About

This is my photography blog.  I just got my free account with the WordPress and am trying to figure out how it works.

6 Responses to “About”

  1. Valeria November 26, 2012 at 18:35 #

    hi, could you please give me your email or facebook name?
    i would like to ask you about some photo-staff in tallinn.
    thank you in advance,
    valeria

    • photoroobit November 28, 2012 at 13:31 #

      Sorry I don’t maintain any staff at Tallin, I am all on my own, might you possibly have meant stuff instead of staff?
      Try roobit at mail dot r u

  2. Valeria November 28, 2012 at 14:24 #

    yes, this was exactly about stuff )) sorry for messing you up, English is not my native language, so i can screw it up easily.

    i’ve just moved to Tallinn and found almost nothing about it’s photo-communities/shops where i can develop my color films or buy some chemistry for bw home-development, etc.
    the only thing I managed to find was your blog, so i would like to be at least your reader and virtual mate.
    By the way, my name is Valeria 🙂

    • photoroobit November 28, 2012 at 23:47 #

      Меня зовут Евгений, но в паспорте Еugene, and I am unsure if I should keep writing in English or switch to Russian instead, well I’ll stick to or with English for the time being. I don’t live in Tallin(n) but am forced to spend more time there than I would have had on my own accord, and to tell you honestly I wouldn’t spend there a minute if I didn’t have to. I come to Tallin frequenly but I hope that the nature of this prolonged torture is temporary. I know a few people in Reval though not a soul who is in any way interested in photography. The cost of developing a color film is high – from EUR 1.25 to the whopping EUR 2.25 per roll (while in St. Petersburg you can get a 35mm roll developed for 20 roubles or 50 cents) and I guess mainly foreign tourist develop conventional film as the traditional photography is more or less dead (at least that’s what store clerks claim) and that’s it. There are two stores that I know of that carry photographic chemstry though the choice is limited. This is the Fotoluks (http://fotoluks.ee), a more or less monolingual business in a bilingual city (they have an apartheid there that is partially mutual as both communities don’t really communicate) and their store in the Viru Keskus, it is in the town’s center next to the multistorey Viru hotel but everything is close there. The store has a modest assortment of somewhat overpriced film but there could be bargains and some chemicals. They would develop a roll of color film for an euro and an quarter. The second store (a chain actually) that has photographic supplies is the Photopoint (http://www.photopoint.ee/). Their outfit that has photographic supplies is physically located at the Ülemiste shopping center (on the Tartu turnpike or chaussée in the direction toward the airport, which is also located very close to the city center). Unless you live within a walking distance of the mall you can get there either by taking a bus orby car. Until recently they even carried photographic papers from Ilford but the salesman there complained about extinction of conventional photography in Estonia. In emergency one can buy supplies either at the Fotolux or from the Photopoint but the best option as I see it would be it to buy stuff on either your own or by pulling resources with other photographs (and hence saving on postage) from foreign mail order outfits, mainly in Germany, such as the Maco Direkt, Lumière, FotoImpex, savings are substantial and the choice is good. As a hobby undertaking a friend of mine and I plan to launch another discount low cost film distribution / online retail website (three versions – one for EU, another one for Russia and third for anything else) but we probably won’t carry much of chemistry during the initial launch stages though we might entice someone to do drop-off shipping for us. I can share chemicals with you when in Tallinn but I don’t have anything there now except for a bottle of Ilfotec HC that I am using up slowly and a three liter water container with caffenol that I mixed myself from instant coffee and industrial vitamin c. Have a good one.

  3. Valeria November 30, 2012 at 17:05 #

    Еugene, thank you very much for time you’ve found to write this detailed response, I appreciate it very much.

    Yes, I must confess that here in Tallinn (a capital, btw) I’m even more limited than in Kiev, although only now I can realize in all accounts the value I could have in Kiev by interacting with local photographers :))

    What I checked in Tallinn was too expensive and what is even more embarrassing for me – a majority from my list of essentials is hardly even exists. I also contacted some photo schools and even (!) university dept, but it seems for me, that the general level is low for both conventional and digital photography
    Anyway the reality is that I should spend 1-2 years in Tallinn because of objective reasons. So I would be more than pleased if you be in touch with me and keep me in a loop with updated information on photography.

    Actually, I am thinking about visiting St. Petersburg in December or January and buy everything I need there.

    Valeria.

  4. Vladislav Kern April 29, 2013 at 02:06 #

    Really really great stuff! I’ve reblogged some of your entries on the sidekick blog on facebook for USSRPhoto.com site. https://www.facebook.com/USSRPhoto Cheers! -Vlad

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