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If you’re in Brussels sometime over the next month… I participate to a group expo together with 5 other fellow photographers.

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Week #21 : Spring was here…

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Yes it’s the end of the summer almost when I post this.  But a few months back I took out a film camera with some colour negative roll in it in order to shoot a few flowers again.  The spring has been nice over here (unlike this month) so it was blooming everywhere around our village.

During the Spring season, some people (my wife included) tend to clean things up around the house and that’s how the roll that I used suddenly resurfaced.  It was buried in our home office since a long time.  On the box the expiry date was either 01/2005 or 05/2001 depending on how you read the code.  This was the kind of “free” film that a lab over here used to offer with each developed envelope of whatever previous film you had given them to be processed.

Enjoy it if you like, skip this post…

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Week #20: Reading Messages

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Walking in the streets of Brussels again this week.   This is week number 20 for me.

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Several times I bumped  across different kinds of messages. Some were obvious, others I had to try harder to interpret, right or wrong?  This wall and door were covered with stickers with pictures (portraits) or people, each holding a sign with a message related to (lack of) different kinds of freedom.

Liberty Liberty

This word (Solidarity) was on a sign hanging on the building of a worker union.

Solidarity Solidarity

This one is in favor of keeping a little bit of a public garden soon to be replaced by a new building.

Green Green

Under the cobblestones on this square, a “time capsule” has been buried for the future generations, with another kind of message (a poem — and also a sound recording of it).

Buried Message Buried Message

I didn’t get this message though…

Angry Mouse? Angry Mouse?

And this…

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Week #19: Back to the basics, revisited

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Hi people, long  time no post from me… I’m back to it.

As I wrote in my post on week #17, I have been shooting with a rather basic but pretty good SLR and a couple lenses.

So I’m doing that again this week but now with a color roll. First on Sunday I did a little walk in a wood near Louvain-la-Neuve (le Bois de Lauzelle).  Green tones all over the place…

And as we still enjoyed some good sunny weather on Monday I was out again for a stroll in Brussels, around the EU district.

I was shooting with the Chinon CM-3 again, with a roll of DM 400.  On Sunday I shot with the Vivitar 135mm f/2.8 but on Monday I used the Industar 50mm f/3.5 (“pancake”).

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Week #18: Some Bad Pictures with a Dreamy Look

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This week I used a new (to me) camera.  I just found it at some fleamarket and wanted to test it.  It has a good reputation for producing very sharp and contrasty pictures thanks to a good lens.  You’ll see in a minute that it didn’t quite work for me.  Clearly there’s some problem with the camera, both the AF and autoexposure systems went badly wrong.  I did shoot some other rolls during the same week, and  I could show them here. But why not go for the dreamy blurry look that this little guy gave me?  So here it goes…

I shot this roll over two lunch breaks, in a Pentax PC 35 AF camera (Broken, no power appears to reach the electronics so all are blurry and way overexposed), on a roll of Polypan F.  I did develop it in R09 1+100 for about 80′ at 20C with…

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Week#17: Back to the Basics

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What constitutes the basic all-round equipment for a film photographer?  Well it depends but for me, a sturdy mechanical 35mm SLR kit and the trinity of lenses (a 35mm wide, a fast 55mm and a 135mm tele), plus a strobe for the occasional family shot inside, and a couple rolls of black&white film.  That was the basic kit in an enthusiast hobbyist camera bag when I started doing this way back then.  So that’s also what I was using this week.  And I enjoyed it all the same thank you.

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Series 2 Series 2

Series 1 Series 1

The Path to White The Path to White

The Path to Black The Path to Black

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Round Round

Chôkes Chôkes

Holes Holes

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I shot this roll on Polypan F in a Chinon CM-3 camera.  I used a 35mm f/2.8 Chinon, 55mm f/1.7 Chinon, and 135mm f/2.8 Sankor lenses.  I developed this in semi-stand fashion in R09 1+100 for about 80 minutes.

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Week #16 : two old friends I had forgotten

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I don’t want to make this weekly post a matter of discussing photo gear but here’s a story about the camera I used this week.

I usually won’t admit it, but I’m a collector.  I buy stuff I don’t need, or I don’t hesitate to buy a lot if it’s cheap enough and there’s maybe one or two things in there that raise my interest.  So that’s how I came to get two pieces of equipment that I immediately put away afterwards. One is a Pentax ME camera body.  It came with a 135mm lens that I was interested in, that’s why.  The camera had a ding on top of the prism and that wasn’t looking too good so I put that away, along with the 50mm Ricoh (Rikenon) f/1.7 lens.  I put the 135mm in my bag and started using it, but I left the poor ME and Rikenon…

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Week #15: a lunchtime through downtown Brussels

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Going out to the city center, I’ll try to show a few landmarks in this post.  No, not all of them but just a few from a small walk through downtown Brussels.  The Grand Place, Monnaie, Manneken Pis… stuff like that are probably seen by most people coming to visit the city.  So for those and for others, that’s the theme for my week 15 post.

It was just before Easter, and looking at these eggs on the front of a café, I could date the picture.

Eggs Eggs

There was some animation going on at the Place de la Monnaie, but I preferred to look up at the shape of the buildings playing geometric games with the nice blue sky.

Place de la Monnaie Place de la Monnaie

On that same square, here’s the Royal Theatre (actually the Opera).

Théatre Royal de la Monnaie Théatre Royal de la Monnaie

Hey, again some of the same eggs on…

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Week #14: Vlissingen Beach

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Nice weather, and the family was keen about a daytrip to the seaside… so off we go.  Leaving early, the weather wasn’t so nice during the drive but it all cleared up as we arrived.  So we walked, looked at the sea, birds, other walkers… there was nobody in the water yet, probably a little too soon in early April.  But overall a very nice day.  I shot several rolls there and here is a small selection.

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Week #13 : Another Canal at Lunchtime

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This week — in the first days of Spring — the weather was really nice and I decided to ride a bike during my lunchtime break, to shoot some post-industrial landscapes alongside the canal traversing Brussels North to South (and back — for me on my bike — not that the canal really comes back from anywhere).

So I went out of the office and rented a Villo bike.  Heavy and solid bikes, but as the canal is rather horizontal I wasn’t expecting this to be too much of a challenge.

Simon Bolivar Square -- Villo Station Simon Bolivar Square — Villo Station

I quickly joined the canal at a tramway stop.  Looking back North here but I was going south actually.  To stay on the safe side I stopped biking whenever I took a picture.

Porte de Flandre -- Tramway Stop Porte de Flandre — Tramway Stop

I took a bridge to cross the canal and continue on the West Side…

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