Ok: First of all- I`m sorry this took so long. I`ve been busy working at our cottage, we did more this week than we did the last six months. We are rebuilding the house, and the garden, and when I got home late at night, I just wanted to sleep. Not scan negatives.
Anyway: REM! This was just fantastic!!!
As you know, I brought my tiny Nikon, but just before I left, I placed a 80-200 zoom in the bag too, and that was fatal.
Security checked my bag...
They found the zoom first, and when they saw the camera, they looked really disappointed. I felt like a kid stealing candy, and acted surprised. " I thought I could bring a 30 year old film-camera. It`s not digital... by the time I manage to develop this roll, REM will be retired..."
They said I could bring any camera as long as it had a fixed lens. All they could suggest was to lock my bag in a special room on the other side of the arena. There was no need to argue, they were just doing their job, so I went out again, and did what I was told.
I delivered the bag, but forgot the camera in my front pocket, together with four rolls of color print film, and one roll of Apx 100. When I got back, they just nodded and let me in without further inspections.
Madrugada and REM delivered. I managed to get pretty close to the stage, but the 50mm lens was too short to get any really good shots. If I had moved closer, it would have helped, but this was as close I could get.
I`m still waiting for the print film, and hopefully there are one or two good shots there. The stage-lighting wasn`t the greatest because of the bright summer-night, but some color might do the trick. I know I got a few shots of Mr. Stipe with his megaphone, and also one shot with a beautiful girl in front of one of the big monitors that were placed next to each side of the scene...
I really wanted to x-process some slide film this time, but I forgot to take it out of the bag, so I guess I`ll have to try this at the next concert I go to.
Today I shot a few frames with a Asiana. A really cool plastic-camera. It`s a Diana copy. Only less advanced.Nikon EMAgfa Apx100I`ll be offline for a few more days.... Hope to be able to post more pictures over the weekend...
One of my fav bands, REM
is having a concert in Oslo tomorrow. Support will be Madrugada
, one of Norways best rock-bands. I got a ticket, and will hardly sleep at all tonight.
My biggest concern now is how to photograph this event....
I`m not allowed to bring a camera to the arena. I always do. Sometimes security looks at it, but they have never actually confronted me with the fact that this is forbidden. I`ll bring my Nikon EM
with a 50mm to it. It looks so tiny and innocent... Can`t do any harm. Hopefully, they will not confiscate it. ( But this is my concern... What if ?)
I`ll bring some b/w film, and some slide film that I want to x-process.
Ohhhh, I CAN`T WAIT!!!!Welta Kodak T-Max 400
I do not know his name, but he`s always walking around in our neighborhood. One day, I was sitting outside our building, watching Kaja riding her bike, he came over to me. He looked at my camera (while I snapped away), and looked at Kaja and her bike. Then he told me this story:
When the Germans invaded Norway in 1940, he and his friend decided to escape to Sweden. They used their bikecycles, and went out in the middle of the night. Today we can reach the border in about an hour if we use a car. I guess they may have used 6-8 hours on a bike on dirt roads in 1940. When they figured they were near the border, they hid their bikes behind an old shed, and ran into the woods. The next day, they were safe in Sweden, and they stayed there till April 1945 when the Germans left. They bought a train ticket to Moss, and walked from the station and home to their house. Everything looked like it did when they left. Except next to the stairs were their bikes. And to this day, he doesn`t know how they got there.Holga 120sKodak T-Max 400
Busy days - needs to take some time off and photograph...Holga 120sKodak T-Max 400
This is another shot where I used my bellows camera. A nice thing about such a camera is that it fits right into my pocket.
( If I remove one of the others, that is...)Welta Kodak T-Max 400
For my birthday, I got some new old cameras. My niece got me a Kodak Modele BII. She bought it at a flea-market in Paris. I was supposed to use it this week, but it turned out there was a screw missing. (No, in the camera.) It`s easily fixed, but I didn`t have it at hand, so I used another camera this week instead. It`s a Welta
bellows camera. One of my birthday presents from Jeanette. (I also got tickets to REM in Oslo, Norway, June 22th...) I don`t know much about it, except it`s a medium format camera made in Germany. It was a joy to use, and looks and feels like it wasn`t the cheapest camera those days. Everything worked silk-smooth, and I was so happy when I took the film out of the developing tank yesterday, and saw the frames. This kind of camera must be perfect for travelers who want`s big negatives, but doesn`t feel like carrying a huge field-camera.
The difference between a negative from a 35mm camera, and a negative that is 6*6 or 6*9 is HUGE. It`s like a stamp next to a playing-card. If you use slow film (50-100 ASA), you can make big prints without any grain at all. Here, I used Kodak T-Max 400, and grain is obvious. The reason I used 400 film was because I wanted to be able to shoot without a tripod and with an aperture at about f.8. Just to check how the lens performed. I will post a few more photos the next days to show you how they turned out.Welta (Old bellows camera.)Kodak T-Max 400