colortec at 30*

woensdag 5 januari 2011

The Russian Who Came In From The Cold... (4).

Yes, the (possibly?) younger Svema32 has problems: fog, spots, sensitivity - but it has also that "je ne sais quoi", isn't it?
Both behind the ± 1973 Industar-29 at F4 in a Siberian cold wind.

"The Spy..." 1965 John le Carré

maandag 3 januari 2011

Russian 3 (Economics)

You can see some of the problems, I cannot believe it's 1993 but look at my Flickr photostream for that.
Also interesting: price-policy. You know those 5-years planning in the USSR, so let's take 5 years before the exp.date. That means Brezhnev in 1968 paid 40 kopeke for that Svema 65. Fifteen years later for Andropov it was still only 50, but in 1988 Gorbachev had to pay 1 rubel 5 kopeke. And you haven't seen this yet, but one year earlier the Svema 32 was only 35 kopeke.
Wild Russia.

zondag 2 januari 2011


Also on <1988 Svema65 in the ±1983 Lubitel.

Russian 2

Look at Flickr for the gory details, and 27 Nov 2010 Russian...1

zaterdag 1 januari 2011

Happy New Year

Well - it started very quiet, as you can see. Dull, in fact. Yes, I was rather early, as always. Cocoa and cookies.