May 1, 2010

Working Class Hero - 1st of May, 2010

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Rolleiflex SL 35 + Carl Zeiss Planar 1.4/50mm HFT

Fomapan 200, Kodak D-76 1+1

Lisbon, Portugal, April 2010

Leica M2 + Super Angulon 3.4/21mm

Fomapan 200, Rodinal 1+100 (stand development)

Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal, September 2009

Leica M4-2 + collapsible Summicron 2/50mm

Fomapan 200, Rodinal 1+50

Évora, Portugal, December 2009

Rolleiflex SL 35 + Carl Zeiss Planar 1.4/50mm HFT

Fomapan 200, Kodak D-76 1+1

Lisbon, Portugal, April 2010

Zorki 3-C + Jupiter 8 2/5cm

Fomapan 200, Rodinal 1+50

Praia da Amorosa, Portugal, August 2009

Zorki 3-C + Jupiter 8 2/5cm

Fomapan 200, Rodinal 1+100 (stand development)

Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal, September 2009



"Working Class Hero" - JOHN LENNON


As soon as you're born they make you feel small

By giving you no time instead of it all

Till the pain is so big you feel nothing at all

A working class hero is something to be.


They hurt you at home and they hit you at school

They hate you if you're clever and they despise a fool

Till you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules

A working class hero is something to be.


When they have tortured and scared you for twenty odd years

Then they expect you to pick a career

When you can't really function you're so full of fear

A working class hero is something to be.


Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV

And you think you're so clever and classless and free

But you're still fucking peasants as far as I can see

A working class hero is something to be.


There's room at the top they are telling you still

But first you must learn how to smile as you kill

If you want to be like the folks on the hill

A working class hero is something to be.



If you want to be a hero well just follow me.


(Words and music by John Lennon, 1970, from the album "Plastic Ono Band")



"Politician" - CREAM


Hey now baby, get in my big black car

I wanna just show you what my politics are.

I'm a political man and I practice what I preach

So don't deny me baby, not while you're in my reach.

I support the left, tho' I'm leanin', leanin' to the right

But I'm just not there when it's coming to a fight.

Hey now baby, get into my big black car

I wanna just show you what my politics are.


(Written by Jack Bruce and Pete Brown, 1969. From the record "Goodbye Cream")



It's so long ago and still so fucking true!

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10 comments:

  1. Once more.Excelent work.
    CR

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  2. Thank you very much.
    I am glad that somebody enjoys it and finds rewarding to take some time to look at my blog.
    Greetings,
    Rui

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  3. 如果相遇.你會感到相知.那麼.有一種習慣叫做陪伴;如果陪伴.你會感到珍惜.那麼.有一種甜蜜叫做存在!.........................

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  4. Right on Rui ! I love the photos, the country and your choice of music - Hope you are well and enjoying life and judging by your wonderful photos you are ! I love the Super Angulon photo - I have been trying to find one of those lenses downunder with no success yet.

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  5. Hello Matt,

    Thank you, I am much better now. I even used the Gandolfi again... Not yet good, but defenitively better!
    Yes, the Super Angulon is a small lovely lens which has a lot of aficionados. It usually produces some kind of discussion in forums like Rangefinderforum. I believe that mine is with me for at least 25 years (I bought it used, so she must be older...).
    I wish to answer your email, but please allow me some days, as I am going to Spain for about a week. It is not very easy to give you my opinion. I will try later...
    And yes, I will take a Leica or a Rolleiflex with me, or maybe both. If I can do something worthfull, I will post something.
    See you and many greetings
    Rui

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  6. Hello Carlos,
    I am very sorry that I didn't answer before (and please, feel free to email me when you want). I answer here, so maybe some other people can "learn" a little from my experience.
    I've been experimenting with Fomapan films lately, mainly because Kodak became rather expensive (and hard to get in sheet film!). After paying 8 euros for each Tri-X in 35mm (a film I use and love for many years) I thought that I had enough. So I decided that it was time to go experiment somewhere else. Agfapan 100 I also like, but you know that Agfa closed and so the future was (is?) uncertain... Ilford never were really my thing for films (only for papers - please excuse me all Ilford lovers...).
    But let me go back a little: in 1983 I was in Tchekoslovakia (I have the feeling that I am writing it wrong, but I'm lazy to check up...) and bought, out of curiosity, some Fomapan films. Well, I was very disapointed and ended up throwing them in the trash.
    So I started by ordering Fomapan 100 in 8x10 inches just to try. And you know what? I love that film! So I also got Foma 200 in 35mm and 120 (Foma stoped for now the prodution of the 200 film due to dificulties from a suplier), and the film also seems to be very nice. They have gone a long way since the 80's!!!
    To be honest, I didn't try it yet very seriously in the traditional darkroom: I only did some contact prints in 8x10. I didn't make yet enlargements from 35mm, although the negatives look fine (I didn't use yet 120 rolls, as I still have some older stuff from Kodak in stock).
    Some developer combinations that I found very interesting to further explore:
    Rodinal 1+50/6 min, 24ºCelsius in a Jobo CPP2 for the Fomapan 100 8x10 (E.I. 80);
    Kodak D-76 1+1/9 min 20ºCelsius, Jobo CPP2 for the Fomapan 200 (E.I. 160);
    D-76 1+3/12,5 min 20ºCelsius, Jobo, also for the Fomapan 200.
    I also developed some 8x10 with Adolux ATM 49, but can't remember times or dilutions and I can't check it at the moment, as I have the negatives in the studio. I know that they look allright, and that you also can dilute it 1+1 or 1+3 (similar to D-76?).Please, see some of my posts about the Gandolfi camera.
    Finally, as you can see in the images above, I also experimented in Rodinal 1+100 with stand development for one hour,room temperature around 20ºC, but I feel that I still need to fine tune it, and honestly I don't feel very enthusiastic about it.
    Please, if you do manual development, you should maybe think about lengthning a little (maybe 15%) the developing times, as the Jobo gives continuous agitation. I should also add that I tend to like dense negatives... I usually print with a cold light head (difusion), and they just fit me better on the dense side.
    Rodinal development produces maybe a little too coarse grain for 35mm, but some people love it. It's up to you to find your taste...
    I hope that I don't forget nothing very important, and I will be glad to see you around.
    Greetings,
    Rui
    P.S.: I get Fomapan in Fotoimpex, Berlim. The service was always excelent! Prices are also very competitive. Check up their Online Katalog, you will find lots of interesting stuff.

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  7. Once again Carlos,
    Reading what I said above, I remembered the following: to avoid coarse grain with Rodinal, some people seem to mix it up with Kodak X-tol.
    I have never tried it myself, but I think that I will do soon. I don't enjoy X-tol alone, as my negatives don't seem to get so dense as I like when I soup them in it, but I even got already some to try the "cocktail". Somehow, it seems to make sense...
    Cheers,
    Rui

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