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Catching the train

25 Jun

Catching the train

apparently the wrong way

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Minolta SLR
Kodak Ektachrome 100G
expired 2005, used June 2013, excellent

Lundenburg (Břeclav)
Southern Moravia

not far from Mikulov or old Nikolsburg

Eine Bahnverbindung
Lundenburg (Břeclav)
Südmähren

Film or Digital

20 Jun

What’s better? That’s a stupid question.  Because to me the answer is obvious. That is film. The film is however a dying format. I switched from digital to film in 2008 after almost ten years of shooting digital. My first camera was a Sony Mavica that used quarter 3.5 inch floppies to record images. I guess those 3.5″ magnetic disks were called floppies due to inertia, their 5.25 inch predecessors were indeed floppy like a rabbit’s floppy ears, but they themselves were rather rigid. Though not a scientific test, this shows a degree of difference between digital and film, or wait, between digital and digital since of course film becomes digital when it is scanned. I myself prefer film because in my opinion nothing beats the translucence, the breathtaking tonal depth, the glory of a real analog transparency.  But when scanned it loses most of its luster and I’d say that digital without any intermediary, as in the image taken with a Sony A900, is certainly not worse, perhaps even better, than a 35mm color slide.  Of course  we are talking about display of an image on a computer screen, not the right way to see a photograph   (I believe that transparencies should be projected or looked at through the light while black and white photos optically printed on black and white photographic paper) but as far as computer screens go, the “original digital” is in no way inferior (perhaps better) that the digital image created with intermediary of 35mm E6 film and a cheap scanner.  I am going to shoot film though. As far as it is impracticably possible.

direct digital, Sony Alpha 900

direct digital, Sony Alpha 900

Kodak Ektachrome 100G, color adjusted, digitalized with Canon Canoscan 9000f scanner, No correction

Kodak Ektachrome 100G, color adjusted, digitized with Canon Canoscan 9000f scanner, No correction

Kodak Ektachrome 100G, color adjusted, digitalized with Canon Canoscan 9000f scanner, Photoshop autocorrection

Kodak Ektachrome 100G, color adjusted, digitized with Canon Canoscan 9000f scanner, Photoshop auto correction

It might become impossible at some point. With Kodak out of reversible film business altogether, and only Fuji left that makes E6 film chances are it will disappear in the nearest future. In fact it is already extinct in most of the world. Black and white film might hold on for a little longer, though 120 format is already in short supply, but with really, really only Ilford and neither live nor dead Foma Bohemia left around, the chances of film surviving seems to be slim.

Unless. Unless.

But that’s another topic.

The picture in the picture is that of gorgeous Romanesque church in the small town or rather hamlet of Kirchstetten, famous for its baroque palace (now for sale by the way )  in beautiful Weinviertel of northern Lower Austria, only 17 odd kilometers from my place in old Nicolsburg or Nikolsburg,  now Mikulov, where if one needs accommodations one can stay a night or two at the pension Mikulov or Nicolsburg.

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Agfachrome 50 RS – cold stored, still excellent

19 Jun

Agfachrome 50 RS - cold stored, still excellent

Mikulov
on the grounds of the park in front of the Schloß Dietrichstein, film – Agfa Agfachrome 50 RS – absolutely perfect, expired 1996 or so but shot as is (ISO 40) and the colors are vibrant and rich, not much/any worse than Velvia. As far as I am concerned they killed the E6 process and perhaps color film in general, so I’d keep shooting while I can.

Kodachrome – in Memoriam – mushrooming in Finland, post 3

17 Feb

Another batch of scanned (last) Kodachromes, really last one for this region,

click image for a slightly larger version

All those Kodachrome images were taken in the late 2010 in Kotka, Finland with a point and shoot camera and a Zenit E.

Kotka parking lot
Kotka parking lot, Kotka parking lot, Kodahchrome, Autumn /  Fall 2010, this is Europe, I judge the degree of European-ness on a number of Italian cars in the parking lots, by that definition Finland is certainly in Europe while ethnofascist post-Soviet tribal statelet of Estonia is not.
Kotka street,  a Kodachrome 64, by 2010 already expired by 10 years and still going strong

one of central streets in Kotka , a Kodachrome 64, by 2010 already expired by 10 years and still going strong

skies over a forest near Kotka, Kotka street,  a Kodachrome 64, by 2010 already expired by 10 years and still going strong

skies over a forest near Kotka, Kotka street, a Kodachrome 64, by 2010 already expired by 10 years and still going strong

Kotka forest

Kotka forest

Rufous Milkcap (lactarius rufus) горькушка Finland

Rufous Milkcap (lactarius rufus) горькушка Finland

copy from the text in my flickr post: Although all English language books on mushrooms that I came across list Rufous Milkcap  or Lactarius rufus (Russian горькушка, ctaire roux in French and in German it is Milchling) as inedible, those mushrooms are delicious when salted in brine – they are bitter and first have to soaked in water for three days, water to be changed daily, then salted (like herring?) either as is or first boiled with herbs like bay leaf and dill. In about two months they are ready to eat and are delectable companion to good vodka (I am not a vodka enthusiast) but these two make perfect marriage. It was the first and last time I shot Kodachrome (within roughly one month) and I positively (well Kodachrome is a positive film) fell in love with the ISO 25 variety. This film was serious expired – the use by date was 1996 and still performed magnificently.  Kodachrome 200 is a very different film, it has different colors and not really pleasing grain – so if Kodachrome were still around I would only be shooting the ISO 25 variety and may be, occasionally, the 64.

A toadstool

A toadstool: don't eat that - though who knows, they have strong hallucinogenic properties if prepared as proper elixir if one is to believe popular literature

 

 

Kodachrome: Подберезовик / leccinum scabrum / Birkenpilz

Kodachrome: Подберезовик / leccinum scabrum / Birkenpilz

 

another boletus

another boletus

 

 

near Kotka

near Kotka

 

 

Cleaning mushrooms at home

Cleaning mushrooms at home

 

A restaurant in Kuovola

A restaurant in Kuovola, A Finnish chain restaurant that feels like an American chain restaurant (indeed whole Finland feels like an American chain restaurant sometimes though today's Russia is way worse as far as americanization and fake food are concerned). That one was not bad though. Great margaritas. Ridiculously (high) prices. Kodachrome 25 near Kotka, Finland October 2010developed by Kodak in December 2010

 

 

 Kouvula Train Station

Kouvula Train Station

 

or may be it is returning to St. Petersburg\ not just it is last roll of Kodachrome 25 or of any Kodachrome, it must be last month or so when Repin and Finnish Sibelius trains were in operation as they now replaced by new trains.  I think the camera was a Mamiya U (bought 2 or 5 euros in a flea market)   Kodachrome 25 near Kotka, Finland October 2010 developed by Kodak in December 2010

Sibelius train, like Kodachrome itself this train is now history going to or may be it is returning to St. Petersburg\ not just it is last roll of Kodachrome 25 or of any Kodachrome, it must be last month or so when Repin and Finnish Sibelius trains were in operation as they now replaced by new trains. I think the camera was a Mamiya U (bought 2 or 5 euros in a flea market) Kodachrome 25 near Kotka, Finland October 2010 developed by Kodak in December 2010

 

End of this Kodachrome themed post

More Kodachrome images are coming

 

Kodachrome – in Memoriam – St. Petersburg and Kronstadt, post 2

4 Jan

The story of how and why I started shooting Kodachrome – belatedly, in the last months or rather in the month before its demise is in my previous post.  That post also contains pictures of St. Petersburg taken on Kodachrome while I’ll move on. Below are a few more very last pictures of a locale in Russia taken on Kodachrome, late October 2010.  Needless to say that I also took pictures of my kids and friends on Kodachrome (that was the point) but being a private person i don’t of course post those never mind I can’t see how they can be of anyone’s interest. Click any image for larger view;.

 

Russia on last Kodachrome, continued:

Кирочная - Kiročnaä Ulica - Kirochnaya or Kirche Street - the street where I live in St. Petersburg  St Petersburg Saint Petersburg Russia

Кирочная - Kiročnaä Ulica - Kirochnaya or Kirche Street - the street where I live in St. Petersburg St Petersburg Saint Petersburg Russia

Kirochanya 25

Кирочная - Kiročnaä Ulica - Kirochnaya or Kirche Street - - building 24, a nice Art Nouveau building constructed for a Jewish rentier Back in 1904, has a few surviving Art Nouveau mosaics, stained glass - rare for the city that saw so much barbarism within a century - and decor elements, St Petersburg Saint Petersburg Russia

 

chernyshevskaia

(phonetically Americanized mutilation Chernyshevskaya, Чернышевская). entrance too, close to midnight-.

 

Кирочная - Kiročnaä Ulica - Kirochnaya or Kirche Street

Кирочная - Kiročnaä Ulica - Kirochnaya or Kirche Street

 

Кирочная - Kiročnaä Ulica - Kirochnaya or Kirche Street , nighttime - fairly long exposure, the Kodachrome recorded all three states of the traffic light - red, yellow and green

Кирочная - Kiročnaä Ulica - Kirochnaya or Kirche Street , nighttime - fairly long exposure, the Kodachrome recorded all three states of the traffic light - red, yellow and green

 

Domes of the Smolny Cathedral from afar, Kodachrome

Domes of the Smolny Cathedral from afar, Kodachrome, officially the Cathedral of Our Savior, a baroque beauty of rare quality by any standard, is popularly called Smolny or Tar Cathedral though there is not tar-like about it, the origin of the name is toponymical, it was built next to the works that produced pitch pine tar for shipbuilding purpose in the age when ship used to have sails and were made of wood.

 

 

Кирочная - Kiročnaä Ulica - Kirochnaya or Kirche Street -

Кирочная - Kiročnaä Ulica - Kirochnaya or Kirche Street -night

 

St. Vladmir Church St Petersburg

The church dates from 1746 but its current late neoclassical appearance with numerous baroque elements is from the late 18 century (foundation laid in 1761, completed 1768) . The Cathedral and the separate Belfry is a collective work of several architects - Giacomo Quarenghi (the belfry) and the Bartholomeo Rastrelli (the main building) shared with later additions by Abraam Melnikov, Alexander Holm and Luigi Rusca. Behind the Cathedral is an ambulance station - my grandmother was born in Petrograd in 1918 and worked first as a nurse during the Leningrad Siege and after getting her doctor's diploma in 1945 as an ambulance doctor well past her retirement until 1990.

 

 

Somewhere in Kronstadt

Somewhere in Kronstadt (evil Americans and their helpful Russian idiots spell it phonetically as KronsHdadt), anyway these are ruins of apparently 19th century buildings that probably belonged to the navy.

 

Kronstadt fountain autumn scene

Kronstadt fountain autumn (fall scene) - a compact camera loaded with Kodachrome 200 that i took up to Umbria. Kodachrome 200 is a different film that acts differently and has ir rather had as Kodachrome is dead atrocious grain unlike smooth and silky Kodachrome 25 and 64

 

Kronstadt / Kronshtadt - a Soviet monument of some kind

Kronstadt / Kronshtadt - a Soviet monument of some kind

 

Kronstadt Kronshtadt

Kronstadt Kronshtadt on Kodachrome - 18th century warehouses or packhouses and old navy canals where tall ships were repaired equipped or rigged (not like American elections though) and there are ammunition, rope, ship pine tar and other stores. In state of beautiful decay.

Kronstadt / Kronshtadt

Kronstadt / Kronshtadt - Гостинный двор - Gostinny dvor - Merchant yard

 

lada 2105

lada 2105 on Kodachrome, Kronstadt