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November Downhill

Journal Entry: Tue Dec 20, 2011, 9:23 AM
Long time no see! I've been busy with a bunch of stuff, but at least I've got something to show for it. I got into downhill riding and also got a new camera, so the natural thing was to connect the two. So here's my first serious mountain biking video. It may not be what you're used to seeing from me, but I still hope you like it.

Let me know what you think!

Till next time!

Half a World Away Project

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 27, 2011, 8:24 AM
Finally, after a month of arrangements and some 6 months of shooting, packing, developing, scanning, merging and processing, I’m very excited to announce that Half a World Away Project is finished and ready for presentation!

The idea was to mix and blend two photographers in a kind of photographic cocktail, and everything that implies: their ideas, their styles, their approach to subjects, their equipment, their cities and continents.

As my watchers you probably know something about me -- suffice it to say I live in Croatia/Europe and mostly shoot between Dubrovnik and Zagreb -- so let me present to you the other integral part in this mix: Domi / StorytellingRavens. She’s a young Australian photographer based in Sydney with a different, alternative photographic style, which is exactly why I picked her. The other reason is that I always wanted to travel to Australia, and in a way, this would be getting a step closer to my dream.

Here’s how it all began last summer, which will also illustrate the basic idea in very few words.

I sent her a note:

i have an idea. i've had it for some time now, but only today figured out the perfect way to do it.
here it is: i get a roll of film, you get a roll of film. we both shoot our rolls, then pack them and mail them to each other. then we shoot them again and get them developed… and we end up with two rolls of highly unexpected and amazing multiexposures spanning half the globe.
are you in? (;

And her reply followed soon.


And so it was -- we did end up with two rolls of amazing and highly unexpected shots spanning half the Earth. We didn’t tell each other what we shot in advance, so you might be amazed how well our motifs matched. Nature over nature, city over city and some highly entertaining stories developing through our multiexposed filmstrips. I hope you enjoy what follows!

Negative, roll 2:


Cross-processed positive, roll 1:


Journal Entry: Fri Nov 19, 2010, 7:02 AM
A bit of info about upcoming stuff. In order of appearance:

1) Kodachrome tribute project
2) Half a world away project
3) f/130 project

I won't spoil the second two by giving out details right now, but the one I'll be uploading for the next while is pretty self-explanatory... Kodachrome is among the first color films ever made,  and as some of you may know, Kodak has decided to end it's 74 year long history this year. (on that note, if you have any Kodachrome left, you have 10 days left to get it developed!)

It had a rich past, recording some of defining moments in photography, film but also world history. I wanted to be a part of that history, so I got my hands on a roll of Kodachrome 64 and shot it this summer, then got it to USA for the infamously complex K-14 development. It has just arrived and I'll be sharing some of it with you.

It has a very tangible charm... even though it will probably outlast all the slide film currently in use (it has great archival properties), shots already look like faded memories with deep contrasts, pastel colors and dusty frames. Hope you enjoy my first and last Kodachrome roll!
(in case you're wondering why it's my first and last roll - we only first got it in Croatia few months ago, after 73,5 years of it being in production :dohtwo:, and as I mentioned, K-14 development is getting turned off this November for good).


Journal Entry: Wed Oct 6, 2010, 8:32 AM
Okay, so many of you lo-fi addicts heard of redscaling. I did an experiment with it but found the R&B a bit dull (red&black ;p)... maybe due to the fact I was stuck in a dull city at the time. So I decided to take it a step further - doublescale it. This time I did it in my hometown, for me a much more inspiring place.

I literally dreamt this up one afternoon while figuring out how to get crazy colors out of negative film. With slides it's easy - you cross-process it. But crossing negatives takes a huge amount of effort (actually shooting them to be crossed takes the effort, but nevermind) and results aren't exactly spectacular, at least not in my oppinion. So I had to think of something else.
One idea I had, I called it colorscaling (exposing film to colored light before redscaling it), I'd tried before but wasn't really astonished by the results - I got what I wanted but there was no systemic color explosion I wanted. Not so with doublescaling.

To the best of my knowledge, it hasn't been done before, at least not anywhere where I could find. I've never seen a shot using this technique nor heard anyone talk about it, so I chose to call it doublescaling. (It does make sense when you think about it :D)
It shares the same basic idea with redscaling - it's playing with order of color filters and emulsion layers on film to get certain effects after development. The big difference is that this produces very different results. I was positively thrilled when I first looked at the developed negative!

The best frames off the first (and currently only) roll are here:

I hope you enjoyed this experiment!

Frozen in time. 10000 times.

Journal Entry: Wed Aug 25, 2010, 5:57 AM
My latest project is complete. I got the idea while shooting for the Life in a Day project, which I really liked at the time of the shooting but simply couldn't afford the time nor the effort needed to pull it off.

The idea was to capture the town, its people and visitors the way I see them. Ocassionally you'll even see people coming and talking to me or even getting in the frame to be a part of the video (for a fraction of a second at least). And since you probably know I see Dubrovnik cross-processed :D, it turned out to be a certain tribute to all the Sensias and Provias I shot and crossed during these years I've been wandering around the town with my camera.

It took over 10.000 photographs shot over 3 nights, and several more nights to process and edit. Of course, I shot it digital. It would have taken $5000 worth of film (1 roll per second of video!) and a miracle to shoot it this fast, 2000 hours to scan them and 1,5 terabytes to save them. (as you can see, I did the math before dismissing the idea, the film junky I am, hehe). No doubt it would look better, but not minding minor technical details like highlight detail, this looks as close as it can get. Luckily, years of shooting and looking at crossed films came in very handy. I got the tonal curves stuck in my head, I swear. :D

Audio you will hear was shot on the location, just before or right after the timelapse, so it's as real as it gets. I don't think I've seen a timelapse with original audio and I wanted to do it.

Lastly, a few of my favorite crossed shots from some of those locations. Many of them now simply got moving for this video.

Life In A Day

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 2, 2010, 4:19 AM
I'm not sure how many of you have heard or participated in the Life In A Day project, but it was an opportunity satanstolemytedibear and me couldn't miss.
For those unfamiliar with it, in short: it's a historic global experiment that will integrate footage shot by thousands of people worldwide into a feature length documentary, portraying a single day on Earth and what it means to have been alive on July 24th 2010.

While we submitted raw footage for the project, I later edited it into a more interesting video.

The video itself is a weird mixture between trying to live the day and simultaneously record it, and since I'm by no means experienced filmmaker, it's FAR from perfect. I can promise it will be interesting but also technically suckish and very shaky and floaty - we recorded it while literally running trying to stick to schedule. There was no script, no repeated scenes, no second chances. Try to look beyond that.

It's 20 minutes long (it's hard to fit 24 hours into less), so don't watch it unless you have time - it's pointless to just click through it. Also, please read the description before watching, it will explain a lot.

(Spoken language is Croatian, but there is little of it and you'll be able to follow without understanding it. Everything is pretty self-explanatory.)

Finally, if you participated, post the link to your video in comments. I'd really like to see what you shot.

25mm f/1.4

Journal Entry: Tue May 4, 2010, 9:08 AM
As promised, here's a short review of the lens you might have noticed listed under last weeks shots.

First off, some unmanipulated samples so you know what I'm talking about:

I need to tell you, I saw 2 shots someone took with this lens and I was awestruck, amazed and baffled! I don't expect many of you appreciate lenses which have heavy vignetting, curvature of field, circular bokeh, heavy CA and just about every other technical imperfection photography has (successfully) addressed in the past 100 years, but for me, it was love on first sight. I just had to have this lens!
The way it isolated the subject, the way it portrayed the world and the way it could capture that atmospheric surreal feeling every photographer tries to capture was unprecedented in my world.

Luckily for me, it's probably the cheapest lens in the history of world (and it isn't much of an overstatement - it costs about as much as a replacement hood for a decent Canon lens :lmao:) so I made short work of getting my hands on it.

Among it's interesting properties are the facts that:
- Even though it breaks every rule in the book, it's perfectly sharp in the center, as sharp as any lens I've used!
- It literally weights almost nothing. You could carry it around in your pocket and not ever realize it.
- It has continuous aperture adjustment, which means you can select any aperture between f/1.4 and f/infinity, which in turn means you can use it as pinhole camera, adjust aperture on the fly while shooting video, produce interesting effects on long exposures etc.
- It's the funniest lens I've ever seen. Take a look at how it looks on my camera.

Another funny fact is that when I first got it, while taking off the lens cap I disassambled it by mistake! Now you don't see that happening too often with your high-end exensive lenses :D
This way I can fix/lube/clean it myself, without paying bunch of $$ to someone who will just get some dust in and forget 2 screws.

It's kind of a pure opposite to my FD 55mm f/1.2 AL SSC, a symbol of luxury lens which kickstarted the whole Canon's L-series: big, weights a ton, razor sharp, has no visible distortions and is unsurpassed to this day (even by it's youngest crazily expensive brother EF 50/1.2L). And while I think 3 times before taking out the 55mm in fear of damaging it (or damaging myself carrying it around ;)), the 25/1.4 is literally expendable. One less thing to worry about while shooting.

In short, I'm in love with this lens and since I first put it on my camera, it's never been off it. I can't wait to do more shooting with it!

New video!

Journal Entry: Fri Mar 19, 2010, 4:18 AM
If you thought how I seem to shoot even less since I got the digital camera, you're partially right. I do shoot, but mostly video.

I made a couple of short films in past weeks, but one is probably of no interest to wider audience (a documentary from a video-shoot for a rapper trio "Connect"), one was for a narrow circle of friends to demonstrate a new toy I got, and the third is what this journal is about.

It's a pretty artish experimental video and pretty hard to describe, so just watch it here.
Don't expect a deep point, just mostly pretty and/or confusing pictures... and make sure you turn up the volume ;)

Hope you enjoy!


Journal Entry: Wed Mar 3, 2010, 6:43 AM
You may have noticed I have something resembling a fisheye lens on my digital camera. How did that come about?

Well, apparently I figured out the cheapest way on the planet to get fisheye lens! I bought the usual 0.5x wideangle converter with macro lens. (The macro lens does two things - enables the lens to focus and enlarges the fisheye image enough to look like wideangle lens instead of barrel distorted image).

So naturally, out of curiosity I detached the macro lens and noticed I get this nice circular fisheye image. However, the problem was I couldn't mount it on the lens just like that, it had a weird thread designed to prevent the very thing I was trying to do. So I just took a hammer and dealt with the macro lens, effectively turning it into stepdown ring.

What you now see is a 50$, f/3.5 fisheye lens with a really wide angle of view. Optical quality matches the price, but it's a lot of fun, especially for video. (and a helluva lot more fun than not having it at all :D)


Journal Entry: Sat Feb 20, 2010, 7:59 AM
So I finally got it! It took more than a month from Hong Kong, but it's here. Now all my FD lenses fit on the m4/3 mount.
Coming back from the post office yesterday, I couldn't resist the temptation to test it despite the rain.

A couple of shots:

:thumb154790877: :thumb154790665:

Also, I improvised my own fisheye lens for next to nothing. It's really interesting, especially for video. You'll be seeing more on that in the future.


Journal Entry: Wed Feb 10, 2010, 2:55 AM
My first video is finally finished, a short collage of clips from a night out, getting a few beers with friends.
I shot it mostly to test myself and the camera for some more 'serious' projects, to get a feel for it (after wanting a videocamera for years).

I like how it turned out, hopefully you will too. Take a look on vimeo.

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And now for a feature... shots I'm jealous of. They got so little exposure it ridiculous. :disbelief:

expanse by satanstolemytedibear turn right for hogwarts by satanstolemytedibear stepenice by satanstolemytedibear
free tibet by satanstolemytedibear aya window by satanstolemytedibear

aquarius by satanstolemytedibear lovrijenac apocalypse by satanstolemytedibear dreamwalking by satanstolemytedibear
zombinzical by satanstolemytedibear slippery floor by satanstolemytedibear stars after dusk by satanstolemytedibear
low tide by satanstolemytedibear neon explosion incident by satanstolemytedibear
global warming effect by satanstolemytedibear

dark winter:
control room by satanstolemytedibear ivan by satanstolemytedibear

'Digital film'

Journal Entry: Sun Jan 31, 2010, 3:42 AM
I promised to explain what I meant by "digital film" in last journal.

Olympus with PEN series went for a concept of a digital camera aware of the past, so to speak. Not only has it retro styling, but it also aims at film users and film nostalgics. They offered 135 and 120 film aspect ratios (3:2 and 6:6) to make us feel at home, and they realized that people like me might miss cross-processing the film, using a pinhole to get that nice vignetted image or getting the B&W pushed to ISO 3200 contrasty grainy look.
So they provided a way to get such images straight in the camera, before you even shoot. (This isn't their first camera to offer at least some of these, but it's the first with the whole package)

All that maybe wouldn't be anything special if there wasn't for two facts.

First, those filters work really really well. For example, I've seen many attempts at getting a cross-processed look, some Photoshop plug-ins even featuring a list of various slide-looks you can pick from, but they didn't really cut it for me. Most missed the target by miles. It was obvious they were made by computer programmers and not photographers.

PEN, on the other hand, has the look of Provia 400F cross-processed as close to the original as anything I've seen. And trust me, I've crossed more Provia than I can remember. Crossing still has some non-linear effects you just can't replicate with *anything* else, but given the price and availability of film, I'll be really glad to use it for special occasions and at other times just use this filter to get what I can't afford all the time.

Second thing, and I can't stress how important this is for me: you can pick these filters before you shoot. That is similar to film concept where you sort of pre-process the shot instead of post-processing it. You pick a film, decide whether to push it or pull it in advance and decide on chemicals. Then you shoot accordingly. There is no changing your mind later on!
Why is this important? First, it gives me the credibility I want - for myself and my viewers. It means I had the vision in my mind before I shot, not just the endurance to mix and match filters and shots for hours in postprocessing and seeing what turns out best. Anyone can do that. Thinking in advance is much more rewarding, at least for me.
Secondly, shooting a hundred shots and then going through all of them and choosing filters to apply later on is not only time consuming, it would drive me crazy!

The problem with digital is that very often you need to postprocess the shot unless you want a bland uninteresting image. And with a zillion sliders in Photoshop or whatever, the posibilities are, as they advertise, endless. And that's precisely what I don't like. You either waste time working on a shot that just can't be turned into anything interesting, or you end up with 4 good looking versions of a shot and then can't decide.
What I love about film is that you can have the no-manipulations policy and still end up with cool-looking images, really do just small corrections and be done with it.

Well, PEN enables me just that. Pick a look you're after just like you'd pick the film and chemicals - and shoot. Forget about the zillion sliders. They're still there if you need them, but it's not like you MUST use them.

In short, expect digital cross-processed, pinhole and soft-focus images from me in the future. They look stunning! One example, more coming soon:

One additional thing I came to realize in past few days is that this camera has very vibrant out-of-camera colors. I got so used to the idea that I'd need postprocessing for digital images that I was stumped to see there wasn't much to be done on PEN images! Maybe adjust curves a little bit and that's it. Really unexpected (for me) and amazing.


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Another really cool feature is the real multiexposure (MX). By "real" I mean that you don't shoot two images and later combine them if and when you want, and in any of the thousands of permutations you'd have if you shot 50 photos: imagine the hell of deciding which image to put on which other, in what orientation and blending mode and judging how good it looks and whether some other would look better on the first. Or perhaps a different first image would look better? Or if I overlay another over a third? Or just rotate it? Or use multiply instead of screen?

You get the point ;)

Not only would it take ages, but it would be cheating - just like overlaying any two images in Photoshop. That's not photography, it's photomanipulation and it has it's uses. Just not for me.

PEN, on the other hand, shoots multiple exposures in RAW. You shoot one image and then it expects of you to shoot the next one. No turning off the camera, no shooting "just another shot" before you get back to multiexposuring - you either shoot it or forget it.


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One thing I definitely will avoid is shooting tens and hundreds of redundant images, so usual with digitals today. It's a very easy trap to fall into - you're not sure what kind of face expression your model made just as you snapped the shot so you shoot another 10 just to make sure (this is a must in sports, wildlife, fashion and wedding photography, but otherwise quite unnecessary).
The way I shoot is to look more and shoot less. A big bright pentaprism viewfinder on my faithful Canon certainly helps a lot. I wait for the right moment and capture in 3 shots what would otherwise take 30.
Yes, you can use LCD and check the shot out, but that breaks my flow and I do it very rarely and only for really tricky situations. (apparently I really tend to use this camera as if it were a film camera, hehe)

I find it so rewarding with film that you also get really picky about what you shoot. Every shot costs money! In result, you don't find yourself in a pile of similar images after the session, most of which are often worthless because at the location it seemed like a good idea, but now that you look at images on your computer they just don't have it. And "it" is certainly what every shot should have. :D

I love the fact, for example, that I got back from last summer with 400 shots (that's just 10 shots per day!), out of which 350 were completely different and out of which 100 I found good enough to upload here. I just KNOW that if I had a digital camera I'd come back with at least 4000 shots, if not 8000.
So as of now I'm getting back into the frame of mind of thinking and seeing more and shooting less. I did that mistke with my first digital camera and won't do it again, so help me the photographic gods! :worship:  

In short, I'll shoot this camera as if it was a film camera, and no need to worry - I'll go on shooting film, just less often and in special occassions. This will also be a good way to save money and buy better film when I actually get to shoot it. (ever since I used up my cheap expired Provia stock, there was a big hole in my life  :hmm: )

However, right now I'm most excited about HD video capabilities with all my nice lenses. It's something I wanted for a long long time. I've shot far more video than photos in these few days. Now just to find the time to edit it... :)


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Any thoughts? I'd love to hear your oppinions, especially if you shoot both film and digital.

I got into a nice discussion with my friend and great photographer tomislav-moze (who does just that) under dev posted in last journal, discussing two points of view on practical aspects of shooting film vs. digital. It's in croatian however, but that's the kind of reactions I'd like to hear because we all learn something from them. In this case it was a question of our digital and film backgrounds and preferences (we each started photography in very different times and circumstances).

Sorry about the length and see you around!


Journal Entry: Fri Jan 29, 2010, 3:39 PM
Okay, so I bought a digital camera. If you're shocked or curious as to what took for that to happen, read on.

My long time watchers might recall this isn't my first venture into digital world. I used to have EOS 300D which I traded for a 1976 camera after a couple of years. I just didn't really like it. It was a soul-less camera, maybe technically advanced for it's time, but I was never the one to care about things like that. What was even worse, any good EF glass was just stupidly expensive for a student. (actually, for most people who don't earn in photography)

This time however, things are different.

It all started with an arrangement with satanstolemytedibear to get a water/shock/dustproof compact camera. Just to have something for digital snapshots that isn't a phone which could keep up with us during risky summer adventures, extreme bike riding and something to finally shoot my trials videos with. So when we saved up for it, we figured we'd wait for its successor which would hopefully go a bit deeper into sea and take less time to power up. That did happen, Panasonic just announced that camera, but in the meantime things changed.

I fell in love.

Then she did too.

The lucky bastard? Olympus PEN 2 (left one).

It's a camera with a 50-year pedigree, with concept dating back to 1959. It's a new way of looking on digital SLRs. It's a camera designed from ground up for the digital age, but at the same time respecting it's film heritage, a camera designed for film-lovers and designed to make them feel at home. It's closest I've seen to "digital film". (more on that in next journal)
It's small and light to carry anywhere, yet powerful and amazingly customizable.

It's EVIL*.

You can read about PEN 1 and 2 in just about any photo-publication, so I won't go into details. Instead, I'll tell you what were deciding factors for me as a film-lover.

- Lens from just about ANY mount ever can be fitted on this camera with a cheap adapter. That means anything from ancient 16mm C-mount video cameras to most modern Nikon, Canon, Olympus lenses, from Leica to Carl Zeiss and Voigtlander. You'd have to look hard for a lens that you can't use with this camera. In my case, my FD lens collection will get a whole new life!

- Anything you mount on it is stabilized! It doesn't matter if you have 1940s glass, it will get IS. And it's amazing how much stabilized - just moments ago I shot 85mm lens at 2 seconds handheld (!!!) and 50% of images were sharp! If you're not impressed, try that on non-IS camera.

- Viewfinder magnification means precise and fast manual focusing in all conditions. It's big deal for manual focus lenses.

- 1.15x electronic viewfinder means bright images under strong sunlight and in dark places. Another must-have feature for manual focusing in pitch black dark. Bonus: you can also use it as a vertical viewfinder for low-level photography.

- Real multiple exposures in RAW!

- Ability to simulate cross-process, B&W film, pinhole, tilt-and-shift lens and soft-focus lens with amazing fidelity. (more on this in my next journal as this is getting too long)

And to top it all off, it shoots HD video with full manual controls and all this amazing glass I already have! Just what I always wanted and thought I'd need thousands and thousands of dollars for cameras and adapters to get it.

(*) EVIL = electronic viewfinder interchangeable lens. ;)

99 999 999th

Journal Entry: Wed Dec 30, 2009, 11:52 AM
After several deviants pointed to the fact (thanks!), I realized that the deviation I uploaded was in fact the 99 999 999th deviation in history of dA.

At first I didn't realize how, but as it was explained to me... my dev has number 148466825, and 148466826 was the winning 100 millionth. Funny, huh? :D
(btw, the reason why these numbers aren't round is that there are 48 million deleted deviantions!)

Congrats to the winner! The fact that the 100 millionth deviation is prose, on a site that begun as graphic artists' domain, just goes to show how much deviantART has grown and expanded.

Shark's perspective

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 12, 2009, 10:35 AM
After getting rid of a bigass exam, the time has finally come to share some of the shots I've been taking for past month and a half. It's fisheye time!

I'm very excited because I haven't had so much fun shooting ever since I got rid of the digital camera and zoom lenses. It's a whole new experience!

Why? In short: Lomo Fisheye No. 2, has almost no controls whatsoever! There is no light measurements, no exposure and aperture settings and most importantly - no focusing! There's even no need for framing, it captures 170 degrees around you! No need for nothing! You just point and click and everything you saw is on the shot!
This means capturing some truly unique moments otherwise lost to fiddling with your camera or waiting for the autofocus to pick up whatever you want to shoot in thick darkness.

On that note, you can forget my usual detailed shooting data under Lomo shots. There's no need for them, there's just two settings - bulb or 1/100s, fixed aperture. Each shot was lit by either 1 or 4 or 5 flashes. If there are no shadows on mostly surprised faces, I used 4 symmetrical flashes.
Colors are mostly crazy due to large amounts for color filters I used, so my signature style is still there, it's just that not everything is due to crossprocessing, surreal natural lighting and expensive emulsions.

I also did a lot of experimenting with multiexposures, redscaling and colorscaling film emulsions before shooting, flashing and bulbing and mixing anything and everyting I know. So hold tight, it's coming up soon and you're up for some crazy stuff!

Anyway, I really hope to inspire at least some of you to go basic and try it out. It's dirt cheap and so much fun! :D

Final countdown

Journal Entry: Mon Nov 23, 2009, 2:39 AM
So I went through 13 summer films and there is just one more left. It was shot at the end of summer, after many days and weeks of trying to catch the right things at the right time to shoot - a big sailboat at dusk to be precise. I saved a Provia 400F for that occasion, and already thought it was too late, that it was never going to show up again. And just when I spent most of the film on random things, slightly disappointed, it finally appeared! At that point I had only a few shots left, but when you get used to shooting film and not getting second chances, those few shots were all I needed! Despite tricky conditions, they all turned out focused, sharp and properly exposed, ready for the picking.

So expect final 5-10 summer shots in next few days, and that will wrap it up. On next rolls people will be wearing thick clothing. Goodbye summer! :wave:


Journal Entry: Thu Nov 5, 2009, 7:01 AM
Anyway, I'm shooting about 2 rolls per day since I got that little piece of plastic, but first things first, there is more summer stuff left for upload before Lomo gets a break.

I've gotten about halfway through this summer's shots and now it's time for a short break from usual nighttime playing around I like so much. What follows is my attempt at fashion photography. Two actually, with an intermission, but nevermind that now.
It all started when majandra graciously let us root through her bigass wardrobe and stood back while we kept falling on the floor from amazement, shock, awe etc. She even gave us a bunch of amazing stuff she doesn't use anymore.

Needless to say, one piece inspired me so much I asked my (usual) model to wear it for a shoot. The location and arrangements (you'll see...) instantly popped up in my head, and MUA for both shoots was by majandra.

Thanks to both of them for enduring ridiculously strong sun and satanstolemytedibear for looking good in the heat wave of the midday sun. It was so bright I had to tell her a moment before snapping to shortly open her eyes, and so hot I could barely touch the metal of my (black) lens, not to mention selective sunburns I got. Nevermind, it was worth it.

Starting tomorrow...

Be afraid!

Journal Entry: Tue Nov 3, 2009, 6:53 AM

...because I got a new camera. :mwahaha: It's the Lomo Fisheye with a ringflash, my ticket to unphotography (also known as lomography :D). And that means even more crazy colored crossprocesses with wrong exposures, heavy vignettes and more focus-free blurry heaven!

Now let's see what it can do. I'm taking it out today for the first time and am also restocking the cheap, expired part of my film supplies to feed the little gremlin.

Finally a camera I can carry everywhere and not think a bit before snapping away.



Journal Entry: Sun Sep 6, 2009, 2:37 AM
The fact the scientist proved that having fun makes time go by faster is little comfort. After one of the best summers ever, I feel it went by like a flash.
However, being a photographer, at least I have material evidence that it existed.

I'll be sharing those with you for next couple of months -- it will take that long because I shot about 14 rolls of film. Now that may not seem much (500 shots, so what, right?), but (almost :)) every shot was thought through, so there isn't much garbage. I expect about 100 shots making the cut.

So what's coming up?
I'll be uploading in order of shooting, so after few macros I shot in my garden when I just arrived, some cross processed shots sneaking around town are coming up. I had a LOT of slide film this summer, and I only managed to shoot 1 as an actual slide - I crossed all the others, I just couldn't resist :D

After that, some beautiful scenes off the legendary Velvia (original emulsion) are coming up. I rarely afford myself a Velvia, but when I saw these shots I was awestruck. You might not, because enough manipulation will get you anywhere these days and it's really hard to tell afterwards, but this film dates back when you couldn't bump up the saturation and contrast with a click of a mouse. Inserting film, pressing the SCAN button and seeing a shot that needs nothing else done to it was always my holy grail. Each shot off Velvia is like that, needing not even the slightest adjustments.

After that is my first infrared film shot at home. It took amazing endurance to go shooting in such extreme sun and heat that I could barely touch my black camera - that's how hot it got. Lucky I had a tripod :D. It was worth it though.

Following up were few rolls from two fashion shoots. Some of my best model shots were done on those rolls, so I'll break my usual practice and upload more shots from the same session than usual. I just can't help it.
As for the second shoot, I still haven't seen a single shot from it, so I'll be dying of curiosity until it gets in the scanner, which will be some time from now. :w00t:

Finishing off are more rolls with night shots around the town, mostly on cross-processed films. Crazy colors and deep contrasts await!
Those films (mostly Provia) proved very stubborn to scan in their true glory, so I made some reference scans on an expensive Kodak machine which has amazing color interpretation and wrote down the conversion parameters to use on my Nikon scanner. Yesterday I found out it works perfectly, so expect original 1970s cross processed saturated contrasty look with shifted hues on following fims!

See you around! (:

Ahhhh... summer!

Journal Entry: Mon Jul 20, 2009, 1:03 AM
Finally it's time to pack and leave for the southern tropics I hear my hometown has become. I packed so much film it's ridiculous! Hopefully it won't be 40C in shade all the time, making me worse than useless for shooting (or anything else for that matter).

So enjoy the summer and see you in September, when I'll be back to the world of internet, film scanner and deviantART! :wave: