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Some more images with the Yashica ML Macro 55mm 1:4

Here is a quick follow up to my last entry about the Yashica 55mm/4 macro lens. This time I was shooting Fomapan 400 with a bit of grain. The film was developed in Kodak HC110 at 24C to shorten the developing time. As for the previous post, no extra sharpening was applied to the images after scanning. I adjusted contrast, highlights and shadows only.

I can still not believe how sharp the lens is. These images are taken with a wide open aperture and are still spot on. I also like the angle covered by the 55mm lens. I used to have a Nikkor 90/2.8 and I always found the view to tight and restricted.

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Taking pictures at home

My home has all one needs to take pictures: Tables, a sofa, even curious cats.So, I took my Hasselblad 500C/M, an Ilford Delta 400 film and set the meter to ISO 1600 with the plan to develop the film in Spuersinn’s HCDnew. I metered the darkest and and set the camera two stops below the reading. I noted down the brightest spot as well but decided to develop with the nominal time since that seemed average for all shots.

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I’m lucky that the cats didn’t run into this one. They are always around when I take pictures and observe. I’m not sure whether or not they come to conclusions but they are always checking things out. However, they also make good subjects since my cats are relaxed and patient fellows.

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Moving on to the darker hallway, I tried a shot setting the aperture to 2.8. Maybe the shadows aren’t exposed perfectly but there wasn’t much information in there anyway. The painting behind the candle shows a man standing in the middle of the Yellow river. I got it in Beijing in 2004. I met the painter some years later by coincidence discussing a very similar painting on rice paper and oil.

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Ok, living room is next. First Victim: the bookshelf since it can’t move without me moving it. I got the shelf back in Singapore. It served as a divider of living area and kitchen/eating zone in my studio apartment right behind Orchard Road. Now it’s standing against the wall overflowing with books. I store some framed pictures and paintings in the gap between the shelf an the wine fridge. Not sure if I’m going to hang them up one day. It’s kind of the place they belong to now. Sometimes I flip through the frames and get lost in memories. Unfortunately, it’s also a place where all the cat hair collects in big fluffy balls …

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Meet Maxi, the big hairy tomcat of the house. I put him in a bad spot here interrogating the dog. He just walked in the scene I set up and he didn’t do anything. Hahaha. But he really doesn’t like dogs.

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The bedroom has a  bed and a big ass closet which is a mess in spite of the fact that it’s half empty. The bed room door is closed during the day and open at night. When the door is closed, Maya will scratch until the door is open. She doesn’t reason at all. Maxi makes it a sport to get i the bedroom during the day. He sneaks when I go in and out to get some clothes or my kindle. Before I can catch him and kick him out, he hides under the bed and awaits further action.

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The cats of Gasthof Baur

I have no idea what made me stop in Linden, a small village between Munich and Bad Toelz. Maybe I was a bit hungry and the sign of Gasthof Baur invited me to check it out. What I found was a place that looked just normal and open for business but yet it was closed. Only dozens of cats strolled around the place and seemed to have taken over the place. I had my pinhole camera with me and I took some shots on color negative film just like the friendly ghostly cat.

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When I returned a couple of days ago the friendly cat and all the others were still around. When I entered the former biergarten, a grumpy old man sat on the porch which might have been the owner of the restaurant, August Baur. We exchanged a couple of words which made it clear that I wasn’t really welcome there. However, I wasn’t asked to leave either. I took some images with my Voigtlaender Brilliant 6×6 camera.

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I used and Adox CHS 100 which I developed in a self-made coffee chemistry which can be found here. The film looked a bit pale after development but it was fairly easy to scan. Grain and contrast are quite ok. Also sharpness is really not bad. Maybe I can tweak the recipe a bit for the next rolls.
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Recipe:
  • 1000ml (1l) Water
  • 45g Instant coffee
  • 24g Washing soda
  • 20g Vitamin C

10min developing at 20C. agitation: 1st minute and afterwards each minute 5 times.

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