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Places – Bunaken Island, Indonesia

I made some changes to the blog. Ich changed the theme but also cleaned up the categories and added some of them to the top menu.

Bunaken is a small island off the coast of North Sulawesi, Indonesia. It’s a beautiful place without wide roads, cars and large chain resorts. I love going there for diving and during my last visit in March 2016 I took my Mamiya 645AF with me planning to walk around with it. I went there four times before but only brought an underwater camera and also never visited the villages. It’s less than one kilometer from the Bunaken Cha Cha resort to the nearest village and an about thirty minute walk to Bunaken village, the main village of the island.

Around Bunaken Cha Cha resort. I didn’t take many images of and around the resort. I just wanted the portraits of my dive guide as well as the captain of the dive boat.

 

Late afternoon going to the jetty. 

 

Sunday afternoon in Bunaken village.

 

Before sunset in the village.

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Umbrellas and reflection

Hey, it’s raining today. Let’s take the umbrella, load the hasselblad with fast film and play in the puddles outside. You don’t have to ask twice, your kids and most of the photographers will always follow the first call. My good friends from Tel Alviv, Victor and Sergio Bezrukov, accompanied me on this rainy September day to explore a different look of Munich. By the way, both make excellent  models as well.

A couple of hours in the city are always a good reason to get out the bulky and heavy 40mm distagon for the hasselblad. I also left the back with the TriX pushed to ISO 1600 on the camera to gain some freedom in exposure but also for the increased contrast by means of extended development. While TriX pushes well, the film starts to lose details in the shadows pushed to ISO 1600 adding to the already strong high “contrasty” feeling.

Next time you get out in the rain, find umbrellas that add pattern and shape to your images. Don’t forget to look out for the reflections in the puddles of rain water. 

Check out Victor Bezrukov’s images here. These were taken with a Fuji GA645 and Bergger Pancro pushed to ISO 800.

 

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India – the urban and the rural life

This is supposed to be the last entry of my India trip and I wanted to keep a set of images that show the urban and rural life. Interesting is that the pictures don’t look so different. It seems to me urbanization happened extremely fast and people just brought the village with all its inhabitants into the cities.

Enjoy!

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India – the places – the rest – 2 of 2

I just post a couple of images today showing some more places I visited in India. You can find the other blog posts about my trip here:

Shri Kolayat

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Gadi Sagar Lake

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Chatris Sunset Point

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Jodhpur Jaswant Thada

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India – the people

Again, it’s been difficult to select some images out of so many. Also, what’s a good number to give a wide spectrum of the impressions. Let me start with about 25 images in color as well as black & white, not sorted by any kind of  timeline or importance. Every image has a title as well as they location of capture. Enjoy and don’t hesitate to feedback …

201508_India_MF16_Portra160_006-Editthe model, nahargarh fort, jaipur

201508_India_MF4_Delta400_006man and donkey, mandawa

201508_India_MF7_Portra160_009-Editthe brahman, jaisalmer

201508_India_KB3_APX100_001-Editneighbors, jaisalmer

201508_India_MF10_Portra160_014-Editguides, junagarh fort, bikaner

201508_India_KB7_Foma400_024-Editbubbles, india gate, new delhi

201508_India_MF5_Portra160_012-Editstone maker, close to kolayat

201508_India_KB1_Foma400_021-Editbig smile, bikaner

201508_India_MF8_Portra160_001-Editsheep herder, jaisalmer

201508_India_MF4_Delta400_008meeting, mandawa

201508_India_MF9_Portra160_012-Editboys, chandelao garh

201508_India_KB5_APX100_020-Editin the bus, udaipur

201508_India_MF8_Portra160_012-Editdesert, jaisalmer

201508_India_KB5_APX100_030-Editold city, udaipur

201508_India_MF3_Portra160_004-Editwaiting, jhunjhunu

201508_India_MF17_Delta400_007-Editwaiting for a customer, jaipur

201508_India_KB2_Portra160_018-Editscared, jaisalmer

201508_India_KB5_APX100_028-Edittalking, udaipur

201508_India_KB4_Portra160_026-Editworking, chandelao garh

201508_India_MF18_Delta400_005-Editcurious, abhaneri

201508_India_KB4_Portra160_003-Editspice trader, jodphur

201508_India_MF13_Delta400_015-Editbathing, chittorgarh fort

201508_India_MF9_Portra160_011-Editjust kids, chandelao garh

201508_India_MF17_Delta400_009-Editrickshaw driver, jaipur

201508_India_MF9_Portra160_006-Editguide, jodphur

201508_India_MF20_Delta400_004-Editmonsoon, agra

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The old market in Hsinchu

Hsinchu is a town in northern Taiwan, about one hour south of Taipei. It’s home to the Hsinchu Science Park where once Taiwan’s semiconductor industry launched its way to the top. Hsinchu isn’t a fancy or touristy place. Mostly engineers and their families live, eat and work there. And I was one of them more than ten years ago.

I lived in a two bedroom apartment on Bei Da Road in the middle of the city and close to shopping, eating and drinking since this is most there is in Hsinchu.

The old market was located quite close to my home but I didn’t go there very often. The lanes were dark and crowded. Meat and fish would just kick around all day without refrigeration. Many stores sold dry foods which I couldn’t even identify.

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The two storey market is part of an old apartment building which must be a pretty large complex. However looking up and seeing the fenced apartment windows is a bit scary. The place is clean just old. I mean just very old. I never dared to eat from the little food stalls since I knew where the chicken spent the last couple of hours. But than again, it’s cooked …

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Two or three times each year I go back to Hsinchu on business. My schedule is usually so busy that I hardly go and stroll around. The first days I’m usually hit by jet lag and than I usually can’t wait to go home again. During the previous visit I went down to the city center on a Sunday afternoon and took some pictures with the Hasselblad. The market was just closing down, most stores were already closed and others were going to shortly.

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I quite enjoyed the almost empty lanes and the sparse action of the last people closing store or leaving. It wasn’t just the quiet Sunday afternoon but the the feeling that places like this are slowly dying out and with them some history. So, feeling sentimental I wanted to get the black cat in the empty lane but she was smarter than me and ran.

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A day at Sun Moon Lake 日月潭

Sun Moon Lake is Taiwan’s largest body of water located in the middle of the country. The lake is surrounded by lush green mountains. According to the tales, a white deer led the hunters of the Thao tribe to the shores of this beautiful  and rich in fish place.

Lalu Island in the middle of the lake is holy ground for the Thao tribe, It was renamed several times in history but received its aboriginal name back after more recognition was given to the tribal roots. Large parts of the island sank into the lake after the big earthquake in 1999.

I visited the lake for the first time during a day trip from Hsinchu where I lived in 2002. Nearly at the same time I got my first digital SLR a Fujifilm S2 with one of the best sensors at the time and the advantage of being compatible with my Nikon lenses. The two color images were taken at the Wen Wu temple which was still under construction after being totally flattened during the 1999 earthquake. I still have the original raw files but these are edits I did a long time ago.

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I went back to the lake in May 2003. Taiwan was taken over by the SARS crisis and public life stood still for a couple of weeks. I decided to go on a little Taiwan round trip including Sun Moon Lake. Hotels were of an occupancy below 20% and discounts were steep. At Sun Moon Lake I stayed at The Lalu which was at the time one of the best hotels in Taiwan. I took a number of pictures of the hotel and the lake. I need to find some time to look through the images again and edit them.

A couple of weeks ago I went back to the lake. I rented a car drove down to Taichong on a Friday after work to get an early start on Saturday morning. I was surprised to find a new highway full of buses and cars going East, going into the mountains and going to Sun Moon Lake. The traffic never became better and a long cue of cars moved slowly forward. I didn’t recognize much after arriving at the lake. I saw quite a number of new hotels, a large marina and an new urban strip with stores and restaurants including Starbucks along the north shore. So I went straight to Wen Wu temple to walk around and take some shots. I was equipped with a Hasselblad 500CM and lots of film.

So I climbed up the temple to the place were I took the photos before. It was a warm sunny day but the light was already very bright and not so good for taking images.

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The temple entrance is most impressive. Looking from the temple one can see the gate, the lake and the mountains beyond. These views make the place so special and of course attractive for people to visit. Then years ago the view was still unspoiled by boats and other signs of civilization. Today people claim the place for their way of recreation. Let me come back in a while and look at the place again.

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Opposite the Wen Wu temple are some stalls selling food, refreshments and souvenir. There are also 365 stairs leading down to the lake representing each day of the year. One can hang a little golden bell on the fence which contain prayers and wishes.

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After visiting the temple I took off to go a bit into the mountains planing to be back later in the day for better light. However, I miscalculated the time a bit and came back late to find a extremely crowded shore and a beautiful sunset that just wouldn’t work on a b&w film. Good that I got my phone with me. Here is the sunset shot.

Here is the last one from Wen Wu temple, a stone carving of women playing an instrument which reminds me somehow of the classic chinese novel “Dream of the red chamber”.

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The b&w images were taken on Ilford Delta 400 and developed in Spuersinn Sam Classic.

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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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A different kind of decay

The Stalin statue in Budapest was erected in 1951 as a “present” of the Hungarian people for the soviet leaders seventieth birthday. But the life of the monument happened to be quite short: During the of the Hungarian October Revolution in 1956, the massive bronze statue was torn down and cut into pieces. The protest was suppressed by he soviet army but the statue was never re-erected since Stalin was dead and his policies were pretty much out of favor

Yet, you can still see Stalin’s feet at the Szobor “Memento” Park just outside Budapest.

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However there is more to see at Budapest’s Memento Park. It’s a quite wide and open terrain with a collection of statues and monuments of Hungary’s socialist era. Here are some of the unknown soviet soldier who came with the Red Army to fight the Nazis and their allies which included the conservative regime in Hungary. No wonder the soldier statues of the socialist realism always portrait them as winners of history which is quite humoring looking at the course of history.

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There were also the statues of Bela Kun and Muennich Ferenc, two Hungarian politicians from the same era with different fate. Bela Kun was a communist and revolutionary who led the Hungarian Soviet Republic after the end of WWI and the fall of the Austrian-Hungarian empire in 1919. I didn’t even know that Hungary was the second Communist state following the Soviet Union. The power of Bela Kun didn’t last long since Romania invaded Hungary and handed the power to the Social Democrats. Bela left Hungary and become an important operative of the comintern (the communist international) serving Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia. Finally he lived permanently in Moscow where he was accused of Trotskyism  and disappeared during Stalin’s great purge in 1937. He was rehabilitated in 1956 as part of the de-Stalinization but it was only known in 1989 that he was actually executed in a Siberian gulag in 1938.

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Muennich Ferenc was also member of the government of the Hungarian Soviet Republic in 1919. He fought as a member of the International Brigade against General Franco in Spain. After WWII he returned to Hungary and became a police superintendent in Budapest. During the uprising of the people against communism he became interior minister in the Imre Nagy government but defected to Moscow to return after the revolution was put down. Later he had several minister posts under Janos Kadar and was Hungarian prime minister between 1958 and 1961.

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All images were taken with a Hasselblad 500CM on Adox CHS 100. I used a strong orange filter to enhance the blue sky. The film was developed in Spuersinn HCDnew, a fine grain, two step developer.

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