The Leica Galerie (Photokina 2014)

I was lucky enough to find some time to visit Photokina on Saturday.  Looking at all the latest and greatest gadgets and gizmos is always fun but the highlight for me was the Leica hall.

I like the space.  It’s not crammed full of stuff, instead it has a sense of openness.  I like the simplicity of it.  The use of light and colour.  There are no huge screens except for the one in the presentation area.  Instead the technology and images are displayed simply and elegantly.  This is all about pure photography.

The “Leica Galerie” was amazing.  Stunning photographs covering a wide spectrum of subject matter.  Some of it was difficult viewing.  The Bryan Adams collection of images “Wounded. The Legacy of War” showing the devastating physical effects of war being one of them.  Also Gerd Ludwig’s photo essay “The Long Shadow of Chernobyl” covering several visits to the forbidden zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power station gives a horrifying glimpse into a still very dangerous disaster area.

The main focus of the exhibition was orientated around the world of music with fascinating collections including some from musicians themselves.  The collection of images from Glen Craig “Close-up Miles Davis” was one of my favourites.

One visit was definitely not enough to take it all in.  I can imagine that if I had gone to the Leica hall first I probably would not have seen anything else.  It was that good.

Armed with my X-E2 and 27mm 2.8 pancake lens (nice and light) I took the opportunity to take some sneaky shots of people like me absorbed in the impressiveness of the imagery.  Roll on Photokina 2016!

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Some English Countryside

The English countryside, its growth and its destruction, is a genuine and tragic theme.
E. M. Forster



Spooky window

Got this while out and about in Wiesbaden today. It’s actually the front window of a tattoo shop and I thought it would make a nice belated Halloween post.

Zorki-4 continued

I thought I would quickly post two more from the Zorki-4. This time two that I took over the christmas break in England. I posted the same views before in this X100 post.

I’ve now bought a colour film to try and I can’t wait to see how the results will look.

Zorki-4, made in the USSR

This month has seen the passing of two milestones.  The first is that after what seemed an eternity, I was finally able to start my new job.  The second is after what seemed an equally long time, I finally finished my first roll of film and got the results back from the developers.

My Zorki-4 has the serial No. 68012236 and according to what info I’ve been able to find on the web, means that this particular example was made in 1968.  That makes it 45 years old.

As I said before, I had to play around a bit with the spring tensions to get the slow shutter speed curtain to work correctly but that’s about it.  Well built would be an understatement.  It’s solid, heavy and has ingeniously simple workings.

It came with a Jupiter 8, 2/50mm lens that may or may not be as old as the camera.  The Jupiter 8 is made from aluminium which although makes it quite light (a good thing considering the weight of the Zorki-4) it does mean it is susceptible to wear and tear.  My example looks like it has oxidised a bit, perhaps from sweaty hands.  Saying that, the lens is clean, fungus free and still turning smoothly.

My first roll has been a B&W Ilford Delta 400.  I chose this as I thought that it might be a bit more forgiving on exposure and as I really had no idea what I was doing, I figured this might not be a bad approach.

I can honestly say the results are well beyond my expectations.  I would have been happy to have had a handful of shots in focus and exposed correctly.  What I have is an almost complete film of sharp and reasonably exposed pictures (even if I do say so myself).  Here are some examples of shots around Wiesbaden.

I like the grain in the pictures. Not too grainy so as to cover the details captured by this great Jupiter 8 lens but enough to give a classical look. I think I’m going to try a colour film next and I’m really looking forward to seeing the results.  I’ll keep you posted so if you’re interested, look out for more from the Zorki-4.

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