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cityscapes: cologne

As some of you might know I work in Cologne, Germany. To make my lunch breaks more interesting I set myself a weekly challenge to take a series of pictures with the theme ‘yellow’.

All of these were taken with the Olympus OM 2N. Isn’t it funny how much english language there is in this very german city!

I must say I find it hard to take pictures in the city. I see little beauty in noisy, dirty, crowded streets, while the country with its quiet, muddy paths is heaven.

This one isn’t really yellowy but Lynda requested a close-up picture of a little old fashioned bakery shop I photographed before:

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holga street photography

Finally, another Holga post! What with starting a full time job I feel I have been neglecting my photography a little. I’ve had the same film in my Holga for several weeks, but I finally got it developed and scanned.
Since I work in the big city now I have been mainly taking city pictures.
These two were taken in my hometown a couple of weeks ago:


There is a lovely old town hall there with a market square attached, where many little cafรฉ’s have opened up in the last years.
This next one was in front of a little old bakery shop, on my lunch break at work. I saw the little poodle and had to take this picture. Have I mentioned I love poodles? No, really! If they are not shorn to have this ridiculous haircut I think they are adorable and pretty little dogs ๐Ÿ™‚

And then the thing happened that was bound to happen when you carry a Holga around loosely in your bag for days: Unnoticed by me it switched to ‘bulb’ exposure (which means the shutter stays open as long as you press it) and the last photos came out blurry and overexposed. Weirdly enough, I kinda like the result, though I’m going to tape the bulb switch from now on and will be retaking the photos soon (luckily, all of these places are right out the door from work as well):



My scanning technique needs some work as well…it’s killing my notebook because the photos are way too big. Any tipps on how to scan? I scan at 4800dpi and don’t let the program do anything in terms of color or exposure adjustment or dust prevention…I prefer to do all that myself in photoshop but it really is too much for my poor notebook.

first holga photos

Here they come, my first Holga shots and also my first 2 self-processed rolls of film (both Ilford HP5plus)!
I think the Holga and I got off to a good start, though so far I’m having trouble finding the right focus point (apparently it’s not quite in the middle either but a bit to the right). Hence there’s only one photo that’s really and truly in focus and it’s the best shot from the two rolls:

I have to apologized for the bad quality scans. I got prints done and scanned them because I can’t scan negatives but I can see now it was a bad idea and a sad waste of money: the quality of the prints is appalling and this is not the first lab that I’ve had this problem with. I think I’ll have to dig into my savings to buy a scanner after all. Scanning negatives apparently is the only option if I’ll be shooting more film.

The up side is: I will definitely be shooting more film in the future. I am totally in love with my Holga and my Om-2N and have a lot of fun using them.

I went to another barn event today (a Quarter Mile Race on the local race track) and took along all three cameras and did indeed use them all! Each one is unique and I find myself looking for totally different motives, and seeing completely different things, depending on the camera I have in my hand. It’s fascinating and just an awful lot of fun!
Ok, two more horse shots (of course):

This one is pretty badly out of focus, but I still liked it too much not to show it:

loving film part 2 – black and white

In between all those colourful, bright digital shots I just have to throw in these black and white photos from my Olympus OM-2N. Not only because they are different but because I am thrilled by how they turned out. It was love at second sight I’ll admit but I am starting to see the huge potential of this small and amazing SLR.


Not to mention that I just get a thrill out of using it…pressing that shutter and especially advancing the film manually is pure joy for me…I’m weird like that ๐Ÿ˜‰


I am pretty suprised at just how contrasty and grainy this 125 ASA film turned out. I shot black and white film with a point and shoot as a teenager and don’t remember them turning out so ‘retro’. But then again I wasn’t using a 30-year old manual SLR so maybe that’s the difference.


I will definitely take the time to get to know this camera better though the prices to develop film are really steep and I’ll have to restrain myself from taking too many pictures.
Don’t worry about the digital photos though, I’ll keep them coming ๐Ÿ˜‰ I have three photoshoots with adorable kids scheduled in the next 2-3 weeks, starting this weekend with 4 toddlers under the age of three!

zoo pictures part 1

Yesterday we went to the zoo with some friends. It was absolutely packed (Easter holidays have already started) and the zoo even offered a 20% discount because of the long waiting line. I took along both my usual Canon 450D with my dad’s 70-200mm 2.8 lens (a monster of a lens) and my new Olympus Om-2N with a Zuiko 180mm 2.8 lens…I will eventually post pictures my friend took of tiny little me, being nearly dragged to the ground by the two huge cameras around my neck ๐Ÿ˜‰

I am posting a first batch of digital photos now but I am actually a lot more excited to see the film photos when they’re developed. The Zuiko 180mm turned out to be the most amazing lens I’ve ever shot with! I actually had to text my dad to tell him and he texted back: ‘told you it was a great lens. have fun.’ And oh I did…I was discovering my love for photography all over again!

That zoo is brand new and spacious and tries to reconstruct the natural habitat of its animals.

I really need to get a scanner if I am shooting more film in the future…the wait for the photos to get developed alone is killing me and then I can’t even share them with you because I have to go visit someone with a scanner first!

my new toy, olympus OM-2N

Having discovered serious photography only a couple of years ago I really only know digital. I did have a much-used analog point and shoot since age 14 though and have always loved shooting black and white film.
I knew my dad had some analog SLRs somewhere and on my begging got them out for me. So here’s my newest toy:

It’s the Olympus OM-2N, an analog SLR from the late 1970’s and I am in love with it. Now don’t be fooled by its relatively small size and vintage look…this baby was the height of technology in its day and is still a serious and professional camera. But oooh, isn’t it cute, too?
And the even better news: there’s more where that came from! My dad not only has two more models of the OM-series but also a set of lenses in every size imaginable, most of them prime lenses! He was planning to be a professional photographer in his youth (guess it kind of runs in the family).
I chose the OM-2N because it comes with aperture priority as opposed to only full manual, which I thought would be easier as I am still figuring out the various knobs and manual focus. For starters I also took along a 50mm 1.4 and a 180mm 2.8 lens (sigh).
I shot the first test roll of film today and will be taking it to be developed tomorrow (provided I figure out how to rewind the film and get it out of the camera first). If the photos turn out anything close to how awesome it felt to shoot them I predict this Olympus and I are going to be very fast friends!

It’s funny how automated you become when you shoot a lot…the first couple of photos I found myself quickly looking at the black back of the camera and wondering immediately after why I was doing so. Then I understood I was looking for the (nonexistent) preview picture to see if I’d gotten it right first try.
I will be shooting mainly black and white film I think and I am so excited to get to know film in general and this camera in particular better. That said, I am still loving the digital world…I googled the camera just for fun and the first thing that came up was the complete manual as a free pdf – thank you internet!