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St. Paul, MN.
Olympus Pen (Original), 1959.
f/5.6. APX 25. Dev. in Rodinal.
in the Rambla "
live in Montevideo, Uruguay, at maybe 400 meters from the River Plate coast.
I love to walk along the coast with my wife and one of my old cameras most
weekends. I am fortunate that this contest takes place in our summer!.
Taken February 13, 2005 in the Malvín-Buceo área of the Rambla in Montevideo
about 700 m from my home.
This was a very windy day, with spray in the air and fine sand blowing which
give a hazy background. The group of senior citizens in the center
background is playing "tejo" .
I got my Super Isolette from my father about one year ago. He bought it in
the mid fifties, new, from the Agfa distributor (I think it was a display
model) and used it very seldom since he had a Rolleiflex which was very fond
of. The camera is absolutely mint, even with the original bellows. I do not
collect; am just a "bottom feeder". The Super Isolette is my only medium
with Solinar 75 mm f3.5
probably 1/250 in f11. Developed in ID-11 1:1 for the time recommended by
Ilford. Scanned in Genius HR6X flatbed, unsharp masked as I could.
11, 2005 in the Malvín coast in Montevideo about 500 m from my home
In this section of the coast there are many sailsurfers. This one had his
device broken (there was a lot of wind), had swimmed to shore and was
walking to his base. I was shooting for the reflection which I found hard to
get on a windy, wavy day.
I bought this Leica in 1976 from a pawn broker. It was very battered but
worked perfectly after a CLA. I do not use it very often but do like very
much the smooth, precise feeling of operating this marvel. Uncoated lens of
Leica IIIb with
Summitar 5 cm f2.FP4+
at 1/100 in f9. Developed in ID-11 1:1 for the time recommended by Ilford.
Scanned in Genius HR6X flatbed, unsharp masked as I could.
44) "Portrait of the Artist as a Bandito "
photos are from the first test rolls of my latest camera acquisitions. They
all were made with this project in mind, but I did not try to make the
perfect shot, but having fun while shooting with these classic cameras.
Winter is definitely not the best time for shooting all-metal cameras
first moment I interpreted the motto "Where do you live?" as "Where do you
spend most of your time?", so my truthful answer would been "Well, in front
of a computer". As my cluttered desktop is not a very attractive subject for
photography and such an entry would probably have been too geeky, I realized
that I also spend much time of my life in my bed. Inspired by Lester
Gediman's famous "Portrait of the Artist as a Bandito" from
http://www.photo.net/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=009dXe , I dressed
up in some fancy clothing for that occasion and used a frame from my first
test roll of my new-aquired Welta Weltax for this shot. The camera and a
Metz 45 CT-5 were put on a tripod, the flash was fired at full power against
the ceiling. Aperture f/11, shutter speed 1/250th, focus at 1.2m,
self-timer. I used a roll of Agfa Agfapan APX 400 which was developed by a
pro lab. This image is from a flatbed scan (800 dpi) with my very poor Epson
Perfection 1200, so picture quality is not that exciting. I guess I should
have stayed on the other side of the camera.
The Welta Weltax is a very compact, no-frills 6x6 folder
camera. Made in East Germany in 1950, mine is equipped with a nice, coated
Carl Zeiss Jena 75mm f/3.5 Tessar. By the way, as you can see in the picture
of the camera, the lettering around the lens has partially fallen off. But
it is still an excellent picture-taker!
We had a
very cold winter this year here in Frankfurt, Germany, with temperatures
around the freezing point most of the time. Sadly, there was still very
little snowfall, and when there was, it was mostly in the evening or at
night. By the time I had a chance to grab my photo gear and snap some
pictures in the afternoon, all the beautiful snow had been spoilt into dirty
heaps that no longer covered everything with a pristine whiteness. So when I
shot my first test roll with my Contaflex II, I made a point about taking it
with me one evening. As for me it was too cold on this Feb 23rd, 2005, to
take my metal tripod with me, I simply put the camera on a small wall and
shot these bushes covered with fresh snow. Aperture f/2.8 (see below),
shutter speed 1/4th second, film was Fuji Neopan 400, developed at my usual
pro lab. The bright light at the center top is coming from a street light
across the street. Again, this image was digitized with my poor flatbed
The Zeiss Ikon Contaflex II (862/24) is a 35mm single lens
reflex camera that was manufactured from 1954 to 1958. It is equipped with a
fixed 45mm f/2.8 Tessar lens, a Synchro Compur shutter and a light meter
(which I don't use). Highlights are a very bright viewfinder that enables
accurate focusing and the overall excellent build quality. I bought mine at
a charity auction and I found out too late that it has some serious issues:
the self-timer isn't working anymore, and the aperture ring seems to be
broken, so I only can shoot at f/2.8. I seems to me that the lens is not
that sharp or contrasty wide open, but for fairness' sake, the lens on my
camera looks like it has seen quite some use and abuse in its time.
subjects are human interest shots, so I shoot a lot of street photography.
This scan is from the first test roll of my Voigtländer Brillant I had
recently bought. Of all three, this camera is the least suited for both
color film and street photography, but what the hell. Though it was quite
cold on March, 1st, 2005, the sky was clear and due to the bright sunlight I
loaded a roll of Kodak Portra 160VC. Aperture was f/11, shutter speed
1/100th second, focus was at group setting (2 to 6 meter). The picture shows
a young couple feeding pigeons with fast food on Frankfurt's main shopping
street. The black threads all over the image must be loose felt from the
light seals. As it is the case with all of my submissions, the picture is
not cropped or manipulated. But with color film you see the weaknesses of my
scanner even at 600 dpi: grain galore and color and contrast that are not
quite like the negative.
The Voigtländer Brillant was a very successful line of 6x6
twin-lens reflex cameras. My camera is the cheap unfocusing model from the
1930s, so actually it is not a real TLR, just a kind of box camera that
looks like one. It has a Voigtländer Anastigmat Voigtar 7.5cm f/6.3 lens in
an simple Embezet shutter (100-50-25-B-T) and three focus settings:
portrait, group and landscape. The reflex finder is very bright and makes
composing easy, though focusing is just guesswork and luck.
|The black night sky stands in stark contrast to the
brilliantly lit office towers and residential district in the foreground.
Agfa Ambi-Silette with 35mm 1:4 - AGFA Color-Ambion lens,
yellow filter Exposure - 45 seconds at F/16 Kodak 400 Black & White (C-41)
Tripod, Cable release
Where I Live"
interior of my home - looking through my kitchen towards the breakfast nook
late at night.
also wanted to tell you how much your website inspired me. I started my old
camera obsession by following your Isolette repair instructions when I
picked up my first antique camera several years ago. I haven't looked back
Voigtlander Avus Plate Camera Voigtlander Anastigmat Skopar
1:4.5 f=13.5cm Exposure - 22 seconds at F/11 Agfa RC - Paper Negative cut to
plate size Tripod, cable release Developed in modified Caffenol (Maxwell
House plus vitamin C) Inverted in photoshop
49) "Sunset "
Location: not far from
Amsterdam, although this scene is quite common across much of Holland. In
fact, it was shot facing away from the windmill shot I did with the Zeca.
The Iskra was my first foray into classic cameras, and rates as my favorite
camera so far. Bought as my first ever purchase from that auction site, it
arrived wrapped in the traditional Russian way complete with "yak" string.
Iskra I Film: Reala 100 Scanner: Epson 3170 Exposure details: Not sure,
somewhere around 1/30s and f11 Tripod.
New York, 1 mile from my home Date: March 5, 2005
shop in town is the place to be. The coffee is Fair Trade and the staff is
friendly. Hipsters, young moms, businessmen, high school students, they're
outside is looking for her boyfriend. We're sitting at the counter watching
her. When we get home and take off our coats, they'll smell like the house
Camera: Yashica 12
Your guess is as good as mine
51) "Ljubljana Castle in Midday Haze "
|Ljubljana, Slovenia (Europe)
Exakta Varex IIb (left camera)
Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar 2.8/180mm, Fuji Press 400, Nikon
Coolscan V ED
52) "Franciscan Church in Late
Exakta Varex IIb (middle camera)
Meyer Optik Gorlitz Orestor 2.8/135mm, Fuji Sensia 100
Nikon Coolscan V ED
53) "Tromostovje Bridges "
Second Place Winner
Exakta Varex IIb (right camera)
Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 4/100mm Ilford XP2 Super rated
ISO 200 Nikon Coolscan V ED
"The Strand, Tauranga "
downtown area near the harbour has recently been renovated, and includes
many cafes / restaurants with outdoor seating (not shown). Immediately to
the left is a railway line and the harbour, while ahead and to the right
lies Tauranga's central shopping area. I was walking the area with this
contest theme in mind when I noticed the curved benches.
Voigtlander Vito CL (ca. 1960). Lanthar 50mm f2.8 with
Pronto-LK shutter - my first 'classic camera'. Photographed late afternoon,
hand-held, exposure details not recorded.
T400CN (C41 B&W) locally-processed, printed in the wet darkroom on B&W paper
then scanned on a flatbed. Slight adjustments in PS - levels and unsharp
"Pedestrian Walkway over Railway Bridge, Tauranga "
with a great view, it crosses the harbor from the downtown area to a
semi-rural area, and is used by both pedestrians and cyclists. While I was
photographing the bridge a train came through.
Camera: Beirette. Made in East Germany, ca. 1965-66. E.
Ludwig Meritar 45mm f2.9 lens, Priomat shutter (1/30 - 1/125 and B).
Photographed late afternoon, hand-held, exposure details not recorded.
APX 100 35mm, processed & printed in the wet darkroom then scanned on a
flatbed. Slight adjustments in PS - levels and unsharp masking only.
" End of
Summer, Pilot Bay "
is on the harbour side of the peninsula that ends at 'The Mount' (Mt.
Maunganui or Mauao) and offers a variety of recreational activities
including swimming, sailing, and fishing . On the other side is the Ocean
Beach, a favourite of surfers. Many (especially young) people visit from
other parts of the country during the summer months. I called in on a Sunday
afternoon in early March to try out my Isoly for the first time, and to
capture something typical of where I live.
Camera: Agfa Isoly. 4x4 on 120. Made in Germany, ca. 1960.
Achromat 1:8 lens. Photographed mid-afternoon, hand-held, 1/100 at f11.
Film: Agfa APX 100 (120), processed &
printed in the wet darkroom then scanned on a flatbed. Slight adjustments in
PS - levels and unsharp masking only.
Tea & Coffee "
cafe/teahouse in Washington, DC, where I live &work. I belong to a photo
group that meets @ the Soho every month. Sometimes the scenery is more
interesting than the discussion.
E. Leitz Leica IIIc (c.1949-50) w/Carl Zeiss Jena 5cm/1.5
Sonnar in LTM (c.1942-43).
Technical details: 1/60th sec. @ f/1.5, Ilford Delta 400
"Jazz Pianist @ Tryst "
another coffeehouse I patronize in Washington, DC. It hosted my 1st photo
show in April of last year.
Zeiss Ikon Super Nettel I
Zeiss Jena 5cm/2.8 Tessar (c.1934)
details: 1/25th sec. @ f/2.8, Fuji Neopan 1600 developed commercially
1) All cameras must be
"Classic" -pre 1970.
2) New pictures taken
"Where I Live" or within 20 miles and between Feb. 6, 2005 & Mar. 6, 2005.
Contest will stay open for entries till Mar. 13, 2005.
3) No digital fakery -
after scanning very minimal Photo Shop editing.
4) One picture per camera
plus a picture of your camera. Lets make this more than just a contest, lets
show off our "Classic Cameras" at the same time this helps pass on information.
5) No more than 3 entries
per person (3 pictures 3 cameras)
Send the pictures to me at
"Photo.net Contest" in the subject line. Try to keep the files under 200mg
(correction 200k) if
you can run them through Photo Shop and make them web ready that will help me.
Add as much information about the picture. Also about your camera, film
developing. If you want me to link your picture/camera to a web site or email
that will be alright.
I will post the pictures and the cameras along with
information about each. After the contest I will include contestant names. I
will also leave this up after the contest until I need the room (years).
Correction -Each picture
will be posted as a 200x200 Thumb nail for ease of viewing. My "Feather Leaf" is
199422 bytes and shows 425x424 pixels. I'm not going into the "Digital Noise"
about pixel ratio over scan mumbo gumbo---THAT'S WHY WE SHOOT CLASSIC'S It's
more about content than who has the sharper lens or the fastest frames per
second or the biggest lens.
Each picture will be given a number #)
some one else can tally the vote after the contest.