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Saturday, 9 July 2011

agfa synchro box

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the other day, it was raining and i was walking in the drizzle, trying to find a café for a quick stop. i had my agfa synchro box with me, a very basic box camera from the late forties/early fifties, with the first roll of film in it. my mother had found the little box at a fleamarket, got it for me and posted it to berlin. for me the first time i used a 120 rollfilm.

when i picked up the processed roll, there were seven out of eight frames with recognisable subject matter on them (score!). i've got no idea what happened to that one frame in the middle, which was blank. probably skipped it when winding the film?

anyhow, what i can tell from looking at that first roll, is that i need a tripod, or intentionally play with the motion blur. also, i think i may prefer b/w with this kind of basic analogue camera. and i'd like to take less urban scenes with it. perhaps landscapes.

i just thought i'd document the ho-hum first shots and my ideas, after all, this is a diary of sorts, and you can't always get the desired result with the first try, right?

happy weekend!

16 comments:

geneviève bjargardóttir said...

oh! i think the effect is rather beautiful really, dreamlike. it might make gorgeous portraits, ones that look like they came from another time. i am excited to follow your adventures with it :)

Ida Nielsen said...

I agree with Genevieve; the slight blur just adds to the dreamy effect. Oh, and those vivid colours are gorgeous!

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

The red bike in the drizzle, seatless and handlebarless, it is so sad and beautiful.

jana said...

das zweite foto ist ganz ganz toll.

Sylee said...

Those lozenges of color are amazing -- where is that door??

Pascale said...

Yes, I like the effect of it.
Do you feel better ???

P R I M O E Z A said...

i actually really like the first one and i think blogs are so much more interesting when they document the process rather than painting a perfect picture all the time. thanks for posting this.

kristina - no penny for them said...

thanks, all, you are too good.

sylee: it's the stage entrance to the volksbuehne theatre, tucked away in a little side street.

pascale: i'm still busy like mad, but feeling more positive about things, and my neck is pain free (such a relief!).

elizabeth: thank you, i feel the same. hope your arm is better!

Briar {Sunday Collector} said...

Gorgeous set of photos! I love the yellow door and the fuzziness in the balconies...

jane said...

they came out really cool! i can´t wait to see the rest!
xxx

la casita said...

Dreamy pictures, they make a rainy day look like a wonderful day, the light is fab and the hues amazing, the blur just add that poetic touch!
Bravo.

suzie said...

you should feel very happy with these! I know it's easy to say….I mean, other people can tell you over and over they love what you have done, but if you yourself are not feeling it…….
I think you may have a point about b&w too. I tried b&w film in my Kodak Cresta which is probably quite similar, and the results were really interesting.

VagabuntIn said...

very nice pictures! <3

Sammi said...

i love when you put pictures of berlin up here, i always hope to recognise some of the places we went when we visited you guys.

la ninja said...

oh, but they are rather interesting in their own fuzzy way :)

good to read you're doing better. all work and no play...


do you know this young man's work? rather good: http://www.matthias-heiderich.de/photos/

kristina said...

I'm a bit slow to comment, but I just wanted to say I think these are beautiful!

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