Saturday, August 28, 2010

Pictures from Paris

It has been a couple of weeks since my last post, so let's follow up with some recent photographs. These pictures are from Paris. There is no central theme covering them all, but each three sets of two photographs have something in common: street scenes, kids reacting to their surroundings, and people sleeping. Enjoy!

Paris, 2010 - Leica M8, 1/125, ISO 160

Paris, 2010 - Leica M8, 1/250, ISO 320

Paris, 2010 - Leica M8, 1/180, ISO 160

Paris, 2010 - Epson R-D1, 1/450, ISO 400

Paris, 2010 - Leica M8, 1/500, ISO 160

Paris, 2010 - Epson R-D1, 1/600, ISO 200

All these pictures are pretty much uncropped except for the one of the boy chasing the pigeon, which I found best to crop to a square format. The lens I used for all the Leica M8 pictures is the Voigtländer 35/1.4 Nokton SC, while both Epson images were taken with a Leica Summicron-M 50/2 lens. These focal lengths correspond to about 45 mm or 50 mm for the M8 and 75 mm for the Epson in 35-mm equivalent terms.

By the way, the Epson re-covering job mentioned in a past post is still upcoming and definitely not forgotten.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Film shots from Naxos

Some more pictures from Naxos. These are all unedited, uncropped, almost straight from the scanner. The obvious tweaks are removing of most dust spots and resizing for web. That's it. I used an Epson V700 flatbed scanner for scanning. It is a fairly affordable option for film scans and it sings with larger film sizes. These images were made using 35-mm film in my Voigtländer Bessa R2A, so for optimal quality one should use a dedicated film scanner. For medium size prints, a good flatbed such as the V700 will do. For web images like these, it is even seriously overkill.

Less talk, more pictures.

Naxos, 2010 - Fujifilm Superia 200

Naxos, 2010 - Fujifilm Superia 200

Naxos, 2010 - Fujifilm Superia 200

Waffle house, Naxos, 2010 - Fujifilm Superia 200

Did someone tell you film is dead? Perhaps they meant some other film.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Room with a view

Countless movies present a view of a famous landmark from the bedroom window of an apartment or a hotel room as if yelling something like "Look, we are in Paris! Check out the Eiffel tower!" In the real world many of those views cost quite a lot, nor are the hotels always located in the most photogenic neighbourhoods. Sometimes you can get lucky, though.

The balcony door in the bedroom of this 30-euro-a-night (at the beginning of the high season, no less) apartment hotel in Naxos, Greece gives a calming, unobstructed view of the sea with the island's most famous landmark, the lonely temple entrance, Portara reflected on the glass:

Naxos, 2010 - Leica M8, 1/125, ISO 160

Close to the centre of Naxos town, this hotel offers not only a nice sea view but all the restaurants and other services within a walking distance. If you are looking for nice and affordable accommodation, I can highly recommend Magic View Studios & Apartments for your stay in Naxos.

Stay tuned for some more, probably film, images from Naxos.